FPL Season 2020-21: Gameweek 36 preview

“Manchester City can officially become Premier League champions at St. James’ Park if they beat Newcastle on Friday” (CC by 2.0). Image by Yellow Book ltd.

We now have just three gameweeks to go until the end of the 2020-21 Premier League campaign and after the double gameweek 35, we now have to deal with a blank gameweek. Even though just four teams are blanking this FPL round, those four teams do contain more than a few popular fantasy assets:

BLANK GW36
Arsenal
Chelsea
Leicester
Manchester United

This means that highly-owned players such as Bruno Fernandes, Luke Shaw and Kelechi Iheanacho will all be missing out. Gameweek 36 is nonetheless offering a fixture set full of potential for FPL managers. In terms of favourable fixtures, Everton’s home game against Sheffield United, Liverpool’s visit to the Hawthornes, and Southampton hosting Leeds look enticing. If you’re willing to deal with extreme rotation risk, even Man City’s away game at Newcastle, their potential championship-winning game, could be interesting as well.

In any case, don’t forget, the deadline for gameweek 36 is set at 18h30 (UK time) on Friday, May 14th.

Also do check out the Predicted Line-Ups for the Premier League clubs as well as the latest injury news (click on ‘Team’ to sort per club rather than the default ‘date’) before finalising your transfer(s).

Most transferred in/transferred out players (as per May 12th, 2021)


TRANSFERS OUTTRANSFERS INPOSSIBLE REASONS
GKMartinez (AST), Schmeichel (LEI), Mendy (CHE)Meslier (LEE), Mendy (CHE), Ederson (CIT)BGW36, Leeds fixtures
DEFDunk (BRI), Castagne (LEI), Shaw (UTD)Dallas (LEE), Coufal (WHU), Alexander-Arnold (LIV)BGW36, Dunk red card
MIDBruno (UTD), Mount (CHE), Rashford (UTD)Son (TOT), Salah (LIV), Raphinha (LEE)BGW36, Leeds and Liverpool fixtures
FORIheanacho (LEI), Vardy (LEI), Watkins (AST)Bamford (LEE), Calvert-Lewin (EVE), Antonio (WHU)BGW36, Leeds and West Ham fixtures

Premium pick

Our premium fantasy pick for gameweek 36 is largely focused on fixture, though Mo Salah (£12.7m) is considered as one of those elite players who can deliver big regardless of the opposition. This coming Sunday the Reds are visiting West Brom for what’s one of the weekend’s juiciest fixtures. Whilst the Baggies have just been relegated, Liverpool are still battling for a Champions League spot and Mo Salah is just one goal behind Harry Kane in the domestic Golden Boot race. In other words, a clash of interests and one that could lead to a big haul for Salah. With 20 goals and 5 assists so far, the Egyptian star man reached the 200-point mark in FPL for the fourth consecutive season after his assist against Southampton in GW35 and he is now facing the league’s worst defence. We’re expecting an all-out attack Liverpool with Mo at the centre of it for this one.

Non-premium picks

Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.6m) finds himself in a similar boat as Salah, in the sense that, like the Liverpool star, the Everton striker still has plenty to play for in these final games of the 2020-21 Premier League campaign. As a team, the Toffees are just two points off the top six with three games to go. As an individual player, DCL has had a brilliant season so far, and he will want to use the last few games of the season to work on his current tallies (16 goals, 6 assists)) and definitely confirm his spot in England’s squad for the upcoming European Championship. He still has one game of his double gameweek 35 to go (Villa away on Thursday evening) and after that, he will be facing relegated Sheffield United at Goodison Park on Sunday. The Blades have conceded 62 goals in 35 league games this season, including two at home against Palace last weekend, and DCL could add to those sub-par numbers this weekend.

Selecting Danny Ings (£8.4m) as our second non-premium fantasy pick might feel a bit like we’re chasing the points after his brace against Crystal Palace this week, but we prefer to see it more as jumping on a proven goalscorer who returned from injury in style and who has a couple of interesting games coming up next. In gameweek 35, the Southampton forward netted twice for a total of 13 FPL points and stayed on the pitch for 75 minutes. Up next are Fulham on Saturday followed by a game against Leeds, both at Saint Mary’s. It’s true that Southampton have not much left to play for this season and Ings does pose a constant injury threat to any managerial plans, but the 28-year old could very well be bringing in more FPL points over the coming days.

The budget enabler

Most FPL managers are well aware of the fact that Fantasy Premier League management comes with an additional risk to be taken into account when selecting squads towards the end of the season. As the final game nears, more and more teams will be “on the beach”, as they say, meaning that those teams no longer have anything to play for in the league (other than some EPL finishing places cash) and whose results are therefore now even less predictable than usual. One of the teams to which this theory could be applied is Leeds, who are currently in tenth place, seven points off the top six with three games to go. Still, the Whites did not show any signs of slowing down against Spurs in GW35 and they have one of the most favourable fixture calendars until the end of the season with Southampton away and West Brom at home following this weekend’s game at Turf Moor. That’s why we have gone with Raphinha (£5.4m) as our budget enabler of the week. The Brazilian winger missed a few weeks due to injury, but returned with an assist and 4 FPL points against Spurs last Saturday. That brought his totals for the seasons to 6 goals and 8 assists from 24 starts in the league. In our opinion, considering all of the above, Raphinha is criminally under-owned at the moment.

