It proved to be a good day for English clubs in the Champions League on Tuesday night, as both Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur both secured their place in the knockout stages.
City stumbled to a 1-1 draw over Shakhtar Donetsk to secure top spot in Group C, while Spurs survived an early scare against Olympiakos to run out 4-2 winners and reach the last 16 for a third successive season.
Elsewhere across Europe, wins for Juventus and Bayern Munich helped them secure top spot in their groups, while PSG pipped Real Madrid to top spot in Group A following an entertaining 2-2 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Tuesday 26 November Silver Match Day Winners:
- Star Player: Robert Lewandowski (364) 4p
- Top Forward: Robert Lewandowski (364) 4p
- Top Midfielder: Leon Goretzka (315) 4p
- Top Defender: Sven Bender (340) 4p
- Media: Paul Pogba (630) 3p
Ahead of another eight games in the Champions League, here’s a look at recent activity across the Index.
Host of Bayern Munich Stars Enjoy Price Increases
Things for Hansi Flick couldn’t have gone much better since his recent appointment as Bayern Munich’s interim manager, with Tuesday’s 6-0 win over Red Star Belgrade extending his perfect start.
Since arriving at the club, Flick has overseen four wins in four, with his side netting 16 goals and are still yet to concede. Its form that has rightly caught the eye of Traders, with Die Roten stars featuring heavily when it comes to price increases.
— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) November 26, 2019
No surprises for guessing that Robert Lewandowski (£2.35) is one of the big movers following his four-goal haul – in the space of just 14 minutes – against Red Star on Tuesday. It was a performance that saw him earn both the Star Player, Top Forward Dividends and rise by 15p, taking his tally for club and country this season to an astonishing 30 goals.
The Polish forward however is only third when it comes to Bayern players and price increases, with Benjamin Pavard (£2.05) topping the pile at 27p increase – the biggest riser in the market currently – while Leon Goretka (£1.75) takes silver at a 19p increase.
Other notable increases include loanee Philippe Coutinho (£2.50) at 7p and fit-again central midfielder Corentin Tolisso (£1.60) who’s also go up by 8p. It’s arguable that they’re the most in-form side in Europe currently and Traders look to taking advantage of their recent hot streak.
Toni Kroos (£5.01) Reaches Milestone
A favourite for some time with Traders on the Index, Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has reached an impressive milestone following Tuesday night’s draw with PSG.
No player has created more chances than Toni Kroos in the Champions League so far 🎩
Popular amongst Traders, the Real Madrid ace has hit the £5 landmark 📈
— Football Index (@FootballIndex) November 27, 2019
The German World Cup winner is now one of only ten players to be worth £5.01 or more in the wake of a 23p price increase.
Kroos certainly enjoys playing the Champions League, with no other player creating more chances than him in the group stages this season, which probably explains why Traders were so keen to get him into their portfolios.
Serge Aurier (£0.83) Latest Tottenham Player to See Major Price Rise
While he was certainly a polarising character during Mauricio Pochettino’s tenure, Serge Aurier is certainly enjoying life under Jose Mourinho.
After setting up Harry Kane for the winner against West Ham United at the weekend, the Ivorian international was at it again on Tuesday to assist Dele Alli just before half-time. He wasn’t done there though as he soon found himself on the scoresheet on 73 minutes with a fierce strike to put the hosts ahead.
As a result, Aurier is actually the Index’s biggest riser, with his price increasing by an astonishing 44% to an all-time high of £0.82.
While both he and Spurs still look anything but secure defensively, Aurier certainly looks reinvigerated since the change in the dugout, and therefore a player that Traders perhaps can’t overlook.
New Contract for Bruno Fernandes (£2.55) Sees Price Plummet
Bruno Fernandes was a name that featured prominently in the past week, mainly as a prime transfer target for Jose Mourinho’s revamp at Tottenham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United regeneration.
That however looks to be dead in the water, for now at least, following the confirmation that the Sporting CP midfielder has signed a new deal with the Portuguese club until 2023, with his release clause reportedly increasing from £65m to £85m.
News of his contract signing has meant he’s the Index’s biggest faller in price, as a 43p decrease now sees him valued at £2.55. Just because of his new deal however doesn’t mean that the likes of Spurs and United won’t test the resolve of the Primeira Liga side come January, which could see Fernandes in and around the top when it comes to Media Dividends.