FanTeam German €25k Midweek Monster – GW28a – 26 May 2020

Following on from our article last week on the FanTeam German Monster GW27, it’s now time for the Midweek Monster in the German Bundesliga.

Our FISO team below will be entered into this week’s €20 entry (€25k prize pool) German 25K Monster, which has a maximum entry limit of 1,667 participants. The first 278 will partake in the prize pool and for this particular weekend, the winner will take home a cool €5,000 this weekend. Before moving onto our team selection, we want to highlight a couple of FanTeam rules that they apply to their Weekly Monster competition and which apply to this weekend’s German Midweek Monster as well.

Number one is that FanTeam have a rule called the ‘safety net’. The safety net comes into play when a selected player does not start in the Weekly Monster, because the game will then automatically replace this player with the next lowest-priced player from the same position (GK, DEF, MID, FOR) in the same team. This is regardless of whether or not your selected player does take to the field later in the game. This rule helps people who have entered a team into the German 25K Monster not to worry too much about whether their selected players will start or not, particularly if they know there are cheaper players for that same club in that same position who should start instead. If your captain or vice-captain don’t start then in Pursuit their replacement will score the 200% or 150% points increase instead so you can be more relaxed about choosing who to captain and vice captain.

Number two is that FanTeam also have a ‘stacking penalty’ for the German 25K Monster, which penalises teams that have selected more than one defenders/goalkeeper from the same club. The stacking penalty comes into play when you pick more than one defensive player (defenders or goalkeepers) from a particular club and this club records a clean sheet. The points awarded for this clean sheet will decrease by 1 point for each additional defensive player from the same club that you have selected. The stacking penalty has a maximum of minus 3 points. This rule helps stop multi-entrants from gaining an advantage by submitting block defence teams. A reasonable tactic can be to select two players from two different clubs for your Goalie and Defenders, which would see you incur just 2 single-point deductions if you nail both clean sheets correctly.

Finally, a new format is being applied to the upcoming German 25K Monster, called Pursuit. In this game mode, you get more bonus points the cheaper your players are (you gain 1 point for every 2 million euros underspent). Your captain will get double points, but he will also cost twice as much. Your vice-captain will get 150% more points, but he will also cost 150% more. You can read more Pursuit in more detail on the FanTeam website.

Don’t forget, the deadline for the upcoming German 25K Monster is set at 5.30PM (UK time) on Tuesday, May 26th, 2020. You can enter a team earlier and make changes right up to the deadline. This means you have an hour to check the starting line-ups  for the 5.30PM (UK time) games, so you can change your selections accordingly up until the 5.30PM deadline, but not after.

German 25K Monster matches in gameweek 28Tuesday

(Times: UK+1 hour)

How did our German 50K Monster team fare last week?

Formation: 4-4-2 |  Budget used: 99.9m |  Finish: 1790 / 2600 |  Prize pool: ///

RETURNS 
Lewandowski (Bayern) home vs Frankfurt1 goal, Impact+1
Goretzka (Bayern) home vs Frankfurt1 goal, Impact+1
Havertz (Leverkusen) away vs. Gladbach2 goals, Impact+1
Alaba (Bayern (home vs FrankfurtImpact+1

Our team suggestion for the German 25K Monster on Tuesday in gameweek 28

Formation: 2-2-3 |  Budget used: 96.3m

General approach

The German 25K Monster varies from the classic Weekly Monster format in a few ways. Select a team consisting of 7 players from the eight teams playing on Tuesday, May 26th. The 7 players are subject to a maximum 3 Forwards, a max 4 Midfielders and a max 5 Defenders (so you can choose 3 forewards and 4 midfielders if you want i.e. no defenders or a goalie) but no more than 4 players per team and, because this is the Pursuit mode, it means that managers are rewarded bonus points in their score for selecting cheaper assets (so you can pick who you want but the more you spend the more it costs you more in terms of points; in other words you gain 1 point for every 2 million euros underspent). The budget given by FanTeam to select 7 players should equate to the total of the top higest priced 7 players (with captain’s price doubled and vice-captain’s price at 150%) so you can pick who you want (strictly the highest budget you can use is 1.3m under the 106.3m budget due to the restriction on max 4 players per club and max 3 forwards). Both the stacking penalty and the safety net still apply to this tournament.

We have gone all in on two teams, namely Leverkusen (at home versus Wolfsburg) and Gladbach (away against Werder Bremen) and a single Bayern star in support. Budget would have allowed us to go all-in on attacking assets, for example, but considering the active Pursuit mode, we decided to trade in some budget expenditures for bonus point rewards (5). Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz is our captain for 26.2 million (2 x 13.1m) and Gladbach’s Ramy Bensebaini is our vice-captain for 13.4 million (1.5 x 8.9m).

BAYER LEVERKUSEN (home vs Wolfsburg)

Picks: Kai Havertz, Kerem Demirbay, Daley Sinkgraven

The Bundesliga has returned and it has done so with all engines blazing. Since restarting the season on May 16th, we have already had two match days and the third one, gameweek 28, is upon us with the first four games tomorrow. Gameweek 29 is then set to start on Friday, which means a hellish rhythm of four gameweeks within 14 days. In other words, keep this in mind when considering starting line-ups for the German 25K Monster. This is another reason the Bundelsiga allow 5 substitutions per match so players can be rested to help prevent injury.

Leverkusen have come out of the corona-break in good form, taking six points from two games (1-4 at Werder and 1-3 at Gladbach). Super talent Kai Havertz played a big role in these victories with 3 goals that saw him record a total of 27 points on FanTeam. That has been in part due to him replacing usual striker Kevin Volland up top while the former was injured. The forward is said to be fit again, though it remains to be seen if trainer Peter Bosz starts him, considering Havertz’ blistering form. Whether he starts all the way up front or in his more natural number-ten spot, his current 10 goals and 5 assists in the league give us cause to believe that he can be decisive from any position. Therefore, he is also our captain in GW28a.

Our second Leverkusen pick is midfielder Kerem Demirbay, who, at 10.8 million and with Pursuit mode in mind, is 1.2 million less expensive than Bellaraby and 1.4 million less than Diaby. The German-Turkish player is a nailed-on part of Leverkusen’s central midfield and he already has 19 Bundesliga games to his name this season, with 5 assists and a goal to show for it. Since returning after the corona-break, he has recorded 1 goal, 2 assists, and a total of 19 FanTeam points. The fact that he is on plenty of set-pieces for Die Werkself reinforces our hopes of a nice return against Wolfsburg tomorrow.

