Preview of Gameweek 34 in Fantasy Premier League

Preview of Gameweek 34 in Fantasy Premier League, courtesy of Bet365

First a Look Back at Gameweek 33

Tottenham Hotspur secured a second successive 4-0 home win to move to within 4 points of Chelsea at the top after the leaders were soundly beaten 2-0 at Manchester United. They were the only team in the top 7 to lose, so there were no other significant changes in the table last week.

The Dream Team this week lined up in a 4-5-1 formation, with Harry Kane taking up the striking position after scoring and assisting on his return to the Spurs side. He picked up 12 points, but that wasn’t enough to eclipse Man City’s Vincent Kompany as the player of the week. The Man City captain scored and helped his team to a clean sheet in a 3-0 win at Southampton to end the week on 14 points. There were also notable performances from Ander Herrera and Xherdan Shaqiri in midfield, with 13 points apiece.

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With 6 games over the weekend followed by a further 5 in midweek we have three teams (Manchester United, Crystal Palace and Middlesbrough) with a double gameweek while West Brom have no fixture at all.

Manchester United’s two games may both be difficult away fixtures on paper, but it’s still impossible to ignore Zlatan Ibrahimovic (£11.4m) for a double gameweek. He’s scored 9 goals in his last 8 away appearances in the Premier League so there’s no reason to think that he won’t be on the scoresheet in these games. A lot is made of Burnley’s home form but Liverpool are the only top 6 side they’ve beaten there this season so United should go into this game confident of picking up 3 points that could be vital in their push for the top 4, particularly if they follow that up with victory at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday. In order to achieve this they’ll need Ibrahimovic to be at the top of his game, particularly if Sergio Agüero (£12.8m) can keep up his Manchester Derby goalscoring record; the Argentinian frontman has scored 6 goals in his last 6 starts against United.

Of those with a double gameweek it’s Middlesbrough who have the most inviting fixtures with a trip to Bournemouth followed by a home game against Sunderland. They may be struggling near the bottom of the table but they boast the best defensive record of anyone outside of the top 7. That home game against bottom of the table Sunderland therefore provides them with clean sheet potential, so the returning Calum Chambers (£4.3m) could score good points at a bargain price. For similar reasons Brad Guzan (£4.2m) could be worth a look in goal as he’s set to deputise for the injured Víctor Valdés (£4.6m).

Another team who could provide you with some points-scoring potential at low cost are Hull City. Considering their league position they have an incredible home record, winning 7 of their last 8 in all competitions and losing just 1 of their last 14. They face a Watford side with little to play for and dismal away form, losing 9 of their last 11 and conceding 25 goals in the process. Defender Harry Maguire (£4.4m) has scored in each of his last 2 Premier League appearances while striker Oumar Niasse (£5.6m) has been a huge signing for them, scoring in home victories against Liverpool, Swansea and Middlesbrough. Both could be shrewd purchases this week.

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

Swansea v Stoke – Xherdan Shaqiri (£6.0m)
West Ham v Everton – Romelu Lukaku (£10.5m)
Liverpool v Crystal Palace – Roberto Firmino (£8.6m)
Chelsea v Southampton – Eden Hazard (£10.4m)
Arsenal v Leicester – Jamie Vardy (£10.0m)
Crystal Palace v Tottenham – Heung-Min Son (£7.3m)

Best of luck for this weekend, and we’ll bring you another update next week.

Preview of Gameweek 33 in Fantasy Premier League

Preview of Gameweek 33 in Fantasy Premier League, courtesy of Bet365

First a review of Gameweek 32

Tottenham destroyed Watford in the early kick-off to put some pressure on Chelsea, but the leaders responded in fine fashion with a comfortable win at Bournemouth. Liverpool and Man City also won so there’s no change at all in the top 4 this week but Man United’s 3-0 win moves them into fifth above Arsenal, who suffered a humiliating 3-0 defeat at Crystal Palace.

The Dream Team this week lined up in a 3-5-2 formation, with Tottenham’s Heung-Min Son the star player as he helped himself to two goals and an assist against Watford. Luke Shaw and Kieran Tripper, two full backs who have struggled to get game time for their clubs this season, both started and impressed with clean sheet points and an assist each in the bag.

