FPL Gameweek 3 Preview

Gameweek 3 Preview of Fantasy Premier League, courtesy of Bet365

The early kick-off this weekend is at White Hart Lane, with Tottenham v Liverpool getting the weekend’s action underway. Liverpool haven’t conceded a goal on any of their last three visits to White Hart Lane and are undefeated in their last 7 meetings against Spurs so despite last week’s surprise defeat at Burnley they could well pick up something here. Daniel Sturridge (£10.0m) scored twice in the 5-0 EFL Cup victory at Burton Albion on Tuesday night, and he was joined on the scoresheet by Firmino (£8.4m). Both of these players have yet to ignite in the Premier League this season, but Sturridge averaged a goal or assist every 98 minutes in the league last season and Firmino every 110 minutes, so the likelihood is that at least one of them will pick up good points this weekend.

At 3pm Chelsea face Burnley in a game that looks nailed on for a home victory. The Blues have won all three games under new manager Antonio Conte, with a 100% start in the league followed up by a 3-2 victory in the EFL Cup against Bristol Rovers in midweek. They should be too strong for Burnley here, and Michy Batshuayi (£9.0m) looks to be a great pick this week. He scored twice in Tuesday night’s win on his first start for the club, and has contributed a goal and assist from just 2 substitute appearances (that’s 24 minutes of league action!) so far. Expect him to start in an attacking line up on Saturday, and to be amongst the scorers. Eden Hazard (£10.1m) will no doubt be on many Fantasy Football managers’ minds as a captain choice for this one. He starred in the Blues’ opening game of the season, scoring the first of the goals in their 2-1 win against West Ham, and claimed an assist last week in another 2-1 win against Watford. The early signs are that we could well see the 2014-15 Player of the Year version of Hazard this season rather than the less-than-stellar 2015-16 version, and if that’s the case he’ll be an essential pick as the weeks go on.

Another player who is looking essential for Fantasy Football teams this season is Zlatan Ibrahimović (£11.7m). The veteran Swede has made a bright start for Manchester United, scoring both goals in last week’s 2-0 win against Southampton to take his tally to 4 in 3 matches. This week United are away to Hull, a team who have 6 points from 6 in the bag but are still expected to be in the relegation zone at the end of the season (bet365 currently price Hull as joint-favourites with Burnley to be relegated from the Premier League this season at 10/11). He could well continue this run of form on Saturday evening, and is another strong contender for Fantasy Football captain duties this week. At the back, Luke Shaw (£5.6m) is a solid pick. You would expect a Mourinho-managed team to pick up plenty of clean sheets throughout the season, and United will be looking to secure their second successive one on Saturday. Shaw also loves to get forward and claimed an assist by winning a penalty last time out. With 13 points so far he’s one of the top-performing defenders in the game.

To finish the weekend’s action we have Man City against West Ham. Goals should be on the cards here, with both teams very strong in attack. City were the top scorers in the Premier League last season with 71 and West Ham were joint-fourth with 65. For the away side much will depend on the fitness of Dimitri Payet (£9.4m). He missed last week’s victory against Bournemouth through injury but if he’s fit for this one he’ll be a huge threat to a Man City backline who’ve conceded in each of their first 2 league matches under Pep Guardiola. City’s attacking talent is unrivalled though, and any combination of Nolito (£9.0m), Sterling (£8.0m), De Bruyne (£10.5m), Silva (£8.9m) and Agüero (£13.1m) will be sure to pick you up plenty of points over the course of the season.

To finish off, one Fantasy Football pick from each of the remaining fixtures:

Crystal Palace v Bournemouth – Christian Benteke (£7.4m)

Everton v Stoke – Ross Barkley (£7.7m)

Leicester v Swansea – Demarai Gray (£5.0m)

Southampton v Sunderland – Virgil van Dijk (£5.5m)

Watford v Arsenal – Mesut Özil (£9.5m)

West Brom v Middlessbrough – Cristhian Stuani (£4.9m)

Rio Olympics 2016 and Online Gaming

The ongoing Olympic games have been taking the world by storm. Athletes from all across the globe are competing in this sporting event that is known for featuring a diverse range of 28 games. In 2009, golf and rugby sevens was also added to the list of Olympic sports which means that the host city of Rio will also see renowned golfers and rugby players from various countries compete for the gold medal.

