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How upcoming European fixtures will impact Football Index players


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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. Top Lad Dakes. - WC/TC left
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    So much money ITB I don’t know what to do! 6.5m. Kane in next week seems smart for starters but still leaves almost 2m (more when I downgrade Areola/Pieters on the bench)

    Martinez (Areola)
    Cancelo Stones Coufal (Dallas Pieters)
    Salah Bruno Son Gundogan (Soucek)
    Antonio Watkins Bamford

    1. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Leicester / Villa targets?

    2. Baines on Toast...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Get comfortable with cash in the bank. Bargains everywhere, City defence underpriced, Saka/Gundo playing like 8.5 mids.

    3. ajay_kl +42
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Could use the change to grab DCL if he is looking good after his injury

  2. PP6
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 24 days ago

    Written in the stars

  3. Tango74
      2 months, 24 days ago

      You got to be unlucky if you got KDB and Vardy

      Kane and Gundogan?

      1. The Mantis
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        Got both but this makes my decision easier now as I wanted rid of both! better options elsewhere, so much money ITB

      2. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 24 days ago

        got them both and it's a headache, that's possibly the combo I'm looking at

        Or Son + Antonio

    • Netters2018
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Who takes penalties for leicester with Vardy missing?

      Is it tielemans?

      1. Yankee Toffee
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        Vardy, Ayoze Pérez, Tielemans, Maddison, Iheanacho

      2. dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        Yes I think it will be him

      3. The Mantis
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        good question, i think Tiels yeah

    • SADIO SANÉ
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      stupidly did a -8 to do KDB, Neto, Jesus -> Vardy, Gundog, Sterling (c) - is it WC time? how long is Vardy out for?

      1. Yankee Toffee
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        Wait a week and take out Vardy

        1. SADIO SANÉ
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 24 days ago

          yeah probably the only choice really, damn - ta

    • dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Is Harvey Barnes good option with Vardy out for next few weeks!

      1. Gun gun
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        I would say nt bad!

      2. The Mantis
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        definitely, currently weighing up between him and Maddison

        1. Neo-Viper
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 24 days ago

          I would say Barnes better than Madders

    • OptimusBlack
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Robbo & Vardy > Justin & Kane
      Yeees
      Nooo

      1. OptimusBlack
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        Any Help ??

      2. Arn De Gothia
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        i did TAA->Justin if it helps. yes for me

    • Gun gun
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Salah to son?

      1. The Mantis
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        for sure

    • drughi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 24 days ago

      Maddison on penalties opa opa

      1. Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        Not Vardy?

        1. Gun gun
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 24 days ago

          Injured lol

      2. dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        Probably Tielemans who has taken them when Vardy off the field

      3. Threat Level Midnight
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        Porbably tielemans

      4. Netters2018
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 24 days ago

        Just checked last 2 penalties in prem when vardy subbed off/missing have been taken by tielemans

    • NateDogsCats
        2 months, 24 days ago

        Goodness going to need a cool head today to avoid anything rash, was nearly considering Sterling for a second there

        1. Gun gun
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 24 days ago

          Tbh sterling will come good.

        2. Baines on Toast...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 24 days ago

          Just remember he's playing like Daniel James atm. Would you pay 11.5 for Daniel James?

          1. NateDogsCats
              2 months, 24 days ago

              I wouldn't take Dan James if he was given to me for free for the season as a 16th player

            • Gun gun
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 24 days ago

              I think he did pretty well to get 11 pts for dgw.

        3. Gobigorgohome
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 24 days ago

          FFS just did KDB Watins to Grelish Vardy 🙁
          Just cant catch a break 🙁

          1. drughi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 24 days ago

            why not wait with transfers ?

            1. Gobigorgohome
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 24 days ago

              I usually wait.. but this time I just wanted to do and be done with it 🙁

          2. Gobigorgohome
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 24 days ago

            -4 as well ahhh.. WC time??

          3. Hybrid.power
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            2 months, 24 days ago

            Why in the world would you do the transfers so early? The deadline isn't until Tuesday.

