Gameweek 13 Preview – 19 November 2015

Gameweek 13 Preview of Fantasy Premier League, courtesy of Bet365.

The early kick-off on Saturday doesn’t promise a lot of goals, with 2 of the league’s tightest defences meeting at Vicarage Road when Watford (12 goals conceded and 5 clean sheets) take on Manchester United (8 goals conceded and 8 clean sheets). Craig Cathcart (£4.5m) and Heurelho Gomes (£4.7m) have both played every minute of Watford’s Premier League campaign so far and are great options at the back at bargain prices. For United, David De Gea (£5.6m) has been impressive since his recall to the side after almost completing a move to Real Madrid in the summer transfer window, and Marcos Rojo (£5.5m) seems to be in favour at the moment. His versatility across the defence makes him a popular option for Louis Van Gaal, and he’s been involved from the start in all four of United’s league games (and clean sheets) since their 3-0 capitulation to Arsenal at the start of last month.

Later in the day we have a fixture that at the start of the season would have had Fantasy Managers captaining Chelsea players without hesitation, but that takes on a very different feel this weekend. It’s Chelsea v Norwich at Stamford Bridge, and incredibly the Blues are actually below Saturday’s visitors in the Premier League table after another poor performance last time out. This is a must-win game for Chelsea, as last season’s champions sit just 2 places and 3 points above the relegation zone with almost a third of the season played. Surely they will turn the corner at some stage though, and the attacking talents that they boast will be confident of goals against a side that have kept just one clean sheet so far this season. With the collapse in form plenty of Chelsea players’ prices have also collapsed, which means that if you believe that corner is to be turned on Saturday now is the time to put your faith in the likes of Hazard (£10.9m), Fàbregas (£8.4m), Pedro (£9.0m) and Costa (£10.9m).

Romelu Lukaku (£8.6m) is a player who would certainly merit consideration for your team, and potentially for captain this week. Everton’s form has been good this season, with only Arsenal and the two Manchester clubs defeating them in their opening 12 games (in which they have played all of last season’s top 8). They have a relatively straight-forward fixture list from now until the end of the year, starting with Saturday’s visit of bottom of the table Aston Villa. Lukaku has 7 goals and 4 assists in the league already this season, including 5 goals and 3 assists in his last 6 matches, and Everton will be looking to him to fire the goals that push them into the hunt for European places.

The late kick-off on Saturday is the big game of the weekend – Manchester City v Liverpool. Liverpool will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing home defeat to Crystal Palace just before the international break, but Saturday’s assignment looks ominous. Man City are undefeated in their last 9 games in all competitions, are top of the Premier League table, and you have to go back to October 2008 for the last time the away side emerged victors in a Premier League meeting between these two. Team news later in the week will be interesting, as Sergio Agüero (£13.0m), David Silva (£9.9m), Samir Nasri (£6.8m) and Pablo Zabaleta (£5.7m) are all working on regaining fitness and have a chance of being available for selection at the weekend. Vincent Kompany (£6.4m), Fabian Delph (£5.4m) and Wilfried Bony (£8.3m) are also hoping to be fit but by no means certain, so it would be wise to leave your selections as late as possible in relation to this match.

There’s one game on Sunday and one game on Monday to wrap up the action for the weekend. On Sunday Tottenham’s game against West Ham will see a lot of attention on Bamidele Alli (£4.9m) after his goalscoring exploits for England on Tuesday evening. He’s started the last 8 games for Spurs in the league and his stunning strike for his country in his first start will put him at the forefront of fantasy managers’ minds for gameweek 13. On Monday Crystal Palace will be looking to heap more misery on Sunderland, who have a woeful away record this season (5 defeats and 1 draw from their 6 away matches in the league, with the draw coming against the only side below them in the table). With Palace’s strikers not exactly firing on all cylinders it would be wise to turn to Yohan Cabaye (£6.6m), who takes penalties and has 4 goals and an assist to his name so far since his move to Selhurst Park.

Euro 2016 & Argentina v Brazil Live Stream

Bet365 preview:

First of all, we do have a last round of qualifiers for the remaining 3rd placed candidates and the first leg fixtures this week will consist of: Norway v Hungary (12 Nov), Bosnia & Herzegovina v Ireland (13 Nov), Ukraine v Slovenia, and Sweden v Denmark (both 14 Nov).

Sweden v Denmark is the key fixture of interest here, a true Scandinavian rivalry with both nations desperate to make it to France next summer. The bordering nations have met 104 times, with Denmark winning 40, and the Swedes winning 46. The last time these teams met, Daniel Agger scored the winner in Copenhagen to secure a 1-0 win and incredibly, Sweden have actually never scored in a home qualification game against the Danes. Despite this, Sweden 5/4 (2.25) favourites and Denmark are 12/5 (3.40) for the first leg, with. There’s only one favourite candidate to bag that first important goal for Sweden of course – Zlatan Ibrahimovic at 10/3 (4.33).

