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The new year is now in full swing and there are some indicators that it might be an improvement on the previous wretched edition.

But one thing is currently remaining resolutely 2020 – the chaotic fixture list.

That does at least provide certain opportunities, whether you’re a Fantasy Premier League (FPL) manager or a Football Index (FI) trader.

Football Index is the ‘football stockmarket’, a real-money betting platform where you can buy and sell footballers.

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 FPL, seeing which aspects of each game marry up, and which don’t.

‘The more the merrier’, in terms of fixtures, applies to both games.

But it is especially true on FI because more club fixtures are relevant, with the game covering all of the major continental leagues and the pan-European Champions and Europa leagues.

That means there’s an incredibly busy few weeks coming up for the English teams involved in Europe.

Those still playing Champions League football – Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea – have eight fixtures covered by FI’s Match Day Dividends to come between now and the end of February.

The four sides in the Europa League’s Round of 32 – Arsenal, Leicester, Manchester United and Spurs – have nine.

All of that doesn’t factor in FA Cup duties either, which won’t figure in FI business, but will ramp up the rotation risks.

So while it’s highly unlikely that any player will feature across all of those matches, picking out a few who will play a major part could prove lucrative, particularly when FI’s In-Play Dividends come to an end early next month and longer-term considerations begin to inform market moves more prominently again.

Of the seven teams mentioned, Man United look to have one of the best schedules, with Sheffield United, Arsenal, Southampton, Everton, West Brom, Newcastle and Chelsea in the league, and two Europa League games against Real Sociedad.

Bruno Fernandes, available around the £7.00 mark, remains the most expensive player on FI, although his current share price is a good deal down from a recent peak of £8.93 in late November last year.

A rather less pricey purchase involves Marcus Rashford (£2.72). In FPL, the England international is second only to Fernandes in terms of points (92 v 135) and he’s been in decent form, with two goals and an assist from the four matches leading up to Sunday’s 0-0 draw with Liverpool.

Cross town rivals City are in a good place.

Unbeaten in their last 10 league starts, their schedule isn’t as kind as United’s, but a Champions League match-up with Borussia Monchengladbach suggests the strong possibility of advancement to the quarter finals and across those last 10 league games, they’ve scored 21 goals and conceded just two.

John Stones (£0.91) has been the talk of FPL’s Double Gameweek 19 thanks to a 21-point haul against Crystal Palace, but for the same price you could try a punt on one Sergio Aguero.

Is he in Pep Guardiola’s plans? Here’s what the City boss said on Tuesday:

“We need Aguero. Sergio is a player who can create for himself and win a game by himself, but he has not been with us for a long time. We want him back as soon as possible.”

With such a congested fixture list, fresh players are gold dust. When that player is the club’s record goal scorer, £0.91 a share could be a steal.

Lastly, Leicester.

Brendan Rodgers’ side are in form – unbeaten in six league matches and with back-to-back 2-0 victories under their belt – and while their schedule is a mixed affair ( Everton, Leeds, Fulham, Wolves, Liverpool, Aston Villa and Arsenal), they have two Europa League games with Slavia Prague to sweeten the deal.

The Foxes have also found a way to win with reduced input from Jamie Vardy, which is just as well while Rodgers continues to manage the talisman’s ongoing hip issues.

The striker has just the one goal (albeit three assists) over that recent fine run.

Instead, midfielders James Maddison (£1.30) and Harvey Barnes (£0.84) have picked up the goalscoring slack, with three apiece and six each for the season as a whole.

But if he did reach his FI potential as a Chelsea and England regular I don’t think he’d have any problem clearing £4. So a good balance of risk reward here in my view.


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634 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Tango74
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Kevin de Bruyne: Manchester City midfielder out for four to six weeks

      1. Budweiser
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Internet Explorer?

      2. No Professionals
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        We’ve read previous comments so know that

      3. pricycle
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Whaaaaaaaat? You'll be suggesting I captain Gundogan next 😉

      4. Tango74
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Oops sorry

          What now ?

          Kane or gundogan or Sterling??

      5. wulfranian
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        If Fernandes gets 90 minutes on Sunday he could get a rest vs SUtd.

        1. JBG
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          What I'm afraid of as well.

        2. LSK
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Real chance to win the league, I think he’ll be rested in the cup or not at all.

        3. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Good point - moves armband to Cancelo

        4. Threat Level Midnight
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Very very slim. The league is priority and the PE teacher has made that clear previously.

      6. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Gundogan is a trap.

        Thank you

        1. Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          A trap with some fantastic stars of late to back him.

          But yeah, maybe. Yet to see what KDB being out does to him positionally.

        2. Yankee Toffee
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          KDB was a trap this time around.

          You're welcome.

