Who to watch in the English Premier League over the next few weeks?

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Premier League football” (CC by 4.0) by Ronnie Macdonald

The Premier League is rapidly becoming the least predictable league in the European football elite (last Monday night’s clamant 0-0 North-West Derby result serves as a recent and decent illustration of this), but there are still some certainties for the Fantasy managers amongst us. Aguero will score goals (and miss games due to injury), Kevin de Bruyne can be counted on to dish out assists here and there, and the Spurs defence will again be one of the more reliable ones this season. The problem here is that every manager in the Fantasy Football world will know this. Just like many gamers know to visit slotswebsites.org for the best online video slots.

In this article, we want to highlight a few players from outside the traditional top teams who are performing well and whose inclusion in your Fantasy line-up might be worth considering, even for the medium and long-term. The prices relate to the official Fantasy Premier League game.

Callum Wilson – Attacker – Bournemouth – £6.4
Callum Wilson has been on fire in the past two gameweeks, scoring a goal in each, against Watford away, and versus Hull at home, when he also provided an assist. That home game against Hull is worth mentioning in any case, because the Cherries absolutely dominated that game (hence the 6-1 final result)!

Wilson is a starter, he’s in shape, and the Cherries have just come off that previously mentioned home win, so their confidence will is high. Though the next game is a tough one (home versus Tottenham), a goal or an assist for Wilson is not unthinkable, and after that it’s Boro away, Sunderland home, and Stoke away for Bournemouth. In other words, fixtures with potential for both Bournemouth and Wilson.

Christian Benteke – Attacker – Crystal Palace – £7.7
Yes, Christian Benteke failed to score in his last game, and yes, he even missed a penalty, resulting in the fantastic Fantasy score of -1. It’s also worth mentioning though, that he hit the post with a magnificent header in that same game versus West Ham, and that he was the main source of danger coming from Crystal Palace.

Benteke has scored 3 goals in his last 5 games for the Eagles, and he played a minimum of 80 minutes in all of those games. The coming run for Palace is far from easy, as they will be visiting Leicester (no longer the machine it once was), before welcoming Liverpool (Benteke’s ex-club, where he kind of flopped) and visiting Burnley in the coming three fixtures. Benteke is strong, excellent with the head, and he is supported by an array of talent with the likes Puncheon, Zaha, Cabaye, and Townsend, to name a few. He might be raking in some points over the coming weeks.

Joe Allen – Midfielder – Stoke – £4.9
Stoke have not been great so far this season. True. Their midfielder Joe Allen earned 35 points in the official Premier League Fantasy game over the past three games. Also true. He is priced at £4.9 in the official game, and he’s owned by less 5% of all managers. Again, true. You’re missing out on some serious points by not drafting him in straight away. Possibly true.

The Potters have been performing below par this season, but they booked a good victory over Sunderland in gameweek 8, and the coming three games are against Hull (away), Swansea (home), and West Hame (away), which could be just what they need to start earning some needed points. Add to that the stellar form of Joe Allen, who also scored for Wales during the last international break, and the midfield maestro should at least be around the top of your list for potential transfers over the coming weeks.

The Champions League: Who to watch?


Gianluigi Buffon diving” (CC by 4.0) by Nazionale Calcio

The latest round of Champions League football, the third round of the group stages, presented us again with some of that delicious Champion’s League goodness. Pressing machine Bayer Leverkusen welcomed Pocchetino’s Spurs, Bayern München were hosts to Dutch champions PSV Eindhoven, and of course, Barcelona’s Nou Camp was the battlefield for Barcelona and their ex-trainer’s Manchester City, just to name a few of the more attractive fixtures. For another attraction, sports viewers can check which are the top gaming websites for sports matches.

Having reached the halfway point in the Champions League group stages, now is an interesting moment to look at which players have been influential so far, and possibly more importantly, which of them can be expected to keep delivering the goods in the weeks and months of Champions League football to come. We took a look at a few players who you should definitely keep an eye on for the moment.

Lionel Messi
Obviously. We don’t presume you haven’t considered Messi yet, or that he isn’t even in your team yet, but he needs to be mentioned. After having been out with an injury for a few weeks, Messi returned in round 3 of this Champions League in the home match versus Manchester City, and it went well. He scored three goals and provided the assist for the fourth goal (by Neymar) in the 4-0 thumping of City. As if that’s not enough, during the game Messi did not even look like his best self yet.

Does that mean that he could have done more last night, had he been in shape already? I don’t think so, but it does mean that we’re likely to see, hear, and read a lot more about Messi in the coming weeks. First is the visit to the Etihad in two weeks’ time, after which they still visit Celtic and host Monchengladbach. If you have the budget, Lionel Messi is a must-have for now.

