The Best Fantasy Option From Chelsea’s Trio Of Young Attackers

Forced to work with what they have, courtesy of a transfer ban, Chelsea have given some of their youngsters a fresh lease on life. But you do get the feeling that Frank Lampard would look to Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham no matter what this season.

Lampard coached Mount while he was on loan at Derby last season and he knows exactly what he can expect from the young midfielder who scored nine goals and delivered four assists in the Championship. Abraham, meanwhile, has done very well in England’s second tier, scoring 26 goals on loan for Aston Villa last term and 23 for Bristol City during the 2016/17 campaign.

The pair of youngsters seem like the most likely Fantasy Premier League point-getters this season, but we probably shouldn’t sleep on Christian Pulisic. Lampard wasn’t going to leave him on the bench either after he came in as £59.6 million signing from Borussia Dortmund and was the only player they were able to bring in.

The American hasn’t opened his account for the Blues yet and was unfortunate to have a top-drawer strike ruled offside against Manchester United in the Blues season opener. However, he has shown some real promise and should grow into his role as a Blues winger as the season wears on.

So far, Pulisic has recorded two assists and has scored 13 FPL points. He looks quite threatening when on the ball and is the most expensive of the three at £7.4 million.

Mount, meanwhile, is on 22 points after scoring twice in his four Premier League. The 20-year-old has played every minute of Chelsea’s campaign in the top flight so far, with Emerson the only other Blue to do so until missing out due to injury this last weekend. He wants to make something happen on every possession and is probably the player who’s shown the most drive and energy in the Chelsea squad. His exploits this term have earned him a call-up to the England squad and great things are expected from the academy star. He is currently priced at £6.5 million but that could be on the rise pretty soon; note that he started out at £6.0 million.

Abraham missed out on a Three Lions call-up but that should work out well for the Blues. It was recently revealed that the striker is putting in extra hours on the training ground to work on his finishing and will likely use the international break to fine-tune his game. The 21-year-old forward leads Chelsea in scoring, with seven goals to his name so far. He started out at £7.0 and is now £7.3 but, with wildcard use probably use rife during the break and a hat-trick at the weekend, his price could be on the rise.

So who do you go with from the three if not all? Pulisic is still working his way up so you could keep him under watch for now. But we’d suggest Mount over Abraham as he’s a bit cheaper and his goals are more valuable – he’s likely to produce some assists as well, given the neat passing he’s shown. If you’re wanting a bargain striker who isn’t Teemu Pukki, though, then of course Tammy.

Mount is also the favorite Chelsea player to be named PFA Young Player of the Year and is 11/2 with Paddy Power while Tammy Abraham is 14/1 with Skybet. William Hill has Pulisic at 14/1 as well. Fans could also get the lowdown on the top bookies in the UK at The bookies.co.uk offers.

Betfair is offering odds on who will finish as Chelsea’s top scorer this season. Olivier Giroud last week was ahead of Abraham at 7/4 with the young Englishman at 9/4. They had Pulisic and Pedro next at 9/2. Callum Hudson-Odoi, who is yet to play but could be back after the break, was at 10/1 and Willian at 20/1. The 50/1 odds they were offering on Mason Mount were pretty attractive and certainly worth consideration.

FPL Season 2019/2020 – Gameweek 5 Preview

“West Ham’s record signing has scored 3 goals in the last two games and is facing Aston Villa at Villa Park next” (CC by 4.0) by Steindy

With gameweek 5 coming up on Saturday after this season’s first international break, now is a good time to check the status of our FPL teams and go over some of the best picks for the weekend. Many heavy hitters and popular FPL assets travelled all over Europe and around the world to represent their national teams, with the associated risks of injuries, fatigue and changes in form a source of worries for FPL managers. We will take this into account when it comes to our picks for gameweek 5, but we still recommend to do some extra research before confirming your transfers this week. For those who are on Reddit, user vishal_jaiswal has posted a pretty useful overview of all players with international duties over the past two weeks, including call-ups for national U20’s and U21’s teams. Also remember to pay attention to interesting targets that were injured before the break, like United’s Anthony Martial and Liverpool’s Allison, because they will have had a couple of weeks to work on their return. Man City’s Laporte, Spurs’ Lo Celso and Brighton’s Trossard have been the main recent injury news.

Finally, don’t forget: the deadline for gameweek 5 is set at 12h30 (BST), on  Saturday, September 14th. .

How did our picks for the previous gameweek fare?

