Inside the Index: March 10

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It could prove to be a historic night in the Champions League this evening, with two teams potentially reaching the quarter-final stages for the first time in their history.

Of those two sides, Atalanta are in a terrific position to do so following their 4-1 win in the first leg against Valencia. It would be a terrific achievement for a side making their Champions League debut to reach the quarter-finals, regardless of what Juventus president Andrea Agnelli thinks.

RB Leipzig’s lead, however, is far more slender after their 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur in the first leg, but with the glut of injuries Jose Mourinho is currently dealing with, the German side are likely to be in the hat for the quarter-finals.

Monday 9 March Bronze Match Day Winners:

  • Star Player: Harvey Barnes (2p)
  • Top Defender: Rogerio (2p)
  • Top Midfielder: Harvey Barnes (2p)
  • Top Forward: Francesco Caputo (2p)
  • Media: Bruno Fernandes (3p)

Jadon Sancho – History Maker Once Again

Jadon Sancho (£10.11) just loves to make history, which is exactly what he did last night without even stepping foot on the pitch.

That’s because the 19-year-old became the first player post-Share Split to reach double figures in terms of Share Price.

He has been on the rise considerably in the last week, by 74p to be precise, as he’s helping lead Borussia Dortmund’s charge to a first Bundesliga title since 2012.

More pressingly however is the German side’s fate in the Champions League. They hold a 2-1 lead from the first-leg against Paris Saint-Germain, as they look to reach the quarter-final stages for the first time since 2017.

Vardy Ends Drought While Barnes Could Be Late England Shout

Leicester City ended a run of four Premier League games without a win (D2 L2) in emphatic style as they hammered local rivals Aston Villa 4-0 at the King Power Stadium.

Jamie Vardy (£1.35) put his seven-game goal drought in the league behind him with a second-half brace having come on as a substitute, resulting in him returning to the top of the league’s goalscoring charts outright with 19.

The night, however, belonged to local lad Harvey Barnes (£2.25). The 22-year-old winger starred for the Foxes with two goals in his man of the match display, resulting in him winning last night’s Star Player and Top Midfielder Dividends.

Barnes now has six goals and six assists in the Premier League this season, with him benefitting greatly under the tutelage of Brendan Rodgers. In the last 24 hours his Share Price has increased by 11p and should the international fixtures go ahead at the end of this month, he could earn a call-up with a view to being in this summer’s England Euro 2020 squad.

Good News and Bad News for Tottenham Ahead of Champions League

On the eve of their crucial Champions League round of 16 second leg against RB Leipzig, there has been some good news for Tottenham supporters regarding Harry Kane (£6.23).

Their talismanic forward has stepped up his rehabilitation following a hamstring injury sustained on New Year’s Day, with footage showing him taking part in training once again.

In the last 24 hours, it’s seen his Share Price increase by 22p ahead of a return to the pitch.

Now for the bad news.

Injuries to Kane and Son Heung-min (£1.91) have left Spurs light in the attacking third, so the last thing they needed was another injury to a key forward.

Unfortunately, that is the case Steven Bergwijn (£1.86) with Jose Mourinho admitting he “doesn’t expect him to play this season”, after sustaining a sprained ankle in the weekend draw against Burnley.

The Dutchman’s Share Price has fallen by 15p following the news, as Mourinho now has to mastermind overturning a one-goal deficit against tonight’s German opponents with a heavily-depleted forward line.

Jude Bellingham – A Player in Demand

It seems that every major club has been linked with Birmingham City starlet Jude Bellingham (£4.44) one way or another this season following his performances for the Championship side.

Last week it was reported that Borussia Dortmund was winning the race to sign the 16-year-old, although recent reports suggest Manchester United have now stepped up efforts to sign the teenager.

Per those reports, it’s said that chief officials at the club gave Bellingham’s parents a tour of their Carrington-based training ground in an effort to push a deal through, although it’s believed that they will be visiting a host of clubs before any decision on the England U17 international’s future is made.

In terms of activity on the Index, he is currently the biggest riser, with his price increasing by 16% in the last 24 hours (61p) as he’s set to be one of the summer’s biggest transfer stories.

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

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