THE RISE OF ONLINE SPORTS BETTING

The online sports betting market is a very well-known form of gambling worth billions of dollars around the world. The online betting industry has grown every day since its inception that was essentially at the beginning in the development of the Internet. It is legal to bet on sports betting today by using hundreds of online sports betting sites. They all have their headquarters at offshore gambling establishments in countries that are legal to conduct such operations. But, certain websites available are dangerous, and you must select your Internet sportsbook carefully.

While you may already be aware that gambling itself is risky, making a bet on an established online betting website will reduce the chance of losing your money from a fraud. The main reason sports betting online is becoming more popular is that it’s enjoyable and easy to do every day. It adds a thrilling aspect to sporting events and offers the chance to make easily-earned money. Learn the best ways to safely and conveniently place online sports bets, and offer yourself the opportunity to earn money quickly.

Since the introduction of the Internet, online betting on sports has changed the definition of betting on sports. It was traditionally considered a common sport that fans of sports could take part in and increase their interest in a particular sport or game. This would also help the teams and leagues of interest since there would be a greater television audience and more significant games.

In the past, the only place that you could participate in these actions (in the United States) would be Las Vegas or other casinos in which gambling was legal and where many bookmakers were willing to take your bet. But, the Internet has opened the doors to the world’s largest online sport betting industry in which gambling restrictions are nil or not even present.

You might be asking what is the legality of online betting on sports legal? Yes, and it is carried out via the internet-based sportsbook. Over the past ten years, hundreds of Internet sportsbooks began to accept regular bets on sporting events from bettors of all kinds. Because the lawfulness of betting on sports and the overall acceptance of betting differs from one country to the next, almost all sportsbooks that exist today are located offshore. They are primarily based within Central American countries or on Caribbean island nations. Not only can bookmakers accept bets, but sports betting is generally highly recommended as these institutions offer substantial financial benefits to its employees, particularly in smaller, less developed nations like Jamaica and Costa Rica.

The top sports betting sites online promote their businesses through major media outlets across the United States, such as in college newspapers or other gambling websites for general use. The reason for this is that the primary clients for these establishments are Americans betting on sports, mainly due to the enormous popularity of gambling on games such as basketball, baseball, and football.

However, as legitimate as they might appear, it is essential to exercise caution when selecting an Internet sportsbook. They may be in a country with undefined laws or one governed by their rules. Certain are operated by poorly funded companies, which could risk bettors to transfer money to sports betting websites and their accounts. The top betting websites generally have several other businesses connected to a solid financial institution, for instance that of the BetCRIS Group (Bet Costa Rica International Sports) and is considered the leader in the industry in the offshore sector.

In general, as online sports betting is easily accessible to both fans and gamblers and is growing rapidly as a fun game like crash game to engage in, it is growing in popularity every day. Nowadays, there are lower risks to betting on an authentic sportsbook than before betting became accessible online. Betting on sports events has consistently increased the excitement for a specific sport, and it will continue to be a part of the appeal of all jokes around the world.

Betting online can be a way for everyone – regardless of their gambling experience to engage in a sport that could open the way to earn an easy profit bet on the sports. Betting on sports online is now extremely convenient for gamblers to place bets through Internet bookmakers from your own home from the privacy of home. Moreover, most betting sites provide a wide range of useful resources to ensure that you are always given the highest chance to win your wager.

FPL Season 2021/22: Gameweek 15 preview

Gameweek 14 was a tale of two halves, so to say. Up until the Merseyside Derby at Goodison Park on Wednesday evening, it had been a relatively low-scoring week. Amongst the reasons were West Ham’s 1-1 draw at Brighton, but also the fact that neither Chelsea (away against Watford) nor Man City (away at Villa) managed to keep the clean sheets that, let’s be honest, many of us expected. In all fairness, Liverpool didn’t keep a clean sheet on Wednesday night either, but the 72.8%-owned Salah bagged a brace to boost the gameweek’s average score, as per usual this season.

At that point, the round’s average was around 40 FPL points, so with just two more games to go on Thursday, it looked like it was going to be an average gameweek in terms of points. Spurs and Manchester United in particular had other ideas, though. By the time the final whistle was blown late last night, the 20-something percent-owned Heung-Min Son had scored a goal, his team mate Sergio Reguilón (15.6% ownership) boasted a clean sheet plus an assist, Cristiano Ronaldo netted a brace, and Bruno Fernandes (who is still in 16.5% of all teams) scored as well, while Emile Smith Rowe bagged the opener against United. The end result? A week average of 58 FPL points. Not bad for a regular Thursday night.

Don’t forget, the deadline for gameweek 15 is set at 11h00 (UK time) on Saturday, December 4th.

Most transferred in/transferred out players (as per December 3rd, 2021)


TRANSFERS OUTTRANSFERS INPOSSIBLE REASONS
GKFoster (WAT), Schmeichel (LEI), Mendy (CHE)Ramsdale (ARS), De Gea (MUN), Mendy (CHE)
DEFJames (CHE), Cresswell (WHU), Chilwell (CHE)Reguilón (TOT), Cancelo (MCI), Rüdiger (CHE)Chilwell serious injury, James and Cresswell injury doubts
MIDGallagher (CRY), Benrahma (WHU), Foden (MCI)Jota (LIV), Bernardo (MCI), Smith Rowe (ARS)Form of transferred-in players, Benrahma lack of returns
FORAntonio (WHU), Jimenez (WOL), Hwang (WOL)Dennis (WAT), Ronaldo (MUN), Watkins (AST)Antonio lack of returns, Wolves fixtures, Ronaldo brace v Arsenal

Premium pick

Mo Salah (£13.0m), 14 gameweeks into the 2021/22 Premier League season:

Mo Salah 1st 14 GWs FPL scores!