We considered adding Bellaraby, Diaby, or even Volland to our German 25K Monster selection, but with Pursuit mode in mind, we decided to save a minimum of 3 million and a maximum of 3.3 million by selecting left wing-back Daley Sinkgraven. Besides budget and Pursuit considerations though, it’s also worth noting that the Dutchman is a starter in the league’s third-best defence overall (32 goals conceded in 27 games) and the second-best when looking at home games only (13 goals conceded in 13 games). On the other hand, Wolfsburg are not bad on their travels, but they’re no free-flowing goal-scoring machine either with 20 goals from 13 away games. We’re counting on Sinkgraven and his Leverkusen team mates here to justify picking him over more offensive assets in the form of a clean sheet and some bonus point rewards.

BORUSSIA MÖNCHENGLADBACH (away vs Werder Bremen)

Picks: Alessane Plea, Marcus Thuram, Ramy Bensebaini

Whilst our Leverkusen picks are largely based on current attacking form and the fact that they are playing a home game (albeit against a relatively strong opponent), our Gladbach picks attracted our attention with their decent form, the horrid home game performances of their opponent so far, and the increasingly strong indication that home team advantage has been considerably diminished by the absence of crowds in the stands. In terms of the individual players we have picked, we have taken an approach largely similar to our Leverkusen tactic: two premium attacking assets accompanied by a defensive asset. This results in a bonus points reward, plus Werder is the lowest-scoring outfit in home games by far this season.

Our first pick is French striker Alessane Plea, who already has 24 Bundesliga games, 9 goals, and 8 assists to his name this season. What’s more, in the two games since the end of the corona-break, he has scored a goal (during the 1-3 away win at Frankfurt) and provided an assist (during the 1-3 home loss to Leverkusen), rewarding him with 12 FanTeam points. Die Fohlen are chasing a Champions League spot and last weekend’s loss versus Leverkusen was a deception in that sense, so we’re expecting them to make amends and get back on the right track on Tuesday. If they manage to do so, Plea will more than likely be at the centre of it.

We have chosen to have Plea joined in our attack by a compatriot of his, namely Marcus Thuram. The Gladbach winger and son of former-World Champion Lilian Thuram was bought from French side EA Guingamp in the summer of 2019, and in his first season for Die Fohlen, the Frenchman already has 27 Bundesliga games, 8 goals, and 8 assists to his name. Tuesday’s opponent Werder Bremen boast the league’s second-worst defence, with only Mainz conceding more than Werder’s 59 goals from 27 games. When it comes to home games only, Die Grün-Weißen have conceded a worrying 30 goals in just 12 games, a tally bettered by no less than 15 teams in the league.

Very unfortunately for the home team though, their defending is not the only issue. Werder have also scored just 9 goals in 12 home games, which is considerably less than any other team in the league. That’s also one of the main reason for picking Gladbach defender Ramy Bensebaini instead of midfielders Hermann or Neuhaus, or forward Stindl. This saved us a minimum of 2.1 million and a maximum of 2.4 million in terms of budget expenditures. The Algerian left wing-back arrived at Gladbach in the summer of 2019 and has made an impression since then: 13 Bundesliga games, 5 goals, and 2 assists so far in his first season. Werder Bremen look like the perfect opponent for him to further improve his numbers and for Gladbach to get back on Champions League track.

BAYERN MÜNCHEN (away vs Borussia Dortmund)

Pick: Robert Lewandowski

For our seventh and final pick, we could have picked a fourth asset from either Leverkusen or Gladbach, but instead, we went with Germany’s current top scorer. Since the restart of the Bundesliga, Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski has continued doing what he was doing before the coronavirus put world football on hold: scoring goals. In 25 Bundesliga games so far, the Polish assassin has netted 27 times and provided 3 assists. He will be starting in the stand-out fixture of gameweek 28, when Bayern roll up to the Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund for an authentic top-of-the-table clash. Not an easy game by any stretch for the reigning champions, not even when thinking back to their resounding 4-0 home victory over Dortmund in November of last year. Since then, Die Borussen were reinforced with the likes of Emre Can and the phenomenon known as Erling Haaland, leading to a run of 9 victories from the last 10 games. They will be raring to make it 10 out of the last 11 tomorrow and to reduce the current 4-point gap between them and the league leaders, but if there is one man who can rain on this potential yellow-black parade, it’s former-Dortmund star Robert Lewandowski.

As we said this team has been entered into the 20 euro FanTeam Midweek German Monster and we hope to report back next week that we’ve shared part of the 25,000 euros prize pool. You can also follow discussions about FanTeam games on FISO’s FanTeam Forum where we have a FreeRoll for those that want to learn a bit more about the game.

FanTeam German €50k Monster – GW27 – 23/24 May 2020

Following on from our article last week on the FanTeam German Monster GW26, this weekend it’s time for gameweek 27 in the German Bundesliga. Our FISO team below will be entered into this week’s €20 entry (€50k prize pool) German 50k Monster, which has a maximum entry limit of 3,000 participants. The first 555 will partake in the prize pool and for this particular weekend, the winner will take home a cool €7,500 this weekend. Before moving onto our team selection, we want to highlight a couple of FanTeam rules that they apply to their Weekly Monster competition and which apply to this weekend’s German 50k Monster as well. If you’re not sure how to play FanTeam Fantasy Bundesliga then check out our step by step video guide.

Number one is that FanTeam have a rule called the ‘safety net’. The safety net comes into play when a selected player does not start in the Weekly Monster, because the game will then automatically replace this player with the next lowest-priced player from the same position (GK, DEF, MID, FOR) in the same team. This is regardless of whether or not your selected player does take to the field later in the game. This rule helps people who have entered a team into the German 50K Monster not to worry too much about whether their selected players will start or not, particularly if they know there are cheaper players for that same club in that same position who should start instead.