Friday 13TH highlights features Belgium v Italy, Poland v Iceland, Spain v England, Wales v Netherlands (all 19:45 GMT kick offs) and France v Germany (20:00 GMT)!

Belgium, according to the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, is the World’s Number 1 ranked team and do feature some fantastic footballers in their remit. Lukaku has been showing some impressive form for Everton and is shortest price to score first at 9/2 (5.50) with bet365. Belgium are favourites here – priced up at 1/1 (2.00) via bet365. The Italians are 11/4 (3.75) underdogs. Live streaming is available in many countries.

There is one team in Euro 16’ who will be desperate to sustain their star man’s great form until the end of next summer. That is of course Poland and their main man Lewandowski who is currently joint-top goal scorer in the Bundesliga. Poland are 4/6 (1.66) favourites here and correct scorer odds on the big Bayern striker are set at 11/5 (3.20) to score first or 8/11 (1.72) anytime! Live streaming is available in many countries.

Arguably one of the more exciting fixtures listed above is Spain v England; and following an impressive 10 wins form 10 games to quality for Euro 16’ – England will face a trickier challenge in the form of 2010 World Cup Champions and current Euro 2012 Championship holders Spain. This greater challenge is very much reflected in the odds at bet365, with Spain 6/5 (1.75) favourites against England’s outsider odds of 15/4 (4.75).

France v Germany is the heavyweight contest here however, with Euro 2016 hosts France taking on World Cup 2014 Champions Germany. The Germans will be getting an early feel for the Stade de France before setting up camp next summer, but are slight underdogs against the home nation – 15/8 (2.87) at bet365. Les Blues are 7/5 (2.40), with Giroud favourite to bag that first goal at 11/2 (6.50). Muller has performed brilliantly as of late for Bayern Munich, and did put a couple of goals past Giroud’s Arsenal last week in the Champions League – so he’s a good option at 6/1 (7.00) to score first at bet365.

Better still, we’ll be live streaming Argentina v Brazil World Cup 2018 qualifier at 0.00 GMT on Friday night as the two South American giants clash in an exciting fixture. Live streaming is available in many countries.

Argentina have yet to secure a win from 2 games so far and will be desperate turn things around here but Brazil have also been somewhat underwhelming, winning 1 and losing 1. With both sides eager to earn their rightful place in Russia 2018, the big name stars will be out to shine and leading on from Neymar’s incredible goal for Barca at the weekend – he’s 15/4 (6.50) to score first.

Next week, the bet365 live stream availability will include Belgium v Spain, Poland v Czech, England v France, Colombia v Argentina and Uruguay v Chile, plus much more!

*All odds accurate as of 10:00 GMT 11/11/15

The First Month of FISO 7 Fantasy Football

FISO 7 is FISO’s own Fantasy Football game which is free to enter and has been running now for a month (4 gameweeks). Today we take a look at the most popular fantasy picks – those footballers that are in a least 1 in 10 teams. These 12 footballers must represent value for money or obvious point scoring ability to be in at least 10% of manager’s FISO 7 teams.

Fantasy Football games are a form of low key sports betting. They allow you to follow your favourite teams and players – most games concentrate on the high profile English Premier League. A number of games, like FISO 7, are free to play and many more just cost a small amount per month or year allowing you to participate without costing the earth. Some people prefer higher stakes games and there are Fantasy Football websites that cater for this with very large winnings on offer. Many people also make the transition from fantasy games to sports betting where they bet on various outcomes from Football matches and other sports such as golf, cricket rugby and tennis. Most betting companies offer free sports bets and other incentives to new customers which adds to the enjoyment of betting on sports. A good site to use when choosing your preferred betting company is comparing the top sports betting sites.

In FISO 7, the most popular player (in over 1 in 4 teams) is Kevin De Bruyne of Man City. At a cost of £12.4m he is not cheap for a midfielder and has made 3 assists for 9 points. In 2nd is Petr Cech (Arsenal’s goalkeeper) who is one of the cheaper goalies at £6.9m and has 2 clean sheets to his name (8 points). Not surprisingly Harry Kane of Tottenham is now the most popular striker and has 5 goals (including a hat-trick) and 1 assist to rack up 28 points which is the highest total from any player. He is in about 1 in 5 teams. 4th on the list is Liverpool’s Alberto Moreno who at £6.3m is quite a cheap defender known for getting forward but he’s only clocked up one clean sheet so stands on 4 points. In 5th spot (in 17% of teams) we find Romelu Lukaku, Everton’s main striker who’s been working out in the gym over the Summer and at £11.1m is showing his worth with 2 goals and 3 assists making 19 points. Next is Spurs’ Bamidele Alli who is having a breakthrough year. At just £6.6m he is freeing up spending power elsewhere and already has 1 goal to his name for 5 points. In 7th place is Ross Barkley, Everton’s midfield starlet and at £9.2m is amongst the points with 1 goal and an assist for 8 points. Now we come to Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez who gives everything on the pitch and is popular at £13.8m. The attacker also has a goal and key contribution for 8 points and is in 16% of teams. In 9th is Wilfried Bony who is Man City’s 2nd choice striker but may now be joining 1st choice Aguero on the injury table after a hamstring injury at the weekend although will probably still be meeting up with his Ivory Coast team mates when released for International duties. Bony has a couple of goals and a KC for 13 points and is in 15% of teams. Chelsea’s Willian is also in 15% of teams and is about the club’s only player performing above expectations. His 2 assists from midfield gives him 6 points for his £8.7m. Another Chelsea player making it just into 1 in 10 teams is Cesar Azpilicueta. The Chelsea defender is priced at £7.5m and has a KC plus a clean sheet for 7 points. The final player (making it into 10.3% of teams) is recent England call-up Eric Dier. The Tottenham defender (or holding midfielder) is available for only £6.5m but so far has failed to accumulate any points due to Tottenham’s defensive frailties.