            1. Gobigorgohome
              • 9 Years
              2 months, 24 days ago

              well i know 🙁

            2. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 24 days ago

              I hope everybody reads this and not drive Son and Kane price up until afte the Tues deadline

              1. Stormbringer22
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 24 days ago

                Both will rise by Tuesday, I guarantee it 🙁

        4. drughi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          2 months, 24 days ago

          Vardy and KDB owner, yikes

          1. NateDogsCats
              2 months, 24 days ago

              Same here and I was planning on holding Vardy, makes getting Kane that bit easier but likely takes Maddison out of the equation so I feel doubly lost

            • The Mantis
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 24 days ago

              I've got both of em, not too dissapointed as wanted rid anyway

              1. No Professionals
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 24 days ago

                yeah sometimes it makes those decisions easier with less fear of it biting back

          2. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 24 days ago

            Kane to Vardy (-4) in GW19. Now reverse the transfer for another - 4 in GW20. What a FPL season this is

            1. Stormbringer22
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 24 days ago

              I know. Did Son 》 KDB -4 first 19, now reverse again for a -4. Crazy

          3. Stormbringer22
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 24 days ago

            Wow. Vardy + KDB 》 Son + Kane about the easiest transfers to make this season. Shame really. Son and Kanes ownership will be so high you will never climb up the ranks with them. Need to have them simply as a "shield"

          4. Disturbed
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 24 days ago

            Best vardy and kdb replacements here?

            Saka kdb Bruno soucek saka
            Vardy bamford Brewster

            1. drughi
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 11 Years
              2 months, 24 days ago

              kane and son

              1. Tonyawesome69 FHXX
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 24 days ago

                +1

          5. Pointless
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 24 days ago

            Who’s the best KDB replacement out of: Pogba, Rashford, Maddison, Barnes please?

            1. The Mantis
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 24 days ago

              Mads or Barnes I reckon

          6. Ze_Austin
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 24 days ago

            The entire EPL table is close, until you get to 17th

            Only team running away with anything is Sheffield's relegation

          7. jason_ni
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 24 days ago

            Vardy and kdb out.

            Just means that everyone's teams become more templatey than the already are!

            1. Baines on Toast...
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              2 months, 24 days ago

              Many differentials.

              Leicester mids barely owned. Auba's stats are great. Cavani is an option.

              1. jason_ni
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 24 days ago

                Well, anyone who didn't already have kane, will 100% have him now.

                Be bold to move for someone else.

          8. Il Capitano
              2 months, 24 days ago

              Ugh, Vardy's fixtures were nice too, looks like Kane will have to arrive earlier than scheduled

            • Pukki Party
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 24 days ago

              First day without a red arrow for 7 days here

              1. Jon Walter's Hatty
                • 7 Years
                2 months, 24 days ago

                14 out of 15 greens and still not in top 600k lol

            • Jon Walter's Hatty
              • 7 Years
              2 months, 24 days ago

              Iheanacho punt? I suspect Barnes may go up top though...

              1. Baines on Toast...
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                2 months, 24 days ago

                Just speculated this but a poster suggested he's thinking Ayoze up top, which could be interesting.

                1. Jon Walter's Hatty
                  • 7 Years
                  2 months, 24 days ago

                  I'd be surprised as you would think they need that pace up there that Vardy brings but who knows...

            • Threat Level Midnight
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 24 days ago

              3rd time posting, even starting to annoy myself. Thoughts?

              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

              1. Stormbringer22
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                2 months, 24 days ago

                Ship KDB out next week. Avoid the hit.

                1. Threat Level Midnight
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 24 days ago

                  Cheers, thank you.

            • Stormbringer22
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 24 days ago

              Next thing you know, Son or Kane will come up as injuries

              1. Threat Level Midnight
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 24 days ago

                With all their mileage it wouldn't be surprising.

            • Tsparkes10
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 24 days ago

              Still save? Or take a hit...

              Martinez
              Justin Dallas Stones Dias
              Raph Bruno Salah Son
              Bamford Antonio
              (Johnstone, Coufal,Soucek,Vardy)

            • Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 24 days ago

              Oh FFS Vardy, thanks for nothing. Two annoying hits.

              1. Hazz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 24 days ago

                Well one hit, but means I might bit get another City defender.

            • Neo-Viper
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 24 days ago

              Got in KDB for fixtures after the double for Salah
              Removed Kane for Vardy for the double.

              Both out for 4-5 weeks. FML.

            • Oldie99
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 24 days ago

              Choose 2 / 5 to start:

              A. Coufal (cry)
              B. Dallas (new)
              C.Lookman (bha)
              D. Targett (bur)
              E. Soucek (cry)

              rest of the team:
              McCarthy
              Stones Cancelo
              Son Bruno Sterling
              Vardy Antonio Bamford

              1. Ze_Austin
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 24 days ago

                Vardy's out for weeks

                1. Oldie99
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 24 days ago

                  just seen lol -

                  Vardy to Kane for -4 is easy enough though

            • Kabayan
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 24 days ago

              Feeeecckkkk...
              Sold Kane and Son for -4 and now bring them again for -4

            • Jon Snow
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 24 days ago

              Vardy and KdB both out for weeks. Another 8 point hit could be on the cards

            • NateDogsCats
                2 months, 24 days ago

                Didn't Perez play up front for a lot of his time at Newcastle? Would much rather see him up there than Iheanacho unless he can magic up some shooting boots