Australian betting and its popularity among the population

Australia is considered one of the most gambling countries in the world, because the sports industry here is very well developed and all kinds of sports are present.  This gives an impetus to the development of new kinds of bets and bookmakers. 

The Prevalence of Sports Betting in Australia and Its Features

Betting on sports has long been part of Australian culture. This activity brings a lot of pleasure and unforgettable emotions. According to official data, in 2015 the total amount of bets on sports exceeded 27 billion, which was an absolute record. The Australians are an extremely gambling nation, which surpassed even the British in their addiction. There has been a keen interest in betting here since a long time ago, when it was illegal. In those times there was an active struggle against this promptly developing industry, but nobody could overcome people’s excitement, that is why in the 80-ies the government decided to legalize betting. This was the starting point from which betting started to flourish. Today the most popular are online bets on sports, it has become much more convenient and accessible with the development of technology. It gives an opportunity to australian online bookmakers to deploy their activities and earn real money. 

Features of Betting in Australia 

Despite the fact that betting is officially legalised in Australia, there are still some restrictions. First of all, it is related to territorial division. Each of the Australian states has its own attitude to betting and certain laws concerning the regulation of bookmakers. In the northern part of the state, online betting was legalized back in 1996. This was the beginning of the explosive growth of betting shops and the emergence of new betting sites. It is important to note that the government has a very negative attitude to betting in live mode, so they were strictly prohibited. Today, almost everyone uses the online format to bet on their favorite athlete or team. Staying within the legal framework, betting companies keep the public’s gambling spirit alive and offer new betting options. Bookmakers pay taxes to the state, thanks to which they feel quite at ease in their field of business. Since Australia is a country with a very developed sports theme, it is not surprising that sports have become an object of public attention and gambling disputes and forecasts. As far as online betting is concerned, it is today that it enjoys tremendous popularity. Many people prefer it because it is convenient and there is a huge choice of bookmakers. 

Australia’s Most Betted Sports

Despite the great love of Australians for all sports, they still have clear favorites. These are the sports on which most bets are placed. Let’s find out a little more about them. 

Rugby League

This sport is considered one of the most popular and actively developing in Australia. Moreover, it is recognized as the most popular Internet sport. It is a team game, each with 13 players. The game involves an oval-shaped ball, which players pass to each other using their hands and feet. The main goal of the game is to get the ball to the right area or behind the goal of the opponent. It is a very dynamic sport, which keeps the spectator in suspense until the end of the game. That is why many people appreciate it and bet on rugby league, because it is not easy to predict the result, it causes a strong excitement and great interest. 

Australian Football

The sport is rightly considered a national treasure and a source of great pride to the Australian people. It is a very dynamic and unpredictable team game, in which the result can change at any time, which is why it is so attractive for betting. Each team has 18 players. The main difference from the classic soccer is an oval soccer field, and the ball can be passed not only feet, but also hands. The aim of the game is to get the ball into the opponent’s goal. There are several types of bets on Australian soccer. The most common are bets on one of the teams to win, bets on the performance of teams, which implies the total number of points, as well as bets on the outcome of the season. Each of these options has its own details, which need to be kept in mind if you want to make a good bet. 

Golf

Over the past few years, golf has been gaining in popularity. The number of fans of the sport has increased, which has allowed golf to grow in the ranking of sports for betting. The most popular type of golf betting is considered to be betting on winning the tournament. It is very difficult because each event can have more than 200 players, hence it is extremely difficult to make accurate predictions. The best solution in this situation is to bet on the player who is sure not to win, this is the most likely to make the right choice. To make accurate predictions, bookmakers take into account several factors that may affect the outcome of the game. First of all, it is the professional training of players and their experience. This is an important point, which is of great importance in a game such as golf. Also very important is the psychological mood and weather conditions. Competent evaluation and comparison of existing factors allows you to make the most accurate prediction. 

Basketball

Basketball is another of the most popular sports in Australia, which has won the hearts of not only fans, but also bookmakers. A huge number of bets are placed on it every year. A significant advantage of betting is the large number of equally likely events and the regularity of the competition. In general, this sport is loved by newcomers to betting, because the game is the most predictable of all. It is much easier to assess the chances of each individual athlete during a game than it is in rugby or soccer. 

The advantages of online gambling over traditional gambling: Why try your luck at an online casino?

The exponential growth of the internet and everything and anything related to it over the past decades has also had a profound effect on the gambling industry. Where previously games of chance were only available at casinos and other land-based establishments, the internet opened a door to a whole new world of possibilities. The online casino was born.

For some, there’s nothing like the offline casino experience and we can fully understand that, but it’s undeniable that online casinos bring with them a host of advantages as well. From convenience to choice, we wanted to take this opportunity to highlight some of the advantages of online casinos in comparison to traditional brick-and-mortar casinos in the same way that The Scotsman have looked at the best UK online casinos.

Of course, regardless of the game, always remember to gamble responsibly. As the industry slogan goes: when the fun stops, stop.

Convenience

This is probably the main advantage of any online casino over a traditional casino. In order to gamble online, all you need is a decent internet connection and a device that can connect to it, like a computer, a tablet or a smart phone. If you have those, you are basically good to go. No need to dress up, no need to leave your home and no need to take opening hours into account. Just visit the online casino of your choice, log in, and let the fun begin.

Variety of choice

While the major traditional land-based casinos will have lots of different games on offer, they will still not be able to compete with your average online casino in terms of the variety of games they offer. Online casinos simply have the edge here. Many online casinos will offer countless games and not just limited to casino classics like poker and blackjack either. It’s not uncommon to see online casinos include live dealer games, sports betting and horse racing to their service offering as well, just to name a few examples. If you like to be spoilt for choice, online casinos are the place for you.

