It’s the final round of Champions League group stages and it is D Day for the British teams as they seek to either secure qualification for the round of 16, secure Europa League football or attempt to top their respective groups.
It is Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United who have arguably the toughest test tonight, knowing they need just a point to ensure qualification for the round of 16 against CSKA Moscow. On paper it should be a simple task, but as we all know in football anything can happen. A certain Swede was not in the match day squad against Arsenal at the weekend and it looks certain that Zlatan Ibrahimovic (£3.23) will play some part this evening.
United’s headline maker at the weekend and this week for Indexers has been Paul Pogba (£4.37) and with his upcoming three game ban in the Premier League will surely feature here this evening. Can he continue his run of buzz wins? Until United score it looks set to be a cagey one at Old Trafford.
Meanwhile at Stamford Bridge, Antonio Conte’s Chelsea who have already qualified for the next round will be looking to top their group and knock out the mighty Atletico Madrid. They are currently two points ahead of Roma in Group C but they face an easy test and surely a guaranteed three points against Qarabag. It will be interesting to see what side Conte puts out, will the in form Eden Hazard (£4.63), star player on Saturday, feature? Or will the likes of Willian (£0.93) and Pedro (£0.80) be thrown in from the start. One thing for sure is that Conte will be looking to top the group and knock out the likes of Antoine Griezmann (£4.06) and co!
Up at Celtic Park, Brendan Rodgers and his Celtic team are looking to secure Europa League football from the tough Group B, knowing a point against Anderlecht will secure it. Moussa Dembele (£1.70) struck early to shock PSG into life in the last round of the fixtures and looks a good choice for match day dividends this evening. Throw in the potential to put himself in the shop window once more and January could yet bring media dividends for the striker once more!
Today’s match of the day is taking place at the Allianz Arena as Bayern Munich welcome PSG in Group B. With both teams qualified it’s a battle for pride at stake but there will surely be a few Index heavyweights on display. The likes of Neymar (£7.70), Robert Lewandowski (£2.59) and Dani Alves (£1.86) will be battling for match day dividends!
Who do Indexers think will win the match day dividends?