Fantasy Premier League: Embracing the Underdogs in 2020-21

As the January transfer window nears, the opportunity for Fantasy Premier League players to implement wholesale changes to their teams draws closer. The possibility of new recruits has long been met with excitement by football fans, particularly those who like tinkering with their squad. While the likes of Liverpool are likely to add to their ranks to cover their season-long defensive injuries, others will instead enjoy a steadier period. So, how’s it best to approach the festive period and the January window? The answer, perhaps, lies with the English top-flight’s underdog teams. 

Injuries to Former Must-Have Selections 

As touched on above, the reigning Premier League champions are in desperate need of another defender in the January window. In the first few months of the season, the Reds lost both Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk to long-term injuries, leaving only Joel Matip as Liverpool’s only senior defender. By his own admission, Jurgen Klopp has hinted that recruitment in January is possible, declaring the Merseyside team will “look for solutions” in the transfer market.   

For many, Gomez and Van Dijk will have been obvious fantasy selections prior to their injuries. However, their absence has diminished FPL’s offerings regarding reliable central defenders. If the Reds do add another option in January, then it would be wise to steer clear of immediately picking them. Throughout his tenure at Anfield, Klopp has often bided his time when bedding-in new signings. As such, it’s unlikely that a new recruit would start consistently from the get-go, regardless of the champion’s current crisis.   

On the subject of injuries, Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero has also only recently made his return to the Citizens’ squad following a hamstring problem. While the temptation is there to turn to the prolific Argentine, it’s advisable to hold off on him for a short period. After suffering a knee problem in June 2020, Aguero returned on October 14th, before picking up his latest hamstring injury 11 days later. The 32-year-old’s talent is undeniable – his fitness, however, is becoming questionable, and his physicality will be tested to the limit over the festive period.   

Early Promise, but Is It Sustainable? 

As mentioned above, the fantasy solution to the Premier League’s upcoming period of fixture congestion and unpredictability may lie in the form of the underdogs. After nine matches, Southampton had lost just two games and found themselves sat in fifth place. Because of their impressive start to the campaign, as of November 26th, the Saints are 6/1 at football betting to finish in the top six come the end of the 2020-21 season. Aston Villa, on the other hand, had won five of their opening eight games, which included a 7-2 demolition of Liverpool. 

Regarding their ability to sustain their form, nothing is guaranteed, especially in the Premier League. However, given their absence from European competitions, their fixture scheduling will be less demanding than many of the division’s top sides. Crucially, this will help both on-form sides maintain a desired level of fitness without suffering fatigue, while also aiding in their efforts to keep injuries to a minimum. Because of that, turning to the likes of Che Adams, Jannick Vestergaard, Ollie Watkins, and Tyrone Mings, for example, may be the key to maximising FPL points over the winter months. 

Think Outside the Box 

Fantasy Premier League is all about testing football knowledge and problem-solving skills. Given the current top-flight season’s start, both form and injuries will have made many players rethink their approach. However, that’s not necessarily a bad thing, as this period presents an opportunity to experiment with new players and systems.

FanTeam 2020-21: €100K Weekly Monster – Gameweek 10

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.

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Our FISO team below will be entered into this week’s €20 entry (€100k prize pool) Main Event. The winner takes home a cool €10,000. FanTeam also offer a €2 entry Weekly Monster with a lower prize pool for those who prefer to play with lower stakes.

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

Fixtures for the GW10 Monster:

Our team suggestion for the Weekly Monster in gameweek 9

Formation: 3-4-3

General approach

For gameweek 10, FanTeam upped the ante by launching a €100K Weekly Monster. We have also been given a 110M budget to select a team of 11 players, including one goalkeeper, and the extra 10M is more than welcome. There are a lot of premium options available this round and on top of that, many of the games seem to be quite evenly matched, on paper at least. Games like Chelsea versus Spurs, West Bromwich Albion against Sheffield United and West Ham’s encounter with Aston Villa offer us plenty of interesting fantasy picks, but the results could go either way.

For our squad, we have largely focused on Leicester City (3 players), Everton (2 players), Manchester City (2 players) and Wolves (2 players). To complete our starting eleven, we added Burnley’s goalkeeper for budget reasons and one bonus striker from Leeds United. The FanTeam €100K Weekly Monster deadline is set at 12h30 (UK time), when Brighton and Liverpool kick off at the AmEx Stadium.

LEICESTER CITY

The Foxes disappointed last weekend against a depleted Liverpool side by conceding three goals without reply. This caused a bit of a dent in the club’s outsider title aspirations, but they still sit in fourth place, just two points off the top. The best remedy for such a disappointing result is a victory and in that sense, the home game against Fulham represents a great opportunity. The Cottagers have so far lost 7 of their 9 games in the league, and they conceded a worrying 18 games over that run. No other team conceded more.

That’s also why our triple Leicester selection is very attack-heavy. The first name on our sheet and our captain for this weekend is striker Jamie Vardy. Gameweek 9 saw him blanking for only the third time this season and we’re confident that he’ll be raring to make up for it this weekend. The Foxes forward has already scored 8 goals this season and before GW9, he returned a goal in three consecutive gameweeks. Fulham sit in the bottom four when it comes to goals conceded, shots on target conceded and big chances conceded, so we’re hoping Vardy will be able capitalise on Monday.

On top of that, we’re hoping that Harvey Barnes and Youri Tielemans will be joining any potential Vardy Party that may arise. We have included both the winger and the midfielder in support of the Leicester striker, despite their premium price tags. The former has looked threatening all season, but needs to become more clinical in front of goal, which we hope will happen against a leaky Fulham defence. His goal in the Europa League clash with Braga looks promising in that sense. The latter is currently the Fox in form for club and country, and he has been rested for that same European game, so he should be fresh and fit for the visit to Craven Cottage.

MANCHESTER CITY

The most expensive player in the FanTeam €100K Weekly Monster tournament for gameweek 10 is Manchester City star Kevin de Bruyne and we added him to our team immediately after selecting and captaining Vardy. Like the rest of Pep Guardiola’s men, KDB has not been at his very best yet this season, but he is still one of the best players in the world. The Skyblues are now embarking on a theoretically kinder run of fixtures, starting with this weekend’s home game against Burnley, and we feel that the Belgian could be the man to lead his team to three points. He recorded 2 assists in his last three games and he also missed a penalty back in GW8. De Bruyne is our vice-captain in gameweek 10.