PICK PLAYER OPPONENT POINTS
Premium Raheem Sterling Brighton (home) 3
Premium Sergio Aguerio Brighton (home) 16
Non-premium Teemu Pukki West Ham (away) 2
Non-premium Mason Mount Sheffield (home) 2
Differential Emerson Palmieri Sheffield (home) 1
Differential Sebastien Haller Norwich (home) 8
Captain Raheem Sterling Brighton (home) 6

Premium picks

For our first premium pick of the week, we’re starting with a simple table for comparison of some key stats in this season so far:

Manchester City     Norwich  
Total shots 77  (1st in league)   Total shots conceded 68  (3rd in league)
Shots in the box 56  (1st)   Shots conceded in box 47  (1st)
Shots on target 30  (1st)   Shots conceded on target 26  (1st)
Goals scored 14  (1st)   Goals conceded 10  (1st)

On paper, City’s away game against Norwich on Saturday has all the making of a goal-ridden bonanza, which is why Raheem Sterling (£12.3m) is our first pick. The young Englishman is in red-hot form, both in the Premier League (5 goals and 37 FPL points from 4 games) and for England over the international break (2 goals and 3 assists in two games), and he looks primed for a starting spot against the newly-promoted Canaries. On top of that, Sterling is the player with the highest expected goal and/or assist rating in the entire league, and he has fired the second-most shots in the box. He will also be our captaincy pick, as explained later on, though this gameweek offers plenty of excellent alternatives as well.

Sterling’s team mates Aguero and De Bruyne more than deserve a place in this list as well, but the Skyblues are not the only ones with high potential for point-scoring this weekend.. Our second premium pick is Liverpool’s Mo Salah (£12.5m), who is facing Newcastle at Anfield on Saturday. The Egyptian dribbler, whose national team had no duties over the international break, has already scored 3 goals (all of them at home) and provided 2 assists (one at home) this season. As far as his encounters with Newcastle go since he joined Liverpool in the summer of 2017, Salah has scored 3 goals and provided 1 assist in four games. The Magpies, who did bring about a shock victory over Spurs in London before the international break, have conceded 5 goals in four games so far and it’s hard to see them keeping a clean sheet at Anfield this weekend.

Non-premium picks

The fact that Ashley Barnes (£6.7m) is still owned by just 11.6% of FPL managers is a bit surprising, considering the fact that he has already scored 4 goals and recorded 27 FPL points this season, and that he has a favourable run of fixtures coming up, facing just one team from last season’s top six between now and gameweek 14. The Burnley forward is visiting a Brighton team on the rise, but the Seagulls have still conceded 7 goals in 4 games. Truth be told, four of those goals came against Man City at the Etihad. Still, Barnes has already recorded eight shots on target this season (8), which is the second-highest in the league behind Norwich sensation Teemu Pukki. With his nailed-on spot up front and his more than reasonable price tag, Barnes could turn out to be a real bargain.

Before his injury in the build-up to gameweek 4, Manchester United’s Anthony Martial (£7.7m) was starting to look like one of the potential best-value players of the season. The Frenchman started up top for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men while being listed as a mid-priced midfielder in the official game and he didn’t disappoint. Despite United’s wobbly performances, Martial recorded attacking returns in every game he played: a goal and 7 FPL points against Chelsea at home, a goal and 7 points away to Wolves, and an assists and 5 points in the disappointing home loss to Palace. Solskjaer seems to be counting on him to return to the fold for the home game against Leicester on Saturday as the Red Devils will be attempting to avert something of an early-season crisis. With a relatively kind set of fixtures coming up, at least from an attacker’s point of view, it’s wise to keep an eye on Martial.

A differential pick or two

West Ham’s Sebastien Haller (£7.5m) had a bit of a quiet start to the 2019-20 campaign, in large part due to the Hammers facing Man City in gameweek 1 and an injury keeping him out of the squad for gameweek 2. He made up for lost time in gameweeks 3 and 4 though, with 3 goals and 21 FPL points, courtesy of a double strike against Watford at Vicarage Road and a single goal in the victory over Norwich at home. In those two rounds, the French striker had the most shots from inside the box (8) and shots on target (5) of all players in the Premier League, and no other player recorded a better expected goals figure (2.89) over that period either. His ownership percentage is still pretty low (6.8%), considering the quality of his performances, his key role in a Hammers outfit with interesting attacking potential, and the attractive set of fixtures coming up for West Ham, so now could be a good moment to make a swoop for him.

Our second differential pick for gameweek 5 is quite a punt, not so much because of his quality as a player, but due to Tottenham’s average start to the 2019-20 campaign. Left-back Danny Rose (£5.5m) looked like he was on his way out this summer, but he stayed in north London and has once again managed to nail down his spot on the left flank. Spurs have not yet recorded a clean sheet this season despite having played home games against Villa and Newcastle, but the third time could be a charm when they host Crystal Palace on Saturday. The Eagles have concocted an excellent start to the season with 7 points from four games, but they have only scored 3 goals in the process. The home team will certainly have a majority of the possession on Saturday and there will be chances for Rose to join in attack. This potential for an attacking return in combination with the possibility of a first clean sheet makes him an interesting option for gameweek 5.