Captain. Next.

Non-premium pick

Prior to the injury that has kept him out of Premier League action since the last international break a few weeks ago, Phil Foden (£8.1m) was one of the FPL’s hottest commodities. He recorded 3 goals, 2 assists and a total of 40 FPL points from seven consecutive league starts, which is not bad at all. Perhaps even more significant than his returns though, is the fact that Foden looked like he had all but nailed down a berth in Pep Guardiola’s starting eleven, which is no small feat under any circumstance. Add to that his affordable price tag and it becomes a bit baffling that his ownership sits at just 7.1%, despite his recent injury niggles. Out of sight, out of mind has never been more applicable to the community, and that creates opportunity for the attentive few. Foden was an unused substitute for the Cityzens against Aston Villa earlier this week, so we’re expecting him completely fit and ready for Saturday evening’s game at Vicarage Road, especially with Kevin de Bruyne, Ferran Torres and Ilkay Gundogan currently flagged in the official game. Don’t let a few weeks of absence fool or dishearten you, City’s wonder boy is the real deal.

The budget enabler

The top three midfielders so far this season consists exclusively of Liverpool players, with Salah leading the pack, followed by Sadio Mané and Diogo Jota. That’s not so surprising, considering Liverpool are the most attacking team in the league. What is surprising though, is the fact that the top five midfielders are completed by two incredible budget enablers, Connor Gallagher and Arsenal’s Emile Smith Rowe (£6.0m). Both are excellent options for your squad, but we’ve chosen to highlight ESR this time. The young Gunner recorded a very decent 8 FPL points during the visit to Old Trafford in gameweek 14, courtesy of scoring the game’s opening goal, bringing him to a total of 5 goals and 2 assists this season. Those are impressive numbers for a budget midfielder who is nailed-on as part of his manager’s starting eleven and with five of those attacking returns coming over the last six league games, ESR clearly has form on his side. As Arsenal now embark on a relatively good run of fixtures, maybe you shouldn’t risk missing out on the official game’s golden budget-enabler.

The differential

If your squad is one of the roughly 900.000 squads that contains Harry Kane (£12.3m) right now, then this is probably the moment you have been waiting for. The England forward has been utterly disappointing so far this season with just a single goal and a single assist to his name from eleven league starts, so the most likely scenario, if you own him at the moment, is that you brought him in a few gameweeks ago to take advantage of Tottenham’s kind run of fixtures. That plan has all but backfired by now, as games against Everton (away), Leeds and Brentford (both at home) resulted in nothing, while this week’s visit to Turf Moor was postponed by Mother Nature. In other words, this coming Sunday’s home game against Norwich is looking like a last chance for Tottenham’s Very Own to salvage something and avoid massive sales of his virtual FPL alter ego. The Canaries have shown definite signs of improvement of late under new coach Dean Smith, but they also boast the league’s worst defensive record with 28 goals conceded. The ball’s in your court, Harold.

The (vice-)captaincy

We already revealed our captain of choice for gameweek 15 in our premium fantasy pick segment and it’s no surprise. Salah is not up against the easiest or leakiest of opponents when Liverpool roll up to Molineux on Saturday afternoon, but there’s no going around the Egyptian Golden Ball candidate at the moment.

Still, you can try and gameweek 15 offers a few interesting alternatives if you’re willing to. Fixture-wise, Heung-Min Son and Harry Kane stand out for their home game against Norwich, as do Manchester City’s assets as they prepare for a visit to Watford. Manchester United hosting Crystal Palace could see a few managers take a punt on Ronaldo after his two goals against Arsenal yesterday, while the real risk-takers might opt for Raphinha at home to Brentford or even Burnley’s Maxwell Cornet away against Newcastle.

Most influential Champions League strikers right now

On the biggest stage for club football in the world, the Champions League is where the game’s greats pull out all the stops. With that said, it’s the strikers that ultimately gain a lot of the glory, with sensational goals that will stand the test of time. You can even wager on who the top striker in the competition might be, as done at Coral betting. And since we are now approaching the end of the group stage, it seems appropriate to discuss who the top strikers are right now.

We’ve already witnessed some unbelievable goals in the competition, but three guys just seem to be on another level.

Clinical Champions League strikers

Robert Lewandowski

Lewandowski is in the form of his life. Dare we say it – he is the best striker on the face of the Earth right now. He just seems to score goals for fun these days, no matter where he is on the field. And currently, he is the top scorer in the Champions League with 8 goals to his name. This tally includes a rather sensational hat-trick in Bayern Munich’s clash with Benfica. He can find the back of the net with both right and left feet, and when you don’t think that a strike is possible, he seems to make it happen. We wouldn’t be at all surprised if he finished as the top striker in the competition this year.