Number two is that FanTeam also have a ‘stacking penalty’ for the German 50K Monster, which penalises teams that have selected more than one defenders/goalkeeper from the same club. The stacking penalty comes into play when you pick more than one defensive player (defenders or goalkeepers) from a particular club and this club records a clean sheet. The points awarded for this clean sheet will decrease by 1 point for each additional defensive player from the same club that you have selected. The stacking penalty has a maximum of minus 3 points. This rule helps stop multi-entrants from gaining an advantage by submitting block defence teams. A reasonable tactic can be to select two players from two different clubs for your Goalie and Defenders, which would see you incur just 2 single-point deductions if you nail both clean sheets correctly.

Don’t forget, the deadline for the upcoming German 50K Monster is set at 2.30PM (UK time) on Saturday, May 24th, 2020. You can enter a team earlier and make changes right up to the deadline. This means you have an hour to check the starting line-ups  for the 2.30PM (UK time) games, so you can change your selections accordingly up until the 2:30PM deadline, but not after.

German 50K Monster matches in gameweek 27

How did our German 50K Monster team fare last week?

Formation: 4-3-3 |  Budget used: 99.9m |  Finish: 1027 / 2574 |  Prize pool: ///

NAME (club) (opponent)RETURNSPOINTS
Gikiewicz (UNI) (Bayern home)1 save, 2 goals conceded, impact-10.5
Angeliño (LEI) (Freiburg home)/////2
Mittelstädt (HER) (Hoffenheim away)Clean sheet, 1 assist, impact+110
Lainer (GLA) (Frankfurt away)Impact+13
Mbabu (WFB) (Augsburg away)1 assist, impact+16
Neuhaus (GLA) (Frankfurt away)Impact+13
Grujic (HER) (Hoffenheim away)Clean sheet, impact+1, 1 yellow4
Nkunku (LEI) (Freiburg home)/////2
Lukebakio (HER) (Hoffenheim away)/////3
VC Werner (LEI) (Freiburg home)/////3
C Lewandowski (MUN) (Union away)1 goal, impact+116

Our team suggestion for the German 50K Monster in gameweek 29

Formation: 4-4-2 |  Budget used: 99.9m

General approach

The 27th gameweek of the Bundesliga brings us a few more so-called favourable fixtures in comparison to last weekend. This has also resulted in a very expensive pool of potential player picks, which is also reflected in our team selection for this gameweek. We initially wanted to stick to players from just a few outfits (Bayern, Leipzig, Freiburg, Köln), but we had to start making some budgetary room eventually. As a result, our team consists of 3 Bayern players, 3 Freiburg players, 2 Wolfsburg players, a Leverkusen star, a Köln defender, and a Düsseldorf budget enabler.

Goalkeeper

We picked out goalkeeper with budget constraints in mind. In that sense, we were happy to see Wolfsburg playing at home this weekend, as Die Wolfe boast the league’s third-best defence, both overall and for home games only. That’s why, for 6.2 million, we brought in Belgian international Koen Casteels. As the seventh highest-scoring goalie on FanTeam’s German 50K Monster, he’s a more than decent pick, but the downside is that this weekend he is welcoming Borussia Dortmund in a crowd-less Volkswagen-Arena. A clean sheet looks complicated, but a few save points not so much.

Defenders

The first pick of our four-man defensive set-up is Bayern’s David Alaba, who, at 10.1 million, is also the most expensive defender in our team. The extremely versatile Austrian left-back, who can also play in the midfield or as a central defender, already has 21 Bundesliga games, 1 goal, and 1 assist to his name this season, and he will be starting against Eintracht Frankfurt at home coming Saturday. On top of that, when a set-piece is positioned well for a left-footed specialist, Alaba is one of the prime candidates for the reigning champions. Frankfurt are dead last when it comes to away games this season, with just 7 points taken from 12 games. Over that run, the scored just 11 and conceded a more than worrying 25 goals. Fingers crossed for returns at both sides of the pitch for our Bayern man.

Christian Günter is the first of three Freiburg assets in our team for gameweek 27. At a price of 7.8 million, he is not super cheap, but hear us out. Not only is he a nailed-on part on the left side of Freiburg’s defence, he is also given freedom to participate in attack. The tangible results until now: 2 goals and 7 assists in 26 games. Add to that the fact that current number 17 Werder Bremen are rolling up to the Schwarzwald-Stadion and Günter’s potential keeps rising. Bremen, after all, boast the league’s worst defence (conceding 59 goals in 26 games), while only Düsseldorf has a less prolific attack than them. In other words, we’re kind of counting on points here.

Our third defensive pick is Toni Leistner, the only Köln player on our roster this weekend. Considering Die Geißböcke were in decent form prior to the sudden corona-break and the fact that they are playing at home against Düsseldorf, we actually wanted to include at least one more team mate of Leistner’s, but budget made us decide otherwise. We stuck with the German 29-year old who arrived on loan from QPR at the very end of the last January transfer window and who has played 5 of the possible 7 Bundesliga games since then. He has no attacking returns to his name yet, but this weekend provides him with a good opportunity to get his counters going. Newly-promoted Fortuna Düsseldorf are coming to Cologne, who have scored just 14 goals in 13 away games, while conceding a whopping 27.

Our fourth and final defender is a complete budget pick. It basically came down to picking a defender from either Mainz (at home against Leipzig), Frankfurt (away to Bayern), and our pick, Düsseldorf’s Zanka. In the previous paragraph, we just pointed out Düsseldorf’s defensive frailty, so we are not expecting too much here. As a matter of fact, seeing as we have a defender from each team in the Köln-Düsseldorf game, we’d be extremely happy with a boring 0-0 draw.

Midfielders

Like our defence, our midfield is made up of four players with Bayern’s Leon Goretzka being the most expensive one at a price of 12 million on FanTeam this weekend. Our preferential midfield pick from the Bayern roster was actually Kimmich, but Goretzka gives us a good way into the starting line-up at 0.6 million less. On top of that, Kingsley Coman is priced 0.2 million lower still, which means that the Safety Net would apply automatically in case Goretzka doesn’t start. It’s very possible that Bayern won’t start with both against Frankfurt, but also extremely unlikely that neither Goretzka nor Coman will start, considering both are fit. The 25-year old German recorded a lovely 21 points on FanTeam from his last three Bundesliga games, courtesy of 2 goals and 1 assist, and he might just continue that purple patch on Saturday.