People, who are sitting at home and watching the games avidly can also have a chance to participate in gaming activities and even win some real money. M88 Asia provides its users with the opportunity to enter into the world of online gaming and choose from the array of casino games available. If you want to make some real money along the way, this is your chance to go for it. All you need to do it visit their website and start playing.

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The best thing about playing online games is that you can continue watching the real ones side by side. Rio Olympics continue to spellbind the audience all across the world with Michael Phelps of the USA creating history as the greatest Olympian of all time and winning his twenty-third gold medal. Team America seems to be on top these days with the gymnastic team taking the gold in consecutive events, and Simone Biles tying the record of winning most medals in the Olympic Games.

Around 11,000 participants from 207 nations have been competing for glory including first time entries such as South Sudan, Kosovo and the Refugee Olympic Team.

These games are the first ones since their initiation to be held in a Portuguese speaking country, and it can be said that they have met with their fair share of controversy. Even before the event began, the Olympic Committee voices its concerns over the Zika virus that was almost becoming an epidemic in the country of Brazil.

There were cases of Zika virus patients being discovered across borders and even in the United States, which is why a lot of athletes and gaming officials were worried whether proper precautionary measures had been taken to contain the situation. Apart from that, a number of people highlighted the security in the city, especially around popular social venues such as clubs or restaurants and public areas.

Despite all that, the event was off to a spectacular start with the President of Brazil coming on stage at the Opening Ceremony to officially commence the games. Each sporting event since the beginning has been a treat to watch. Team Great Britain won the gold for dressage and Andy Murray made his golden mark on the tennis court again. Even North Korea had something to rejoice about when their gymnast won the gold and made headlines everywhere.

The Olympics have been highly interesting and captivating so far, despite all negativity that was surrounding the games before. Brazil and the city of Rio has proven the naysayers wrong and turned out to be wonderful host for the visiting nations. If you are interested in keeping up with Olympics games regularly, check out the official website.

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FPL Gameweek 2 Preview 18 August 2016

Gameweek 2 Preview of Fantasy Premier League, courtesy of Bet365

The deadline for gameweek 2 transfers is 7pm tomorrow evening. Manchester United welcome Southampton to Old Trafford on Friday evening to get gameweek 2 underway. United are the joint-shortest priced team in the Premier League this weekend with bet365 at 4/9, so will be expecting to follow up last week’s 3-1 win at Bournemouth with a victory against another south coast team. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (£11.5m) has started his United career well, scoring in the Community Shield against Leicester and then on his Premier League debut against Bournemouth. He scored 38 goals in 31 Ligue 1 games for PSG last season, and the early signs are that he’s adapting to life in England well. He could become a must-have as the season goes on, so it may be a good idea to draft him into your team now. At the back, Antonio Valencia (£5.5m) could be a very good option. Jose Mourinho seems to favour him as his first choice right back, and he could well get plenty of assists this season from that position. The Ecuadorian set up Ibrahimovic’s goal in the Community Shield and was involved in the build-up to United’s second goal at the Vitality Stadium last week. Anthony Martial (£9.5m) got 11 goals and 6 assists in his debut season in the Premier League and claimed 2 assists last week. He’s classed as a midfielder in this year’s game, so with extra points for goals and clean sheets he’s a player worth serious consideration.

Another team strongly fancied at home this weekend are Tottenham, who entertain Crystal Palace at White Hart Lane. A tough opening assignment saw Spurs pick up a point at Everton, and they’ll be looking to build on that with their first win of the season on Saturday. Spurs’ surprise title challenge last year was built on a solid defence, with no team conceding fewer than their 35 last season. Palace were one of the lowest-scoring teams in the league last year and were one of only two teams not to score on the opening weekend of this campaign. With this in mind there’s plenty of potential for points from Tottenham’s defensive players. Michel Vorm (£5.0m) will start in goal as Hugo Lloris is ruled out for a few weeks with a hamstring injury and looks a good cut-price option for this time period. Kyle Walker (£5.5m) claimed the assist for the Spurs equaliser last week and has the potential to score points in both defence and attack.

