Inside the Index: February 3rd

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We may only be into February, but this season is in danger of becoming a Liverpool stat-fest.

Their 4-0 win against Southampton at the weekend put them 22 points ahead of Manchester City in second, who failed to close the gap after their defeat to Tottenham.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have now amassed a staggering 100 points from the last 102 available, while their 42-game unbeaten run in the league is bettered by Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ when they went 49 games without tasting defeat.

The gap between first and second in the rest of Europe’s top five leagues (Spain, Germany, Italy and France) in total amounts to 19 points, which highlights the staggering pace the Reds have set this season.

Friday 31 January Bronze Match Day Winners:

  • Star Player: Raphinha (2p)
  • Top Forward: Raphinha (2p)
  • Top Midfielder: Omar Mascarell (2p)
  • Top Defender: Bastian Oczipka (2p)
  • Media: Odion Ighalo (3p)

Saturday 1 February Goldย Match Day Winners:

  • Star Player: Thiago Alcantara (8p)
  • Top Forward: Mohamed Salah (8p)
  • Top Midfielder: Thiago Alcantara (8p)
  • Top Defender: Sergio Ramos (8p)
  • Media: Bruno Fernandes (3p)

Sunday 2 February Gold Match Day Winners:

  • Star Player: Ansu Fati (8p)
  • Top Forward: Ansu Fati (8p)
  • Top Midfielder: Opa Nguette (8p)
  • Top Defender: Matthijs De Ligt (8p)
  • Media: Steven Bergwijn (3p)

Dream Debut for Steven Bergwijn

The terms ‘smash and grab’ and ‘Mourinho Masterclass’ come to mind when analysing Tottenham’s 2-0 win over Manchester City on Sunday, as Pep Guardiola’s side battered the hosts without anything to show for it.

It would be a game however remembered for it’s opening goal, courtesy of Spurs’ debutant Steven Bergwijn (ยฃ2.35). The 22-year-old produced a stunning strike to make it a debut to remember.

The Dutchman has risen by 18p in the last 24 hours as Traders look to get the forward into their portfolio. It wouldn’t be the worst idea as well if he continues to score crackers like that, while also keeping an eye on players that could star at this summer’s Euro 2020 finals.

Raheem Sterling Goal Drought Continues

The fact that this is only noticeable due to the standards he’s set at Manchester City says a lot about the standards he’s set, but Raheem Sterling (ยฃ6.23) has suffered a notable dip in form.

Sunday’s defeat to Tottenham meant he’s now gone five Premier League games without a goal – the longest time without a league goal this season.

It’s meant his price dropped by 8p in the past 24 hours, and in truth could’ve been by more had he seen red for his challenge on Dele Alli.

Ansu Fati Coming of Age

In an attempt to make every feel significantly older than they actually are, 17-year-old Ansu Fati (ยฃ4.27) starred for Barcelona as they returned to winning ways with a narrow 2-1 win over Levante.

The teenager netted both goals for Barca, the first via a wonderful assist from Lionel Messi, in what was a well-rounded display from the youngster that doubled his tally of league goals in the process.

As a result, he’s comfortably enjoyed the biggest price increase over the last 24 hours, with his price going up by an astounding 57p. Expect to hear more from Fati between now and the end of the season.

Five-Star Dortmund Once More

2020 couldn’t have started much better for Borussia Dortmund, as they hit the high fives once again.

This time Union Berlin were on the receiving end of a 5-0 thrashing by the Bundesliga title-chasers as they kept in touch with the sides around them.

The star performers once again were the teenage duo of Jadon Sancho (ยฃ7.97) and Erling Haaland (ยฃ6.03), with the English providing a goal and assist, while the latter scored his sixth and seventh goals for his new club.

Sancho’s goal also proved to be a milestone, as he became the first Bundesliga player to score 25 goals before turning 20, while he’s now also on the verge of breaking the ยฃ8.00 barrier on the Index.

Despite the pair being in their formative years, the teenage duo could fire BVB to a first league title since 2012 if they maintain their incredible form.

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