For gameweek 27 of the German 50K Monster, we have also gone with a real joker. Kai Havertz is the only Leverkusen player in our team, partly due to the prices of Leverkusen assets and partly due to the fact that Die Werkself are visiting Mönchengladbach coming Saturday afternoon. Defensively, Wolfsburg is very stable this season, but traditionally, this encounter has been full of goals. Just to give you an idea: 13 of the last 20 games between Leverkusen and Gladbach saw 3 goals or more scored between them. At the same time, Havertz resumed his Bundesliga in style by scoring 2 goals against Werder Bremen last weekend after trainer Peter Bosz started him all the way up front. Only three teams have scored more in away games than Leverkusen’s 24 goals, so we’re counting on their offensive prowess to deliver again this weekend.

Freiburg’s Vincenzo Grifo is joining Goretzka and Havertz on our midfield. The Italian-German left-winger is listed as a midfielder for FanTeam’s German 50K Monster, which gives him some additional out-of-position potential. In his first season for Freiburg, Grifo has already racked up 19 Bundesliga games in which he scored twice and provided 5 assists. This weekend, he is facing the league’s third-worst defence in terms of away games when Werder Bremen visit Freiburg. Die Grün-Weißen have conceded 29 goals in 13 games, while overall, this total reaches the worrying amount of 59. After Freiburg’s hard-fought 1-1 draw at Leipzig last weekend, we’re hoping Grifo and his team mates will build on that result against Werder this weekend.

Our fourth midfielder is Wolfsburg player Xavier Schlager. The 22-year old central midfielder is a nailed-on part of Wolfsburg starting eleven, which is kind of the minimum you want from a fantasy budget-enabler. On top of that though, he plays for a more than decent team at home this weekend, though the opposition will be formidable. Borussia Dortmund are just coming off an impressive 4-0 home victory over derby rivals Schalke 04, so they’ll be brimming with confidence. Wolfsburg though, is a more than solid unit this season, which is illustrated by the fact that only Bayern and Leipzig have conceded less goals. At the same time, Dortmund are a bit leaky away from home, having given up 23 goals in 13 games already. In other words, Schlager has his work more than cut out for him in the middle, but we would be surprised if the home team don’t get a few good opportunities themselves as well on Saturday.

Forwards

Robert Lewandowski. We’re going to be brief here, because, what is there left to say? He scored 26 goals in 24 Bundesliga games so far. He scored last weekend. He’s on penalties. He’s the highest-scoring game on FanTeam’s German 50K Monster. He’s playing at home against Frankfurt. Yes, his 15-million price tag is extreme, but… just pick him, captain him, and move on to the rest of your team.

Joining our star man in attack is our third Freiburg pick, striker Nils Petersen. The experienced German has been at the club since 2015 and has grown into an inevitability up front for the Breisgau-Brasilianer since then. This season, his tallies stand at 8 goals and 2 assists from a total of 2’015 Bundesliga minutes. With eight Bundesliga games still to go, Petersen will be aiming for at least double digits in terms of goals and what better way to continue that mission with a home game against Werder Bremen at home? Die Grün-Weißen boast the league’s leakiest defence and are already 9 points behind the safe 15th spot (with one game in hand). Petersen might just be the one to complicate things further for them on Saturday.

As we said this team has been entered into the 20 euro FanTeam German Monster and we hope to report back next week that we’ve shared part of the 50,000 euros prize pool. You can also follow discussions about FanTeam games on FISO’s FanTeam Forum where we have a FreeRoll for those that want to learn a bit more about the game.

What Will Horse Racing Betting Look Like for the Rest of 2020

Covid-19 has affected a large majority of the world and has led to many day to day operations grinding to a halt. In January one could never have predicted the lockdowns and international travel restrictions that many countries are currently experiencing.

Sadly, the world of sports is not immune to these restrictions, from the Premier League to the Olympics the vast majority of sporting events internationally have been indefinitely shut down or postponed. This has left a gaping void in sports broadcasters programming and has left the general public starved for action, nothing to watch, talk about, tweet about or gamble on.

With infection rates dropping and lockdowns easing there is hope that many sports will be able to return, albeit as ghost matches without spectators. However, it is still uncertain how this will operate whilst respecting social distancing measures and keeping attendees safe.

What Is the Effect Of Coronavirus On Horse Race Betting?

One sport that is looking promising for returning swiftly is horse racing, huge benefits of this sport are that you need relatively few members of staff to operate a racetrack without spectators, all tracks are open-air and it does not appear that coronavirus is communicable to horses, some rare good news, in a sport where the animal is the athlete. 

This means the vacuum left by a lack of other sports, should soon be filled by the return of racing in the UK, this is good news for those who like to have a flutter on top horse racing betting sites bestbettingsites.co.uk

Regarding betting, ‘ghost’ races shouldn’t cause too much of an issue. In the UK horse racing is the most popular betting market after football and, according to the Founder and CEO of horseracingnation.com Mark Midland, 90% of the betting pool worldwide already comes from off-track wagering.

Currently, the British Horse Racing Authority is planning to resume on June 1st and in Ireland, the provisional date for return is June 8th. Many other countries are now operating races without spectators including the US, Hong Kong, Australia and Japan, although some of the major fixtures such as the Kentucky Derby have been postponed until later in the year. 

The majority of the horse racing industry seems to be resuming to business as usual and so far, the industry hasn’t seen a major residual impact on stud fees or auction prices for horses either.

What Impact Will This Have on Horse Race Viewership?

It could be the case that these uncertain times will provide an opportunity for a sport such as horse racing

Horse racing has all the key ingredients that a sport needs to be successful; it is fast paced, has quick results, has pageantry, and of course many creative and exciting ways of gambling. However, it is lacking mainstream TV distribution, and this is something that Covid-19 could be set to alter. 

People are staying home, working from home and their entertainment options are very limited. Sports networks are content starved, and this leaves horse racing in good standing to fill the void left by the lack of other sports. Hopefully, this will lead to the creation of new fans and generate mainstream interest in the sport. This should be a great time to put the sport in front of new or casual fans. 

Sports broadcasters in the US have already altered their programming to accommodate more Horse Racing, Fox Sports 2 has already added an extra 7½ hours of horse racing coverage to their schedule. It is also expected that broadcasting styles will be altered to make Horse Racing more accessible to those that don’t know the sport. 

