With the return of the Bundesliga over the weekend, all of Europe’s top five leagues have now returned to action ahead of the second half of the season.
Every point between now and May will be pivotal for sides aiming for titles, European football to those hoping to avoid relegation.
Should sides wish to make any additions for the business end of the season then now is the time, with just over a week until the January transfer window slams shut and plenty of the window’s more prominent deals yet to go through.
Here’s the winners from last weekend’s games.
Friday 17 January Bronze Match Day Winners:
- Star Player: Suat Serdar (2p)
- Top Forward: Michael Gregoritsch (2p)
- Top Midfielder: Suat Serdar (2p)
- Top Defender: Bastian Oczipka (2p)
- Media: Bruno Fernandes (3p)
Saturday 18 January Gold Match Day Winners:
- Star Player: Domenico Berardi (8p)
- Top Forward: Domenico Berardi (8p)
- Top Midfielder: Casemiro (8p)
- Top Defender: Benjamin Mendy (8p)
- Media: Bruno Fernandes (3p)
Sunday 19 January Gold Match Day Winners:
- Star Player: Cristiano Ronaldo (8p)
- Top Forward: Cristiano Ronaldo (8p)
- Top Midfielder: Ivan Perisic (8p)
- Top Defender: Virgil van Dijk (8p)
- Media: Marcus Rashford (3p)
Now here’s the activity on the Index today.
Erling Haaland (£4.57) Has Dream Dortmund Debut
There was a lot of anticipation surrounding the debut of Erling Haaland following his January move from Red Bull Salzburg to Borussia Dortmund, and it’s safe to say he didn’t disappoint.
📊 3 Shots
⚽️ 3 Goals
⏰ 34 Mins
HAT-TRICK HERO HAALAND 👑 pic.twitter.com/6iLXzvd5m2
— Borussia Dortmund (@BlackYellow) January 18, 2020
With Dortmund 3-1 down to Augsburg in their first Bundesliga game following the winter break, the 19-year-old was brought into the fold with 56 minutes on the clock. By the 79th minute, he netted his first hat-trick for the club to help seal a 5-3 comeback win.
As a result, Haaland rose from £3.92 to £4.59 following his memorable Bundesliga introduction. It was a vital win for Dortmund in the race for the league title, as BVB sit seven points behind current league leaders RB Leipzig. With the introduction of Haaland however, Dortmund could be fighting for title right until the end of the season.
Virgil van Dijk (£2.88) Head and Shoulders Above the Rest
It was the case of another game and another win for Liverpool as they beat Manchester United 2-0 on Sunday to go 16 points clear at the summit of the table.
The deadlock was broken courtesy of a thumping header by Virgil van Dijk inside the opening 15 minutes, with the Reds going on to claim their 21st league win of the season.
A colossus at the back, Van Dijk is now out on his own for Premier League goals from a defender this season with four, which was his tally in the league for all of last season, while he also ended up taking home the Top Defender Dividends as well.
The Reds have kept a clean sheet in each of their last seven league games, while the potency from set-piece situations means Van Dijk could better his tally come the end of the season.
Marcus Rashford (£4.79) Ends Bruno Fernandes’ Media Dominance
Bruno Fernandes (£4.48) has dominated Media Dividends Rankings recently ahead of his proposed move to Manchester United, with the midfielder topping the Rankings for eight consecutive days.
On Sunday however, the Portuguese international’s stranglehold on the Media Dividends was broken by Marcus Rashford, although it wasn’t for the best news. It was confirmed the Manchester United forward suffered a stress fracture following the FA Cup third round replay win over Wolverhampton Wanderers, which could see the 22-year-old out for at least six weeks.
On the pitch or not, @ManUtd fans don’t get much bigger than me.
You best believe I'll be involved in team meetings, team huddles and team sessions throughout this recovery 💪🏿 pic.twitter.com/MeLuGic4c4
— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) January 20, 2020
While his price has dropped by 25p in the last week, it could be a time to add the striker to your portfolio, especially considering the form he was in before his injury. He has 19 goals in all competitions for United alone this season and will more than likely find his form once he returns to action.
Barcelona Stars Among Biggest Risers After Setien’s Debut Win
Sunday saw Quique Setien take charge of his first game as Barcelona manager, which ended well as Lionel Messi‘s goal saw them beat Granada 1-0.
Despite the narrow win, there was a noticeable style change under the new boss following the sacking of Ernesto Valverde, with a more possession-based approach preferred.
It’s meant the likes of Riqui Puig (£2.15) and Arthur (£1.88) have gone up by 18p and 8p respectively in the last 24 hours. Even Frenkie de Jong (£2.28), who was suspended for the game at the weekend, has gone up by 22p in the last 24 hours with many predicting he could thrive under the new manager.
New Year, Same Old Cristiano Ronaldo
Despite being the ripe old age of 34, Cristiano Ronaldo (£3.01) is still showing no signs of slowing down, especially if his start to 2020 is anything to go by.
He netted both goals in the 2-1 win over Parma at the weekend, meaning he’s now scored six goals in his first three games of 2020, as well as providing one assist, resulting in a 6p increase in the last week.
Ronaldo is well on his way to beating his tally in Serie A last season of 21 having already notched an impressive 16 goals in the league already, as he proves once again that age is just a number.