Payment options

This major advantage of online casinos can be underestimated sometimes, especially by beginners. Compared to the more traditional casinos, online casinos tend to offer a wide variety of available payment methods, including e-wallets, debit cards and even Bitcoin nowadays. This adds to the convenience of playing online, as you can choose the method of payment that best fits your situation and lifestyle.

Availability

This point seamlessly connects to our first point in this list, convenience. While the 24/7 availability of online gambling opportunities is something that should not be abused, it constitutes a big advantage for players in general when compared to a land-based casino. Online casinos do not work with opening hours and can therefore be accessed exactly when it suits the player’s schedule. This can be at 6 in the morning or at 11 at night, it doesn’t matter.

The bonuses

If you have already explored the world of online gambling a bit, you have likely come across more than a few bonus offers already. Promotions like the online casino doubling your starting bankroll from a certain amount or the house doubling your winnings up to a certain amount are far from a rarity in the online gambling world. While such bonuses can have a more than considerable effect on your gambling success, they are a lot less common at traditional casinos, which gives online casinos another edge worth considering.

What you want, when you want

One of the biggest downsides of playing at traditional casinos is that, sometimes, you need to wait for your turn. Whether it’s a specific slot machine that you want to try your luck on or a certain blackjack table you want to join, chances are that there is no spot available when you arrive and you therefore have to wait. At online casinos, those situations are a thing of the past. With the possible exception of specific poker tables, online casinos allow you to play any game at any time. All you need to do is log in, select the game of your choice and let the good times roll.

FPL Season 2021/22: Gameweek 8 preview

It’s chaos in the Fantasy Premier League universe. Once again. At the moment of writing, Premier League stars from all over the world have started returning to England after the end of the second international break of this 2021/22 season. Besides the complicating covid measures, which are especially relevant for South American Premier League players, fantasy managers have a wave of injury, fitness, and general availability issues to deal with. As we speak, the popular likes of Romelu Lukaku, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Raphinha, Antonio Rüdiger and Diogo Jota along with Goalies, Ederson and Martinez, are all carrying a yellow flag in the official game, just to give you an idea of the situation.

As a result, we’re likely to see a lot of Wildcard activity in the build-up to GW8 as well. The fixture calendar seems to be taking a turn these weeks, with teams like Manchester United and West Ham preparing themselves for a run of harder fixtures, and teams like Chelsea, Manchester City and Southampton embarking on kinder runs after a difficult start to the season. These swings will have caused problems for more than a few managers and inside that probably large group, plenty will choose to play their Wildcard. Whether that’s smart, or not, considering all of the international break-related uncertainty remains to be seen but it’s sure to give us another exciting, all-over-the-place round of fantasy Premier League football.

Don’t forget, the deadline for gameweek 8 is set at 11h00 (UK time) on Saturday, October 16th.

Most transferred in/transferred out players (as per October 14th, 2021)


TRANSFERS OUTTRANSFERS INPOSSIBLE REASONS
GKSchmeichel (LEI), Sanchez (BRI), Mendy (CHE)Ramsdale (ARS), Foster (WAT), Ederson (MCI)
DEFAlexander-Arnold (LIV), Alonso (CHE), Shaw (MUN)Cancelo (MCI), Azpilicueta (CHE), Dias (MCI)City and Chelsea defences best in the league + good fixtures, TAA yellow flag
MIDPogba (MUN), Greenwood (MUN), Sarr (WAT)Townsend (EVE), Salah (LIV), Raphinha (LEE)Salah and Townsend form, United difficult run of fixtures,
FORRonaldo (MUN), Lukaku (CHE), Dennis (WAT)Hwang (WOL), Vardy (LEI), Lukaku (CHE)Lukaku yellow flag, Hwang and Vardy form

Premium pick

Before Manchester City faced Liverpool this season, the Cityzens had conceded just a single goal in six league games, boasting the league’s most solid defence as a result. Then Mo Salah (£12.7m) and co appeared and now Pep Guardiola’s men have the shared best defence, together with Chelsea, having conceded three goals. While one of those goals came from a brilliant Salah assist on Mané, the other came from the man himself and well… we’re going to see that one in many goal compilations for years to come. With a 13-point haul, the Egyptian continued his excellent form, and brought his league totals to 6 goals and 4 assists. Salah is currently the highest-scoring player in the official game with 70 FPL points and up next are Watford as the Hornets kick off the new era under manager Claudio Ranieri. It remains to be seen how the living Leicester legend will have his men line up on Saturday, but we feel that one way or the other, Liverpool’s star man will get chances to build on his current red-hot form.

Non-premium pick

Rotation. That’s the big risk when it comes to picking Phil Foden (£7.9m) or indeed any Man City asset. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s continue with the upsides, because there are some serious upsides here. First of all, Man City are facing Burnley at home this weekend, followed by Brighton away and Crystal Palace at home. There is, of course, the small matter of European football to take into account here, but League-wise, that looks like a tasty run. Second of all, Foden has been in great form of late. He was electric at Anfield in gameweek 7, and he played the full 90 minutes in both of England’s international games against Andorra (1 assist) and Hungary, on last Saturday and last Tuesday, respectively. Third of all, Foden’s chances of starting against Burnley are considerable, especially now that Ferran Torres has been ruled out with a foot injury and Gündögan is still suffering from a knock as well. Adding all those factors together and looking at his current price tag, we doubt that there are many better alternatives in the non-premium category than Phil Foden.