Liverpool are away at Premier League new boys Burnley, and after Phillipe Coutinho’s outstanding performance last week his price has already started to creep up. Many Fantasy Managers are putting their faith in him to add to his tally at Turf Moor and he’s now £8.1m. This is sure to rise again if he puts in a similar display on Saturday. Divock Origi (£7.0m) could be in line for a start if Sadio Mané’s shoulder injury rules him out of the side. Origi scored 5 goals in just 670 minutes of Premier League action last season, and is very much in Jürgen Klopp’s plans this term so could be a useful addition to your attacking options at a relatively low price.

Saturday’s late kick-off sees an early clash between last season’s top 2, with Arsenal travelling to Leicester. Both sides suffered disappointing starts to this season, with Leicester beaten at newcomers Hull and Arsenal turned over at home by Liverpool. The Gunners won 5-2 on this ground last season with Alexis Sánchez (£11.0m) bagging a hat trick. He started last week’s game up front and bearing in mind his performance here last season and Arsenal’s kind upcoming fixture list he’s likely to pick up plenty of points over the next few weeks. AT the back Arsenal have a bit of an injury crisis, with the inexperienced pair of Callum Chambers and Rob Holding starting at centre back last week. Leicester’s pacey forwards will be excited at the prospect of lining up against a makeshift defence, and the best picks look to be Riyad Mahrez (£9.5m) and Demarai Gray (£5.0m).

To finish off, one Fantasy Football pick from each of the remaining fixtures:
Stoke v Man City – Nolito (£9.0m)
Swansea v Hull – Jordi Amat (£4.0m)
Watford v Chelsea – Eden Hazard (£10.0m)
West Brom v Everton – Ashley Williams (£5.0m)
Sunderland v Middlesbrough – Alvaro Negredo (£6.6m)
West Ham v Bournemouth – Dmitri Payet (£9.5m)

Reports on the Expected Starting Line-Ups for the 20 English Premier League Teams

FISO is helping to improve fiso members’ teams in their 2016/17 Fantasy Premier League season. Exclusive to anyone registered on fiso, we have commissioned 20 reports on each the expected line-ups for the 20 English Premier League clubs in their opening matches on 13 to 15 August 2016.

15 of the 20 reports are already published here and the remaining 5 will be online in the next few days. Each report covers a summary of what happened last season, a focus on the manager and his tactics, a summary of the defence, midfield & attack and expected team line-ups as well as injuries, pre-season results and the 1st 10 fixtures in the Premier League. You can’t ask for much more in a report free to view if you simply register on the fiso website.

So if you don’t want to spend lots of time researching each club and who are the likely 1st team starters and most likely to score Fantasy Football points then just register on fiso to view the reports.

DraftKings – Free £40,000 Fantasy EPL Contest

DraftKings want to start the new (and their first) season with a bang.

All UK players that register a new account on DraftKings and opt in to receive emails will get FREE entry into their Premier League Kick Off Special contest. Players only need to register an account to claim – no deposit required.

To add value to this generous promotion, they have also created one of our biggest Premier League contests to date (to which the above free entry applies). UK football fans have the chance to win a share of a whopping £40,000 ($55,000).

More details: This season DraftKings, the official fantasy sports partner for Liverpool FC and Arsenal FC, are giving Premier League fans free entry+ into their opening weekend contest:

To claim, simply

1. Register a DraftKings account (opting in to receive email communications)
2. Open the email sent to the email address you registered with (this will be received within 24 hours)
3. Click the included link to receive FREE ENTRY into the £40,000 Premier League fantasy football contest.

Players can then enter the main Premier league contest for the weekend by picking their ultimate fantasy team, within the salary cap, from the available players in those fixtures. The first contest will be the EPL Kick-off Special offering a £40,000* prize pool; usually this would cost £3* to enter but DraftKings are offering free entry to this contest.

+Free registration given to UK players only.
*Values converted from $

PGA Championship- Who Is Going To Take The Trophy Home?

