Preview of Gameweek 38 in Fantasy Premier League

Preview of Gameweek 38 in Fantasy Premier League, courtesy of Bet365

First a Gameweek 37 Review

Chelsea secured the title with a 1-0 win at West Brom and followed that up with another victory in a 4-3 thriller at home to Watford, a game in which club legend John Terry opened the scoring for the Blues. Tottenham are confirmed as runners up and have had an impressive week, winning 2-1 against Manchester United in their final game at White Hart Lane before travelling to last season’s champions and thumping them 6-1, with Harry Kane now in prime position to win the Golden Boot after his 4-goal showing last night. At the bottom Hull City’s hopes of staying in the league were torn to shreds as they were hammered 4-0 at Crystal Palace, so they join Middlesbrough and Sunderland in next season’s Championship, capping a miserable year for top flight football in the north-east.

With plenty of double gameweeks it was always going to be a high-scoring total for the Dream Team this week, and the Dream XI racked up a massive 213 points. In goal Sergio Romero scored 16 points in just 1 match after saving a penalty and keeping a clean sheet in Man United’s 15th draw of the season at Southampton. César Azpilicueta was the star defender with 20 points, thanks to a clean sheet and an assist in Chelsea’s first game of the week and a goal in their second. Arsenal’s Alexis Sánchez was the standout performer in midfield, with his goal and assist at Stoke followed up by a brace at home to Sunderland, taking him to 27 points for the week. Up front an incredible 31 points for Harry Kane secured him the title of Top Player of the Week, scoring the winner in Tottenham’s game against Man United and bagging 4 times and assisting 1 last night against Leicester.

Gameweek 38 Preview

All games kick off at 3pm on Sunday this week so transfer deadline is 2pm on that day. The final game of the season is always hard to predict as with lots of league positions already confirmed there’s not the intensity of a normal Premier League weekend. It’s the teams who do have a vital position to play for who should be looked to for Fantasy Football picks, and there are a few of those despite the champions already being decided and the relegation spots confirmed.

Arsenal are on the verge of their lowest-ever league finish under Arsène Wenger unless they can record a victory against Everton and other results go their way. They’re sure to be at full strength as they go all out to try to secure Champions League qualification and it could be a shrewd move to bolster your attack with Olivier Giroud (£8.1m). The Frenchman scored a hat-trick on the final day of last season and has 3 goals and an assist from his last 3 appearances. In midfield Alexis Sánchez (£11.6m) and Mesut Özil (£9.5m) are worth consideration, with each thriving in Wenger’s new formation. In fact, in the Gunners’ last three matches Giroud, Sánchez and Özil have scored all 8 of the team’s goals and also claimed 4 of the assists between them.

Liverpool are one of the sides who can prevent Arsenal from that Champions League qualification spot; they head into their game at home to Middlesbrough knowing that a win will mean they’re in European football’s most prestigious competition next year. They were comfortable 3-0 victors in the reverse fixture earlier this season and should be too strong and too motivated for a Middlesbrough team who are already relegated. Philippe Coutinho (£8.6m) is the man in form for Liverpool, scoring 6 goals and assisting 2 in their last 8 matches. Daniel Sturridge (£9.6m) will provide a goalscoring threat up front too and can be expected to start following a goal and impressive all-round performance against West Ham last week. At the back 4 clean sheets in their last 5 matches for the Reds means that their defenders cannot be ignored against the side who’ve scored the fewest goals in the top flight this season. Dejan Lovren (£4.8m) appears to be the best value pick here.

Manchester City know that a draw is enough to guarantee them a top 4 finish and a win would ensure that they can’t be overtaken in third. They’re up against a Watford team who have lost 5 games in a row so should be an ideal opponent in this situation. Gabriel Jesus (£9.0m) has been restricted to just 6 starts since joining the club in January due to injury, but has made a massive impact with 6 goals and 2 assists from those 6 starts. He’ll surely get the nod up front this weekend and will be looking to add to that tally. Kevin De Bruyne (£10.5m) is also in fantastic form for City, getting the maximum 3 Fantasy Football bonus points in 3 of their last 6 games, scoring twice and assisting 6 in those games.

There’s no pressure involved in Chelsea’s home game against Sunderland, but the stage may well be set for John Terry (£5.2m) to score his second goal in a week in his final appearance for the club. The Stamford Bridge faithful will be giving him an emotional send-off and his goal against Watford ensured that he has been on the scoresheet in 17 consecutive seasons. Few defenders have scored more than him in the Premier League and against a torrid Sunderland defence he’ll be a big threat at set pieces. He could well pick up clean sheet points too, with Sunderland’s woes not restricted to defending; they’ve only scored in 2 of their last 13 matches.

