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Football Index: The three players I’ve bet on ahead of Gameweek 1


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The start of the new season is now so close you’d have to swerve to maintain your social distance if you met in the street.

Time then for our first bet with Football Index (FI) on a match day.

A quick reminder that FI is, basically, a stockmarket for footballers, with people using real money to bet and trade shares in stars and the value of those shares then going up or down based on market forces.

Players can also win with their share owners through a series of dividends, which are individual pay-outs based on match day performances, positive coverage in the media and consistent excellence across each month of action.

I’ll be playing FI as a complete newcomer to see if my picks and punts – some of them influenced by Fantasy Premier League (FPL) factors – can help me profit with this knowledge.

I’ve already spent a good deal of my modest budget on three players. They’re all strikers, but my motives have been different with each purchase.

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The Patient Punt

At a very basic level – the only level I know, quite frankly – the idea with FI bets is to buy low and sell high.

That requires a certain amount of long-term thinking, which has led me to bet on Leeds United’s new striker Rodrigo (£1.01).

The Spanish international has barely met or trained with his new teammates yet – he was in Leeds last week, but quarantined – so I’m not expecting big things from him early doors, especially as Marcelo Bielsa’s men kick off their season away at champions Liverpool.

In fact, the Whites’ short-term schedule is tough, with Sheffield United away and Man City at home also among their first four fixtures.

But Leeds under Bielsa have never been boring and that will definitely continue to be the case in the top flight.

If Rodrigo can adapt and thrive, his price is not going to stay low for long.

The Early Dividend

As soon as the rumours started to fly, I decided to tap into Callum Wilson (£1.05).

Why? For starters, I wanted to see what kind of upside there was to a player likely to be in the news enough to gain an FI media dividend.

That dividend is paid out to players who appear the most – in a positive light – across a range of media outlets over each 24-hour period.

Sure enough, as stories touting a Wilson move to Newcastle or Villa started to pile up, so the media dividend kicked in, earning me 9p per share. That doesn’t sound much, but it’s profit.

Looking at the schedule for Villa, with Liverpool, Leicester, Arsenal and the wildcard that is Leeds to play in their first seven fixtures, plus a blank Gameweek 1, I’d much rather have seen Wilson go to Newcastle.

Now that he has, he looks like a decent bet to bring in some match day dividends as the Magpies have a really attractive run of games for months ahead.

Then it’s the Christmas From Hell in the company of Man City and Liverpool, a new year involving Leicester, the Blades and Arsenal and me wondering why I didn’t sell him sooner.

For now, however, it’s all good as his value is on the rise and I’m in profit.

This Week I Will Be Mostly Buying…

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£2.23).

The Arsenal striker – he’s still a forward in FI unlike his change to a midfielder in FPL – is both my Gameweek punt and, in all honestly, a season keeper.

With the most expensive players in FI costing you well over ten quid (and beyond) per share, his valuation seems very low indeed for a key player in a team on the up.

He has an attractive Gameweek 1 fixture away at Fulham ahead of him, a fine goal in the Community Shield just behind him and pretty much a guaranteed starting berth in Mikel Arteta’s evolving side, barring injury, from now until the season ends.

He also has Europa League football, which is another competition in which you can win match day dividends for players in your portfolio, although it remains to be seen how much Arteta will rotate the squad with, presumably, a Champions League spot the major target for the Gunners this season.

Many FPL managers will be handing Auba the captain’s armband this weekend. I’ll be hoping they’re right as it should lead to a decent match day dividend for me.

That’s it from me, and remember that FI is a betting site, so please gamble responsibly. https://www.begambleaware.org/. 18+

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395 Comments Post a Comment
  1. cruzex
    • 8 Years
    12 days, 32 mins ago

    RMT please 0-10

    Mccarthy
    VVD Justin Rudiger
    Salah(c) Auba Son Barnes Saint Max
    CallunWilson Werner

    Bench: Steer Wan bissaka, Mitchell, Davis~

    tY

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 29 mins ago

      7

    2. Mr. O'Connell
      • 8 Years
      12 days, 28 mins ago

      I'd want a Pool FB over VVD
      Rudiger likely loses his spot to TSilva
      Toon double up a bit too much for me (but don't hate it)

      7/10

  2. Eastman
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    12 days, 30 mins ago

    8 ? Good idea to bench AWB. I've benched Shaw and am starting Justin

  3. Slim25
    • 5 Years
    12 days, 30 mins ago

    Rip this bench boost team apart

    Ramsdale (McCarthy)
    Gomez, Soy, Davies (Egan, Lewis)
    Auba, Havertz, Alli, Barnes (ASM)
    Werner, Ings, Mitro

  4. Weasel Boy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    12 days, 30 mins ago

    Is Gomez still nailed?

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 29 mins ago

      Yes

      1. Weasel Boy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        11 days, 23 hours ago

        Thanks

  5. Niho992
    • 2 Years
    12 days, 29 mins ago

    Kane ahead of Son anyone?