A differential pick or two

After 5 goals and 1 assist in his last three league outings, and 8 goals and 3 assists in his last eight outings, Chris Wood (£6.4m) has made a very deserved return to our weekly gameweek preview, in the differential category this time. The Burnley forward is still owned by just 3.5% of FPL managers at the time of writing, while only Kelechi Iheanacho has managed to record a higher FPL points average than Wood over the past 30 days (8.25 points). To make matters even more interesting, Wood also has decent upcoming fixtures from a fantasy-forward-with-penalty-duties’ point of view: Leeds at home, Liverpool at home, Sheffield United away. Thanks to their important 0-2 victory over Fulham, which officially confirmed the Cottagers’ relegation, Burnley are now assured of at least one other season of Premier League action. Hopefully it will lead to a bit more freedom and a bit less pressure on the pitch for the final games, with a few more Wood goals as a result.

As our second differential fantasy pick for BGW36, we have gone with a defender who has made an excellent impression in his first year in the Premier League. Vladimir Coufal (£4.7m) has so far been part of 8 clean sheets for West Ham this season, while also providing no less than 8 assists. Only his team mate Aaron Cresswell and Everton defender Lucas Digne created more goals than the West Ham right-back amongst defender in the official fantasy game. With West Brom away and Southampton at home after this weekend’s encounter Brighton at the AmEx, there could be points at both ends of the pitch for Coufal. His ownership currently sits at 7.0%, which makes him an interesting and very much affordable differential option for the season’s final stages.

The captaincy

Naturally, the absence of Arsenal, Chelsea, Leicester and Man United in this blank gameweek somewhat limits the options for the captain’s armband, but our choice would have been Mo Salah in any case. The Egyptian forward is supposed to start every single game until the end in order to help Liverpool to a Champions League spot and himself to the Golden Boot, plus he is on penalties as well, and it’s West Brom at the Hawthornes this weekend for the Reds. We’re hoping for a bigtime Salah haul.

The fact that options are limited by the blanking teams does not mean that there are no other decent alternatives for the captaincy, though. Everton hosting Sheffield United brings Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison into the picture, for example. With Leeds visiting Burnley on Saturday, you could also opt for Bamford, while Southampton’s home encounter with relegated Fulham could be a favourable one for Danny Ings or even James Ward-Prowse.

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Ranking the most popular online casino games

With a wide array of different online casino games that can be played, it can be difficult to work out what the best type of game is to be played when trying to have the most enjoyable experience possible.

Of course, sites such as https://www.platincasino.co.uk/ will provide punters with almost every type of online casino game imaginable, thus making them one of the main destinations for online casino fans, as they also have some of the most popular casino games to have ever been created on offer, as well.

However, when it comes down to ranking what the most popular online casino games are, it can all come down to what the game actually offers players, with each requiring a different skill set or a different style of play that needs to be considered.

Here is how we would rank them in regards to popularity:

Online slots

There is no doubt that online video slot games are one of the most popular online casino games available to play, with almost every single online casino providing their members with hundreds, if not thousands, of different titles to choose from.

Online slot games are generally amongst some of the easiest games to play, whilst they can also be some of the most enjoyable as well as they combine epic visuals and themes with entertaining storylines via the gameplay that is available.

There are only ever a few rules attached to these games, with bettors generally only having to place a wager on each spin that they take and hope that the reels land a winning combination for them. In addition, wins can be massive compared to other games, especially if they include progressive jackpots.

Blackjack

Arguably, the next most popular online casino game available to play is the classic card game of blackjack. This game is one of the easiest to play as it does not require too much skill, if any, as novices and beginners are able to play it without having to learn too many rules.

Blackjack is also incredibly popular with punters at an online casino as it is an incredibly fast-paced game that allows for many rounds to be played within a short period of time.

Roulette

Roulette is an incredibly popular game with European casino lovers, so it is no surprise that this game is popular with online casino fans as well. The game is rather simple to play, although there are a number of rules that can be of use to those who are a little more advanced and familiar with the game.

Bettors will simply need to try and predict where the ball will land when the wheel spins, with the ability to bet on the actual number, the colour of the number or whether it is odd or even, for example. Again, as with blackjack, roulette does not feature any real skill and is purely down to luck because of the wheel used.

Poker

Online casino enthusiasts who are skilled players and seasoned veterans will enjoy the video poker and live dealer poker games that can be played. Each online casino will provide hundreds of different variants in regards to the classic poker games, therefore providing punters with the chance to play alternative games to try and find the poker version that suits them. Texas Hold’Em is the most popular, although Three Card Poker might be the easiest to learn to play.