TVG is the broadcaster with the most horse racing viewership in the US. Recently their chief executive, Kip Levin said: “You will see us modifying how we broadcast things this weekend, anticipating new people, we’re going to be more cognizant about teaching people about how to watch the sport and teach them more about racing.”

An increase in mainstream TV distribution will hopefully lead to this predicted increase in viewers and should generate an increased amount of people wishing to place wagers. 

It is hoped, despite all the negatives repercussions of coronavirus, that the return of racing will provide a little light relief, relaxation and entertainment at a time when the public most need it.

TOP 5 LOWER PROFILE PLAYERS FOR YOUR BUNDESLIGA FANTASY LINE-UP

We might have seen empty stadiums, spaced-out subs and socially distanced celebrations but it’s back. The Bundesliga got back this weekend. Finally, football is back! Then, very quickly, the same names dominate the headlines. So, what do you do if you want to add a sprinkling of under-the-radar stars to your fantasy team?

That’s right, you check out this list of players that won’t be lining up for Bayern, Dortmund or any other of the top six sides but may still bring you some much desired points.

Number 5. Kai Proger, Paderborn

On the surface of it, selecting a player from the club bottom of the league and 10 points from safety might sound like the move of someone who has lost the plot during the coronavirus lockdown. Bear with us though.

Paderborn might be struggling but Proger is having a terrific campaign – particularly given it’s his first year playing in the Bundesliga. In 24 appearances, 1,824 minutes to be precise, Proger has been involved in nine goals – scoring two and laying on a further seven. That means he’s had a hand in 30% of the team’s overall goals.

“A more than tidy contribution.”

Number 4. Robin Koch, Freiburg

Koch is the man closest to that top six we’re not delving into, with Freiburg currently sitting in seventh. He’s having a tremendous year too albeit without attracting the same headlines as the forward players get. Koch predominantly plays as a centre back where he dominates everything that comes into his zone but a recent transition into the deep lying midfield position has allowed him to show off his ball playing skills as well.

Whilst he’s not one to chip in with goals or assists on a regular basis he is one of the first names on the team sheet having missed just one game this season when suffering from illness.

“A steady name to have in your ranks.”

Number 3. Robert Skov, Hoffenheim

Last year, Skov was a goal scoring machine for Copenhagen in the Danish Superligaen with 32 goals and 10 assists in a total of 48 appearances. He’s settled into German football pretty well too. Okay, so Hoffenheim have switched him from right wing to left back, which obviously has an impact on his statistical output.

A goal involvement of just over one in three games (three goals and four assists) isn’t too shabby for a defender though. Hoffenheim do have the worst goals against column in the top half meaning you won’t be getting many clean sheets but, at the other end, give them a free kick and there is a decent chance that Skov picks out the top corner.

“A defender that is a dead ball specialist.”

Number 2. Sebastiaan Bornauw, Koln

Like with Skov, Bornauw isn’t likely to see to many shut outs recorded with Koln having shipped 47 goals so far this season. What Bornauw does bring though is a genuine defensive goal threat and five goals from centre half is impressive by anybody’s standards. This is his first year in the Bundesliga after joining for a £5m fee from Belgian club Anderlecht but he’s taken to it like a duck takes to water. He’s been a pretty consistent figure in the backline too with just a couple of fixtures missed through suspension and injury.

“A goal scoring defender.”

Number 1. Robin Quaison, Mainz

Everyone has heard of Robert Lewandowski, Timo Werner and Jadon Sancho. What about Robin Quaison? He’s not quite the household name – yet. Give it time though because he’s currently fourth in the goal scoring charts behind the trio listed.

The numbers backing that up, read as 12 goals (and two assists) in 25 games – all whilst in a team that’s teetering dangerously above the drop zone too. Next up is RB Leipzig, which is a tough fixture but then comes four winnable games where Quaison could add to his already impressive tally.

“An eye for goal and a kind set of fixtures.”

There you have it, five less than obvious Bundesliga players to boost your fantasy team. And if you fancy betting on Bundesliga games, click here to check out TonyBet Sport odds on the German topflight.

Where Can You Find the Best Football Insights?

The beautiful game has many tricks and outside influences that can change what may happen in a match. This is one of the reasons why football is loved by so many around the world; there is always a chance that the underdogs can come out on top! Here are some of the best ways to find out more insights about upcoming matches and more.

Check Out Match Odds

Many sites closely watch upcoming matches to find the best results for how these matches might turn out. You never have to go far to find a site that will offer you the results you are looking for, such as casino.netbet.co.uk.

The teams at these sites monitor everything from previous match outcomes to current player performances. This allows them to put together a comprehensive list of odds that can help you to predict the outcome of a match. These experts are one of the first voices you should check as you never know what you can learn from looking at their tips.

News Websites

All of the major newspapers have a sports section and the journalists who write for them have years in the industry and plenty of experience. When you read a piece from them, you can be certain that it has been well-researched and will be as accurate as possible.

The great thing about heading to the sports section of a news website is that it will often be unbiased. You could find match analysis on the fansite for your favourite team, but this will likely be tinted with bias in their favour. A loss will be spun in a positive light, while a win might be exaggerated. Any analysis from an unbiased source like a newspaper is likely to be a little more logical and accurate overall.

Podcasts

Podcasts have taken off in a major way in the past few years. They literally exist in every genre and can range from celebrities having chats with their friends to people talking through true crime cases and more.

However, you can also find plenty of options for football podcasts. There are so many, but you should be able to find some that suit you. They can be run just by fans like yourself, or they can be professional products hosted by industry experts. Whether you listen to them on your commute or out for a walk, you can be certain that they will be able to offer you some fantastic insight into what is happening in the world of football.

These are just three ways you can catch up on everything that is happening in the world of football. The big advantage of football being the most-loved sport in the world is that there is a great wealth of content supporting the fans. No matter where you look, you should be able to find some brilliant sources that will be able to teach you plenty about what the world of football can offer you.

FanTeam German €50k Monster – GW26 – 16/17 May 2020

A few months before the world started going into lock-down, FISO had started a new series of weekly articles on FanTeam, Europe’s biggest daily fantasy football provider, entering the team we write about each week into the game as well. This series focused on FanTeam’s Weekly Monster, a weekly fantasy league based on the Premier League games that kick-off on or after Saturday 3PM (UK time) with €50,000 worth of guaranteed prize money. That’s every gameweek, in case you were wondering. Each of our articles focused on an Early Entry for the weekly tournament to help you identify game rules, tactics and the most promising players per gameweek, so you can win some of that large prize money.