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

Burnely v West Ham – Sam Vokes (£5.7m)
Hull v Spurs – Harry Kane (£11.8m)
Leicester v Bournemouth – Josh King (£6.2m)
Man United v Crystal Palace – Wilfried Zaha (£5.8m)
Southampton v Stoke – Maya Yoshida (£4.5m)
Swansea v West Brom – Gylfi Sigurdsson (£7.4m)

Good luck for the final gameweek.

Three Players That Could Light Up Fantasy Premier League

The Premier League season has come and gone, but fear not – there are only ten weeks to go before the teams return to action for the start of the 2017/18 campaign. Chelsea claimed their fifth Premier League crown in Antonio Conte’s first season in charge, but they will become the hunted next term with Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United expected to spend big over the summer.

All of those sides already boast formidable squads, but the addition of further talent will ensure that the Premier League remains the most exciting division in world football. Players such as James Rodriguez, Kylian Mbappe and Marco Reus have been linked with a move to England and would provide a new element to the league, offering serious competition at the top. The Premier League has seen a drain of Europe’s top talent moving to Spain and Germany instead, but a strong influx this summer could allow the division’s best sides make steadfast improvements in the Champions League.

However, it should also provide scintillating matchups in the top flight, especially in the world of Premier League fantasy football with Guts – where the range of high-quality players available will make a thrilling contest week in, week out on their head-to-head fantasy battles. In the league, each player scores points based on goals, assists, clean sheets and minutes played. They can also lose points for conceding goals, missing penalties and picking up red and yellow cards.

We’ll now look at three players that could light up the Premier League next term.

James Rodriguez

Source: Bayern & Germany via Twitter

The 25-year-old has been linked with a move to Manchester United to revitalise his career. Rodriguez was a standout for Colombia in the 2014 World Cup, winning the Golden Boot along with being named in the Dream and All-Star Teams. As a result of his fine performances, he secured a move to Real Madrid. Rodriguez enjoyed a fine debut season in La Liga, scoring 13 goals.

However, since then, his playing time has been drastically reduced, prompting his desire for a move away from the Bernabeu. United have been his strongest suitors thus far, but whether he would be able to thrive under Jose Mourinho and replicate his 2014/15 season in his restrained system would be another matter.

Kylian Mbappe

Source: Squawka News via Twitter

The 18-year-old has been a sensation for Monaco this season, bringing comparisons between his game and that of the great Thierry Henry. His 14 goals in Ligue 1 have helped drive Leonardo Jardim’s men towards the Ligue 1 crown, while his form in front of goal propelled his team towards the Champions League semi-finals where they were beaten only by Juventus.

The frightening aspect of the forward’s talent is that he will only improve. Arsenal have been touted with a move for Mbappe and pairing him with Alexis Sanchez could make them an unstoppable force in the final third – to perhaps finally end their league title drought.

Marco Reus

Source: Bundesliga DE via Twitter

Reus is another goal and an assist getter that will benefit a new team along with fantasy owners. When the German is on the field, he is always extremely productive as proven during his five seasons with Borussia Dortmund. The 27-year-old has reached double figures three times in that time span, but injuries have limited to break into the upper echelons of players across the globe.

A move to Manchester City could allow him to thrive even further under Pep Guardiola, with Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus and Leroy Sane opening up space in the final third. Reus could take his game to the next level with such a switch, which would light up the Premier League and make him a must-purchase for fantasy football fans next term.

FPL Gameweek 37: Review

Eden Hazard jogs over to the corner

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard” (CC by 4.0) by Ben Sutherland

The much-anticipated double gameweek 37 finally arrived, and with just one more week left after this it promised to be one with impact for Premier League teams and FPL managers alike. ‎This review was written on Tuesday the 16th of May, just after the Chelsea-Watford game, so some of the gameweek 37 games are still to be played.

Obviously the game that stood out this weekend took place at the Hawthorns, where a Chelsea victory over the home side would crown the Blues officially champions of the Premier League season 16/17. But there’s more. Second-placed Spurs hosted a United team focused on Europa League glory for their last ever game at White Hart Lane, while Liverpool, City and Arsenal are all still contending for Champions League football.

Crowned
September 24th, 2016. Chelsea have just lost to Arsenal, 3-0, which leaves them 8 points from first place. A repeat of last season’s horrors is on the horizon, so Antonio Conte sleeps very little. He was brought in to get Abramovich the title, after all. He should try another formation, maybe an accordeon-like 3-4-3…

Fast forward to 8 months later. Chelsea are a victory away from crowning themselves champions of the Premier League season 16/17. No club has been able to find a proper and sustainable answer to Conte’s hard-pressing 3-4-3-machine. The only thing standing between them and glory is a West Brom side that seems to have switched off after reaching the 40-point mark remarkably early in the season.

The Blues dominate, the Baggies don’t fail to create some danger themselves, but in minute 75 the match is still scoreless. Conte brings on Willian and Batshuayi for Pedro and star man Eden Hazard. People frown. Minute 82, the excellent Azpilicueta has yet again boomed forward, he produces a low center and Batshuayi finishes. As Chelsea play down the clock it’s clearer than ever: the players are champions, and Conte is the champion-maker.

