FanTeam Fantasy Euros 2020 – June 2021 (part 3)

Welcome to Part 3 of our 3 Part preview of FanTeam’s Euro 2020 Fantasy game following Part 1 and Part 2 published earlier this week. In the first article we discussed Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Finland and France whilst in the second article we covered Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, North-Macedonia, Poland, Portugal and Russia. Now in this final 3rd article, we cover the remaining countries: Scotland, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and Wales.

The 2020-21 season was a strange, unique year of football for all clubs in all competitions. That’s why the fact that in most countries, when the final few games of the season were played in front of (limited) crowds for the first time in more than a year they sparked such enormous enthusiasm. Now that the domestic leagues have finished though, football is immediately taking the next big step by organising the postponed 2020 European Championship. The pandemic prevented the tournament from taking place last summer, but this summer in just over a week, from June 11th to July 11th, it’s on.

Of course, as the biggest daily fantasy site in Europe, FanTeam had to get in on the upcoming footballing festivities and they did so in style. Their Euro 2020 Full Tournament offers 87,109 seats and an incredible prize pool of £1,000,000 (Yes, £1million!) with the winner taking home a cool £200,000. Tickets for participation are available at a price of £20 per ticket.

As a participant, the concept is very much similar to the regular FanTeam tournaments, like the Weekly Monsters for the Premier League, for example. Each manager needs to select a squad of 15 players from the countries participating in Euro2020, maximum 3 players from the same country, and they will get a free transfer after each round. An additional transfer will cost -4 points, but managers can also carry a maximum of 1 unused transfer over to the next round, so that they will have two free transfers then. Do check out the Euro 2020- Full Tournament for all details regarding the rules.

For the FanTeam Weekly Monster regulars, the FanTeam scoring system has undergone the following adjustments:

What changed?Why?
Players points for a win reduced from +1 to +0.3 and players points for a defeat increased from -1 to -0.3.To reduce the impact of a team’s performance and put more focus on the selected player, making more players desirable (especially in formats with few fixtures).
Players will be rewarded for a shot on target: +0.4 for a forward or midfielder, +0.6 for a defender, and 1 for a goalkeeper.To reward attacking play, while reducing the amount of ties in our tournaments. A “shot on target” is simply a shot that’s going in, but is stopped by the last line of defence. This could be a goalkeeper, an opposing player ‘on the line’, or even your own teammate if they’re goal hanging. Points for a shot on target are not awarded when a goal is scored from the shot, either if the player is the scorer or is awarded the assist.

For the managers brave enough for the FanTeam ride during the upcoming European Championship, we have created a complete tournament guide. Consisting of three parts, we will take a look at each of the 24 participating countries and highlight two players of their squad who could, for more or less obvious reasons, be valuable additions to any FanTeam Euro 2020 Full Tournament squad. In the first part, we discussed Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Finland and France. In the second part of the series, we went over Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, North-Macedonia, Poland, Portugal and Russia. In this third and final part of our Euro 2020 Tournament preview, we’re recommending fantasy picks from Scotland, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and Wales.

SCOTLAND

DateOpponent
June 14Czech Republic
June 18England
June 22Croatia

While most national teams preparing for the European Championship seem to have the completely unpredictable virus factor more or less under control, Scotland was hit hard by a recent outbreak. For their friendly encounter with the Netherlands on June 5th, no less than seven players missed out due to positive tests. As a result of this unfortunate preparation, predicting Scotland’s starting line-up for their opener against the Czech Republic (and even for their subsequent fixtures) is surrounded by even more doubt than usual.

On top of that, Scotland drew a fairly difficult group, including an undoubtedly intense battle with England on the second match day. All things considered, Andrew Robertson (5.0M) is probably one of the better Scottish fantasy picks, though his price category is competitive. With the Liverpool man, you’re at least assured of a starting spot and lots of intent going forward, where possible. Che Adams (5.0M) could be another punt for the more steely-nerved fantasy managers among us. The muscular Southampton forward is one of the players who recently tested positive, but since switching allegiance from England to Scotland recently, he’s been a regular for coach Steve Clarke (3 games: 1 goal, 1 assist) and performed well for Southampton this season.

SLOVAKIA

DateOpponent
June 14Poland
June 18Sweden
June 23Spain

In theory, Slovakia are the big underdogs in this group, but their Euro 2020 roster contains more quality and big names than many would think. The biggest of them is obviously living Napoli legend Marek Hamsik (4.5M), who is his country’s all-time top scorer (26 goals), their all-time record holder for caps (126 games) and their current captain. The attacking midfielder went a bit off the European radars after his move to China last season, but don’t doubt for a second that he is not still the big man for his country.

If your squad still needs a very budget-enabling midfielder with a security of starts this summer, then Stanislav Lobotka (4.0M) could be worth a gander. The Napoli man holds a defensive position in midfield for his country, so don’t expect too many rushes forwards for attacking returns. Still, his price tag brings him into the mix as a starting midfielder at a bargain price. If you’re really set on picking two Slovakian internationals for your FanTeam Euro 2020 Full Tournament team, then Lobotka wouldn’t be the worst choice.

SPAIN

DateOpponent
June 14Sweden
June 19Poland
June 23Slovakia

Spain probably has one of the favourable draws in terms of their group for Euro 2020. Though Sweden, Poland and Slovakia are no walk-overs, la Furia Roja should be able to qualify for the knock-out stages relatively comfortably. That’s why we would consider a heavy investment in Alvaro Morata (10.0M). The Juventus striker is a nailed-on component of Spain’s attack, which explains his price tag as well. While his club went through a mediocre season, the former Real Madrid forward managed to record an excellent 20 goals and 12 assists in 40 games. For his country, Morata has netted 19 times in 39 encounters so far and he’ll get plenty of chances to build on that figure during the group stages.

One of the players with the job of providing Morata with a good service is Dani Olmo (8.0M). The RB Leipzig star can play as an attacking midfielder and on either wing, thanks to his outstanding right foot. He got 7 goals and 12 assists from 46 games this season, and on a crowded Spanish midfield, he might be one of the sure starters. On the one hand, his price tag is somewhat inflated as there is a lot of competition in his price category, but on the other hand, Spain are fancied by some for the European title and Olmo has all the qualities to become one of their best performers.

SWEDEN

DateOpponent
June 14Spain
June 18Slovakia
June 23Poland

The last-minute absence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic due to injury naturally dominated Sweden-related football news, but the nation can cling to the fact that qualification for Euro 2020 was achieved without their superstar. One of the players that helped compensate for Ibra’s retirement during the qualifiers was Alexander Isak (5.5M), who is going into the European Championship in good form. This season, he scored 17 goals and gave 2 assists in 44 games for Spanish side Real Sociedad. Not bad for a 21-year old. Looking at Slovakia and Poland particularly, Isak looks to carry some differential potential at an acceptable price on FanTeam.

The Sociedad forward will most likely be joined in the Swedish attack by Dejan Kulusevski (6.0M), who is probably the nation’s most exciting talent at the moment. In a mixed season for Italian giants Juventus, his first in the black and white jersey, the right winger has been a bright spot for the Bianconeri. He scored 7 goals and provided 7 assists in 47 outings for his club this season and it’s at him that the Swedish fans look for sparks of creativity. It would be better from a fantasy point of view if Kulusevski was classified as a midfielder on FanTeam instead of as a forward, but the youngster still has some differential potential.

SWITZERLAND

DateOpponent
June 12Wales
June 16Italy
June 20Turkey

Switzerland pretty much cruised through a qualification group with Denmark; finishing first, scoring 19 goals and conceding just 6. It should be noted though, that 10 of those goals were scored in Gibraltar and that the other two teams in the group were the Republic of Ireland and Georgia. So, in reality, the Swiss are a rather goal-shy team, which is why our first fantasy pick from their roster is Ricardo Rodriguez (5.0M). The Torino FC left-back is known for his attacking impulses and his excellent left foot, which is why he is on regular set-piece duties, including penalties, for the Nati as well.

For our second Swiss fantasy pick, we are staying at the back with goalkeeper Yann Sommer (5.0M). For a nailed-on starting goalie for a defensively focussed side in a group where goals might end up being scarce, his price tag is not too bad. He played 39 games for Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach this season (9 clean sheets) and reached the knock-out stages of the Champions League, while he defended his country’s goal 61 times already (25 clean sheets). As part of a double “cheaper goalkeeper” approach, or even as a starting goalkeeper, Sommer could be a valuable addition to your FanTeam Euro 2020 Full Tournament squad.