The budget enabler

We mentioned the expected Wildcard activity for this week earlier and one of the players that we’re expecting to see in many new squads is Tino Livramento (£4.2m). The Chelsea Academy graduate is starting to show more and more signs of being this season’s stand-out budget pick since he rather unexpectedly made Southampton’s right-back spot his since gameweek 1. In the seven league games he played since then, Livramento collected a more than decent 21 FPL points, courtesy of 2 clean sheets and 1 assist. He gets plenty of freedom to bomb forward during games, which only fits his speed and dribbling style, and the Saints have looked pretty good defensively of late. They have conceded 4 goals in the last four games and three of those goals came against Chelsea in GW7. The other was conceded against Wolves, while the home game against on-fire West Ham in GW4 and the away encounter with Manchester City in GW5 both ended in goalless draws. Up next is a much kinder run of fixtures for Livramento and the rest of the Saints, starting with a home game against Leeds this weekend. In the four games after that, Soton are facing Burnley and Villa at home, and Watford and Norwich on the road. Livramento looks like the ultimate defensive enabler for at least the medium-term.

The differential

After a good 2020/21 Premier League campaign and a summer in which the final of the European Championship was reached, Mason Mount (£7.4m) has not really gotten off the mark yet this season. The Chelsea midfielder started well with 2 assists in the first two league games, but he then started suffering from injury troubles. As a result, his assist back in gameweek 2 was his last attacking return of the season so far. The most positive part of all this is that Mount has featured twice during the international break, as a 73rd-minute substitute against Andorra last Saturday and then for 90 minutes against Hungary on Tuesday. In other words, the 22-year old looks to fully back in action and despite the abundance of choices available to Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel, we feel he will play a big role in the Blues’ upcoming run of mostly favourable fixtures. The fact that Mount carries a share of the team’s set-piece duties only adds to that picture. The team seemed to miss his vision, creativity and incisive passing during his absence, and with an ownership of just 8.8% right now, the England international has all the makings of an excellent differential pick.

The captaincy

Our FPL captain for gameweek 8 is Mo Salah and we’re expecting a majority of the FPL community to make the same choice. The Egyptian talisman looks simply unstoppable at times and with an away game against Watford coming up, it takes a very brave man to bet against him. He featured once over the international break, during 90 minutes against Libya as part of the African World Cup qualifiers, so he should be fit and ready to kick off gameweek 8 this coming Saturday noon.

If you’re not convinced by Salah so far or if you’re one of the 38% of fantasy managers who don’t own him yet, then you’re probably looking at the Etihad for your captaincy. Barring the known rotation risk, the likes of Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, KDB and even Riyad Mahrez could all deliver big this weekend against Burnley. Then again, if you’re one of the 5% of managers who own Harry Kane, you’re probably inclined to captain him for the away game against Newcastle. His teammate Heung-Min Son also has the makings of becoming one of the weekend’s stars. For riskier captaincy picks, the likes of Neal Maupay (away against Norwich), Adam Armstrong (versus Leeds at home) and Michail Antonio at Goodison Park could see your squad soaring up the ranks this weekend.

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Online casino games for beginners: An introduction

Poker, blackjack, baccarat, online slots, you name it. If you have visited an online casino, you know how much choice there is in terms of games such as the huge variety of games available at Neon Vegas. Browsing the games can be a thrilling experience, but it can also be a little daunting, especially for beginners. And that might not be a great way to start your online gambling adventure, right?

That’s why we have decided to take a look at some of the most popular games and briefly break them down for you. We are spoilt for choice when it comes to online casino gaming, and it’s true that some games will fit you and your risk profile much better than others. You should normally come across these games in most online casinos, so we suggest you just try them out first, without going in big straight away.

Of course, regardless of the game, always remember to gamble responsibly. As the industry slogan goes: when the fun stops, stop.

POKER

Poker is probably the best-known and most popular online casino game out there right now. The name “poker” actually refers to a family of card games with varying rules in which players wager over which hand is best according to the specific rules of the game they are playing, like Texas Hold ‘M, easily the most popular format, and 7-Card Stud. The game has been around since the early 19th century and experienced a great surge in popularity during the second half of the 20th century, especially after the start of the World Series of Poker in 1970. The big difference between poker and many other online casino games is the fact that, at poker, players compete with each other instead of individually against the house and there is a considerable element of skill involved in winning which is why there are a number of poker societies set up.

BLACKJACK

Speaking of playing individually against the house, blackjack is possibly one of the best examples. It’s a fun game with a rather low barrier to entry, as the rules are quite easy to learn. Based on a standard classic deck of 52 playing cards, where each player competes against the dealer (or the house), the goal of the game is to get a total card value of 21 or as close as possible to 21, without exceeding it. Once you get deeper into the odds involved in blackjack, you will learn how to better take advantage of the low house edge, meaning that the odds of the dealer winning a round are relatively low compared to other online casino games, and how to better control your chances.

ROULETTE

Regardless of where you are gambling, online casino games don’t come much simpler than roulette. It’s a game that is purely based on chance and does not require much experience or preparation. The players basically bet on a number between 0 and 36 and then a small ball dropped onto a spinning wheel will end up at one number within that range. If you guessed correctly, you win. It’s that simple. There are, of course, some strategies you can adopt to spread your chances, for example by placing bets on several numbers at once, but in the end, it will come down to luck in every turn. This is one for the beginners who prefer to start off very easy.

BACCARAT

Another online casino game that is very easy to learn and understand is baccarat, James Bond’s favourite. The game uses three to six standard 52-card decks, with cards 2 through 9 valued at face value, while a 10, jack, queen and king cards have a value of zero, and an ace is worth one. The dealer starts by handing two cards to the banker (the house) and two cards to the player. Very much like blackjack, where players need to get close to 21, the goal of baccarat is to guess, based on the game’s specific scoring system, which of the dealt hands is closest to 9. It’s really quite simple to master and despite it being an almost entirely luck-based game, there exist plenty of strategies and expert tips to help you get off to a flying start at baccarat.