And as far as FPL in concernded, don’t expect too much from your Chelsea assets for the rest of the season. For the Watford match on Monday night, Conte changed his team almost completely leaving only Azpilicueta (who is the only player to have played every single minute of every game this season) and Hazard as the only two players retaining their starting position. The match against Watford was a humdinger resulting in a 4-3 win, Chelsea not surprisingly being vunerable at the back after all the changes but will probably be back to full strength for their final Premier League match of the season on Sunday.

Champions League tension

On Sunday, second-placed Spurs welcomed a United side that has set its sight on winning the Europa League as their entry ticket into the Champions League. Possible? Yes. Risky? Probably. In their last game at White Hart Lane before construction of the new stadium starts, the Spurs dominated most of the game. The likes of Eriksen, Alli and Kane caused United all kinds of trouble, while Vertonghen and co. kept it tight at the back. A header by Wanyama (after an ideal cross by left-back Davies) and a subtle touch by Kane (after an Eriksen corner) gave Rooney’s unexpected, and probably quite undeserved, goal in a 2-1 Spurs victory a merely statistical value. What remains for Spurs this week is an away game at reigning and reinvigorated Leicester and an away game at Hull in the final gameweek.

Elsewhere in London the two champions of irregularity West Ham and Liverpool faced off, with the Hammers having nothing left to play for and the Reds fighting to keep hold of third place. A double by Coutinho (as well as an assist), and goals by Sturridge and Origi sealed the easy deal for Liverpool, and with a home game versus relegated Boro on the agenda next week it seems that the likes of Coutinho, Wijnaldum (two assists against West Ham) and Nathaniel Clyne could be popular. Some Fantasy Football managers also find online casino games popular and the latest promotion we’ve seen this year is the Fruity King Promo Code 2017

Up North, Man City hosted Leicester as the Citizens still have their eye on Liverpool’s third spot, especially knowing that they have one game in hand (this week’s home game versus West Brom). City dominated large parts of the game which resulted in a 2-1 lead at half-time, courtesy of a Silva goal, a Gabigol penalty (he started instead of the not entirely match-fit Aguero), and an astonishing Shinji Okazaki (you read that right) volley. Leroy Sané assisted both City goals. The tempo dropped in the second half, though Riyad Mahrez kind of clumsily missed a penalty around the 77th minute mark to grant City the three points.

Finally, number 5 Arsenal faced the traditionally difficult task of winning at the Britannia, which turned out not to be such a difficult one this time. The Potters are safe and have nothing to play for anymore, while Arsenal can still make the top four if Liverpool or City slip up in their final games. The Gunners played a serious and concentrated match resulting in a 1-4 victory, courtesy of Giroud (twice), Alexis and Mesut Özil goals. The reinstated right back Bellerin provided for two of the four goals. FPL captaincy favorite Alexis produced the points, but also went off injured right after his goal in the 76th minute. Though Wenger stated afterwards that his star player is probably fine for the next match against Sunderland many FPL managers will still be crossing their fingers until Tuesday hoping his thigh injury was just from a kick and not a more serious strain.

FPL Gameweek 37: Preview

Eden Hazard / Эден Азар

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard” (CC by 4.0) by Aleksandr Osipov

The Premier League 2016/2017 season is coming to its end in an almost disturbingly fast manner, but not before another double gameweek, and this one could be big. As Antonio Conte prepares his Chelsea machine for the potential league-winning away game at the Hawthorns, the battle for Europe has yet to be decided. After two consecutive victories (over United and Southampton) Arsenal are back in the mix, together with Liverpool, Man City and Man United, and back in the fight for one of the coveted top four spots.

The League title games

Yes, Chelsea still needs to win, and yes, West Brom have had a more than decent season so far, but does anyone really doubt this one still? It’s true that the Premier League is the most unpredictable football league in the world, but looking at current form and what each team is playing for in this game, a Chelsea victory looks more than likely. Ever since reaching the 40-point mark West Brom have seemingly taken their feet off the gas, while Chelsea is steaming on relentlessly. Last weekend a motivated and well-organised Boro outfit was simply no match for them. In terms of FPL assets, look at Alonso, Cahill, and Hazard, as well as Costa and Pedro. Anything can happen in 90 minutes, and until they actually win it the championship is still undecided, but expect a match-winning performance from Conte’s men.

The remaining three spots

That give access to Champions League football, that is. With the first place most likely to be taken by the Blues, and with Spurs comfortably (though in their own eyes probably a bit disappointingly at this moment) in second place, the final two spots will be for any two teams out of Liverpool (3rd), City (4th), Arsenal (5th) and United (6th). Liverpool and City are in the driver’s seat at the moment, with respectively 4 and 3 points more than fifth-placed Arsenal, especially considering the fact that there are no more direct clashes between these four teams.