FanTeam 2020-21: £67.5k Weekly Monster – Gameweek 35 preview

As part of FISO’s special series of weekly articles on FanTeam, Europe’s biggest daily fantasy football provider, we will actually be entering the team we write about each week into the game. Our article will focus on an Early Entry for their Fantasy Premier League tournament held each week in order to help you identify game rules, tactics and the most promising players per gameweek, so you can win some of that large prize money.

Our FISO team below will be entered into both this week’s £18 entry (£67,500 prize pool) and the Weekly Monster Step 1 Satellite to €55 Step 2 SCOFF €500K Final [20 seats GTD]. The winner takes home a cool £6,750 (or £1,350 for the £1.80 entry lower stakes game) and brings excitement to the next 3 days of Premier League action. Join the discussion on FISO’s FanTeam forum.

Before moving onto our team selection, we want to highlight a couple of FanTeam rules that they apply to their Weekly Monster competition and that represent some of the major differences when comparing the game to the FPL. Do though check out the Predicted Line-Ups for the Premier League clubs as well as the latest injury news (click on ‘Team’ to sort per club rather than the default ‘date’) before finalising your picks.

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 Weekly 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 Weekly 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 3 Defenders, which would see you incur just 2 single-point deductions if you nail both clean sheets correctly.

Gameweek 35 Weekly Monster matches

Our team entered in the Weekly Monster in gameweek 35

After FanTeam refunded all entry fees for the GW34 Monster following the postponement of the Man Utd v Liverpool match, we head into GW35 with fingers crossed that all 8 matches in the ‘monster’ go-ahead.

FanTeam have priced Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United players as the most costly for GW35 with Salah the top-priced player at 14.6m who we have selected (as captain) along with the full-back pairing of TAA and Robertson in the expectation that their rest last weekend and pursuit of 4th place will lead to a win against Southampton. The Saints sit in 15th having only won 1 and drawn 1 in the last 5 whilst Liverpool are undefeated in the last 5 with 3 wins.

The 1st match in the ‘monster’ is the Sheffield Utd v Palace 3pm fixture and we’re taking 3 from the 13th placed Palace team who should win against bottom placed, and already relegated, Sheffield Utd. Zaha and Eze in midfield are complemented by full-back Mitchell and if any are missing from the starting line-up we will have an hour’s notice to make a swap. Zaha is our VC so we know we have a counting captain for the weekend.

The next fixture in the Monster is the Champions League final rehearsel of Man City v Chelsea and we are taking a punt that the Man City 1st team (or reserves) will out manoeuvre Chelsea to secure the Premier League title despite the Blues wish to secure their current 4th place position (and Champions League spot for 2021/22 in case they lose to City in the CL final). We’re taking Ederson to keep a clean sheet along with Cancelo (the most expensive City defender, so plenty of sub options if not starting) and Aguero (the most expensive City attacker) who is looking to sign off his Manchester stay in style.

Finally, to hopefully provide some excitement for the final match on Monday night we’ve filled the final two places with players from 16th placed Burnley who take on 18th placed Fulham who now stand 9 points away from safety. Neither side is in great form – Fulham just 1 point from their last 5 matches whilst Burnley have a 1 (big) win and 4 losses. Chris Wood is the form player from Burnley and we hope the talented Dwight McNeil will supply him with a cross for a goal or two. Fulham really do have to win otherwise face the Championship next season so perhaps more chances for Burnley to score.

Just £1.80 to enter for 4 days of EPL action & £11,250 of guaranteed prizes incl £1,350 to the winner

Tips on Becoming a Successful Football Player

Being one of the most popular sporting activities around, becoming a pro football player is not easy. Let us look at what you need to do to achieve this goal:

Have the Passion

Football is the most popular sport in the globe. This is because it is an enjoyable game to engage in. however, it should be more than that for you when you are looking to become a successful professional footballer. You should have a great passion. Forget those people who go to the field to have fun; you should have a burning desire to make if you want to become a successful payer.

It would be best if you understood that this is a very competitive sport. This is not only because professional players in the sport get paid a lot of money, but it also has a vast audience worldwide. It means that if you get to go pro, you have money and respect from people the world over. Therefore, you need to have the desire to win if you ever want to become a professional football player.

Train to Be Always Ready

Just like any other profession, to become a top-notch football player, you need to put in at least 10,000 hours of training. This means you have to dedicate a few hours of your day to exercising. Understand that practice makes perfect. It is only through training that you can get to master the skills to become a top-notch player. Keep in mind that professional players usually perform skills via muscle memory as they typically have a fraction of a second to do something fancy on the pitch. This is the main reason footballers are expecting to train a lot to master their craft’s top skills correctly.

Take the Advice of Your Coach

There is a reason why the coach is usually known as the boss. This is because his role is to set rules and regulations for the whole team. Understand that just like school, football is all about discipline. Therefore, listen to your coach and your fellow teammates if you ever want to make it in this business.

Nowadays, there is no way you can break the rules discreetly. Technology has made it that people are under surveillance like every second. Therefore, to be on the safe side, always ensure that you are on your best behavior.