TURKEY

DateOpponent
June 11Italy
June 16Wales
June 20Switzerland

Turkey’s group is not easy, but the Crescent Stars might just get something out of it. They created the best defensive outfit in the whole of Euro 2020 qualification and a majority of the squad are active in Europe’s strongest domestic leagues. One of those stars is playmaker Hakan Calhanoglu (5.5M), Turkey’s most expensive fantasy asset on FanTeam. The AC Milan man is instrumental to Turkey’s attacking play and chance creation, and he plays in a very advanced midfield or wing position while being classified in the game as a midfielder. At 5.5M and with an interesting group stage ahead, Calhanoglu could be a decent shout.

When looking at Turkey though, our recommendation is to mainly focus on their defence. Coach Senol Gunes has turned his side into a formidable defensive unit and neither of their opponents in the group are currently known as particularly free-scoring teams. Our eye is on right-back Zeki Celik (4.5M), who seems to have the spot nailed down. He is half a million cheaper than the likes of Soyuncu and Demiral, and he is coming of a spectacular domestic title victory in the Ligue 1 with Lille. Celik played 35 games for the French side this season, and managed 4 goals and 3 assists.

UKRAINE

DateOpponent
June 13Netherlands
June 17North-Macedonia
June 21Austria

The Ukraine boast a solid, decent team with chances of making it through their group and the most important player is probably Ruslan Malinovskyi (5.5M). The attacking midfielder from Atalanta, where he played 43 games this season and scored an impressive 10 goals while giving another 12 assists, is the man who needs to connect the Ukrainian midfield with their attack. For his country, he currently sits on 6 goals and 5 assists from 35 games, and considering their current group, we wouldn’t be surprised to see him improve on those tallies in the group stage.

In Illya Zabarnyi (4.0M), the Ukraine also saw a promising youngster break through at a European top club this season. At the age of 18 years, the central defender made his way into Shaktar Donetsk’s starting eleven and subsequently into his country’s starting eleven. Coach Andriy Shevchenko has recently partnered him with Mykola Matvienko at the back and the expectation that he will do the same when Euro 2020 kicks off. Like that, Zabarnyi could represent really good budget-enabling value as the fifth defender in your FanTeam squad.

WALES

DateOpponent
June 12Switzerland
June 16Turkey
June 20Italy

We all more or less know the Gareth Bale (6.0M) story of the past few years by now. The Welshman seemed back to his best at times this season while on loan at his old club Spurs, scoring 16 goals and giving 3 assists in 34 games spread over all competitions, but what we’ll remember most is his inconsistency this season. This probably also explains why Wales’ absolute main man is priced at just 6.0M on FanTeam. Goals might come at a premium in this group, but at that price, Bale should probably be part of your FanTeam Euro 2020 Full Tournament squad.

The Dragons have made a habit of being involved in low-scoring affairs, scoring just 10 goals during the Euro 2020 qualifiers and conceding just 6. This made us look at the Welsh defence for our second fantasy pick. Ben Davies would be the stand-out option, but 5.5M feels overpriced for him, especially if he ends up playing centrally. Instead, we’ve gone with right-back Connor Roberts (4.5M), who comes at a budget-friendly price. Don’t expect an abundance of attacking returns, but out of the sturdy bunch in the Welsh backline, he’s the most forward-orientated one.

Join the discussion on FanTeam’s Euro 2020 Fantasy Game on this fiso forum topic.

FanTeam Fantasy Euros 2020 – June 2021 (part 2)

Welcome to Part 2 of our 3 Part preview of FanTeam’s Euro 2020 Fantasy game following Part 1 published yesterday. In the first part, we discussed Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Finland and France. For this second part of the series, we will be going over Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, North-Macedonia, Poland, Portugal and Russia and in the third and final part of the series we will cover the remaining countries: Scotland, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and Wales.

The 2020-21 season was a strange, unique year of football for all clubs in all competitions. That’s why the fact that in most countries, when the final few games of the season were played in front of (limited) crowds for the first time in more than a year they sparked such enormous enthusiasm. Now that the domestic leagues have finished though, football is immediately taking the next big step by organising the postponed 2020 European Championship which will be closely watched by online betting platforms such as Esport in 22bet. The pandemic prevented the tournament from taking place last summer, but this summer in just over a week, from June 11th to July 11th, it’s on.

Of course, as the biggest daily fantasy site in Europe, FanTeam had to get in on the upcoming footballing festivities and they did so in style. Their Euro 2020 Full Tournament offers 87,109 seats and an incredible prize pool of £1,000,000 (Yes, £1million!) with the winner taking home a cool £200,000. Tickets for participation are available at a price of £20 per ticket.

As a participant, the concept is very much similar to the regular FanTeam tournaments, like the Weekly Monsters for the Premier League, for example. Each manager needs to select a squad of 15 players from the countries participating in Euro2020, maximum 3 players from the same country, and they will get a free transfer after each round. An additional transfer will cost -4 points, but managers can also carry a maximum of 1 unused transfer over to the next round, so that they will have two free transfers then. Do check out the Euro 2020- Full Tournament for all details regarding the rules.

For the FanTeam Weekly Monster regulars, the FanTeam scoring system has undergone the following adjustments:

What changed?Why?
Players points for a win reduced from +1 to +0.3 and players points for a defeat increased from -1 to -0.3.To reduce the impact of a team’s performance and put more focus on the selected player, making more players desirable (especially in formats with few fixtures).
Players will be rewarded for a shot on target: +0.4 for a forward or midfielder, +0.6 for a defender, and 1 for a goalkeeper.To reward attacking play, while reducing the amount of ties in our tournaments. A “shot on target” is simply a shot that’s going in, but is stopped by the last line of defence. This could be a goalkeeper, an opposing player ‘on the line’, or even your own teammate if they’re goal hanging. Points for a shot on target are not awarded when a goal is scored from the shot, either if the player is the scorer or is awarded the assist.

For the managers brave enough for the FanTeam ride during the upcoming European Championship, we have created a complete tournament guide. Consisting of three parts, we will take a look at each of the 24 participating countries and highlight two players of their squad who could, for more or less obvious reasons, be valuable additions to any FanTeam Euro 2020 Full Tournament squad. As we said in the intro, in the first part, we discussed Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Finland and France. For this second part of the series, we will be going over Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, North-Macedonia, Poland, Portugal and Russia.

GERMANY

DateOpponent
June 15France
June 19Portugal
June 23Hungary

The 2014 World Champions are once again one of the favourites for the title this year, especially now that coach Joachim Löw decided to recall two very experienced players after not counting on them for over two years. Mats Hummels and Thomas Müller (8.5M) are both expected to form important cogs of Germany’s formation and we believe the latter can have some serious fantasy value on FanTeam as well. Competition is fierce up front for the Germans, but Müller has shown time and time again over the past years that there are few players around with a keener eye for the target than him, whether it be in the form of a goal or an assist.

The major advantages of picking the rather expensive Joshua Kimmich (8.0M) are that he is as nailed-on as they come for a title contender, not afraid to try and force something in attack, and a very regular set-piece taker for the national team. The 26-year old midfielder/right-back once again had a good season for his side Bayern Munich with 14 assists and 6 goals from 39 games in all competitions. If the consistent Kimmich can carry this form into the Euros, he could be an interesting addition to any FanTeam Euro 2020 Full Tournament game.

HUNGARY

DateOpponent
June 15Portugal
June 19France
June 23Germany

In a qualification group with Azerbaijan, Croatia, Slovakia and Wales, Hungary finished fourth, but they managed to clinch a Euro 2020 spot by clinching a place in the tournament play-offs, in which Iceland were denied in dramatic last-minute fashion. The Hungarians are one of the big underdogs this summer and as a result, their squad boasts some budget/differential value. As a matter of fact, every Hungary player on FanTeam is priced at 4.5M. In a group with France, Germany and Portugal though, the Magyars will be up against some of strongest opposition possible.
Having said that, we did pick two players who could be outfield selections for your squad. Hungary are not expected to claim any clean sheets in the group stage, but there could be save points on the table for their goalkeeper, especially knowing that Peter Gulasci (4.5M) is their man between the sticks. The giant RB Leipzig goalie is undisputed as his country’s #1 and could be a decent choice as second keeper for your squad. At the other end of pitch, the same pretty much goes for Adam Szalai (4.5M). The 33-year Mainz man has not had the best of seasons, but he is always important for his country. Just over the last international break, he scored in back-to-back games against Poland and San Marino to bring him to 23 goals in 70 games for Hungary. At his price, he could be good bench material and should play all 3 group games (whereas some star players could be rested for their final group match).