Of the four though, Liverpool is the only team without a double gameweek. The Reds face West Ham in London on Sunday and come off a decent streak, taking 10 points from the last 5 games, and conceding only 3 goals (two of which on a total off-day home to Palace). The Hammers meanwhile have recorded 4 clean sheets in their last 5 games, including last weekend’s home win over Spurs, and won 9 points in the process. With Liverpool’s Mané still out injured, and with West Ham’s Antonio and Carroll (doubtful) absent as well, this might turn out to be a game in which goals are scarce.

Manchester City seems to be the team to go for this weekend for FPL managers. They have a double gameweek (home games against Leicester and West Brom) and they’re in the midst of the battle for the Champions League, so signs of slowing down are unlikely to appear for City. Rotation, Pep Guardiola’s favorite hobby, is a risk for FPL assets, but the likes of Caballero, De Bruyne, Kompany and Gabigol (if Aguero is deemed unfit, keep an eye on the news!) seem like solid investments and potentially even armband material. For goals Man City have the best boots of the season and ones to watch out for next season are Gabriel Jesus, Sane and Aguero if he stays.

Meanwhile the looming civil war at Arsenal seems to have subsided somewhat after solid victories over United and Southampton, resulting in 4 goals scored and none conceded. The Gunners are back in the race for the Champions League, and it looks like star man Alexis has found back his mojo just in time for this crucial gameweek in which Arsenal play Stoke away and then Sunderland at home. If you have the capital, Alexis Sanchez is a strong recommendation for both your FPL team and the captaincy, while the likes of Cech, Oxlade and Koscielny (the latter two face fitness tests) could very likely be raking in the points as well this weekend. If your players don’t come up trumps then you could try other games at Royal Vegas online casino instead.

Finally, there is sixth placed Manchester United. The Red Devils reached the finals of the Europa League on Thursday evening, in which they will face Ajax Amsterdam on May 24th. The strain of the semi-final versus Celta de Vigo might affect Mourinho’s man as they go into a double gameweek in which they face Spurs and Southampton (both away from home). In other words, it’s not going to be easy for them, especially without Zlatan. The United defense looks like a solid investment, think of Bailly (who’s suspended for the Europa League final), Valencia and Blind, but the attacking bit of the team remains unpredictable. Rashford seems assured of playing minutes, as do Pogba (back from injury) and Herrera, though none of these players have been bringing home loads of FPL points this season.

Guide On Sports Betting: Is it possible to beat the bookies?

Sports betting industry is getting bigger and bigger by every year, and that is certainly not happening because there are a lot of profitable players. The stats show that only 3% of punters are having positive numbers when it comes to sports betting, and actually some of them are making a living from it.

That is not an easy thing to do. Player needs to have the knowledge, very strong discipline and ability to endlessly follow the previously set rules and bankroll management percentages.

A majority of players tend to bet online nowadays and this type of betting has a lot of advantages. You can easily compare the odds and it is always wise to have a couple of accounts opened with different bookies, not just one. Another important thing is to figure out which ones are offering best welcome bonuses, as this may play a crucial role in your winnings.

You should definitely never rush when searching for the right bet. Make sure to always check the fixture list for the whole week and be patient. Your bet doesn’t have to happen on the same day.

Besides that, even if you have strong knowledge of sports, it doesn’t cost you anything to hear what other experts have to say for the upcoming matches and maybe find out some very important information, like bad atmosphere within the team or some key player getting injured.

Looking on the web, we have found a couple of really good betting sites, like biggestfreebets.com, which are getting updated on daily basis with fresh information and predictions of their sports writers. As already mentioned above, all this comes for free, and it should be used as an extra info.

Always, but always go for the best odds for the particular match. This is probably one of the key steps in beating the bookies, which is why we always suggest having a couple of different accounts open.

La Liga: Gameweek 36 Preview

Liga

FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi” (CC by 4.0) by Tsutomu Takasu

As is the case for most major leagues in European football the Spanish LaLiga Santander is also nearing its climax, and its promising to be a spectacular one. After 35 rounds the league’s two giants FC Barcelona and Real Madrid both have 81 points. The Blaugranas have the lead based on goal difference (+71 against +53 for Madrid), but Los Merengues have one game in hand, the complicated visit to Celta de Vigo’s Balaídos stadium. Numbers 3 and 4 Atletico de Madrid and Sevilla are following with 71 and 68 points respectively. Let’s take a look at the title race and the equally interesting battle for the European spots.

The title contest
FC Barcelona versus Real Madrid. Culès versus Galácticos. Lionel Messi versus Cristiano Ronaldo. Over the course of footballing history this has been one of the most heated rivalries, and over the past decade especially their direct encounters, both domestically and internationally, have been some of the most prestigious and most-watched sporting events around the globe.