Gianluigi Buffon
Over the past few weeks, after his clumsy errors against Udinese in the Serie A and against Spain during the international break, Gianluigi Buffon’s stock decreased in value considerably. There was talk of it being time to retire for the 38-year old goalkeeper, but he showed it’s still too early for him to leave the European football scene during Juventus’ away match against Olympique de Lyon. He dominated the area like in the good old times, he produced a few reality-defining saves, and he stopped Alexandre Lacazette’s penalty.

Before the Lyon game Buffon stated that it was time to prove the critics wrong, and boy, did he do that. Juventus was average at most against Lyon, and their 0-1 victory, courtesy of a late Cuadrado strike, came in no small part thanks to the living Italian legend. Juve will be hosting Lyon in Turin next, after which they will play at Dinamo Zagreb and end the group stage with a home game versus Sevilla (who are far from stable performers away from home). In other words, Buffon looks like he’s over his little dip in form, and he might be raking in the points over the coming few matches.

Riyad Mahrez
Last season’s outstanding performer (and Player of the Year) in the Premier League, Riyad Mahrez, has not managed to be as influential as he was last season for Leicester City, but don’t be fooled by the lower statistics, he is still a class player. Of course, this season The Foxes also have to deal with Champions League football, which could be an explanation for their lesser performances in the league recently. In any case, they are flying high in the Champions League, with three victories out of the three first group games, and Mahrez has been a crucial part of this successful start.

Mahrez was benched versus Chelsea in the Premier League, most likely in order to spare him for the midweek game versus FC Copenhagen, and this decision turned out to be worth it. He played a decent game and went on to score the only goal in a 1-0 victory over the Danish side. The Algerian ace had also provided the assist in the previous 1-0 Champions League victory over Portuguese giants FC Porto, and he already had bagged two goals versus Club Brugge in the tournament’s opening round. It looks like Riyad Mahrez likes European football, and so far, it likes him back. This player should be around the top of any Fantasy manager’s list, no doubt.

Gameweek 9 Preview of FPL

Gameweek 9 Preview of Fantasy Premier League, courtesy of Bet365

Firstly a review of Gameweek 8:

Chelsea opened the weekend with a 3-0 demolition of Leicester, and there were some excellent performances from Bournemouth, Everton, Stoke and Southampton before Monday night’s highly anticipated clash between Liverpool and Manchester United produced a dire 90 minutes with no goals and very little entertainment. Almost 45% of the weekend’s goals were scored in 2 fixtures as crowds at the Emirates Stadium and Vitality Stadium were treated to 5 and 7 goals respectively.

There were some outstanding Fantasy Football performances, from players who perhaps wouldn’t be expected to be amongst the top points scorers. Bournemouth’s Junior Stanislas scored two and assisted two to help himself to 21 points, Martin Stekelenburg made 7 saves, including 2 penalties, to score 17 points, Joe Allen scored twice for a 16-point haul and José Holebas scored and helped his team to a clean sheet for a total of 15 points. This week’s Dream Team lined up in a defensive 4-5-1 formation, but racked up 147 points:


Gameweek 9 Preview

The lunchtime kick-off on Saturday is an intriguing clash between Bournemouth and Tottenham. Bournemouth have won their last three at home in the league and come into this game fresh from a week’s rest following a 6-1 mauling of Hull City. For Spurs however it will be the third in a sequence of four successive away fixtures in all competitions, with this fixture sandwiched in between important cup trips to Bayer Leverkusen and Liverpool. Added to this, Tottenham are still without their main attacking threat in Harry Kane and despite their excellent defensive record generally they’ve actually now conceded in 5 of their last 6 away matches in the league and won just two of those. A home victory for the Cherries is a big possibility here so the likes of Junior Stanislas (£5.5m) and Jack Wilshere (£5.9m) could provide some decent points at low cost. Stanislas has 3 goals and 3 assists from his last 3 matches while Wilshere, on loan from Arsenal, will be desperate to perform well against Tottenham.

In the 3pm kick-offs Arsenal v Middlesbrough looks to be the stand-out game in terms of potential Fantasy Football captains. They host Middlesbrough, a side who have lost 4 of their last 5 in the league and have scored just 7 goals in 8 games. Arsenal on the other hand have won 6 league games in a row and are the joint-top scorers with 19. Either of Theo Walcott (£7.8m) or Alexis Sánchez (£11.3m) as captain should guarantee a good points return in this one.