With Joao Cancelo, we also chose to bet on Burnley’s shyness in front of goal this season. Despite their mediocre results, the Cityzens actually boast some of the best defensive stats in the league. They have conceded the least shots, the least shots in the box and the shots on target, for example. They also recorded 2 clean sheets already, while only five teams in the league have conceded less than their 11 goals in 9 games. The Clarets, on the other hand, have managed to score just 4 goals so far, with the past five games resulting in just 1 goal in their favor. Sean Dyche’s men are going through a tough start of the season and we hope that this weekend, that leads to points at both ends of the pitch for Cancelo.

EVERTON

There could very well be a lot of goals all over in gameweek 10 and the Everton versus Leeds clash at Goodison Park has all the makings of being a big contributor, should that happen. The home team have already scored 19 goals while conceding 16 in 9 games. The away team have already scored 14 goals this season and conceded 17. In other words, this is a game between two effective attacks and two rather leaky defences. It could go either way in terms of the result, though on paper, the Toffees are probably favourite to win this one.

As a result, we have gone with both Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Abdoulaye Doucouré for our gameweek 10 €100K Weekly Monster team. The England striker was an expensive pick, but we simply couldn’t leave him out after scoring another 2 goals last weekend. He now sits on an incredible 10 goals from 9 games this season and has blanked just once so far, away at Saint Mary’s back in GW6. Doucouré is, naturally, less prolific in front of goal, but he does represent a nailed-on option in manager Carlo Ancelotti’s starting lineup. Having said that, the Frenchman did score his first goal of the season last weekend and will be coming into Saturday’s game in fine form.

WOLVES

From two of the leakiest, but also most spectacular side in the league to one of the most business-like. Only Spurs have conceded less goals than manager Nuno Espirito Santo’s men, which is also why the Wolves already have 4 clean sheets to their name. They are up for a serious challenge this weekend as they roll up to the Emirates on Sunday, but the home team won’t be looking forward to their visit either. The Gunners have scored just once in their last 5 Premier League games…

For this reason, we have gone with a Wolves double-up in defence. We have selected their wingbacks for this occasion, as both Nelson Semedo on the right and Rayan Aït Nouri on the left get plenty of freedom to bomb forward as part of Espirito Santo’s five-men defensive line. The former has yet to record an attacking return and the latter only scored on his debut back in gameweek 7 though, but their match-up with the ineffective Gunners combined with their relatively low price tags made them the ideal complements to our big guns in the middle and up front.

THE BONUS

Speaking of big guns up front, our bonus pick for gameweek 10 is Leeds striker Patrick Bamford. The young Englishman has surprised many a fantasy manager with his clinical form in front of goal this season as part of manager Marcelo Bielsa’s attacking machine. Bamfy has currently scored 7 goals already and he has supplied 2 assists on top of that. Earlier, we highlighted the likeliness of goals in Saturday’s game between Everton and Bamford at Goodison Park, and where Calvert-Lewin seems like a wise pick for this gameweek, so does the Bamford. He is the focal point of the Whites’ prolific attack and he will surely be getting some chances to score or assist against an Everton defence that has already conceded 16 goals in 9 games this season.

THE GOALKEEPER

In order to take full advantage of the increased budget this weekend, we opted for the cheapest goalkeeper pick possible. With Nick Pope out injured, Bailey Peacock-Farrell will be in goal Burnley when the visit the Etihad on Saturday. Despite the faltering of the Skyblue goal machine this season, the expectation is that BPF will get plenty to do against City. Considering our investment in De Bruyne and Cancelo, we’re not hoping for a clean sheet here, but we do hope that the Cityzens squander a few chances for the Burnley shot stopper to rack up some save points and he is dirt-cheap at just 3.7m.

FPL Season 2020-21 – Gameweek 10 Preview

“On Sunday, it’s London derby time at Stamford Bridge when Chelsea host Spurs” (Part of the public domain). Image by: Alexdeangelis86

In a gameweek largely dominated by injuries and COVID-19-related absences, some of the season’s performers still delivered. An 11-point haul from Man United talisman Bruno Fernandes, a brace by Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin and a goal from Spurs star Heung-Min Son are good examples of that. Still, Gameweek 9 gave us the lowest-scoring ‘player of the week’ with 13 FPL points (DCL vs Fulham) and we honestly don’t see the uncertainty regarding starting lineups and team performances decreasing any time soon, especially not now the European competitions have resumed again.

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Having said that, this weekend has all the making of becoming a high-scoring one, with fixtures such as Man City at home against Burnley, Everton versus Leeds at Goodison Park and a Leicester side with a point to prove hosting Fulham. If you’re following the FPL pundits and FPL forums, you’ll also have noticed the focus on the considerable fixture swings that are taking place around this gameweek. This could very well lead to increased transfer activity and wildcard or free-hit activation in the build-up to GW10. All in all, plenty of things to take into account when making your transfers (or carrying your free transfer over to next week) as it looks to become another rollercoaster of a weekend.

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). And don’t forget: the deadline for gameweek 10 is set for 18h30 (UK time) on Friday, November 27th.

Most transferred in/transferred out players (as per November 25th, 2020)

 TRANSFERS OUTTRANSFERS INPOSSIBLE REASONS
GKMartinez (AST), Ryan (BRI), Pickford (EVE)Mendy (CHE), Fabianski (WHU), McCarthy (SOU) 
DEFAlexander-Arnold (LIV), Saiss (WOL), Lamptey (BRI)Chilwell (CHE), Robertson (LIV), Zouma (CHE)All transfers out are unavailable for at least 1 game, while the Chelsea and Liverpool defences have made good impressions.
MIDZaha (CRY), Salah (LIV), Rodriguez (EVE)Jota (LIV), Fernandes (UTD), Grealish (AST)Mostly in-form mids being brought in, Zaha injury, Salah doubt.
FORWilson (NEW), Kane (TOT), Bamford (LEE)Vardy (LEI), Calvert-Lewin (EVE), Bamford (LEE)In-form strikers brought, Wilson injury, Kane difficult fixtures and premium price tag.