SLOTS

If you are a beginner and you are really looking for easiest, most straightforward online casino game available, then the slot machines are probably for you. It effortless, it can be hugely exciting, and the pay-outs can be gigantic. All you need to do is insert a virtual coin or token, virtually spin or pull whatever you need to pull to get the machine going, and pray for the best. For added fun, most online casinos also offer different versions of slots, based on aspects like themes and specific bonuses that can be win, for example.

The best place to follow all today’s football results

Many things are happening during the current season of the English Premier League. For example, when reviewing today’s football results of the competition, it is possible to say that Manchester City is having a great run. However, not everybody at the team seems to be having a good moment.

This is because Benjamin Mendy, the French defender who plays both for City and the France National football team has been in jail for a few weeks already, and it seems that he will not be freed anytime soon.

This has resulted from an accusation made by several English women who claimed to have been sexually attacked by the player. After the accusations, Manchester City took a number of measures, which included:

  • removing all references to Mendy from its stores;
  • automatically suspending Mendy from all the activities of the first team;
  • and many others!

Apparently, the closest date he could be freed is on the 24th of January 2022. This is because this is the date when the trial will take place. Regardless of the final outcome of this story, the future of Mendy at Manchester City is totally unclear, yet, the team seems to continue to perform quite well. This can be deduced after looking at its football results today’s and other important statistics.

All football fans can review the best La Liga scores

There have been two coaches who have been extremely important for Real Madrid during recent seasons. They are Carlo Ancelotti and Zinedine Zidane. Both of them have spent two spells at the squad, and the Italian continues at the helm of the Spanish squad. Of course, he will make a huge effort in bringing positive La Liga scores and results to his squad. There are many differences that can be established between the Italian and the Frenchman, which can help fans to understand how Ancelotti is working.

First of all, Vinicius is a player that has been much more of a protagonist under Ancelotti. While he also played a lot with Zidane, there were many occasions when the Frenchman decided to choose alternatives.

Also, Ancelotti wants to take a much more dynamic approach when compared with Zidane. In general, Zidane wanted to have a solid squad who had possession of the ball as the main defense tool. However, the Italian wanted to make the team more mobile, which has resulted in scoring more goals, but also conceding more of them. Yet, it is necessary to have adequate players for this kind of role. However, Casemiro, David Alaba and Vinicius Jr have proven to have a great physical shape to work with this style.

Finally, Gareth Bale is a player that is having its fair share of problems at Real Madrid, and Ancelotti has decided to take an approach much different with him than the one followed by Zidane. For now, it is unclear how the Welsh player will contribute for the scores La Liga that the squad obtains. However, he has received a confidence boost from the current coach, who wants to have him in action once he recovers from his injuries.

FPL Season 2021-22: Gameweek 7 preview

As so many times already this season, it was the differentials once again who made the difference in gameweek 6. Of the eleven names in the official game’s Team of the Week, only three players boasted a current ownership of more than 4.4%, namely Jamie Vardy (12.7%), Joao Cancelo (12.3%) and Bukayo Saka (8.5%). The highest scorer of the week was Aston Villa’s Kortney Hause though, with 15 FPL points after scoring the only goal and keeping a clean sheet against Manchester United at Old Trafford. Other stand-outs were Wolves goalkeeper José Sá with 14 FPL points and the previously mentioned Saka with 13 points.

This week, from an FPL point of view, Chelsea’s home game against Southampton, Leeds’ home encounter with Watford and West Ham’s home game versus Brentford stand out. At the same time, the neutral viewer will be looking forward to the clash of the weekend at Anfield on Sunday afternoon as the locals host Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. Add games like Man United against Everton to open the weekend, Leicester’s visit to Crystal Palace and Wolves hosting a struggling Newcastle side, and the PL looks set for another weekend jam-packed full of action and upsets.

Don’t forget, the deadline for gameweek 7 is set at 11h00 (UK time) on Saturday, October 2nd.

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


TRANSFERS OUTTRANSFERS INPOSSIBLE REASONS
GKSchmeichel (LEI), Sánchez (BRI), Lloris (TOT)Ramsdale (ARS), Mendy (CHE), Foster (WAT)
DEFShaw (MUN), Alexander-Arnold (LIV), James (CHE)Alonso (CHE), Rüdiger (CHE), Cancelo (MCI)Chelsea and Man City fixtures, injuries of the transferred-out players
MIDTorres (MCI), Fernandes (MUN), Greenwood (MUN)Sarr (WAT), Benrahma (WHU), Saka (ARS)Form of the transferred-in players, Man United fixture swing, Greenwood and Torres rotation risk
FORBamford (LEE), Ronaldo (MUN), Ings (AST)Antonio (WHU), Lukaku (CHE), Saint-Maximin (NEW)Bamford injury, Lukaku fixtures, Antonio form

Premium pick

Romelu Lukaku (£11.6m) returned to the Premier League in style back in gameweek 2 with a goal against Arsenal, which he then followed up with a brace against Aston Villa in GW4. That’s it for the moment as far as league returns are concerned, but two things should definitely be noted in this regard. One, that Lukaku has not missed a minute of Premier League action since GW2, and two, that he has so far faced Arsenal, Liverpool and Spurs away, and Villa and Man City at home. Chelsea’s fixture take a shape turn from this weekend onwards, starting with a home game against Southampton on Saturday. The Saints have been surprisingly solid at the back of recent, conceding just a single goal in their last three outings, which included home games against Wolves and in-form West Ham, and an away game at the Etihad. Still, with the Cityzens and Liverpool facing off this weekend, the Blues will be looking to secure the three points at home against Southampton and we expect Lukaku to play a major role in that challenge despite Chelsea only managing 1 effort on goal in their last two matches including last night’s Champions League loss to Juventes.