On Sunday Manchester City host Southampton in the early game, and incredibly Pep Guardiola’s men could be coming into this game off the back of a 4-game winless run (provided they don’t win in the Nou Camp tomorrow night of course). If results go against them on Saturday they could actually be down to fourth by the time they kick off, and the pressure on them will be increasing slightly. The visitors are currently on a run of 7 games undefeated and have only conceded once in that time, although they have got a Thursday night trip to Inter Milan to face before Sunday’s fixture. It would be a surprise if City failed to score though, and both teams finding the back of the net is the most likely outcome. Attacking players from both sides are therefore the men to look to for Fantasy Football points. Southampton’s Charlie Austin (£6.4m) has 4 goals from his last 4 league games and is the most likely scorer for the away side, while for Man City Kevin De Bruyne (£10.6m) is back from injury and despite his penalty miss last weekend he’ll pick up plenty of points over the course of the season. He already has 2 goals and 6 assists from 7 league games so far in this campaign, following on from a successful first season at City when he scored 7 and assisted 10.

The last game of the weekend will grab all the headlines as José Mourinho returns to Stamford Bridge for the first time since taking charge at Manchester United. It would be no surprise to see Mourinho set his team up to avoid defeat in this one, in a similar fashion to last night’s Bore Draw at Anfield. It’s another game where both sides would be relatively happy with a point, so a low-scoring fixture is likely. Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso (£5.9m) and Manchester United’s Antonio Valencia (£5.6m) are solid options here, with both providing potential for clean sheet points and attacking threat from full back positions.

To finish off, one Fantasy Football pick from each of the remaining fixtures:
Burnley v Everton – Seamus Coleman (£5.5m)
Hull v Stoke – Lee Grant (£4.0m)
Leicester v Crystal Palace – Andros Townsend (£6.3m)
Swansea v Watford – Modou Barrow (£5.0m)
West Ham v Sunderland – Manuel Lanzini (£6.4m)
Liverpool v West Brom – Adam Lallana (£7.1m)

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

Gameweek 8 Preview of FPL

Gameweek 8 Preview of Fantasy Premier League, courtesy of Bet365

The Premier League weekend kicks off at 12:30pm this Saturday, as the champions from the last 2 seasons square up at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea hosting Leicester. Chelsea have already beaten the Foxes this season, triumphing 4-2 after extra time in the EFL Cup Third Round. That was one of three fixtures already this season in which Leicester have conceded four goals, and they’ve conceded at least one in each of the last 12 meetings with Saturday’s opponents. For these reasons it’s hard to see Chelsea not scoring in this one, and the man to look to for goals is Diego Costa (£10.1m). He’s started this season in superb form, bagging 6 goals from the opening 7 league games, and he also scored Spain’s opener in Albania during the international break. Willian is expected to miss the match due to personal reasons.

At 3pm new Swansea manager Bob Bradley has a tough assignment in his first fixture, with his team away at Arsenal. The contrast in form could hardly be bigger – Swansea have picked up a solitary point from their last 6 in the league and sit 2 points off the bottom in 17th, while Arsenal have won 5 consecutive league games to move up to third and within 2 points of top spot. The Gunners have actually won their last 4 games in all competitions without conceding a goal, and with Swansea’s attack hardly firing on all cylinders a clean sheet could be on the cards for the home side. Laurent Koscielny (£6.2m) and Héctor Bellerín (£6.5m) are a threat in the attacking third too, so either of these would be excellent choices this week. A rejuvenated Theo Walcott (£7.7m) could also be a good addition to your side. He has 2 goals and 2 assists from his last 3 league games, and also scored a brace in Arsenal’s Champions League victory against Basel.

Man City will be looking to bounce back from their first defeat under Pep Guardiola’s leadership when they face Everton at the Etihad Stadium. That defeat to Tottenham is City’s only loss from their 7 league games so far, while Everton have also only tasted defeat once in the league this season, at Bournemouth in their last away fixture. Both teams should find the back of the net in this one – City have conceded in 6 of their 7 league matches so far and Everton have conceded in 5 of their 7, while both sides have only failed to score once. Take your pick from City’s attacking midfielders, with Sterling (£8.6m), Nolito (£8.8m) and De Bruyne (£10.6m) picking up 8 goals and 11 assists between them in the league already this season. De Bruyne isn’t however expected back from his hamstring injury until the middle of next week and be mindful of other injury news, leaving your transfers until the last minute if you’re also looking at Sterling or Nolito as both are doubts. For Everton the man to look to is star striker Romelu Lukaku (£9.4m) if fully fit, who has 5 goals and an assist from his last 4 league fixtures.

The final game of the weekend is an absolute must-watch, with Liverpool and Manchester United, the two most successful sides in English football history, renewing their rivalry on Monday night. Liverpool have the better form going into this one, having won their last 4 league games while United have won just 1 of their last 4. However it’s United who have the upper hand in recent battles between the 2 sides, winning 5 league meetings in a row. This encounter should be close, with neither side wanting to lose early ground in the race for a top 4 finish. A cagey affair could therefore be on the cards, but there’s too much firepower in both teams to expect clean sheets. Roberto Firmino (£8.4m) and Zlatan Ibrahimovic (£11.5m) could be the main goal threats for each team, and there are also potential bargains in the shape of James Milner (£6.6m), Ander Herrera (£6.3m) and Marcus Rashford (£6.9m).