Premium pick

Picking Jamie Vardy (£10.2m) as our premium pick last weekend as he faced a depleted Liverpool defence kind of backfired when the Reds showed the world once again why they are deservedly called one of the best squads in the world this decade. The Englishman blanked for the third time this season, but we are nevertheless repeating our pick for GW10. Leicester will be hosting a leaky Fulham side on Saturday and we find it hard to imagine a fourth Vardy blank of the season coming from this one. The Leicester star already has 8 goals and 2 assists to his name, while no team in the league has conceded more goals than Fulham’s 18 so far. If there was ever a chance of another classic Vardy party, this is it.

Non-premium picks

Thanks to a starting price of £7.0m, it’s very well possible that Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.9m) will remain in our non-premium fantasy picks category for the rest of the season. The England youngster is quickly starting to look like one of the most under-priced FPL assets in recent memory with 10 goals and an assist to his name already after 9 league games. He has blanked in just one game so far this season, away at Southampton back in gameweek 6. Last weekend, he needed a bit less than a minute to get on the score sheet once again and just under half an hour to make it a brace, which was enough for him to become FPL player of the week. Saturday’s home game against Leeds has all the makings of a goalscoring spectacle, as both sides have combined powerful attacks with at times fragile defensive displays this season. We’re not sure what the final score will be, but we’re pretty sure DCL will have an impact on it.

For a defender, we consider £5.5m the maximum for this category, though it can be seen as expensive already when looking at the plethora of well-performing, less expensive defenders in the official game right now. Still, we feel that the combination of his individual performances and the upcoming fixtures swing make Man City fullback Joao Cancelo (£5.5m) an interesting option for many squads. The Portuguese international hasn’t missed a minute of Premier League football since gameweek 5 and accumulated 25 FPL points since then, courtesy of 2 clean sheets and 1 assist. Over the next four games, the Skyblues are facing three of the four most goal-shy teams in the league, which sounds like more points for Cancelo. There is, of course, the ever-present risk of rotation in Pep Guardiola’s squad, so do keep an eye on tonight’s Champions League lineup, but the versatile defender looks like a wise investment in any case.

The budget enabler

At £6.1m, we were doubting if we could still include Patrick Bamford in our budget enabler category, but considering his nailed-on status in one of the league’s most attacking sides and the fact that he can be played with confidence most of the gameweeks, we figured we could. The Leeds forward has already scored 7 goals and provided 2 assists this season for a total of 60 FPL points, which is quite incredible for a striker who started out with a price tag of just £5.5m. To make things even better, the Englishman ranks amongst the overall top two for several key offensive statistics, including shots on target, shots in the box and big chances. The upcoming away game at Goodison Park is by no stretch an easy one, but the Toffees are not currently known for their defensive solidity. After that, it’s Chelsea away, followed by West Ham and Newcastle at home. Not the easiest of runs, but at his price and with Leeds in the form they are currently in, the striker represents a great budget-enabling opportunity.

A differential pick or two

Leicester forward Harvey Barnes (£6.9m), who is classified as a midfielder in the official game, is a differential pick for a reason. While his quality as a player is undeniable, he is still lacking some efficiency in front of goal or at least, in the final third. He gets into dangerous positions and has the teammates to supply him with ammunition, but he sits on just 2 goals and 1 assist this season. That’s also the main reason why he is currently part of only 3.8% of all teams, but those managers who have kept faith in the youngster might be rewarded this weekend. In Fulham, the Foxes are facing a team that currently sits in the bottom four when it comes to goals conceded, shots on target conceded and big chances conceded. Barnes will get his chances on Saturday, he just needs to finish them.

Our second differential pick of the week is one who just missed out on the Golden Boot last season with 20 goals (and 6 assists, for that matter). Raheem Sterling (£11.5m), like the rest of the Cityzens, has not been having a great season so far and that’s reflected by his numbers: 7 games started, 2 goals scored, 1 assists provided. Like the legend John Cruijff once said though, every bad thing has its good side, because as a result of his underwhelming performances, Sterling currently sits in just 4.6% of FPL teams with a nice run of fixtures coming up. Starting with Burnley at home this weekend, the Englishman is facing Fulham, West Brom and Newcastle at the Etihad in the five weeks after that. If there was ever a moment for City to get back to winning ways, it’s now and Sterling could become a major GW10 differential fantasy pick in the process.

The captaincy

Our captaincy pick for gameweek 10 is Jamie Vardy. After blanking against Liverpool, we can’t help but feel that the attacker will be looking to bounce back in style at home against an insecure Fulham defence. Vardy will probably be one of the most transferred-in fantasy assets come Friday evening’s deadline and most, if not all, managers who own him will be placing the band on his arm.

Having said that, the upcoming round offers plenty more good options for the captaincy besides Vardy. At City, we have Kevin de Bruyne, Gabriel Jesus and even Joao Cancelo as they host a largely toothless Burnley side. At Goodison Park, there is the encounter between Everton and Leeds, which puts Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison and Bambam Bamford in the mix. Finally, there is also the (likely) return of Mo at the AmEx in Brighton and Hove, as Seagulls host Liverpool with Salah likely part of the starting lineup once again after testing negative for COVID-19 earlier this week.

Gambling in India: Casino Games

It is only natural to want to relax after a hard day. For some of the moneyed few, they prefer an adrenaline rush by engaging in gambling. Despite the legal bottlenecks, India has various gambling activities that you may pursue, the most convenient being casino games.

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Categories of Casino Games

You will find three main categories of casino games: 

1. Table games

The playing surface on most of these games lay on top of a table, hence the name. Examples of these kinds of games include:

  • Card games – Poker, Baccarat, Blackjack
  • Dice games – Sic Bo, Craps
  • Wheel games – Roulette, Wheel of Fortune, Big Six Wheel
  • Board games – Backgammon, Ludo

2. Gaming machine slots

These are standalone gaming cabinets that do not need the services of a gaming attendant to play. You go to a gaming cabinet, insert your money, chips, or code, and you are off to your gaming fantasy. For the online variety, they are known as video slots. Examples of gaming machine slots:

  • Mega Moolah
  • Book of Dead
  • Gonzo’s Quest

3. Random ticket casino games

A random number generator, or some casino equipment, will produce a random number that will determine the winner in these games. The players choose a random number and await the decision of the machine to see if they match. They include:

  • Keno
  • Roulette
  • Bingo
  • Lotteries 

Casinos

For the uninitiated, there are traditional and online casinos. You will find the traditional/conventional casinos in a physical location, often in brick-and-mortar building. On entry, you will find a gaming floor where you can play various games, be it a wheel, dice, or gaming cabinet, and you settle one of them for some fun times.