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White Hart Lane hosts the opening fixture of the weekend for the second successive week, with Tottenham hosting Bournemouth in the early kick-off on Saturday. Earlier in the season the two sides played out a goalless draw in a lunchtime kick-off at the Vitality Stadium, but that’s unlikely to be repeated with Spurs in irrepressible form at the moment. They’ve won 6 in a row in the league and have won each of their last 14 fixtures in all competitions at White Hart Lane, racking up 46 goals in the process. They put 8 past Bournemouth in the 2 fixtures between the sides last season, with Harry Kane (£11.3m) bagging 5 of those. The England man got 30 minutes under his belt last week after an injury lay-off and he’ll surely be in the starting line-up on Saturday in place of the misfiring Vincent Janssen. If he scores he’ll have reached 20 league goals for the third season running and he’ll no doubt have the Golden Boot in his sights if he can remain injury-free for the rest of the campaign.

Later in the day Romelu Lukaku (£10.4m), the man who currently leads that race for the Golden Boot, also has an inviting fixture. His Everton side are at home to Burnley, who have picked up just 4 points away from home all season. Everton have scored 26 goals in their last 7 league games at Goodison, with Lukaku on the scoresheet 12 times and assisting a further 3. He’s likely to add to that tally on Saturday and should be a serious consideration when choosing your captain this week.

If you’re looking for some players with points-scoring potential at low prices this week you could do worse than looking to Stoke City’s goalkeeper and defenders. They’re at home to Hull City, the league’s lowest scorers away from home with just 8 in 16 games. On top of this, Stoke have a decent defensive record against the league’s lesser teams, keeping clean sheets in 6 of their 9 games at the bet365 Stadium against those outside of the top 8. With this in mind Lee Grant (£4.4m), Erik Pieters (£4.7m) and Bruno Martins Indi (£4.9m) are all viable options.

There’s a huge game on Sunday with champions-elect Chelsea travelling to Old Trafford to face former boss José Mourinho. This game is unlikely to see many goals, with Man United’s home record against fellow members of the top 8 this season reading 1 win, 4 draws and 1 defeat. They’ve scored 5 and conceded 5 in these 6 fixtures, so a low-scoring draw is the most likely outcome. Defensive players who pose a goal threat may therefore be the best option here, and it’s Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso (£6.8m) and Gary Cahill (£6.6m) who stand out with 9 league goals between them this season.

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

Crystal Palace v Leicester – Wilfried Zaha (£5.9m)
Sunderland v West Ham – Jordan Pickford (£4.1m)
Watford v Swansea – Troy Deeney (£6.9m)
Southampton v Man City – Sergio Agüero (£12.8m)
West Brom v Liverpool – Philippe Coutinho (£8.5m)
Middlesbrough v Arsenal – Shkodran Mustafi (£5.8m)

Best of luck for this weekend, and we’ll bring you another update next week.

Four Key Tips to Help You Succeed in a Fantasy Football Draft

Whether you are playing for money or joining a league with friends to have fun and engage more with this year’s NFL season, fantasy football can be a lot of fun. Of course, you will have the most fun in your fantasy football league if you manage successful results—just like professional football coaches inevitably enjoy their jobs more if their teams are winning. Here are four key pointers to help you draft a killer fantasy football team this season:

Don’t get bogged down in allegiances: We have all our favourite football teams, but just because you like a team doesn’t mean you should draft their players. Your draft picks should be determined based on strategy (what positions do you need to fill or deepen in your lineup?) than by personal preferences.

Remember that not all leagues are the same: It doesn’t matter if you’ve played fantasy football for years or have never played before at all. If you are joining a new league, you need to read the rules. Every league has its own set of scoring rules. For instance, some leagues will give you more points for QB touchdown passes than others. The same is true for receptions. Knowing how your league scores will help you strategize and pick the team that is most likely to rack up points with that particular scoring system. Remind yourself that the best team in one league might not necessarily be the best team in another league, simply because of different scoring systems. These league-to-league differences are what make fantasy football difficult to master, but they’re also what make it exciting.