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

Bournemouth v Hull – Adam Smith (£4.6m)
Stoke v Sunderland – Joe Allen (£4.8m)
West Brom v Spurs – Kyle Walker (£6.0m)
Crystal Palace v West Ham – Christian Benteke (£7.6m)
Middlesbrough v Watford – Cristhian Stuani (£5.1m)
Southampton v Burnley – Virgil Van Dijk (£5.4m)

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

How to be top dog at fantasy football

Fantasy football is obviously some of the best fun you can have with your clothes on. If you’re a football fan already, putting together a fantasy team adds an extra dimension to following the games. It allows you to be an armchair manager, trying out all of those theories, strategies and tactical decisions that we all love to talk about down the pub, and to see how they play out without the risk of losing your job or leading thousands of fans to humiliation or defeat.

The other great thing about fantasy football is the social aspect. If you’re in a league with your friends or your workmates then it’s a perfect framework for friendly competition, top banter and the excitement of money pots and friendly side bets. In addition, while it’s important to keep things friendly and not get over-competitive, everyone wants to be a winner. With that in mind, here are a few tips on how to be top dog in the world of fantasy football.

Do your research

You should start planning your team in the summer. Follow any international fixtures that may give a clue to players’ forms in the upcoming season. Keep abreast of all the latest transfer and injury news and look out for up-and-coming hopefuls as well as how the established names are doing.

Take a chance

There’s no point in playing it safe and having the same team as all of your mates. Don’t be afraid to drop name players if you feel their winning streak has turned cold. Similarly, while you may want to pull players from five or more different teams to avoid having all of your eggs in one basket, there’s something to be said for pulling from just a couple of teams so you only have to rely on the good fortune of two different clubs.

Make some real money

If you’ve done your research properly and really know your players, there’s nothing to stop you making actual money week in, week out by placing regular bets on those players’ performances. Sports betting online is a great way to turn your extensive footie knowledge into profit. Just be sure to seek out a reputable site offering decent odds.

Think outside the box

Look for players who are playing in a more upfront role than they’ve been classified as. Different formations can see players pushed up the field, meaning you get more potential for your transfer money.

Be frugal with your transfers

Try out loads of different combinations of players in the summer when you still have unlimited free transfers, but once you find a team that works try to stick with it. Don’t waste your limited transfers once the season starts by following whims or giving in to your nerves. Make sure you’ve got plenty left for later in the season.

Ultimately, the key to being top dog is thinking like a real manager. This means keeping an eye on every player’s actual form, not just their reputation, and not making decisions after a night in the pub! The more effort you make, the more you’ll get out of it. So put in the hours and the concentration and it will all pay off.

Gameweek 7 Preview of FPL

Gameweek 7 Preview of Fantasy Premier League, courtesy of Bet365

It was another enthralling weekend of Premier League football in gameweek 6, with 34 goals scored over the 10 games. Liverpool were fantastic in their 5-1 demolition of Hull and climbed into the top 4 at the expense of their Merseyside rivals Everton, who lost 1-0 at Bournemouth. Man City have now won 10 games out of 10 in all competitions under Guardiola after a comfortable 3-1 win at Swansea, and they have a 4-point cushion at the top of the league. Man United got back to form in impressive style with a 4-1 win over champions Leicester, while possibly the game of the weekend saw Crystal Palace fight back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 away at Sunderland with a last-gasp header from Benteke securing all 3 points for the Eagles.

This week’s Dream Team was dominated by midfielders. James Milner, Phillipe Coutinho and Alexis Sánchez scored 14 points each, while Adam Lallana and Heung Min-Son picked up 15 apiece. At the back Michael Keane’s performance against Watford is worth a mention. He scored in Burnley’s 2-0 win, picking up clean sheet points and bonus points too, securing 14 points overall, a season-high for a defender in a single gameweek

Gameweek 7 Preview

We have the third Friday night fixture of the season taking place this week, so changes to your team need to be made by 7pm on Friday. It’s Everton against Crystal Palace to get us underway for the weekend, and this is a game that promises goalmouth action at both ends. Everton have only failed to score in 2 of their last 17 Premier League games at Goodison Park and had scored in all 5 of their league fixtures before last weekend’s shock defeat to Bournemouth. Palace themselves have found some form in front of goal, with 3 league wins in a row and 9 goals scored in those matches. Romelu Lukaku (£9.3m) is the obvious choice for the home side, having scored 4 and assisted 1 in his last 3 league games and also scoring in this fixture in each of the last 2 seasons. For the visitors Alan Pardew has started to play James McArthur (£4.9m) in a more advanced position in recent weeks, and it’s paid off with the Scotsman picking up 2 goals and an assist in his last 2 matches. There aren’t too many better value for money midfielders in Fantasy Football at the moment! Christian Benteke (£7.6m) is bound to cause problems for the Everton defence too, and having scored in both of his away games for Palace so far he’ll be confident of adding to his tally on Friday.