ITALY

DateOpponent
June 11Turkey
June 16Switzerland
June 20Wales

The Azzuri qualified for Euro 2020 with relative ease, winning all of their ten qualifiers with only Belgium scoring more than their 37 goals. Italy can be considered a bit of a dark horse for this summer and one of the men in the spotlights will undeniably be Lorenzo Insigne (8.0M). In the Italian offensive line, he is probably the most nailed-on option, which can be even more valuable when you remember that the Napoli man is registered as a midfielder on FanTeam. Combine that with a favourable group and it becomes hard to ignore Insigne.

With our second fantasy pick from Italy, we are staying on their left flank with Leonardo Spinazzola (5.5M). The AS Roma left-back played 39 games this season (2 goals, 8 assists) and reached the semi-finals of the Europa League, practically all of it as a starter for his team. Group A looks like a low-scoring one, so a tireless, very forward-thinking full-back from the group’s favourite for the victory sounds like a shrewd choice. His price tag is not the lightest, but we think he could definitely be worth it.

THE NETHERLANDS

DateOpponent
June 13Ukraine
June 17Austria
June 21North-Macedonia

After an embarrassing absence at two consecutive major tournaments, the Dutch are back for Euro 2020 and ready to announce themselves. Though serious doubt surrounds the appointment of Frank de Boer as national team coach, the Holland squad does boast a lot of world-class talent. Stand-out fantasy pick for us Memphis Depay (8.5M), who is their most expensive player on FanTeam, but also their central man in attack. The striker is classified as a midfielder on FanTeam, which only adds to his appeal, as he is a nailed-on starter either as number nine or on the wing. The Netherlands are expected to win their group and Depay is supposed to be one of the players leading that effort.

The second Dutchman we’re recommending to put on your watchlists is Steven Berghuis (6.5M). The Feyenoord talisman with the velvet left foot is De Boer’s first choice on the right side, where he gets the freedom to cut inside and have a go at goal quite often. The combination of his very acceptable price tag and the seemingly favourable group stage fixtures has us thinking that Berghuis has the potential to become one of the major differential picks for the FanTeam Euro 2020 Full Tournament.

NORTH-MACEDONIA

DateOpponent
June 13Austria
June 17Ukraine
June 21The Netherlands

In Part 1 of this series, we mentioned that Finland were one of two teams making their debut at a major international tournament. Well, North-Macedonia is the other. In a qualification group with Austria, Israel, Latvia, Poland and Slovenia, the Red Lynxes finished third (behind Austria and Poland), but they managed to clinch their first ever European Championship participation via the play-offs and their Nations League performances, overcoming Kosovo and Georgia in the process.

In terms of interesting players for FanTeam Euro 2020 Full Tournament squads, there is no way around Goran Pandev (4.5M). At 37 years old, the striker currently playing for Serie A side Genoa, is still going very strong for his country and he can now prepare himself for a European Championship in the autumn of his career. The former Lazio Roma and Inter Milano man is a living football legend in his country, which makes sense considering he is both the national team’s top scorer and the most-capped North-Macedonian player of all time. At 4.5M and with relatively favourable opposition coming up, the old fox Pandev might be worth a punt. Another North-Macedonia FanTeam asset worth considering is Leeds left-back Ezgjan Alioski (4.5M). We don’t expect him to record a clean sheet in the group, but his constant bombing forward might just result in an attacking return. Over the past three years, he scored 15 goals and provided 13 assists for his club, while he already has 7 goals and 12 assists from 42 games for his country.

POLAND

DateOpponent
June 14Slovakia
June 19Spain
June 23Sweden

For many years, when you think of the Polish football team, you think of Robert Lewandowski (9.0M). The Bayern Munch striker is probably the best Polish footballer ever, which really is saying something considering the country’s long and rich footballing history, but the numbers speak for themselves. For Bayern, he has scored 294 goals and given 65 assists in 329 games, while he has 66 goals and 23 assists from 118 games for Poland to his name. At 9.0M, and with Slovakia and Sweden in the group, we’re not sure you can omit Lewandowski from your team.

Poland are a team that aims to lean on its attack on its way to success, which is why we have opted for Piotr Zielinski (5.0M) as our second Polish fantasy pick. The Napoli midfielder, who played 47 games (10 goals, 13 assists) for the Italian side this season, is largely responsible for feeding cute balls to the men in front of him. Though Poland are not expected to walk over any of their opponents in this group, qualification for the knock-out stages looks like a more than realistic goal, which means that Zielinski could make a mockery of his price in the first games of the tournament.

PORTUGAL

DateOpponent
June 15Hungary
June 19Germany
June 23France

We just wrote that it’s impossible getting around Lewandowski when talking about Poland, so what about Portugal then? The defending European champions drew a difficult group, but everything is possible when you have Cristiano Ronaldo (10.0M). The Juventus superstar is now 36 years old, but there is no way he’s going to slow down now. He is Portugal’s all-time top scorer, all-time most-capped player and their current captain, and despite the strength of their group for the upcoming Euros, we dare say that 10.0M could very well turn out a bit of a bargain.

Those fantasy managers looking for a decent set-and-forget goalkeeper should probably put Portugal shot stopper Anthony Lopes (5.5M) on their scouting lists as well. The Lyon number one is currently preferred over Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio by national team coach Fernando Santos and could represent good value despite the difficulty of Portugal’s group. Lopes leads a pretty sturdy defensive set-up of a team where attacking-wise, everything runs through Ronaldo, which is why a defensive Portuguese pick could be a good idea. In that case, Lopes looks like a dependable choice that doesn’t ruin your budget plans.

RUSSIA

DateOpponent
June 12Belgium
June 16Finland
June 21Denmark

Despite not being the strongest Russian roster in recent years, there is some good value to be found among Russian fantasy assets, especially when looking at the group. On a good day, Russia can put each of these teams to the test, though Belgium did outclass them twice in the qualification group stage. In any case, the stand-out option in terms of Russian fantasy assets is probably striker Artem Dzyuba (5.5M). He is involved in practically any attacking Russian move, which largely explains how he got to 29 goals and 15 assists in 51 games. That’s quite an average and at his price on FanTeam, he could represent extraordinary differential value.

Attacking midfielder Aleksandr Golovin (6.0M) is another key man for the Russian national eleven. The AS Monaco man played 21 games for the French side this season, and managed to make a mark by scoring 6 times and providing 9 decisive passes. For Russia, the 25-year old currently sits on 37 caps (5 goals, 12 assists), and 2 of those goals and 7 of those assists were recorded during the qualifying phase for Euro 2020. Golovin is one of the team’s major creative outlets and his regular set-piece duties add to his appeal as a differential, budget-friendly pick.

Join the discussion on FanTeam’s Euro 2020 Fantasy Game on this fiso forum topic.

FanTeam Fantasy Euros 2020 – June 2021 (part 1)

Welcome to Part 1 of our 3 Part preview of FanTeam’s Euro 2020 Fantasy game. In this first part, we discuss Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Finland and France. For the second part of the series, we will be going over Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, North-Macedonia, Poland, Portugal and Russia and in the third and final part of the series we will cover the remaining countries: Scotland, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and Wales.

The 2020-21 season was a strange, unique year of football for all clubs in all competitions. That’s why the fact that in most countries, when the final few games of the season were played in front of (limited) crowds for the first time in more than a year they sparked such enormous enthusiasm. Now that the domestic leagues have finished though, football is immediately taking the next big step by organising the postponed 2020 European Championship. The pandemic prevented the tournament from taking place last summer, but this summer in just over a week, from June 11th to July 11th, it’s on.

Of course, as the biggest daily fantasy site in Europe, FanTeam had to get in on the upcoming footballing festivities and they did so in style. Their Euro 2020 Full Tournament offers 87,109 seats and an incredible prize pool of £1,000,000 (Yes, £1million!) with the winner taking home a cool £200,000. Tickets for participation are available at a price of £20 per ticket.

As a participant, the concept is very much similar to the regular FanTeam tournaments, like the Weekly Monsters for the Premier League, for example. Each manager needs to select a squad of 15 players from the countries participating in Euro2020, maximum 3 players from the same country, and they will get a free transfer after each round. An additional transfer will cost -4 points, but managers can also carry a maximum of 1 unused transfer over to the next round, so that they will have two free transfers then. Do check out the Euro 2020- Full Tournament for all details regarding the rules.