The captaincy

Like we wrote earlier, our recommendation for the armband this weekend is Man City’s Raheem Sterling. The English international just seems like he can’t stop scoring (and assisting) at the moment, and with a willing Norwich defence coming up next, it seems unwise not to captain him. Team mate Sergio Aguero is a very good shout as well, especially considering Gabriel Jesus’ ongoing hamstring struggles, and Kevin de Bruyne could, of course, haul big as well in his current form. The three of them seem sure of a spot in the starting eleven on Saturday, so it looks like the only question that remains is in regard to which of them will score the highest against the Canaries.

Do also have a look at the FISO Forum Captain Poll for GW5.

Outside picks for your Fantasy Team

We would all love to have a team full of Aguero’s and De Bruyne’s in our fantasy team but unfortunately, it’s difficult to squeeze in more than three or four of them without blowing your budget.

As a result, we have taken a look at some value picks which may just edge you ahead of your mates and get you climbing up your league in no time at all. We will also advise you on who to potentially avoid, with certain teams having a tough run in the coming weeks.

BUY – PUKKI

This one may be more obvious than it sounds, but Norwich have continued to score goals, even in the Premier League, all thanks to their main man up top.

The Finnish striker has picked up where he left off last campaign, and has already bagged a hat-trick and looks full of confidence. He even scored against Liverpool at Anfield with a smart finish and despite his value slowly increasing, he is definitely one to squeeze in while in-form. If Norwich are to score, it is likely to be their star man up top.

BUY – CEBALLOS

The Arsenal midfielder who has arrived on loan from Real Madrid has proven to be an instant hit with the Gunners fanbase and he is one to consider for your fantasy team.

Not only did he claim two assists on his debut against Burnley, but he is also still available for less than £6 million. With Pepe, Lacazette and Aubameyang to feed, there is no doubt the young Spaniard will be collecting points in no time.

For some reason, Zidane wasn’t willing to give him a chance this campaign. But Madrid’s loss is very much Arsenal’s gain. La Liga betting suggests Real Madrid can in fact challenge for the title this season, after failing to land any kind of blow last season, finishing 19 points behind Barcelona.

BUY – DIGNE

Everton have started the season strongly and that is largely due to their defence. But when it comes to your fantasy team, it’s good to have a defender who likes to score a goal or two. Well, look no further than Digne.

Not only is he part of a side who will keep a few clean sheets this season, this set-piece taker knows where the back of the net is. Admittedly, he isn’t the cheapest, but this will allow you to choose more Man City and Liverpool players further up the pitch, which is always a bonus.

AVOID – CHELSEA DEFENDERS

Chelsea are in worrying form at present. Held at home to Sheffield United, blown away by Manchester United and dominated by Leicester. Since selling Eden Hazard and not being able to replace him due to a transfer ban of their own, it has been a difficult start for Frank Lampard. Chelsea have been leaking left, right and centre, and if it is clean sheets you want, we’d advise looking elsewhere.

Every point is crucial when it comes to organising your fantasy team. Hopefully, these pointers can help you continue your form to reach the top.

Champions League Group Stage Fantasy Football – 100,000 euros of guaranteed prizes

Fan Team’s Champions League Group Stage Fantasy Football competition starts on 17 September 2019. There is a limit of 20 entries per person and a total of a maximum 4,800 entries accepted (at 25 euros per entry) with 100,000 euros prize money guaranteed.

You can win a free entry to this tournament via this FISO Forum topic

Group stage Champions League 19/20 Info

Transfers 

For the Group stage Champions league tournament there are two free transfer allowed between each game week. If you don’t use your 2 free transfers one week, you have four free transfers the following game week. It is not possible to save more than 2 transfers, and the maximum amount of free transfers is therefore 4. If you use 1 transfer in a round, you can save the other transfer to have 3 free transfers the following game week. Additional transfers (more than the number of free transfers available) will be penalised with four minus points each. 

Price changes 

Player prices can change when the group stage is ongoing. The price changes are based on how popular a certain player is on a transfer market and can also be influenced by the form of the player. The price you see for a specific player is what it costs to buy him, and it is the amount you will receive when you sell him. There is no tax when you sell players, so the actual prize of the player when you sell him is the amount you will receive. The maximum price change for a player up or down is 0.1M per day, and 0.3M up or down between the rounds. 

Wildcard 

There will not be any wildcards available for this tournament. 