It is still early days in FISO 7 so if you fancy playing just register with FISO and then you can select your FISO 7 team. You are then in with a chance of becoming a FISO 7 winner:


Why you must pick Jamie Vardy up in fantasy football

Jamie Vardy must be one of the most inspirational characters to grace the Premier League. The Leicester City star has played in each of England’s top four divisions and has truly worked incredibly hard to earn his place in the top flight. After 12 league games, the Foxes are third in the Premier League and Vardy has netted an astonishing 12 goals – making him the Premier League’s leading goalscorer.

While this is an achievement in itself, he’s also scored in nine consecutive league matches, leaving him one shy of Ruud van Nistelrooy’s Premier League record. If you don’t already have the Leicester frontman on fantasy football, NOW is the time to pick him up.

Ultimately, Vardy is a goal machine and should be the focal point of your fantasy team’s attack. If you have a striker who can score at will, he is a must-have and is pure gold for fantasy formats. The Foxes striker is heavily involved in Leicester’s general play and is always capable of creating opportunities out of nothing, for either himself or another team-mate.

With the likes of Riyad Mahrez and Jeffrey Schlupp in the side, Vardy is getting an abundance of opportunities to score in what is an excellent Leicester City side. In fact, many have tipped the Foxes for a great FA Cup run as well, with many backing Leicester to win the competition in various FA Cup betting markets. Whether they will or not, only time will tell. However, Vardy’s goals will be crucial in both competitions.

On current form, he’s the best striker in the Premier League and is an absolute steal at just £7.3 million. At the beginning of the campaign, Vardy was valued at £6 million and those who placed their trust in the forward have been rewarded on a weekly basis. He has racked up 83 fantasy points already this season and is the top scoring fantasy striker.

Essentially, he’s irreplaceable. Vardy is on a hot streak and, while his excellent run will end at some point, it would be foolish to drop the Leicester striker until he fails to score. The Foxes have a tough run of fixtures coming up and Vardy may struggle against some of the Premier League’s best defensive units. In their next seven matches, Leicester face Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool, as well as Everton and Swansea away from the King Power Stadium.

Vardy will need to be at his very best if he is to shine against these teams but, on current form, he could cause problems in Leicester’s attack. The Foxes aren’t fearful of anybody and are heading in the right direction under Claudio Ranieri. For as long as the Italian allows the Foxes to maintain their free-flowing, aggressive style of play, Vardy will continue to score goals and create chances.

Will Jamie Vardy finish as the Premier League’s top goalscorer this season? Potentially. He’s an excellent footballer with a real eye for goal but doesn’t possess the natural talent of Sergio Aguero. However, if Leicester continue to create opportunities, he will score. Vardy is a real diamond on fantasy football and, as mentioned earlier, he’s an absolute MUST have in your fantasy team for the future.

Gameweek 12 Preview – 6 November 2015

Gameweek 12 Preview of Fantasy Premier League, courtesy of Bet365.

We’ll start this week with a look at a man in the form of his life; Jamie Vardy has notched in 8 successive Premier League games, and is still available for your strikeforce at just £7.3m. Granted he did start the season at £6.0m, but the current price is still a bargain for the league’s top scorer. No striker has amassed more Fantasy Football points this season than Vardy, and he has Ruud Van Nistelrooy’s record of scoring in 10 consecutive league games firmly in his sights. This week he comes up against a Watford side who have kept just one clean sheet away from home in all competitions this season, so it would be a surprise if they are the team that manage to stop his incredible feat. Leicester as a team have only failed to score in 1 match from their last 29 in all competitions, with this run stretching back to March. In that time only Chelsea and Arsenal have come away from the King Power Stadium with a win, so Vardy and Mahrez (who is even cheaper at £6.6m and has more points this season than Vardy) look like absolute must-haves for this weekend.