For the FanTeam Weekly Monster regulars, the FanTeam scoring system has undergone the following adjustments:

What changed?Why?
Player points for a win reduced from +1 to +0.3 and players points for a defeat changed from -1 to -0.3.To reduce the impact of a team’s performance and put more focus on the selected player, making more players desirable (especially in formats with few fixtures).
Players will be rewarded for a shot on target: +0.4 for a forward or midfielder, +0.6 for a defender, and +1 for a goalkeeper.To reward attacking play, while reducing the amount of ties in our tournaments. A “shot on target” is simply a shot that’s going in, but is stopped by the last line of defence. This could be a goalkeeper, an opposing player ‘on the line’, or even your own teammate if they’re goal hanging. Points for a shot on target are not awarded when a goal is scored from the shot, either if the player is the scorer or is awarded the assist.

For the managers brave enough for the FanTeam ride during the upcoming European Championship in June 2021, we have created a complete tournament guide. Consisting of three parts, we will take a look at each of the 24 participating countries and highlight two players from each country who could, for more or less obvious reasons, be valuable additions to any FanTeam Euro 2020 Full Tournament squad. In this first part of our Euro2020 preview series, we are going over these 8 countries: Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Finland and France.

AUSTRIA

DateOpponent
June 13North-Macedonia
June 17Netherlands
June 21Ukraine

Austria’s group could be worse, which makes them one of the teams where potential budget value could be found. The first name popping into your head when thinking of the Austrian national team is David Alaba (5.0M), former Bayern Munich star and brand-new Real Madrid recruit. He is not cheap, but we can see him booking at least one clean sheet in the group and even more importantly, Alaba plays in the middle for his country and regularly takes on set-piece challenges as well.

Our second Austria fantasy pick was between Marko Arnautovic and Marcel Sabitzer (5.5M), and we ended up going with the latter. The RB Leipzig midfielder, who is rumoured to be in Juventus’ good books for this summer’s transfer window, forms an extremely dynamic and technical midfield with the previously mentioned Alaba for Austria. His versatility allows him to shine anywhere in the middle, but he performs best further up front and sometimes even all the way up front. This also explains his 9 goals and 7 assists in 39 games for Leipzig this season.

BELGIUM

DateOpponent
June 12Russia
June 17Denmark
June 21Finland

On paper, Belgium look to have been drawn in one of the most favourable groups of the tournament. As a result, we can imagine several of their players becoming popular fantasy picks at the start and over the course of the group stages. Every Belgian and every football enthusiast got a bit of a scare when Kevin de Bruyne (12.5M) had to come off after a collision with Antonio Rüdiger in the recent Champions League final, but the City midfielder has fortunately been cleared for inclusion in Belgium’s Euro2020 squad, although it looks like he could miss the opening match against Russia. Still, he should be a top pick for the tournament. KDB is one of the best midfielders in the world, instrumental to his squad and with a kind opening schedule.

One of the players who will be looking to profit from De Bruyne’s genius is Romelu Lukaku (11.5M). With 24 goals this season, the Inter Milan striker ended seventh on the goalscoring rankings of Europe’s five biggest leagues, playing a key role in his club’s domestic title success. For Belgium, Lukaku is not only a nailed-on starter, but also their all-time top scorer with 59 goals from 91 games. We’d be surprised if he doesn’t net at least once during the group stages.

CROATIA

DateOpponent
June 13England
June 18Czech Republic
June 22Scotland

Croatia drew a pretty tough group with England, Czech Republic and Scotland, but they’re quite a good bunch themselves as well. Somehow, they keep producing top-class talent for the national team and they can combine it with some of the biggest names in world football. One of those well-known, experienced names is Ivan Perisic (8.0M). The Inter Milan midfielder/winger will be playing his 100th game for the national team on June 13th (27 goals, 22 assists), and with Ivan Rakitic and Mario Mandzukic having retired from the national team, Perisic will be looked at by the nation as a principal source of goals.

In the more affordable category of players, Croatia also offers a few interesting fantasy picks, like Mislav Orsic (5.5M). The 28-year Dinamo Zagreb winger has had a phenomenal season with 24 goals and 9 assists in 51 games, including a hat trick against Spurs in the Europa League Round of 16, and will be looking to carry that form into the European Championship. He currently sits on just 8 caps for Croatia (2 assists), but he’ll likely build on that tally as it will be difficult for coach Zlatko Dalic to keep him out of the starting eleven in his current form.

CZECH REPUBLIC

DateOpponent
June 14Scotland
June 18Croatia
June 22England

One of the lesser known squads comes from the Czech Republic this summer, but that doesn’t mean that it boasts no quality. On the contrary, the Czechs have the roster to create a hard-working, hard-to-beat unit, and the Premier League fans and FPL managers among us will definitely recognize a few of this season’s most popular FPL assets. Top of the list is Vladimir Coufal (5.0M), who had a fantastic debut season for West Ham at right-back this season. He’s strong, dynamic and loves to whip in crosses, leading to a more than decent 10 assists in all competitions. Coufal is an essential part of the Czech Republic’s set-up, both defensively and offensively, which might make him worth his price tag.

Tomas Soucek (5.0M) is another key part of the Czech squad who earns his living in the Premier League, at the Hammers, just like Coufal. And just like Coufal, Soucek had a great first full season in England. As a defensive midfielder, he has shown a keen tactical sense and an outstanding physique, as well as an excellent feeling for timing his forward runs. His 10 goals and 1 assist this season did not just appear out of thin air, after all.

DENMARK

DateOpponent
June 12Finland
June 17Belgium
June 21Russia

At first sight, the Danish team seems to contain some very interesting targets as they combine quality players from top clubs, a decent overall team, relatively affordable player prices and a schedule with potential. No player embodies this combination more than Christian Eriksen (7.0M). The Inter Milan star is central to most of what Denmark do in attack and he is also first-choice for practically every set-piece. The team is built around him and coach Kasper Hjulmand gives him all the freedom he needs to do what he does best.

In a group with Switzerland, Ireland, Georgia and Gibraltar, Denmark conceded 6 goals in eight Euro2020 qualifier games, which is a decent average. The Danes can defend well and are not afraid to lean on their defence to book a result when necessary, which is why our eye fell on Simon Kjaer (4.5M). The central defender is a nailed-on half of the Danish central duo and represents certain budget-enabling value. We don’t expect too much from him against Belgium, but the Finland and Russia games could be interesting in terms of clean sheet potential.

ENGLAND

DateOpponent
June 13Croatia
June 18Scotland
June 22Czech Republic

Harry Kane (13.5M) is the most expensive player in the entire FanTeam Euro 2020 Full Tournament game, so we contemplated whether picking him as part of our recommendations would be too easy or not, but there’s simply no getting around the Spurs man. England have a tough three games waiting for them and we would surprised if any of them end up being a very high-scoring one, but Kane is Kane. He has been spectacular at Spurs this season and he’s surrounded by a better team at the Three Lions, so he’s probably worth that considerable chunk of budget.

At the other end of the pitch, Harry Maguire (6.5M) is key to England’s hopes and dreams of European success. We were first set on Champions League winner Ben Chilwell for this pick, but with Luke Shaw coming off a great season, Maguire looks to be the only nailed-on defensive asset on the English team roster. Do keep an eye on his fitness in the build-up to the tournament, but he could be a good set-and-forget option during the group stages (and beyond, hopefully). Also do be aware that Trent Alexander-Arnold (aka TAA) has been ruled out of Euro 2020 through injury and is likely to be replaced in the England squad by James Ward-Prowse (another dead-ball specialist) or perhaps Jesse Lingard (England already have 3 quality 20/21 trophy-winning right-backs in their squad: Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier & Reece James).

FINLAND

DateOpponent
June 12Denmark
June 16Russia
June 21Belgium

Finland are one of the two countries making their European Championship debut, having never previously qualified for a major tournament. The Fins are definitely the underdog in Group B and though we don’t recommend focusing too much on their fantasy assets, the Finnish squad does contain some interesting differential / budget value, starting with Teemu Pukki (5.0M). The Norwich City striker, where he recorded 26 goals and 4 assists this season to help the club back to the Premier League, is probably the biggest name in the national team and the man all Finnish eyes will be on this summer. In the bargain striker category for the FanTeam Euro 2020 Full Tournament, there are few better options available.

Staying in the budget category, we’ve also highlighted goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky (4.0M). Finland will probably not keep many clean sheets this summer, but they might be a goldmine for save points (0.5 points per save). With Hradecky, Finland have a very experienced quality man between the sticks. He’s a starter for Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen, where he kept 10 clean sheets in 37 games this season. For Finland, his totals sit at 25 clean sheets from 64 games at the moment, which is not bad at all and which is why we think that your squad could do a lot worse than having Hradecky as your second goalie.