Look for chances to save: When you sign up for a fantasy football league, you should look for sign-up bonuses and promo codes to increase your bankroll. The same way you can find a promo for Energy Casino to add to your bankroll for slots, poker, and other casino games, you can find promos on the web for certain fantasy football sites.

Expect the unexpected in the draft: Don’t go into the draft with your entire strategy hinging on you being able to draft a particular player. Unless you have one of the very first picks of the draft, nothing is guaranteed. A player you expected to go in the first three picks might make it to the 12th pick and still be on the board. Another player you expected to be able to snag in the second round might go during the first round. The bottom line is that you have to be ready for anything. Prepare a detailed strategy and an extensive list of players that you want on your team, in general order of preference. Gradually cross players off the list as the draft moves forward. Then, when the pick gets to you, you can quickly assess who is still on the board and which of those players will benefit your team most drastically.

Following these three tips will help you stay on top of things throughout the draft process. It will save you from overthinking things or having to rearrange your strategy completely after your top pick is scooped by a different competitor. All told, it will give you the freedom to have fun with fantasy football, which is really the top goal.

Preview of Gameweek 32 in Fantasy Premier League

Preview of Gameweek 32 in Fantasy Premier League, courtesy of Bet365

First a Gameweek 31 Review

Chelsea dispatched Manchester City in impressive fashion on Wednesday night to remain seven points clear at the top of the Premier League table, but Tottenham mounted an impressive comeback against an unlucky Swansea side to win 3-1 and maintain some pressure on the Blues as we enter the final few weeks of the football season.

The Dream Team this week lined up in a 3-4-3 formation, with lots of goals and some impressive individual performances from the likes of Eden Hazard and Dele Alli. The best player this week was Hull City’s Abel Hernandez, who was instrumental in the Tigers’ 4-2 demolishing of Middlesbrough, scoring a goal himself and providing the assists for two more.

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Tottenham welcome Watford to White Hart Lane in the early kick off on Saturday and the expectation is that Spurs will dispatch the Wasps with ease in their attempts to catch up to Chelsea in the title race. Spurs famously finished third in the two-horse race last season thanks to their implosion against a 10 man relegated Newcastle side, but Mauricio Pochettino has performed strongly in the league this season despite embarrassing early exits from European competitions. Dele Alli (£9.0m) is the form player for Spurs at the moment, scoring four goals in his last five matches, whilst Christian Eriksen (£8.8m) has impressed in recent weeks with two goals in his last three league games.

Chelsea travel to the south coast for the late kick off of the weekend against Bournemouth and the expectation is that the Blues will come away with all three points as they look to hang onto their lead heading into the last leg of the Premier League season. Brazilian gone Spanish frontman Diego Costa (£10.6m) has been out of form in recent weeks, failing to find the back of the net in his last three league games, but he may well score on Saturday against a team well known for its defensive frailties. Man of the moment Eden Hazard (£10.2m) is also likely to be a good source of fantasy points this weekend as speculation continues to build around the Belgian star’s future, with Real Madrid thought to be interested in securing his services this summer. Eddie Howe will be looking to Josh King (£5.8m) to get something out of the game for the Cherries, and with six goals in his last six games, the young Norwegian is probably the most likely to score for Bournemouth on Saturday.

Sunday sees Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United travel to face David Moyes’ Sunderland team with both managers face increasing pressure towards the end of the season in the face of relative failure for their respective clubs. Having served his three game ban, Zlatan Ibrahimovic (£11.4m) returned to the side against Everton on Tuesday and scored a penalty deep into stoppage time to rescue a point for the Red Devils, and the Swede is most likely to score for United with the side’s other attacking players struggling for form. A United clean sheet isn’t out of the question considering the Black Cats’ wretched form, so David de Gea (£5.4m) could provide managers with some all-important clean sheet points and Antonio Valencia (£6.0m) could also be a shrewd acquisition given his much improved form this season.

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

Man City v Hull – Sergio Aguero (£12.7m)
Middlesbrough v Burnley – Ben Gibson (£4.9m)
Stoke v Liverpool – Philippe Coutinho (£8.4m)
West Brom v Southampton – Gareth McAuley (£5.3m)
West Ham v Swansea – Michail Antonio (£6.8m)
Everton v Leicester City – Jamie Vardy (£10.1m)
Crystal Palace v Arsenal – Alexis Sanchez (£11.7m)

Best of luck for this weekend, and we’ll bring you another update next week.