Moving onto a team who could do with a striker of Vardy’s class, Manchester United have failed to score in 4 of their last 7 games in all competitions, and are really struggling for creativity. Of their striking options, Anthony Martial (£8.1m) has failed to score in his last 5 Premier League appearances, James Wilson (£4.7m) has played just 9 minutes in the league all season and Wayne Rooney (£10.1m) is having well-documented problems in front of goal. Caution is advised if you’re looking to captain any United attackers this week, even if a home game against West Brom looks enticing on paper. Albion have actually won on their last two visits to Old Trafford and kept a clean sheet there last season, so goals for the home side are not a foregone conclusion by any means. In the defensive third United are having no problems though, with only 1 goal conceded in their last 6 games in all competitions, and 11 clean sheets in 19 games so far this campaign. David De Gea (£5.5m), Chris Smalling (£6.5m) and Marcos Rojo (£5.4m) are certainly worth consideration this week for this reason.

In the late kick-off, Stoke City will be looking to heap more misery on José Mourinho, with his Chelsea side lying in 15th place in the Premier League table. Stoke have lost just once in their last 6 league games, and have kept clean sheets in three of their last four. It will be tough for a Chelsea side low on confidence to breach the home defence, and a raucous crowd could help to condemn them to another setback here. Glen Johnson (£5.0m) is one to look out for in defence for the Potters. He already has a couple of assists to his name this season, is a certain starter at right back and has scored in all but 2 of his 9 previous Premier League campaigns so there’s potential for attacking points as well as defensive ones.

On Sunday Remi Garde will take charge of Aston Villa for the first time, but his opening assignment could hardly be a tougher one. Manchester City travel to Villa Park with a record in their last 8 games of 7 wins, 0 defeats and 25 goals scored. They’ll relish a match against the league’s bottom club, and it would be a major shock to see anything other than an away win here. With Agüero and Silva still out there’s chance for other players to shine, and Kevin De Bruyne is the man who’s proving to be the most consistent. He has 3 goals and 4 assists from his 7 Premier League matches so far, and although he’s not cheap at £10.7m he is one of the most exciting players in the league at the moment.

The big game of the weekend is the North London Derby between Arsenal and Tottenham. The Emirates faithful will be hoping that the Gunners can bounce back from their 5-1 mauling at the hands of Bayern Munich in the Champions League this week, but domestically there’s nothing wrong with Arsenal’s form – they’ve won 5 games on the bounce in the league and have suffered only 1 defeat since the opening day. Spurs are in superb form too though; they haven’t tasted defeat in the league since their opening day trip to Old Trafford and have won 5 of their last 7. Historically this fixture has produced plenty of goals, and both teams will be confident of finding the net on Sunday, therefore it would be wise to look to the attacking talent on display. For the home side, there’s a lot of players out through injury; Walcott, Ramsey, Chamberlain, Arteta, Rosicky, Wilshere and Welbeck would all have claims for a first team spot but will miss this game. Joel Campbell (£5.0m) made his first Premier League start last week and impressed in the win at Swansea, scoring a goal and securing bonus points, so he could be an interesting option. Olivier Giroud (£8.7m) will surely start in the central striking spot, and despite the criticism he regularly gets he has 6 goals from 532 Premier League minutes this season, which is a goal every 89 minutes on average. He should get 90 minutes at the weekend, so a goal could be on the cards! For Spurs, Harry Kane (£9.3m) has 4 goals from his last 2 league matches and will be looking to build on this form in a match that means so much to all Spurs fans, himself included.


Bournemouth v Newcastle

(12.45pm BT Sport 1)

Leicester v Watford

Man Utd v West Brom

Norwich v Swansea

Sunderland v Southampton

West Ham v Everton

Stoke v Chelsea

(5.30pm Sky Sports 1)


Aston Villa v Man City

(1.30pm Sky Sports 1)

Arsenal v Tottenham

(4.00pm Sky Sports 1)

Liverpool v Crystal Palace

Gameweek 11 Preview – 30 October 2015

Gameweek 11 Preview of Fantasy Premier League, courtesy of Bet365.

Saturday’s early kick-off sees under-pressure Jose Mourinho up against media darling Jurgen Klopp at Stamford Bridge. Klopp is yet to taste defeat since taking over at Liverpool, and there could hardly be a better time to face Chelsea. Their season is going from bad to worse, and they currently lie in 15th position in the table having lost half of their matches. Their star man and 2014-15 Player of the Year Eden Hazard (£11.1m) is in terrible form; he missed the crucial penalty in the shoot-out defeat to Stoke in midweek, and has just one Premier League goal to his name all season. They’re also in a highly unusual position for a Mourinho team in that defence is a particular weakness. They’ve kept just 2 clean sheets in the league this season and have conceded at least 2 in each of their other 8 matches, so Liverpool’s attacking options could be the way to go in this fixture. Christian Benteke (£8.2m) scored 8 points last week after coming on at half time in the draw with Southampton, and scored at Old Trafford earlier in the season, so he’ll be confident of success against Chelsea’s defence. Emre Can looks like he’s going to be an important midfielder for Klopp having been utilised in defence by Rodgers, and at just £5.3m could be a Fantasy Football bargain buy.

