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

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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

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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.

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Players in Line for a Price Hike in 2017/18

With just four weekends to go until the end of the season, it’s the last chance to tinker with your Premier League Fantasy lineup and for certain players, they will never be this cheap again. In a long campaign, we’ve seen familiar names such as Romelu Lukaku and Harry Kane at the top of the goalscoring charts, while keepers such as Hugo Lloris and Thibaut Courtois have been as dependable as ever.

Meanwhile, here are some of the names whose value should increase quite significantly ahead of the new campaign.

Sure stopper

Don’t expect Sunderland keeper Jordan Pickford to be hanging around at the Stadium of Light even if the Black Cats pull off a minor miracle and somehow manage to stay up. David Moyes’ men are listed at around 1/500 to go down so, unless you like modest returns, it may be worth checking for some offers and free bets from the latest betting sites to make it more interesting. Essentially, Sunderland are down but their first choice stopper won’t be joining them in the Championship.

Pickford is quoted this season at £4.1m and admittedly has a modest return of 81 points to date but with the likes of Arsenal linked with a summer move, his price, and his points tally, are likely to jump quite considerably ahead of the new campaign.

So where are your alternatives? Moving right down to the South Coast and Bournemouth’s Artur Boruc, at £4.5m, has a return of 110 points which compares favourably with Lloris at 118 and Courtois at 119. It’s hard to see the Pole making a move and there’s unlikely to be too much change in that fee.

Midfield Maestro

If you had been particularly shrewd at the start of 2017 then you could have headed to the list of midfielders and picked up a cut price Josh King at £6M. The Norwegian plays in more of an attacking role although you wouldn’t have guessed that from his scoring record over a journeyman career that has been him play for six clubs by the age of 25.

14 goals in 33 league matches this season, including 11 in 2017, is a record that is getting Everton fans in particular very interest as they nominate notional replacements for the soon-to-depart Romelu Lukaku. King may not be a direct match but even if he fails to find the net again this season, expect a new club and a price hike ahead of 2017/18.

A possible replacement could be Wilfried Zaha who has found his range during Crystal Palace’s resurgence and is currently quoted at that same £6m fee.

Where the real money is

Jermain Defoe

“Jermaine Defoe” (CC BY-ND 2.0) by OliverN5

To succeed with Fantasy Football you need quality strikers who are going to find the net on a consistent basis. Another Sunderland player who may not be looking to stay beyond the end of the season is Jermain Defoe and, having just been recalled to the latest England squad, he will be keen not to languish in the Championship and go under Gareth Southgate’s radar.

A move to one of the newly promoted sides could materialise or, Defoe could head to Bournemouth where he once broke records during a loan spell at the start of his career. There have been rumours to back this up but there may not be too much of a fee increase for a veteran striker.

For now, their fees remain unchanged but if you are relying on Pickford, King or Defoe at this late stage of the campaign, you may have to juggle prices more carefully if you intend to carry those picks into 2017/18.

Preview of Gameweek 34 in Fantasy Premier League

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

First a Look Back at Gameweek 33

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

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

Gameweek 34 Preview

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Preview of Gameweek 33 in Fantasy Premier League

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

First a review of Gameweek 32

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

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

Gameweek 33 Preview

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

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

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

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

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

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

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