For the rapidly expanding online casinos, you can play games on your computer or handheld device. Most of the games use standardized Random Number Generators (RNG) to develop random outcomes for the video or slot games. 

Online casinos, such as those found on CBL, have become innovative by introducing live casinos (where you can play a live casino game virtually) and 3D casinos that make a 3D rendering of existing games. They also incorporate betting like Cricket and sports betting, perfect solutions in these pandemic times.

Indian Casino Games

You will be pleasantly surprised to find that there are traditional Indian games that you can play in casinos, such as: 

i) Teen Patti

One of the more popular games is the Teen Patti/Indian Flush game, a simple, 3-card variant of the popular poker card game. 

ii) Papplu

Another game is Papplu or Indian Rummy, where you swap a card from a playing deck until you find the winning set. 

iii) Andar Bahar

In the Andar Bahar or Katti game, you bet on the Andar or Bahar side to win. Other popular Indian card games you can play in casinos include Minu Flash and Maang Patta.

iv) Jhandi Munda 

A popular dice game that involves rolling six dice with six different sides that contain different symbols.

v) Passa 

Another popular dice game that uses two, four-sided numbered dice.

vi) Pachisi

Is India’s national board game, popularly ‘borrowed’ by the British who renamed it Ludo. 

Other popular Indian games that may not have originated from India include Rashi Chakra, Keno, and Mah-jong. 

Betting

Online casinos have introduced enticing features, like betting on sports, to increase gambling treats for enthusiasts. You can now bet on sports like:

  • Cricket
  • Soccer
  • eSports
  • Field hockey

Is gambling legal in India? 

One of the thorny issues is whether gambling is legal in India. Physical casinos are only allowed on a state-to-state basis, while The Public Gambling Act of 1976 provides for offshore casinos. 

Even though the law allows for online casinos, the online industry has no regulations. Your best bet is to use casinos that have registered their businesses in countries with stringent gaming laws such as the UK, Malta, and Sweden.

Withdrawing and depositing money in casinos

You will have to pay tax if you use foreign currency to deposit or withdraw money from online casinos. You can circumvent the limitations by using Indian Rupees in the casinos recommended in CBL above, with the best withdrawal options being digital wallet services such as:

  • Neteller 
  • Skrill
  • PayPal
  • InstaDebit
  • ecoPayz
  • Qiwi
  • Internet banking
  • Netbanking

FPL Gameweek 9 – Review

Injuries, fatigue, and a few surprising results. Gameweek 9 had it all for the Fantasy Football manager with prize stakes to play for and it has only just finished. Burnley beat Crystal Palace by 1-0 and Southampton drew 1-1 against Wolves at Saint Mary’s on Monday. Neither of these games will be taken into account below, though we do want to mention that Palace star Wilfried Zaha was left out of the squad due to an unknown injury. The weekend offered us plenty of talking points nonetheless as do 1xBet promo with promotional ideas and guidance to help take advantage of betting on sport. In this piece, we’ll be highlighting a few interesting points from gameweek 9 in the build-up to GW10.

Liverpool squad strength

Many fans, pundits and FPL managers saw Sunday’s encounter between Liverpool and Leicester at Anfield as a chance for the Foxes to capitalise on the injury crisis ravaging the Reds at the moment. The likes of Van Dijk, Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho and, of course, Mo Salah were all absent from the squad this weekend, so it looked like a perfect opportunity for Leicester to confirm their status of outsiders of the season. That didn’t happen, though.

In an open and entertaining game, the Reds grabbed a lucky lead through a Johnny Evans own goal and a Diogo Jota header on an inch-perfect cross from Andy Robertson before the half. In the second half, Roberto Firmino made it 3-0 with his second goal of the season and that’s how it ended. Liverpool showed that they can cope for the moment and that their squad depth is sufficient to book impressive results, even when key performers are ineligible.

As far as FPL goes, Leicester are up for games against Fulham, Brighton and Everton at home, and Sheffield United away over the next four, so fantasy assets like Jamie Vardy, James Justin and even Harvey Barnes look appealing. In terms of the Reds, Mo Salah should be back for next weekend’s away game versus Brighton, while Sadio Mané looks like a decent premium pick as well. Diogo Jota has been excellent so far, with 4 goals in 392 Premier League minutes and a very attractive £6.6m price tag, but he does carry benching risk.

Spurs in the lead

For the firs time since August 2014, Tottenham Hotspur are leading the Premier League, courtesy of a 2-0 victory at home against Manchester City. As usual, Heung-Son Min and Harry Kane were once again involved in the goals, with the former scoring the first goal and the latter assisting the second. Despite a difficult set of fixtures coming up, keeping one or either both of these Spurs superstars feels justified at this point. They are simply too clinical right now.

Having said that, the Spurs defence warrants some attention as well. José Mourinho’s men have rather quietly constructed the most reliable defensive unit in the league as well. Spurs have so far conceded 9 goals in 9 games, a tally only matched by Wolves, who are facing Southampton this evening still. The relative problem with Spurs defenders is that they are quite pricey in FPL, but still, the likes of Sergio Reguilón and Toby Alderweireld (if his injury is minor) are worth considering.

Then there is Man City. Looking at the numbers, the Skyblues from Manchester are seemingly a long way off from their title-candidate form of the past years. In 9 games, they have scored just 10 goals and conceded a worrying 11 already, with a more than disappointing 13th place as a result at the time of writing. The heavy prices tags and elevated rotation risk of their fantasy assets is putting a lot of FPL managers off investing in them for the moment, but do note that in the next four games, they are playing Burnley, Fulham and West Brom at home. That might just be what Kevin de Bruyne, Gabriel Jesus and Aymeric Laporte need to get back to title-challenger ways.

Everton here to stay

OK, it’s still relatively early in the season and the Toffees did just come off three consecutive defeats, but it looks like they will be playing for a European spot this season. With Richarlison and James Rodriguez returning to the starting lineup after some ongoing fitness niggles, Everton booked a 2-3 victory at Craven Cottage. The defence is still not as solid as manager Carlo Ancelotti would like, but offensively, his men are amongst the best in the country.

One of the protagonists in that attack is front man Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who scored his 9th and 10th goal of the Premier League season within half an hour against Fulham. He is already making a mockery of his FPL starting price of £7.0m and at his current price of £7.8m, he is still one of the biggest bargains out there. With the support of Richarlison, James and Doucouré, just to name a few, the young Englishman, he looks to be competing for the Golden Boot this season.