On Saturday Chelsea’s visit to Hull will be of interest to plenty of Fantasy Football managers. Hull’s dream start to the season has turned into a nightmare, with just one point gained from their last 4 games and 9 goals conceded in their last 2. Chelsea have also come unstuck in recent weeks, losing 2 and drawing 1 of their last 3 league games after winning 3 from 3 at the start of the season, but they’ll be expected to get back to winning ways here. If they are to do this a big performance may be required from a player who Fantasy Football managers seem to be losing patience with. Eden Hazard was £10.0m at the start of the season and by gameweek 4 was up to £10.3m after 2 goals and an assist had persuaded plenty of people to draft him in. Three quiet performances since then have seen his value plummet to £9.9m though, and if he doesn’t perform here the 22% of managers who still have him in their team will be seriously considering his position after next week’s international break. A game against a promoted side hitting a sticky patch should be the ideal platform to get his season back on track though, and big things can be expected from him this week.

It’s a busy Sunday with 4 Premier League matches taking place, and kicking things off that day it’s Man United v Stoke City. Stoke picked up their first point since the opening day when they drew at home to West Brom last week, but 2 draws and 4 defeats from their opening 6 matches is a poor return for Mark Hughes’ men. Things could get worse on Sunday too, with Stoke up against a Man United side who last week scored 4 against last season’s champions at Old Trafford. It would be a surprise to see many changes from United’s starting line-up from that fixture, which would mean that Marcus Rashford (£6.9m) is poised for another start. The youngster is in great form with 3 goals from his last 4 league matches and could well be amongst the goalscorers again on Sunday.

The big game of the weekend is at White Hart Lane, where Tottenham host Manchester City. These 2 sides occupy the top 2 places in the league and are both undefeated after 6 games. Man City are averaging 3 goals per game in the league so far this season and have a great recent record against Spurs. Over the last 5 seasons they’ve won 7 of the league meetings between the sides, scoring 29 goals in the process. Tottenham did the double over City last season to give that statistic a little more respectability from their side, but the man to watch out for in this game is Sergio Agüero (£13.0m). He loves playing against Spurs, having scored 10 goals in 9 games against Sunday’s opponents. He has also bagged 5 goals in 4 league games so far in this campaign and in this kind of form will always be a consideration for captain. Expect goals at both ends in this game though – both teams have scored in all but 2 of the last 10 games between the sides, so along with Agüero the likes of Sterling (£8.6m), Eriksen (£8.3m) and Son (£7.5m) could all have good points potential this week.

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

Swansea v Liverpool – James Milner (£6.5m)
Sunderland v West Brom – Jonny Evans (£4.5m)
Watford v Bournemouth – Troy Deeney (£7.0m)
West Ham v Middlesbrough – Stewart Downing (£5.3m)
Leicester v Southampton – Islam Slimani (£8.5m)
Burnley v Arsenal – Alexis Sánchez (£11.1m)

Gameweek 6 Preview of FPL

Gameweek 6 Preview of Fantasy Premier League, courtesy of Bet365

No Friday night game this week, but to kick things off there’s a big game at Old Trafford on Saturday at lunchtime with Man United hosting Leicester. A midweek EFL Cup win against Northampton has helped to avert talk of a crisis for Mourinho at United, and if they can beat the champions they’ll be up into third place in the table, at least temporarily until the rest of the weekend’s fixtures are played. The signs are that they could well do this; Leicester haven’t won at Old Trafford since January 1998 and United have won 8 of their last 10 home games in the league. On top of this Leicester have lost their only 2 away league matches so far this season and were beaten 4-2 by Chelsea in their midweek EFL Cup fixture. United’s attackers are therefore the way to go in this one. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (£11.8m) has 4 goals and an assist from his 5 league matches so far for United and could well add to that tally on Saturday, while Marcus Rashford (£6.8m) has staked his claim for a starting role after scoring from the bench against Northampton. He has 2 goals from 3 league matches so far this season and with talk of Rooney being dropped/rested (delete as applicable) for this one it’s Rashford who looks most likely to benefit from this.

Liverpool’s home game against Hull will be giving plenty of Fantasy Football managers food for thought in their captain choice this week. The Reds have been in impressive form of late and are second-favourites for the title following last week’s victory at Stamford Bridge. They’ve amassed 10 points from their opening five fixtures, four of which have been away games, and they’ve already beaten last season’s champions along with Arsenal and Chelsea. After a promising start to life in the Premier League Hull have now lost 2 and drawn 1 of their last 3 league games, and they should be put to the sword here. Adam Lallana is enjoying life under Jürgen Klopp and could be great value at £7.1m, but there’s also plenty of reason to consider the likes of Philippe Coutinho (£8.1m), Roberto Firmino (£8.4m), Sadio Mané (£9.0m) and Daniel Sturridge (£10.0m). Avoid the defensive players though – Liverpool are yet to keep a clean sheet in the league this season and Hull have found the net in 6 of their 7 games in all competitions.