Non-premium pick

When Michail Antonio (£8.0m) got his second yellow card late on in the game against Southampton in gameweek 4, voices here and there could be heard saying that the Jamaican international’s spectacular start to the 2021-22 Premier League campaign would surely be stifled. He had posted three consecutive double-digit hauls over the first three games of the season, followed by a -1 in GW4 and the inevitable blank in GW5. Last weekend, Antonio was back in the starting eleven for the Hammers and simply said, it doesn’t look like his impressive early-season form has been stifled one bit. The West Ham star gave his side the victory with a 90th-minute winner at Elland Road and the only reason for him not recording his fourth double-digit return in five starts is the yellow card he received earlier in that game. With 5 goals and 4 assists to his name so far, Antonio is the second-highest FPL points scorer after Mo Salah, so this weekend’s opponents Brentford are warned. The Bees are having a great start to life in the Prem and three clean sheets from the first six games is impressive, but last weekend’s 3-3 draw at Anfield showed that the new boys’ backline can be breached by the right attack. That attack could well be West Ham this week, led by Michail Antonio.

The budget enabler

With a goal and an assist in the 3-1 victory over Spurs at the Emirates, Bukayo Saka (£6.2m) has catapulted himself back into the FPL spotlight. That 13-point haul followed his first attacking return of the season just a few days earlier, when the England international provided the assist for the only and therefore winning goal at Turf Moor in GW5. What’s also interesting is that Saka seems to have fought himself back into Mikel Arteta’s starting eleven after a long and tiring Euro Cup summer. Over the last three games, he has missed just 4 minutes of playing time. We find that encouraging as Arsenal find themselves in the middle of a kind run of fixtures. In gameweeks 7 and 8, for example, they are playing Brighton away and Crystal Palace away. We know how hard it is to trust Arsenal when it comes to making FPL transfers, but if you’re looking for a budget-enabling midfielder, Saka is definitely one of the most interesting picks.

The differential

Goals are like ketchup. Sometimes, however much you try, they just won’t come out. Then you score once and suddenly they come out at all once. Signed, Ruud van Nistelrooy, as quoted by the Gonzalo Higuain. Van the Man said this to the Argentinian striker while both were at Real Madrid and the latter was going through an extended period without scoring. About 4.9% of FPL managers will hope that the Dutchman’s wisdom is also applicable to Raúl Jimenez (£7.5m) after the Mexican scored his first goal for Wolves in 336 days in gameweek 6 against Southampton. After boasting some of the league’s best attacking underlying stats over the past weeks, the Wolves talisman finally got his first return since suffering a horrific head injury versus Newcastle in October 2020. With Newcastle, who boast the league’s worst defensive record after Norwich, at Molineux up next, we can just see Van Nistelrooy’s words becoming truth for Jimenez this weekend.

The captaincy

For the GW7 captaincy this weekend, we’re going with Romelu Lukaku for the first time this season. The Belgian giant has failed to net in his two last Premier League outings and we feel he’ll be too much to handle, even for a Saints defence in good form. Keep an eye on any Chelsea team news with special regard to potential rotation after the mid-week Champions League clash with Juventus, but bar any force majeure, Lukaku should be fit and ready to go on Saturday afternoon.

Of course, the former Inter man is not the only candidate for the captaincy this weekend. Both Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes should absolutely not be discarded for the armband as they prepare to take on Everton at Old Trafford, and the same goes for Mo Salah as Liverpool host Manchester City on Sunday afternoon. The likes of Michail Antonio (at home versus Brentford), Raphinha (at home against Watford) and Jamie Vardy (away at Selhurst Park) are all good options as well, while captaining Raul Jimenez for his home encounter with Newcastle or Chris Wood for his home game against Norwich can be considered a bold move.

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FPL Season 2021-22: Gameweek 6 preview

Gameweek 5 was mostly a mixed bag in terms of FPL returns and possibly a sign of things to come in terms of rotation. Five of the best-performing players last weekend were defenders, with Villa’s Matty Cash and Chelsea’s Thiago Silva joining Watford winger Ismaila Sarr’s 15-point haul of the week. Antonio Rüdiger also joined the podium with 14 FPL points, courtesy of a clean sheet and a goal against Spurs. The most-captained player of the round, Mo Salah, lived up to expectations by scoring a goal and giving an assist during Liverpool’s 3-0 win over Palace for a nice 12 FPL points.

Contrary to GW5, gameweek 6 does not offer as clear-cut fixtures for fantasy managers to target. The stand-out fixture is Chelsea versus Manchester City at Stamford Bridge, but not a lot of managers will be looking at that one for big hauls. From a fantasy point of view, Man United’s home game against Aston Villa, Everton’s home game against Norwich and Leicester’s home game versus Burnley, for example, look more appealing. The game at Elland Road between Leeds and West Ham and the clash between Watford and Newcastle at Vicarage Road could also end up being good sources for attacking returns.

Don’t forget, the deadline for gameweek 6 is set at 11h00 (UK time) on Saturday, September 25th.

Most transferred in/transferred out players (as per September 23rd, 2021)


TRANSFERS OUTTRANSFERS INPOSSIBLE REASONS
GKPickford (EVE), Mendy (CHE), Schmeichel (LEI)Alisson (LIV), De Gea (MUN), Schmeichel (LEI)
DEFAlexander-Arnold (LIV), Shaw (MUN), Laporte (MCI)Alonso (CHE), Rüdiger (CHE), Duffy (BRI)Chelsea upcoming fixtures, TAA and Laporte injuries
MIDTorres (MCI), Fernandes (MUN), Mount (CHE)Sarr (WAT), Benrahma (WHU), Gray (EVE)Focus on budget-priced midfielders to free up funds
FORRicharlison (EVE), Ings (AST), Bamford (LEE)Antonio (WHU), Ronaldo (MUN), Saint-Maximin (NEW)Richarlison and Bamford injuries, Ronaldo form, ASM form

Premium pick

A first mention in our weekly FPL gameweek previews for Jamie Vardy (£10.4m) as Leicester prepare to host Burnley on Saturday afternoon. With a current ownership of just 11.5%, Vardy is going slightly under the radar so far this season, despite having recorded 29 FPL points already, courtesy of 3 goals and 1 assist. In terms of fantasy forwards, only Antonio boasts better numbers so far. Burnley are having a tough start to the season with just a single point from their first five games and it’s worth noting that they have not yet managed to keep a clean sheet. Leicester, on the other hand, have not yet hit full stride either and are coming off consecutive defeats against Manchester City and Brighton, but we’re betting on them getting back to winning ways against the Clarets this weekend. If there’s one man to bring back to good feelings for them, it’s Vardy.

