FPL Season 2019/2020 – Gameweek 6 Preview

“After two consecutive blanks, it’s high time for Raheem Sterling, pictured above in training for England, to start firing again” (CC by 3.0) by Mattythewhite

So, we more than insisted on Raheem Sterling as the stand-out premium pick and captaincy candidate last week, with all the subsequent consequences. Our only comfort was the confirmation of what all FPL managers already knew: the Premier League is an unpredictable, at times heart-breaking beast and the official fantasy game just emphasises that. Besides the big shock of the gameweek (and perhaps of the season so far), Liverpool once again failed to keep a clean sheet, struggling Watford benefited from a second-half Gunners collapse, and Bournemouth put three past a usually pretty sold Everton. In other words, gameweek 5 was FPL chaos and a continuation of the craziness that is the 2019/20 campaign. An example of this is the number of goals that has already been scored by the top-five most prolific scorers over the past five gameweeks. There are currently five players with five goals or more who, together, have already scored 30 goals. For comparison, in previous seasons, this total after five games stood at 21 (last season), 21 (in 2017/18), 22 (2016/17), and 18 (2015/16). Players like Kane, Rashford, and Vardy are not among those first five, but each of them still scored 3 goals in five games, which is a decent return. In other words, this season got off to a crazy start, so don’t worry too much yet if you feel like your FPL team has been disappointing so far. Don’t spend too much time on how our picks for last week performed, it’s not very impressive, and let’s move on to our picks for gameweek 6.

Finally, don’t forget: the deadline for gameweek 6 is set at 20h00 (BST), on  Friday, September 20th.

How did our picks for the previous gameweek fare?

PICK PLAYER OPPONENT POINTS
Premium Raheem Sterling Norwich (away) 2
Premium Mo Salah Newcastle (home) 9
Non-premium Ashley Barnes Brighton (away) 2
Non-premium Anthony Martial Leicester (home) Injured
Differential Seb Haller Aston Villa (away) 2
Differential Danny Rose Crystal Palace (home) 5
Captain Raheem Sterling Norwich (away) 4

Premium picks

We’ll be honest with you, even after two consecutive blanks, we would still like to recommend Sterling as a premium pick for gameweek 6. We decided to put our love for the England winger aside though, and go instead for his team mate in attack Sergio Aguero (£12.1m). The Argentinian striker should fear a bit more rotation now that Gabriel Jesus is back from injury, but he is still one of just three players this season to record a return in every game so far (5, 6, 13, 16, and 6 for a total of 46 FPL points). Jesus too the strain during midweek playing in the Champions League with Arguero rested on the bench so will be rested this Saturday. Watford are currently bottom in the league, in big part due to the 10 goals they have conceded in just five games, and Aguero’s personal record against the Hornets looks promising (for City, that is, not for Watford): 7 goals and 2 assists in 6 encounters, including a hat-trick two seasons ago. We wouldn’t be surprised to see him add to those total on Saturday.

Our second premium pick for gameweek 6 could be considered a little unexpected, but we believe that Everton’s Lucas Digne (£6.2m) could deliver big this weekend. We don’t base this belief on Everton’s last outing against Bournemouth though, where the Toffees put up a disappointing display, but on the team’s undeniable quality, the coming opponent’s relative struggles in front of goal, and Digne’s potential to deliver at both ends of the pitch on Saturday. The Frenchman has so far brought his owners a decent 23 FPL points, an average of 4.6 points per game, courtesy of 2 clean sheets and 2 assists in five games. Rolling up to Goodison Park this weekend are newly-promoted Sheffield United, who have been pretty decent so far (5 points from five games), but who have not exactly been prolific in front of goal (5 goals in five games). A second double-digit haul of the season might well be on the cards for Digne.

Non-premium picks

Ashley Barnes (£6.7m) and his Burnley team mates are facing the League’s leakiest defence this coming Saturday, and that could be the perfect opportunity for the English-Austrian forward to get back on the score sheet after blanking against Liverpool at home in gameweek 4 and Brighton away last weekend. Barnes started off the season in spectacular fashion, scoring 4 goals in the first three games of the season, bringing his owners a very nice 25 FPL points in the process. Saturday’s opponents Norwich are having a pretty positive return to the English footballing elite, with last weekend’s shock victory over reigning champions Manchester City the absolute highlight, but at the same time, the Canaries have conceded the most goals of all teams in the league (12 goals in five games). An additional plus of bringing in Barnes is that he has a kind run of fixtures coming up, with just one side from the big six (Chelsea at home in gameweek 10) coming up between now and gameweek 14.

