Cast your mind back to earlier this year when Football INDEX CEO, Adam Cole, delivered the exciting news that the product would be expanding into new territories all over the world with our European neighbours Sweden being first up. It was an exciting time on the INDEX as for the first time there would be other nationalities buying and selling shares in players which shows the promise of the product on a global scale. Fast forward to the summer and the amazing 2018 FIFA World Cup and the two countries where you can play Football INDEX are now set to go head to head in the quarter-finals on Saturday at 15:00 in the first ever Football INDEX derby. Not a bad first derby.
Both England and Sweden would have bitten your hands off before the tournament got underway if you had told them they would make the World Cup quarter-finals. Now both Gareth Southgate’s and Janne Andersson’s men are just one victory away from the semi-finals. The Three Lions will undoubtedly be buoyed by their penalty shoot-out victory over Colombia in the round of sixteen but crucially they played extra time whilst Sweden managed to dispatch Switzerland in the ninety minutes thanks to RB Leipzig’s Emil Forsberg (£1.44) solitary strike. This may give the Sweden team a slight edge in fitness but don’t forget that England were able to manage most of their side in the dead rubber against Belgium at the end of the group stage. Who will be the key threats from both sides on the Double Match Day Dividends day?
Gareth Southgate will of course be turning to the leading goalscorer in the tournament so far and strong favourite for the Golden Boot, Harry Kane (£9.28). His six strikes to date has him two clear goals ahead of Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku (£4.42) who takes on Brazil tonight in Kazan in a mouth-watering quarter-final. Having the captains armband seems to have empowered Kane and he has continued his fine club form for Spurs on the world’s biggest stage. Sweden’s defenders and own captain Andreas Granqvist (£0.42) will be keeping a close eye on the striker. One of the ongoing questions about the England side is will Raheem Sterling (£4.02) find his club form for the national side? Whilst he remains in Southgate’s first team picture could we see a swap with Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford (£4.12) when the teams are announced in Samara? Finally, a look at dividends options for England would not be worth its salt without looking at the threat from set-plays where John stones (£2.20) and Harry Maguire (£2.05) always look dangerous. If they could get on the scoresheet they will be able to add a hefty 40 match day points to the tallies or 80 if it is all important game-winning goal. Not bad if you think the Three Lions will dominate possession.
The main threats from Sweden come from the current number ten, Emil Forsberg (£1.44), who has been linked with a host of Premiership clubs in the past few seasons, Manchester United and Liverpool to name a few. Yet the attacking wide man is equally adept at playing through the middle and most of Sweden’s play goes through the playmaker. For his club side, he is a serial crosser of the ball which as we know really racks up Match Day Rankings when they are successful. Forsberg will undoubtedly be looking to supply Ola Toivonen (£0.38) and Marcus Berg (£0.39) with said crosses to put England’s back line under real threat. Whilst in defence the Swedes have their captain Andreas Granqvist (£0.42) who takes penalties which has seen him pick up match day dividends already in this World Cup alongside Manchester United’s Victor Lindelof (£0.77). Can they stop Kane?
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