Sebastien Haller

Haller is very much a surprise entry on this list given the talented strikers that other teams possess. However, as the saying goes, numbers don’t lie. While Robert Lewandowski has 8 goals, Haller has 7. Being just one goal behind the most clinical striker on the planet is by no means a small achievement! Haller, of course, plays for Ajax, and amazingly, he scored 4 goals on his Champions League debut against Sporting CP. This is something that we just haven’t seen in recent years, and it really does show that Haller is a force to be reckoned with.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Mr Champions League just had to make it onto this list, right? Even at 36 years of age, the guy’s talent and hunger for scoring goals in this tournament just seem to know no boundaries. Now, Ronaldo is currently on 5 Champions League goals. This puts him equal with Mo Salah and Christopher Nkunku, but we’ve put him above them for two reasons really. For starters, Manchester United have been playing some pretty woeful football by their standards. So the fact that he’s managed to score 5 goals with the way they are playing is remarkable.

But above this, the necessity of the goals he’s scored make them most impressive. He has scored multiple last-minute goals to help United get a draw or victory. And without his goals alone, United would be at the bottom of the table, with no real chance of qualifying.

FPL Season 2021/22: Gameweek 14 preview

A decent average of 44 FPL points in gameweek 13 has kicked off a period of extreme fixture congestion, with two more gameweek deadlines to be dealt with this week alone. Less than 36 hours will be between the final whistle of GW14 on Thursday night and the starting whistle of GW15’s opening game on Saturday. This means an action-packed week of FPL fun and desperation, and the start of a potentially unprecedented period of fatigue, fitness doubts and rotation for FPL managers, especially if Mother Nature continues to throw match-stopping blizzards into the mix.

Looking at the gameweek at hand, we seem to be dealing with an interesting set of fixtures. From a fantasy manager’s point of view, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City’s away games look appealing, against Watford, Everton and Villa respectively. Spurs hosting Brentford is as a fixture to consider, while there could be fantasy joy in Crystal Palace’s visit to Leeds as well.

Don’t forget, the deadline for gameweek 14 is set at 18h00 (UK time) on Tuesday, November 30th.

Most transferred in/transferred out players (as per November 29th, 2021)


TRANSFERS OUTTRANSFERS INPOSSIBLE REASONS
GKMartinez (AST), Schmeichel (LEI), Raya (BRE)Ramsdale (ARS), Mendy (CHE), Sá (WOL)
DEFChilwell (CHE), Duffy (BRI), Tsimikas (LIV)James (CHE), Alexander-Arnold (LIV), Cancelo (MCI)Form of the transferred-in defenders, Chilwell injury
MIDFoden (MCI), Sarr (WAT), Benrahma (WHU)Jota (LIV), Gallagher (CRY), Bernardo (MCI)Foden injury doubt, Jota and Gallagher goal-scoring form
FORRonaldo (MUN), Antonio (WHU), Aubameyang (ARS)Vardy (LEI), Dennis (WAT), Saint-Maximim (NEW)Vardy brace in GW13, Ronaldo sub against Chelsea, Antonio lack of returns

Premium pick

It’s hard not to mention Mo Salah here, as the Egyptian made it 20 attacking returns from 13 league starts this weekend when he provided the assist for Jota’s second goal. Still, with Spurs hosting Brentford on Thursday, this feels like a good opportunity to highlight another premium fantasy asset for once, though there really isn’t much to write home about when it comes to Harry Kane (£12.3m) so far this season. He’s scored just the one goal and he’s only given a single assist on top of that, so this is definitely a fixture-over-form kind of pick. It was a shame that Spurs’ visit to Burnley was cut short due to the snowy conditions at Turf Moor, as it would have given us a much better idea of the direction in which new manager Antonio Conte has his team moving in terms of tactics and form, but we’ll now have to wait for that until this Thursday evening. The home encounter with Brentford should be a good opportunity for both Spurs and Kane to show the world that they’re improving and still in it particularly with Spurs having had a rest in GW13 unlike Brentford who had a hard-fought win against Everton on Sunday.

Non-premium pick

Not very often do we highlight a defender as a stand-out non-premium fantasy pick of the week, but with Ben Chilwell out injured for the foreseeable future and with Chelsea playing away at Watford on Wednesday, Marcos Alonso (£5.6m) could bring joy at both ends of the pitch. In seven league starts so far this season, the Spanish wing-back collected 4 clean sheets, 1 goal and 1 assist, and he looks set for a consistent run of starts over the busy coming period. Watford rank amongst the bottom-three teams in the league for both expected goals conceded and actual goals conceded, while most of their underlying attacking stats place them somewhere along the bottom-half of the table. Chelsea will want to make up for losing two points against Manchester United over the weekend and we feel that Alonso has the potential to benefit enormously from that, partly as he’s taking corners.

The budget enabler

We wrote earlier that Norwich have not been terrible of late and we’re confirming that statement by highlighting the considerable budget-enabling qualities of Brandon Williams (£3.9m). That’s right, a Norwich defender. Rather quietly, the Canaries have collected nine points from their last seven games, which has actually lifted them out of last place and into their current joint-18th position. They have also booked 3 clean sheets over that run, including the shut-out versus Wolves at home from last weekend. Manchester United loanee Williams got 7 FPL points from that encounter, courtesy of a clean sheet plus a bonus point while carrying a price tag of just 3.9m. The lowest of any starting player in the official game right now. It’s true that Norwich will struggle to this season’s very end, but Williams could be a useful fifth defender in your squad, especially with an interesting game against Newcastle at Saint James Park coming up next.

