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The New Year is now in full swing and there are some signs that it could be an improvement on the previous wretched edition.
However, one thing remains determined until 2020 – the chaotic fixture list.
That offers at least certain possibilities, whether you are a manager of the Fantasy Premier League (FPL) or a dealer of the Football Index (FI).
Football Index is the “Football Stock Market,” a real money betting platform where you can buy and sell football players.
You buy shares in individual players, the value of which can rise or fall depending on their performance on and off the field.
I’ve been actively using FI this season with more than one reference to FPL to see which aspects of each game combine and which don’t.
“The more the better” applies to the pairings for both games.
This is especially true for FI as more club games are relevant and the game covers all major continental leagues as well as the European champions and European leagues.
This means that there are an unbelievable number of weeks ahead for the English teams involved in Europe.
Those who still play Champions League football – Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea – have eight games by the end of February, which are covered by matchday FI dividends.
The four teams in the Europa League round of 16 – Arsenal, Leicester, Manchester United and Spurs – have nine.
All this also does not take into account the tasks of the FA Cup, which are not considered in the FI business, but increase the risk of rotation.
While it’s highly unlikely that a player will be in all of these games, picking a few that play an important role could prove lucrative, especially when FI’s in-play dividends end early next month and longer-term considerations market information begins to provide more information again.
Of the seven teams named, Man United appears 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 in FI despite his current share price being well below the recent high of £ 8.93 late November last year.
A slightly less expensive purchase involves Marcus Rashford (£ 2.72). In the FPL, the England international is in second place after Fernandes in terms of points (92: 135). He was in good shape, with two goals and an assist from four games before Sunday’s 0-0 draw against Liverpool.
Cross-town rivals City are in a good place.
Unbeaten in their last 10 league games, their schedule isn’t as good as United’s, but a Champions League match against Borussia Mönchengladbach suggests a strong opportunity to reach the quarter-finals and in the last 10 league games they have scored 21 Goals and only two goals conceded.
John Stones (£ 0.91) was the talk of FPL’s Double Gameweek 19 thanks to a 21-point move against Crystal Palace, but for the same price you could try a punt on a Sergio Aguero.
Is he in Pep Guardiola’s plans? The city boss said this on Tuesday:
“We need Aguero. Sergio is a player who can create for himself and win a game, but he hasn’t been with us for a long time. We want him back as soon as possible. “
With such an overloaded game plan, fresh players are gold dust. If this player is the club’s all-time top scorer, £ 0.91 a share could be a steal.
Most recently Leicester.
Brendan Rodgers’ side are in form – unbeaten in six league games and 2-0 wins in a row – and while their schedule is a mixed one (Everton, Leeds, Fulham, Wolves, Liverpool, Aston Villa and Arsenal) they have two Europe 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 good while Rodgers continues to manage the talisman’s ongoing hip issues.
The striker has only one goal in this last good run (albeit three assists).
Instead, midfielders James Maddison (£ 1.30) and Harvey Barnes (£ 0.84) have tied behind goals by three and six respectively for the entire season.
But if he were to reach his FI potential as a Chelsea and England starter, he would likely have no problem making £ 4. So a good balance between risk and reward here from my point of view.
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