Barcelona is having a very up-and-down kind of season. This was never illustrated better than by their double confrontation with PSG in the Champions League. Losing the away leg four to nil and then overcoming the deficit with a 6-1 victory at Camp Nou is the stuff of legends. Real meanwhile have been more stable this season, resulting in their current virtual first place in LaLiga with three games to go (that is, assuming they beat Celta when the previously postponed game takes place on May 17th) and their almost certain spot in this year’s Champions League final (they are defending a 0-3 lead over Monaco in the second semi-final at home next week).

This Saturday Barcelona first faces Villareal at the Camp Nou before Madrid kicks off in Granada. The Yellow Submarine’s visit to Barcelona means a visit of one of LaLiga’s strongest and most in-form outfits (currently sitting in 5th place), though their recent history with Barcelona won’t give them too much hope. They have lost the 6 visits to the Catalan capital, while Luis Enrique’s men haven’t lost at home for a consecutive 10 games. Add to that the fact that Villareal haven’t been great away from home, winning just 3 of the last 10 games on the road, and a victory for Barça seems to be on the books. Especially if Messi carries on usual.

Real’s challenge this weekend is of another calibre, as they are facing Granada at the Estadio Nuevo Los Cármenes. The hosts are one of the two teams who have officially relegated to LaLiga 1I2I3 already, together with red lantern Osasuna, so despite an away game in Granada never being an easy task a comfortable victory for Los Blancos is expected.

Zinedine Zidane is expected to send out a starting eleven consisting of mostly substitutes onto the battle field on Saturday. The likes of Alvaro Morata, whose 17 goals overall this season as a substitute to Benzema have been more than important, Nacho, who impressed as a rightback on Tuesday against Atletico’s Carrasco, and the ridiculously gifted Spanish-Dutch “La Fábrica”-graduate Asensio will have to bring home the crucial three points.

The European spots
The third spot in LaLiga, the final position resulting into automatic qualification for the Champions League group stage next season, is currently in the sturdy hands of Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid. They are hosting one of the season’s surprises Eibar at the Vicente Calderon coming Saturday and they have good hopes of keeping the three point lead over Sevilla intact. The Andalusians are playing Real Sociedad at home, and a loss of points is not unthinkable,. Despite the Champions League return versus arch enemies Real next Wednesday Simeone is expected to start with largely his strongest eleven against Eibar, though key figures like Frenchman Antoine Griezmann, midfield maestro Koke and new boy Kevin Gameiro might be taken off before the end if the encounter allows it.

LaLiga number 4 Sevilla meanwhile is hoping to keep Real Sociedad at bay this Friday night. The encounter has a high entertainment potential for the neutral viewer, as both teams love to have the ball at their feet and dominate their encounters with ball possession as the foundation. The abundance of talent on the pitch certainly supports the approach of both teams and has many attractions for the best fantasy football managers some of whom also like to play the best fantasy slots online.

On the home side there are the likes of Pablo Sarabia, the tireless allround attacker with the golden left foot, midfield engine Steven Nzonzi, and the talented City-loanee Stevan Jovetic, while Sociedad can count on Mexican star (and ex-Arsenal promise) Carlos Vela, midfield dominator (and ex-Real Madrid Galáctico) Asier Illarramendi, and experienced goalkeeper Rulli to try and take the points back to the Basque Country.

Sevilla should be considered the favorite in this game, despite only winning 3 of their last games and La Real riding a wave of 3 consecutive wins in LaLiga Santander. Sevilla have won their last 3 home games and hasn’t lost at home in 11 encounters. This one might just be one of this weekend’s cherries on the European football match list.

FPL Gameweek 36: Preview

Alexis Sánchez

Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez” (CC by 4.0) by Ronnie Macdonald

After a relatively calm weekend last gameweek we have now arrived at the first of two double gameweeks before the end of the season. Despite the fixtures for the teams playing more than once this week (those being Arsenal and Southampton) not being overwhelmingly attractive from an FPL manager’s point of view, a mass introduction of the second wildcard can be expected this week. Let’s take a look at this week’s fixtures schedule before getting deeper into the specifics.

Fri, May 5th

West Ham – Spurs

Sat, May 6th

Man City – Palace
B’mouth – Stoke
Burnley – WBA
Hull – Sunderland
Leicester – Watford
Swansea – Everton

Sun, May 7th

Liverpool – Soton
Arsenal
– Man Utd

Mon, May 8th

Chelsea – Boro

Wed, May 10th

Soton – Arsenal

The doubles
First things first. Any FPL manager with at least one year of experience in the game under his (or her) belt knows that double gameweeks can be true game changers, especially the ones so close to the end of the season. This week it’s Arsenal and Southampton who enjoy a double, though “enjoy” might not be the correct definition of the way both teams have been playing as of late. Add to that the difficulty of the fixtures in question and you might suddenly feel your double gameweek enthusiasm ebbing away. Don’t be too disheartened though, there is still plenty of big point haul potential to benefit from.

