Match Day Dividends Preview: Bundesliga Midfielders

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Match Day Dividends are around the corner as the 2019/20 football season is fast approaching.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the mechanics of Match Day Dividends, find out everything you need to know here.

Last season Traders returned large profits thanks to individual performances on the pitch. So make sure your portfolio is ready once again.

Here are the three highest accumulative Match Day Scoring Bundesliga Midfielders from last season and a wildcard to get Traders thinking:

1st – Thiago Alcantara (£2.17) – 4,325

Thiago is a master with the ball at his feet. Whether it is killing a ball dead with his first touch, nutmegging his opposite number or playing a pinpoint through ball – Thiago Alcantara can do it all.

The Spaniard had a great season last time out and was by far the best midfielder in the league for scoring Match Day Dividends. He is the engine room in the middle of Bayern Munich’s well-oiled machine, however, can also add a touch of class in possession. He scored twice and got six assists but scored many of his points from the other aspects of his game. The Spaniard had a 92.5% pass success rate, 68.2% successful dribbles and 5 interceptions per game. An all-rounder.

This season, he should remain a vital part of Bayern Munich’s strongest eleven despite constant links to clubs such as Manchester City. At the prime age of 28, he still has years ahead of him so would be a worthwhile addition to Traders portfolios.

2nd – Axel Witsel (£0.69) – 3,950

Hair like he’s at a 70’s disco and energy like he’s in an 80’s music video. Axel Witsel enjoyed a productive first season with Borrusia Dortmund. He added an industrial touch to their classy arsenal of midfielders and became the workhorse for the Bundesliga runners up.

Before the 2018/19 season, Witsel was a player that many believed could have played at a higher level throughout his career with the only two sides on his resume being Zenit St Petersburg and Tianjin Quanjian. However, his move to German giants Borussia Dortmund proved that he does fit in with Europe’s elite as a defensively-minded box-to-box midfielder. He got four goals and an assist in the league but his worth was measured more in his more detailed statistics. The 30-year-old ended the campaign with 94.2% pass accuracy and over eight ball recoveries each match.

This season, Witsel will remain part of an improving Dortmund squad that will want to go toe-to-toe with Bayern Munich. His experience should play a key part amongst a relatively youthful side.

3rd – Kai Havertz (£3.55) – 3,627

Kai Havertz has shot out of nowhere to become a prominent figure in the German football scene. The attacking midfielder enjoys dazzling defenders and nestling the net – and did it all at the age of 19 last season.

Last campaign, Havertz made his mark in professional football after a few quiet seasons in senior football. He ended up with 17 goals and three assists as part of Bayer Leverkusen’s fluid midfield. He also scored three goals in the Europa League. Whilst his impressive season did catch the eye of plenty of clubs, he has remained a Leverkusen player for now.

This time around, Havertz will want to build on what could have been a career-defining year for him. It would be best for Traders if he didn’t make a last-minute switch to another club and remained a big fish in a relatively normal-sized pond.

WILDCARD – Kerem Demirbay (£1.51)

Previously of Hoffenheim, now of Bayer Leverkusen – Demirbay has recently transferred to the Champions League side off the back of an impressive 2018/19 season. The attacking midfielder scored four goals and got an impressive nine assists as Hoffenheim managed a respectable mid-table finish. Despite numerous suitors and Champions League winners Liverpool eyeing up the German – he decided to remain in Bundesliga.

Many fans will expect his best is yet to come as he is still only 26 years old. He possesses a lethal shot, an eye for a through ball and the football seems to stick to his feet. Demirbay could be a worthwhile addition to portfolios.

 

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