Most people think Football Index is all about scouting long-term investments.
Of course, this can be an effective tactic. If you find the right player, you could be in for a sizeable profit.
However, if you’re looking to reap the rewards of your football knowledge a little more quickly, the “30-day hold” consists of buying a player and, you guessed it, holding him for 30 days. While the change in price of the player may not be too dramatic, there are other advantages that make this strategy appealing.
Craig Rennie, of Football Index Elite, explains more: “Holding a player for a 30-day period for in-play dividends was something new that Football Index introduced last year and can be a good way of turning over some quick profits.
“The in-play dividends are paid to traders for goals and assists for the first 30 days that you hold that player. Each goal or assist during this period receives 1p per share and also you can receive performance dividends for the whole term that you hold a player.
“Performance dividends are paid to the highest points-scorer for each position on game days. Both performance and in-play dividends are only available for players in the top five leagues (Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Ligue 1 and Serie A) and also European qualifiers.”
There may be many of you out there looking for a new foray into the extra-curricular footballing universe. For those who have already mastered Fantasy Premier League, exploiting the extra goal/assist bonuses is a good way to get your foot in the door when it comes to Football Index.
Just like Fantasy Premier League, pure ability is not the only thing to keep an eye on. As Craig goes on to explain, looking out for upcoming fixtures is often the best way of picking out your 30-day targets.
“There are some obvious players that initially come to mind when picking 30-day hold players: Trent Alexander Arnold, Kevin De Bruyne, Messi, Neymar and Mbappe are all regular high point-scorers and contribute with a fair share of goals and assists,” Craig says.
“However, when picking a player for this hold, it’s generally better to pick a cheaper player to avoid the high cost of buying and the bigger spread these players have when trying to sell after the 30-day period.
“So I tend to look for players under the £2 mark who have a high number of fixtures and winnable games when I’m picking my players.”
While it may be tempting to stick to the more familiar divisions, leagues elsewhere in Europe offer ripe when it comes to the aforementioned dividends.
Craig reveals: “The German league is probably my favourite for this type of strategy, as it’s full of goals and players are often cheaper than what you would get for your money in the Premier League.
“Marco Reus is at the wrong age for a long term hold on the Index, but he could be a perfect player for a short term hold. He is involved in virtually all of Dortmund’s matches and is instrumental in their performances. He can play as a striker or anywhere in behind and has some good stats to back this up in his last 17 matches, he has scored 10 and set up 5 goals for his teammates.
“Over the next 30 days, he has fixtures against Werder Bremen, Leverkusen, Frankfurt, PSG, Werder Bremen (again) and Freiburg. Dortmund have scored 10 goals in their last 2 matches and are often involved in high scoring matches. It’s also likely you will see small rises in share prices if the player is scoring and performing well regularly, so Reus could be a perfect selection for a 30-day hold.”
No doubt Reus’ age plays a role in his relatively low price and this is a factor to be exploited when it comes to the 30-day hold. Sometimes, the older players are better suited for this strategy.
“Another I’d would consider – although slightly above the price range I would normally go for – for a short-term hold is Ciro Immobile,” Craig adds.
“His goalscoring record for Lazio this season has been remarkable and Lazio have fixtures against Hellas Verona, Parma, Inter, Genoa and Bologna over the period. If you have a little more money to spend (£2.26) Immobile will return you some dividends.
“There is no reason why you couldn’t hold these players for longer than 30 days but as part of my strategy, I like to flip 2 players a time over the 30 day period and then find 2 more to do so with after 30 days. I do this alongside my long term holds and it keeps my portfolio diverse and interesting and so far has returned me plenty of in-play dividends.”
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