Obviously Alexis Sanchez is the number one name on the list. He’s probably one of the most fixture-proof players in the Premier League (and possibly the world), and despite his poor returns over the last five, six gameweeks he should still be in your team this week. His underlying stats look promising, with 16 goal attempts over the past six weeks, on level with FPL star performer Dele Alli. He faces two tough defenses, but a goal or two is definitely not unthinkable. Also look for Monreal and Petr Cech as high potential targets.

Then there is Southampton, floating in that unpredictable end-of-the-season space between the contenders for Europe and the relegation battlers. Their defense has been improving somewhat over the last few weeks, with three clean sheets in the past six weeks (and two of the other three games were against Man City and Chelsea), so players like Maya Yoshida, the young Jack Stephens and Ryan Bertrand do not sound like bad (budget enabling) options. Do not forget about Fraser Forster in goal either. In attacking sense you might opt for Dusan Tadic or Gabbiadini, but especially the latter has not been able to show the kind of form lately that makes us hope for big points.

Besides the doubles
With the doubles failing to provide mouthwatering squad options it is up to the rest of the games to provide us with point potential. And provide they do, although there exist less and less certainties in the Premier League every year.

Spurs start off the weekend with an away game at West Ham. The Hammers have been uncomfortable at home this season and Harry Kane netted 5 times in his last 4 games against them. With 2 goals and 2 assists in his last 4 games he’s the man to keep an eye on, though the likes of Alli (of course), Eriksen and Jan Vertonghen should not be overlooked either.

On Saturday Man City host a Crystal Palace side that, despite improved results under Big Sam, is still balancing on the edge of the battle against relegation. Becoming the first team, last weekend, to lose against Burnley at home this season will not have helped their confidence. With Aguero being an injury doubt his young Brazilian replacement might be worth a punt. Gabriel Jesus has shown giant potential before his injury, he’s facing Palace at home and he scored City’s last-minute equaliser at Boro last week. Of course, you should keep paying attention to developments around the super-popular Aguero who is in many fantasy football teams, while Sané, De Bruyne and Caballero could be raking in the fantasy football points this weekend as well. If you also like raking in points or money from playing Blackjacks, a popular online card casino game, then blackjackgeeks.com is a great place to visit for guidance.

Other attractive face-offs are taking place in Hull, who face officially relegated Sunderland in a game that could ensure their own survival in the Prem, and Liverpool, where the local red outfit hosts an unclear Southampton outfit. It’s Liverpool, so we won’t bet on clean sheets, but players like Firmino, Origi and Lallana might just bring in attacking returns.

Finally, we should mention the favorites for the title. Chelsea are hosting a Boro side on the brink of relegation, and a visit to Stamford Bridge just seems to be a bit above their heads overall. Consider Chelsea assets on both sides of the pitch, as the possibility of both attacking and defensive returns in this game is high. Do not leave the likes of Costa, Hazard, Cahill, Alonso and Courtois out of your considerations

Preview of Gameweek 36 in Fantasy Premier League

Preview of Gameweek 36 in Fantasy Premier League, courtesy of Bet365

First a Gameweeks 34 and 35 Review

Chelsea appear to be strolling to the title with two comfortable victories secured in the past two weeks to help to maintain their 4-point cushion at the top of the table. Spurs are the only team putting any sort of pressure on them and they stretched their winning run to 9 league games with wins against Crystal Palace and Arsenal. The battle for the remaining Champions League spots is set to go down to the wire though, with Liverpool losing 1 game and winning their other in the past 2 weeks, Man City drawing twice and Man United drawing twice and winning once as they made up a game in hand.

The Dream Team from gameweek 34 featured the Man United goalkeeper and three of their defenders, with their double gameweek bringing 2 clean sheets. In gameweek 35 it was again defensive players who shone the most, with Hull’s Eldin Jakupovic racking up 14 points from his clean sheet and penalty save against Southampton, and Chelsea’s Gary Cahill matched that tally with his goal and clean sheet against Everton.


Gameweek 36 Preview

We have a Friday night fixture this week with West Ham hosting Tottenham at 8pm, so make sure to change your Fantasy Football team prior to the 7pm deadline!

There’s a double gameweek for Arsenal, which makes Alexis Sánchez (£11.5m) a must-have this week. They have a home game against Manchester United followed by a trip to Southampton, and both are games in which Arsenal can be expected to find the back of the net. They’ve scored in 10 of their last 11 home fixtures against Manchester United and they won 5-0 at Southampton earlier in the season in the FA Cup. Sánchez assisted twice in that game despite only playing the last 25 minutes, and he’s been their main attacking threat all season. He’s actually the best-performing player in the whole of the league in terms of Fantasy Football points with 214, and with two games on the cards he’s the standout captain choice.