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 28 mins ago

      Own Vardy but still Sonny

    2. Visionaries
      • 4 Years
      12 days, 26 mins ago

      Was on Kane for a while.
      Looks so off the pace though, so going without

  6. Newms
    • 3 Years
    12 days, 29 mins ago

    Logged in to set up my team. Here's my go. What do you think?
    Royal
    TAA, Egan, Doherty
    Auba, Salah, Perreira Saint Maximin
    Jiminez, Warner, Ings

    Fabri, KWP, Bissouma, Ferguson

    1. Newms
      • 3 Years
      12 days, 28 mins ago

      Should be Callun Wilson rather than Warner

    2. Napster03
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 27 mins ago

      Are you confident in Ferguson being nailed from GW2 forward possibly? I have Mitchell but only really need him for GW3 and was considering Ferguson who should be playing by then?

      Nice punt with Jimmy.

      1. Newms
        • 3 Years
        12 days, 25 mins ago

        Yeah not sure about Ferguson. Calculated risk. Probably won't need 5th defender.

        Goalie should be Rodak. I'd rather pint on Fulham that choose Ryan who has let me down before and underwhelmed.

    3. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 26 mins ago

      I should Warner you that you dont have gk.

      1. Newms
        • 3 Years
        12 days, 23 mins ago

        Just seen they've signed Areola.

  7. Visionaries
    • 4 Years
    12 days, 26 mins ago

    This is a proper headache.
    Re Utd assets

    A take a hit/transfer them in
    B bench them

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 25 mins ago

      A more fun

      1. Visionaries
        • 4 Years
        12 days, 24 mins ago

        Agree tbh

    2. Blzbobuk
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 19 mins ago

      B for me. Price rises will be really painful for people(I suspect some United players will gain 0.1 day 1). I will have a bad first week but it’s like having a extra free transfer in the bank and I will have the player I want.

      1. Visionaries
        • 4 Years
        12 days, 16 mins ago

        Haha you've more or less convinced me.
        Arguments for both.
        Would rather bench but worried about loss of points

      2. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        11 days, 23 hours ago

        Transfer prior to the end of week 1 ; I'll be doing Son > Bruno ; Ings > Martial as soon as wk1 is closed.

  8. masyuris
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    12 days, 26 mins ago

    Jonjoe Kenny is nailed?
    Become regular starter in Schalke

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 24 mins ago

      Nein

  9. Napster03
    • 1 Year
    12 days, 25 mins ago

    Mitchell or Ferguson considering only need to play Palace defense on GW3?

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 22 mins ago

      Mitch

  10. Blzbobuk
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    12 days, 23 mins ago

    Last minute tinker all must play game week 1 due to bench need help deciding.

    Torn between
    A Pereira(wba 6m) / Norwood(SHU 5 m) / Che Adams (6m)
    Perieira is talisman(Grealish lite) , Norwood will play, on set pieces and then bench(Soucek when I wc), che adams I like but can see him not getting enough mins nowhere to go

    B saint maximin (5.5)/ reed (ful 4.5m) / Calvert Lewin(7m)
    Maximin and Calvert should benefit from new signings. The 4.5 position feels really weak no route to Soucek.

    Preference/thoughts?

  11. Hryszko
    • 3 Years
    12 days, 23 mins ago

    Who's the best 4.5m option to put in net and forget about for the rest of the season? Martinez, McCarthy, Ryan?

    1. Napster03
      • 1 Year
      12 days, 21 mins ago

      Defo not Martinez

      McCarty has nice early fixtures if you're thinking WC not too late.

  12. Bonita
    • 2 Years
    12 days, 14 mins ago

    Will Zaha play at the wing now with Batsman in?

  13. Stupendous
    • 8 Years
    12 days, 12 mins ago

    What we reckon?

    McCarthy
    TAA Robbo Justin
    Salah Auba Soucek Havertz
    Adams Werner Wilson

    Martin Lascelles. Mitchell Bissouma

    1. Wılly
      • 7 Years
      12 days, 5 mins ago

      This is my team! Only differences are the 4.5 defenders.
      Do you have a MU plan? My thoughts currently are Salah to Fernandes, or to save 2.0 from Robertson and use it on Havertz.

      1. Wılly
        • 7 Years
        12 days, 2 mins ago

        Tell a lie, I have Mitro over Adams as well. Same price-points all round though.

  14. Corona is not good 4 U
      12 days, 10 mins ago

      A) Saint-Maximin, Werner and Wilson or
      B) Bissouma, Ings and Jimenez

      Thank you!

      1. Wılly
        • 7 Years
        12 days, 4 mins ago

        A, possibly without the Newcastle double-up

    • Little Red Lacazette
      • 3 Years
      11 days, 23 hours ago

      Ryan over MCarthy if having KWP?

      1. St Pauli Walnuts
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        11 days, 22 hours ago

        That's what I've done.

    • raff97
      • 5 Years
      11 days, 23 hours ago

      Why do so many people have Steer and so many others have Nyland? Do we not know who will start?

      1. Bushwhacker
        • 1 Year
        11 days, 23 hours ago

        Martinez!