Like the rest of the football world though, we had to temporarily put our new FanTeam article series on hold when the Premier League was suspended indefinitely on the 13th of March, 2020. As far as English football goes, there is still no clarity as to how the 2019-20 season can be finished, but that’s not the case for all football leagues. The German Bundesliga has actually already announced a return to footballing action and this weekend will see the first round of the rest of the season in Germany take place (GW26 of their season). Seeing as, just like you, we can’t wait for a return to footballing normality, we decided to write a piece on this weekend’s German 50k Monster. If you’re not sure how to play FanTeam Fantasy Bundesliga then check out our step by step video guide.

Our FISO team below will be entered into this week’s €20 entry (€50k prize pool) German Monster, which has a maximum entry limit of 3,000 participants. The top 525 teams will share in the prize pool and for this particular weekend, the winner will take home a cool €10,000 this weekend. Before moving onto our team selection, we want to highlight a couple of FanTeam rules that apply to this weekend’s German Monster.

Number one is that FanTeam have a rule called the ‘safety net’. The safety net comes into play when a selected player does not start in the Weekly Monster. The game will then automatically replace this player with the next lowest-priced player from the same position (GK, DEF, MID, FOR) in the same team. This is regardless of whether or not your selected player does take to the field later in the game. This rule helps people who have entered a team into the German Monster not to worry too much about whether their selected players will start or not, particularly if they know there are cheaper players for that same club in that same position who should start instead.

Number two is that FanTeam also have a ‘stacking penalty’ for the German Monster, which penalises teams that have selected more than one defenders/goalkeeper from the same club. The stacking penalty comes into play when you pick more than one defensive player (defenders or goalkeepers) from a particular club and this club records a clean sheet. The points awarded for this clean sheet will decrease by 1 point for each additional defensive player from the same club that you have selected. The stacking penalty has a maximum of minus 3 points. This rule helps stop multi-entrants from gaining an advantage by submitting block defence teams. A reasonable tactic can be to select two players from two different clubs for your Goalie and Defenders, which would see you incur just 2 single-point deductions if you nail both clean sheets correctly.

Don’t forget, the deadline for the upcoming German Monster is set at 2.30PM (UK time) on Saturday, May 16th, 2020. You can enter a team earlier and make changes right up to the deadline. This means you should have an hour from when teams are announced to check the starting line-ups  for the 2.30PM (UK time) games.

German 50K Monster matches

Our team suggestion for the German Monster in gameweek 26

Formation: 4-3-3 |  Budget used: 99.7m

General approach

A first glance at the player selection and prices for this weekend’s German Monster immediately revealed budget constraints to be the talk of the day. There are not a lot of stand-out fixtures from a fantasy points of view (Saturday’s derby between Dortmund and Schalke does stand out footballing-wise, and how!), and player prices on the rosters of Bayern, Dortmund and Leipzig are sky-high. Nonetheless we identified Leipzig (3 players) and Gladbach (2 players) as our favourites for this weekend, supplemented with a punt born out of necessity on Hertha Berlin (3 players). Union Berlin provides the (cheapest) goalkeeper, Wolfsburg the fourth defender, and Bayern’s star man leads the way up front.

Goalkeeper

We have picked Union Berlin goalkeeper Rafal Gikiewicz as our man between the sticks, purely out of budget concerns. He is the cheapest goalkeeper in the game this weekend, which is no surprise knowing they will be facing current leaders Bayern München. We’re not expecting a lot of points from Gikiewicz, but a few save points may be on the cards. On top of that, when it comes to home games, only six teams in the league perform better than Union’s 16 conceded goals.

Defenders

Leipzig’s left wing-back Angeliño is our first and most premium defensive pick for this weekend. The Spanish set-piece specialist is the ninth most expensive defender in the game, but with a home game against Freiburg coming up, we feel he’s worth it. Die Roten Bullen have conceded just 13 goals in 12 home games (only Bayern and Dortmund have conceded less), while their opponents have managed just 18 goals in 13 away games, a tally better by 10 other teams. As far as Angeliño himself goes, since he came over from Man City on loan in January of this year, he already has 6 Bundesliga games and 1 goal behind his name.

Our second defender is part of a Borossia Mönchengladbach backline that has conceded 30 goals in 25 games, and 14 of those goals came in 12 away games. Right-back Stefan Lainer has become a nailed-on part of Gladbach’s starting eleven and this weekend, him and his team mates are facing Eintracht Frankfurt away from home. The Austrian 27-year old is quite prolific for a defender with a goal and 2 assists from 11 Bundesliga games, so we’re hoping that he can mark his post-lock-down return with another decent FanTeam return this weekend.

In defence we also find the only Wolfsburg asset we picked for this weekend, namely right-back Kevin Mbabu. The Swiss-Congolese 25-year old was transferred in from Swiss side BSC Young Boys in the summer of 2019 for a fee of €9.2 million. Since the turn of the year, he has played himself into Die Wölfe’s starting eleven, with a goal and an assist in a total of 11 Bundesliga games as a result. This weekend, he is facing Augsburg away from home, knowing that the home team has scored a decent 36 goals in 25 Bundesliga games. At the same time though, they have conceded a worrying 52 goals. Taking home the three points won’t be easy for Wolfsburg, but a victory is definitely possible and while we’re at it, why not a few points for Mbabu as well?

Our fourth and final defender for the German 50k Monster is also the first of three Hertha Berlin picks in our team. Maximilian Mittelstädt is actually a left wingback, but he often operates as a left midfielder or even a left winger for Die Alte Dame. As a result, he has 1 goal and 3 assists to his name this season, from 21 Bundesliga games. Not a bad return at all, especially when considering he is a guaranteed starter playing fellow mid-table team Hoffenheim away from home this weekend. No team has conceded more goals at home than their 31 from 13 games, while 9 teams have scored more than their 19 goals in those same home games. Herta are not the favourite here and Mittelstädt is a bit of a punt as a result of budget issues, but we are not discarding him right away either.