Preparing for an Exciting Couple of Premier League Weeks

For those of you who are playing Fantasy Premier League, the next couple of weeks are gearing up to be spectacular. We’ve already covered some previews for the 31st week of the season, including our top picks for the week. Chelsea’s latest defeat will only make the leading team more reachable; expect to see both Tottenham and Liverpool taking the most advantage of the narrowing gap.

We’re looking at some interesting matches too. Week 32 and 33 will be filled with exciting moments and shocking changes. Let’s go over some of them in this article, shall we?

Chasing Chelsea

The defeat against Crystal Palace was a big blow to Chelsea. The team had just won an FA Cup match against Manchester United and were – at least according to experts – playing at their best. In fact, the Crystal Palace players’ stamina got the better of Chelsea. On the other hand, both Liverpool and Tottenham banked the full 3 points. Liverpool defeated Everton with a solid 3-1 final score, while Tottenham won against Burnley FC 0-2.

There are only 7 points between Chelsea and Tottenham at the top of the Premier League standings. A victory for Tottenham – and a loss for Chelsea – will bring the two teams even closer. For Tottenham, there is a bit of extra pressure to take into account as well, especially since Liverpool is trailing closely in 3rd place.

A Series of Injuries

Before you set up your Fantasy Premier League team for the week, there are a few things to keep in mind. For starters, both Liverpool and Tottenham are suffering from injury problems. Tottenham lost Vincent Janssen to an illness just a few weeks ago and now have to let him rest for an undetermined amount of time after a knock. Liverpool is just as unlucky, losing Joel Matip to a back injury. Matip is considered one of the most durable, reliable players in the team.

This means Chelsea’s sparkling form is starting to look like a big advantage. Kante, who scored the winning goal against Manchester United in the FA Cup quarter-final, is starting to show signs of improvement as he plays more for the team. The goal against MU was his 2nd goal for Chelsea; that number is about to go up, according to fans and analysts alike.

We also have Costa with his stunning set of 18 goals this season. That’s at least 1 goal for every couple of matches he’s played. With players such as Fabregas and Hazard backing Costa at the front, it is difficult to imagine Chelsea struggling to score essential goals in the upcoming matches. That is until we see who Chelsea will be playing against on Week 33.

Clash of the Giants

Yes, while Tottenham is scheduled to play Bournemouth and Liverpool will be playing against West Brom, Chelsea’s Week 33 match is against Manchester United. The Red Devils will be hoping for revenge after that FA Cup defeat, making the entire squad more motivated. This could prove to be a nightmare for Chelsea and its Premier League lead.

We’re also getting mixed signals from bookmakers. Odds are set at different levels depending on which bookmakers you choose to use. If you check out the odds and offers from Bet365 by thebookiesoffers.co.uk, you will notice that Chelsea is still the favourite; you will also notice that that lead is diminishing rather quickly.

It will be an exciting couple of weeks indeed. Can Tottenham fend off Liverpool and get that much closer to topping the Premier League? Or will Liverpool be the winning team in this situation and secure 2nd place? Construct your Fantasy Premier League team carefully and find out.

eSports Competitive Video Gaming Is About To Go Mainstream

It may come as a surprise but competitive video gaming events have been about a rather long time. Until recently they were a niche pastime that mainly appealed only to the most committed players. However now all the signs suggest that eSports is going to be very big, and much sooner than even the most optimistic gamer may have hoped.

There’s a number of reasons that are central to why eSports now enjoys a much more mainstream appeal. Without question this recent success comes down to the sheer numbers of players who participate in the biggest online competitive communities. Games such as League of Legends, Call of Duty, Dota 2 and numerous others sport tens of millions of active participants from across the globe. Clearly it was only a matter of time before efforts were made to monetize this enormous untapped market – and the figures really do make for astonishing reading.

The Astonishing Growth Of The eSports Market

Competitive eSports is such a young market that the only reliable figures date from as recently as 2015. Over this period the market has pretty much doubled every two years, growing from $218m to $440m over the last couple of years. Industry experts predict that there’s little chance of the market slowing, and instead believe that the ever growing number of lucrative tournaments – followed in some cases by millions of viewers online – will continue this trend. It’s confidently projected that by the turn of the decade, eSports will be a billion dollar industry when advertising and sponsorship are pooled together.