West Ham unusually solid

Compared to the past few seasons, that. With their 0-1 victory over Sheffield United on Sunday, the Hammers booked a second clean sheet in a row and their 4th one for the season. At the same time, they also recorded their fourth victory, which lifted them into 8th place with 14 points from 9 games. Their upcoming schedule is a bit of a mixed bag, but it does feature three home games in the next four, against Aston Villa, Manchester United and Crystal Palace. The away game during that run takes place at Elland Road.

Fantasy National Hunt Season 2020/21

The 2020/21 National Hunt season is up and running, so now is a good time to look at three horses who are worth following in the campaign. Whether you are playing a fantasy horse racing game or looking to place some early ante-post bets on the big races, here are three horses you should not ignore.

As ever in the jumps season, all roads lead to Cheltenham, but there are also some prestigious contests before then that we have considered when highlighting these runners.

Altior

Altior was denied the opportunity to win the Queen Mother Champion Chase for the third straight year last March as an injury meant he had to miss the 2020 Cheltenham Festival. Nicky Henderson’s runner is now over those troubles and has unfinished business in the 2020/21 campaign where he can prove he is the dominant horse in the strong 2m division.

Altior’s only defeat over fences came in the Christy 1965 Chase at Ascot where he stepped up in distance to 2m5f. Losing to Cyrname over that trip did no harm to his reputation, however, it was clear that the chaser is at his best over 2m and that looks to be the plan going forward.

We should see Altior make his seasonal reappearance in the Tingle Creek Chase where he is 6/4 in the horse racing betting and odds for the race at Sandown. Connections will have the Desert Orchid Chase and Clarence House Chase in mind before Cheltenham.

Potters Corner

Potters Corner won the biggest prize of his career last season when he came out on top in the Welsh Grand National at Chepstow. The 10-year-old should once again be a big force in the gruelling contests over the next six months.

A return to Chepstow is expected on the 27th December. Christian Williams’ runner will have to carry more weight than in 2019, however, he is a tough horse so he should not be ruled out as he looks to defend his crown.

The main target at the end of the season is likely to be the Grand National at Aintree. He is 33/1 in the ante-post market for the marathon race where he definitely will be a strong contender.

Paisley Park

The 3m hurdles division has been dominated by Paisley Park over the last couple of years. Unfortunately for those associated to the horse, his winning run came to an end in the Stayers’ Hurdle last season as he could only finish seventh in the race.

With seven wins from his last eight starts, Paisley Park should not be written off just yet. He is still the horse to beat in his division and he is likely to prove that again.

Emma Lavelle’s runner is still just eight years old so we may not have even seen the best of him yet. When you look at what Big Buck’s achieved at a much higher age, we could see Paisley Park win many more Grade One races, including the Stayers’ Hurdle at Cheltenham.

No matter what, it looks to be an exciting season for racing fans. There are sure to be some surprises but these horses will surely have some success.

FootballCoin

FootballCoin is the most complete online fantasy football game. The game takes into account the real-life performances of football players and provides real winnings to the game’s greatest football managers.

Daily opportunities to prove your skill

FootballCoin hosts daily fantasy contests. This means that you can choose your ideal team before every contest. These events include players and teams from the world’s best and most famous football competitions.

The players which users can choose for their fantasy drafts are represented in the form of collectible cards. Most of the cards in the game can be freely chosen by any manager. However, the higher-ranked cards are digital assets that have been issued on FootballCoin’s own blockchain.

Here’s a game where you can take advantage of an eye for talent

The ranking of the players itself works in favour of the users. Cards receive a value ranging from 1* to 5*. Players with great performances are, periodically, upgraded to higher rankings. However, no players can have their ranking coefficient decreased. A user with a good eye for talent can opt to invest in a player with a smaller ranking, in hopes that their value will increase.

Enter an ungoverned game economy with its own currency

The players’ cards themselves receive a value expressed in XFC, the site’s official cryptocurrency. XFC is the bloodstream of the FootballCoin economy. All prices in the game (entry to private contests, card value, card exchange, etc.) are expressed in XFC.

XFC is a digital asset that acts as the in-game currency for FootballCoin. XFC was allotted only in a fixed and limited supply. 1 Billion XFC units were issued on the FootballCoin BlockChain platform. The fixed and limited number of coins in existence offers the security that the game can develop a healthy economy.

Fantasy football, real rewards

But, what happens once you have won XFC in any of FootballCoin’s contest? The currency can be used inside of the game similar to a token, or outside just as you would use any major cryptocurrency.

For example, fantasy football managers are able to use XFC to pay the entry fee to the contests or to purchase or lease player/stadium cards. XFC can also be traded on any of the exchanges that include the currency. It can be stored in the game wallet or any of the aforementioned exchanges.

How to register for FootballCoin

Registering and playing FootballCoin is done through a simple and intuitive platform. Once there, the game allows you to create your own tactics and opt for your favorite players.

The first step is to visit www.footballcoin.io and register to the website. Once you’ve signed up and received the email, you can log in using the same information. Remember that you can opt to add the 2-FA method to further help secure your account.

Now, once logged in, you can choose to participate in the FootballCoin contests from the leagues that you enjoy best. The game developers set up official contests every week. Those are usually free to attend by anyone who has registered to the platform. The Premier League, La Liga, Champions League, or Serie A are, regularly, represented here.

However, for those looking to earn greater prizes, or simply to play against their friends, there’s always the option of private contests. These events are organized using a FootballCoin stadium card. They can host as little as 11 participants, and organizers receive rewards for setting up the contests. Furthermore, the organizer gets to choose the matches and entry fee involved with the event.

How are players scored in FootballCoin and how do you win?

After you have picked your Starting 11 along with your substitutes and Assistant Manager, you’ll need to wait to see how your players performed in their matches. You can go to the site’s Live & Stats section to receive updates.

Each player receives points based on his real-life performances. The final value is determined by the official scoring system. This includes elements such as the number of minutes played, goals scored, assists, yellow/red cards. Following the game, you will be able to see a detailed description of each player’s performance that includes the number of points received for each one of the components that makes up the scoring system.

Creating a winning team is all a matter of strategy. FootballCoin is a game of skill. Any information about players’ performance can prove an asset. Optimizing your squad draft, choosing an appropriate formation, going for the right substitutes, are all things that can play a part in your success.