Midfielders

Like in our defence, the star man on our midfield is also part of the RB Leipzig roster. Offensive midfielder Christopher Nkunku was bought from French side Paris Saint Germain in the summer of 2019 for a hefty fee of €13 million, but the Frenchman did not need long to justify his club’s expenditure. After 23 Bundesliga this season, his tallies sit at 4 goals and no less than 14 assists, which is the most in the entire league. Rolling up to the Red Bull Arena Leipzig on Saturday is current number eight Freiburg, who have conceded 21 goals in 13 away games. This is not a worrying total (only eight teams have conceded less), but Leipzig’s 32 goals in 12 home games make us think that points could be won here.

Nkunku is joined in the middle by Gladbach winger Patrick Hermann, who is listed as a midfielder on FanTeam. The young German is a key cog in Gladbach’s system, which explains his 5 goals and 6 assists in 19 Bundesliga games this season. He is playing away against Frankfurt this weekend, at the Commerzbank-Arena, where he will be looking to add to the home team’s 16 conceded goals so far (from 12 home games). Hermann has suffered from injuries this season, so in case he can’t start on Saturday (he is currently marked as fit), FanTeam’s safety net ensures that he will be replaced by Florian Neuhaus or Jonas Hofmann.

Our three-man midfield is completed by Hertha Berlin’s Marius Wolf, who, like his earlier mentioned team mate Mittelstädt, is mostly a budget-enabling kind of pick. Still, that doesn’t mean we can’t or don’t expect anything from him. The 24-year old German offers some out-of-position potential, as he is listed as a midfielder on FanTeam, but often operates more like a right winger for Die Alte Dame. With 1 goal and 3 assists from 21 Bundesliga games so far, he has shown his worth in an attacking sense as well, and we’re hoping that he will do so again when Hertha visits Hoffenheim on Saturday.

Forwards

We’re starting with our most expensive pick, our captain, our team’s star man, and the Bundesliga’s current top scorer with an incredible 25 goals from 23 games. Robert Lewandowski doesn’t need any introduction, as the 31-year old Polish assassin has been scoring goals in Germany and the Champions League for ages, it seems. On paper, and together with Leipzig’s home game against Freiburg, Sunday’s game between Union Berlin and Bayern is probably the weekend’s most attractive fantasy fixture. That’s also why we decided to include at least one Bayern player, despite their extremely high price tags, and Lewa was the chosen one. All we need know is another goal or two to keep his purple patch alive and the long break has allowed him to recover from a leg injury.

Lewandowski is not the only premium pick on our front-line, though. That’s because we figured Leipzig’s Timo Werner is a must-have this weekend as well. He is the only player who is more or less capable of keeping up with Lewa’s scoring this season, with 21 goals from 25 games and we feel that he has a chance to catch up a bit this weekend. Saturday’s opponents Freiburg have conceded 21 goals in 13 away games, which is not bad, but doesn’t constitute a fortress either. We’re hoping that Werner will be coming out of the break ready to fire and keep his team in the race for a Champions League spot next season. He is also our vice-captain.

Our third striker and final pick for the German 50K Monster is Hertha Berlin new boy Krzysztof Piatek. The ex-AC Milan man was brought in from Italy during the 2020 January transfer window for a juicy €24 million and he played six Bundesliga game since then. So far, he has just a single goal to his name, but there could be much more to come, especially when taking his scoring stints in Italy into account. Picking Piatek was mainly the result of budget constraints, but we do expect him to start on Saturday and if he does, he could well be a source of some seriously differential points.

As we said this team has been entered into the 20 euro FanTeam German Monster and we hope to report back next week that we’ve shared part of the 50,000 euros prize pool. You can also follow discussions about FanTeam games on FISO’s FanTeam Forum where we have a FreeRoll for those that want to learn a bit more about the game.

Video Guide on How to Play FanTeam Fantasy Bundesliga

For more help and guidance on FanTeam’s Daily Fantasy Sports games please visit FISO’s FanTeam forum where you can also find details of a weekly FreeRoll for FISO members to get you used to playing FanTeam Fantasy Bundesliga. Below is the written script from FanTeam for the above video.

FanTeam’s German €50K Monster | €10k 1st Place | Daily Fantasy Football

Football is returning to our screens and our life!

The first big European league returns this weekend, with Germany’s top-tier domestic football season resuming behind closed doors on Saturday 16th May.

To celebrate this return, we’ve created a €50,000 German League fantasy football contest, with a 1st place prize of €10,000 – guaranteed.

The contest kicks off with 5 fixtures on Saturday at 15:30 CET and ends with Union Berlin vs. Bayern Munich on Sunday, featuring a total of 8 games.

How to Enter

To enter this contest, head over to fanteam.com.

Once logged in to your account, you’ll see this Saturday’s German €50K Monster contest towards the top of the lobby – click the entry button to begin selecting your team.

Rules

The format is 11-a-side, with no subs and you can pick a maximum of 3 players from any one team.

Oh – and please remember to select a captain as he will earn you DOUBLE points.

For those of you that are new to FanTeam, you can find a full breakdown of how the scoring system works by clicking on the “Scoring” button above the pitch.

Your team must have at least 1 x Goalkeeper, 3 x Defenders, 2 x Midfielders and 1 x Forward.

Build a Team

To assist with your selection, each player is given a coloured icon to the left of their name, indicating his chances of featuring.

Green means the player is expected to start, while red indicates the player is set to miss out and a half green/half yellow icon means it’s 50-50.

Be sure to also keep an eye on the latest team news, as we move closer to the deadline, to give yourself the best chance of fielding an XI.

(Click on GK, show form and points)

You can find details on the form and recent Gameweek’s scoring for each player.

(Click on Neuer’s player info – history)

Manuel Neuer is the most expensive goalkeeper in this contest, at $10.5m.

The German international has kept clean sheets in each of his last 2 outings, earning an average of 5.8 points across his last 6 appearances.

(Show image of 3 defenders filled in on pitch, Pavard, Halstenberg and Hummels)

Leipzig have kept 4 clean sheets in their last 5 games, making their defenders worthy of consideration.

Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, meanwhile, have kept out their opponents in 3 of their last 4 outings; earning Pavard and Hummels respective averages of 5.3 and 4.8 points per game, over that spell.

