Inside the Index: February 24

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There’s plenty of football to look forward to this week, as the second half of the Champions League round of 16 first-legs take place, as well as the second leg of the Europa League’s round of 32 games.

It means we will get to see European juggernauts like Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Juventus in action, while Premier League representation comes in the shape of Chelsea and Manchester City – with the latter’s game against Los Blancos on Wednesday a notable highlight.

Before then however, here’s a look at the winners over the weekend:

Friday 21 February Silver Match Day Winners:

  • Star Player: Fabian Ruiz (4p)
  • Top Defender: Joshua Kimmich (4p)
  • Top Midfielder: Fabian Ruiz (4p)
  • Top Forward: Robert Lewandowski (4p)
  • Media: Bukayo Saka (3p)

Saturday 22 February Gold Match Day Winners:

  • Star Player: Lionel Messi (8p)
  • Top Defender: Patrick van Aanholt (8p)
  • Top Midfielder: Christopher Nkunku (8p)
  • Top Forward: Lionel Messi (8p)
  • Media: Giovani Lo Celso (3p)

Sunday 23 February Gold Match Day Winners:

  • Star Player: Bruno Fernandes (8p)
  • Top Defender: Marquinhos (8p)
  • Top Midfielder: Bruno Fernandes (8p)
  • Top Forward: Darwin Machis (8p)
  • Media: Bruno Fernandes (3p)

Now here’s the latest activity on the Index:

Bruno Fernandes Nets First Manchester United Goal

Bruno Fernandes (£6.13) has settled well into life at Manchester United following his January move from Sporting CP.

After providing his first assist for the club in the recent win against Chelsea, the 25-year-old now has his first goal for the club with a calmly-taken penalty to open the scoring in their 3-0 win over Watford.

He also provided the assist for the goal of Mason Greenwood (£4.33) to cap a fine display from the Portuguese international. It saw him win Star Player, Top Midfielder and Media Dividends on Sunday much to the delight of Traders that hold Fernandes in their portfolio.

After suffering an expected dip following his signing, Fernandes has risen by £1.07 in the last 24 hours alone, as he looks at home in his new surroundings.

Four-Goal Haul for Five-Star Lionel Messi

It had become news that Lionel Messi (£5.16) had indeed gone four La Liga games without a goal ahead of their weekend game with Eibar – although he had contributed six assists in his last three league games.

His league drought however was well and truly abolished as the six-time Ballon d’Or winner netted four goals in the 5-0 win – sending Barcelona back to the top of the table in the process.

While the 32-year-old has dropped in price significantly over recent months – he was as high as £6.57 – the Argentine still proved he’s a Dividends machine after taking home Star Player and Top Forward Dividends.

A Goal-Filled Week for Diogo Jota

It was some week for Diogo Jota (£2.39). After scoring a hat-trick in Wolves’ midweek Europa League round of 32 first-leg win on Thursday – resulting in Star Player and Top Forward Dividends – he was at it again on Sunday.

He scored the first two goals in their 3-0 win over Norwich City over the weekend to maintain his rich vein of form.

It comes as no surprise then to see his Share Price increasing by 88p in the last week, with the Portuguese international seemingly undroppable at this current moment.

It’s not the first time this season that Jota has in fact netted five goals in the space of two games. He did it in the reverse order earlier this season, as he followed up a brace against Brighton with a hat-trick against Besiktas in the Europa League in mid-December.

Christopher Nkunku Joins Exclusive Club

RB Leipzig were in a very destructive mood over the weekend after they dismantled David Wagner’s Schalke side 5-0 in their own stadium.

It was an important win after Bayern Munich scraped past the Bundesliga’s bottom club, SC Paderborn, on Friday as they remain a solitary point behind the Bavarian side.

The night however belonged to Christopher Nkunku (£2.52). The 22-year-old, who joined in the summer from Paris Saint-Germain for €13m, has flourished under Julian Nagelsmann this season in their midfield.

Nkunku became only the 11th player this season in Europe’s top five leagues to register three or more assists in one league game this season, with him in fact having a hand in four of their five goals at the Veltins Arena.

The Frenchman has risen by 45p in the last week as he looks to establish himself as a certain starter for the German club in the future.

Form of Bukayo Saka Continues

It’s very hard to keep Bukayo Saka (£3.27) out of the spotlight currently, as the 18-year-old gave another example of his talents on Sunday.

Coming on to replace the injured Sead Kolasinac (£0.42) after only 18 minutes – to a rousing reception – he got Arsenal back into the game with a brilliant cross to fellow academy graduate Eddie Nketiah (£1.99) for an equaliser against Everton.

That was his third assist in his last three games, taking his tally to eight in both Premier League and Europa League games this season. The teenager is up 76p in the last week and is surely a contender for this season’s PFA Young Player of the Year award for what’s been a brilliant breakout campaign.

*All Share Prices, rises and falls accurate at time of writing

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