Substitutes 

You have to select four (4) substitutes in the Group stage Champions league tournament: three field players and a goalkeeper. Please note, that these are ordered in priority from left to right, meaning your primary substitute is the one on the farthest left. If one or more players amongst your starters did not play in the match at all, the system will automatically substitute the non-playing player with the 1st available substitute. If your first substitute did not play, the system will move to your second substitute and try to substitute him. Important! The substitutions will work only if the legal formation is kept. For example: If you’re playing in a 3-4-3 formation, and one of your defenders did not play, as well as your first substitute is a midfielder, the system will automatically prioritise to a legal formation, it will move to the second substitute and add a defender.

Team Roster

A fantasy team cannot include more than 3 players from the same team in this tournament.

Late registration

In this tournament, users can register until the start of GW3, after that the late registration will be closed. While late registrations can not earn player points for gameweeks that started before they entered, they will get a compensation equal to 70% of the average points other entries in the tournament have accumulated so far. Example: A user enters a team one hour after gameweek 2 started. His players will not earn points for gameweek 2; they will get to work in gameweek 3. Since the user is missing points from gameweek 1 and 2, we will give him a compensation, so it is possible (but not an advantage) to enter late. If the average points received in the tournament after 2 gameweeks was 150, this late entry will get a compensation of 0.70 x 150 = 105 points.

SUMMARY OF GAME RULES

Build a squad of 15 players (2 GKs, 5 DFs, 5 MFs, 3 FWs) just like Fantasy Premier League
Tournament ends after the 6 groupstage matches
Select a maximum of 3 players from any one club
The transfer budget is a familiar 100.0M
Maximum 20 teams per user
Player prices rise and fall during the groupstage based on form and in-game transfers
Unlike the official Fantasy Premier League game, a player’s selling price is the same as their buying price 
You can make UNLIMITED transfers until the Gameweek 1 deadline
Each gameweek deadline is 10 seconds before the first match kicks off
You must select a captain and a vice-captain each week – your captain will earn double points
You have 2 free transfer each gameweek, additional transfers cost -4 points each
If you don’t use your free transfer it will be carried over to the next gameweek, up to a maximum of 4 free transfers

€100,000 GTD Group Stage Game

The guarantee for the season game 2019/20 is €100,000! Most of the money will be paid out according to the standings at the end of the season, as follows.

Total prizepool is €100,000
1st € 20 000
2nd € 12 500
3rd € 10 000
4th € 7 500
5th € 5 000
6th € 3 000
7th € 2000
8th € 1 500
9th € 1 250
10th € 1 000
Rank 11-20 € 500 each
Rank 21-30 € 300 each
Rank 31-40 € 200 each
Rank 41-50 € 125 each
Rank 51-75 € 75 each
Rank 76-100 € 50 each
Rank 101-200 € 40 each
Rank 201-500 € 30 each
Rank 501-600 € 25 each

Best gameweek manager for each of the 6 gameweeks:
1st €500
2nd €250
3rd €100

Highest round-score of the group stage:
1st €1000

Is this Leicester City midfielder worth your FPL money?

Leicester City may crash the top 4, but attacking midfielder James Maddison flatters to decisive in Fantasy Premier League. Maddison has tallied 16 points after four matches, a 4.0 points per game average, and is yet to find the back of the net. Yes, he has two assists, but Maddison’s £7.1 million seems a bit high. FPL managers can wager on Leicester City’s or on another Premier League team’s next match with the Lad promo code and bet on the outcome they predict will occur.

Maddison secured just two points last weekend against Bournemouth as Leicester City romped to a 3-1 win. Brendan Rodgers’ team has started the season well and could crack the top 4. Despite their bright play, is Maddison worth your money for FPL gameweek 5?

Maddison by the numbers

The 2018-19 FPL season saw Maddison rack up 137 points. The large number of points looks great on paper, but Maddison merely scored an average of 3.6 FPL points per Premier League game. His seven goals and seven assists looked great. However, Maddison had a massive dip in form midway through the season. The entire team dipped at that time and it was the catalyst to manager Claude Puel being sacked. FPL fans are gearing up for gameweek 5 and they can visit Genting Casino in preparation for the next week of fantasy football play. From December 8 until March 16, Maddison did not tally a goal for Leicester City last season.

Maddison averaged 74.5 minutes per Premier League match. He only completed 90 minutes in 16 games. It wasn’t until Rodgers’ arrival that Maddison’s time on the pitch improved late in the season.

Maddison alternatives

Maddison’s teammate Youri Tielemans has started the season even better. Tielemans, who arrived on a permanent deal in the offseason, has scored 19 FPL points and costs a mere £6.4m. Tielemans had a massive 12 points in FPL gameweek 4. It was his best outing thus far courtesy of a goal and an assist.