Some of the newer features added to FootballCoin

The FootballCoin game has been active online for more than three years. During this period the game has seen constant improvements. The community of players has also grown. And, FootballCoin’s influence can be easily traced to many of the other fantasy sports games on the market.

The year 2020 saw some of the most interesting set of improvements. All of them were greeted with enthusiasm by the gaming community. First of all, the platform was given a nice makeover in order to compete with computer games that dominate the market at present. FootballCoin fans noted that the new interface makes the game much easier and friendlier to play.

You can also keep up the latest set of fantasy football-related news from FootballCoin’s news section. The blog part of the website also provides information regarding football tactics, fantasy football tips & tricks, etc.

A brand new set of features

Some of the notable game features include the lease, exchange, auction, card packs, as well as virtual contests.

The lease allows users to borrow a player for a finite period of time, for example for one game. Do you have an important contest coming up and are short of one player? If that card is being leased by a different user, you can easily borrow it for the time being in exchange for a small fee.

The exchange option lets you trade in cards that you no longer need. It’s simple. Just go to the section of cards you own and select the card you wish to give away. For a 10 XFC fee, you will receive a high quality, new card. All of the players that are included in this section are listed on the FootballCoin website.

With the auction feature, you can allow other users to bid on one of your cards throughout a set period of time. The highest bid wins.

The player card packs have, also, proven popular with FootballCoin users. Packs include 3 or 5 players from Europe’s top leagues. The English Premier League, French Ligue 1, Italian Serie A, German Bundesliga, and Spanish La Liga are included.

All of the cards in the packs are handpicked by the game developers. And, to make sure that users know what they are likely to get, the players in the packs are listed online.

Adding the virtual football component

The virtual fantasy football contests are one of the most exciting new components of the game. Creating it came about as a necessity during the coronavirus lockdown of 2020. FootballCoin wanted to offer its community a way to continue to enjoy fantasy football.

Created in record time, the virtual fantasy segment allows for users to enter contests in which results are simulated based on real-life statistics gathered over the last three seasons. The contests can be held throughout the day and in great numbers. Each user can host multiple contests each hour.

This allowed for the most passionate FootballCoin managers to continue to exercise their skills and accumulate points and other rewards. Considering the good feedback FootbalCoin has received for virtual fantasy football, the component will continue to remain part of the game, alongside the regular fantasy football aspects.

Partners

Throughout its existence, FootballCoin has partnered, exclusively, with reputable companies that share similar values.

For example, FootballCoin receives all of the data it uses in the game from Sportrdar, a multinational organization that specializes in delivering sports data and content to various media companies.

FootballCoin has also worked with the likes of Omnisport, Perform Group, Durby Sports Marketing, boost IT.

During the 2019/20 season, FootballCoin sponsored the Romanian first-team club, Politehnica Iași, and contributed to the club’s marketing effort.

Mission

FootballCoin remains the most complete, enjoyable, and realistic of all the fantasy football games online.

The company wishes to continue to provide users with the best gaming experience. Daily fantasy contests, a healthy market, and a vibrant community are just some of the elements with which FootballCoin welcomes new users.

Besides this, the game also wishes to use fantasy football as a means to introduce more people to the benefits of blockchain and cryptocurrency technologies.

FootballCoin will continue to be the ultimate game of skill for anyone passionate about football. Join us and prove that you are a great manager. Take control of your players, lead them to glory, and earn daily rewards!

3 Fantasy Football Differentials for the Festive Period

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Fantasy Premier League Football tournaments are big news in the UK and the rest of the world, with around eight million people playing. Of course, with so many fantasy players, and a select group of Premier League footballers to choose from, it can be hard to rank as highly as you would like. That’s where “differentials” come into play.

A differential, or a low-ownership player who scores lots of points, is often the difference between plateauing and dropping down the league table or shooting up it. What you need is somebody who your fellow competitors don’t know about or rate highly, and here are three of them for the upcoming festive period.

Diogo Jota

Before the start of the season, Diogo Jota was a certified benchwarmer. He showed his class at Wolves, yet he didn’t have a chance of uprooting the world-class front three that have ripped apart EPL and European teams in the past couple of years. However, football is a funny game, and funny things happen all the time. With Roberto Firmino unable to recapture his best form – www.premierleague.com points out he has only scored ten goals in the last fifty PL appearances – Jota got his opportunity and took it. Jota already has three goals to his name for Liverpool in 2020, leading to speculation he will replace his Brazilian teammate and partner Mane and Salah up top. The best part is his valuation – floating around £6.5m, putting him a good £5m cheaper than his top-scoring teammates.

Hakim Ziyech

It has taken Ziyech a while to settle in at Chelsea, but he appears to be ready to take the league by storm. The Dutch international only made his first appearance for the London-based club in mid-October, coming off the bench in a 3-3 draw with Southampton. However, he starred in Chelsea’s Champions League victory over Krasnodar eleven days later, scoring on his European debut, and followed it up with another goal against Burnley days later.

Ziyech didn’t manage to bag against Sheffield United in his latest performance, but he did land two assists, leading www.skysports.com to label it a masterclass. Like Jota, he’s underpriced, and his valuation has barely increased in the last couple of days. Also like Jota, Ziyech looks set to play a significant role in a Chelsea team that is riding on the crest of a wave – especially with Pulisic out injured for the coming fixtures.

Ollie Watkins

Aston Villa are a club with lots of history, but most people couldn’t have predicted how the midlands club would start the 2020-21 campaign. Even if you did, you probably would have had Jack Grealish in your side because he’s the main man who pulls strings. Although the England international has been a pivotal part of the squad’s fortunes so far, it’s Ollie Watkins, the Premier League newcomer, who has exceeded expectations.

With six goals in seven appearances, including a hat-trick against Liverpool, Watkins is now level with Harry Kane in terms of goals scored, and only two behind Son and Calvert-Lewin. As a result, www.stsbet.co.uk places him seventh in the race for the top goalscorer spot, above Mane, Sterling and Aubameyang. While he faces stiff competition, the fact he already has six goals shows he’s in the form of his life and can cut it in the EPL. 

That’s not even mentioning Villa’s favourable fixtures against the likes of Burnley and West Brom during the Christmas period.

FanTeam 2020-21: €50K Weekly Monster – GW9 – Sat 21 Nov 2020

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 this week’s €20 entry (€50k prize pool) Main Event. The winner takes home a cool €5,000. FanTeam also offer a €2 entry Weekly Monster with a lower prize pool for those who prefer to play with lower stakes.