FRANCE

DateOpponent
June 15Germany
June 19Hungary
June 23Portugal

France are one of the absolute favourites for the Final this summer, but they will have to sweat for it. They were drawn into Group F with Germany, Portugal and Hungary, making this the “Group of Death” of the upcoming European Championship. Our first fantasy pick from Les Bleus is part sentiment and part stone cold fact: Karim Benzema (10.0M). The French forward has been a mainstay at Real Madrid for an incredible 11 years already, in which he played 559 games and scored 279 goals (plus 144 assists), but wasn’t called up for international duty for the past six years due to some private issues. Coach Didier Deschamps has now decided to recall the Madrid superstar and we’re expecting him to make an immediate impact as France’s starting number nine (Extra: he’s also less expensive on FanTeam than teammates Kylian Mbappé and Antoine Griezmann).

Much of France’s international footballing success in recent years is down to a rather defensive approach to games, building a very solid unit of world-class talent based on defensive discipline and speedy killers up front. Keeping that in mind, we figured that a defensive fantasy pick from France could be a smart investment. Seeing as all of France’s supposed starting defenders are priced at 6.5M, we have chosen right-back Benjamin Pavard (6.5M) as our Bleu. He had some injury issues this season, but nevertheless still featured in 36 games (1 goal, 2 assists), for German giants Bayern Munich. Pavard is pricey, but he’s also a starting and attack-minded right-back for one of the best teams in the tournament, hands down.

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FPL Season 2020-21: Gameweek 38 preview

“Is Mo Salah taking the Golden Boot at Anfield on Sunday or will it be Kane at the King Power?”

The day has finally arrived. The final gameweek of what has probably been the craziest, most unpredictable Premier League and FPL season in (recent) memory. The COVID-19 pandemic, the Super League wannabe-coup, a few weather postponements and the usual entertainment that is the Premier League made this one of the most challenging seasons for FPL managers all over the world.

Even though the champions have been crowned already and the relegated teams have been determined, there is still quite a lot to play for on this final game day:

Top four finish (+ 5th place)Chelsea, Liverpool, Leicester
6th place (Europa League)West Ham, Spurs (3 points behind), Everton (but goal difference inferior by 8 compared to Hammers)
7th place (Conference League)Arsenal, Leeds

Enjoy the last round of Premier League fixtures of this 2020/21 campaign and we hope that you’ve enjoyed our gameweek previews again this season. To those who have read them, occasionally or every week, thank you! We appreciate it and we hope that it made your FPL season just a little bit better. It’s been a pleasure and count on us being back for the build-up to the 2021/22 season with detailed team and season previews to give you that edge right from the start.

Don’t forget, the deadline for gameweek 38 is set at 14h30 (UK time) on Sunday, May 23rd.

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

Most transferred in/transferred out players (as per May 21st, 2021)


TRANSFERS OUTTRANSFERS INPOSSIBLE REASONS
GKMartinez (AST), Pope (BUR), Meslier (LEE)Alisson (LIV), Meslier (LEE), Mendy (CHE)GW38 fixtures
DEFCancelo (CIT), Dias (CIT), Digne (EVE)Alexander-Arnold (LIV), Dallas (LEE), Robertson (LIV)GW38 fixtures, Cancelo red card
MIDJota (LIV), Gündogan (CIT), Son (TOT)Salah (LIV), Willock (NEW), Harrison (LEE)GW38 fixtures, Jota injury
FORCalvert-Lewin (EVE), Kane (TOT), Watkins (AST)Bamford (LEE), Wood (BUR), Firmino (LIV)GW38 fixtures

Premium pick

We had big hopes for Mo Salah (£12.9m) last weekend against a Burnley side on the way to the beach, but we were disappointed. Three Liverpool goals, but no direct involvement from the Egyptian saw him record just 3 FPL points. Also, it meant that he is still on par for the Golden Boot with Harry Kane, who blanked as well. Both are on 22 goals and it might come down to the very final day of the season to decide who will be this year’s sharpest shooter. That’s also why we are repeating Salah as our stand-out premium fantasy pick for gameweek 38. The Reds are facing Crystal Palace at home and they need a win to secure Champions League football next season, so we’re assuming Momo is going to get plenty of chances to clinch both a top-4 spot and the top scorer’s title.

Non-premium picks

Our first non-premium fantasy pick then is Patrick Bamford (£6.6m), who has represented exceptional value this season. Starting at £5.5 million, the Leeds striker currently has 16 goals and 11 assists to his name, which is outstanding. He added a goal and an assist to those totals last weekend against Southampton for a 12-point haul. Leeds seem to be playing their own attacking game until the end and Bamfy is as nailed-on as they come as their main man up front. They are facing relegated West Brom at Elland Road on Sunday and it’s interesting to note that Bamford recorded a brace of assists against them back in gameweek 16. This time around, the Baggies have nothing left to play for. All this probably explains why the Leeds man is currently the most transferred-in forward in the build-up to GW38.

The thing about Michail Antonio (£6.6m) in GW38 is that he is nailed-on as a striker in a team that needs a result in order to secure European football for next season. He came off the pitch last weekend with a goal and 3 bonus points against West Brom, which brought his totals to 10 goals, 5 assists and 116 FPL points for the Premier League season. Over the last six games, Antonio ranks first amongst strikers for expected goals and second amongst strikers for expected goal involvement (so goal or assist). The Hammers are hosting Southampton on Sunday and with the Saints having nothing left to play for but honour, we can see the English striker getting a lot of opportunities in this one.

The budget enabler

A goal in each of his last 6 games, a price tag of just £4.8 million and a current ownership of just 2.8% That must be a mistake, right? Well, it isn’t, because with his winning goal against Sheffield United last weekend, Joe Willock became the youngest player in Premier League history to achieve that feat and just the third Newcastle player to do so, after Papiss Cissé and a certain Alan Shearer. Away at Craven Cottage on Sunday, he can even join Alan Shearer as the only Magpie with 7 consecutive games with a goal, which makes him an interesting budget-enabler for those FPL managers considering a major final match day move to surge up the rankings. Since securing safety, Newcastle are fourth amongst all teams when it comes to expected goals, while Fulham are seventh worst for expected goals conceded. Sounds like a really interesting match-up for a last day of the season, if you ask us.

A differential pick or two

One important thing to keep in mind when it comes to Manchester United this gameweek is that three days later, they are playing the Europa League final. Combine that with the fact that they have secured second place in the league already and it’s not hard to imagine there will be some changes to the United side turning up at Molineux on Sunday. That creates room for punts and we picked Alex Telles (£5.3m) as an interesting target. First-choice left-back Luke Shaw will likely be rested for the clash with Wolves, which opens the doors for the Portuguese set-piece specialist to show his skills. Wolves are not the same when it comes to defending set-pieces without Willy Boly and at the same time, they struggle up front as well. Just 7 goals in the last ten games is not a very scary total. Telles sits in just 0.5% of all teams at the moment.

Last weekend, our premium pick Salah did not deliver, but his team mate (and one of our differential picks for GW37) Sadio Mané (£11.6m) did. The Senegalese international recorded 6 FPL points, courtesy of an assist and a clean sheet, after giving an assist in GW36 as well. With Diogo Jota confirmed out, Mané will start up front with Salah and Firmino against Crystal Palace at Anfield, and with the Reds needing a win to secure Champions League football, we see few better differential options than Mané. He has gone a little bit under the radar this season as all all eyes were on Salah for a similar price tag, but the winger has still amassed 9 goals and 11 assists in the league after 37 games. He sits in just 6.7% of all teams, so a straight swap for, for example, a premium European-final-bound United or City asset is a ballsy, but potentially very rewarding move.

The captaincy

For our captaincy decision this week, we went between the two battlers for the Golden Boot, Harry Kane and Mo Salah, and we’ve ended up choosing the latter. Liverpool have much more to play for, they are a better team and a much more favourable fixture. Kane is, of course, completely fixture-proof and having an incredible season with 22 goals and 13 assists in the Premier League alone, but we’re expecting Salah to outperform him and win the topscorer’s title.

These two players will probably be the most popular GW38 captain picks this week, but an outfield captain could be rewarding as well, especially for the FPL managers still in a close race for first spot in their mini-leagues. The likes of Patrick Bamford at home to West Brom, Sadio Mané at home to Crystal Palace and Antonio against Southampton could all deliver this weekend. Even Burnley’s Chris Wood can be considered for the Clarets’ away game against Sheffield United, as the New Zealand striker has 5 goals and 1 assist to his name from the last five games.

