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Arsenal and Man United’s FPL assets performing well in Football Index


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It’s been a mad season, results-wise, thus far, and the upcoming Premier League fixtures are not likely to calm anything down.

But as with any (relatively) chaotic event, a bit of preparation can lead to some major dividends. And in the case of Football Index, we mean that literally.

Football Index 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.

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I’m actively using Football Index this season with more than a nod to FPL, seeing which aspects of each game marry up, and which don’t.

FI Traders, just like FPL managers, will be planning feverishly for the next two rounds of matches.

The first, FPL Gameweek 18, is a reduced set of fixtures involving just 12 teams, which will be followed by a bumper Double Gameweek 19 during which another 12 sides will play twice.

Back To The Future

To help us navigate all of that, a look back at how certain players performed during the festive period is instructive.

First up, FI’s Star Player from the January 2nd fixtures – Arsenal left-back Kieran Tierney.

The defender racked up 18 points in FPL – the highest total of Gameweek 17 – and he was suitably lauded in FI as well, with his Match Day Dividends from the 4-0 win at West Brom boosted by a Media Dividend win the next day.

Tierney has really blossomed on FI through the Christmas period, with his price up from £0.54 per share on December 20th to a peak of £1.11 on January 4th.

Arsenal are one of those sides with a Gameweek 17 fixture, home to a Crystal Palace side that’s struggled for goals on the road this season. If we consider their 5-1 win at West Brom as an outlier, Roy Hodgson’s men have just six goals from their seven other away games.

They’ve also blanked in four of them, raising the prospects of defensive returns to add to Tierney’s recent improved attacking threat.

Double Delights

What Arsenal don’t have are two fixtures in Double Gameweek 19.

Some great prospects do, however.

Chief among them, as ever, is this season’s stand-out Premier League performer in FI, Bruno Fernandes.

We’ve written plenty about the Man United midfielder’s stellar FI work recently, but his consistency needs restating.

He’s averaged more Match Day points than any other player in the league over both the last four weeks and the last three months.

And for those hesitant to buy shares in a player with a hefty share price of around £8.00, his upcoming schedule suggests more price rises are on the way.

United play three times over the next two rounds of fixtures, all of them away. That suits both the player and the side down to the ground – Fernandes has blanked in just one away game since his move to England a year ago.

Which FPL players have performed well in Football Index over the last year?

Burnley, Fulham and Liverpool await, with the latter the obviously tricky encounter.

Across town, Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan is turning heads.

Playing in a more advanced role of late, the Germany international has three goals from his last four starts, bringing in a Star Player award on Boxing Day and a Match Day score average second only to Fernandes among Premier League players over the last month.

Down to £0.49 a share on Christmas Eve, he’s now available for about £0.70. That’s a price that could keep on moving up if he continues to shine across City’s next three fixtures – Brighton, Palace and Aston Villa, all at home.

It’s also worth a glance at Liverpool’s Andy Robertson, who has more top five Match Day ranks than any other  Premier League player over the last month.

Priced at £1.38 in late November, the left-back will now set you back around £2.60 a share, with a Double Gameweek 19 involving that United match-up and Burnley, both at Anfield, to come.


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469 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Warby84
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Possible WC for 18

    Pope (Martinez)
    Holding Dias Stones (Coufal Dallas)
    De Bruyne Rashford Fernandes Saka (Soucek)
    Wilson (Bamford Ings)

    3.7 m itb

    would you go stones or Cancelo??

    Feedback appreciated

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Cancelo. Stones has got his goal for this year now.

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Like it - am considering very similar if Spurs Villa game is off

    3. Jon Walter's Hatty
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Lot of money for keepers unless BB19

      1. Warby84
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        It’s just Pope as 3 games in 2 weeks, no other keepers appeal

    4. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Cancelo is the first name on a WC for me.

      He's far and away the best defender in terms of fixtures, form, value, potential etc.

    5. jayzico
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Big price difference. Hence me going Stones and a massive saving for boosting elsewhere.

    6. Steager
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Good team, im on WC aswell, some difficult decisions. Just get a feeling Liverpool (possibly Salah) will start to fire and punish. Their champions, similar to city will click again soon. Kane and Son have Shef Utd DGW, this also worries me. Lastly Chilwell and Chelsea have Fulham during DGW. Things to consider, but can't have them all i suppose.

      1. Warby84
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        I have money itb to do rashford to Salah G19

  2. Pepeye
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 5 days ago

    City FA Cup X1 will include Steffen, Harwood-Bellis & Nmecha

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Everyone has to start somewhere.
      Won't be too disappointed if West Ham do the same against my boyhood local team Stockport County on Monday.