Manchester City’s game against Norwich will no doubt provide the majority of captain choices this weekend. The visitors have little hope of getting a result at the Etihad – they’ve lost their last 3 league matches, have only won against Sunderland and Bournemouth since their promotion to the Premier League, are yet to keep a clean sheet and were smashed 6-2 in their last away game against Newcastle (a team who’d only scored 6 goals prior to that match all season). City on the other hand are unbeaten in their last 3 league matches (including 6-1 and 5-1 home wins) and the 0-0 draw at Old Trafford last weekend was the first game in which they’ve failed to score this season. Home win seems an inevitable outcome here, and any one of Bony (£8.3m), De Bruyne (£10.6m), Sterling (£8.9m) and Touré (£8.5m) would be safe captain choices.

Two teams who have defied expectation so far this year meet at Vicarage Road, with Watford hosting West Ham. Watford have 13 points from their opening 10 matches, a very respectable haul for a newly-promoted side, and are theoretically just one wine away from seventh position. Odion Ighalo (£5.4m) got his first 2 assists of the campaign last week against Stoke, and he has 5 goals in 10 Premier League games so is certainly worth consideration. His partnership with Troy Deeney (£5.1m) is proving very fruitful and Deeney was finally back amongst the goals in the same game to add to his 3 assists so far this campaign. West Ham are undefeated in 7 in the league, and are becoming known as away specialists having dismantled Arsenal, Liverpool and Man City in that run. They’re in third position in the league, and in Dimitri Payet (£8.3m) have one of the standout performers of the season so far. He’s racked up 71 points from midfield, having scored 5 and assisted 4 so far, and he’d be a great shout if you’re wanting to drop one of the bigger-priced underperforming ‘stars’.

On Sunday Bournemouth have their first-ever top flight derby, as they make the short trip to St Mary’s to face in-form Southampton. Saints progressed to the Quarter Finals of the Capital One Cup after seeing off Aston Villa in midweek, and are undefeated in their last 6 games in all competitions. Bournemouth have drawn one and lost four of their last five matches, and conceded 10 goals in their last 2 Premier League games, so the home side will be strong favourites for this one. Graziano Pellè (£8.4m) is the main goal threat, and has 5 goals and 5 assists already this season.

Finally, the Monday night fixture sees managerless Aston Villa travel to Tottenham. The hosts haven’t lost in the league since the opening day while the away side haven’t won since the same date, so again there should be some points on offer for Spurs players. Harry Kane’s season is finally coming to life after a hat trick against Bournemouth last time out, and at £9.3m he could be worth investing in this week. Christian Eriksen (£8.4m) has scored 2 and assisted 3 in his last 5 league games, so would be an advisable option in midfield.


Chelsea v Liverpool

(12.45pm BT Sport 1)

Newcastle v Stoke

Swansea v Arsenal

Watford v West Ham

West Brom v Leicester

Crystal Palace v Man Utd

Man City v Norwich


Everton v Sunderland

(1.30pm Sky Sports 1)

Southampton v Bournemouth

(4.00pm Sky Sports 1)


Tottenham v Aston Villa

(8.00pm Sky Sports 1)

Gameweek 10 Preview – October 2015

Gameweek 10 Preview of Fantasy Premier League, courtesy of Bet365.

Sunday’s fixtures are likely to dominate the headlines with four Premier League matches taking place, including two massive derbies. Man United v Man City is undoubtedly the game of the weekend, as the two Manchester rivals face up for a derby that’s taken on extra significance over the past few years with City establishing themselves as one of the heavyweights of English football. The away side have plenty of injury concerns heading into this game, with Kolarov, Clichy, Silva, Delph and Agüero all likely to miss out. Raheeem Sterling’s hat trick last week will propel him into many Fantasy Managers’ thoughts though, and at £8.8m he could provide value for money in your midfield. Up front, Wilfried Bony (£8.3m) will surely continue to deputise for Agüero, and after bagging 2 goals and an assist last time out he’ll be in confident mood heading into this one. He’ll find himself up against one of the stand-out defenders of the season though in United’s Chris Smalling. The centre back has been in imperious form, helping his team to 5 clean sheets and popping up with the assist for United’s opener at the weekend against Everton to take his Fantasy Football points haul to 45. At £6.3m he’s one of the more expensive defenders, but has played in every minute of United’s Premier League campaign so far, and provides a real threat from set pieces.

Earlier in the day Sam Allardyce is in line for his first home game as Sunderland manager, and it doesn’t get any bigger for the Black Cats than the derby against his former club Newcastle. Sunderland have earned the bragging rights over the past few years, winning the last 5 Tyne-Wear derbies, but both teams have had poor starts to the season. They have recorded only one clean sheet between them in 22 matches in all competitions so far in 2015-16, so it may be best to avoid any defenders in this fixture. From an attacking perspective, Yann M’Vila (£5.0m) got 2 assists in his last home match and also has a goal to his name this season, so could be worth a look. For Newcastle, Georginio Wijnaldum (£6.8m) scored 4 last time out against Norwich to add to his goal and assist from the previous 2 matches. He was Dutch Footballer of the Year last year, and if Newcastle can build on their first victory of the season he could be a shrewd addition with a kind fixture list over the coming weeks. Ayoze Pérez (£5.1m) is also worth consideration, and boasts 2 goals and 2 assists from his last 3 matches.

