Welcome to this week's edition of The week ahead! Four teams' Champions League dreams will come to an end this week, while a dream summer could be unveiled for traders on Monday night when Football Index announce their plans for the platform after the season is concluded.
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 Barcelona will attempt to finish the job against Manchester United which is currently being decided by a Luke Shaw own goal in the first leg. The Index appears to be expecting a Barcelona win with key players clearly holding their price. For United, you'd expect Pogba's price to be safe because of the potential dividends over the summer from transfer speculation. The likes of Rashford may not be as safe considering his price and the lack of games left before the end of the season.
Ajax travel to Juventus too, which is set up to be more interesting than expected after a 1-1 draw in Amsterdam last week. After Ronaldo's home heroics in the last round Juve have to be the favourites though.
Manchester City will also look to overturn a 1-0 deficit at home while Liverpool should see off Porto with ease following their 2-0 win at home.
Below you can see the highest average scores in this seasons Champions League
Who's up next?
This year the semi finals were drawn at the same time as the quarters so we already know it looks likely that:
Liverpool (or Porto) play Barcelona (or Man United)
Juventus (or Ajax) play Spurs (or Man City)
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 week we have a huge 29 fixtures on Saturday meaning dividends really could go anywhere! Here's the all the big games and so-called easy fixtures of the day:
Manchester City vs Tottenham- 12:30 kick off
Lazio vs Chievo Verona
Bayer Leverkusen vs FC Nurnberg
Bayern Munchen vs Werder Bremen
Juventus vs Fiorentina
Barcelona vs Real Sociedad
Below you can see the estimated scores from Football Index Edge.
We have very few fixtures this Sunday, unfortunately we even have one too few to make up a treble day so only double dividends are on offer this time around but with only 14 games at least we have a better chance of winning! Especially those playing in the below fixtures:
Cardiff vs Liverpool
Arsenal vs Crystal Palace
PSG vs Monaco - (Return of Neymar and FINALLY crowned champions?)
Manchester United also play away at Everton in a game that will more than likely take the media dividends, especially if United get a result.
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.
My pick here has to be Lazio. They've shown flashes of brilliance at times this season but struggled in their last three games. With the Europa League spot within three points of them, and Udinese and ChievoVerona (both in the bottom three) to play next there's definitely opportunities for some goals. Another bonus is that the Lazio vs Udinese game takes place on Wednesday, which means they benefit from Treble dividends even though only four games take place because of the Champions League. Lazio have by far have the easiest fixture on the day too.
Ciro Immobile has 14 league goals in 26 games this season at £0.73 could return well over just a week never mind the rest of the month. Of course, the closer to the end of the season we get, the more people will be looking to sell off those who have little summer action but a couple of goals against these poor sides could definitely offer a good return on investment in the interim.
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (£1.26) could also be a good shout, although the Serbian hasn't been half as good as he was last year, a chance to impress before the summer could be what he's looking for, in a week where the Manchester United rumours have began to re-emerge. If Lazio do miss out on Europe, an exit could definitely be on his mind.
here are the rest of the five 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!