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FPL Season 2020-21: Gameweek 37 preview

“A major clash for the European spots on Tuesday night: Chelsea vs Leicester at Stamford Bridge”

There are just two rounds left of the 2020-21 Premier League campaign and while both the champions (Manchester City) and the relegated sides (Sheffield United, West Brom, Fulham) are confirmed by now, there is still plenty left to be decided when it comes to the European spots for next season. Gameweek 37 will likely bring about a lot of conclusions in that area. Considering how shambolic the final gameweek of an FPL season can be, due to lack of incentives and increased rotation and the like, it might not be the worst move to roll a transfer in GW37, assuming your squad can handle it.

After a spectacular double-triple gameweek 35 and a blank gameweek 36, GW37 is bringing us back to normal in more than one way. Not only does the round feature a standard ten fixtures, but it also sees (limited) crowds return to the English stadiums after more than a year away. What effect is that going to have on the season’s final two rounds? It could give this round’s already favourable home encounters for Manchester United (vs Fulham), Everton (vs Wolves) and Newcastle (vs Sheffield United) an extra edge, for example. The same might happen for some of the underdogs playing at home next, like West Brom (hosting West Ham), Burnley (hosting Liverpool) and even Brighton (hosting Man City).

In any case, don’t forget, the deadline for gameweek 37 is set at 16h30 (UK time) tomorrow Tuesday, May 18th.

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

Most transferred in/transferred out players (as per May 17th, 2021)


TRANSFERS OUTTRANSFERS INPOSSIBLE REASONS
GKMartinez (AST), Pope (BUR), Ederson (CIT)Meslier (LEE), Alisson (LIV), Mendy (CHE)Final 2 fixtures, Pope possible injury
DEFDias (CIT), Dunk (BRI), Maguire (UTD)Alexander-Arnold (LIV), Dallas (LEE), Wan-Bissaka (UTD)Final 2 fixtures, Dallas OoP, TAA attacking returns, Maguire injury
MIDJota (LIV), Lingard (WHU), Son (TOT)Greenwood (UTD), Torres (CIT), Harrison (LEE)Final 2 fixtures, Greenwood & Torres form, Jota injury
FORWatkins (AST), Iheanacho (LEI), Calvert-Lewin (EVE)Antonio (WHU), Bamford (LEE), Cavani (UTD)Final 2 fixtures, Leicester fixtures difficult

Premium pick

It was, of course, goalkeeper Alisson Becker who grabbed all of the headlines when he scored his crucial winning header in the 5th minute of extra time against West Brom, but for FPL managers, what happened about an hour earlier was of more interest to the majority. In the 33rd minute, Mo Salah (£12.8m) put Liverpool ahead with his 22nd goal of the season and his 5th over the last seven PL outings. Considering the form he is currently in, the fact that he is co-leading the Golden Boot race, Liverpool’s ongoing battle for a top-4 finish and the Reds’ favourable remaining two fixtures, the Egyptian forward is a premium asset you want to own for the final bit. Next up is a visit to Turf Moor.

Non-premium picks

From a fantasy point of view, gameweek 37’s outstanding fixture is Manchester United versus Fulham at Old Trafford. Where the visitors have already been relegated, the Red Devils need a victory to definitely secure second place. Doing so will mean that manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can fully focus on the upcoming Europa League final, just three days after their final league game at Molineux. Expect there to be plenty of rotation at United for the last two games of the season, but we think Mason Greenwood (£7.2m) is a hard-to-ignore transfer target. The youngster is in blistering form with 6 goals and 1 assist from his last 7 league games, and he was largely rested during United’s last game. We expect this to be a one-sided affair that the Mancunians will want to wrap as quickly as they can and Greenwood should be there to help make it happen.

It’s very possible if you are one of the FPL managers who had the foresight at the start of this season to select Patrick Bamford (£6.5m), that the Leeds striker will end up being in your squad from start to end. He started the season at a very friendly price of £5.5m and has made a mockery of that tag since, scoring 15 goals and providing 10 assists for a total of 176 FPL points. Bamfy is less productive than during the first half of the season, but the return of Raphinha should have a very positive impact on Leeds’ attacking play and the chances their striker will get. He was unfortunate to come off in the 57th minute against Burnley in the weekend, but manager Marcelo Bielso does not tend to tinker much with his starting lineups. Despite Rodrigo’s excellent two goals in GW36. Bamford should head the Leeds attack for the remaining two fixtures, Southampton away followed by West Brom at home, and with him on penalties as well, a finish in style of an excellent season could be on the cards for the Forward.

The budget enabler

We’re sticking with the Whites for our budget enabler this week, as Raphinha (£5.5m) combines the previously mentioned favourable fixtures with a ridiculously low price tag and a key creative role in an attacking Leeds side. The Brazilian winger returned to fitness as a substitute in GW35 against Leeds and immediately provided an assist. Last weekend, he was back into the starting eleven and once again gave an assist, his 9th of the season on top of his 6 goals. Up next are Southampton at Saint Mary’s, which should be a pretty open game, followed by West Brom at Elland Road to finish a more than decent return season to the Premier League. An attacking return or two for Raphinha over those two fixtures looks to be on the cards.

A differential pick or two

Joe Willock (£4.7m) is our first differential fantasy pick for gameweek 37. Despite scoring an incredible 5 goals in just 213 minutes of playing time over the last seven Premier League games for Newcastle, the Arsenal academy graduate is currently still owned by just 0.9% of FPL managers. Steve Bruce’s men recently secured another year of Premier League action, so it will remain to be seen how the Magpies will turn up for their last two games, but with Sheffield United (home) and Fulham (away) they have a very appealing final stretch on the agenda. Willock is currently the man in form for Newcastle, which makes it hard to imagine him not starting against both of the already relegated sides. He could be a very shrewd option as budget-friendly differential fifth midfielder for any squad.

Our second differential pick is a major one, both in terms of name and differential value. Much unlike what we had gotten used to from him over the past years, Sadio Mané (£11.7m) has had a relatively quiet 2020-21 campaign. Still, for a player of his quality, that means that he currently has 9 goals and 10 assists to his name. Acceptable tallies, but we know that he can do much better. In any case, with Diogo Jota out for the rest of the season, Mané will get the chance to work on his stats against Burnley and Crystal Palace, and help Liverpool to a Champions League spot in the process. His current ownership of just 5.9% makes him a differential with a enormously high ceiling over the coming games.

The captaincy

Based on goal-scoring form, fixtures, and the fact that Liverpool are still fighting for a Champions League spot while Salah is tied with Harry Kane atop the top scorer’s chart, we’re putting the captain’s armband on the Egyptian superstar’s upper arm. Upcoming opponents Burnley shipped a surprising 4 goals at their own ground against Leeds over the weekend, which does not bode well for the Clarets defence when Liverpool drop by on Wednesday.
Salah’s main rival for the armband this round will be Bruno Fernandes, whose Manchester United side are hosting Fulham on Tuesday. Mason Greenwood and Edinson Cavani are interesting differential picks for the captaincy. The same goes for Michail Antonio away against West Brom, Dominic Calvert-Lewin at home versus Wolves, and mega differential captaincy pick Joe Willock.

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FPL Season 2020-21: Gameweek 36 preview

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

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

BLANK GW36
Arsenal
Chelsea
Leicester
Manchester United

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

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

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

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


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

Premium pick

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

Non-premium picks

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

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

The budget enabler

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

A differential pick or two

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

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

The captaincy

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

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

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FPL Season 2020-21: Gameweek 35 preview

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Premium pick

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

Non-premium picks

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

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

The budget enabler

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

A differential pick or two

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

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

The captaincy

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

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FPL Season 2020-21: Gameweek 34 preview

“Derby time at Old Trafford on Sunday” (CC by 1.0). Image by Ank Kumar.

We’re currently moving through the business end of the 2020-21 Premier League campaign at lightning speed, with gameweek 34 kicking off on Friday evening once again. GW33 wasn’t a particularly outstanding round for many managers, with an average of 36 points. Of course, popular FPL fantasy assets like Harry Kane, Heung-Min Son and Kevin de Bruyne had a blank gameweek, but plenty of other much-selected players with a game blanked as well. The heavily owned likes of Bruno Fernandes, Jesse Lingard and Patrick Bamford failed to record any attacking returns, for example, while the top three of last week’s highest-scoring players features hattrick hero Chris Wood (20, owned by 2.5%), ‘man on fire’ Kelechi Iheanacho (12, owned by 22.8%) and Chelsea left-back Ben Chilwell (12, owned by 13.5%).