Non-premium pick

After a good showing away at Carrow Road, a home game against Newcastle this weekend might just be the perfect path for Ismaila Sarr (£6.1m) to build some consistent form. The Senegalese winger, who is listed as a midfielder in FPL, started off the season in style with a goal against Villa in gameweek 1, but then failed to follow up with more returns in the following weeks. That is, until last weekend, when an obliging Norwich defence allowed him to score his second and third goal of the season for an amazing 15 FPL points. Up next are a winless Newcastle side that has already conceded 13 goals this season, just one less than the league’s leakiest defence, Norwich. Sarr is central to Watford’s attacking moves and carries penalty duties as well, while also being a very direct player himself. Out of all players in the Premier League, only Salah has posted more shots and shots on goal than him. We don’t see any reason why he should not return again this weekend against the Magpies.

The budget enabler

Tino Livramento (£4.2m) is probably one of the best bargains of this young season. Starting off the 2021-22 campaign at £4.0, the Chelsea academy graduate quickly displaced Kyle Walker-Peters as Southampton’s starting right-back and he hasn’t looked back since. The Saints are going through a bit of a stingy patch of late, booking two 0-0 draws in succession against West Ham and Man City, which has been good news for the 10.7% of FPL managers who already own Livramento. Over the past two games, he has been good for 11 FPL points, which represents great value for money. Against Wolves at home this weekend, that trend could well be extended. Despite recording some of the best underlying stats in terms of attacking moves, the Wanderers have managed just two goals so far, one of which was an own goal by Francisco Sierralta in GW4. A third consecutive Saints clean sheet is therefore not out of the question, making Livramento an ideal budget enabler.

The differential

In the Liverpool attack, all eyes are on Mo Salah and to a lesser extent on Diogo Jota, thanks to the latter’s incredible potential FPL value, but what about Sadio Mané (£11.9m)? Having been criticized for missing a lot of chances of late, the Senegalese winger is actually ticking along quite nicely this season. In his first five games, he has already recorded 32 FPL points, thanks to 3 goals and 1 assist. As a matter of fact, he only blanked in gameweek 1 so far. The Reds are playing a surprisingly resilient Brentford side away from home this weekend and despite the Bees having already recorded three clean sheets in five games, we’re fancying a comfortable Liverpool victory here. It’s true that Mané is very expensive for a differential pick and the ever-present Salah costs just £0.7m more, but look at it this way: while Salah is owned by 57.4% of fantasy managers, Mané sits in just 2.8% of all teams. He could well be one of the biggest differential picks in the official game right now.

The captaincy

For the captaincy, we’re looking at Old Trafford once again this weekend. There is, of course, Cristiano Ronaldo who will be eager to make it three consecutive rounds of attacking returns since he came back to Manchester, this time against Aston Villa. We’re also mentioning Bruno Fernandes though, whose ownership has suffered since Ronaldo’s return, but who is still a very viable option for the armband. In two home games this season, the Portuguese playmaker has scored 4 goals and 28 FPL points.

Fun could be had in the Leeds versus West Ham game as well, where the likes of Raphinha, Bamford (if fit) and Antonio could be part of a goal-scoring bonanza between two free-flowing attacking sides. Jamie Vardy against Burnley at home looks like another good shout, while Salah, this time away against Brentford, is never a bad pick for the armband. Riskier but nonetheless very interesting captaincy picks for gameweek 6 include Ismaila Sarr at home to Newcastle, Demarai Gray at against Norwich and Wilfried Zaha at home versus Brighton.

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FPL Season 2021-22: Gameweek 5 preview

Gameweek 5 was Cristiano’s Ronaldo’s gameweek. There were, of course, plenty of other players who played well and hauled big, but whether you liked it or not, in the end the biggest spotlights were really all on the Portuguese superstar. With a brace on his return to Man United, slotting straight into their starting eleven, he lived up to the huge hype and then some. To be fair, Newcastle’s defence did not put up too much of a fight, but then again, was there ever going to be any stopping Ronaldo? Probably not.

From an FPL point of view though, gameweek 5 was interesting for a whole other reason as well. With fitting various premium picks into one team being one of the major challenges of this season’s early stages, the quest for good budget options seems more alive than ever in the FPL community. In that light, the fact that no less than five members of last week’s Team of the Week can be considered serious budget-enablers is very interesting. Wolves defender Marçal (now at £4.6m) and Chelsea midfielder Matteo Kovacic (now at £5.1m) were the round’s joint top scorers with 13 FPL points, while Andros Townsend (£5.4m, 12 points), Odsonne Edouard (£6.5m, 12 points) and Leandro Trossard (£6.4m, 11 points) also provided real differential value.

Don’t forget, the deadline for gameweek 5 is set at 18h30 (UK time) on Friday, September 17th. If you’re considering a GW5 FPL wildcard then check out this FISO forum topic.

