Welcome to this week's edition of The Week Ahead. If you thought the amount of dividends and football last week couldn't be beaten then think again! We are lucky enough to have two double days this week as well as another Triple Thursday meaning performance dividends are really up for grabs!
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 would be of some importance to the Index.
The other four Round of 16 ties take place this week with some tasty fixtures. Below you can see the average European competition scores of those involved in this week's games to help pick your dividend winners. There are some world class players at the top of this chart!
As mentioned, we have European football again this week. Liverpool take centre stage on Tuesday with a home leg against Bayern Munich, who travel to England with a significant injury list. The Reds will look to take home advantage against this weakened side and I would be surprised if the media winner doesn't come from this game.
Barcelona travel to Lyon in the other Tuesday fixture where Messi will look to continue his impressive dividend record this season.
Wednesday sees Manchester City play away at Schalke, where you would expect the dividends to come from on this surprise double day with the other fixture, Atletico vs Juventus sounding like a very tight cagey affair. Wednesday also sees an early climax to the Europa League tie between Sevilla and Lazio, where Sevilla will look to hang on to a 1-0 lead without Ever Banega, who is banned for this game. And if that isn't enough for you, PSG play Montpellier in a rescheduled league game too.
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 day dividends.
The Premier League is back and Spurs get the early kick-off again away at Burnley, but other than that, there is nothing too interesting going on in the Premier League on Saturday this week. In fact, there's not really any huge imbalance in any fixtures this week. Frosinone vs Roma is possibly the easiest one to predict, with all eyes on Nicolo Zaniolo after his Champions League performance last week.
PSG are also at home to a mid-table Nimes. The reverse fixture brought an exciting 4-2 win so we could maybe get something out of that, however without Neymar and Cavani, we have seen a much more compact approach resulting in a few 1-0 wins so I wouldn't hold my breath!
The lack of quality on Saturday is definitely compensated for on Sunday, with not only Manchester United vs Liverpool but the EFL Cup Final between City and Chelsea. You would expect the day's media winner to come from one of these fixtures but many would argue it is the derby that will generate the most hype rather than the cup final.
Arsenal also take on Southampton where they will look to get their revenge for the 3-2 defeat they suffered in the reverse fixture earlier in the season.
Dividends could come from Juventus away at Bologna, who have struggled terribly this season and still sit in the bottom three. After a 200+ score from Dybala last week, he could look to reproduce that against weak opposition and actually take the dividends this time!
We have Edge's predictions for Sunday below.
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.
This week, PSG still look an attractive option but Manchester City appear to be entering a good period of fixtures after regaining top spot in the league. A very winnable two-legged affair with Schalke and a few easy looking Premier League games could provide goals in the next 30 days, however they do miss out on a weekend fixture this Saturday because of the League Cup Final.
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!