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.

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

Fixtures for the GW9 Monster:

Our team suggestion for the Weekly Monster in gameweek 9

Formation: 3-4-3

General approach

Gameweek 9 offers another set of interesting fixtures, both from a fantasy point of view and for Premier League fans in general. The multitude of injuries and COVID-19-related absences this weekend is going to make for a fascinating €50K Weekly Monster. With Spurs versus Man City and Liverpool at home to Leicester, a majority of premium assets are facing top-class opposition, while Chelsea face a Newcastle side that can be a tough one to crack at Saint James Park. Form team Southampton are up against Wolves at Molineux, whilst both West Ham and Everton are considered favourites for their clashes with Sheffield United and Fulham respectively, though both clubs are playing away from home.

For the first time in a while, we managed to group our Weekly Monster selection around three main groups of players, namely from Everton (at Craven Cottage), Leicester (away at Liverpool) and West Ham (facing Sheffield United at Bramall Lane). We selected three players from each roster and supplemented them with a Chelsea defender and a Newcastle goalkeeper to fit our budget. As you can see, we’re big on away teams this round, hopefully this approach will pan out.

EVERTON

Carlo Ancelotti’s men had a great start to the season and were sitting top of the table with 13 points after five games. Since gameweek 6 though, the Toffees did not win a single point and scored just two goals over a run that included two away games (Southampton and Newcastle) and one at Goodison Park against Manchester United. It’s no coincidence that the team was plagued by minor and major injuries during that period, as well as a red card courtesy of left-back Lucas Digne. This week should mark the return of some key attacking players though, including star man Richarlison and new signing James Rodriguez.

For the away game against Fulham, we have immediately selected the pair for our €50K Weekly Monster team. Richarlison missed the last three Premier League games but he started both World Cup qualifiers for Brazil over the international break, amassing 146 minutes and an assist spread over two games. As for James Rodriguez, the playmaker did not miss a minute of international football with the Colombian national squad as they lost both of the World Cup qualifiers, against Uruguay and Ecuador respectively. He did score a goal and the Colombia captain should be ready to face Fulham on Sunday.

We’re clearly betting on the Everton offence against a Cottager defence that has already conceded 15 goals in eight games, so striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin has to be there as well. The 23-year old played a total of 84 minutes for England over the international break spread over two games and scored a penalty goal against Ireland. This should only add to his form and confidence, and we’re hoping that he can carry this form into this weekend’s Premier League showdown. His current 8 goals and 1 assist from 8 games only strengthen that hope, and he is our captain for gameweek 9.

LEICESTER CITY

In recent years, it has not happened very often that we, or anyone, bet big against Liverpool, especially not when playing at Anfield. Gameweek 9 of the Premier League is one of those times, though, at least for us it is. It’s not so much that the Reds are on a bad run of form or something along those lines, but their list of injuries and absences for this weekend is too hard to ignore. With Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Gomez and probably Robertson out for GW9, manager Jurgen Klopp will have to come up with a completely new backline. Add to that the absence of Fabinho and Henderson, and the obligatory COVID-19 isolation of Mo Salah, and betting against a good result for Liverpool starts making a bit more sense.

Even more so when knowing that this weekend’s opponents are Leicester, who currently sit top of the Premier League table with 18 points from 8 games. The Foxes have in their last 3 games conceded just 2 goals, which included away games against Leeds and Arsenal, and a visit of Wolves to the King Power Stadium. In an attacking sense, they scored 18 times already this season and 6 of those goals were scored in the last three games. Considering the form of the Foxes and the state of the Liverpool defence, we decided to take a bit of a chance and go all in on the Leicester attack.

This means that we selected, of course, Jamie Vardy for our gameweek 9 Weekly Monster team, as well as winger Harvey Barnes and playmaker James Maddison. None of these three players had international duties to deal with during the break, which only adds to their appeal, especially when considering that all of Liverpool’s players spread all over the globe to be with their national teams. Vardy is our main Fox seeing as he has already scored 8 goals and provided 2 assists this season, and is as nailed-on as can be for a Premier League side. Maddison started the season sidelined with a hip injury, but has been playing rather well since his return in gameweek 5. Finally, Barnes has been regular under manager Brendan Rodgers and will be hoping to work on his current tallies of 2 goals and 1 assist against a makeshift Liverpool defence. Should either Barnes or Maddison not start, FanTeam’s Safety Net will select Under or the in-form Youri Tielemans as a replacement.

WEST HAM

Our third triple-up of the week consists of three West Ham players as they prepare for the away game against Sheffield United. The Blades look to have a tough season ahead and the main reason for that is their shyness in front of goal. In eight games so far, they have scored just 4 times. Only Burnley have been less effective in an attacking sense. Manager Chris Wilder’s men have not managed to score more than once in a game this season, which doesn’t bode well for this weekend.

That’s because on Sunday, Sheffield United welcome West Ham to Bramall Lane and the Hammers have been pretty impressive so far this season. After a run of 8 games in which they faced, among others, Man City and Wolves at home and Leicester, Spurs and Liverpool away, they have a more than decent 11 points. Over the past three games, the Hammers conceded just 3 goals: 1 at home against City, 2 away at Anfield, and none against Fulham in gameweek 8. This is also why we have gone with a pair of West Ham defenders to form the core of our FanTeam €50 Weekly Monster backline this gameweek.

The main man is Aaron Cresswell, who already has 3 clean sheets and 3 assists to his name, is our first pick. The English defender is not only a nailed-on pick for manager David Moyes, but also a primary candidate for many of the Hammers’ set-pieces. He is joined in our defence by right-back Arthur Masuaku, who has already recorded 23 FT points this season, courtesy of 3 clean sheets and 1 assist. He also cost a fraction less than his teammates Coufal and Ogbonna. Our West Ham threesome is completed by attacking midfielder Pablo Fornals, who seems to have found his spot in East London and the Premier League. The Spaniard already has 2 goals and 3 assists in his belt, and we hope that he can one of the differentials against the Blades this weekend.