(Show image of 4 midfielders filled in on pitch, Sancho, Coman, Nkunku, Arnold)

So, now we move onto the midfielders, where there is an array of talent, such as Bayern Munich’s Kingsley Coman and Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho.

At $13.3m, the young Englishman has been given the most expensive price tag amongst midfielders, after recording a goal or assist in each of the last 6 Gameweeks.

He’s amassed 3 goals and 4 assists over that spell, to average 7.7 points per game.

(Show image of 3 forwards filled in on pitch, Haaland, Lewandowski and Werner)

And now we come to the business end of your lineup – the forwards.

These are typically the most expensive players in the game and tend to eat up your budget.

Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland and Leipzig’s Timo Werner are sure to be amongst the highest owned forwards, but come at a steep price.

The break has allowed the league’s top scorer, Robert Lewandowski, to recover from a leg injury ahead of the meeting with Union Berlin on Sunday.

He’s bagged 4 goals across his last 4 outings, to average 7.8 points per game.

Once you’re happy with your 11-man lineup, it’s time to decide on a captain.

You can do this by clicking on your chosen player and selecting “set as captain” or you can use the drop-down menu above the pitch.

And remember – this player earns you double points, so be sure to choose a vice-captain incase your captain doesn’t play.

Enter Your Team

Once you’re happy with your team, click the yellow “enter tournament” button towards the top right of the page.

You can still make unlimited changes to your lineup before the 15.30 CET deadline, when the first matches kick off, so be sure to keep an eye out for that all-important early team news.

For those of you looking to play for lower stakes, we also have a German €1.5K Mini-Monster, which is just 50 cents per lineup to enter. This too can be found in the lobby at fanteam.com.

For those of you that are new to FanTeam and don’t already have an existing account, sign up via the link in the description and create your free account today.

FanTeam also have an exclusive offer for new customers – deposit €10 to your account to receive a free €20 entry ticket for this Saturday’s Weekly Monster.

Once you’ve deposited €10, please contact FanTeam support team via the live chat option on the home page or message FanTeam on Twitter @FanTeamOfficial.

Best of luck to all with your entries this weekend.

Helpful Football Betting Tips For Beginners

To increase your chances of betting on the right football club, there are certain things that you need to keep in mind to place a good bet. While there are football sites that offer free betting tips and predictions on upcoming matches. Giving you the play by play on each match and basing their football predictions on statistical analysis and the latest football news. Depending on the league you’re following, there are even football sites dedicated to the Irish football league.

Before following along these football sites, there are a few football betting tips that you need to always keep in mind before placing your bets.  Here are some essential tips for any football betting beginners out there.

Take a Look at Last Season’s Betting Records

If you have been betting for years now, one of the best ways to ensure that you do well this upcoming season is by taking a look back at your past performance. Review your betting records, compare your wins to your losses. This way, you can analyse whether you completed the season well and even find patterns based on the outcomes.

What major betting mistakes did you make last time? How would you go about it this time? All these questions can help you become better at placing bets on each match because mistakes are the best teacher of all.

Review Betting Statistics

When it comes to football betting, analysing each match takes up a lot of time. To be more time-efficient, it’s important to review your betting statistics and disregard the unnecessary ones. 

By taking a look at your stats, you will be able to identify your most useful stats and the stats that didn’t play much of a determining factor in the previous games. Did Away games affect the football team’s performance?

Through sorting through your football stats, your football betting decisions will be a whole lot sharper because you now know specific football stats helped you win the most matches.

Choose credible football betting sources

Just like writing your college paper, to do well, you must use resources that are legitimate. The results of your paper rely on the information you used. However, unlike a writing assignment, losing a football bet costs you a whole lot of money.

The best chance of winning a bet is through using an in-depth analysis of upcoming matches from football betting sites. However, you must be careful when it comes to picking out information because not everything on the internet is reliable.

To identify reliable resources from the rest, make sure that the site is being run by a reliable organization. Take a look at their reviews, are fellow football better relying on them? Are they considered a reputable source? Having a quick internet investigation really helps.

Choosing the right resources to place your betting decisions on shouldn’t be taken lightly—it should be placed at utmost importance. Do you really want to waste your hard-earned money? Best smartly with credible information!

After finally taking the plunge and joining in the football betting world, you need to come in well-prepared. By keeping these essential football betting tips in mind, you will be making smart and winning moves in no time!

Three Tips For Rugby League Betting

With the help of betting apps, it has never been easier to place a bet on rugby league. Whether you are at home on your sofa or on the move or with friends, you can place a bet on a game at the swipe of a button on your phone.

Bookmakers have in recent years expanded their catalogue of leagues which they offer betting on. In England, the majority of the big firms offers odds on matches all the way down to League One.

Here is a look at three things you should consider when it comes to betting on rugby league today.

Take Advantage of Sign-Up Offers

In order to win your custom, bookmakers offer some very generous promotions in order for you to open a betting account with them. These include boosted odds, a free bet and cross-promotions on their casino products.

These offers can be used on the rugby league odds for an 80-minute match, an outright market for a league or cup or you can bet on a player to score the first try in a game. Look out for the best of these promotions and use them. You are under no obligation to carry on betting with them after this period.

Bet In-Play

Not only do bookmakers allow you to place a bet on a rugby league game before it starts, but they also offer in-running odds on the majority of their matches. The benefit of betting in-play is you can watch the opening stages of the action and base an opinion on who looks the most likely winner.

Odds are offered throughout the game so you can watch as much of the game as you like before placing your bet. An example of this was the 2019 Challenge Cup which was won by Warrington Wolves. Steve Price’s side were outsiders going into that match but they made a strong start against St Helens and went on to build upon that early success to lift the trophy.

Cash-out facility

One of the most modern features to be introduced by bookmakers in their rugby league and sports betting is the cash-out facility. Some firms allow you to take a cash offer for your bet at various stages of the match.

The cash value will obviously depend on how strong your bet is looking. If your team is well ahead, like St Helens were in their 2019 Grand Final success against Salford City Reds, you are likely to get a very good offer.

With so many late tries in rugby league, many punters have ended up winning on a bet which should have gone on to lose. However, if you cash out too early, you may miss out on your full winnings.

Although cash out is not for everybody, it is a feature which is nice to have in case you have the desire to get out of your bet.

Hopefully the above three tips can help you become more profitable in your rugby league betting. Have fun and always bet responsibly.