Matching Engine - Player Opportunities

Updated: May 26

Over the last few weeks, we have seen many Bundesliga players rise in price, a few Ligue 1 players drop and many Serie A, La Liga and Premier League players remain fairly stagnant.

Bundesliga


The focus in the market has understandably been on the Bundesliga as this has been the only league where games have resumed.


Therefore, it has been the only area of the market where players have temporarily had access to earning match day dividends, leading to more opportunities in the short term and more volatility in these player's prices.


Players from the German leagues that have been highlighted on the site this month have already risen an average of 6% and many have increased to much higher peak prices since being highlighted too.

Bundesliga Players Recently Highlighted on the site

It looks likely that the clear demand and focus on Bundesliga players could slightly shift with the introduction of the Matching Engine increasing liquidity throughout the market and also due to us getting closer to the return of other leagues.


There are two areas of the market that we can currently look to exploit:

  • Value players who have been listed in recent months (Take advantage of lower prices via the Matching Engine)

  • Value players who could rise in anticipation of the return of the Premier League, La Liga and Serie A


Matching Engine


The introduction of the Matching Engine creates a great opportunity to buy potentially valuable players at lower prices.


Where to look?

One place to find players who may currently be undervalued is in players who have dropped in price since the huge spreads were put in place as such players are likely to have been listed to the market with many sellers. Therefore, we may be able to 'match' with sellers at attractive prices.


Returning Leagues


As we edge closer to the likely return of the Premier League, Serie A and La Liga, it could be wise to start planning in advance for potential risers in players in these leagues.


We have already seen a number of players from these leagues be highlighted on the site over the last 4 weeks and although many have remained fairly stagnant so far, there is a reasonably strong chance many will start to rise as they get closer to being back in action.

Serie A & Premier League players recently highlighted on the site

*As you can see most of the above players are from Serie A as it was expected that Serie A would return next, La Liga is now expected to return around the same time as Serie A.


Players


Below are a range of players who could be good value at their current prices for a range of reasons explained below. *Click into the players name for their full player profile.


The Suggest Bid Price is an estimate of what you could buy the player for. All players are highlighted as they appear value at their current market price, but of course if you wish to buy a player below and can buy them for a lower price - that's even better!


Ferran Torres

Ferran Torres


Market Price: £2.78

Suggested Bid Price: £2.50 - £2.70

Team: Valencia

Age: 20

Position: Midfielder (Winger)

Country: Spain

Top 5 PB Scores: 190, 153, 148, 136, 134

Pros:

  • Improved PB scores this season

  • Young

  • Price has dropped in recent weeks as transfer links have faded

  • Transfer this summer is likely - Torres has reportedly rejected various contract offers at Valencia

Cons:

  • High Price

  • Price has increased considerably in recent months

  • Price built up on a favourable transfer (Some teams he has been linked with are less favourable)


Oscar Rodriguez

Oscar Rodriguez


Market Price: £1.36

Suggest Bid Price: £1.25 - £1.36

Team: Leganes

Age: 21

Position: Midfielder (Attacking)

Country: Spain

Top 5 PB Scores: 233, 208, 168, 151, 150

Pros:

  • Young

  • Fairly high PB scores for a very weak side

  • PB scores likely to improve at a stronger side

  • On loan from Real Madrid

  • Transfer this summer is likely

  • 7 goals from midfield this season

  • 2 goals and an assist in his last 2 games

  • Ability to score free-kicks/long shots

Cons:

  • Price has increased considerably in recent months

  • Tenuous transfer links to Norwich City yesterday

Ross Barkley

Ross Barkley


Market Price: £1.29

Suggested Bid Price: £1.20 - £1.25

Team: Chelsea

Age: 26

Position: Midfielder (Attacking)

Country: England

Top 5 PB Scores: 256, 250, 201, 158, 153

Pros:

  • PB score of 256 in his last game

  • 1 goal and 4 assists in the last 5 games he started in

  • High PB scores

  • Chelsea are still in the Champions League (Though are 3-0 down to Bayern Munich)

  • England International

Cons:

  • Competition for central midfield in both the Chelsea and England side

  • Lack of regular game time

Gedson Fernandes

Gedson Gernandes


Market Price: £1.30

Suggested Bid Price: £1.15 - £1.25

Team: Tottenham Hotspur

Age: 21

Position: Midfielder (Central)

Country: Portugal

Top 5 PB Scores: 48, 32, 30, 18, 16

Pros:

  • Young

  • Price appears to have bottomed out (Down 32.2% from peak price in 2020)

  • Portugal Youth International

Cons:

  • Lack of game time

  • Very low PB scores so far


James Justin

James Justin


Market Price: £1.30

Suggested Bid Price: £1.20 - £1.30

Team: Leicester City

Age: 22

Position: Defender (Right back)

Country: England

Top 5 PB Scores: 143, 86, 72, 32, 18

Pros:

  • Young

  • High potential (Attacking, English full back that is strong at contributing towards goals)

  • If the Premier League returns, he is likely to get game time due to Ricardo Pereira's injury

Cons:

  • Lack of game time

  • Price could drop once Pereira returns from injury


Ante Rebic

Ante Rebic


Market Price: £0.97

Suggested Bid Price: £0.90 - £0.95

Team: AC Milan

Age: 26

Position: Forward (Center / Winger)

Country: Croatia

Top 5 PB Scores: 201, 171, 133, 109, 96

Pros:

  • 7 goals in his last 9 games

  • Performances for AC Milan have dramatically improved this year

  • Performances have improved since being deployed on the left wing, instead of as a center forward

  • Price has dropped 21.6% from peak price in 2020

Cons:

  • Lack of regular game time

  • On loan from Eintracht Frankfurt

Oliver Torres

Oliver Torres


Market Price: £0.74

Suggested Bid Price: £0.67 - £0.72

Team: Sevilla

Age: 25

Position: Midfielder (Center)

Country: Spain

Top 5 PB Scores: 223, 215, 203, 153, 137

Pros:

  • 2 assists in his last game

  • 3 PB scores over 200 this season

  • Game time and performances could improve further next season due to the departure of Ever Banega

  • Low price

  • Europa League with Sevilla

Cons:

  • Lack of regular game time

Seko Fofana

Seko Fofana


Market Price: £0.49

Suggest Bid Price: £0.40 - £0.46

Team: Udinese

Age: 25

Position: Midfielder (Center)

Country: Ivory Coast

Top 5 PB Scores: 247, 186, 136, 129, 116

Pros:

  • Low price

  • High peak PB score

  • Udinese director confirmed that Fofana may be sold this summer

Cons:

  • Lack of regular game time

  • Low chance of earning match day dividends whilst at Udinese

  • Possible lack of liquidity in lower priced players







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