Match Day Dividends Preview: Ligue 1 Defenders

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Match Day Dividends are only a couple weeks away now 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 Ligue 1 Defenders from last season and a wildcard to get Traders thinking:

1st – Marquinhos (£1.40) – 4,010

The Brazilian rock anchoring the champion’s defence. Marquinhos has grown from strength to strength whilst at the French capital and is entering his sixth season at the Parc des Princes.

The 25-year-old has become a perennial part of PSG’s defensive line alongside countryman Thiago Silva. He already has earned a handful of winners medals as part of PSG’s super team that seems to cruise to domestic success. One of his most valuable assets is his ability on the ball. He is extremely comfortable in possession and isn’t scared to spray a key pass forward to start an attack. The Brazilian international scored twice last season and grabbed an assist; however more impressively, he accumulated just two yellow cards all campaign – not bad for a centre-back.

Looking forward, Marquinhos still has his best years ahead of him and is part of the Paris side that knows how to win. Whilst Champions League success continues to allude himself and his teammates, he is sure to pick up plenty of match day points with the French champions.

2nd – Dante (£0.52) – 3,764

Another Brazilian defender prospering in the French divisions. However, this time replace Marquinhos athleticism and youth with wisdom and experience and there you have it. Dante.

The 35-year-old is arguably enjoying his best years near the end of his footballing career. In the past, he has been a versatile squad player who is able to play out left or in central midfield but now he is a mainstay at the centre-back position. Dante was a pivotal part of Nice’s European hopes with 36 league appearances, however, they fell slightly short with a seventh-place finish. He wasn’t shy to the referee’s pocket last season as he picked up 11 yellow cards – a possible warning sign for Traders.

This season, Dante will likely be playing one of his final campaigns in top-level football, due to his age. Nice will be wanting to improve on their league position and whilst his experience could play a key part, he also could be a risk for Traders.

3rd – Christophe Herelle (£0.53) – 3,624

Standing alongside the cultured Dante in the Nice defence is a leaner, younger Frenchman by the name of Christophe Herelle. Despite having never scored a professional goal, Herelle is a traditional no-nonsense style defender with great aerial ability and pace to burn.

Last season, the 26-year-old had a strong campaign and caught the eye of some clever Traders. He played centre-back alongside second-placed Dante who built up a formidable partnership. Herelle, himself, showcased his abilities in possession throughout the campaign with very high pass success rates and looked calm waiting for the play to develop ahead of him.

This season, Herelle’s role will become more important at Nice as Dante is not getting any younger. Time will tell if he can step up to the next level and become one of the leagues more consistent performers – it could prove a profitable move for some Traders.

WILDCARD – Thilo Kehrer (£0.62)

Thilo Kehrer is one of the young prospects coming out of the PSG side. The ‘new age’ defender enjoyed his first season in Ligue 1 after joining from Schalke 04 and got plenty of match time as he and his team cruised to league glory. He is quickly developing his skills under Thomas Tuchel, which could prove vital to the future of the Parisians whose defensive options are ageing.

Kehrer showed his versatility last season as he played both centre-back and right-back with great aplomb. Despite being the new face in the squad, the 22-year-old proved he deserves to be playing for the European giant and is likely to continue in that vein. Would be a very worthwhile addition to portfolios.


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