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Football Index: Fixture congestion means more In-Play Dividend possibilities


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The final international break of the year is almost done and normality can return – or what passes for ‘normality’ in this unpredictable 2020/21 campaign, anyway.

There’s certainly going to be no let-up in the madness of it all over the next month and a bit, with many clubs in action twice a week right the way through until the New Year.

But how will that affect your Football Index chances? Potentially rather well, as it happens.

For those that don’t know, Football Index (FI) is a kind of stock market where people use real money to bet on football.

You buy shares in individual players whose value can rise or fall depending on their performance both on and off the field.

I’m actively using FI this season with more than a nod to Fantasy Premier League (FPL), seeing which aspects of each game marry up, and which don’t.

Whatever type of football game you might currently be playing, this time of the year is always a busy one. But in keeping with the, let’s just say, different nature of this season, you’d need an ‘insanely’ in front of that ‘busy’ to adequately describe things from now until the start of 2021.

This could be a good time to place a bet in Football Index, then, with In-Play Dividends (IPDs) awarded for goals, assists and clean sheets for the first 30 days that you own a share in a player.

Unlike FPL, Football Index managers can earn performance dividends from European competitions, meaning the three rounds of UEFA Champions League and Europa League fixtures still to be played between now and early December could bring in extra earnings while also boosting share price values.

So there’s plenty of opportunity to find some good earners from the seven Premier League clubs who are playing on the continent over the next few weeks: these sides will, depending on the TV schedule, face up to nine fixtures in the 30 days from Gameweek 9 inclusive.

Domestically, the Manchester teams have decent schedules over the next few weeks, although they do face each other in Gameweek 12.

City’s home matches look particularly inviting, with Burnley, Fulham, West Brom and Newcastle to come before the year’s end.

Ferran Torres (£1.56) has been used sparingly by Pep Guardiola since his summer move, but he announced himself to many with a hat-trick for Spain against Germany this week.

Someone with even fewer Premier League minutes (109 v Torres’ 239) is Sergio Aguero (£1.38).

The striker seems to be recovering well from a hamstring injury picked up at West Ham last month and although Guardiola will have to manage his pitch-time when he returns, his proven pedigree and relative freshness could mean he has a big role to play over the festive fixture pile-up.

Over at United, their winless start to the league season at home will take some of the shine off an otherwise solid schedule.

If you’ve got the money, the ever-reliable Bruno Fernandes (£6.63) is expensive, but he’s started every league match (and two of three Champions League games) this campaign and has five goals and three assists to his name domestically.

And if you want fresher blood, Alex Telles (£1.71) seems to have put his COVID-19 issues behind him and could finally get a good run in the side with Luke Shaw currently out with a hamstring injury.

Another under-used player has been Chelsea midfielder Hakim Ziyech (£3.00).

He’s now fit and firing, with a goal and three assists from his first two league starts for the Blues, and looks under-priced.

As for the final member of the Champions League contingent, Liverpool, their defensive crisis might tempt a trade for centre-half Nathaniel Phillips (£0.52), although the Reds have managed just one clean sheet in the league all season.

Instead, it could be a case of turning misfortune – the positive COVID test involving Mohamed Salah (£3.11) – into success.

The Egyptian is currently in self-isolation, meaning he won’t be available for the Reds in the short-term.

He is, however, not showing any symptoms, which suggests he’ll be fit and ready to play once he’s clear of the virus.

Salah is having an excellent season, with eight goals in the league already. An enforced lay-off could well mean he’ll be fresh and in-form just when opponents are in desperate need of a rest.

Keep an eye on Jurgen Klopp’s virtual media gatherings, then, for word on the Egyptian’s return – Salah has been a prolific performer over the festive period in the last few years and he could rack up plenty of goals and assists in a multi-game, 30-day IPD window.

He’s also bound to get plenty of coverage in the press as his recovery is monitored, which could lead to some Media Dividends.


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408 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Stupendous
    • 8 Years
    12 days, 13 hours ago

    Gtg? Save the free right?

    Martinez
    Chilwell Cresswell Robbo Kilman
    Son Grealish Hames Zaha
    Kane DCL(C)

    Martin Salah Brewster Mitchell

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      12 days, 13 hours ago

      Easy

    2. Stupendous
      • 8 Years
      12 days, 13 hours ago

      1 ft .5itb sorry

      Keeping Son and Kane for form and I think they'll pose us (City), many problems. Salah I will want back in a week or so.

    3. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      12 days, 13 hours ago

      Yea as you can’t afford Bruno.

    4. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      12 days, 12 hours ago

      Keep track of Kilman

    5. Stupendous
      • 8 Years
      12 days, 12 hours ago

      Cheers all

  2. Slitherene
    • 2 Years
    12 days, 13 hours ago

    Which option for the next 2??

    A) Grealish + Werner + Taylor/Justin
    B) Mane + Watkins + Cresswell

    1. Hansel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      12 days, 13 hours ago

      A

  3. The Red Devil
    • 5 Years
    12 days, 13 hours ago

    Werner or Vardy as kane replacement?
    Already have Ziyech & no Leicester player
    Also, would you do the transfer this GW or wait till GW10?

    1. abhirup780
      • 6 Years
      12 days, 13 hours ago

      GW10: Kane to Vardy

    2. ballsy_b
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      12 days, 13 hours ago

      Vardy

  4. Destroyer of teams
    • 2 Years
    12 days, 13 hours ago

    Just done Salah to Mane, wish I did it before the drop but here’s my team now

    Martinez
    Chillwell Robbo Kilman Bellerin Mitchell

    Mane Son Grealish Bruno Biss

    Kane DCL Brewster

    My plan next week is to take a -8 hit to go
    Kane - Bamford
    Biss - KDB
    Robbo - Lampty

    1. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      12 days, 12 hours ago

      I don’t think Mane is gonna do as well with pools awful makeshift defence now

  5. tbhogal
    • 11 Years
    12 days, 13 hours ago

    Hi Guys which option is best ? Have 2 free transfers.

