Inside the Index: May 27

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Bundesliga football just doesn’t stop. Fresh off the back of the second round of games post-shutdown over the weekend, we’re in the midst of a midweek offering from them.

Yesterday’s schedule was headlined by the small matter of a potential title-deciding Der Klassiker, with Bayern Munich extending their lead at the summit of the table to seven points thanks to Joshua Kimmich’s first-half chip in their 1-0 win over Borussia Dortmund.

Die Roten were in fact the only side in the top five to win on Tuesday, with an in-form Bayer Leverkusen suffering a shock 4-1 loss at home to VfL Wolfsburg. Borussia Mönchengladbach were held to a goalless draw against strugglers Werder Bremen, while RB Leipzig face Hertha Berlin tonight.

The day’s final game saw a frantic finish in Frankfurt, as the hosts staged a late fightback to salvage a point in their 3-3 draw with SC Freiburg. Let’s hope for some more excitement in today’s games.


Tuesday 26 May Silver Match Day Winners:

  • Star Player: Maximilian Arnold (4p)
  • Top Defender: Yann Sommer (4p)
  • Top Midfielder: Maximilian Arnold (4p)
  • Top Forward: Andre Silva (4p)

FIVE-Place Media Winners:

  • First Place: Paul Pogba (5p)
  • Second Place: Odion Ighalo (3p)
  • Third Place: Marcus Rashford (1p)
  • Fourth Place: Jadon Sancho (1p)
  • Fifth Place: Kylian Mbappe (1p)

Joshua Kimmich Was Star Player Yesterday…

With no Thiago Alcantara (£2.50) in the midfield for Bayern Munich yesterday against Borussia Dortmund, more of the creative emphasis was trusted onto the robust shoulders of Joshua Kimmich (£4.43) at the heart of their midfield.

The German international reveled in that role, with his match-winning goal alone encapsulating the craft and ingenuity usually required to decide a game with so much riding on it.

His goal aside, Kimmich was immense. He ran more than any other player on the pitch (13.73km), had more touches than any other Bayern player (104), attempted more passes than any other Bayern player (81) and regained possession on more occasions than any other Bayern player (8).

It comes as no surprise then that his Share Price has increased by 9p in the last 24 hours then.

His permanent switch into midfield has worked out, with his performance almost earning him the night’s Star Player and Top Midfielder Dividends, but was thwarted by a compatriot putting a dent into Bayer Leverkusen’s Champions League hopes.

… Until Maximilian Arnold Took to the Field

Two assists from whipped-in free-kicks and a goal; albeit with the aid of a major deflection. It was going to take a big performance to knock Kimmich off his premature perch, with Maximilian Arnold (£1.11) providing just that.

He ended up taking home both Star Player and Top Midfielder Dividends for his display to help Wolfsburg to only their second win in their last five games at the expense of a Bayer Leverkusen side that had won six of their seven league games beforehand (D1).

It’s seen his Share Price has increased by 2p in the last 24 hours following his performance, as he looks to help his side secure the final Europa League spot come the end of the season.

Premier League Clubs Set to Vote on Next Phase of ‘Project Restart’

The return of Premier League football could edge that bit closer today as clubs are today set to vote on whether they move onto the next phase of ‘Project Restart’ and begin to implement contact training.

It’s news that Traders have certainly reacted to, as many of the risers on the Index ply their trade in the Premier League.

Gabriel Jesus (£3.23) has experienced a 13p in the last 24 hours, while selected others include Bruno Fernandes (£9.92) by 12p, Bukayo Saka (£3.29) by 8p, Marcus Rashford (£7.17) going up by 7p, Diogo Jota (£2.68) and Dwight McNeil (£2.48) by 4p and Trent Alexander-Arnold (£8.32) improving by 2p.

While the government has green-lighted the return of elite sport from June 1, and a start date of June 12 has been mute, it’s likely that the Premier League won’t return until much later in the month or even until July.

Erling Haaland Hobbles Off During Der Klassiker Defeat

As if the defeat to title rivals Bayern Munich wasn’t bad enough, Borussia Dortmund may have to play their next few games without talismanic forward Erling Haaland (£8.48), as he limped off during the second-half of yesterday’s game with what looked to be a muscle injury.

While it’s unclear as to whether he will miss any of BVB’s next few games, beginning with Paderborn on Sunday, the injury has impacted his Share Price, which has decreased by 10p in the last 24 hours.

Haaland, who has 13 goals in 14 games alone for Dortmund this season, would be a huge miss for the title-chasers, with him adding a cutting edge as their main striker since his arrival from Red Bull Salzburg in January.

Manchester City Going Bundesliga to Replace Leroy Sane?

It’s hard to keep the Bundesliga out the footballing headlines at the minute, although this is a story concerning matters off the field.

Bayern Munich have made no secret of their interest of Leroy Sane (£3.93), with reports even suggesting they’ve reserved the number 10 once he arrives at the Allianz Arena in the summer. Spare a thought for the player who currently owns that number – on-loan Philippe Coutinho (£3.19).

In a view to replacing Sane, it has been reported that Man City are set to swoop for Bayer Leverkusen starlet Leon Bailey (£2.11). It’s easy to make a comparison between the two, with both being left-wingers with an explosive turn of pace.

However, Bailey, who has seven goals and one assist this season, can operate across the front line, while at 22, he couldn’t be joining a better manager to help him make those next steps in his career in Pep Guardiola. I’m sure Raheem Sterling and even Sane himself can testify.

This could be a transfer story keeping an eye on in the coming months.

Chelsea Eye Championship Star to Replace Willian

Another day and another Willian (£1.14) transfer rumour. This time the Brazilian has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge to London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur once his contract expires in the summer.

In a move to replace the Brazilain, according to reports, the Blues are looking to Championship side Brentford for his replacement in the shape of Said Benrahma (£1.89), who has risen by 11p in the last 24 hours.

The Algerian international has followed up his impressive debut season in 2018/19 – when he scored 10 goals and provided 14 assists – with impressive numbers this campaign, having already matched his 10 goals, while providing seven assists so far.

With the coronavirus pandemic potentially tearing up the best-laid transfer plans of clubs across the globe, a shrewd move for a player in a lower division such a Benrahma could become the norm this summer, while Frank Lampard’s recent track record of giving talent the time to develop giving Chelsea a potential edge in this race.

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

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