However, technology has also brought a lot of advantages to our lives. For instance, it has enhanced communication while at the same time making it cheaper and more accessible. It has also made it easier for students to get essay writing assistance any time they require it.

Through the internet, one can get in touch with companies like grademiners.com and get various academic writing services from highly qualified individuals. Many writing companies online means that it is now easy to find high-quality and very affordable service. The internet has also given us a platform where we can access information whenever we want to. For instance, as a football fan, clicking on https://portugal.net/club-news/1952-tricks-to-getting-better-as-a-student-while-playing-football/ will get you access to an exciting football news site that is regularly updated.

Set Achievable Goals

As with everything we desire to achieve in life when aiming to be a professional football player, you need to break down the journey and set achievable and realistic timelines for your goals. This is very important as it will keep you motivated. Remember, you cannot achieve the whole dream at once. Breaking it into smaller & achievable goals will show you your progress, hence, motivating you to continue.  

There is no way you can start today and get signed by Real Madrid by the end of the week, no matter how good you are. You need to understand that you must spend a little time at the academy before you get to start climbing the ranks. Therefore, begin by estimating the amount of time you would like to spend at the academy before moving ahead. After that, work as hard as you can to ensure you have joined the youth team before that time ends.

Look for a Team

Football is a team sport. Therefore, you need to look for a team if you want to make it professionally. Understand that we are not talking about your group of friends that meets out in the street. It would be best if you found a professional team. Here, you will find all the resources and exposure you want to become a top-notch football pro.

As we had seen above, football is very competitive. This is why you have to be willing to give it your all to become a professional. The above tips on becoming a football pro are designed to provide any aspiring football with an idea of what is required of them if they want to go pro.

Reasons to Join Your College Football Team Today

You know that joining your college football team is good for your health and well-being, but do you know exactly how beneficial the associated physical activities can be? Joining your preferred sport is an excellent way of socializing. It promotes teamwork and builds healthy relationships. What’s more, you get to feel better, stay energized, and have additional life years.

Here are the primary reasons why you should start taking part in the training sessions:

Improved Respiratory and Cardiovascular Systems

Part of the immense benefits of joining your college football team is cardiovascular and respiratory improvement. Over time, regular training and physical activity end up strengthening the cardiac muscles surrounding the heart. Furthermore, you’ll pump a greater blood volume, which decreases your heart’s resting rate.

Football training also helps you develop more red blood cells that help transport oxygen to different muscles in the body. You’ll also improve your lungs, and the organ will improve how you supply your body with the required oxygen levels.

Reduced Health Risk Factors

Exercising regularly can reduce your risk of getting cardiovascular disease. It also lowers your chances of suffering from type 2 diabetes and reduces the risk of metabolic syndrome. According to scientific research, staying active is an excellent way of avoiding several types of cancer, including colon and breast cancer. When actively involved in college football, you improve your chances of achieving a longer life span.

Increased Feeling of Well-Being

Besides the health benefits, regular exercise through football can substantially improve your feeling of well-being. Physical activities enhance the action of enkephalins for regulating the body’s nociception and endorphins to aid pain and stress relief. Both elements boost your natural immunity and reduce the perception of pain. 

Regular physical activity also improves your mood, feelings of having more energy, and overall quality of life.

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Improved Metabolism

Generally, the physical activities that you’ll take part in actively increase the rate at which your body burns calories than when you’re at rest. However, even after you’ve completed your exercise session, you’ll undoubtedly improve your metabolic rate when resting. This is because your body requires energy to repair the muscles and replenish your glycogen and ATP storage.

However, several factors determine whether you’ll enjoy this benefit. For instance, the intensity of the exercise has a significant role to play. Your current fitness level also determines your metabolism level.

Lower Risks of Falls

During football training, the exercise program incorporates coordination, balance, and muscle-strengthening activities. Adapting to all these substantially improve your body strength and stability. You also get to enhance your body’s motor skills; hence you have a lower likelihood of falling and getting related injuries.

Better Sleep

Scientific research has shown that regular exercises can help people fall asleep faster and enjoy deeper sleep. Staying active in football can also increase your sleep duration while also reducing the chances of waking up in the middle of the night. All these can be important in providing a better overall sleep quality.

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Improved Body Health

Bone density refers to the strength and thickness of your bones. Reduced bone density is sometimes referred to as osteopenia. This is a situation where your bone density goes below the standard peak but not too low to be categorized as osteoporosis. When the density and strength reduces, your bones tend to weaken and become more brittle. In this case, falling or any other mild stress on your bones can lead to breakage or fractures.

Football training and games involve impulse activities such as jumping, plyometrics, and resistance training. These can massively slow down the loss of bone density that usually occurs as you age. Like any other sport involving running and jumping, this can be advantageous to your bone health.

Weight Loss and Reduced Obesity

Obesity and abnormal weight gain are complex conditions that involve a massive accumulation of body fats. Contrary to common belief, the state isn’t only a cosmetic issue; it’s also a vital medical concern that places you at risk of other health problems and diseases. The risks include cardiac ailments, high blood pressure, diabetes, and some cancers.