The advertising potential inherent to eSports is one of the reasons why a number of the major online giants have been quick to invest heavily in streaming services geared towards broadcasting the largest events. Amazon’s purchase of Twitch (the largest online streaming service for eSports) in 2014 is looking like an ever more intelligent acquisition, but it’s by no means all about keeping eSports being broadcast as an online only pastime. Instead major TV networks such as ESPN, Sky Sports and Turner have all secured broadcasting rights to the largest tournaments, and are now in the process of making these available to air on their networks.

All this recent investment has also served to considerably enhance the actual product on offer. Now that prize funds are many times larger than what was on offer just a couple of years ago, we have now seen the development of professional gaming teams (or clans) each with their own fan base. All the signs are that just like a traditional sports team, eSports are gaining a much higher profile and all the trappings that follow such success. The most successful teams have already been negotiating private sponsorship deals that are rumored to have already broken through the seven figure mark.

Online Gambling Is Taking Serious Notice

Currently South East Asia is the hotbed of competitive eSports and already many of the largest regional online casinos have offered eSports betting services. Worldwide, all of the top casinos offer some form of eSports betting or are hard at work adding this option to their services. Industry leaders such as InstaCasino realize that not only is this a buoyant market, but it’s also a great way of appealing to the typically young demographic who spend the most following their favorite eSports.

Regulation May Be The Biggest Hurdle

When big money becomes involved in any sport, history shows that it’s essential got the sport to have a strong governing body that establishes and protects an agreed level of standards. eSports are understandably still trying to catch up in this regard, and while talks are ongoing the fact remains that for now the vast majority of teams are pretty much free to look after their own concerns. This has raised questions over potential max fixing – always a risk when money is being wagered – but so far none of these have stood up to serious scrutiny (mainly because there’s nobody to perform the investigation!).

That being said and given the massive investment being made by corporate interests it’s absolutely certain that this investment will be made on the understanding that the eSports community agrees to fall under the charge of a regulatory body. Once this is all in place then the sky really is the limit as to how far competitive eSports can go. Either way make no mistake this is a sport that is going to be around well into the future.

How to Play Fantasy Football – Tips, Strategies, and Advice

Fantasy football is like a fever, and it’s catching on more and more each year. It’s a game where the average football enthusiast can build their own team with any of the active professional players on the field in the Premier League (or whatever league you enjoy following).

In order to be successful, you will need some strategies in place. You need to know where to go to play fantasy football. Like you can find the best online slots at www.casinoreviews.co.uk/slots/, you should also be sure to have the right place to play fantasy football. Below are several tips, strategies, and other tidbits of advice you might want to consider to help increase the chances you’ll build a quality team.

1. You have a limited budget. You will have a specific budget you’ll have to maintain. For the best leagues, for example, £50 million may be what you have to work with. You need to acquire players, and remember … some of the best are going to come with a hefty price tag.

2. Watch your spending. When you begin acquiring the 11 players you’ll need to accumulate points throughout the season, you need to keep track of your budget. Sure, you’d love to have only the best athletes at each position, but that’s not going to be feasible. You have to consider one or two marquee players (at best) and then fill out the rest of your team with some reasonable players.

3. Consider your formation. Most fantasy football leagues will give you the choice between a few different formations. You can certainly have an offensive minded formation, but as most of us know, this can be problematic if your key players aren’t scoring points for weeks on end.

4. Transfers are usually allowed. Up until the first match of the season starts, you’ll be able to change any and all players you have selected. That’s good if you realise things aren’t going well during pre-season or you decide to make some vital changes to your lineup. Once the season starts, you will have a limited number of transfers to replace injured, suspended, or ineffective players.

5. Play with friends. If this is something you’ve never done before, it’s a good idea to start a mini-league with friends. You can certainly join some well-established fantasy football leagues throughout the UK and even other parts of the world, but nothing is more fun than being able to chat about your players and even vent some frustrations than with friends.

