It seemed inconceivable in March, but over the weekend we saw the conclusion of the Bundesliga.
There was still plenty to be decided heading into the final round of games, with RB Leipzig and Borussia Mönchengladbach claiming the final two Champions League places at the expense of Bayer Leverkusen.
Will that make up Kai Havertz‘s mind regarding a move away?
Near the foot of the table, Werder Bremen kept their hopes of a 40th consecutive Bundesliga season alive thanks to a 6-1 win over Mainz, moving them into the relegation play-off spot, resulting in Fortuna Düsseldorf’s drop into Germany’s second tier.
While the Premier League title race has already concluded with Liverpool’s first success in 30 years, Spain and Italy’s respected races look set to go to the wire in just one of many things to look out for between now and the end of their respected seasons.
Thursday 25th June Silver Match Day Winners:
- Star Player – Marc Bartra (4p)
- Top Defender – Marc Barta (4p)
- Top Midfielder – Sergio Canales (4p)
- Top Forward – Willian (4p)
- Media – Anthony Martial (3p)
Friday 26th June Bronze Match Day Winners:
- Star Player – Paulo Dybala (2p)
- Top Defender – Matthijs de Ligt (2p)
- Top Midfielder – Ever Banega (2p)
- Top Forward – Paulo Dybala (2p)
- Media – Jordan Henderson (3p)
Saturday 27th June Gold Match Day Winners:
- Star Player – Andrej Kramaric (8p)
- Top Defender – Sven Bender (8p)
- Top Midfielder – Luis Alberto (8p)
- Top Forward – Andrej Kramaric (8p)
- Media – Harry Maguire (3p)
Sunday 28th June Gold Match Day Winners:
- Star Player – Casemiro (8p)
- Top Defender – Marcelo (8p)
- Top Midfielder – Casemiro (8p)
- Top Forward – Luis Muriel (8p)
- Media – Dani Ceballos (3p)
Andrej Kramaric Signs Off Bundesliga In Style
There was little to play for between Borussia Dortmund and Hoffenheim on the final day of the Bundesliga season, although that didn’t stop Andrej Kramaric (£1.20) from making headlines at the Signal Iduna Park.
The Croatian international went and scored all four goals for Die Kraichgauer to finish their, and his, campaign on a high by inflicting Dortmund’s heaviest home league defeat since a 5-1 thumping in Der Klassiker in 2009.
The pick of his goals were his long-range opener and a no-look penalty for his fourth, which took his tally in the league to 12 for the season, meaning a third of his goals for the 2019/20 campaign came in that one game.
Unsurprisingly, it meant he finished the day as Star Player and Top Forward, resulting in 16p in Match Day Dividends for those who hold Shares in him. Not bad at all.
Kylian Mbappe & Trent Alexander-Arnold Join the £10 Club
There were a number of big movers over the weekend, with two of the games brightest stars moving into double figures in terms of Share Price.
Both Kylian Mbappe (£10.47) and Trent Alexander-Arnold (£10.05) are now members of the £10 club following activity over the weekend. The last 24 hours has seen Mbappe rise by 22p, while Alexander-Arnold has risen by 14p.
At 21, the pair have already won five league titles (Mbappe 4x Ligue 1 & Alexander-Arnold 1x Premier League), a World Cup and Champions League between them to name just a few, while also boasting plenty of individual records with much of their careers to go.
They still have a way to go to catch King of the Index Jadon Sancho (£13.95) – who himself is close to breaking the £14 barrier – but their current Share Prices are indicative of what they’ve already achieved in their careers to date, and what they are capable of in the future.
Plenty of Life in Santi Cazorla
Many saw the return of Santi Cazorla (£0.49) to Villarreal in 2018 as nothing more than a swansong for a player entering the final stretch of his career. Once again, the Spaniard is proving those doubters wrong.
After a 2018/19 campaign that saw him register four goals and 10 assists, he’s already bettered his goal involvements this season with eight goals and eight assists.
The latest assist was an exquisite first-time volleyed pass to Gerard Moreno, who volleyed home to get the Yellow Submarine a 2-0 win over Valencia and keep their Champions League hopes alive.
Only Lionel Messi (17) has more assists than the 35-year-old in La Liga this season, with the Spaniard more than capable of making it to double figures for assists before the season is finished.
Superb Brace From Luis Muriel Against Former Club
Atalanta kept to their tag as Serie A’s entertainers this season with another exciting win at the weekend; this time a 3-2 win over Udinese to maintain their lead in fourth over Roma below them.
They had Luis Muriel (£0.73) to thank for the three points on this occasion, as he came off the bench to haunt his former club with a fantastic two-goal cameo.
His first was a sumptuous free-kick inside the final 20 minutes to put Gian Pierro Gasperini’s side 2-1 up, before another long-range strike eight minutes later proved to be the winner.
His 14th and 15th league goals of the season has seen his Share Price increase by 2p in the last 24 hours, as Atalanta look to maintain their momentum not only for Serie A, but also their Champions League quarter-final in August.
While they will be underdogs regardless of who they play, their fearlessness and confidence in the way they play makes them a dangerous prospect whoever they play.
Christian Pulisic Loving Life Post-Restart
It’s safe to say that some players have come back since the restart with much more impetus and exuberance in their play than they were putting in before the lockdown. Christian Pulisic (£2.80) certainly falls into that category.
It was looking like a difficult first season at Chelsea, but his last two games in the Premier League have offered fresh optimism that he will be a success.
Two goals in two Premier League games since the restart always helps, while in the last 24 hours he’s seen his Share Price increase by 23p as a result of the upturn in form.
It’s come at a good time as well, with Chelsea looking to fend off challenges from Wolves and Manchester United for fourth place, which guarantees a place in next season’s Champions League rather than relying on the outcome of Manchester City’s appeal over a potential ban from the competition.
ICYMI | Market Update
For those that missed it, we provided a Market Update to keep Traders up to date with Football Index’s plans for the future.
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*All Share Prices, rises and falls accurate at time of writing