Welcome to this week's edition of the week ahead! After a long break we've seen lots of football this week with every single day giving us a chance to win match day dividends! A total of 75 eligible matches are taking place over the next seven days!
What’s going on this week?
This section aims to give you an overview of the week coming up, what kind of dividends will be on offer and a stand out fixture that will be of some importance to the Index.
On Tuesday we have matches from the Premier League, La Liga and Serie A. Wolverhampton take on Manchester United in an attempt to keep up in the top four race. United are yet to beat Wolves this year after a draw at Old Trafford in the reverse fixture and Wolves knocked United out of the FA Cup just a few weeks ago. A win for United will almost definitely see the goalscorer win Media dividends.
Looking at Match Day Dividends, Barcelona away at Villerreal and Cagliari vs Juventus are the fixtures you'd most expect to see the winners come from.
On Wednesday, we have a ton of fixtures for a midweek night. Manchester City play Cardiff in a fixture that could really be a whitewash. City have had the highest average Match Day Score's this season of all the teams that have taken part in a Match Day, as you can see below, so against an opposition in the relegation zone you definitely expect them to be in the running. Raheem Sterling's impressive form could continue after 4 goals for club and 4 goals for country in March.
Napoli go to Empoli on Wednesday too which also could provide an opportunity for match day dividends.
This regular segment looks solely at the Saturday and Sunday ahead, using Football Index Edge data to help you predict who is in the running for the triple matchday dividends.
This Saturday brings some huge clashes between big top teams making match day dividends difficult to predict. We have Barcelona vs Athletico, Bayern vs Dortmund and Juventus vs Milan all taking place throughout the day making giving us plenty of good viewing.
Real Madrid play Eibar which is probably the easiest fixture of the day. Isco and Benzema are possibly the ones to watch after a few good performances since Zidane's return. Brahim Diaz put in a very impressive at the weekend against Huesca which prompted at 17% rise in his price. If he can get some more game time he may be one to watch.
Below you can see the estimated scores from Football Index Edge.
Arsenal play Everton in possibly the most difficult fixture The Gunners have left this season in their top four battle. As mentioned last week they have a pretty good set of fixtures over the next month, including three single day matches, beginning tonight with Newcastle at Home.
PSG take on Strasbourg in the evening. Kylian Mbappe will be trying to extend his seven game streak of consecutive goal scoring, having bagged nine in the last seven matches in Neymar's absence.
The final game of note is Napoli vs Genoa.
We have Edge's predictions for Sunday below. Please note that the Juventus vs AC Milan fixture is now on Saturday, not Sunday.
30 day plan
If you are into your in-play dividends, this section will look to offer you the best teams or players to be keeping an eye on over the next month.
Barcelona are the team to watch this month. They have eight matches in April providing plenty of In Play Dividend opportunities. Of course, Lionel Messi is always the one to watch, with 31 goals in 27 matches so far this season and an incredible 30.3% of his match day scores coming above 210 this season.
However Luis Suarez may offer a cheaper alternative at just £0.93 with his 18 league goals this season going somewhat under the radar. Many have also opted for Marc-Andre Ter Stegen in goal, with cleansheets being a one pence per share return, at 54p there's a good chance of making a nice ROI on that trade. However, be wary of the fact he's up nine pence this week already and the number of shares people are potentially going to want to offload at some point could have a big impact on whether or not your trade is profitable.
You can see the full fixtures list for April below.
Additionally, here are the top three teams with the easiest fixtures coming up according to Football Index Edge:
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I hope this article has been useful in preparing your portfolio for the week ahead, happy trading and I’ll be back same time next week!