The differential

Callum Wilson (£7.3m) has not scored or assisted since hitting the back of the net in two consecutive gameweeks in GW8 and GW9, but with two home games against Norwich and Burnley up next, we feel he could be a good option for the short term. What adds to his appeal, is that he is currently owned by just 3.2% of managers, making him a serious differential asset. Newcastle’s opponents on Tuesday, Norwich, are ranked 19th in the entire league for both goals conceded (17) and expected goals conceded (24), and a poacher like Wilson can take advantage of the situation. On top of that, the former Bournemouth man is also on penalty duties for the Toon, which adds to his appeal. Considering the current scarcity of decent forward options in the official game, Wilson could be the differential you’re looking for without breaking the bank.

For more GW14 FPL transfer options, see what fiso forum members are considering.

The (vice-)captaincy

As you know by now, our advice is to stick with Mo Salah as your captain until further notice. The Liverpool talisman has been extraordinary again this season and there is just no arguing with a player who has accrued a ridiculous 131 FPL points after 13 rounds. That’s just over 10 FPL points on average.

Still, for those of us looking to mix it up, gameweek 14 offers a few more than decent alternatives to Salah. Lukaku, Alonso or James for Chelsea at Watford? Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son at home against Brentford also come to mind, as do a few Manchester City assets as they prepare for a visit to Villa Park. The question is, as always, who will start for the Cityzens? Jota is in very good form at the moment and could be a good choice for the captaincy. The likes of Raul Jimenez at home versus Burnley, Jamie Vardy away at Saint Mary’s where Southampton have lost two on the bounce, and Callum Wilson at home to Norwich can pay off handsomely as well.

Discuss your FPL opinions on FISO’s Fantasy Premier League forum.

Can You Bet on Fantasy Sports?

Fantasy sports have long been a part of sporting seasons across the planet. In the United States, fantasy sports are associated with the top leagues, which provide official games, including the National Football League and the National Basketball Association. In the United Kingdom, fantasy football based on the English Premier League is extremely popular and there are several versions of the game available. The question is, can you bet on fantasy sports?

Some fantasy sports games are free to play yet have a prize for the winner. The official NFL fantasy game is free to play, and you can create different leagues without having to spend any money. The same applies to the official English Premier League fantasy football game and despite the fact, there is a prize to be won at the end of the game, it is free to enter. Therefore, in these two examples, there is no betting involved, despite the fact that there is a prize at the end of the game.

However, if you would like to add some extra spice to your fantasy sports game, you can bet on the outcome. Paying a fee to enter a fantasy sports game that has a monetary prize at the end is betting. Fanteam is a good example of a website and app that has been created to allow people to bet on fantasy sports. The traditional fantasy sports are played over the course of a season or tournament and Fanteam allows you to play for monetary prizes across a whole season or event. You will be charged a set fee to enter the competition and the winner will take away the prize, which can sometimes be over $1 million.

An alternative form of fantasy sports betting that has taken off in recent years is daily fantasy sports. Each day there is a new competition to enter, and you do not have to wait until the end of the season for the outcome. You may not want to have to play for a whole season to try and win a prize, especially if you are busy and may forget to adjust your team prior to the next round of games. That is where daily fantasy sports betting comes in handy, and you can bet on tournaments that last only one day or over the course of a weekend. You can even choose to play fantasy eSports events, which is an exciting addition to the online fantasy sports betting world.

That is not all and daily matchups is another form of fantasy sports betting that is proving popular among punters. You can pick up to 10 different duals and this sets players against each other, such as two quarterbacks in the NFL or two strikers in soccer. You can back which player you think will get the most points and the more duals you add to your betting slip, the better the return if you win.

So, there are many ways to bet on fantasy sports and you can choose to bet across a season or on individual events.

FPL Season 2021/22: Gameweek 13 preview

Gameweek 12 was another good one for the differentials, apart from in defence, where the popular premiums delivered nicely. Last weekend’s Team of the Week contained a five-men defence made up of the weekend’s two highest-scoring players overall, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Tyrone Mings with 15 FPL points each, with Antonio Rüdiger (14 points), Reece James (12 points) and Joao Cancelo (12 points) completing the backline. Out of the remaining six players, only Watford’s Emmanuel Dennis, who scored a goal and gave 2 assists against Man United, boasted an ownership of more than 4.5%. The Nigerian forward was also the only non-defensive player who scored more than 12 FPL points in GW12.

Looking forward to gameweek 13, Sunday evening jumps out particularly. Before Chelsea host Manchester United for the last encounter of the weekend, fellow title candidates Manchester City will be welcoming high-and-flying West Ham to the Etihad. Uncomfortable games for the Blues and Skyblues, so Liverpool will be hoping to take advantage a day earlier when Southampton roll up to Anfield. As a Fantasy Premier League Manager, that’s probably one of the games you want to aim for this weekend, while Arsenal versus Newcastle, Brentford at home to a weakened Everton, and Leicester against Watford at the King Power could bring fantasy joy as well.