  3. Original Pirate Material
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Really need Spurs to play this GW to retain my plans to hold onto FH.

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      No point worrying now till a few hours before deadline.

      1. Original Pirate Material
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        I know mate, its just so annoying with the planning going into all this set up!

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Yup - down to 5 players if it is off

    3. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Rather selfishly I’m partial to it being off with Son and Watkins vs my mini league foes holding between 3 and 6 of the Spurs and Villa lads.

  4. thegaffer82
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Does anybody else kind of hope that there’s no news about Spurs v Villa game before deadline?

    I know it’s a weird thing to hope for, but if I know that’s it’s off; then there are some massive decisions to make and I’ll probably be forced into playing my WC or FH in really sh**y circumstances.

    In some ways, I’d rather just leave it in the lap of the Gods and whatever will be, will be.

    Obviously, the game going ahead and we know beforehand would be optimal... but that’s not going to be the case is it 🙁

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Que sera, sera

    2. The Train Driver
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Will be whining overload here...

      1. thegaffer82
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        I'll be front of the queue. I like a nice whinge!

    3. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      with injuries and benching I will probably be down to 3 players (5 if Wellbeck and Kilman starts) ... not the best with 3 Spurs & 1 Villa and no City

  5. 03farmboy
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 5 days ago

    What’s the minimum amount of players to have not to use a free hit?

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      It's the quality not the quantity that counts - nail the captain and you're laughing.

      1. Boly Would
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        I've got 7 if Villa Spurs is off (10 if on).
        Happy that it's a decent enough 7 to save FH, so the decision is KDB or Bruno captain..

        1. Fulchester's New Centr…
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Save. Kev I think, City so hot right now.

    2. El Presidente
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 5 days ago

      7/8

    3. Salarrivederci
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      It's also about the DGW19 players and plans.
      Remember that the FH teams might have to take some hits before the DGW.

      I am contemplating a -12 or -16 going into GW18 and saving FH 😉

      1. popey
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        if Villa Spurs don't have a game I'm thinking of 2 transfers for a -4 to supplement;

        Dias, Cancelo
        (K)DB, Bruno
        Brewster

        unless Arsenal beat palace say 4-0, should be fine, remember this forum represents a very small number of actual players

        1. thegaffer82
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Haha... sorry shouldn't laugh, but that is a pretty bare team for GW18.

          Mine isn't much better to be fair 🙁

  6. balint84
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    Avoid of which teams because of covid and postponing?

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Villa and by extension Spurs
      Cases and Burnley and others too, but they seem less serious

    2. thegaffer82
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Avoid any teams that have human beings playing for them & you’ll be fine 😉

      1. Fulchester's New Centr…
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Other species to avoid include chimps and gorillas, giant anteaters, bottlenose dolphins, horses, dogs, alligators, cats, sheep and Siberian tigers.

        1. thegaffer82
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          You forgot bats 🙂

          1. Fulchester's New Centr…
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 5 days ago

            And pangolin, but I think their reputation has suffered enough.

        2. Hot Toddy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 5 days ago

          Cephalopod (TC)

      2. balint84
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 5 days ago

        Buying Jesus immediately

  7. The Mandalorian
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    At this rate Spurs and Villa will head into GW38 with 6 games in hand and a chance to win the Premier League. Saving my FH for that game week.

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Son or Kane (TC) to make the previous 37GWs moot.

    2. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Remember last season when we thought all teams were going to play 15 games in GW38 😆

    3. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Out of which 4 games will feature academy kids age 10 or below because the league would still need to get over and there wont be enough first team or U23 players to make a full 11.

  8. Fulchester's New Centr…
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 5 days ago

    So for my son's lunch

    A. Chicken soup and a mini pork pie
    B. Frozen pizza
    C. Some sort of pasta

    1. thegaffer82
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 5 days ago

      Sandwiches and a bag of crisps for the win!

      1. Fulchester's New Centr…
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Thanks Dude, big thumbs up from the boy himself when the crisps option came into play

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      C

    3. Rhodes your boat
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      A

    4. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Ask him, not us!

      1. Fulchester's New Centr…
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        It'd be chocolate and fizzy pop every meal in that case, Jarv.

        1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          That's what I feed my kids - is that wrong?