CHELSEA

With quite a bit of budget and one defensive spot to fill left, we figured there were few better options than to splash the cash on Chelsea left-back Ben Chilwell. The summer signing has slotted right into manager Frank Lampard’s starting eleven and with good reason. With his energy and attacking instincts, the Englishman has proven to be one of the best wing-backs in the league. As part of an improving Chelsea side, he has recorded 3 clean sheets, 2 goals and 2 assists in his last five games for a total of 41 FT points. This weekend, the Blues are visiting Newcastle, meaning there could be points on the cards at both ends of the pitch for Chilwell. Do keep an eye on his fitness status, but even if he doesn’t start, FanTeam’s Safety Net replaces him with Kurt Zouma for our team.

NEWCASTLE

Finally, our goalkeeper. After having just recommended Chilwell (and Chelsea) as a favourite for this weekend’s away game versus Newcastle, due to our remaining budget we have had to go with Magpies goalkeeper Karl Darlow. The 30-year old Englishman is an excellent shot stopper and has proven himself as a saves magnet this season so could score reasonable points even without a clean sheet. No other keeper in the Premier League has recorded more than his 38 saves, which represents an impressive 19 FT points over the first 8 gameweeks of the season. Newcastle are not favourites for their home game against Chelsea, but we can see another couple of save points coming Darlow’s way on Saturday.

NonGamstop Betting Sites are Becoming More & More Popular Among Sports Fans

The idea behind Gamstop is legit and useful when it comes to gambling addiction issues and debts. Gamstop lets the gamblers keep their vice under control by restricting their online activities. Being that it is a free service available to the UK residents and that it can be used by almost anyone, many licensed UK wagering sites are on Gamstop.

On the other hand, once you decide to activate the restriction you will have to wait 6 months, 1 year or 5 years to annul it – in case you regret the decision. This is why there are more and more nonGamstop betting sites emerging, and gambling via them has its advantages as well as disadvantages.

Let’s take a look at why are the notGamstop betting sites gaining popularity and why UK sports fans love them so much.

Betting on Non-Gamstop Sites

One reason why betting on non-gamstop sites is becoming more popular are great wagering opportunities. The users won’t be limited by lack of content, including bet types, sports betting markets and great odds. As a matter of fact, a notGamstop betting site has the same features as a Gamstop betting website.

Punters will be able to find sports such as football, basketball, cricket, tennis, baseball, rugby and even Esports at these online wagering platforms. Moreover, the coverage of all the major leagues, events, and championships is incredible, and the wagerers will probably find the event they want to bet on.

What are the Main Features of a Legit Not Gamstop Sites?

The greatest concerns for UK punters who are hunting for a good nonGamstop operator are definitely security and reliability. After all, no one wants to end up being scammed by an online sportsbook that is not legit. However, there are a few things you should be cautious about before you decide to leave your personal data at any website.

Here are some features of a legit betting not Gamstop site:

  • They are licensed by any internationally known gambling authority
  • They comply with the License Conditions and Codes of Practice
  • They have live and regular bet types, and often live streaming
  • They offer a myriad of sports events just as the usual bookies
  • They accept users from all around the globe, not only UK residents
  • They offer bonuses in foreign currencies such as Euro, AUD, CAD, & NZD
  • They have responsive, helpful and professional customer support

Advantages of Sports Betting Sites not on Gamstop

One of the obvious advantages is that you can still engage in wagering even if you decided to restrict your gambling. When you opt for a Gamstop self-exclusion you won’t be able to reverse it. But, you will be able to bet at the alternative websites.

Yet another advantage of these websites is the fast payout of the winnings. Compared to Gamstop sites, non-Gamstop ones have faster withdrawal times, possibly due to the strict UKGC regulations. So, bypassing all the wait that could last up to a month is definitely an advantage for all the bettors.

Moving on to the next benefit, sportsbooks not registered on Gamstop are often high stake betting sites without any limitations. Wagerers who love the thrill of winning big love to make big bets, and sometimes having limits on the bets can be a problem. 

In addition, nonGamstop betting sites have multiple other benefits such as the range of different sports markets, bet types and events. Since these are usually not UK exclusive wagering platforms, they tend to cater to the needs of bettors from all around the world.

These sites often offer both live and regular betting and the live streaming service as well. The users who try to register and bet via such a platform won’t have any geo-restrictions – you will be able to register from practically anywhere in the world. They also offer tools for wagering restriction which can help people avoid being in the red. 

Legit non-Gamstop betting sites are favouring responsible gaming, and they are not against it, in spite of the public opinion. Even if their restrictive systems are not as advanced and limiting as Gamstop, they invest themselves in making the wagering experience as harmless as possible.

Disadvantages of Sports Betting Sites not on Gamstop

Of course, there are some disadvantages such sportsbooks have, and they are not something that should be overlooked. First of all, the websites betting not on gamstop are also not regulated by the UKGC. To make it clear, in case some problem occurs you won’t be able to file a complaint as it is outside the UK authorities’ legislations.

Another great disadvantage, and a rather serious issue, is that it allows people with gambling problems to gamble. Even if that is not the end goal of these websites, the sad truth behind it is that many of the non-Gamstop betting sites are visited by people who have gambling problems. Some of these websites do offer some gambling restricting tools you can use to limit your bets and how much you spend.

Compared to Gamstop betting sites, the nonGamstop ones don’t offer wagering promo advertisement blocks. This also goes for emails that have similar content. These ads and emails can be irksome and they can test your gambling self-control at times.

Let’s not forget to mention that many of the betting sites not on Gamstop lack some of the deposit options popular in the United Kingdom. Naturally, UK licensed betting sites offer all different depositing options convenient for their targeted group of people.

Those who want to avoid restrictions will also have to think about the available payment methods at the chosen online sportsbook. Sure, you will probably get to use your credit card, which was banned by the UKGC. However, if you are hoping to see Pay by Phone, PayPal or Payoneer, you might want to double-check the offered options.

Finally, one of the major downsides of non-Gamstop casinos and sportsbooks is that you cannot access them via a mobile app. The international operators often don’t launch sport betting apps, or they have localized apps for various different countries. Thus, you won’t be able to bet on the go via an app. Nonetheless, you will be able to access the platform via a mobile browser, as most of those online sportsbooks are mobile optimized.

Conclusion

Even if you are gambling at a sportsbook without a GamCare Certificate you could have an unforgettable betting experience. But you should be aware of the possibility that the chosen website might be nothing but a scam. It can be really hard for UK wagerers to find sports betting not Gamstop sites, regardless of the fact that there is a great demand for them among the UK sportsbook enthusiasts.