Don’t forget, the deadline for gameweek 13 is set at 11h00 (UK time) on Saturday, November 27th.

Most transferred in/transferred out players (as per November 24th, 2021)


TRANSFERS OUTTRANSFERS INPOSSIBLE REASONS
GKSchmeichel (LEI), Raya (BRE), McCarthy (SOU)Ramsdale (ARS), Mendy (CHE), Foster (WAT)
DEFDias (MCI), Shaw (MUN), Duffy (BRI)James (CHE), Alexander-Arnold (LIV), Cancelo (MCI)Form of the transferred-in defenders, Dias rotation, Shaw injury doubt
MIDBenrahma (WHU), Gray (EVE), Greenwood (MUN)Gallagher (CRY), Smith-Rowe (ARS), Bernardo (MCI)Gallagher and ESR form, Benrahma lack of returns, Gray injury doubt & fixtures
FORAntonio (WHU), Ronaldo (MUN), Vardy (LEI)Jimenez (WOL), Dennis (WAT), Saint-Maximin (NEW)Antonio lack of returns + difficult fixtures, Dennis chasing points, Jimenez vs Norwich

Premium pick

If you regularly read our Fantasy Premier League gameweek previews, you’ll know that we’ve been attempting to add some variation to our premium fantasy pick category. Recommending Mo Salah (£13.0m) every weekend just didn’t really feel like adding value to your weekly decision-making process as a fantasy manager. And while that’s all fine, Salah has just kept on returning. With 4 goals and 3 assists in his last four games, and 11 goals and 8 assists after 12 league games overall, gameweek 2 is still the only round without an attacking return for the Egyptian wizard. He is by far the highest-scoring fantasy asset this season and has so far been offering levels of consistency and reliability that have rarely been witnessed in FPL (‘Thierry Henry esque’). In a weekend in which Chelsea and Manchester City face potentially tricky opposition, Liverpool are playing at home against Southampton. The potential for closing the gaps with both sides is real, the Blues are 4 points ahead in first and the Cityzens 1 point ahead in second place, so we’ve gone with Salah as the stand-out premium fantasy pick for gameweek 13.

Non-premium pick

The FPL enthusiasm surrounding Ivan Toney (£6.7m) was sinking rapidly over the past few months, as the Brentford forward was not delivering on his underlying numbers. Prior to the GW12 encounter with Newcastle at Saint James Park, Toney had not recorded an attacking return for five weeks, but he rewarded the managers who kept faith him by scoring his third goal of the season against the Magpies. A total of 6 FPL points is not earth-shattering, but we’d like to look at it as a good start (on a good run of returns, that is). In order for his goal last Saturday to be just that, he does need to perform again this weekend, against Everton at home this time. The Toffees are going through a difficult period, losing four of their last five league games and conceding a worrying 10 goals in the process. Only Norwich fared worse over that same period. In other words, perhaps an injury-stricken and out-of-shape Everton side is just what Brentford need to deliver on their promising underlying attacking statistics. If it is, expect penalty-taker Toney to be involved.

The budget enabler

Now, with Burnley hosting Antonio Conte’s Spurs this coming Sunday, this pick might not be with hopes of a big haul immediately, but with an eye on the medium and longer term. By scoring his fifth goal of the season last weekend against Crystal Palace, Maxwell Cornet (£6.1m) has become the first Burnley player in Premier League history to score 5 goals in his first six starts for the club. The former Lyon man seems to have hit a serious purple patch of form for his new team and with a decent run of fixtures still to come, there might be more returns on the horizon given the quality of the goals he has scored. After the home game against Spurs, it’s Wolves and Newcastle on the road, followed by West Ham and Watford at home. Apart from that though, Burnley’s current form and sudden accuracy in front of goal mean that even the coming home game against Tottenham could be a source of points for their assets. At a price of just £6.1 and playing as a forward while listed as a budget midfielder by FPL, Cornet looks like a more than appealing budget-enabling pick.

The differential

Think about this for a moment: the fifth-highest scorer in the official game right now is owned by just 4.6% of all managers. That’s right, and that’s not all, because thanks to his 7 goals and 2 assists from 11 league starts, he is also the game’s second-highest-scoring midfielder, outscoring every forward in the game. In other words, Sadio Mané (£12.0m) represents enormous differential value at the moment. The Senegalese winger has quietly been working on his impressive totals in the shadow of his attacking partner on the other wing, Mo Salah. This may also explan why Mané’s ownership is so low, because investment in Salah, which is what just over 72% of the FPL community has currently opted for, reduces the appeal of heavily investing in another attacking Liverpool asset. If you’re looking to close gaps in your mini-leagues though, or if you’re simply feeling like taking a risky punt to try and improve your overall rank, Mané could be a fantastic addition to your squad.

The (vice-)captaincy

Earlier in this article, we highlighted Mo Salah as our stand-out premium fantasy pick for gameweek 13 by some distance, so it’s no surprise that we’re putting the GW13 captain armband on him as well as we suspect will 99% of other teams in the top 10k. Sometimes you just have to keep it simple (and repeat your captaincy choice for weeks on end).