Saturday’s late kick-off pits together two of the most successful sides of the Premier League era with Arsenal up against Chelsea at the Emirates. It’s another game in which goals can be expected at both ends – the two sides have scored 34 goals between them in all competitions this season with Chelsea scoring in each of their 7 fixtures and keeping just one clean sheet, and Arsenal drawing a blank just once in their 7 games and conceding in 5 of them. For Arsenal Alexis Sánchez (£11.0m) is being favoured up front by Arsène Wenger this season and his return of 4 goals and 2 assists from his last 4 matches in all competitions suggests that he’ll continue in this role at the weekend. He’s classed as a Fantasy Football midfielder and will be a reliable source of points throughout the campaign. For the away side Diego Costa (£10.0m) is the standout performer, having scored 5 and assisted 1 in his 5 league games so far. He seems to be back in top form under Antonio Conte and he scored the winner last time these teams met at the Emirates in Chelsea’s 1-0 victory in January.

Watford’s trip to Burnley on Monday night is an intriguing one for Fantasy Football managers. The Hornets had a really difficult start to the season on paper, with their first five games against Southampton (A), Chelsea (H), Arsenal (H), West Ham (A) and Man United (H). They’ve picked up a very respectable 7 points from those games and the fixture list looks much kinder now as they face Burnley (A), Bournemouth (H), Middlesbrough (A), Swansea (A) and Hull (H). If you haven’t already got this season’s bargain buy Étienne Capoue in your side now is the time to do it! He’s increased in value but is still available at just £5.0m, and with 4 goals and an assist from his 5 games so far that looks an absolute steal. Troy Deeney (£6.9m) is also well worth consideration bearing in mind the upcoming fixtures. He claimed 13 goals and 9 assists last season and has scored in each of his last 2 games.

To finish off, one Fantasy Football pick from each of the remaining fixtures:
Bournemouth v Everton – Yannick Bolasie (£6.0m)
Middlesbrough v Spurs – Kyle Walker (£5.8m)
Stoke v West Brom – Nacer Chadli (£6.4m)
Sunderland v Crystal Palace – Steve Mandanda (£4.4m)
Swansea v Man City – Sergio Agüero (£13.0m)
West Ham v Southampton – Michail Antonio (£7.3m)

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

Review of the First Month of the English Premier League 2016/17 Season

The whistles blow for yet another tremendous season in the English Premier League (EPL). This season has definitely started countless numbers of discussions that couldn’t have been predicted. During the past transfer window period a lot of clubs have changed their squad. The biggest names in football manager history are now all lined up in the EPL with great ambitions of winning the title. Adding to that, knowing the brains and the techniques of such great managers, the millions of pounds spent on players to join certain teams has broken any previous world record. Let’s start by listing the names of the managers who cause a big threat to the other teams when it comes to holding the title by the end of the season.

• Josep “Pep” Guardiola (Manchester City)
• José Mário dos Santos Mourinho (Manchester United)
• Antonio Conte (Chelsea FC)
• Jurgen Klupp (Liverpool)
• Arsene Wenger (Arsenal)
• Claudio Ranieri (Leicester City)
• Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham Hotspur)

These are a few of the great names that lead the strongest teams in the strongest league on this planet. The EPL is not only exciting this season because of the managers that have decided to join or stay, but the high profile footballers that have joined the EPL like Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimović together with the transfers inside the EPL itself that blew people’s minds like John Stones moving from Everton to Manchester City. The activity with new managers and players led to an increase in betting interest on the EPL and the betting public would have been interested in this Bet365 Full Android App review.

Tons of fascinating events took place in the EPL before it even started following the shock of Leicester City winning the title last season. However, with the first whistle blowing and the first game being played, a lot of expectations were shattered along with some disappointing starts. To begin with, Leicester City, last year’s champions, were expected to give us a good start to their new season as a message to the fans saying that it was not a one-off event. However, they had a dramatic start with a loss in their first match against Hull City (2 – 1) followed by a draw against Arsenal which would be considered as a good thing by Arsenal considering the circumstance. However, Leicester tried to turn the tables with a win against Swansea City (2 – 1) but Liverpool lowered Leicester’s confidence by a 4 – 1 win. We might not be seeing the Leicester we were waiting for, but this time in the season, with only one month in, Liverpool managed by Klupp has shown as football that we’ve missed for so long! With two wins in hand, one loss and one draw, Liverpool has been showing an amazing performance through all their matches with a great change in technique that definitely the manager has added to the club this season. The noticeable change might not be seen on the tables yet but it will truly be shown by the end of this season. If you have missed Liverpool’s performance during the previous matches, don’t miss their match against Chelsea on Friday evening which for Liverpool is a highlight of this season for sure as it would be for the winner of a free bet offer review.