In truth, Tielemans’ gameweek 4 could have been completely different. He should have been sent off for a potential ankle breaking challenge on Callum Wilson. Had Tielemans received the straight red card he deserved, his gameweek 4 would have been much different.

Still, Tielemans is a brilliant alternative to teammate Maddison. The Belgian appeared in just 1,087 minutes last season on loan from Monaco. Extrapolated over the course of a 38-match season, Tielemans would have only played 28 minutes per match. He still scored 63 points in total.

Several midfield options are available to FPL managers in gameweek 5 that are far cheaper than Maddison and have tallied slightly more points. Erik Lamela is £6.0m and has 18 points. Watford’s Will Hughes has scored 19 FPL points and costs £5.5m. West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini has tallied 18 points and costs £6.5m. There are other players out there that offer the points of Maddison, yet cost less money in FPL.

Of course, Maddison has his proponents who will continue to select the Leicester City man and proclaim he is one of the best creative players in the Premier League. I will kindly disagree.

FPL Season 2019/2020 – Gameweek 4 Preview

Mané
“After Salah’s haul last weekend, is it Mané’s turn again this weekend?” (CC by 2.0) by Terry Kearney

After another relatively low-scoring FPL gameweek last weekend (average: 44 points), we’re looking forward to a fourth gameweek with a few tasty fixtures. There are home games for Chelsea and Man City, against Sheffield and Brighton respectively, and a Pukki-led Norwich are visiting a leaky West Ham who have conceded 7 goals in three games. The only team to concede more so far are the Canaries themselves. Sunday will be redemption day as Everton host Wolves (who themselves are hosting Torino for the return game of their Europa League play-off on Thursday) after losing 2-0 to Villa last weekend, while Spurs will be looking to bounce back against Arsenal at the Emirates after their more than underwhelming display at home to Newcastle in week 3 (0-1 loss). In other words, plenty to look forward to before the first international break of this season.

Don’t forget: the deadline for gameweek 4 is set at 11h30 (BST), on  Saturday, August 31st..

How did our picks for the previous gameweek fare?

PICK PLAYER OPPONENT POINTS
Premium Raheem Sterling Bournemouth (away) 8
Premium Harry Kane Newcastle (home) 2
Non-premium Anthony Martial Palace (home) 5
Non-premium Aaron Wan-Bissaka Palace (home) 0
Differential Leandro Trossard Southampton (home) 2
Differential Gerard Deulofeu West Ham (home) 2
Captain Raheem Sterling Bournemouth (away) 16

Premium picks

Look, they say repetition is the key to mastery and we’re all trying to master the FPL, so we’re not ashamed about recommending Man City’s Raheem Sterling (£12.2m) for a third time in four weeks as our first premium pick. There’s just no getting around the Skyblue forward at the moment, thanks to his excellent form coinciding with favourable fixtures. He is currently the league’s top scorer with 5 goals from 3 starts and despite the promising stuff Brighton have shown under new manager Graham Potter this season, it’s hard to see the Seagulls returning home from the Etihad on Saturday without having conceded a few goals. The chances of Sterling having a field day against them are worth betting on, though the likes of Kun Aguero (especially now that Gabriel Jesus is injured) and creator-in-chief Kevin de Bruyne provide excellent potential as well if you want a bit of variation. As far as we are concerned, Sterling is the best bet and you will see his name again in our captaincy section later on.

With Liverpool facing a potentially tricky away fixture at Turf Moor, and Arsenal and Spurs disputing a London derby on Sunday, we are, as an exception, taking our second premium pick from the same team. City’s Sergio Aguero (£12.0m) wasn’t among the most popular picks ahead of the 2019/20 FPL season as a result of his participation in the Copa America, Pep Guardiola’s love of rotation and some fears (ungrounded, really) about his age possibly starting to affect his goal-scoring potential, but 3 games and 4 goals later, he’s back among the most-coveted FPL assets. With his main rival for a starting berth up top now out injured until at least after the international break and with 2 goals from his last away game at Bournemouth in the pocket, the Argentinian striker is one of the surest bets for gameweek 4. Aguero has scored 4 goals and recorded 24 FPL points in just 176 minutes of Premier League football, and he has registered attacking returns in 13 of his last 17 home games overall, so the Brighton defenders have their job cut out for them this weekend.