Most transferred in/transferred out players (as per September 16th, 2021)


TRANSFERS OUTTRANSFERS INPOSSIBLE REASONS
GKMartínez (AST), Lloris (TOT), Foster (WAT)Sánchez (BRI), Schmeichel (LEI), Steer (AST)
DEFTsimikas (LIV), Shaw (MUN), Dier (TOT)Marçal (WOL), Duffy (BRI), Alexander-Arnold (LIV)Dier dead-leg, TAA and Marçal hauls in GW4
MIDFernandes (MUN), Son (TOT), Benrahma (WHU)Gray (EVE), Pogba (MUN), Gallagher (CRY)Gray and Gallagher form at bargain price
FORAntonio (WHU), Calvert-Lewin (EVE), Ings (AST)Ronaldo (MUN), Lukaku (CHE). Bamford (LEE)Antonio red card, DCL injury, Ronaldo debut, Lukaku form, Bamford stats & fixtures

Premium pick

With 3 goals and 2 assists from the first four games and a home game against Crystal Palace up next, Mo Salah (£12.5m) looks set to become the most-captained player once again this weekend. The Egyptian forward is also our premium fantasy pick of choice. Remember when he came on for a half-an-hour cameo at Selhurst Park last season? Exactly. Salah did play 84 minutes in the Champions League against AC Milan on Wednesday (and scored the all-important equaliser right after the break after missing a penalty), but he should be OK for Saturday’s clash at Anfield. Palace have conceded 5 goals in four games so far and despite their confidence-boosting victory over a 10-men Spurs side in gameweek 4, we can really see this encounter only going one way. You will see Salah return in our captaincy segment as well.

Non-premium pick

After an incredible 2020-21 campaign with 17 goals and 11 assists, and an inevitable price rise as consequence, Patrick Bamford (£7.9m) has had a relatively quiet start to the current season. It should be noted though, that Leeds have not had the easiest of starts to the season with an away game at Old Trafford in GW1 and a home game against Liverpool last weekend. Still, Bamfy has managed a goal an an assist overall for a total of 16 FPL points and has had plenty of shots in the box. Up next are the League’s leakiest defence when the Whites are travelling to Newcastle on Friday night, followed by an appealing run of fixtures until at least November. Based on Leeds’ and Bamford’s performances last season, we’re still confident that they can return to their winning and goal-scoring ways. A free-flowing victory over the Toon might be just what they need to be on their way.

The budget enabler

We mentioned the growing category of budget-enablers in the Fantasy Premier League universe earlier, so we were a bit spoilt for choice here. We would’ve gone with Crystal Palace’s Chelsea loanee Conor Gallagher had it not been for his away game at Anfield this weekend. Instead, we’re recommending Everton’s extremely clinical forward Demarai Gray (£5.7m). The 25-year old winger, who is listed as a budget midfielder in FPL, has so far scored with every shot on goal, which is why he currently sits on 3 goals and 24 FPL points from his last three outings. Everton are in excellent goalscoring form and this weekend’s away game at Villa Park is followed by a home game against Norwich. With Gray having earned himself a nailed-on spot in Rafa Benitez’ starting eleven, more points could be on the way in the near future for the very kindly priced attacker.

The differential

One of this Premier League season’s early themes is the Curious Case of the Wolverhampton Wanderers. Despite posting some of the attacking and defensive underlying statistics after four games, Bruno Lage’s men find themselves back in 13th place with just three points. While their expected goals ratio currently sits at just over 7, they have actually scored just twice and one of those goals was an own goal last weekend. Their tough opening fixtures (Leicester away, Spurs at home, United at home) surely didn’t help, but their schedule has cleared up now. This means that several of their fantasy assets might be due a purple patch or at least a haul soon, and one of those assets is striker Raul Jimenez (£7.4m). Despite a total of 12 shots in the box and 12 provided key passes, the Mexican forward does not have a single attacking return to his name so far. As a result, his current ownership is just 4.4%. With Brentford and Newcastle (both at Molineux) and Southampton away coming up in the next three weeks, now could be the moment to bring the big man in and fully benefit from his extreme differential status.

The captaincy

With Ronaldo back in the Premier League, you can expect him to return to this segment weekly bar some kind of force majeure. He’s coming off a dream return to Old Trafford and a mid-week goal in the Champions League, and he has West Ham in London in his sights now. Still, for the GW5 Captain we’re opting for that other powerhouse Mo Salah, when Liverpool host Crystal Palace at Anfield on Saturday. Putting the band on his arm seems like the safest option this weekend.

If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, the Leeds game at Saint James’ Park should interest you as well. Both Bamford and Raphinha look like they could have some fun on Friday night, with the former carrying the additional appeal of penalty duties. To go even more differential, you could opt for Ismaila Sarr at Carrow Road or indeed Teemu Pukki for the home side. The final game of the weekend also offers an interesting option in the person of Romelu Lukaku as Chelsea visit the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to take on a battered Spurs defence.

Poker vs blackjack: Which is the game for you?

No matter which online casino you frequent, you will surely have noticed that both poker and blackjack are always amongst the most popular games available. Of the two, blackjack is the more straight-forward and less dramatic option, while poker in its many different forms is often the game where the money’s at. It should be no surprise, for example, that most of the world’s richest and most successful gamblers are avid and experienced poker players. It does take more practice and generally a serious starting bankroll to book any kind of considerable long-term success, though.

As most things in life, both poker and blackjack each have their upsides and their downsides. Therefore, we figured that it would be interesting to take a bit more detailed look at the key differences between these two popular online casino games. We’ll also briefly go over the odds structure for each game, and why one game or the other might be more suitable for you.

Of course, regardless of the game, always remember to gamble responsibly. As the industry slogan goes: when the fun stops, stop. And do some research on which online casinos to use, something that www.casinokix.com have looked at in depth.

Poker and blackjack at your online casino

We’re assuming that you are here because you already have some experience with at least a few of the more popular games at online casinos, but just in case, we’ll quickly explain the basics of poker and blackjack here below.