          1. JBG
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            This, not worth the price this season.

      7. Gemma817
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Lads, how is this team looking? 3 transfers away from it

          Johnstone
          Cancelo, Stones, TAA
          Salah, Bruno, Gundo, Grealish
          Bamford, Kane, Antonio

          Bench: 4m, Justin, Burke, Mitchel
          ITB: 1.7m

          Too less Leicester?

          I'd be getting rid of Dallas, Soucek and Vardy

          1. Threat Level Midnight
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Very much a fan. Rather have Dias than Stones but otherwise its good.

        • Threat Level Midnight
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Bottomed a few pages back

          Already did Soucek>Gundo due to potential price movement. Is it worth getting KDB out for a hit this week or am I gtg? I feel like I am set but do think a United asset, or even James Rodriguez would be an interesting differential with their fixtures and potentially full health squad. Thoughts?

          McCarthy
          TAA/Robbo/Dias/AWB
          Bruno (C)/ Mane/ Gundo/Saka
          Bamford/Antonio

          Forster/Coufal/Brewster/Kdb

        • Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Have Cancelo, Robertson & Taylor.

          Should probably get a 2nd City defender.

          A) Taylor > Dias
          B) Robbo > Dias
          C) Taylor > Stones
          D) Robbo > Stones

          With A/C I'd surely have to play them & bench Raphinha (NEW). Unless I bench one of Salah/Vardy/Robertson..

          1. Threat Level Midnight
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            A for me. I feel that Stones will be rotated with Laporte soon. Laporte is just a better defender, simple as that.

          2. Snooze ya lose
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            A

        • Corona is not good 4 U
            1 month, 13 days ago

            What to do with this horror show? I really do not know?

            Mc. Carthy, Johnstone
            Dias, Stones, Robertson, Coufal, Dallas
            Fernandes, Salah, Foden, Soucek, Raphinha
            Kane, Bamford, Adams

            1 free transfer and 1.3 in the bank.

            Thank you!

            1. PascalCygan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              How is that a horror show?! Sure, Liverpool struggling by their high standards but that is a good team in the main. Could even save your FT

          • Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Vardy injured. Brilliant, now I have absolutely no idea what to do with the extra cash I'm about to get.

            1. Threat Level Midnight
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              What's your team look like?

            2. The Train Driver
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Sometimes having cash ITB is better than being forced to buy expensive underperforming players...

          • Vardy replacements
            wulfranian
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Brendan Rodgers: "Jamie Vardy will be out for a few weeks. We’ve been managing him over these number of months and he’s been fantastic but we have a window now that allows him to have an operation on his hernia. Then he’ll be back."

            1. Party time
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Kane straight into my team then

              1. Geoff
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • Has Moderation Rights
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Any thoughts of anyone else? I'm looking at Kane too.

                1. Tonyawesome69 WC31 & FH…
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Antonio, DCL or Watkins

                2. wulfranian
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Yeah i think Kane is the standout option.Dcl could be a good pick.

                3. Party time
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Just Kane.

                  Antonio & Ings are the other 2 to consider imo

            2. ajay_kl +42
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              not sure how I feel now that I rage transferred Zouma and Neto to get Maddison

              1. Zogzeg
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Gotta love the occasional RT !

            3. The Real Big Vern
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              early transfers done f**k it - Vardy, Soucek and Robbo to Kane Gundog and Digne

          • Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Would you do KDB to Gundo, or just play Soucek/Dallas this week?

            Tempted by the former

            1. PascalCygan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              I'm thinking similar.

              I resisted Gundogan 18/19, wanted to see more of him in an advanced role, and I think he's demonstrated his worth. I used to view him as something of a trap but facts change = opinions change.

              KDB > Gundo going to be a very popular move this week, and I might be one of those making it!

              1. Fit_to_drop
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 13 days ago

                But surely KDB being out could tempt Pep into playing Gundo deeper and bringing in one or more of Mahrez/Foden/Bilva

                1. PascalCygan
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Yes, certainly that risk. Gundo or Maddison for me I think

                2. popey
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Possibly, though I would think there's more competition for the front 3 slots than the midfield thre - can't see Rodri and Fernandinho both starting together with next 3 fixtures.

                  Plus pens - which is a biggy

          • Mweene
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Zaha being overlooked as a KDB replacement?

            Well up there in terms of points and decent fixtures...

            1. Fit_to_drop
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Next please.

          • Sid07
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Kdb to Madison and Brewster to kane (-4)
            1) yes
            2)no

            1. Threat Level Midnight
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              If you can field a starting XI save the Kane move until next week.

          • Stupendous
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Now Vardy!!!

          • The Mantis
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Vardy and KDB out wow, that'll free up some funds for me - don't need to rush!

          • Party time
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Kdb + Vardy - > Son + Kane.

            Very easy

            1. Tonyawesome69 WC31 & FH…
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Yup looks like the move I'll be doing nearer the deadline

              1. Party time
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Done already

                1. Tonyawesome69 WC31 & FH…
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  A bit risky when they have the FA Cup game on Monday and deadline is on Tues

                  1. Party time
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 13 days ago

                    Wycombe?