Non-premium picks

One of this year’s best parties has come early and it currently looks like it’s not going to end any time soon. Teemu Pukki (£7.0m) is, at this moment, the FPL’s highest-scoring and best-value player, and with good reason. The Norwich striker has made a devastating return to the Premier League by scoring 5 goals and providing 1 assist in 203 minutes of Premier League action for the newly-promoted Canaries. In just three weeks time, his price has risen by £0.5m and with an away game versus West Ham on the agenda for Saturday, both his attacking returns and his price tag could see further increases over the weekend although Norwich then have trickier fixtures coming up. Norwich are the only team to have conceded more goals than the Hammers (8 vs 7) in the opening three encounters of the season, while Manuel Pellegrini’s men have also allowed the second-most attempts on goal on average over that period (17.7 per game). Only Liverpool and Man City have scored more than Norwich’ 6 goals, so it’s hard to see them not scoring against West Ham and when they do, count on Pukki to be in the thick of it.

Our second non-premium pick is a bit of a gamble due to injury rumours, but Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has been giving positive updates on Mason Mount (£6.2m) this week. On top of that, the talented English midfielder/winger was pictured in training this week as well, so the hope is that he is fit from what reportedly was a dead leg (to his calf) and ready to continue firing on Saturday when the Blues face newly-promoted Sheffield United at Stamford Bridge. In the absence of Pedro last week, Mount was posted as a left winger and he showed that true quality attacking players can play anywhere by scoring a goal and picking up 8 FPL points in the process. In total, he has already scored 2 goals and recorded 4 bonus points for a total of 20 FPL points, and he has completed the 90 minutes in every league game so far. At his current price tag, he’s turning out to be one of the best-value assets in the game.

A differential pick or two

Our first differential pick for gameweek 4 is a team mate of Mason Mount and another player who has blossomed since the appointment of Frank Lampard. Emerson Palmieri (£5.5m) has emerged as Lampard’s first-choice left-back and with an ownership of just 2.5%, he represents a real differential. While it is true that his current 3 FPL points will hardly impress anyone, it’s worth noting that no defender in the Premier League has had more attempts on goal (6) or on target (4). A run of three difficult games to open the season (United away, Leicester at home, and a high-scoring Norwich away) has resulted in an absence of clean sheets for the Italy international, but his could change when the Blades roll up to Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Only five teams have scored less than Sheffield’s 3 goals, so a first shut-out could be on the cards for Chelsea.

West Ham’s record signing Sebastien Haller (£7.4m) finally opened his goal-scoring account last weekend and he did so in style (despite saying afterwards that he did not play very well!). The powerful French striker, who is owned by just 4.1% of FPL managers, scored a brace at Watford for a haul of 13 points and he’ll be looking to start something of a purple patch by netting again when Norwich visit the Hammers on Saturday. The Canaries, though entertaining, have shown to be far from defensively solid, which is illustrated by the 8 goals they have conceded in the first three games of the season. Haller has already seen his price drop by £0.1m this season, but a good performance against Norwich could very well be the spark that ignites a bit of a bandwagon fire. An early punt on the Frenchman might pay off handsomely, both in terms of returns and your squad’s value.

The captaincy

With Man City facing Brighton at home this weekend, the captaincy options seem quite clear. The pick of the bunch for us is Raheem Sterling, who is one of Guardiola’s most nailed-on starters, especially in his current form. Five goals, 4 bonus points and 34 FPL points in total make him both the the Premier League’s top scorer (together with Pukki) and FPL’s second-highest scorer (34 points vs Pukki’s 35). Brighton have looked pretty good so far and they seem capable of running a more than satisfying 2019/20 campaign, but it’s hard to see them getting anything but a hammering at the Etihad.

About three-quarters of the FISO Forum FPL GW4 Captain Poll also agree with Sterling for the captain’s armband this weekend.

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What Kinds of Football Can I Bet on with UFABET?

You can bet on all kinds of leagues when you are a member with UFABET. A few of the upcoming events include the preseason with the USA NFL, the Japan J League, the Proximus League, Ligue 1, DFB Pokal, and the Premier League. There are many options to allow you to watch your favorite teams go at it and then to place a bet that could be a lucrative venture.

Why Bet Online?

There are many places that do not allow betting in a traditional casino, like many locations in the United States. However, when you are betting in a virtual casino, you will always be able to recoup your money and you will always have a fun place to make a win. Maybe, you live too far from a casino, an online casino will allow you to enjoy a fun experience and to have a great time when you are betting online.

How Can I Become a Member of UFABET?

UFABET is open 24/7/365 and takes bets from anywhere all over the world. The games can be played online anytime there are many different things to play and to do. When you go online you can easily go and subscribe. From there you can transfer money into your account, and you can get started betting with just a few clicks. When you put in your information you will be able to sign up for an account right away and will get an SMS with all your information.