    A) salah > Ziyech + Saiss > Coufal
    B) Salah > Bruno + Foden > Ziyech

    Martinez (Steer)
    Chilwell, Robbo, Lamptey (Saiss, Mitchell)
    Podence, Salah, Son, Grealish (Foden)
    Bamford, DCL, Kane....

  6. Babit1967
    • 4 Years
    12 days, 13 hours ago

    Gtg lads 1.5 itb

    Triple Chelsea defence so will offload one for a city def next week

    Mendy

    James Zouma Bellerín Lamptey

    Bruno C Son Sterling JRod

    Vardy DCL

    Podence brewdog Mitchell

    1. Barnes Owl
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 12 hours ago

      Gtg, have you taken any hits?

  7. NejiHyuuga01
    • 3 Years
    12 days, 12 hours ago

    Don't want to be negative but aren't you wondering about Villa players overperforming or that they are one-hit wonders? Don't get me wrong I think Grealish is a great pick but I wouldn't name him essential. Could be a bubble, could be not.

    P.S. Don't hate Watkins/Grealish owners.

    1. Manani
      • 9 Years
      12 days, 12 hours ago

      could be, but with the fixture coming up, you can see why most going for him

    2. Rasping Drive
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      12 days, 12 hours ago

      It’s all about form and fixtures. And they have both for the next 6 gameweeks. Not worried at all.

    3. Holmes
      • 7 Years
      12 days, 12 hours ago

      Inconsistency will be fine at their price.

    4. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      12 days, 12 hours ago

      No

    5. Barnes Owl
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 12 hours ago

      To me they are the real deal and proved that last week away at Arsenal. Will be doubling up and am certain of points incoming over the next 6 weeks.

  8. Manani
    • 9 Years
    12 days, 12 hours ago

    1 FT, who to get rid of, who to replace with? (or do 2 for a hit?)

    1. Barnes
    2. Foden
    3. Podence

    A. Gralish
    B. Ziyech
    C. Jota

    1. Barnes Owl
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 12 hours ago

      3 for sure. And A if you have the funds.

    2. NejiHyuuga01
      • 3 Years
      12 days, 12 hours ago

      I would do Barnes to Ziyech

  9. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    12 days, 12 hours ago

    Salah to Bruno or KDB? FT

    Martinez
    Chilwell Zouma Robbo
    Salah Son Rodriguez Grealish
    DCL Kane Bamford

    Forster Podence Lamptey Mitchell

  10. Barnes Owl
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    12 days, 12 hours ago

    Alright I'm planning on playing aggressive for the next 2 gameweeks with 4 trades & 2 hits split over GW9/10. Thoughts on the below?

    1)

    Gw9- Salah/Bissouma -> Grealish/Rodriguez
    Gw10- Kane/Son -> Sterling/Aguero

    2)

    Gw9- Salah/Bissouma -> Grealish/Tielemans
    Gw10- Son/Bellerin -> Sterling/Laporte

    Current team:
    Martinez/Forster
    Chilwell/PVA/Bellerin
    KDB/Son/Salah/Soucek
    Kane/DCL/Watkins
    Forster-Dallas/Kilman/Bissouma

  11. ElliotJHP
    • 8 Years
    12 days, 12 hours ago

    Foden/Salah to Rash (c)/ KDB worth the -8? Would bench Cancelo in that situation.

    Current side:

    Martinez
    Cancelo Coufal James Lamptey
    Foden Grealish (c) Son
    DCL Wilson Kane

    Steer Salah Mitchell Burke

    1. ElliotJHP
      • 8 Years
      12 days, 12 hours ago

      4.4 ITB sorry

    2. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      12 days, 12 hours ago

      No way.

  12. Ninjaa
    • 9 Years
    12 days, 12 hours ago

    McCarthy 4.0
    Zouma Justin Coufal Lamptey Kilman
    Salah KDB Ziyech Bruno Grealish
    DCL Adams Brewster

    Thoughts on the WC team please lads. Playing 352 most weeks. Salah on bench this gw. Thanks

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 3 Years
      12 days, 12 hours ago

      I wouldn't keep Salah on my WC.

      1. Ninjaa
        • 9 Years
        12 days, 12 hours ago

        I cant get him back in though if I transfer him.out as I have 0.0m left

  13. Bobby Digital
    • 3 Years
    12 days, 12 hours ago

    On my WC:

    McCarthy (Forster)
    Cancelo Targett Zouma (Coufal Lewis)
    KDB Ziyech Bruno Grealish (Riedeweld)
    Vardy DCL Watkins

    1m itb, do you have any idea where I should invest the 1m? Maybe upgrade one or two of the defenders?

    1. DK_13
      • 5 Years
      12 days, 12 hours ago

      zouma to chilwell?

      1. Bobby Digital
        • 3 Years
        12 days, 12 hours ago

        Considering that, don't know about the fitness of Chilwell. Did he play this week?

    2. Barnes Owl
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      12 days, 12 hours ago

      Personally I would upgrade Riedewald to Soucek to give you a solid 1st bench option. Also probably wouldn't get Lewis but that's just me. He seems nailed so is a decent option but can't really see him getting much.

      1. Bobby Digital
        • 3 Years
        12 days, 12 hours ago

        Good idea, cheers.

  14. ballsy_b
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    12 days, 12 hours ago

    Can a bench boost be played in the same game week a wildcard had been played?