Inside the Index: March 9

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Despite the threat of coronavirus, there was still plenty of footballing action to savour across Europe this weekend.

Manchester United did the league double over Manchester City, while Borussia Dortmund and Juventus both came out with vital wins in games with title implications against Borussia Mönchengldbach and Inter Milan respectively.

With league’s across Europe entering the final stretch of their seasons, every game has huge ramifications between now and May.

Friday 6 March Bronze Match Day Winners:

  • Star Player: Daniel Parejo (2p)
  • Top Defender: Jonas Hector (2p)
  • Top Midfielder: Daniel Parejo (2p)
  • Top Forward: Mark Uth (2p)
  • Media: Alisson (3p)

Saturday 7 March Gold Match Day Winners:

  • Star Player: Predrag Rajkovic (8p)
  • Top Defender: Predrag Rajkovic (8p)
  • Top Midfielder: Dani Ceballos (8p)
  • Top Forward: Lionel Messi (8p)
  • Media: Mohamed Salah (3p)

Sunday 8 March Gold Match Day Winners:

  • Star Player: Ross Barkley (8p)
  • Top Defender: Joshua Kimmich (8p)
  • Top Midfielder: Ross Barkley (8p)
  • Top Forward: Fabio Quagliarella (8p)
  • Media: Bruno Fernandes (3p)

Bruno Fernandes Continues to Provide

It’s amazing to think how much of a difference one player can make, but Bruno Fernandes (£8.28) is proving just that for Manchester United.

The Portuguese international has added vigor and a certain swagger to the side, as he helped United do the league double over Manchester City for the first time since 2009/10.

He was pivotal in the first goal in their 2-0 win, as his quickly-taken free-kick was dispatched by Anthony Martial (£2.36) in what was his third assist in just his fifth Premier League game.

Since his debut, no player in the league has been involved in more goals (5) than the midfielder, while a 21p increase in the last 24 hours has seen him strengthen his position as the Index’s second-most expensive player.

Record Continue to Tumble for Sancho

It’s hard to keep Jadon Sancho (£9.74) out of the headlines at the minute, whether that be due to proposed moves away or for his performances on the field.

Thankfully for Borussia Dortmund fans, it’s the latter in this instance. While the Borussen derby between themselves and Mönchengladbach proved to be a tense affair, Sancho, having come on as a second-half substitute, provided the assist for the winning goal scored by Achraf Hakimi (£2.48).

The assist was his 15th in the Bundesliga this season – the joint-most from a Dortmund player in the Bundesliga in a single season – while also becoming the first English player to achieve that tally in one of Europe’s top five leagues in 15 years.

A 17p increase in the last 24 hours only heightens his status as ‘King of the Index’ as he now closes in on achieving a £10.00 Share Price.

Best of British for Chelsea’s Midfield

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard managed to put one over his former boss, Carlo Ancelotti, as the Blues convincingly beat Everton 4-0 at Stamford Bridge.

The biggest positive from the game was the all-British midfield that ran the game for the hosts.

Mason Mount (£2.67) opened the scoring with a fine finish, resulting in a 16p increase in the last 24 hours, while man of the match, Billy Gilmour (£3.22) showcased skill and composure far beyond his years as he anchored the midfield.

It’s been a stellar week for the 18-year-old that has seen him collect two man of the match awards in as many games, while his Share Price has increased by over £1.50 during that time.

The third member of that midfield was the much-maligned Ross Barkley (£1.47). After his goal in the FA Cup in midweek, he recorded two assists against his former club at the weekend, taking home Sunday’s Star Player and Top Midfielder Dividends in the process.

Barkley has been somewhat of a whipping boy during Chelsea’s recent sticky patch, although an 16p Share Price increase in the last 24 hours suggests he has turned the corner.

Late Title Push for Bayer Leverkusen?

Bayer Leverkusen have really turned up in the Rückrunde, with Saturday’s 4-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt at the weekend shooting them into the top four.

It was their sixth league win in eight games since their return from the winter break (D1 L1), with them now just eight points off current Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich.

In terms of the weekend’s result, Paulinho (£1.90) scored a brace and provided an assist with his Share Price increasing by 50p in the past week.

The team’s star, however, is Kai Havertz (£4.72). He provided a goal and assist to maintain his brilliant form in 2020.

He’s scored six goals and provided six assists in all competitions this calendar year, while the 20-year-old’s name remains firmly in the headlines ahead of a likely move in the summer.

Safe Hands From Saturday’s Star Player

Reims’ 1-0 win over Brest on Saturday is hardly a result to crow over, although it was a game that actually produced the day’s Star Player in goalkeeper Predrag Rajkovic (£0.38).

His four saves, which included a first-half penalty stop, saw him keep a clean sheet, while he also has a very successful game in terms of distribution with seven successful throw-outs and a 78% passing accuracy.

It was enough to win him Star Player and Top Defender Dividends in the process, much to the delight of Traders that hold the Serbian shot-stopper.

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

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