6. Remember, it may change the way to cheer for teams. In the past, when watching these football games, you may have been so keyed in on hating certain teams or players that you couldn’t possibly root for them. Now, though, that could change, especially if some of those players are key to you getting more points.

When you have some basic experience building your own fantasy football team, you’re going to take a more vested interest in all the details that matter once it comes time to get down to the nitty gritty and really see what the players you’ve selected are capable of (and how many points they help you earn)!

Preview of Gameweek 31 in Fantasy Premier League

Preview of Gameweek 31 in Fantasy Premier League, courtesy of Bet365

First a Gameweek 30 Review

A shock defeat for Chelsea gave the chasing pack a glimmer of hope, and it’s Tottenham and Liverpool who profited the most with victories against Burnley and Everton respectively.

The Fantasy Football Dream Team lined up in a defensive 5-41 formation, emphasising the lack of goals over the weekend in the Premier League (just 19 scored in 10 matches). Star men were Watford defender Miguel Britos, who scored the only goal in their 1-0 win against Sunderland, and Leicester defender Danny Simpson, who assisted both goals in the 2-0 win against Stoke

Gameweek 31 Preview

Amongst the four fixtures tonight we have last season’s champions Leicester at home to Sunderland. The Foxes have turned their form around since dismissing manager Claudio Ranieri, with 5 successive wins in all competitions. They should be able to carry on this run against a poor Sunderland side who are rooted to the foot of the table and 8 points from safety. Jamie Vardy (£10.0m) has 4 goals and 2 assists from the four league games played under new boss Craig Shakespeare and can be relied upon to further improve that tally tonight.

Also tonight Manchester United are at home to Everton in a game that they’ll be desperate to win to try and keep pace with the top 4. Their unbeaten run continued against West Brom at the weekend, but that’s little consolation from a disappointing goalless draw and more dropped points at Old Trafford. They’ve drawn over half of their 15 league games at home this season and have scored just 20 times in those. To put that in perspective it’s a lower home goals total than each of Hull City, Swansea City, Burnley and Watford have managed so far in this campaign. They’re solid at the back though, with only Tottenham boasting a better defensive record, so Antonio Valencia (£6.0m) may be the best option here. He’s picked up 44 points from his last 6 appearances, including 4 clean sheets, a goal and 2 assists.

The game to look out for tomorrow is undoubtedly Chelsea v Man City. If City can pick up the three points here then it’d be back to back home defeats for Chelsea and suddenly we’d have every chance of a title race on our hands again. City have won 10 of their last 15 away in the league and boast the likes of Sergio Agüero (£12.7m), Leroy Sané (£7.5m) and Kevin De Bruyne (£10.4m) so they’re more than capable of doing this. It should be an open game and if Cesc Fàbregas (£6.9m) starts for Chelsea he’ll relish exploiting the space left by City’s attack-minded midfield. He’s scored in each of Chelsea’s last 3 home games in the league and has 4 goals and 9 assists from just 849 league minutes this season, meaning he’s scored or set up a goal every 65 minutes. He also seems to have forced his way into Antonio Conte’s plans, starting 3 of their last 4 fixtures in the Premier League, so could be a crucial player over the remainder of the Fantasy Football season.

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

Burnley v Stoke – Tom Heaton (£5.1m)
Watford v West Brom – Miguel Britos (£4.3m)
Arsenal v West Ham – Alexis Sánchez (£11.7m)
Hull v Middlesbrough – Kamil Grosicki (£5.5m)
Southampton v Crystal Palace – Wilfried Zaha (£5.7m)
Swansea v Tottenham – Dele Alli (£9.0m)
Liverpool v Bournemouth – Philippe Coutinho (£8.3m)

Best of luck for the midweek fixtures, and we’ll bring you another update later in the week

Preview of Gameweek 30 in Fantasy Premier League

Preview of Gameweek 30 in Fantasy Premier League, courtesy of Bet365

The weekend gets underway with an intense derby in Merseyside with Liverpool facing Everton in the lunchtime kick off. Liverpool seem to have rediscovered some form in recent weeks, especially at home where they’ve beaten Tottenham, Arsenal and Burnley in their last 3 games. They have an excellent record in the derby too; they’re undefeated in the last 13 meetings between the sides and it’s 17 and a half years since Everton won at Anfield. The Blues are in good form, but generally their wins are coming at Goodison Park; they’ve lost just one of their last twelve league games but the contrast in home and away form is stark with 6 home wins in a row but just 1 win from their last 5 away. With these stats in mind it’s hard to see Liverpool losing in this one and Georginio Wijnaldum (£7.5m) could be a good option for your midfield. With Adam Lallana and Jordan Henderson almost certainly missing the Reds will be looking to him to control the midfield and he’s scored or assisted in each of his last six home matches.