    5. Pino
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      A

    6. Darlo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      All are essential, find a way to fit all three in.

    7. Dark Side Of The Loon!
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      A

    8. aleksaa2
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      A

  9. Inazuma X1
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    How to fast forward time? I want today to be Tuesday

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      I want today to be 1994

      1. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        I'd go for slightly later - maybe 1999 - good year that

  10. Oldie99
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Can we activate the Free Hit now? Confident enough nothing will change by Tuesday?

    1. thegaffer82
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      I wouldn't do anything right now...

      Might only be 2 teams playing come next GW the way things are going so you'll have 6 players to choose on your FH

    2. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Honestly wouldn’t touch it until Tuesday afternoon.

  11. Zen Arcade
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Has anyone ever made money on Football Index? Seems a right con.

    1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      The guy who owns it probably

    2. Champ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Wouldn’t touch it. The principle is very good but from what I have been told by those I trust, the execution is not at the races

      1. Corgzzzz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        This,...... I did it and made a small lost, mainly due to the slow nature it operates, I kinda lost interest. If you are a gambling man, there are far better options.

    3. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      You'd be better putting some time into picking a couple of interesting shares or funds than messing around with a gimmicky market like this imo

    4. Do I Not Like Orange
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      I imagine people who got in 3-4 years ago and loaded up on Sanchos, Brunos etc at rock bottom prices will have made very good money, assuming they sold while the market was still booming. Personally I joined in 2018, spent about a year messing around learning the ropes, started to show a decent 'profit', but in most cases didn't sell up in time so got burned in the crash over the past 6 months or so.

      I never invested more than I could afford to lose, and still enjoy it as a side project to mess about with so I'm leaving my money in, but as others have said the people running the show seem increasingly useless, so not sure I would recommend it to a friend. There are opportunities there to make consistent returns on certain players, but anyone going in at this point needs to go in with their eyes open.

  12. Champ
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    So with Haller going is that a signal Antonio can put down 90 you think?

    1. Wee Jinky
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      I think it means the Hammers will sign Dembele

    2. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      More likely they will be signing some deadbeat on loan for the rest of the season ...

      1. Ruth_NZ
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Slimani maybe? He's a Moyes type.

        1. Do I Not Like Orange
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Anichebe

    3. Corgzzzz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      We got no one else at the moment .....

    4. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Danger that Antonio might need to be put down himself at some point remains though.

      1. popey
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Is there potential for any other players to play OOP or false 9 type of situation - Bowen etc? Not so much for fantasy just intrigued how that plays out in the short term as Antonio clearly not match fit or reliable and may take a while to get a new signing upto speed

        Josh King feels like an obvious option?

        1. Fulchester's New Centr…
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Scenes when Soucek starts up front.

    5. Hooky
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Carlton Cole will be re-signed surely?

      1. Fulchester's New Centr…
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        @TheBig_Sam
        19 Sep 2014
        Watching 'The NeverEnding Story' with the lads. F***ing huge mistake. Big Carlton went berserk when that f***ing horse died in the swamp.
        "Where horse go, boss?!" he yelped, tears streaming down his delicate face. "Where horse go? Horse go heaven? BRING BACK HORSE!!"
        Then he tore a radiator off the wall and fired it at Mark Noble. F*** this. Back to the cones and the f***ing drills. Great film, mind.
        He'll not get to see Falkor, the charismatic Luckdragon now. That's the real tragedy here. That flying c*** was simply magical.

    6. Eh, just one more thing ...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Glen Murray incoming .... I can hear his zimmer clicking against the pavement ....

  13. jayzico
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    Possible crazy idea here.

    Anyone banking on Steffen as city's keeper for next few?

    1. thegaffer82
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Nope. Ederson will be back soon. Not heard he's had any adverse affects to getting Covid (as is the case with almost all footballers)

  14. Don Kloppeone
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    My non-Spurs FH with a playing bench attempt:

    Darlow
    Cancelo, Tierney, AWB
    KDB, Sterling, Bruno, Rashford, Saka
    Laca, Wilson
    (Sanchez) (Clark, McGoldrick, Mitchell)

    I really don't feel like playing this team but it looks so likely Spurs won't play. What do you think?

    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Looks about as good as it can be. If you had any change I'd upgrade Sanchez, if he does end up playing, could be a minus on the cards.

      1. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        I could do:

        AWB, Clark, Sanchez > Saiss, Yedlin, Guaita

        1. Fulchester's New Centr…
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Prefer this I think. Utd hardly watertight.

    2. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Part of playing an 'insurance' FH is covering all the games. I'd have at least 1 player from the EVE-WOL game.

      1. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Fair point - maybe AWB > Saiss