It’s time for everyone to head to Springfield, New Jersey and make their way to Baltusrol Gold Club Lower Course if they want to witness the 98th PGA Championship. It has been a super exciting season for PGA and as we head towards the lower course after a week’s break from the Open Championship, we can’t wait to see what turn of events are going to take place at the par 70 course. This year’s PGA Championship has Jason Day playing as the defending champion who picked off his very first championship title at Whistling Straights in the previous season where he scored a record of twenty scores under par boosting him up to the top three around the world. He is a professional Australian golfer and a part of the PGA tour this year. You can learn more about the defending golfer on wikipedia. A returning player, Phil Mickelson, won the PGA Championship in 2005 and has come back to show the other golfers what he is made of.

With a group of competitive and skilled players at hand, another aspect that truly scares us is the playing ground itself. Baltusrol is an intimidating ground of 7,428 yards and probably the most unique feature of the area is that the two par 5s of the 70 par yard are the 17th and the 18th holes. People who are obsessed with fantasy golf probably know already that Jack Nicklaus has a lucky spot on this ground since he has already won two of the US Opens at Baltusrol. Even though the first time winners of the golf tournament have become the main norm of this year’s season, we cannot ignore the possibility of Baltusrol to showcase an elite golf player who has an exceptional championship pedigree.

Another major trademark of this year’s championship is that it seems exactly like a PGA tour similar to the Open Championship, U.S. Open, and the Masters. The championship is here and it has everyone going crazy to discover who will win the championship this year. This week’s ranking of players includes Dustin Johnson at first position in a scoring average of par 4 followed by Phil Mickelson, who has acquired the runner up position in the Open Championship at Royal Troon in the past and has been a past champion on Batusrol grounds, cannot be underestimated for he has come back in better form than before. Jason Day is the defending champion who ranks third on the charts as of this week. Players should fear him for he has the game and the know-how to perform very well for any virtual layout, including Baltusrol!

Even when you are present in a virtual layout, you need to be fully prepared with your golfing needs fulfilled. Voucherbin.co.uk now makes the virtual golfing experience more enjoyable by allowing the players to purchase goods at a discount. Whether it is apparel or equipment, you can find it all in the sports and other section of the site at an affordable price. What could be better than enjoying the PGA Championship 2016 wearing your favourite golf shirt purchased via voucherbin.co.uk – so, visit the site today and make the most of the discount vouchers.

You can even keep yourself up to date with everything that goes on in the virtual world of golf by visiting NYTimes and see which players are performing well and who is lagging behind!

Do high transfer fees affect players’ fantasy rating?

The huge transfer fees commanded by premier league footballers have become the stuff of legend. Many feel that big money signings have been the ruin of modern football. Others point out that this is just a sign of healthy competition between teams as they try to sign the best players. Of course, for most of us, the argument is largely academic. We do not have a say in which players our favourite team signs, or how much they should be willing to pay for them. However, we can get a taste of what it is like to put together and manage a hopefully successful premier league team when we play Fantasy Football.

Fantasy transfers

Fantasy Football has its own system of transfers and transfer prices. In this game, players are transferred much more frequently than they are in the real world, and the rules governing how much they are worth are calculated somewhat differently. Nevertheless, just as in the actual Premier League, some managers are much more concerned with the financial value of their players than with their performance on the pitch. For some, making money – however theoretical – having a high-value team and getting on the fantasy rich list are the main objectives of any season.

Player values

If a player commands a high transfer fee in real life, then this is going to affect their fantasy price too. It makes them that much more desirable and harder to acquire. Many Premier League players though sign for ridiculous sums then do very little to justify them, as this hard-hitting article over on 888sport points out. In Fantasy Football, however, player values can change from week to week and depend very much on their performance. In Fantasy Football, you’re only as good as your last match; a healthy attitude to pricing that arguably the real Premier League could learn a lot from.

Options open

Player transfers can affect Fantasy Football in other ways. When you can only select a maximum of two players from any team, sought-after footballers being transferred on or off a team can open up or close down the options open to the canny Fantasy Football manager. Players who have just been sold to a Premier League side are also much harder to value for Fantasy Football purposes than those who have been playing in the league for some time and have clear past form to evaluate.

The official line is that the fantasy value of a player is based entirely on their performance on the pitch, rather than being dictated by market forces. In that sense, a high transfer fee should have no impact on their fantasy rating. However, the better a player performs, the greater the transfer fee they generally command. So high transfer fees and fantasy rating are both supposedly reflections of a player’s on-pitch performance, although actually there are many other factors that go into determining both.