Physical activities like football training and gaming sessions can be a vital component of your weight management strategy. By getting active regularly, you’ll burn calories. You also grow muscle mass. Both effects can significantly improve your weight maintenance and loss.

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FPL Season 2020-21: Gameweek 35 preview

“Are we getting a preview of the next Champions League final at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening?” (CC by 4.0). Image by: Ank Kumar.

Ah, the European Super League. Some of the business men and women behind a few of Europe’s biggest (or should we say, most heavily financed?) clubs must have thought that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic had become a bit tame or repetitive, and that European football would benefit from a little excitement. A little encouraging stab in the back, if you will.

The plans did not go as hoped, though, and a few hours after the Super League announcement, the some clubs started to regret their back-room decision-making. We figured that would largely be it, bar some ongoing discussion about punishments and new rules, but the red side of Manchester still had a surprise up its sleeve. Last Sunday, instead of Manchester United vs Liverpool taking place at Old Trafford, thousands of fans invaded the pitch and the surrounding areas prior to the game to make a statement against the brilliantly worked out and marketed plans for a European Super League by a few club owners and financiers, including their own.

As far as FPL goes, this has further complicated what was already promising to be a heated end to the fantasy Premier League season. For details and explanations, be sure to check out Ben Crellin’s Twitter account (@BenCrellin). Below are the doubles (and the one treble!) taking place in gameweek 35:

DGW35Game 1Game 2Game 3
Aston VillaManchester United (H)Everton (H)
Crystal PalaceSheffield United (a)Southampton (a)
EvertonWest Ham (a)Aston Villa (a)
SouthamptonLiverpool (a)Crystal Palace (H)
Manchester UnitedAston Villa (a)Leicester (H)Liverpool (H)
LiverpoolSouthampton (H)Man Utd (a)
ArsenalWest Brom (H)Chelsea (a)
ChelseaManchester City (a)Arsenal (H)
LeicesterNewcastle (H)Manchester United (a)
TGW35 fixtures

In any case, don’t forget, the deadline for triple gameweek 35 is set at 18h30 (UK time) on Friday, May 7th.

Also do check out the Predicted Line-Ups for the Premier League clubs as well as the latest injury news (click on ‘Team’ to sort per club rather than the default ‘date’) before finalising your transfer(s).

Most transferred in/transferred out players (as per May 6th, 2021)


TRANSFERS OUTTRANSFERS INPOSSIBLE REASONS
GKMartinez (AST), Lloris (TOT), Ederson (CIT)Guaita (CRY), Mendy (CHE), Henderson (UTD)TGW35
DEFDias (CIT), Stones (CIT), Cresswell (WHU),Shaw (UTD), AWB (UTD), Digne (EVE),TGW35, Stones red card
MIDGündogan (CIT), Son (TOT, Lingard (WH), Jota (LIV)JWP (SOU), Zaha (CRY), Greenwood, Rashford & Fernandes (all UTD)TGW35 for MU
FORBamford (LEE), Kane (TOT), Vardy (LEI)Calvert-Lewin (EVE),Iheanacho (LEI), Cavani (UTD), Watkins (AST)TGW35, Kane blank in GW34, Vardy less involved

Premium pick

We’re kicking this weekend’s fantasy recommendations off with one of the players who currently finds himself in the previously discussed fixture heaven. Bruno Fernandes (£11.5m) could be playing 3 times in GW35. Already owned by a massive 55% that percentage will only increase over the next 36 hours with Villa, Leicester and Liverpool all to play for Man United in one gameweek.

Non-premium picks

Another week, another return for Kelechi Iheanacho (£6.3m). The Leicester striker is in absolutely blistering form at the moment, which is why we keep including him in our gameweek previews. Since scoring back in GW26, the Nigerian recorded an incredible 8 goals and 2 assists for a total of 73 FPL points over that same period. As a matter of fact, the only blank he recorded over that run came at home against Man City in GW30. As far as the upcoming GW35 goes, Leicester has one of the more favourable double match-ups (Newcastle at home, Man United away) and with the Foxes still very much on route for a Champions League spot, this could be a big round for Nacho. At the moment, there is no striker in the English top flight who needs less minutes to score a goal than him (116 minutes per goal).

Speaking of favourable match-ups, Crystal Palace have probably the best upcoming schedule on paper with a double gameweek featuring away games against Sheffield United and West Ham followed by a home game against Aston Villa. The main problem, from an FPL point of view at least, is that the Eagles are rather mediocre, both defensively and offensively. As a result, there really is one man to consider for the double gameweek, apart from goalkeeper Vicente Guaita maybe, and that is the man around whom everything revolves in the Palace attack, Wilfried Zaha (£7.1m). The Ivorian forward is the team’s top scorer by some distance (10 goals and 4 assists) and he gets an extra FPL point for a clean sheet as well, which could be particularly relevant for the first encounter. Going for Palace and Zaha in GW35 is obviously a bit of a punt, but with the player’s 9,7% current ownership, it could be just what your fantasy team needs in these final weeks of the season.