Speaking about Chelsea, who were in second position in the table before Friday’s match against Liverpool, they have also been showing us a new style in the game. With a few technical changes in the squad Chelsea have won 3 out of the 4 games played and are only two points away from the top of the table. Before we jump to the top, Manchester United having two of the best players in the world in its squad have also shown a performance that does not live up to the expectations. It is all due to the time needed for the player to cope with the technique, speed, skill and agility of the PL but regardless of the performance, overall Manchester United has also won 3 out of the 4 games with only one loss against Manchester City which was the derby match between Pep and Jose. You can check out Jose Mourinho’s thoughts on the game on their official website. Manchester United have dropped down to the fourth position with Everton right above them. Everton, unlike last season have shown a very strong start! They have not lost a match this season so far with 3 wins and 1 draw and a very acceptable performance that is well deserving the third position on the table. Coming up to the number one this season for the first month of the season is Manchester City. The phenomena Guardiola was not playing around when he decided to join Manchester City but he has definitely shown us a new meaning to the English game. With a complete set of consecutive wins and an outstanding performance they are on the top of the season with a collective of 12 points and 11 goals in 4 matches; leaving our mouth open in awe.

A few clubs that are also worth mentioning are Arsenal and Tottenham. If the league was meant to be given to the best performing team, Arsenal would be the number one contender for sure. We have seen better football from Arsenal compared to almost any other team in the EPL this season but unluckily the winner is determined by the number of wins. Tottenham have had a disappointing performance compared to what was expected of them given that they were a point close to the title last season. The best part for the fans about this situation is that Tottenham is still holding on to the fifth position as they did not lose any game yet; hoping to give a better performance pushing themselves to the top one more time.

Let’s move on from the clubs to the players and discuss who’s hot and who’s not. If you’re looking for the players with the most number of goals then we have three players on the top with 4 goals each. Michail Antonio, Diego Costa and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Zlatan has shown even more progress in the attacking position as he is leading the chart of the most shots with 22 shots in only 4 games. Here is the time for us to mention John Stones, the most expensive defender in the world! Some people could argue that he is overrated or overpriced, but quite frankly Stones has proven that he is up to the amount paid showing us a clearly outstanding performance in his games with Manchester City. Given his new manager, Guardiola, it’s obvious how bright his future should be. Other players have not shown the performance we’re still hoping to see like Pogba, Vardy, Mkhitaryan and much more but there is still plenty of time for them to show their true colours.

In conclusion, the EPL has proven that it is going to be the strongest league this season with managers and players doing their best for the team’s sake and giving us the spectators something worth watching. Hold on to your favourite team’s jersey and don’t miss the action on the upcoming games as it is guaranteed to be fascinating to watch.

The Uprising of Casino Games In an Online Setting

Once, not very long ago, if you wanted to play casino games, you would physically have to go to a “bricks and mortar” casino to get your thrills. However, many of these casino games can now be found online, allowing you to experience these same thrills from the comfort of your armchair or computer desk.

Let’s have a look at some of these games:

Texas Hold ‘Em

Of all the card games to make it out of the casino, and into online settings, Texas Hold ‘Em is probably the best known, and the most adopted. In fact, a lot of players from the real world tour circuit made their initial names and fortunes in online settings.

Showing no signs of slowing down in popularity any time soon, Texas Hold ‘Em is potentially the most popular Casino – Apnet game online right now. With new players discovering the joys of this classic game every day, perhaps the next stars are currently sitting hunched over a computer screen developing strategies.


As iconic as it is famous, this timely game of chance is known and loved the world over. What’s almost always the first thing someone thinks of when they think of the word “casino”, Roulette has been around for a very long time.

Its move to online settings has thrilled a whole new generation of punters, looking to have a fast bet. The anticipation of seeing that little ball flying about, before finally settling in its new home position, is hard to top, and having that same feeling from home is most welcome.


Another game that is iconic in its presentation, seen on TV shows and in movies for decades, is the game of Craps. Finding the best websites for online Craps games can be tough, but there are plenty of good review sites that can help cut the “wheat from the chaff” in this respect.

Online Craps tables are just as exciting as the real thing, and you will have spectators to your shooting of the dice just as you would in a Casino setting, further amping up the excitement levels. Being able to experience that same feeling from home is priceless.

Slot Machines

Another staple of casinos, and one of the first to make a presence in the online arena, is slot machines. Games like the One Armed Bandit have been loved by punters the world over, for their simplicity, and the colours and sounds that go with pulling that lever.