                    Not a problem at all. My bench will take care of the rest

          • Flair
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Back to my greatest FPL fraud, Raheem Sterling? Damnit, I don't want these thoughts.

            1. LSK
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              He’s looked poor but his points total is similar to KDB and these are the types of teams he can tap a few in against. Could work.

            2. Fit_to_drop
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 13 days ago

              I can see the appeal but fool me twice etc...

          • Sam-not-so-wise
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Trying not to get blinded by money in the bank...

            Current squad:

            GK: Mccarthay, (Button)
            DEF: Cancelo, Stones, Coufal, Dallas, (Bednarek)
            MID: Saka, Fernandes, Salah, Raphina, (De Bruyne)
            ATK: Antonio, Kane, (Brewster)

            Subbing De Bruyne for Gundogan will leave me with 7m itb... do you think there is a better move? Barnes?

          • Sun Jihai
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Back to everyone having Kane then! Sub

            1. jason_ni
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Had him all along.. he's going nowhere in my team.

          • Jon Walter's Hatty
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Kane and Son ownership going to get even more stupid

          • jason_ni
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Would you start
            1) DDG home to SHU
            2) Martinez away to Burn..

            Close call i reckon!

            1. mynameisq
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              1 otherwise why have him imo

              1. jason_ni
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Well exactly!

                I did only just bring him in for 18 and dbl, plan will be longer go back to set and forget in martinez, and bank the cash.

          • Steve The Spud
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 13 days ago

            vardy and kdb both MAN DOWN

            my team = in tatters

          • Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Vardy out massively hinder Barnes or Maddison as options?

            1. Flair
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 13 days ago

              It won't help them, that's for sure. Been playing a crucial role as a facilitator in recent weeks and Iheanacho is a significant downgrade. Whether that's enough to put you off them is another question...

            2. Tango74
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Won’t it help as he won’t play , penalties ?

                1. No Professionals
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  no, it will make leicester much less effective as an attacking force. Their back up striker is awful.

              • No Professionals
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                yes for me. he is such a focal point and pain in the backside for defenders.

              • Karan14
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Maddison assist potential definitely takes a dent here.

              • Baines on Toast...
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                I think Barnes might play up top.

                1. No Professionals
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  well they're screwed then

                2. wulfranian
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  “We’ve played without Jamie before and won. It’s not overly concerning. It’s our best chance of getting him back. Ayoze Perez is a natural striker. He doesn’t threaten the backline as quickly as Vardy, but he’s a great finisher. I‘ve got [Iheanacho] who can offer a threat too."
                  It seems that Rodgers is thinking Perez up front.

                  1. Baines on Toast...
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 10 Years
                    1 month, 13 days ago

                    Oh interesting! Thanks. Great record against smaller teams as a flat track bully.

            3. The Train Driver
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              DCL in after the Leicester game looks a must, question is who for, Bamford, Cavani or Kane.

              Bamford looks like the best bet but he might have a dgw soon.

              Cavani is a nice differential who I think will score good.

              Kane is consistent but have Son as well.

              1. Flair
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Yep, DCL now my #1 priority. Differentials in attack are even more crucial with how highly owned the main players will be.

              2. ajay_kl +42
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                News of the Leeds DGW is only thing keeping Bamford in my team, been looking to get rid but not many options inspire me

            4. No Professionals
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              well, everyone's team is going to be the same at this rate isn't it.

              1. Jon Walter's Hatty
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Gundo makes all the big boys worth having affordable

              2. Flair
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                1 month, 13 days ago

                It'll be an enjoyable challenge trying to find ways to get ahead, differentials more crucial than ever.

            5. Yankee Toffee
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Who's on pens for LEI w/Vards out?

              1. aleksaa2
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                For their sake, I hope not Iheanacho.

              2. No Professionals
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                maddison has taken some in the past i think. it's whether no vardy reduces their chances of winning them.

              3. Party time
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Maddison

              4. Baines on Toast...
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Tielemans always takes them when Vardy is subbed off. could be a legit option now.

                1. Baines on Toast...
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Tbf though given Mad's recent comments about numbers I expect he'll throw his hat in. Never gets 90 though.

              5. Yankee Toffee
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                FFS saying: Vardy, Ayoze Pérez, Tielemans, Maddison, Iheanacho

              6. dunas_dog
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Tielemans I think

            6. Gun gun
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Will u start barnes or dcl?

            7. StayoutheSpiceZone
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Do u think you could conceivably WC next week and set for GW26 and BB? I’m just not a fan of my team

            8. Baines on Toast...
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              If anyone wants an extra 7mil I don't need all my budget.

              1. No Professionals
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                i'll just give you my bank details yeah?

                1. Baines on Toast...
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Yes please, just along with your mother's maiden name.

            9. Tsparkes10
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Vardy out... Was gonna save :/