The Europa League returns this evening with the decisive second legs of the round of 16 and for Indexers, all eyes will be on who is going to qualify for those all-important lucrative treble match day quarterfinals.
The only English side left in the tournament is Arsenal who after a fine performance in the San Siro in the first leg, have a 2-0 lead over AC Milan going into tonight’s second leg. Arsene Wenger’s men will be strong candidates for the media dividends tonight, but the Gunners will of course not be able to call on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£2.81) who is cup-tied, meaning that Danny Welbeck (£0.95) may well be thrust into the starting eleven once more. The middle of the park will though look much more similar with assist kings Mesut Özil (£2.45) and Henrik Mkhitaryan (£2.02) looking to supply the forwards.
The Gunners will be hoping that they don’t repeat the second leg from the previous round where they slumped to a surprise defeat against lowly Östersunds but this is exactly what Gennaro Gattuso and his AC Milan side will be hoping for. The first leg defeat was rather a surprise in some quarters with the defeat being the Milan teams first of 2018. They will be hoping the first leg was merely a blip and that the promising youngsters of Patrick Cutrone (£1.22) and Suso (£1.43) will fire AC Milan into the quarterfinals.
There are eight games in total today making it a double day for those all-important match day dividends. The early fixture today sees Atletico Madrid travel to Lokomotiv Moscow with a handsome 3-0 lead. After the first leg, several Atleti players enjoyed a handsome rise with those lucrative quarterfinals looking eve closer. The likes of Koke (£1.81 – Up 82p in the last month) and Antoine Griezmann (£5.15 – Up £1.36 in the last month!) still have a job to do and this makes them good candidates for those dividends!
There are several ties keenly balanced, most notably Red Bull Salzburg and Borussia Dortmund, which is 2-1 to the Austrians after the first leg. Should the Energy drink team get through could we see the first ever Energy Drink Derby? With sister club Red Bull Leipzig, who are travelling to Russia to face Zenit St Petersburg with a 2-1 lead in their favour. Salzburg midfielder Amadou Haidara (£0.50) actually finds himself on the trending chart this morning and should they qualify all Salzburg players could be in for a great price boost! Or will Index favourite Michy Batshuayi (£1.58) stop them in their tracks! For Leipzig, you can’t look past Liverpool-bound Naby Keita (£2.36) and Liverpool target Timo Werner (£3.26) for dividends options!
Who do you think will capture the dividends?