Inside the Index: June 8

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While the football isn’t quite what we’ve come to expect amid the current climate, it’s business as usual in the Bundesliga if their current standings are anything to go by.

Despite an early scare against Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern Munich ran out 4-2 winners to edge ever closer to an eighth successive league title, with them now only needing two wins from their remaining four games to ensure that.

It marks a magnificent turnaround under Hansi Flick, who has now overseen 23 wins in his first 26 league games in charge, while the season could end with the club’s second treble following their efforts in the 2012/13 campaign.

There is still the race for the top four and battle for relegation to excite fans for the remainder of the season in the Bundesliga. This week also marks the return of La Liga, much to the delight of Traders, while the Premier League and Serie A resume in a week’s time.

Friday 5th June Bronze Match Day Winners:

  • Star Player – Nils Petersen (2p)
  • Top Defender – Christian Gunter (2p)
  • Top Midfielder – Jonas Hofmann (2p)
  • Top Forward – Nils Petersen (2p)
  • Media – Timo Werner (3p)

Saturday 6th June Silver Match Day Winners:

  • Star Player – Emre Can (4p)
  • Top Defender – Markus Suttner (4p)
  • Top Midfielder – Emre Can (4p)
  • Top Forward – Thomas Müller (4p)
  • Media – Timo Werner (3p)

Sunday 7th June Bronze Match Day Winners:

  • Star Player – Philipp Max (2p)
  • Top Defender – Philipp Max (2p)
  • Top Midfielder – Maximilian Arnold (2p)
  • Top Forward – Wout Weghorst (2p)
  • Media – Timo Werner (3p)

New Heights for Robert Lewandowski

Bayern Munich played at the weekend, which means Robert Lewandowski (£2.25) got on the scoresheet. It’s a regularity we’ve come to expect from the Pole over the past eight years or so, but his header was a significant one.

It was not only his 30th league goal of the season – becoming the first player in Europe’s top five leagues to do so this season – but was also his 44th goal in competitions, making the 2019/20 campaign his most prolific of his career.

At 31, Lewandowski looks to be at the peak of his powers, with him having at least six more games in all competitions this season to improve on his already impressive tally.

The campaign could also end with him being a treble winner should all go well, with him playing a major role in what could be a historic season for Die Roten.

Thomas Müller EQUALS Assist Record

If Lewandowksi has been a safe bet for scoring Bayern’s goals this season, then you can pretty much assume the assist has come from a certain Raumdeuter.

Thomas Müller (£1.25) has been plating goals up for his teammates all season, with the last game being no exception, as he laid on another two goals for Leon Goretzka (£1.69) – who has impressed since the return to action both physically and in terms of form – and Lewandowski.

It takes his tally of league assists this season to 20, which equals the record set by Kevin de Bruyne (£4.86) in 2014/15 during his stint at Wolfsburg.

A loyal servant for the Bavarian side, Müller’s brilliance is often understated due to his positional abnormality, although his effectiveness this and every season cannot be underestimated, only applauded.

While many thought the arrival of a more conventional number 10 in Philippe Coutinho (£3.05) over the summer would begin the phasing-out process of Müller, it only strengthened his case as to why he is one of the first names on the teamsheet.

Timo Werner – Media Magnet

Despite the uncertainty regarding transfers this summer, one of the biggest that looks to have been agreed is that of Timo Werner (£6.21) moving to the Premier League and join Chelsea.

Seeming destined to join Liverpool and Jürgen Klopp, the Blues have jumped to the front of the queue to activate his £53m release clause according to an array of media outlets, as Frank Lampard looks to bolster the ranks at Stamford Bridge.

The news has since Werner’s name never too far away from the column inches, with the German topping the Media Rankings for the last four days as a result, earning 14p in Media Dividends despite a 27p fall in his Share Price over the last week.

His 25 goals and eight assists in the Bundesliga this season represents a well-rounded forward able to play anywhere across the front line that would more than likely be a huge hit in west London.

Philipp Max On the Scoresheet Once Again

It looked to be late heartache for Augsburg when Anthony Modeste (£0.60) looked to have given FC Köln all three points with his goal in the 85th minute, until Philipp Max (£1.15) popped up for the hosts just three minutes later to rescue them a vital point.

Scoring has been Max’s party piece this season, as he notched his eighth of the season, which for a defender is nothing to be sniffed at.

Add to that his five league assists as well, then his 13 goals contributions in the Bundesliga this season can only be bettered by the 14 he got in the 2017/18 campaign (two goals and 12 assists).

It has seen his Share Price increase by 3p in the last 24 hours, while at 26, he could be viewed as an option for sides looking to improve their left-back options for next season without breaking the bank.

No Haaland, No Problem for Red Bull Salzburg

Losing a striker like Erling Haaland (£8.36) would be a major blow to any side, although while the Norwegian left in January for Borussia Dortmund, his absence hasn’t been quite as big as many would think.

That’s due to the season that Patson Daka (£1.85) has had. While the Namibian international isn’t quite scoring them at the rate Haaland was – with his 16 goals in 14 Austrian Bundesliga games making his still the third-highest scorer in the league this season – he boasts the very impressive record of his own.

His hat-trick on Sunday during Red Bull Salzburg’s 6-0 win over Hartberg took his tally to 21 goals in 23 games this season. The form of the 21-year-old has attracted plenty of attention linking him with a move away, resulting in a major rise on the Index.

Daka’s Share Price has risen by 27p in the last 24 hours and by 37p in the last week. Plenty of clubs will be in need of a new striker come the start of next season, and they could do a lot worse than one that has all the attributes required to play as a lone frontman.

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


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