Our second non-premium pick for gameweek 6 is Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino (£9.5m), who surprisingly started on the bench in gameweek 5 against Newcastle. The Brazilian all-round forward came on in the 37th minute though, after Divock Origi couldn’t continue, and he decided it was time to show why he should never be benched: 53 game minutes, 2 assists and 1 bonus point for a total of 8 FPL points. Over the first five games of the campaign, Firmino has scored 2 goals and provided 4 assists, while also recording 6 bonus points, making him the fifth-highest scoring forward in the game (35 points). Bobby did play 90 minutes in the disappointing 2-0 mid-week loss in Naples, but considering the short rest he got in gameweek 5, we expect him to start up front for Liverpool against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, who have conceded 11 goals in five games.

A differential pick or two

We mentioned Norwich before, but the Canaries aren’t the only ones with a leaky defence. True, Bournemouth have not let in as many (9 goals in five games, to be exact), but the Cherries still haven’t exactly been solid in the back this season. They are visiting Saint Mary’s in gameweek 6, which will have Southampton forward Danny Ings (£6.0m) hoping for a chance to add to his current tallies of 1 goal and 1 assist. The Saints have shown good form in home games so far, with one point from two games against Liverpool (1-2 in gameweek 2) and Man United (1-1 in gameweek 4), and they will be looking forward to their first three points of the season in front of their own fans. Ings looks certain of a spot in the starting eleven with Charlie Austin, Moussa Djenepo and Nathan Redmond all injured or doubtful for this weekend’s game, and with a current ownership of just 2.0%, he could be a great punt and will add to the interest in watching Friday Night Football.

Our second differential pick of the week is Tottenham’s Heung-Min Son (£9.6m) now that he can still be considered a differential (his ownership currently stands at 5.7%). The Spurs are visiting Leicester this weekend, who are no pushovers under any circumstance, and they will be looking to bounce back from their disappointing Champions League 2-2 draw against Olympiakos in mid-week. Last weekend, Spurs booked only their second victory of the season by thumping Palace 4-0, a game in which Son scored twice and recorded a juicy 16 FPL points. The Foxes have been a bit up-and-down so far this season, but the quality in their roster is abundant, so Spurs have their work cut out for them. We expect Son to lead the line together with Kane and if his performances in the past games is anything to go by, he could well be the differential factor at the King Power on Saturday.

The captaincy

When we recommended Raheem Sterling for his away game against Norwich last weekend, we were pretty convinced he was going to haul big. That, as we now know, didn’t happen. We haven’t lost faith in Guardiola’s goal-scoring machine though (don’t forget the Cityzens still scored twice against Norwich), so our pick for the captaincy in gameweek 6 is Sergio Aguero. The Argentinian has so far not failed to record returns in any of this season’s Premier League games and we doubt that a home game against struggling Watford is going to change that impressive run.

According to the FISO Forum FPL Captain Poll for GW5 the votes are about 50% for Sterling, 25% for Aguero and 25% split among the other candidates.

Choosing Your Fantasy Football Goalkeeper

The goalkeeper is one of the trickiest positions to fill in fantasy football as a poor choice can end up costing you dearly. These are the top four stoppers to consider for your team:

Angus Gunn

The youngster has done really well to clinch a place in the Southampton starting 11 ahead of the experienced Alex McCarthy. He made his Premier League debut in a 0-0 draw with Chelsea in January 2019 and he was named man of the match after pulling off a string of fine saves. He has made a strong start to the current campaign and kept two clean sheets in five games. The Saints suffered a 3-0 defeat to Burnley on the opening weekend, but since then they have conceded just three goals in five games. The top betting sites no longer consider them among the favourites for relegation and they should be able to enjoy a comfortable season in mid-table, thanks largely to their defensive strength. Gunn is a lot cheaper than some of the big name goalkeepers, and that frees up money for you to invest in other departments.

