100 days. That’s how many days there were from the last Premier League game before lockdown to the league’s restart last night.
Kicking off with games in hand for the teams involved in the Carabao Cup final in February, Aston Villa hosted the Premier League’s restart with a goalless draw against Sheffield United. Villa, however, were extremely fortunate to take a point from the game following the well-documented error from the goal-line technology that failed to detect Ørjan Nyland carrying the ball over the line.
Meanwhile, it was business as usual for Manchester City as they put Arsenal, and former employee Mikel Arteta, to the sword with a comprehensive 3-0 win; thanks in no small part to a disastrous 25-minute cameo from David Luiz (£0.48).
That midweek appetiser is set to be followed up with a full round of Premier League games from Friday to Monday, while we also welcome back Serie A on Saturday, which is sure to delight Traders ahead of the glut of Match Days.
Monday 15th June Bronze Match Day Winners:
- Star Player: Sergio Canales (2p)
- Top Defender: Aissa Mandi (2p)
- Top Midfielder: Sergio Canales (2p)
- Top Forward: Munir El Haddadi (2p)
- Media: Marcus Rashford (3p)
Tuesday 16th June Silver Match Day Winners:
- Star Player: Jonas Hofmann (4p)
- Top Defender: Jerome Boateng (4p)
- Top Midfielder: Jonas Hofmann (4p)
- Top Forward: Lionel Messi (4p)
- Media: Marcus Rashford (3p)
Wednesday 17th June Gold Match Day Winners:
- Star Player: Kai Havertz (8p)
- Top Defender: David Abraham (8p)
- Top Midfielder: Kai Havertz (8p)
- Top Forward: Raheem Sterling (8p)
- Media: David Luiz (3p)
Manchester City Back With a Bang
It wasn’t a welcome return to the Etihad for Mikel Arteta as his Arsenal side suffered a similar fate as they have done in their previous six games against Manchester City in all competitions, with a defeat.
While David Luiz was a major factor in the 3-0 loss, with a mistake for the first goal, before compounding giving the penalty away for the second with a red card, City made the most of the situation in what ended up being a routine win.
All of City’s goalscorers on the day, Raheem Sterling (£6.05), Kevin de Bruyne (£4.89) and Phil Foden (£5.93), have enjoyed notable rises in the last 24 hours to the tune of 9p, 8p, and 12p respectively, while Sterling took home the day’s Top Forward Dividends.
City’s attention will undoubtedly be on the two cup competitions they’re still in for the remainder of the season, the FA Cup and Champions League, which could be see Premier League games used as a chance to rotate their immensely-talented squad.
Andre Silva Continues Scoring Run
It’s fair to say that the unfortunate halt in proceedings has benefitted some players upon their return to action, with Eintracht Frankfurt’s Andre Silva (£1.06) certainly falling into that category.
The Portuguese international netted four goals and provided two assists in the Bundesliga before play stopped in March. Since the return, however, he’s netted seven goals and one assist in eight league games, with his latest effort coming in last night’s 2-1 win over Schalke.
His efforts have not gone unnoticed by Traders, with his Share Price rising by 3p in the last 24 hours and by 7p in the last week.
It has also seen Frankfurt stake a very late claim for a Europa League spot next season, and with their final two games of the season coming against FC Köln and Paderborn, Silva has the chance to fill his boots before the season finishes.
Next In Line for Lionel Messi’s Throne?
It’s easy to when talking about Barcelona to focus only on Lionel Messi (£5.12). It’s hard not to to be fair considering he’s scored 21 goals and provided 14 assists in La Liga this season, as well as being one goal away from 700 in his career.
But there is a player to keep fans excited at Barca for many years to come in the shape of Ansu Fati (£4.87). The young Spaniard netted his fifth league goal of the season in a 2-0 win over Leganes on Tuesday, becoming the second-youngest player this century to reach that tally in La Liga behind Bojan Krkic.
In the last week, Fati’s Share Price has increased by 35p, while the week has also seen him nominated for the Golden Boy award for 2020, and is likely to be one of the frontrunners for that.
At 17, his career is only getting started, but the winger is certainly on the right trajectory to become a huge name in the game in the next five years or so, both for La Blaugrana and on the Index.
Napoli Linked With Promising Portuguese Full-Back
Fresh from their Coppa Italia final win against Juventus, it looks as if Napoli are drawing together transfer plans ahead of the transfer window, with left-back looking like a position they want to strengthen.
According to reports in Europe, I Partenopei are interested in Benfica’s promising left-back Nuno Tavares (£0.92), who is amongst the brightest talents in that position across the continent.
The subsequent interest has seen a notable rise on the Index in recent days, with his price increasing by 12p in the last 24 hours alone.
The defender has one goal and three assists in four top-flight games for Benfica this season, while encapsulating all the attributes required to be a top-quality full-back in the modern game.
Were Napoli to sign the 20-year-old, they would be getting an extremely talented player for the short term and with enormous potential for the long term.
Bruno Fernandes Enjoys Notable Rise Ahead of Return
With two games played yesterday in the Premier League, that has been the precursor to a full round of games that commence on Friday.
As well as Norwich City’s game with Southampton, tomorrow also offers up Manchester United’s trip to Tottenham Hotspur, which is a game with potential Champions League implications.
One of the stars from that game in north London will likely be Bruno Fernandes (£10.31). He’s up 10p in the last 24 hours ahead of his return, and will be hoping to pick up where he left off before play was suspended.
He already has two goals and three assists in five Premier League games since arriving in January, while the prospect of him lining up alongside Paul Pogba (£7.87) in the heart of midfield is one that is sure to excite United fans.
Spurs meanwhile have reasons to be optimistic as well – having benefited greatly from the break in play – as Son Heung-min (£2.04) and Harry Kane (£6.92) can be called upon once again as they look to climb the table.
*All Share Prices, rises and falls accurate at time of writing