The Egyptian will be the most-captained player again this weekend though, which reduces his relative value as an FPL asset a bit, especially if you’re chasing in your mini-league or just not feeling like following the template. In that case, there is Sadio Mané, while the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Emile Smith-Rowe at home against Newcastle, Salah and Mané’s team mate Jota at Anfield versus Soton, and Raul Jimenez away at Carrow Road look like decent alternatives as well. If you want to take it a step further, Mbeumo and Toney against Everton, Trossard at home versus Leeds and Jamie Vardy at the King Power against Watford might hold some differential captain value as well.

Discuss your FPL opinions on FISO’s Fantasy Premier League forum.

Latvians in the English Premier League

Perched on the eastern shores of the Baltic Sea, Latvia is a small European country that’s home to less than two million people. It’s famous for many things, including stunning landscapes, ornate architecture, a flourishing online casino industry and more beer, beautiful women and budget-friendly holiday destinations than you can shake a stick at.

One thing that Latvia is not quite so renowned for is its footballing prowess. Yet to qualify for a World Cup, the Latvian national team has only ever made it to one major tournament (the 2004 European Championships in Portugal). Nonetheless, it has still produced some excellent talents in its own right, with a handful of these plying their trade in the English Premier League. Here’s a rundown of the four most famous.

Marian Pahars

The first Latvian to play in the English Premiership is perhaps the most successful. Arriving at Southampton in early 1999, Marian Pahars made quite the mark by scoring an equaliser (and almost netting a winner) in his debut against Blackburn Rovers. Over the course of a seven-year stint with the club, Pahars bagged an impressive 43 goals – that’s a return of almost one in three appearances. For a club of Southampton’s stature at the time, that’s no small feat. He has since progressed into management, taking the helm of the national team between 2013 and 2017.

Igor Stepanovs

One year after Pahars made the switch to England, his compatriot Igor Stepanovs did the same. Stepanovs was signed by Arsenal for a fee of £1.35 million and expected to provide cover for the injured captain Tony Adams. His career got off to a strong start; like Pahars, he scored on his debut. However, his playing time was limited by virtue of the fact that he had only ever been signed as a backup. What’s more, a dismal performance against rivals Manchester United, where the Gunners lost 6-1 in a season they were meant to be challenging Man Utd for the title, meant he didn’t feature regularly again. In total, he played 17 times for Arsenal in the EPL, all of them starts.

Andrejs Stolcers

An attacking midfielder, Andrejs Stolcers caught the eye of English scouts in 2000 while playing for Spartak Moscow. Indeed, he only ever featured for the Russian side 12 times, but his five goals in that stretch was enough to convince Fulham to bring him to London to help with their promotion push from the Championship. With Stolcers in their ranks, they were successful at the first time of asking and he spent three seasons with the Cottagers in the Premiership. However, other additions to bolster their attack meant he spent much time on the bench, recording just 10 appearances and two goals in the EPL.

Kaspars Gorkss

The Latvian to most recently grace the Premier League is Kaspars Gorkss, a reliable defender who helped two different clubs achieve promotion to the promised land of the Premiership. After spending 18 months with Blackpool Town, Gorkss was signed by Queens Park Rangers and at the third attempt, helped them win the division. However, he wouldn’t yet feature in the top flight, instead transferring to Championship side Reading. Gorkss achieved the unusual feat of lifting the Championship trophy two years in a row, going up with Reading immediately and scoring his first EPL goal against his old team QPR. He was loaned out and then released the following season, before later going on to serve as the head of the Latvian Football Federation in 2018.

Latvian might not be the first team you think of when you think of football, but the small nation has still produced a handful of players who featured in the English Premier League.

Timeless Classics: The Top Three Champions League Finals of All Time

As the Champions League gets underway once again, people around the world are ecstatic as they wonder who will make it all the way to the final and lift the trophy this time around. We shiver with anticipation to find out but until then, all there is to do is look back at some of the most classic finals that have ever been played. 

AC Milan v Liverpool (2005) 

This is a final that we are unlikely to see again this year. According to the outright markets for Champions League betting with Paddy Power, Liverpool are currently priced at a reasonably strong 11/2 odds, whilst AC Milan are pegged at a less favourable 750/1. As such, this classic is unlikely to be one that we see a repeat of anytime soon.  

The game in 2005 really was a sight to behold: the final score of 3-3 already reflects a top-quality high scoring game; however, the build-up to that scoreline is what made this final such a spectacle. 

Liverpool managed to come back against the odds, despite initially being 3-0 down in the first half. With sheer grit, they ended up winning the game on penalties. The odds seemed stacked against them from the very beginning as Paolo Maldini managed to find the back of the net in the first minute. Going into the second half would surely have a daunting prospect for the Liverpool side, however, this didn’t deter Steven Gerrard, who managed to inspire his side to persist, in order to execute one of the most amazing comebacks that this tournament has ever borne witness to. 

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Manchester United v Chelsea (2008) 

Though Ronaldo has been playing well since his return to Manchester United, this game saw him at his ultimate best. It was a direct reflection of what his future would be like as he was responsible for securing the team’s first and only goal in this 1-1 draw. 