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FPL Season 2019/2020 – Gameweek 3 Preview

“Is this weekend’s away game at Villa the one for Sigurdsson (pictured above on set-piece duty for Iceland) to start offering some attacking returns?” (CC by 3.0) by Oleg Bkhambri

After a high-scoring opening gameweek and a pretty low-scoring second week (average of 41 points), we have already arrived at gameweek 3. With two datasets (read: rounds) under our belt, we can now start getting a better idea of what we can expect from each Premier League outfit this season. Most teams are settling into their preferred starting line-ups, the role of many new FPL assets is becoming more defined, and we can even see a few value picks emerge, at least for the first few weeks of the season. Besides big hitters like Sterling and Salah, players such as Burnley’s Ashley Barnes (£6.6m, goals, points), Norwich striker Teemu Pukki (£6.7m, goals, points) and Man United’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£5.6m, points) are showing early form and medium to long-term promise. This weekend is lining up another tasty set of fixtures for us, so let’s move on to our picks for gameweek 3.

Don’t forget: the deadline for gameweek 3 is set at 19h00 (BST), tomorrow, Friday, August 23rd..

How did our picks for the previous gameweek fare?

PICK PLAYER OPPONENT POINTS
Premium Raheem Sterling Spurs (home) 6
Premium P-E Aubameyang Burnley (away) 6
Non-premium Josh King Villa (away) 6
Non-premium Roberto Firmino Southampton (away) 8
Differential Teemu Pukki Newcastle (home) 17
Differential Jurgen Locadia West Ham (away) 0
Captain Raheem Sterling Spurs (home) 12

Premium picks

When you score 4 goals and record 26 FPL points in the opening two games of the season, and you face Bournemouth (away) in the third gameweek, you’re going to be a stand-out premium pick. We’re talking to you, Raheem Sterling (£12.2m). We recommended him for the very first round and we’re doing so again this week, simply because he’s on fire. Besides his goals, Sterling is also the player who has had the most big chances so far (5) and the most shots inside the box (10). As far as shots on target go, only Norwich sensation Pukki has recorded more (6 vs 7). Sunday’s opponent Bournemouth, on the other hand, has allowed opponents 6 big chances over the first two games, only West Ham allowed more (10). Sure, FPL is not an exact science, but… get Sterling.

Our second premium pick of the week is Tottenham’s very own, Harry Kane (£11.0m), who is facing a Newcastle side (at home) that has so far failed to make any real impression. The England striker had a frustrating 90 minutes last time out as he recorded exactly zero attempts on goal against City at the Etihad, but he did net twice in the dying minutes of the season’s opening game against Villa, for a total of 13 FPL points. Last weekend, Norwich kind of tore the Newcastle defence to shreds as Teemu Pukki scored three. With all respect to a Norwich side that is positively presenting itself amongst the English footballing elite, it does make us think: if the Canaries and Pukki can do that to the Magpies, what could Spurs and Kane be capable of in front of their own fans? It’s just hard to imagine Spurs (and Harry Kane for that matter) not scoring on Saturday.

Non-premium picks

As we said earlier, now that we are a few weeks into the season, some interesting options outside of the premium bracket are emerging. One of those options seems to be Manchester United’s Anthony Martial (£7.7m), who has already enjoyed two price rises as a result of his 2 goals and 14 FPL points from the season’s opening two fixtures. United’s start was far from easy, with Chelsea rolling up to Old Trafford before a visit to Wolves, but the Red Devils took four points from those games and Martial scored a goal in both. Out of all midfielders in the game, only City’s Sterling has had more touches (20) in the opposing penalty area than the Frenchman (15), which is largely thanks to his positioning as a forward. This makes Martial an out-of-position midfielder for a top-six club who is in good form and who has a pretty decent run of fixtures coming up next, starting with Crystal Palace at home this weekend. Expect more price rises for the United man over the coming weeks.

Our second non-premium pick for gameweek 3 is also a United player, namely £55-million signing Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£5.5m). This is not so much because we’re so impressed by the Red Devils, though they have shown plenty of positives in the first two weeks of the 2019/20 season, but simply because, like Martial, AWB has looked like good value in two difficult games and now has a good run of fixtures coming up. The young English right-back has brought his owners 9 FPL points from two games and their home fixture against Palace on Saturday seems to scream “Clean sheet!”. On top of that, the season’s first two games have shown that Palace’s left flank is something of a playground for opposing right-wingers, midfielder and right-backs. Everton right-back Seamus Coleman recorded 17 points in gameweek 1, while Sheffield’s right flank had a field day last weekend, which is best illustrated by John Lundstram’s 13 points. Coincidence? Possibly. Enough reasons to bring Wan-Bissaka into your squad? Definitely.