David De Gea

Spanish superstar De Gea has just signed a new contract that will keep him at Old Trafford until 2023. He will earn £250,000 per week and his salary can rise to £350,000 through performance-related bonuses. That should provide De Gea with plenty of motivation to thrive between the sticks for Man Utd. He has developed a reputation as the world’s best shot-stopper during his time at the club, and his highlights reel is outrageous, jam-packed full of dazzling feats of agility and seemingly superhuman double saves. Man Utd look more solid defensively this season after spending £130 million on Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the summer, and they did well to beat Leicester 1-0 last time out. De Gea is cheaper than Ederson and Alisson, but he should rack up a great deal of points this season.

Kasper Schmeichel

Leicester have also made a strong start to the season and they still sit fifth in the table, despite that 1-0 defeat to Man Utd at the weekend. Anyone expecting them to play kamikaze football under Brendan Rodgers has been sorely disappointed, as the Foxes have remained pretty disciplined and organised in their games so far this season.  Schmeichel has just one clean sheet to his name thus far, but Leicester have had a tough start to the season and he should add to that tally once the fixture list eases up. They have only conceded four goals in five games and that bodes well for the Danish stopper’s chances of enjoying a good season.

Dean Henderson

Sheff Utd goalkeeper Henderson might represent another intriguing bargain offer for fantasy managers this season. The Blades look a lot more solid at the back than many people expected, and only three teams – Liverpool, Man Utd and Leicester – have conceded fewer goals than them so far this season. Yet Henderson will have plenty to do as his team is likely to engage in a ferocious battle to avoid relegation, and he has shown he has the ability to pull off some fine saves. He has taken 18 points from his opening five games, which is an impressive haul for a player that costs just £4.5 million. Tom Heaton of Aston Villa and Nick Pope of Burnley are alternatives in the bargain basement, but it is easy to see Sheff Utd conceding fewer goals than those two sides this season. Burnley have struggled since that opening weekend win over Southampton, while the jury is still out on Aston Villa’s defence.

Fantasy Cricket: The Best Beginner’s Guide

Fantasy cricket is an exciting online game that is sure to get you hooked. You may think it is just entertainment for avid cricket fans with an overactive imagination. However, the game can thrill anyone.

The point of the game is to assemble an online cricket team from real-life cricket players and then score points depending on their individual performance in the game. Before you dive right in the game, be sure to find and check fantasy cricket guide for the keys to success. Let’s look at where you can start.

Choose Your Platform

The game is gaming popularity fast, with new platforms appearing on the internet. Study user reviews and site ratings to identify a reliable site like Stumped. To start crafting your team, you will need a registered account.

Match

You can see a list of matches scheduled for the day and pick the one you like. You could opt for an international or domestic match and then proceed to selecting players from those who will actually be involved in the game in real life.

Any real-time cricket team includes eleven players. You will need to pick eleven players that will be included in your own virtual squad. Next, wait for the match and gain points based on the performance of those players. Their runs, wickets, and catches will bring you points. 

To win, your squad has to finish with the maximum number of points and the top position on the leaderboard. The game, therefore, is a wild fusion of real-life and virtual sports. You will be thrilled.

Format

The three available formats are One Day International, Twenty20 and Test Cricket. One Day International is for a limited-overs game, where two international teams have a set number of overs, most often fifty. T20 is a shortened format, the third type has the longest duration, corresponding to the highest game standard.

Excitement

As soon as you start playing, you will be engrossed. The stakes are high, the analysis is abundant, and the hook factor is irresistible. As you accumulate cricket knowledge and practical experience, your results are sure to improve. Betting real money on fantasy cricket is a way to enjoy this exciting pastime and get a profit.

Tips

  1. Do not stick to your favourites blindly. This player may not be in his best shape at the moment, so supporting him will only fail.
  2. Do your homework. Naturally, research on each of your potential players is a must. The platform you play on may simplify the process by providing all the necessary links.
  3. Monitor trading deadlines. You have to know which teams are playing, and which are expected to make it to the group stages. Otherwise, you will be wasting space.
  4. Check your team. This may sound unnecessary, but you should devote at least 15 minutes a day to checking how your fantasy teammates are doing. For example, one of them will miss the upcoming tournament due to injury.

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
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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

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“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.