Another manager making his home managerial bow on Sunday is Jürgen Klopp, as Liverpool welcome Southampton to Anfield. Both Daniel Sturridge (£10.6m) and Christian Benteke (£8.2m) are in contention to return from injury for this one, and it will be interesting to see how Klopp utilises his main two attacking threats. Liverpool looked immediately more solid in Klopp’s first game in charge, securing their first clean sheet in 9 matches in all competitions. With this in mind Nathaniel Clyne and Martin Skrtel, who are both available at £5.5m, may pick up a good number of points over the coming weeks. They’re up against one of the in-form strikers in the Premier League on Sunday though in Graziano Pellè (£8.3m). The Southampton man has 56 points so far this season, scoring 5 and assisting 5 of Saints’ league 15 goals, and will be keen to add to that tally.

As a final note, be sure to keep an eye on the Premier League clubs in action in Europe over the next 3 days in case of any injuries or surprise performers who may warrant selection at the weekend.


Aston Villa v Swansea

Leicester v Crystal Palace

Norwich v West Brom

Stoke v Watford

West Ham v Chelsea

Arsenal v Everton

(5.30pm Sky Sports 1)


Sunderland v Newcastle

(12.00pm Sky Sports 1)

Man Utd v Man City

(2.05pm Sky Sports 1)

Bournemouth v Tottenham

Liverpool v Southampton

(16:15 Sky Sports 1)

Gameweek 9 Preview – October 2015

Gameweek 9 Preview of Fantasy Premier League, courtesy of Bet365.

Massive game to kick off this weekend’s football, as Jürgen Klopp makes his Premier League managerial debut. The excitable reaction to Klopp’s appointment from the red half of Merseyside was predictable, but it’s a real coup for Liverpool to persuade him to cut short his managerial sabbatical when bigger clubs would surely have been approaching him in the summer. He faces a tough assignment in his first match in charge though, with a trip to White Hart Lane to face a Tottenham team who’ve found some form. They’re unbeaten at home in the Premier League this season, and demolished Man City 4-1 in their last game at the Lane. Liverpool have just 1 win from their last 9 away games in the league, and are likely to be without captain Jordan Henderson and big money singings Roberto Firmino and Christian Benteke due to injury, so those expecting Klopp to instantly work his magic may be in for disappointment. With this in mind Spurs’ Bamidele Alli (£4.9m) and Christian Eriksen (£8.3m) are players to look out for this weekend. Eriksen has 3 assists and 2 goals from his last 4 matches, and is always a danger from set pieces. Alli has forced his way into the starting line up and indeed the England squad with his performances this year, and he has a goal and 2 assists from his 414 Premier League minutes this season.

Chelsea will be looking to get back to winning ways after a disastrous few weeks, and there can’t be many more inviting fixtures for them to do this than Aston Villa at home. Villa have lost their last 4 Premier League games and since the opening day win against newly-promoted Bournemouth have gained just 1 point from 7 matches. In the last 6 seasons Chelsea have won their home matches against Aston Villa by an aggregate score of 24-8, and both teams have recorded only 1 clean sheet each this season in the league, so goals should be on the cards. Eden Hazard (£11.3m) scored in both games during the international break for Belgium, and has 2 assists and a goal in his last 3 Premier League matches. Plenty of Fantasy Managers will be putting their faith in him this week, especially those with funds freed up from the sale of the injured Sergio Agüero. A cheaper option to consider though is Willian (£6.8m). He has scored Chelsea’s last 3 goals, and also bagged a brace for Brazil in their World Cup Qualifier this week against Venezuela.

Manchester City have more injury concerns than most after the internationals, with Kolarov, Touré, Silva and Agüero all major doubts. Even without those City should be too strong for Bournemouth at the Etihad. Wilfried Bony (£8.2m) is expected to lead the line, and will almost certainly get chances to score his first goal of the season, so could be a good temporary option up front. Kevin De Bruyne (£10.3m) is the obvious choice in midfield. He’s scored in each of the three matches that he’s completed 90 minutes in for City in the Premier League, and they’ll be looking to him for creativity in the absence of David Silva at the weekend.

Elsewhere, another game that promises goals is Everton v Manchester United at Goodison Park. The Toffees are undefeated in their last 7 games in all competitions, but haven’t kept a clean sheet at home yet this season. United have also had problems at the back recently, with only 1 clean sheet in their last 5 league games. There are plenty of attacking options to consider for this match; for the home side Romelu Lukaku (£8.3m) has 3 goals and an assist from his last 2 Premier League games and Ross Barkley (£6.9m) has been in fine form so far this season, whilst for the visitors Juan Mata (£8.9m) has racked up 50 Fantasy Football points already and Anthony Martial (£8.4m) has made an instant impact.