Poker is probably the best-known and most popular online casino game. It refers to a family of card games with varying rules in which players wager over which hand is best according to those specific rules. The game has been around since the early 19th century and experienced a great surge in popularity during the second half of the 20th century, especially after the start of the World Series of Poker in 1970.

Blackjack is probably one of the few online casinos that can rival poker’s popularity worldwide. It’s a fun game with a rather low barrier to entry, as the rules are quite easy to learn. Based on a standard classic deck of 52 playing cards, where each player competes against the dealer (also referred to as “the house”) individually. The goal of the game is to get a total card value of 21 or as close as possible to 21, without exceeding it.

Key differences between poker and blackjack

Despite the fact that both games are online casino classics, they have considerable differences, which means that one might suit your gaming preferences and risk profile more than the other. The major difference between the two probably lies in the approach to each game and the basic strategies required by each game.

  • Strategy: Success in blackjack is dependent on a combination of a strict strategy, some experience and knowledge, and a certain amount of luck. Becoming a successful poker player can be the result of different, often very personalised strategies, as well as a knowledge of psychology and the techniques of deception, also known as “bluffing”.
  • Competition: A big difference between these two online casino games lies in the type of competitiveness each one offers. In poker, players are facing each other and the house influences very little. In blackjack, players can try and outdo each other, but they are always playing an individual game against the house.
  • Interaction: Blackjack players, in theory, don’t need to interact with other players at all if they don’t want to. Poker is much more of a social game in which skills like using and reading body language or online behaviour can mean the difference between losing or winning big.
  • Odds: In comparison to blackjack odds, poker odds are much more skill-based. Blackjack players take on the casino, which makes the odds structure more straight forward. The house always has an edge, but an experienced player with a solid strategy can lower this considerably compared to a beginner. In poker, the odds of winning can vary enormously. It’s not only about getting a winning hand, but understanding the odds of getting the necessary cards for that hand based on the limited information you get from the table and the other players.

As you’ve probably understood by now, much of each game’s suitability to your preferred gambling style depends on what kind of competition you’re most comfortable with. The good thing is that you can easily switch between the two as well at practically every online casino. If you get a kick out of competing with other players and are confident in your poker face, then poker is probably more exciting for you. If you prefer a bit more structure or a more solitary approach while still applying a certain amount of skills, then blackjack might be ideal for you.

Why are Fantasy Sports So Much Fun?

The sporting industry is enormous, with a worth of £23.8 billion in the UK alone. People enjoy getting actively involved in their favourite sports, which is where fantasy sports come in. A fantasy sport is a virtual game that puts you in the manager’s seat. You put together a virtual team that represents your favourite players. When you compete in fantasy sports, games are won and lost based on a player’s statistics in the real world. If you’re intrigued by fantasy sports, you can find out more below.

Soccer Ball on Grass Field during Daytime

What Is Fantasy Sports?

Fantasy sports let people build their own team made up of actual players. Then, they play online against other teams. To win the games, you need to have the strongest team. Your team’s statistics will be based on the real-world statistics of the players within. There are two ways of playing games: either open against all other managers, or in a private league. The best way to play is in a private league.

Once you’ve won a game, you earn points. Point scoring is different depending on the fantasy sports that you’re playing. Typically, you will get points for the following:

  • Scoring Goals. When your player scores in real life, your fantasy player will score. The more they score, the more you score.
  • Matches Played. If a fantasy player in your starting line-up plays a game, in reality, you will earn points. Please note, the player must start the game and not be brought on as a sub.
  • Assists. When your player passes to someone, who then scores a goal, you will get points. This option isn’t available in all fantasy sports games.
  • Defending. Usually applicable to goalkeepers and defenders, you will get points for any attempted goals they deflect.
  • Performance. In some cases, you will be rewarded for the real-life players doing well. For example, if they gain man of the match, you will score some points.

As well as all the ways you can earn points, you can lose them if you concede goals or get booked. You will need to monitor the real statistics constantly and edit your team accordingly. If you manage to place in mid-table for the season, you’re doing well. Now, let’s look at why fantasy sports are so fun.

The Thrill of The Win

Believe it or not, winning fantasy tournaments is difficult. You will come across competitors with more knowledge and time on their hands throughout the season. So, when you win, there’s a great feeling of satisfaction. If you want to add an extra thrill to the chase, you should throw some money into the mix. You can get a bonus without a deposit up to 200% by following the link.

Competitive

It goes without saying that sports fans are hot for competition. Playing in a fantasy sport allows players to try out their tactics and learn what it’s like to be bested by luck and unpredictable circumstances.

Make New Friends

If you play in a season-long fantasy league, you will start talking to like-minded people and can wind up with life-long friends. Sometimes, you will be in a league where everyone lives close to one another. If this is the case, you may be invited to a draft party. Alternatively, if you do live far away from your competition, you will still get to talk to fellow fans and build new connections.

It’s Fun

When you’re on the outside looking in, it’s difficult to explain how fun fantasy sports is. However, once you start playing and you find yourself in the middle of work wondering whether you’ve chosen the correct team, you’ll soon understand. Just like playing console sports games, fantasy sports allow people to get away from the real world and think about something else for a bit.

Flat Screen Television

You Take Charge

We’ve all shouted at the TV in anger at a loss and thought we could do a better job than the manager. If this sounds familiar, you should try fantasy sports. You are put in the hot seat and need to build up a successful team. If you get involved in a high-quality league, you will be able to transfer players, reset the line-up, and make adjustments throughout the season. The best thing about playing pretend manager is that you don’t need to carry the shame of an entire fanbase on your shoulders.

People love sports and get deeply lost in the competitive elements. Fantasy sports allow people to take the reins and build a team from scratch. While competing against other teams all over the world, you will get to meet some new friends. If you’re lucky, your competition will live close by, allowing the opportunity to attend or throw a draft party. Find a quality league now and join in on the action.