The budget enabler

Our budget enabler for gameweek 35 could very well turn out to be one of the outstanding performers once the round is over. Despite a more than decent 8 goals and 6 assists to his name, James Ward-Prowse (£5.8m) is still a very much affordable midfielder in the official game. The 26-year old midfielder is Southampton’s captain as well as the team’s principal set-piece delivery man. Add to that the fact that the Saints are playing twice in gameweek 35 (Man United away, Palace home) without blanking in gameweek 36 and we wouldn’t be surprised to see him return soon. Manager Ralph Hasenhüttl’s men know that one more victory practically secures another season of Premier League action and after the good showing against Leicester in GW34, confidence and fixtures could be converging just at the right moment for FPL managers to bring in JWP.

A differential pick or two

Each season features a few players who, as the season advances, manage to play themselves back into their manager’s good graces and the team’s starting eleven. This season, Gylfi Sigurdsson (£6.9m) could be included in that category. The Icelandic midfielder started the 2020-21 somewhat on the fringes of the starting eleven, in big part due to the hyped arrival of James Rodriguez, but nowadays, he is a fixed part of Carlo Ancelotti’s attacking set-up at Everton. He started the last five games and takes care of a few set-pieces as well, especially now that the previously mentioned James is out with an injury. Sigurdsson has scored 6 goals and provided 4 assists already this season, which is not bad, but which are tallies on which he will want to build as well during DGW35, undoubtedly. West Ham and Aston Villa are no push-overs, especially not at their own grounds, but the Toffees are still eyeing those European spots as well, so Siggie could be an explosive differential (current ownership: 3%).

Since his return to fitness back in gameweek 32, James Maddison (£7.3m) has not managed yet to add a goal or an assist to his totals for the season (8 goals, 7 assists), which can be considered underwhelming knowing that he faced West Brom, Palace and Southampton since GW32. The English midfielder did not play badly though, and manager Brendan Rodgers’ considers him a fixed part of his starting eleven. On top of that and as stated earlier, Leicester are still fighting to maintain their current Champions League slot. On a more personal level, Maddison is fighting for a spot in England’s Euro “2020 in 2021” squad, which should only encourage him to perform better. Newcastle at home and direct rival Manchester United looks like a promising double gameweek 35 for Maddison and the rest of the Foxes, though keep in the back of your head that Leicester will also be playing the FA Cup final against Chelsea four days after the clash with United.

The captaincy

With a Man United triple gameweek, our armband this round has to go on a United player and we’re going going with the ever reliable Bruno Fernandes. Of course, there are some other good options as well from Manchester United such as Greenwood, Rashford or maybe one of the defenders (a central defender – Maguire – is more likely to play all 3 games in a row than a full-back – Shaw). Outside of Man United, man on fire Kelechi Iheanacho against Newcastle at home and Man United at Old Trafford looks interesting, as does the Nigerian’s team mate Jamie Vardy. With games against Villa and West Ham coming up, Everton attackers Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin could haul as well. In the “high risk, high reward” category for GW35, we can see, amongst other names, Wilfried Zaha (Sheffield United, Southampton, both away), Ollie Watkins (Man United, Everton, both home), and James Ward-Prowse (Liverpool away, Palace home).

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Advanced Sports Betting Strategies That Pros’ Use In 2021

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There are only two reasons for a winning bet. First, it may be your luck, or you have good betting strategies. Pro’s in sports betting never highly rely on luck. They aim for a high possibility of winning.

You can’t be confident enough on your bet by simply knowing that sport without applying it in sports betting. Sports betting strategies are essential in winning your bet, so you should formulate your own. Some bettors may stick to their old strategies. However, sports betting strategies on-trend in 2021 also work very well.

Why are Sports Betting Strategies Important?

The ultimate purpose of having sports betting strategies is to minimize your losing chance and maximize your profits. Your betting strategies usually depend on your goals. If you want less risk, then you go for a defensive strategy. If you aim for a more significant profit, you should go for an aggressive strategy.

Betting strategies help you protect your money and achieve your betting goals, making betting more exciting and entertaining. Your previous betting strategies and losses and the following pros’ strategies below may also help you formulate a better betting strategy in 2021.

Matched Betting

Matched betting is one of the easiest and less risky bettings. This could make pros’ generate more enormous profits. Matched betting would make them take advantage of bookmarkers’ or gambling sites’ promotional offers. It is usually done through lay betting against the team that you had a back bet on. In other words, you just have to match your bet with a free bet.

To successfully execute a matched bet, you must look at your bookmaker’s promotional offers or free bet offers. Then, find a wager you want to bet on and use your free bet that you got from the promotional offer. After that, you use the betting exchange to put a lay bet against the team that you have backed.

Thus, no matter what the outcomes, you secured a winning bet which brings you profits. However, you should use matched betting efficiently as bookmakers may eventually stop giving you promotional offers.

Kelly Criterion Method

Kelly Criterion Method is a bit complex for beginners. But for sure, sports betting pros are good at this. Kelly Criterion method is an aggressive strategy. For some pros, this is a sustainable source of profit. Thus, to minimise losses, you need to be great at mathematical calculations as you need to determine the probability of an outcome.