Saturday’s early kick-off sees Manchester City up against Crystal Palace, a side against which they have an excellent recent record. They’ve won each of the last 5 meetings between the two, scoring 15 times and conceding twice. They’ve also won all of their last 7 home games against Palace, a run stretching back to 1999. Man City’s two main strikers, Sergio Agüero (£12.8m) and Gabriel Jesus (£8.7m), are the tempting picks in this one. The two started together last week and each grabbed a goal in the 2-2 draw with Middlesbrough. Jesus now has 4 goals from the 3 full games he’s played in the Premier League, and Agüero has scored in 7 of his last 9 league matches.

In the 3pm kick-offs there could be some bargain buys from the Hull v Sunderland game. Hull have kept clean sheets in successive matches and have an impressive home record, winning 8 and drawing 1 of their last 9 games in all competitions at the KCOM Stadium. That run should continue on Saturday when they come up against Sunderland, whose relegation was confirmed last weekend. They’ve failed to score in 9 of their last 10 matches, have lost 10 of their last 11 away and are the joint-lowest scoring team in the league with just 26 all season. Hull’s defensive players should therefore be solid investments this week, especially goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic (£4.1m), who has saved two penalties this season, and defender Harry Maguire (£4.4m), who has chipped in at the other end recently too with 2 goals from his last 4 appearances.

Monday night’s game between Chelsea and Middlesbrough will in all likelihood see Middlesbrough become the second team to be relegated to the Championship. If as expected Hull City get any sort of positive result at home to Sunderland then Middlesbrough will need to win at the home of the champions-elect to avoid that relegation being confirmed, and that’s a big ask for a team who’ve won just once away in any competition all season (and even that was against Sunderland in their very first away game of the campaign). Chelsea will be looking to secure 3 points that will inch them even closer to the title and Eden Hazard (£10.5m) is the man they’ll look to for inspiration. He’s been consistently brilliant this season and has 13 goals and 8 assists from his last 25 league appearances.

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

West Ham v Tottenham – Christian Eriksen (£8.9m)
Bournemouth v Stoke – Ryan Fraser (£4.6m)
Burnley v West Brom – Tom Heaton (£5.2m)
Leicester v Watford – Jamie Vardy (£9.9m)
Swansea v Everton – Gylfi Sigurdsson (£7.4m)
Liverpool v Southampton – Adam Lallana (£6.7m)

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

FPL Gameweek 35 – Review

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White Hart Lane, the main challenger’s stadium” (CC by 4.0) by The Stadium Guide

For many FPL managers gameweek 35, and especially those who have already cashed in their second wildcard, was all about preparing for the two crucial end-of-the-season double gameweeks coming up next. There were important points to be earned this week as well though, both for the clubs and for fantasy managers. With games like Sunderland versus Bournemouth and Crystal Palace against Burnley there was sure to be fire in the battle for relegation, while it was interesting as well to see how Chelsea would fare away at best-of-the-rest Everton and if Spurs could keep the pressure on the Blues while hosting Arsenal at White Hart Lane.

The title fight
With three gameweeks to go Tottenham are the only serious title challenger left, trailing Chelsea by four points. While the table leaders experienced a more comfortable afternoon away at Goodison Park than many had expected, Spurs hosted up-and-down (but lately, mostly down) Arsenal, and they showed why they stand where they stand at the moment. An early second half strike by the inevitable Dele made it one-nil before an unnecessary challenge in the area by Gabriel Paulista caused a penalty just three minutes later. As we know, Harry Kane doesn’t forgive silly mistakes, two-nil and game over for the Gunners. Put kindly, Arsenal looked unreliable both at the back and up-front, while Spurs assets like Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Jan Vertonghen will be in hot demand for the remaining matches (four for Spurs, of which three versus second-half-of-the-table opposition).

Pivotal. That’s the right definition of Chelsea’s win over Everton on Sunday. It could also be the reason why you decide to use an Energy Casino promo code for your casino pleasure if you’re tired of managing your fantasy football team. Online casino and Fantasy Football are both types of online gambling. Back to the football and with Everton’s eight match unbeaten home run plus the presence of the League’s topscorer in the shape of Lukaku this match promised to be a tightly contested one. Everton wasn’t necessarily much worse than the Blues, players like Gueye and Tom Davies even played an excellent game, but in the end Chelsea’s organisation, counter-attacks and individual offensive quality made the difference. With one of the easiest end runs of all teams in the PL, keep an eye on Chelsea assets like Hazard, Pedro and Cahill.

The battle for Europe
Disregarding potential Europa League success for United this season one of the Manchester outfits is very likely to miss out on Champions League football next season. Both teams played sides that are battling to avoid relegation, with City visiting a shambolic Middlesbrough and United hosting a disappointingly Sigurdsson-dependent Swansea.