At 3pm, Man United’s long unbeaten league run should continue as they host a West Brom side with just 3 away wins in the Premier League all season. United are undefeated in their last 18 league games and haven’t lost at home in any competition in over 6 months. Zlatan Ibrahimovic sits out the final game of his suspension for elbowing Bouremouth’s Tyrone Mings at the start of March, so Marcus Rashford (£6.4m) may get a full 90 minutes and considering West Brom haven’t kept a clean sheet in any of their last 14 away games he may well get on the scoresheet. Antonio Valencia (£5.9m) could be a good choice in defence, with the Ecuadorian helping his team to 3 clean sheets in their last 5 league games and popping up with a goal and 2 assists in his last 7.

The final game of the weekend should also provide plenty of entertainment with Man City away at Arsenal. This could be the year that Arsenal finally finish outside of the top and there is serious discontent amongst the Gunners faithful, with protests against manager Arsène Wenger plaguing their season. One of the main reasons for this ire towards the manager is the perceived underperformance against big sides, and this is highlighted with their poor return of just 2 wins from their last 9 league meetings against Sunday’s opponents. City are on an unbeaten run of 7 league matches, winning their last 3 away by an aggregate score of 8-0, and will be poised to take advantage of any negativity from the home crowd that could manifest into nervousness from the Arsenal players on the pitch. Sergio Agüero (£12.7m) has 2 goals from his last 3 league games, while Leroy Sané (£7.5m) is excelling in midfield and has scored twice and assisted a further 2 in his last 7.

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

Burnley v Spurs – Dele Alli (£8.9m)
Chelsea v Crystal Palace – Pedro (£7.2m)
Hull v West Ham – Andy Carroll (£6.3m)
Leicester v Stoke – Jamie Vardy (£9.8m)
Watford v Sunderland – Jermain Defoe (£7.8m)
Southampton v Bournemouth – Dusan Tadic (£7.0m)
Swansea v Middlesbrough – Gylfi Sigurdsson (£7.8m)

Best of luck for this weekend, and we’ll bring you another update next week.

Review of Gameweeks 28 and 29 in Fantasy Premier League

Review of Gameweeks 28 and 29 in Fantasy Premier League, courtesy of Bet365

It’s been a great couple of weeks for the Merseyside clubs as Everton won 3-0 and 4-0 in home fixtures against West Brom and Hull, while Liverpool beat Burnley at home before drawing away at Manchester City. As a result the red half of Merseyside are very much in the battle to finish runners-up to runaway leaders Chelsea and the blue half have got themselves into the mix for a top 6 finish. They’re currently level on points with Arsenal, who lost for the fourth time in their last five league games to drop to sixth position.

Gameweek 28 saw just four Premier League fixtures and Everton’s 3-0 win against West Brom was easily the most comprehensive scoreline of that weekend. As a result the team of the week was dominated by Everton players, with Phil Jagielka, Ashley Williams, Kevin Mirallas, Morgan Schneiderlin, Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku all amongst the week’s top performers. Bournemouth’s Josh King was the star player of the week though, brushing off an early penalty miss to bag a hat trick and help himself to a haul of 18 points for the week.

In gameweek 29 there were 28 goals scored across the 10 games, and the 2 men who scored a brace each were the standout performers. Both of Romelu Lukaku’s strikes came in injury time and he’d earlier assisted Enner Valencia’s goal so ended the week with 16 points. He was just outshone by West Brom’s Craig Dawson though, with the defender scoring 17 points for his 2 goals in the 3-1 win against Arsenal.

With no games this weekend due to the international break we’ll be back with a preview of the next round of fixtures late next week.