In the end, Fantasy Football ratings may actually be a more honest and accurate guide to how good a player is than the amount they are paid in real life. A high transfer fee may make a player more visible and desirable in both worlds, but it should not have a direct impact on their fantasy rating.

The Top 5 Celebrity Themed Slots Games

Slots games are hugely popular – and for good reason. Slot machines work well on a mobile format. You are playing against the machine, so you can play anytime, anywhere, without needing to connect with other people, although it is certainly fun to take part in bingo lingo and make new friends.

Studies have shown that playing slot machines releases dopamine in the brain, which is the body’s feel good hormone. The colours and graphics of online slot machines are attractive to the eye, but once you become a regular player, it is hard to differentiate between different slots games. To attract new customers, gaming companies have to go the extra mile in order to make their slot games continuously compelling. To do this, they create celebrity themed games.

Celebrities use their brand to sell everything from makeup to apps, so it is not surprising to find that there are lots of slot games out there with a celebrity name attached. But which ones are the best?

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe is a movie icon. Her image appears everywhere, even though she is long gone. With her sultry poses and blonde bombshell looks, Marilyn is still a huge icon. If you are a huge Marilyn Monroe fan, look for a Marilyn Monroe slot game for your smartphone.

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, is no longer with us, but his image lives on and if you want to Beat It at
slots, or enjoy a Thriller rollercoaster, look out for a Michael Jackson themed slot game you can play on your gaming tablet.

Bill and Ted Slots

If you grew up in the 1980s, you will have fond memories of Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure starring Keanu
Reeves and Alex Winter. These totally excellent dudes had a lot of fun time travelling through history and meeting a host of famous characters. The movie, and its sequel, both made a healthy profit at the box office and have since inspired at least two slot game spin-offs.

Elvis

The King may have left the building, but you can still play Elvis slot games on your smartphone. Check out an Elvis themed slot game and you will be delighted to see that all symbols feature Elvis, or something related to the King. You might even get to listen to Elvis croon a few tunes as you play.

Ellen DeGeneres

The host of the Ellen Show is famous for her easy charm and razor sharp wit. She also has at least two slot games with her brand attached. As you might expect, these games are fun and silly at the same time, so perfect for a Saturday evening on the sofa with a tablet on your lap and a bottle of wine close to hand.

There are dozens of other celebrities who have attached their brand to a slot machine game, including Dolly Parton and former Playmate, Holly Madison. You are quite literally spoilt for choice, so start playing the slots and see which celebrities offer the best gaming experience.

Selecting the “assist masters” in fantasy football

Mesut Ozil on the ball

Mesut Ozil on the ball” (CC BY 2.0) by Ronnie Macdonald

With only a few weeks left to decide, it is time to start refining your thinking about which fantasy football legends and newbies should be included in your world-beating squad.

Sometimes the technical masterminds who create the goals quietly amass points and are forgotten about, while fantasy players focus on the headline stealing goal scorers. Before you know it you could miss a bandwagon and find yourself trailing the pack. So which names should be considered for that starting XI?

The “assist master” from 2015/16 was Mesut Ozil, who enjoyed his finest campaign since joining Arsenal from Real Madrid. His form dropped off towards the end of the season but his haul of 19 assists was by far the best of any player in the league. Fantasy players may be put off by the German’s lack of goals, but that tally has increased every year so far. His overall total of 15 goals and 33 assists across 83 appearances show that he could easily justify his price tag once again. Of the Gunners midfield, the explosive potential of Alexis Sanchez is usually the more popular choice, but for consistency, Ozil would be the best bet.

Many expect Chelsea to come good again under Antonio Conte, which is why they are at odds of 6/1 to win the league in the football betting. The Italian has already swooped for N’Golo Kante from Leicester, whose inclusion in the squad should allow Cesc Fabregas more freedom to roam forward from midfield. It was while playing in this kind of role during Chelsea’s title winning campaign of 2014/15 that the Spaniard accumulated 18 assists. However, Eden Hazard showed glimpses of his former self at Euro 2016, and if he can recapture the form that won him the PFA Player of the Year award two seasons ago, he may be the wiser fantasy football choice due to his goal and assist potential, along with those penalty taking duties.