With just five gameweeks to go now until the end of the season, GW34 is going to be an interesting one. The eye catcher of the weekend is obviously the clash between traditional arch rivals Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon, though the West London derby between Chelsea and Fulham at Stamford Bridge a day earlier could give fireworks as well. From a purely FPL point of view, managers will be eyeing Spurs’ home encounter with relegated Sheffield United and Leicester’s visit to Southampton on Friday, while Palace vs Man City, Brighton vs Leeds and Burnley against West Ham have potential for serious FPL joy as well.

In any case, don’t forget, the deadline for gameweek 34 is set at 18h30 (UK time) on Friday, April 30th.

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

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


TRANSFERS OUTTRANSFERS INPOSSIBLE REASONS
GKMartinez (AST), Patricio (WOL), McCarthy (SOU)Meslier (LEE), Mendy (CHE), Ederson (CIT)
DEFStones (CIT), Cresswell (WHU), Keane (EVE)Dallas (LEE), Chilwell (CHE), Dias (CIT)Red card Stones, injury worries for Cresswell and Keane
MIDFernandes (UTD), Jota (LIV), Raphinha (LEE)Son (TOT), Pereira (WBA), Lingard (WHU)Fernandes form, Raphinha injury, Son fixtures, Lingard form
FORWatkins (AST), Vardy (LEI), Lacazette (ARS), Bamford (LEE)Iheanacho (LEI), Kane (TOT), Wood (BUR)Form of the incoming forwards, Lacazette injury

Premium pick

In gameweek 33, Harry Kane (£11.8m) became the single player to collect the most triple captain armbands in one round, in great part thanks to his double gameweek against Everton (away) and Southampton (home). With a brace versus Everton and a total of 12 FPL points, his start to GW33 was delightful, but an unfortunate ankle injury at the very end of the game made him miss the encounter with Southampton. A missed opportunity for the triple captainers, but still a decent haul. Up next are Sheffield United for the official game’s second-highest points scorer (218 FPL points) and with the Englishman back to fitness and currently owned by 45.1% of FPL managers, he will likely be amongst the most popular premium picks again this weekend. Kane has an incredible 21 goals and 13 assists to his name already, while the Blades have officially been relegated and boast one of the league’s leakiest defences. Looks like a bit of a no-brainer.

Non-premium picks

The stars of form and fixtures seem to be aligning for Jesse Lingard (£6.6m) this weekend, as the West Ham star is facing Burnley at Turf Moor this weekend. In truth, no away game at Burnley is ever a walk-over, especially not with the Clarets coming off a resounding 0-4 away victory over Wolves, but we can see this West Ham side coming away with a good result here. The Hammers are in the midst of a tense race for a Champions League spot for next season and as far Lingard himself is concerned, the Manchester United loanee is on fire. He got his first Premier League minutes of the season back in GW22, on his debut for West Ham, and has not looked back since. J-Lingz currently has 9 goals and 4 assists to his name for an average of no less than 7,5 FPL points per game as he quickly became the focal point of West Ham’s attacking moves and penalties. With games against Brighton, West Brom and Southampton still on the calendar after coming weekend’s encounter with Burnley, he could be a good signing until the end of the season.

After a returns drought of five gameweeks, Richarlison (£7.8m) got himself back into the points again last week with a lucky assist and 5 FPL points versus Arsenal, courtesy of a Bernd Leno howler. The fixture calendar looks quite favourable for Everton from now until the end of the season, with home games against Villa, Sheffield United and Wolves still to come in the final weeks of the season. What’s more, as one of four team’s so far, the Toffees look to have a double gameweek in 35, where they will play West Ham and Aston Villa away from home, and no blank in gameweek 36. First up are Aston Villa at the London Stadium though, which means a match between two sides still very much in the fight for a European ticket. Like Lingard earlier, Richarlison could be a set-and-forget signing for what’s left of the 2020-21 campaign.

The budget enabler

Since gameweek 26, Kelechi Iheanacho (£6.2m) has scored 9 goals and provided 1 assist for a total of 68 FPL points. What’s more, he has recorded three double-digit hauls in his last five outings, more than any other player in the official game over that same period. We featured him in our budget enabler section last week as well, but the Nigerian striker is in such form that we simply can’t ignore him for the coming weekend. At his current price of just £6.2m, he is an absolute steal and he has at least two favourable fixtures coming up next. This weekend, it’s a visit to Saint Mary’s followed by a home game against Newcastle in gameweek 35 (and possibly an away game against Man United if Leicester end up getting a double gameweek). Right now, Iheanacho is as nailed-on in Brendan Rodgers’ starting eleven as they come and the Foxes are still fighting to secure Champions League football next season, so he should definitely be on your watchlists, at least.

A differential pick or two

Under Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea have rapidly become an organised, hard-to-beat unit and despite the German coach’ tendency to rotate (especially now that the Blues are on the verge of the Champions League final), their roster features a few interesting FPL targets. One of them is central defender Antonio Rüdiger (£4.7m) who is a fixed started under Tuchel, but who seems to have gone somewhat under the FPL radar so far. Despite a rather good 10 clean sheets from his last 14 league starts, the German defender is still in just 6.6% of FPL teams. On top of that, his price tag is more than acceptable still. On Saturday, Chelsea are hosting almost-relegated West London rivals Fulham, who boast the least effective attack in the league after Sheffield United. This should be good news for Chelsea and makes Rüdiger into a nice differential for this weekend.

Our second differential fantasy pick for gameweek 34 is one who could provide considerable differential value over the short term. Eddie Nketiah (£5.3m) is currently owned by just 0.6% of FPL managers and he might be the only fit first-team striker for the Gunners when they visit Newcastle on Sunday. As the moment of writing, both Lacazette and Aubameyang are flagged in the official game, so we do advise to keep an eye on development in that area, seeing as Nketiah could be a very shrewd investment for your team in case the previously named duo’s absence is confirmed for the coming weekend as well. He scored against Fulham back in GW32 but blanked in the 73 minutes of playing time he got last weekend, so hopefully he’s found his scoring boots again for the clash with the Magpies.

The captaincy

With Harry Kane back to fitness and raring to secure the 2020-21 Premier League Golden Boot, and with Spurs in the middle of an intense battle for a top-four finish, we did not have to ponder too long about putting the GW34 captain’s armband on the English forward’s arm for gameweek 34. On top of that, Tottenham are hosting relegated Sheffield United on Sunday and despite the Blades having just booked their first victory since gameweek 26 by beating Brighton 1-0 in GW32, we’re betting on Kane to make the difference here.

He is, of course, not the only fantasy asset with haul potential in the Premier League this weekend. His team mate Heung-Min Son is obviously a very good alternative, while the Jamie Vardy and the on-fire Kelechi Ihaenacho look promising as well for their visit to Saint Mary’s this Friday. If you manage to guess the starting eleven in between two Champions League semi-finals, a Man City player against Palace at Selhurst Park could pay off handsomely. The same goes, to a certain extent, for Chelsea’s players and their home game against Fulham on Sunday. For the more risk-prone FPL managers amongst us, captaining Jesse Lingard versus Burnley or Richarlison against Aston Villa could see you soar up the ranks as well.

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FPL Season 2020-21: Gameweek 33 Preview

“On Saturday, West Ham are hosting Chelsea for what could be the banger of the weekend” (CC by 2.0). Image by @cfcunofficial.

After the small double gameweek last round, we now need to deal with a mini blank gameweek. Four teams are blanking in GW33, including two sides with plenty of popular fantasy assets, namely Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur. This means that popular picks like Harry Kane (current ownership: 50.9%), Heung-Min Son (48%), Ilkay Gündogan (25.8%) and Ruben Dias (24.1%) will not be featuring this weekend. The other two sides blanking this weekend are Southampton and Fulham, but we expect that the impact of their absence on the FPL community will be relatively limited.

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Enough with the teams not playing though, because this round also offers us more than a few interesting fixtures, at least from an FPL manager’s point of view. Liverpool and Leicester both have home games against Newcastle and Crystal Palace, respectively, while Manchester United are travelling to Elland Road for what could easily end up being a goal bonanza. Wolves and Villa are facing pretty favourable opposition as well, at home against Burnley and West Brom, respectively, while Arsenal versus Everton on Friday and West Ham hosting Chelsea on Sunday are, on paper, the biggest encounters of the weekend.

In any case, don’t forget, the deadline for gameweek 33 is set at 18h30 (UK time) on Friday, April 23rd.