Extra time couldn’t bring forward a result and so the game went to penalties in order to secure a winner. Edwin van der Sar was Manchester United’s hero of the game as he was able to stop Nicolas Anelka’s shot, securing the Red Devils the win in the conclusion of this absolutely epic end-to-end game of football. 

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AC Milan v Barcelona (1994) 

Even with seven of their most dangerous players missing, Milan were still successful with securing the Champions League win back in 1994. How did they do it? It all boils down to executing what can only be described as one of the most unbelievable performances in a Champions League final ever. The whole team came out on a mission as they worked in unison and managed to secure a more than convincing 4-0 victory against their rivals Barcelona.

What Will The Next Final Be Like? 

Of course, looking back on such legendary finals makes for exciting reading as we await what is going to happen this time around. The favourites are currently looking to be the likes of Manchester City, Bayern Munich, PSG and Liverpool. However, if those past games have taught us anything it is that you should expect the unexpected with the Champions League. 

FPL Season 2021-22: Gameweek 12 preview

It seems like it was just yesterday that we were going through our 37th draft for the 19th time with five minutes to go to the gameweek 1 deadline. A lot has happened since then though, and with the third international break of this season now behind us, what’s probably the biggest period of the FPL year now comes into sight: the Christmas period. Ten gameweeks in about 40 days, combining with the two final rounds of the European group stages over the coming weeks, and the League Cup semi-finals towards the end of December. You better have a decent playing bench at your disposal.


For now though, gameweek 12 and it’s not looking like a straight-forward one. No fixture really stands out from a fantasy point of view, unless you really strongly believe in the “new manager bounce” for what has been a lacklustre Spurs squad this season as they host an equally flat Leeds side. Bar the elevated rotation risk, Manchester City at home to Everton could bring joy as well, while United away at Claudio Ranieri’s Watford would be top of the list had it not been for the away side’s terribly unpredictable form and uninspiring performances of late. Chelsea and Liverpool have their work cut out for them with games against Leicester away and Arsenal at home, respectively.

Don’t forget, the deadline for gameweek 12 is set at 11h00 (UK time) on Saturday, November 20th.

Most transferred in/transferred out players (as per November 18th, 2021)


TRANSFERS OUTTRANSFERS INPOSSIBLE REASONS
GKSanchez (BRI), Raya (BRE), Schmeichel (LEI)McCarthy (SOU), Ramsdale (ARS), Guaita (CRY)Sanchez red card, Raya injury
DEFAlonso (CHE), Shaw (MUN), Azpilicueta (CHE)James (CHE), Cancelo (MCI), Alexander-Arnold (LIV)Alonso and Shaw flagged, form of Cancelo, James and TAA
MIDGray (EVE), Mount (EVE), Grealish (MCI)Gallagher (CRY), Smith-Rowe (ARS), Son (TOT)Everton fixtures, Mount and Grealish flagged, Gallagher and ESR form
FORVardy (LEI), Ings (AST), Toney (BRE)Antonio (WHU), Kane (TOT), Armstrong (SOU)Vardy blanking, Ings flagged, Kane fixtures. Armstrong form

Premium pick

The original plan was to recommend Mo Salah as our premium fantasy pick once again, simply because even against Arsenal at home, he’s the most reliable FPL asset around. At the last moment though, we figured you already know that so we take this opportunity to mention Harry Kane (£12.2m) instead. The Spurs striker is having a bad season so far with just a single goal and a single assist to his name after 10 league games, and his underlying numbers are far from great, but we might just be seeing some light at the end of the tunnel. First, there was the appointment of Antonio Conte for what will hopefully translate to a serious “new manager bounce” for Kane and co as they host Leeds on Sunday. Second, the Spurs forward made the most of the last international break by scoring no less than 7 goals in two games. In all fairness, the opponents in those games were Albania and San Marino, but it’ll surely have done his confidence some good. All we need now is for him to start delivering in the Premier League again as well.

Non-premium pick

While we were going over our candidate non-premium fantasy picks for inclusion in our GW12 FPL preview, we were a bit surprised by Diogo Jota’s (£7.5m) ownership at the time of writing. While 12.8% moves him out of differential territory, it’s still quite low when you consider the current state of Liverpool’s attack, according to FPL, at least. As we’re preparing for gameweek 12, the following attack-minded Reds are flagged: Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mané, Jordan Henderson, Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott. In other words, how is Jota not going to start for Jurgen Klopp’s side when they welcome Arsenal to Anfield on Saturday? It’s not the most favourable of match-ups as the Gunners have been picking up some good form since their horrible start to the 2021-22 campaign, but Liverpool still boast the league’s best attack with 31 goals scored. Jota himself currently sits on 4 goals and 1 assist from nine starts. Arsenal have generally been resilient in defence, except against the division’s elite sides (the 5-0 drubbing at the hands of Man City back in GW3 comes to mind), so we’re hoping for that pattern to continue this weekend.

