Inside the Index: November 25

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There was no shortage of talking points over the weekend as domestic football made its return following its brief absence due to the international break.

Barring Borussia Mönchengladbach, all the other league leaders from Europe’s top five leagues – Liverpool, Barcelona, Juventus and PSG – gained three points, while Jose Mourinho began his reign as Tottenham Hotspur manager with an entertaining 3-2 win over West Ham United – securing their first away win since January in the process.

Here’s a glance at the big winners from across the weekend.

Friday 22 November Bronze Match Day Winners:

  • Star Player: Ruben Rochina (229) 2p
  • Top Forward: Streli Mamba (130) 2p
  • Top Midfielder: Ruben Rochina (229) 2p
  • Top Defender: Thiago Silva (191) 2p
  • Media: Gareth Bale 3p

Saturday 23 November Gold Match Day Winners:

  • Star Player: Gonzalo Higuain (261) 8p
  • Top Forward: Gonzalo Higuain (261) 8p
  • Top Midfielder: Sergio Canales (251) 8p
  • Top Defender: Benjamin Pavard (242) 8p
  • Media: Dele Alli 3p

Sunday 24 November Gold Match Day Winners:

  • Star Player: Chris Smalling (283) 8p
  • Top Forward: Nicolas de Preville (257) 8p
  • Top Midfielder: Gaston Ramirez (261) 8p
  • Top Defender: Chris Smailling (283) 8p
  • Media: Raheem Sterling (520) 3p

Ahead of this week’s Champions League and Europa League games, here’s a look at who Traders could consider for their portfolios.

Jose Mourinho’s Maiden Tottenham Game Sees Dele Alli (£2.61) Thrive 

Jose Mourinho overseeing Tottenham’s first away win since January saw him garner plenty of plaudits from fans and onlookers alike, with the vast majority of praise being reserved for him seemingly finding the real Dele Alli – as opposed to his brother.

The forward-thinking midfielder registered his first Premier League assist of the season to set up Son Heung-min, while his part in Lucas Moura’s goal certainly did not go unnoticed.

As a result, his share price has increased by 9p in the past 24 hours and 86p in the past seven days, while he’s featured heavily when it comes to Media Dividends.

It’s early days yes, but if Mourinho can get the best of the midfielder on a regular basis, he could become a necessity for Traders and their portfolios.

Chris Smalling (£0.60) Enjoying Himself at Roma With Another Impressive Display

Despite being shipped out by Manchester United at the start of the season, Chris Smalling is showing the Red Devils what they’re missing, with the centre-back turning in great performances for loan side Roma on a regular basis.

His latest display over the weekend, as Roma beat Brescia 3-0, saw the Englishman both score, assist and keep a clean sheet to earn Sunday’s Star Player and Top Defender Dividends, with Smalling seemingly loving life and his football in Italy.

The defender is one of the Index’s biggest risers, with his share price increasing 29% in the past 24 hours, and is likely to rise further should he maintain his level of performance for I Giallorossi.

Brandon Williams (£1.81) Proves Instant Success After Recent IPO Announcement

Onto Smalling’s parent club now, and despite Manchester United’s topsy-turvy 3-3 draw against Sheffield United over the weekend, young full-back Brandon Williams’ well-taken first senior goal was certainly a positive.

Included in the latest IPO release, the 19-year-old has already become a member of the Top 200 and seen his share price increase by 12p recently as well.

With United taking part in the Europa League on Thursday – against bottom of the table Astana – Williams appears a must for any Trader at this stage, whether that be for the short term or with a view further down the line.

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