Welcome to the premiere of The Week Ahead, the brand new blog post designed to keep you in the loop of all the must-know information in the world of Football Index, in order to help you prepare and adjust your portfolio for the upcoming 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 would be of some importance to the Index – perhaps because there is a strong chance of Media or Performance-related dividends being won, or if some players of interest have a chance of capital appreciation because of the latest trend.
After an FA Cup-filled weekend, we’re gifted with a full set of Premier League fixtures on Tuesday and Wednesday, offering more performance-related dividends than most weeks. Another positive is the fact that we get two extra televised games. A new trend appears to be taking off with players involved in televised games getting much more interest than ever before, especially those who score. United players have been a prime example of this trend since Ole Gunnar Solskjær took over. In contrast historically, despite their quality, Manchester City players have received little hype, whether that be from the media or from Index traders, however we have seen Sterling, Sane and Jesus receive sizeable rises recently so it will be interesting to see what happens during Tuesday’s televised match; Newcastle vs Manchester City. I wouldn’t be too surprised to see Manchester United continue to dominate the market if they put in another convincing win against Burnley, despite not being on TV.
Wednesday night will then see all the attention turn to Anfield as Liverpool take on Leicester live on BT Sport.
On Thursday we will the January transfer window close, with deals often dramatically going right down to the wire. Although it’s not been the liveliest of windows, there’s no doubt we’ll see something happen, and any potential targets will likely see plenty of action on Football Index. Just be careful to not get caught up and burned in the volatility! I’m sure the fact it’s a Triple Media Day (What’s this?) will only entice more buys. A few to potentially keep an eye on include Marco Arnautovic, whose forced move to China appears unlikely now but he could potentially be unsettled at West Ham. Callum Hudson-Odoi, who continues to hold out on a new Chelsea deal, supposedly in favour of a move to Bayern and Denis Suarez, whose future remains uncertain at Camp Nou. More recent rumours have brought long-term United target Ivan Perisic to the forefront of the news too after a reported transfer request and interest from Arsenal.
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.
This Saturday consists of 22 eligible matchday dividend games, including two Premier League televised games – Spurs vs Newcastle (KO 12:30) and Cardiff vs Bournemouth (KO 17:30). As we saw from Spurs’ last Premier League game, whoever fills the vacant Kane-shaped hole upfront could get a rise, but after such a poor performance from Llorente last time out, I am unsure if he will be purchased by many after this weekend’s game. The Alli injury may offer some game time to the likes of Oliver Skipp or a more advanced role for Harry Winks after his heroics last week, giving plenty of food for thought when it comes to the early game. We may be scraping the barrel a little in Cardiff vs Bournemouth, but the player to watch out for would be David Brooks, as traders looking to follow the youth trend or the televised trend may come to the conclusion that he ticks both boxes up against an underwhelming Cardiff City.
Looking for dividend winners, the Edge data below shows the predicted winners based on previous scores and fixture difficulty to give you some idea. Chelsea at home to a desperately struggling Huddersfield screams out at me and potentially gives Hazard, who will presumably be back on the wing where he belongs, the chance to notch up a dividend-winning score.
Sunday offers some cracking match-ups but not necessarily obvious dividend winners. Manchester United away at Leicester kicks off Super Sunday, which I’m sure the media will be keen to keep an eye on but Manchester City vs Arsenal is likely to steal the show. Real Madrid also take on Alaves in the most unlikely battle for fourth spot of the season. One to keep an eye on here could definitely be Vinicius Junior as traders still await his first La Liga goal.
30 day plan
If you’re 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’s team has to be Roma, with the Italian side having six kind looking fixtures over the thirty days from 8th February including a nice tie against Porto in the Champions League. The reason I favour this over the teams playing easy ties in the Europa League is the fact team rotation is much less likely. Here are the fixtures for that period:
08/02 – Chievo (Away)
12/02 – Porto (Home)
18/02 – Bologna (Home)
23/02 – Frosinone (Away)
02/03 – Lazio (Away)
06/03 – Porto (Away)
Additionally, here are the top 3 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!