Updated: Jun 4, 2020
With football finally filling our screens once again, it seems appropriate to review the key highlights of the weekend's action - and what it translates to on Football Index.
Erling Håland is still scoring.
The Norwegian wonderkid is on fire. The hype is real. It's not an over-reaction. It's a habit. His value has leapt up £0.74 this week, he bagged a goal and an assist, and won £0.05 media dividends on Saturday. He's now tallied 10 goals and 3 assists in his 9 appearances for Dortmund. A part of every fan is starting to think, will the teenager ever slow down? Surely he can't sustain this level?
From a neutral football fan, he's incredible to watch. For an investor, it's a sweet victory every time he's stepping on the field. For someone new on the index, it's the obvious man to hold right now. Will his value continue to rocket?
Lewandowski reaches 26 goals this season.
Lewandowski moved one goal closer to the European Golden Boot this season. His goal record and contribution to Bayern this term has seen arguably his best year in football yet. The Polish icon is 31 years old now, but showing no sign of slowing down. He's yet to win any media dividends, but has picked up £0.29 in PB this season alone.
RB Leipzig slipping up, Monchengladbach stepping up.
The star-studded RB Leipzig failed to take 3 points after hosting SC Freiburg on Saturday. They played a plethora of strike options, yet could only convert 1 of their 19 shots into a goal, courtesy of our Bundesliga Best Buy Yussuf Poulsen. High profile players Timo Werner and Christopher Nkunku both contributed, but failed to lead their team to victory. Meanwhile, Monchengladbach moved into third following their defeat of Eintracht Frankfurt. Last week we outlined one player from both sides in our Best Buys. Both scored. Marcus Thuram bagged the second goal for Gladbach in the 7th minute, consequently rising a few pence on Saturday. Andre Silva came off the bench for Frankfurt to net a goal, albeit when 3-0 down.
Traders watched. The market moved.
One key takeaway from the return of Bundesliga is that traders were active. The market flashed green, and as hoped, reacted to stand-out performances. Haaland dominated media as a result of his goal and assist, and as such, his value shot up. Goals from Thuram, Lewandowski, Poulsen, and a star performance from Guerreiro all saw noticeable increases in their values too. Top teams' goal scorers were recognised and traded.
Havertz flourished during Monday's fixture, bagging a brace and posting a solid PB score - the market moved accordingly.
There were, certainly on our part, traces of worry before last weekend's matches that the Bundesliga may not provide as much of a lucrative experience as standard Gold or Silver matchdays. We weren't necessarily surprised, but were relieved to see a buzz of activity unrelated to transfer hype all weekend.
5 Players to watch going forward:
1. Matheus Cunha
The Hertha Berlin Striker (yes... he was on our Best Buys) got right back to his excellent form. He's now found the net 3 times in the last 3 matches for his new club. A total of 3 goals, 1 assist in his first 5 games in Berlin certainly looks promising for the 20 year old Brazilian. The. market recognised the ex-RB Leipzig talisman and he rose £0.21 across the weekend. He currently sits at £1.92 on the index, a £0.30 rise from Last Tuesday. But there's plenty of growing room yet. Keep an eye on him. If he can continue his form, Hertha Berlin's rebuilding squad could start climbing the table.
2. Joshua Kimmich
When watching Bayern Munich on Sunday, there weren't any particular stand-out performances. They simply dominated Union Berlin and took three points as a team. However, a scratch beneath the surface revealed another fantastic output from Joshua Kimmich. He played 91 passes in total; three key passes and one assist. He has historically dominated defender dividends, but the Index flipped his listing to a midfielder. For those that stood by him, he's rewarded investors with top midfielder dividend on Sunday (229PB) and an assist to add IPDs. If Kimmich can bag dividends without looking spectacular, we fancy him regularly registering a PB of 200+.
3. Alphonso Davies
No surprise to see the teenage Canadian here. He's obviously a popular player on the index, but this weekend exemplified his ability. In the first half of Sunday evening's match, he registered the most take-ons (4, 2 successful), most chances created (2) and most interceptions (2). Amongst a squad of vast talent, Davies still posted the most aggressive numbers on the big stage when Bundesliga returned. It will be interesting to see if Football Index changes his 'DEF' status should he continue to ply his trade on the left wing.
4. Kai Havertz
This again is no surprise. The 20 year old has been linked to a move, most reportedly to the Premier League, for the entirety of this season. Monday's fixture was the platform from which he could announce his arrival on the global stage. He took the opportunity and bagged a brace. We immediately asked our community where they see Havertz value in September - 68% said over £7. For a summer hold, Havertz is offering a lucrative opportunity. Be weary though - check out our Wonderkid Bias article to better understand exactly what you're getting into when purchasing hot property on the move.
5. Yussuf Poulsen
RB Leipzig were not firing on all cylinders on Saturday. They had chance after chance and failed to take three points. There were a plethora of unexpected decisions made regarding the line-up. Sabitzer did not start. Lookman made an appearance shortly into the second half. Olmo never appeared. Poulsen was fancied over Schick. Surely Poulsen starting is an indication of how highly he is regarded, when so many different attacking options are available on the bench. The Danish international got the nod, and although he failed to convert a couple of easy chances, he did redeem himself with the only goal from Leipzig's efforts. Should he get the nod once more, a little more composure will see Poulsen bagging plenty of chances in Leipzig's relentless attacking style. They face an easy few fixtures ahead. At under £1 per share, a starting striker for a champions league side is good value, even if he's not found form yet. Leipzig's lineup is certainly worth keeping an eye on.