In the evening kick-off Alexis Sánchez (£11.12m) will be looking to carry on his fine form as Arsenal travel to Watford. Sánchez has 5 goals from his last 2 league games, following up a hat trick at Leicester with a brace against Man United. Those performances helped him to a Fantasy Football total of 36 points from the 2 matches, and few would bet against him scoring at Vicarage Road. Theo Walcott is also in good shape, and is finally getting regular games at the focal point of the Arsenal attack. He has 2 goals and 2 assists from his last 4 Premier League games, and at £8.6m could be a great addition to your midfield. For the home side Odion Ighalo (£5.3m) has adapted well to life in the Premier League and scored again in the 1-1 draw at Bournemouth to take his total to the season to 5. He has the fourth-highest points total of any attacker in the league, and at the price is well worth a look.

In addition here is Bet365‘s weekend betting preview:

The international break is almost at an end with a mouth-watering selection of fixtures announcing the return of league football in style this weekend, and bet365 are offering a host of fantastic betting and Live Streaming opportunities!

The fixture grabbing all the headlines at the moment is Tottenham v Liverpool, as Jürgen Klopp takes the reigns at Liverpool in what will be his managerial debut in the Premier League. The Normal One was welcomed to Merseyside with rabid anticipation by Liverpool fans and the German has promised the Anfield faithful a title in the next four years. The weight of expectation will be enormous for the former Dortmund manager, but whether he can deliver three points at the weekend using the current Liverpool squad is debatable. Tottenham are arguably one of the form teams in the league at the moment, beating first placed Manchester City in a 4-1 thriller recently. Liverpool are without captain Jordan Henderson and summer signings Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino whilst Spurs are without Son Heung Min and a few periphery players.

Spurs are narrow favourites to take the win at White Hart Lane at 7/5 (2.40) and are unbeaten at home in the league this season, whilst The Reds are a touch longer at 15/8 (2.87). Many will be backing Daniel Sturridge to find the net again this weekend after scoring two goals against Villa recently and he’s 5/1 (6.00) to score first or last and 6/4 (2.50) to find the net anytime. Having forced his way into the Spurs squad and more recently the England team, Dele Alli has seen plenty of speculative backing to score this weekend, and he’s 10/3 (4.33) to do just that.

Chelsea will be looking to get back to winning ways after a disastrous few weeks, and are 1/3 (1.33) to break their duck against Aston Villa in a particularly inviting home fixture. Villa have lost their last four Premier League games and since their opening day win against newly-promoted Bournemouth have gained just one point from seven matches. In the last six seasons Chelsea have won their home matches against Aston Villa by an aggregate score of 24-8, and both teams have recorded only one clean sheet each this season in the league, so goals should be on the cards. Eden Hazard is 11/2 (6.50) to net first in the encounter, and scored in both games during the international break for Belgium with two assists and a goal in his last three Premier League matches. A slightly riskier option to consider though is Willian at 10/1 (11.00). He has scored Chelsea’s last three goals, and also bagged a brace for Brazil in their World Cup Qualifier this week against Venezuela.

Over in La Liga title heavyweights Real Madrid and Barcelona are both suffering injury crises and entertain Levante and Rayo Vallecano respectively. Bet365 will be Live Streaming all the action so you can watch the likes of Luis Suarez, Neymar and Ronaldo as they blitz through their competition at will. News from Spain this week is suggesting that Barcelona are in big trouble, with many of their key players facing time on the side-lines with injuries. Summer signing Arda Turan is still not able to play for the Blaugrana and it’s being reported that Barca will petition the Court of Arbitration for Sport to overturn their transfer embargo in a last-ditch effort to bolster their squad. In spite of this, they’re heavy favourites to dispatch Rayo with ease and are priced 1/7 (1.14) to take the three points on Saturday. Suarez and Neymar are both expected to start and both find themselves short-priced to score in the encounter, with the Uruguayan coming in at 2/5 (1.40) and Neymar priced at 4/11 (1.36). Los Blancos will be lining up without the likes of Karim Benzema, James Rodriguez, Luka Modric and centre back pairing Ramos and Pepe which may leave Real Madrid manager Rafa Benitez with a selection headache on Saturday. Regardless Real are 1/12 (1.083) to come through on the day and 13/8 (2.62) to do so with Levante managing to notch a consolation goal.

bet365 are also streaming plenty of Bundesliga action this weekend with the highlight being Bayern Munich’s trip to Werder Bremen. Bayern’s season so far has been spectacular and many fancy them to lift the Champions League come the end of the season. The Bavarians will be keen to maintain their 100% start in the league and they are 1/5 (1.20) to do so, with the aggregate score from their last three trips to the Weserstadion 13-0. Thomas Müller has been in imperious form for Bayern this season, scoring 10 goals in 11 games in all competitions and he is 3/1 to score first on Saturday. Equally Robert Lewandowski is arguably one of the hottest properties in international football at the moment and his sensational performances this season have seen him net 16 goals in just 11 games in all competitions. With the mercurial Polish captain being in such staggering form, he is the favourite to open the scoring on Saturday at 2/1 (3.00).