These mathematical calculations are essential to determine the value of your bet. To make the calculation simply explained, it is the difference of the winning and losing probability with a percentage result. To make the probability more accurate, you can also consider the odds given to you by your bookmaker.

Kelly Criterion method may be a good betting strategy to achieve profitability. However, misinterpretations in determining probability could also result in huge losses.

Arbitrage Betting

Some betting pros also bet through arbitrage bets or also known as miracle bets. In arbitrage betting, you will be making use of different bookmakers’ varying opinions of odds from their own approach to increase your chance of winning. In other words, you are having a set of odds that gives you an idea of possible outcomes.

To execute arbitrage betting, you can place at least one bet per outcome on different bookmakers. With this, you can win your bet no matter what the outcomes. Thus, arbitrage betting is also one of the profitable sports betting strategies. However, some bookmakers are against arbitrage betting and could cancel half of your bet or, worse, restrict your account from their system if they are catching you.

Conclusion

Bettors, also the pro bettors, consider sports betting strategies as necessary in their betting journey. Although it is difficult to find one, just a single strategy could bring you farther in the sports betting industry.

Sports betting is not only for leisure or hobby, and it is more than that. It also requires your skills in formulating strategies, handling emotions, and money management. You need to be careful in choosing your sports betting strategies, as not all of these strategies will work for you. You must also assess first your betting goals and risk appetite to have a smooth journey on your betting.

Is AI the Next Big Thing in Betting?

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Almost any betting tipster worth their salt has at some time referred to their ability to select victors in sport as almost like having a computer in their brain. But thanks to modern technology, a computational method has actually been deployed to aid with betting advice.

Artificial intelligence – or AI – has swept in to help take over some of the analytical aspects of betting to provide potential bettors a logical solution to who they should bet on and when they should place these bets. But is AI betting really the next big thing?

How Does It Work?

AI betting technology works much the same as someone spending hours poring over every scrap of information about an upcoming event. Only it works much quicker, removes the margin of human error, and is backed up by stats and facts. AI algorithms work by amalgamating a huge amount of information of relevance to each sporting event and then determining a probable outcome based on this information.  

The Beth prediction tool, for instance, is a piece of analytics that examines horse racing using mathematical probability laws and algorithms. The tool takes into account horse pedigree, history of the horse and trainer, the track and any conditions that could have an impact, upcoming weather reports, and a wealth of relevant information. This combines to achieve a scientifically endorsed response to which horse is set to fare the best.  

A variety of filters are also applied, including the odds, minimum and maximum bets on a horse in the race, and odds thresholds to provide accurate and customized betting profiles. Each bettor is different, and AI works to ensure each person is catered to depending on their maximum bets and other factors that vary from bettor to bettor.

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AI in Football

For sports like football, other information may be required for the AI to work best. Many game victories come down to qualitative information. For instance, a player’s recent injury, interpersonal issues, or other anecdotal reasons could be the difference between a team winning or losing. If AI were to find a way to take this anecdotal information into account and turn it into a logical response, then an accurate picture would be painted as to who may win.

However, with all sporting events, there is a possibility of chance. Horses that have been shoe-ins have fallen at hurdles they were expected to easily clear. Footballers have made errors that couldn’t have been predicted and outlier teams have done well, such as Leicester City’s 2016 shock win in the Premier League. As AI continues to improve, these outlying issues can be factored in and can result in algorithms that are even more reliable.

AI is set to change a multitude of industries from logistics to healthcare and will show us how things can be done more efficiently. While there is always an opportunity for chance to creep into sports, being as equipped as possible with up to the minute information places bettors in the best position to make the right decisions.

FanTeam 2020-21: £67.5k Weekly Monster – Gameweek 34 preview

As part of FISO’s special series of weekly articles on FanTeam, Europe’s biggest daily fantasy football provider, we will actually be entering the team we write about each week into the game. Our article will focus on an Early Entry for their Fantasy Premier League tournament held each week in order to help you identify game rules, tactics and the most promising players per gameweek, so you can win some of that large prize money.

Our FISO team below will be entered into both this week’s £18 entry (£67,500 prize pool) and the £1.80 entry (£11,250 prize pool) Weekly Monster. The winner takes home a cool £6,750 (or £1,350 for the £1.80 entry lower stakes game) and brings excitement to the next 3 days of Premier League action. Join the discussion on FISO’s FanTeam forum.

Before moving onto our team selection, we want to highlight a couple of FanTeam rules that they apply to their Weekly Monster competition and that represent some of the major differences when comparing the game to the FPL. Do though check out the Predicted Line-Ups for the Premier League clubs as well as the latest injury news (click on ‘Team’ to sort per club rather than the default ‘date’) before finalising your picks.

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 Weekly 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 Weekly 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 3 Defenders, which would see you incur just 2 single-point deductions if you nail both clean sheets correctly.