The budget enabler

You may or may not have noticed, but rather quietly, Southampton have been one of the league’s stand-out performers over the past month or so. The Saints have taken an impressive 10 points from their last four games, scoring 5 goals in the process. Their striker Adam Armstrong (£5.9m), who was brought in from Blackburn Rovers for about £15 million over the summer, has been directly involved in two of those goals in the last two games. In GW10, he provided the assist for the only goal of the game in a 0-1 victory at Vicarage Road and in GW11, he scored the only goal of the game and took home 9 FPL points against Aston Villa at home. The fact that his goal was the result of a thundering strike from outside the area wasn’t much of a surprise, considering that only Michail Antonio has taken more shots than him this season. Up next are a Norwich side under new management, but we’re honestly not sure how much of a difference it will make. It’s true that the Canaries have been OK at times when they were not facing top-6 or top-8 opponents, but they don’t seem to possess sufficient quality to secure Premier League survival. They have conceded a minimum of 2 goals in four of their five league games at Carrow Road this season, which bodes well for an budget-enabling Adam Armstrong in good form.

The differential

Remember when AFC Bournemouth were the FPL gift that just kept on giving? In the 2018-19 season, budget picks like Callum Wilson (£7.3m) and Ryan Fraser were lighting up the league for the Cherries under coach Eddie Howe. Where the former managed 14 goals and 12 assists in 30 games for 168 FPL points, the latter recorded 7 goals and 14 assists for 181 FPL points. Since then, that Bournemouth team has slowly been dismantled, but as fate would have it, the recent appointment of Eddie Howe as Newcastle manager has seen the coach united with his two former star players once again, only this time at Saint James’ Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. While Fraser has yet to make an impact, Wilson has already shown glimpses of his goal-scoring prowess for the Toon. Despite missing several gameweeks due to injury, he has still managed 4 goals so far, and for a struggling team that is. The hope is that the arrival of Howe will blow some new life into the Magpies, just in time for an up-tick in form to coincide with a good run of fixtures, starting with promoted Brentford at home. With that game followed by Arsenal away and then back-to-back home encounters with Norwich and Burnley, Wilson could represent enormous differential value with an ownership of just 2.5% at the moment of writing.

The (vice-)captaincy

Seeing as Mo Salah should be your FPL GW12 captain (don’t argue with 10 goals, 8 assists and 117 FPL points from 11 starts), we’ll continue what we started by instead taking a look at wise vice-captain picks. With so many injuries doubts plaguing the Reds at the moment, it just feels like even more eyes and more hopes will be on the Egyptian wizard, if that’s even possible. From the same roster, Jota could be a good shout as well.

Earlier, we have also mentioned the soon-to-haul(-we-hope) Harry Kane earlier in this gameweek 12 preview, while despite unreliability hitting peak levels at Old Trafford, Cristiano Ronaldo can never be discarded, especially not against a relegation candidate like Watford. More budget-friendly picks include Michail Antonio away at Molineux, Adam Armstrong or Che Adams against Norwich at Carrow Road, or Callum Wilson or Ivan Toney from the encounter between Newcastle and Brentford on Saturday.

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Is Mitrovic just an outstanding Championship striker?

Aleksandar Mitrovic is on track to achieve the feat of the greatest season recorded by a striker in the Championship after an outstanding start to the 2021/22 football campaign. In his first 16 games of the season, the Fulham forward notched 19 goals along with five assists. The record for most goals scored in a Championship season was set by Portsmouth’s Guy Whittingham in the 1992/93 season when he notched 42 strikes in 46 appearances. The Serbian player is on target to surpass his accomplishment, although it will take a flawless run between now and the end of the campaign to maintain his pace and remain injury-free particularly with the busy Christmas fixtures.

Fulham will be keen for the forward to remain on the pitch given his success. The Cottagers were relegated from the Premier League after only one season in the top flight, but are on course to bounce back at the first attempt for the second time in a row. Marco Silva’s men are backed at evens in the Championship winner odds to return to the Premier League as champions of the second tier, which the club last achieved in the 2000/01 season. Bournemouth and West Brom are also in contention in the Championship predictions and the race for automatic promotion promises to be a thriller.

Mitrovic will play a key role in their success, but his performances may attract teams from the top flight to swoop for his signature in the January 2022 transfer window. The 27-year-old has excelled in the Championship but has found life in the Premier League a lot tougher. In Fulham’s last Premier League campaign, he mustered only three goals in 27 appearances. He did score 11 goals in 37 games in the 2018/19 campaign in the top flight, proving that the forward is capable of producing in the right circumstances. However, the transition from the Championship to the second tier has been just as difficult for Mitrovic as it has Fulham, resulting in their successive relegations.

Mitrovic is not alone in his struggles in the Premier League after playing a starring role in the second tier. Teemu Pukki and Norwich have discovered that success in the Championship does not translate into the top tier. Pukki scored 29 goals in the Canaries’ run to the Championship title in the 2018/19 season, only to return 11 in the top flight as the club were relegated without a fight albeit he started the Premier League season on fire. Daniel Farke’s men responded to storm their way back to the top flight with another title-winning surge that Pukki led with 26 goals in 41 matches. Once again, the Canaries and Pukki have failed to make the adjustment to the top flight, with the Finn on course to score eight goals this term.

If Mitrovic continues his amazing run and breaks the 40-goal barrier in the Championship, there will be the belief that he can finally fulfil his potential at the highest level that saw Newcastle part with £13 million in 2015 when he was only 21. Fulham and potential suitors must also be aware that he has his limitations, and it could be that the forward is just a very successful striker in the second tier. There’s no shame in that, but the Cottagers must be aware moving forward if they are to avoid another Premier League disappointment.