Inside the Index: March 2

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The streak… is over. Liverpool’s unbeaten run in the Premier League was always going to come to an end, but few could’ve predicted both the manner and the team their record would fall to.

It would prove to be Watford that shocked the footballing world with an astonishing – and deserving – 3-0 win over the Reds, bringing to an end their 44-game unbeaten league run.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have shattered and equalled records in equal measure this season as they look to end a 30-year wait for a league crown, although one record they can’t match now is Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ as they still remain the only Premier League club to go a full league season undefeated.

Friday 28 February Silver Match Day Winners:

  • Star Player: Filip Kostic (4p)
  • Top Defender: Jerome Onguene (4p)
  • Top Midfielder: Filip Kostic (4p)
  • Top Forward: Dario Benedetto (4p)
  • Media: Bruno Fernandes (3p)

Saturday 29 February Gold Match Day Winners:

  • Star Player: Teji Savanier (8p)
  • Top Defender: Giovanni Di Lorenzo (8p)
  • Top Midfielder: Teji Savanier (8p)
  • Top Forward: Kylian Mbappe (8p)
  • Media: Troy Deeney (3p)

Sunday 1 March Silver Match Day Winners:

  • Star Player: Josip Ilicic (4p)
  • Top Defender: Daniel Carvajal (4p)
  • Top Midfielder: Josip Ilicic (4p)
  • Top Forward: Duvan Zapata (4p)
  • Media: David De Gea (3p)

Sarr & Deeney Bring Liverpool to Their Knees

While it was an unlikely duo that brought to an end Liverpool’s unbeaten run, Ismaila Sarr (£2.15) and Troy Deeney (£0.55) gave the Reds backline the proverbial runaround all evening at Vicarage Road.

Fresh from his return from injury, Sarr netted the first two goals of the the 3-0 win, the second being a lovely run and composed finish from the 22-year-old, with his price increasing by 46p following that game.

The Hornets’ third goal came from their talismanic figure Deeney. Netting his first goal against Liverpool, he added gloss to a scoreline that was fully deserved, resulting in him taking home Saturday’s Media Dividends.

In the grand scheme of things it was an important win for their own concerns rather than ending Liverpool’s impressive run. With Norwich and West Ham both winning at the weekend, it proved to be three vital points for Nigel Pearson’s side.

A Magnificent 7 for Atalanta… Again

Scoring seven in one game is impressive. Twice is insane. But for a third time, that is bordering on ridiculous.

That’s what Atalanta achieved on Sunday however, as they smashed Lecce 7-2 away from home to take their Serie A goals for tally to a whopping 70 goals.

The star of the show on this occasion was Duvan Zapata (£1.36). He netted a hat-trick for Atalanta to take his league tally for the season to 11, winning Sunday’s Top Forward Dividends in the process, while his Share Price has increased by 12p in the last 24 hours.

Another notable performer was Index favourite Josip Ilicic (£1.80). A goal and two assists saw him win Star Player and Top Midfielder Dividends for a team that simply can’t stop scoring at the minute.

Bruno Fernandes Joins Elite Club

To say Bruno Fernandes (£8.28) has settled into life at Manchester United quite well would be an understatement.

The Portuguese midfielder has already become the club’s main creative source for the club since his brief time there, with said creativity resulting in both goals and assists.

Sunday was the latest example, as his long-range strike, that Jordan Pickford (£0.52) should’ve done better with, rescued a point for the Red Devils to keep them in the hunt for a Champions League place.

His price increase in the last week however has been nothing short of remarkable. In the last seven days he has risen by £2.24, while in the last 24 hours along he’s gone up by £1.29, seeing now enter the £8.00 club.

He’s now in fact the second-most expensive player on the Index behind Jadon Sancho (£9.34) , and with four consecutive Media Days on the horizon, he’ll be a player in high demand over the next few days.

Dortmund’s Hat-Trick of Double Figure Assisters

Borussia Dortmund remained very much in the race for this season’s Bundesliga title with a narrow 1-0 win over SC Freiburg in front of their home fans.

Sancho’s 14th league goal of the season was enough for the win, with Thorgan Hazard (£1.57) providing the assist to take his tally of assists in the league to 10.

He joins Sancho (14) and Achraf Hakimi (£2.47) (10) as Dortmund players to contribute 10 or more league assists so far this season, with no other club in Europe’s top five leagues able to match that feat.

On another note, Sancho, who has risen 15p in the last 24 hours, has now scored in seven consecutive home league games this season, with only Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£2.00) going on a longer run for Dortmund, after he scored in 11 consecutive home league games.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin Can’t Stop Scoring

On the eve of Euro 2020, Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£2.48) has certainly timed his push for a potential call-up to the England squad well.

Courtesy of an error from David De Gea (£0.70), Calvert-Lewin scored his 13th Premier League goal of the season to help Everton earn a point against Manchester United on Sunday.

In the last 24 hours he has risen by 24p, with the appointment of Carlo Ancelotti clearly having an impact on the form of the young forward.

Since the Italian took charge of his first game for Everton – a 1-0 Boxing Day win over Burnley – Calvert-Lewin has scored eight league goals in only 10 games, which is more than any other player during that period.

His goals under Ancelotti have also helped Everton earn nine points during that period, with the young forward surely under serious consideration for the England squad ahead of the international fixtures at the end of the month.

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

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