Gameweek 34 Weekly Monster matches

Our team entered in the Weekly Monster in gameweek 34

The highest priced assets for the GW34 are from 7th placed Spurs who take on already relegated Sheffield United in 20th place who pulled off a long-awaited win against Brighton in GW33. We will take 3 from Tottenham with the obligatory Kane, the mercurial Son and the Ivorian right-back Aurier. Spurs will be desperate for a win to help climb into a top 4 position which is 5 points away. Rather than the obvious move of captaining Kane, we’re putting the arm-band on Son.

12th placed Wolves had a disatrous GW33 losing 4-0 at home to Burnley after two previous wins. In GW34 they face 19th placed WBA who have recently found some form in front of goal resulting in 2 wins and a draw in their last 4 matches. We are placing our faith in Wolves to bounce back with a clean sheet and a win and speed merchant Traore along with the highest prices Wolves defenders, Saiss and Semedo, help balance the budget overspend on Spurs assets.

Leeds are now unbeaten in their last 5 matches moving them back up to 9th and in GW34 they face 17th placed Brighton who haven’t won in their last 4. This is also the 1st match in the GW34 Weekly Monster so line-ups will be known prior to the deadline however we’ve selected 3 players that definitely should be in the starting line-up: Goalkeeper Meslier, Defender (but playing in midfield) Dallas and up-front the effervescent Bamford.

That leaves two remaining spots and we’ve saved them for Jesse Lingard who can do little wrong since he was loaned to 5th placed West Ham where he also takes the penalties just as Aston Villa’s El Ghazi did for 11th placed Villa in their last match in GW33.

Just £1.80 to enter for 4 days of EPL action & £11,250 of guaranteed prizes incl £1,350 to the winner!

Why Football Is the Most Popular Sport in the World

Human beings engage in different sports, but soccer is one of the popular games around. Everyone knows how to kick the ball and understand the simple rules that govern it. Its simplicity makes it one of the most loved sports worldwide. In this article, we will provide some reasons why football is famous worldwide.

Display of High-Class Completion

Every country plays football and has a league completion. This provides a high number of quality players across the globe playing the same game. It is popular because it is played even in rural areas, and the spread of talent is not limited. In any completion, we all anticipate seeing super starts rising because it is a sport that produces natural footballers with excellent skills. Anyone can train and learn to play the game expertly.

Varied Field Competition

Apart from the premier teams worldwide, football becomes delicious because of the different forms of styles. Top teams will work with a particular formation that makes gaming enjoyable. Style of play is unique in football that makes it an incredible sport to watch.

Its nature woos millions across the globe because they can easily understand how teams play against the opponents. Close control, counter-attacking and defending are some of the formations displayed by big teams across the globe.

Because of the diverse formation, domination in football is rare. In football, any team can win. A football team cannot dominate for a prolonged period because of the changing formations and coaching tactics.

It Is Inexpensive

When we compare football to other games, we will realize that it is inexpensive. A soccer ball can be improvised, and that is why kids will be playing all over. You do not need an Adidas’s ball to play soccer. Besides, you only need two objects to mark the goals posts, and you are good to play. You can use anything to play football; however, buying a soccer ball will not cost you a lot of cash. Acquiring a ball is easier and cheap, making it a popular game.

Technology has also played a significant part in making football more popular. We can now enjoy live streaming. This enables individuals to watch foreign football leagues and enjoy the sensation that comes with quality plays.

Technology has also impacted learning because students can get help from the essay writing service UK to complete their assignments. At royalessays.co.uk, students get support from professionals to work on their projects effectively.

Technology is also the reason behind the growing number of professionals in football. Various sites help individuals to improve their gaming styles, such as https://forzaitalianfootball.com/2021/02/how-to-improve-in-playing-soccer/. From such sites, you can access football information easily from the internet. 

Passionate Fans 

Football fans have a lot of passion for the game. They enjoy the game and share the passion with the people around them. The tension and anticipation in the stadium are the same as witnessed in homes worldwide. Football fans are always enthusiastic about the game across the globe. This makes individuals who are less interested in the game get psyched up. 

Can Be Played Virtually in Any Condition

Football can be played almost in all conditions. It can be played in the snow, in heavy rains and in fields that appear like shallow swimming pools. It is rare to miss a football match because of the weather condition. The weather whims lead tactical heights to the sport.

The adaptability in playing football helps teams to make formidable home records that prevent the game from being one-sided. For example, a good team in the Champions League will have a hard time playing in Russia in winter. The game is played in any environment helps to take monotonousness out of the sport.

Size Does Not Matter

The size will not matter because any talented footballer will find a chance to play for his or her team. Individual size does not have a high significance compared to other sports like American football and basketball. It is because anyone can display excellent game. After all, the sport is not about height and strength. It is about skills and fitness.

Football is super fun and the most straightforward game that anyone can engage in. the simple rules make it liked by many because even kids can understand it. These are some of the reasons that make football popular.

People identify with the quality of the game and its simplicity. Besides, it does not have a definite time of the season. All seasons are fit for the game. Now you know why football is loved worldwide with a considerable number of fans and players.