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*odds correct as of 16:00 GMT 15/10/2015


Tottenham v Liverpool

(12:45pm BT Sport 1)

Chelsea v Aston Villa

Crystal Palace v West Ham

Everton v Manchester United

Manchester City v Bournemouth

Southampton v Leicester

West Brom v Sunderland

Watford v Arsenal

(5.30pm Sky Sports 1)


Newcastle v Norwich

(4.00pm Sky Sports 1)


Swansea v Stoke

(8.00pm Sky Sports 1)

FISO 7 Fantasy Manager 2015/16 – starts 17 October 2015

FISO’s own free to enter Fantasy Football game – FISO 7 – is now open for entries and starts this Saturday 17 October at 11:45am.

The game only involves players from 7 clubs – Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham.

Rules can be viewed here.

FISO 7 is FREE to enter and only available to FISO members (maximum one fantasy team per member).

The game incorporates discussions and injury news from within the FISO Fantasy Football forums: making this the game to play to keep up to date with the latest fantasy news on your favourite players.

To add a bit of fun and intrigue each manager is also required to choose one defender, one midfielder and one striker that is on view to all other managers (i.e. only 8 of the 11 players in your team are hidden from public view). There are up to 2 transfers per week and 50 overall with 1 wildcard available when you can change your team’s formation (the only time during the season your formation can be changed). Defenders can only score a clean sheet if they are in the starting XI.

Note: There are 10 wildcards available so that entrants can change their team formation a number of times when working out the best team but this will revert to 1 wildcard when the FISO 7 season starts on Saturday.

October 2015 Preview

We take a look at the next 4 game weeks in the English Premier League season to highlight fixtures that Fantasy Football managers should be thinking of taking advantage of. Home fixtures for the in-form top clubs particularly against clubs at the bottom of the table could present a bucket-load of points to the savvy manager.

Manchester City have stumbled in their last 2 matches but now have lined up 3 home matches against teams in the bottom half of the table although the 3rd of their next 4 matches is the Manchester derby away against United who have just deposed them from the top of the table. Manchester United on the other hand have 3 away matches against other teams in the top half of the table as well as the Manchester derby. City should end up with more fantasy points than United by 1 November.

Chelsea have spluttered at best this season but their rise back up the table cannot be far away and with 3 home fixtures out of 4, this month could see a turn of form. Their 2nd home match is against Aston Villa who are in the bottom 3 having conceded 12 goals from their 7 matches.

Crystal Palace, who are sponsored by Mansion Casino UK, are currently lying 7th and have 3 home matches to look forward to in the next month (albeit two are against teams above them in the table) and the away match is against Leicester City who have conceded 14 goals in their 7 matches, mainly thanks to the 5 Arsenal put passed them last weekend.

The full fixture list for the next month is:

Saturday 3 October 2015
12:45 Crystal Palace v West Brom
15:00 Aston Villa v Stoke
15:00 Bournemouth v Watford
15:00 Man City v Newcastle
15:00 Norwich v Leicester
15:00 Sunderland v West Ham
17:30 Chelsea v Southampton

Sunday 4 October 2015
13:30 Everton v Liverpool
16:00 Arsenal v Man Utd
16:00 Swansea v Spurs

Saturday 17 October 2015
12:45 Spurs v Liverpool
15:00 Chelsea v Aston Villa
15:00 Crystal Palace v West Ham
15:00 Everton v Man Utd
15:00 Man City v Bournemouth
15:00 Southampton v Leicester
15:00 West Brom v Sunderland
17:30 Watford v Arsenal

Sunday 18 October 2015
16:00 Newcastle v Norwich

Monday 19 October 2015
20:00 Swansea v Stoke

Saturday 24 October 2015
15:00 Aston Villa v Swansea
15:00 Leicester v Crystal Palace
15:00 Norwich v West Brom
15:00 Stoke v Watford
15:00 West Ham v Chelsea
17:30 Arsenal v Everton

Sunday 25 October 2015
12:00 Sunderland v Newcastle
14:05 Bournemouth v Spurs
14:05 Man Utd v Man City
16:15 Liverpool v Southampton

Saturday 31 October 2015
12:45 Chelsea v Liverpool
15:00 Crystal Palace v Man Utd
15:00 Man City v Norwich
15:00 Newcastle v Stoke
15:00 Swansea v Arsenal
15:00 Watford v West Ham
15:00 West Brom v Leicester

Sunday 1 November 2015
13:30 Everton v Sunderland
16:00 Southampton v Bournemouth

Monday 2 November 2015
20:00 Spurs v Aston Villa