Surprisingly United recorded a draw for the tenth time this season, this time 1-1 courtesy of a late, but nothing less than brilliant, free kick by who else than Gylfi Sigurdsson. On the brink of half-time Rooney had converted an easily awarded penalty after Fabianski supposedly went outside the rulebook to stop Rashford. Qualification for the Champions League via the PL is no longer in their own hands, and with Bailly and Shaw joining four (!) other defenders on the injury list the ending of United’s season seems uncertain. They have the coach, the organisation and the talent to compensate the many injuries and the congested playing schedule, but is it enough to avoid another season without Champions League prestige?

Later on Sunday, City visited a Boro team that as of late has seemed destined to join Sunderland in the drop. The home side played a more than decent match, in fact they even took the lead twice, first through a counterattack set up by Friend and finished by Negredo, and later through a Negredo cross finished off by the impressive Calum Chambers. In the meantime Aguero had taken one back from the penalty spot after a light contact between Leroy Sané and Boro’s industrious De Roon resulted in a penalty. Wonder boy Gabriel Jesus eventually finished off an Aguero cross to put the final 2-2 score line on the board. Neither one of the teams really benefited from the single point, but if Boro want to have any chance of staying in the Prem, this game should be the benchmark for the difficult final three games.

The relegation fight

On Saturday Sunderland became the first team to officially be relegated from the PL this season. Though they showed some spirit, it could not be said of the Black Cats that they were ready to eat the grass for a victory. Visiting Bournemouth had relatively little trouble fending them off, apart from a few counter-attacks and set pieces, and man-of-the-moment Josh King slotted home on the break in the 88th, officially sealing Sunderland’s fate and bringing the Cherries another season of Premier League football. With home games against Stoke and Burnley coming up, the prolific attacking midfielder could well be continuing his golden FPL run.

Meanwhile, Burnley had to wait for it for 34 weeks, but in the 35th they finally recorded their first away win of the season. And what a moment to bring home the points. Burnley showed intensity and dedication as they overran Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. Ashley Barnes and substitute Andre Gray both scored for the Clarets, while Tom Heaton (as usual) excelled in goal, supported by an excellent performance by Tarkowski on his first start this season. On the other side Crystal Palace are six points above the drop, but with away games versus the Manchester outfits and a home game against Hull in their last 3 it might turn out to become a stressful ending for Sam Allardyce.

The Key Differences between Regular Betting and Fantasy Sports Betting

Whether you’re a fantasy sports fan, or are more into regular sports betting, you’ll know for yourself that the two are very different. If you’re wanting to move from one type of betting to another, or even just to know and understand the differences between them, then you’re in the right place.

The Basics
Fantasy sports betting is different to regular online sports betting. Let’s say you’re a football buff, and that you’ve had some experience in online football betting before. You know about the general types of bets you can make, and obviously everything about potential outcomes for players and teams etc, but this is where fantasy football betting differs from regular football betting.

With regular betting, you place a deposit on a predicted outcome, or several outcomes. With fantasy football, you create your own team of players who you think will shine, score and perform the best in future games. This therefore calls for an entirely different betting strategy, as you’re competing against other players in a league rather than betting on your own predictions. In the end, the best teams in the fantasy league winning prizes.

For more details on what you should be looking out for when making fantasy sports bets, check out this helpful guide to fantasy sports betting here.

Regular vs Fantasy Sports Betting

With both regular betting and fantasy sports betting, there are cash prizes to be won. As mentioned above, with regular betting, you are only betting against yourself; with fantasy betting, you are in a competition with other people who have picked their own fantasy sports teams. Therefore, winning (or losing) becomes about pride, in addition to the potential returns. This is where betting strategy comes into play – as well as betting practice.

As is the case with most games, bets and well, life – having a strategy and knowing what is the best line of action will help you to succeed or win more. So will reading up and researching on the sport you’re betting on beforehand, and getting to know the ins and outs of the players, teams, leagues and events. The more you can learn about all of the above – especially in fantasy football – the better your best and outcomes will be. After all, fantasy sports betting is still relatively new to the UK.

This is also true for fantasy football betting – and any fantasy sport betting – you’re betting on a specific player, on the success for one matchday, weekend or event. Therefore you need to be in the know of how your players are currently – are there any health injuries, or arguments with their teammates, a potential transfer in the offing or suchlike? Knowing about any and all recent developments (rather than depending on what’s happened in the past, as you would do with regular sports betting) is much more relevant, and will help your bets go further.

Getting Started with Fantasy Sports Betting
To start betting on daily fantasy sports, you need to join a league – for betting on daily fantasy football, for example, you can join various fantasy football leagues (be aware – these are usually country-dependent) and play against others. The two most well-known are DraftKings and FanDuel, and they ask you to choose your team within a certain salary range (salaries are provided to you), before entering your team into leagues – either against unknown opponents (usually for the bigger prizes), or to create your own league with your friends (for much smaller prizes, but perhaps a better chance of winning.