Welcome to this week's edition of The Week Ahead. It is crunch time in the Champions League as we see the first four teams drop out of the last 16, and of course the title race continues as City take pole position.
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, Spurs travel to the yellow wall of Dortmund to attempt to secure their place in the quarter finals after a 3-0 win at Wembley. A tough game for Tottenham, but a hard deficit to overcome for Dortmund. This makes it an interesting tie in terms of Football Index because a Dortmund win would be expected but you may be foolish to buy their players with progression into the next round so unlikely.
The other game of the evening sees Real Madrid take on Ajax at the Bernabéu after a very tight first leg. Ramos is banned too, making Real's task a little harder but you wouldn't expect a slip up from such a tie in which they lead 2-1.
On Wednesday, Manchester United travel to PSG with a huge task ahead - they trail 2-0 from the first leg and are missing a host of key players. A media win is to be expected whilst Paul Pogba is banned, which could get some media coverage in itself but his absence is a big blow for United. Porto play Roma in the other game of the evening.
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.
Barcelona take on Rayo Vallecano in probably the easiest fixture of the day, while Man City play Watford, as they look to go four points clear of Liverpool.
PSG do not have a game this weekend as their match is postponed but they do get a midweek fixture instead on 12th March against Dijon.
AC Milan, who are third in Serie A, play away to Chievo who seem cut adrift at the bottom of the league. A potential opportunity for Krzysztof Piatek to continue his great form since his move in January. You can see how his price has moved massively in that time below.
You can see Edge's Saturday predictions below...
Another big Sunday in the Premier League, with Media almost certain to come from Arsenal vs Manchester United in the battle for fourth place. However, a Liverpool vs Burnley early kick-off allows for some potential pre cut-off dividend winning scores to be put in, if Liverpool can break their goal drought, having not scored in three of their last four games. They can take confidence from their last home game - a 5-0 win last week against Watford.
In terms of easy games, Real Madrid go to Real Valladolid in a home tie that could see some goals, with five of their last seven meetings featuring four or more goals, and after an "impressive score without a goal" last week, I'm sure plenty will continue to watch Vinicius Junior as he continues to look like a real talent. His scores have got better with his minutes increasing but he is not quite setting the world alight just yet. You can see his price and score changes below.
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.
Sevilla are definitely one to watch over the next month, with some pretty easy fixtures on the way, including a Europa League tie with Slavia Prague. Ever Banega, as always, is the stand-out shout for them and I'd be surprised to not see him pick up a win at some point this month.
Here are the top 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!