A differential pick or two

For our differential picks this week, we have gone with two players who, for different reasons, still need to get their engines properly running. The first is Brighton’s Leandro Trossard (£6.0m) was an unused substitute in the opening game, but introduced himself to the Premier League with a bang the next week by scoring a goal in his side’s 1-1 draw with West Ham and earning himself 7 FPL points in the process (the VAR also invalidated an earlier goal of his). The flashy Belgian was one of the most active Seagulls, as he took four shots on goal, three of which came from inside the area. No player on the pitch created more danger. Brighton under Graham Potter look more exciting than they have in a long while, while Saturday’s opponents Southampton have lost their first two Premier League games (3-0 at Burnley and 1-2 at Saint Mary’s to Liverpool). We expect Trossard to start against the Saints and we wouldn’t be surprised to see more attacking returns from him.

While Trossard’s ownership is extremely low (0.9%), Watford’s Gerard Deulofeu (£6.4) is owned by a few more FPL managers (4.1%). That’s still more than low enough to be considered a differential though, and the Spaniard is a proven FPL asset. Like Watford as a whole, he has had an underwhelming start of the 2019/20 campaign, with just 3 points from two games (Brighton at home, when he had to go off at half-time due to an stomach illness, and Everton away). Next up are leaky West Ham though, and we can see Deulofeu opening his goal account (or at least his assist account) against the Hammers. With 10 goals (and 5 assists), he was the Hornets’ top scorer last year, and with West Ham, he’s facing a side that has conceded six goals in the first two games of the season, more than any other team. His price has already dropped by £0.1m as a result of (too) quick judgement by many FPL managers, so you could get him cheaply before he starts returning points on a more regular basis again.

The captaincy

As far as the armband goes, gameweek 3 is offering plenty of interesting options, starting with Man City’s Raheem Sterling. The nimble dribbler is facing one of the most obliging defences on Sunday on the back of two consecutive wins in which he scored 4 goals and brought his owners a whopping 26 FPL points. Our money is on him getting in on the action again at the Vitality Stadium, making it three consecutive returns and unleashing a complete transfer frenzy in the FPL universe.

According to the FISO Forum FPL Captain Poll for GW3 it’s simply between Kane and Sterling with Salah and Martial afterthoughts.

Underpriced players who could prove a bargain as the new Premier League season gathers pace

At last the new Premier League season is underway. Out in the middle, the action so far has been predictable, with the usual suspects hitting the ground running and the Premier League new boys finding the step up to be something of a challenge. It’s still very early days, however, and while it doesn’t take a genius to know that Mane, Kane and Aguero are always going to bring home the bacon, they have price tags to match. 

Look a little further down the table, however, and there are some gems to be gathered in the sub-£7million range. How many of the following four rising stars made it into your final fantasy league squad?

Ben Chilwell

Those who love to back an outside shot will always have an affection for Leicester. In the world of football betting, those 5000/1 odds from August 2015 will never be repeated. But from a fantasy football perspective, their 22 year old defender Ben Chillwell, looked like a solid punt at £5.5 million. Those who cashed in on the success of Alexander-Arnold and Robertson last year might well find them overpriced this year, and Chillwell is a solid alternative. 

Callum Robinson

Sheffield United will be pleased as punch to have emerged from their first Premier League encounter in 12 years with a point and then to win their next match. The Blades are expected to struggle this year, but from a fantasy football perspective, that means there are bargains to be had if you know where to look. The team’s record signing Callum Robinson is listed as a midfielder, but has been pushed up front. Last year, he found the net 12 times for Preston, despite limited appearances due to injury. He looked to be in great form pre-season, and might just turn out to have been one of the best picks around for £5.5 million. 

Ross Barkley

The headlines might be all about Manchester United’s opening week demolition job, but those looking to the long-term could be sitting pretty if they chose to invest £6 million in Chelsea’s Ross Barkley. He took the opportunity pre-season to press his case as the man to step into Eden Hazard’s boots, impressing with a magnificent free kick in the fixture against Reading. He’s likely to be the set-piece man to watch in the weeks ahead although has big competition from last year’s Derby man Mason Mount.

Stamford Bridge
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Mason Greenwood

A Manchester United forward for £4.5 million? It’s understandable that many looked straight past the 17 year old, assuming that his chances of time out in the middle would be negligible given the strength of the overall squad. But think again, Greenwood was just too good to ignore pre-season and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that he will definitely get first team opportunities. As the rumours of Lukaku’s departure came to fruition at the eleventh hour of the transfer window, Greenwood could feature more than people are expecting, and prove to be the most shrewd investment of them all. And even if he doesn’t play it means you have more budget to spend on the premium players.