The odds of having a win in an online setting are comparable with the real thing, so whether you are pulling that handle physically or with the click of a mouse is not relevant to your chances of having a big win.

Those are just a tiny slice of the amount of casino games that are now available in online settings, for you to enjoy from home. If you’ve always wanted to visit a casino, but have been geographically restricted, now you can. And all can be enjoyed from the comfort of that armchair, with your TV or computer monitor acting as your window to casino gaming.

Gameweek 5 Preview of FPL

Gameweek 5 Preview of Fantasy Premier League, courtesy of Bet365

This week we have the second Friday night fixture of the season so don’t forget to make changes to your side before 7pm on Friday evening! It’s a huge game to get us underway too, with Chelsea welcoming Liverpool to Stamford Bridge. Both teams look dangerous in attack, so it’s all about the offensive players rather than concentrating on defenders for this one. Diego Costa’s price is increasing rapidly after the start he’s made to the season; 4 goals and an assist from his first 4 appearances have rocketed him up to £9.9m and he’s now in almost a quarter of Fantasy Football teams in the game. He’s always in danger of a yellow card, but with just one point docked for bookings that’s not too much of a concern. He’s racked up 27 points so far this season, including 12 in his last game, and is up against a Liverpool defence that’s yet to keep a clean sheet in the league this season. For Liverpool, who have already scored 4 goals against each of last season’s top 2, the best picks look to be Roberto Firmino (£8.4m) and Sadio Mané (£8.9m). Firmino scored twice last week against Leicester after getting his first assist of the season in the previous game against Tottenham, while Mané also has 2 goals and an assist to his name already.

Leicester got their debut Champions League campaign off to a flyer with a 3-0 win away to the Belgian champions on Wednesday night. They’ll be hoping to carry that form into the league to address the stuttering start that their title defence has suffered so far, and a home fixture against Burnley should provide the perfect chance to do just that. The Foxes are unbeaten in their last 9 meetings with Saturday’s opponents, and only a 96th minute equaliser prevented them from a win the last time the two met at the King Power Stadium in the Premier League. Riyad Mahrez (£9.4m) scored one and set up the other Leicester goal in that game and scored twice on his Champions League debut on Wednesday. A massive 80% of Fantasy League managers have not got last year’s Player of the Season in their team at the moment, so those who have may well consider captaining him to gain the upper hand this week.

Captain consideration must also be given to any Manchester City attacking players you have in your side this week. On Saturday City face Bournemouth, a side who they beat 5-1 at home and 4-0 away last season. That was even before Pep Guardiola took over and started working his magic on the title favourites – City have won 7 out of 7 competitive matches since he took charge and scored an incredible 21 goals in that run. With Sergio Agüero (£13.0m) banned Kelechi Iheanacho is a real bargain at £7.0m. He came in and took his chance at Old Trafford last week, picking up 15 points after scoring and assisting in his 52 minutes on the pitch. The likelihood is that he will play 90 minutes this weekend at home to Bournemouth, and for a man that averages a goal or assist every 70 minutes from his Premier League career so far that gives plenty of potential for a big gameweek from him. Raheem Sterling (£8.3m), who scored a hat trick in this fixture last season, Kevin De Bruyne (£10.5m) and Nolito (£9.0m) could also pick up big scores from midfield.

In the late kick-off on Saturday another man who’ll be in Fantasy managers’ minds for captaincy is Everton’s Romelu Lukaku (£9.1m). The big Belgian ended his goal drought in style on Monday, scoring an 11-minute hat trick after not scoring previously in the league since March. After achieving his best Premier League goals tally to date last season with 18 he’ll be looking to kick on from Monday night’s performance and break the 20-goal barrier this year. Saturday’s visitors are Middlesbrough, who have kept just one clean sheet in their last 10 away matches and have a defence with very little Premier League experience.

The pick of Sunday’s fixtures, in Fantasy Football terms at least, is Tottenham v Sunderland. Spurs finished third last season and are unbeaten in their four Premier League games so far this term, while Sunderland finished one place outside of the relegation zone and are yet to pick up a league win this season. A home win looks nailed on, but with Harry Kane (£10.9m) out of form it could be safer to look to the midfield options of Heung-Min Son (£7.4m) and Christian Eriksen (£8.4m). Both starred in last week’s demolition of Stoke and should be able to carry on that form against a woeful Sunderland defence.

To finish off, one Fantasy Football pick from each of the remaining fixtures:
Hull v Arsenal – Laurent Koscielny (£6.0m)
West Brom v West Ham – Michail Antonio (£7.1m)
Watford v Man United – Etienne Capoue (£4.8m)
Crystal Palace v Stoke – Martin Kelly (£4.4m)
Southampton v Swansea – Gylfi Sigurdsson (£7.3m)