Chelsea FC midfielder Cesc Fabregas

Chelsea FC midfielder Cesc Fabregas” (CC BY 2.0) by Ben Sutherland

A new player to watch out for in Jose Mourinho’s rebooted Manchester United will be Henrikh Mkhitaryan. The Armenian attacker managed a highly impressive 11 goals and 15 assists in the Bundesliga last season and if he can carry that on in England he will be a fantasy essential. It may be wiser to wait a few games to see how the 27-year-old adjusts to life in England first, and also to find out where he will slot in to Mourinho’s starting line-up. Fantasy managers have been burned in the past by the likes of Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao, who were great elsewhere but ended up being flops in England.

Other players to enlist are those that surge forward in attack from defence. When picking defenders it would be wise to choose full-backs that often chip in with assists. Leighton Baines is an obvious pick, along with Aaron Cresswell of West Ham, and Charlie Daniels of Bournemouth. The Tottenham Hotspur full-backs Walker and Rose are highly attacking but prone to rotation which is something to bear in mind!

Who else has the potential to take the crown of assist master in the new campaign? Remember to keep your eyes peeled from the first game week because there could be another surprise package like Riyad Mahrez. One to watch is Jordon Ibe. You heard it here first!

Payet pick of the bunch?

With the new Premier League season just around the corner, it’s time to focus on which players could be fantasy gold for the year ahead. Those who didn’t do too well in their mini-leagues last year will be desperately seeking revenge on friends and colleagues in the new campaign, or face the prospect of being teased every Monday at work after a game week!

This article will focus on a few key players who may profit from playing out of their listed position.

West Ham United Vs Manchester City
West Ham United Vs Manchester City” (CC BY 2.0) by joshjdss

Dimitri Payet is obviously going to be one of the first names on everyone’s team sheets. His success in the league last season has led to an excellent Euro 2016 campaign, in which he has been one of the key players for France. Les Bleus are now at 9/5 to win in the Euro final odds, and Payet is rumoured to be named player of the tournament after several pulsating performances

Payet has proven that he can play in the number-10 role or in one of the attacking positions in a 4-3-3. Classified as a midfielder in fantasy football, Payet’s propensity for goals and assists – from open play and set pieces – effectively places him as an added striking option for your side and makes him fantasy gold for the season ahead. There is no doubt that his price tag will have risen from last season, but with the amount of players likely to draft in the playmaker, he will definitely be worth selecting.

Wayne Rooney could also prove to be a shrewd acquisition with Jose Mourinho now at the helm at Manchester United. The United talisman spent the latter half of last season and his short stint at the Euros in a midfield role for both club and country, but Mourinho instantly put an end to the debate upon his arrival.

Strikers have been reclassified as midfielders in the past and if this comes to pass in Rooney’s case, he could be an excellent choice in a side that are sure to come good under ‘The Special One’. Mourinho has already stated that he intends to use Rooney in a number 9 or 10 role and believes that the captain can put away a number of goals this season, making him the perfect choice for anyone looking for a ‘big-game goalscorer’

Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by nasmac

Fantasy football players also need to be careful about players playing out of position in a more defensive sense. Last season, Daley Blind was listed as a midfielder but used as a defender. This meant that Blind didn’t get the full bonus for clean sheets and was rarely in a position to earn attacking rewards.

Players should also be wary of Pep Guardiola’s plans for his midfielders at Manchester City. At Barcelona he moved Javier Mascherano from a midfield role to a defensive role, and he also did the same at Bayern Munich with Javi Martinez. That being said, the Catalan moved Philipp Lahm from defence to midfield so it can work both ways. Would this mean that players have to watch out for the likes of Fernandinho and Fernando taking up defensive duties rather than bursting forward in attack?

There is no doubt that the key to gaining the upper hand early on is working out which players will be playing out of position and use this to your advantage. So keep an eye on team news and the pre-season friendlies before you lock down your final selection. Payet will certainly be one to watch, and it’s hard to forget the fantasy football legends like Leighton Baines and Gylfi Sigurdsson who offer up consistency and quality at affordable prices!