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

Most transferred in/transferred out players (as per April 21st, 2021)


TRANSFERS OUTTRANSFERS INPOSSIBLE REASONS
GKPope (BUR), Lloris (TOT), Ederson (CIT)Martinez (AST), Patricio (WOL), Schmeichel (LEI)
DEFCresswell (WHU), Stones (CIT), Cancelo (CIT)Alexander-Arnold (LIV), Dallas (LEE), Dunk (BRI)City blanks, Cresswell injured, TAA form
MIDSon (TOT), Gündogan (CIT), De Bruyne (CIT)Lingard (WHU), Salah (LIV), Greenwood (UTD)City and Spurs blank in GW33
FORCalvert-Lewin (EVE), Kane (TOT), Antonio (WHU)Iheanacho (LEI), Watkins (AST), Vardy (LEI)All transferred-out players are or could be injured, Iheanacho form

Premium pick

With Spurs and City absent from this gameweek, we’re expecting Mo Salah (£12.5m) to be amongst the most popular premium fantasy picks. Actually, even if Spurs and City would play this round, Liverpool’s Egyptian talisman would still be amongst the top picks for their home game against Newcastle. The Reds still have everything to play as they are currently in sixth place, two points off fourth place and another season of Champions League season. In that light, the late draw with Leeds in GW32 was a downer for Jurgen Klopp’s men and they’ll be raring to make up for it. Salah featured only as a 71st minute sub and could not make the difference in twenty minutes. He did score in the two prior gameweeks and we honestly don’t think that he will be missing many more minutes of Liverpool’s favourable season run-in from now on. On top of that, he is after the Premier League Golden Boot as well, so a defence as leaky as Newcastle’s looks like a perfect match for a rested Mo.

Non-premium picks

When it comes to Edinson Cavani (£7.9m), you will simply need to expect that he is somehow still subject to rotation under Ole Gunnar Solskjear, despite only star man Bruno Fernandes and club icon Marcus Rashford scoring more than his current 8 goals (and 3 assists). The Uruguayan forward found the net in both GW31 and GW32, against Spurs and Burnley respectively, and will undoubtedly be looking forward to facing Leeds at Elland Road on Sunday. The Whites have already conceded 50 goals this season and even though their 1-1 draw against Liverpool this week shows that they are no push-overs by any stretch, this game has all the makings of a goal fest. Remember back in GW14, when an unchained Man United side smashed Leeds 6-2? We’re hoping for a similar scoreline, but this time with Cavani at the middle of it.

By following that same train of thought, we figured that it could be smart to include a second Red Devil in our fantasy picks for gameweek 33 as well. Looking at the recent performances of the non-premium fantasy assets on the United roster (meaning, with a price of less than £9.5m), it’s pretty hard to not highlight Mason Greenwood (£7.1m) at the moment. The English youngster is going through a bit of a purple patch since gameweek 30, scoring 4 goals and providing 1 assist in his last three outings for a total of 32 FPL points. It’s hard to imagine him being dropped from the starting eleven in this kind of form, so he is more than worth considering for United’s game at Elland Road coming weekend.

The budget enabler

Back in the build-up to gameweek 31, Kelechi Iheanacho (£6.1m) was still priced at just £5.8m, but his fantasy football popularity and therefore his price tag have grown considerably since then. That’s not so surprising, of course, considering that the Leicester striker has scored 7 goals in his last six Premier League games, as well as the only and therefore winning goal in the FA semi-final against Southampton this week. Even at his current price, Iheanacho is still an incredible bargain, especially when looking at the medium-term schedule for the Foxes. They are hosting Palace this weekend before travelling to Southampton and then playing home versus Newcastle, all of which are games in which Leicester are expected to have the upper hand. This looks good for the in-form Iheanacho, because at the same time, Palace are currently ranking amongst the bottom-five teams in the league when it comes to most of the important defensive indicators, including shots conceded, shots on target conceded and big chances conceded. Why would the Nigerian attacker not be in your team by now?

A differential pick or two

With Harvey Barnes out injured, the Leicester midfield does not offer too many high-ceiling fantasy options for FPL managers this season, which is why the return to fitness (after sitting out a minor disciplinary measure) of James Maddison (£7.2m) is good news. The talented Englishman (current ownership: 5.9%) has not really had the best of season, in part due to ongoing injury niggles, but he has still notched 8 goals and 7 assists so far, from just 18 league starts. Those are more than decent stats and with the upcoming schedule looking so kind to Leicester (Crystal Palace home this weekend, then Southampton away and Newcastle home), Maddison looks like a fantasy pick with potential. We expect him to slot right back into Brendan Rodgers’ starting eleven to provide the front two with ammunition as the most advanced midfielder. The Foxes are smack in the middle of the battle for the Champions League spots and they have just qualified for the FA Cup final as well, so we reckon Rodgers and everything Leicester around the world will be delighted to have Maddison back.

It’s true that the Wolverhampton Wanderers are not having their best season since returning to the Premier League, which explains why none of their players boast an FPL ownership of more than 7.3%. While they don’t offer much from an attacking point of view, there is value to be found in their defence. In their last five league games, Nuno Espirito Santo’s men recorded 3 clean sheets, and the next three games are Burnley at home, West Brom at the Hawthornes and Brighton at home. In other words, a Wolves defender does not look like such a silly investment at the moment, which is why we have included Conor Coady (£4.9m) in our fantasy picks for GW33. The English central defender is a mainstay in the Wolves defence, whether they play with a back-four or a back-five, which is why he is our Wolf of choice. His single goal so far this campaign shows that we should not expect too much attacking spectacle from him, but more clean sheets could definitely be on the way.

The captaincy

Gameweek 33 is presenting us with more than a few very good to decent options for the captain’s armband. We have gone with Mo Salah this week as Liverpool host Newcastle, seeing as the Reds are heavy favourites here and Salah is leading the Golden Boot race at the moment. We know that Jurgen Klopp’s men have been maddeningly inconsistent this season, but amongst all the chaos and disappointment, Mo has still managed 19 goals and 4 assists in the league alone so far.

For those not sure of our captaincy decision, Bruno Fernandes provides a practically equal alternative. United’s Portuguese playmaker is facing leaky Leeds and is on penalties as well. His team mates Edinson Cavani, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford could be good shouts as well. At Leicester, Iheanacho is a prime candidate, while Jamie Vardy should never be written off. In terms of riskier fantasy picks, putting the armband on Nelson Semedo against Burnley, Leandro Trossard against Sheffield United, or Ollie Watkins against West Brom could pay off handsomely as well.

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FPL Season 2020-21: Gameweek 32 preview

“Are we in for a goal fest at Elland Road this coming Monday?” (Part of the public domain). Image by John Tillyard.

Gameweek 31 was once again a playground for the lesser owned fantasy assets, as many budget and mid-priced players recorded big hauls last weekend. The official Team of the Week features six players with an ownership below 2.5% and only two assets owned by more than 24% of FPL managers. The player with the highest ownership in this team though, Stuart Dallas, did crown himself Player of the Week with 17 FPL points, courtesy of a brace against Manchester City. Following him are West Brom’s Sam Johnstone and Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic with 15 FPL points each, and the on-fire Jesse Lingard with 14 FPL points.

Talk of the town for gameweek 32 is obviously Spurs’ double gameweek, as this is going to have a major impact on transfer and captaincy decision in the build-up to Friday’s deadline. José Mourinho’s men are first visiting Everton before hosting Southampton and with neither opponent being in scintillating form at the moment, many an FPL manager’s eye will be on Kane, Son and friends. Apart from the the Spurs double, the upcoming stretched gameweek offers a few other appealing fixtures as well, including West Ham rolling up to Saint James’ Park, Man United hosting Burnley, and Leeds and Liverpool squaring off at Elland Road.

In any case, don’t forget, the deadline for gameweek 32 is set at 18h30 (UK time) on Friday, April 16th..

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

Most transferred in/transferred out players (as per April 7th, 2021)


TRANSFERS OUTTRANSFERS INPOSSIBLE REASONS
GKPope (BUR), Martinez (AST), McCarthy (SOU)Lloris (TOT), Patricio (WOL), Mendy (CHE)Spurs DGW, Wolves fixtures
DEFCresswell (WHU), Cancelo (CIT), Dias (CIT)Dallas (LEE), Alexander-Arnold (LIV), Reguilón (TOT)Spurs DGW, TAA form, Liverpool eliminated from CL
MIDGündogan (CIT), Neto (WOL), Raphinha (LEE)Lingard (WHU), Son (TOT), Mount (CHE)Spurs DGW, Lingard and Mount form, Neto injury
FORCalvert-Lewin (EVE), Antonio (WHU), Bamford (LEE)Iheanacho (LEI), Kane (TOT), Lacazette (ARS)Spurs DGW, form of incoming transfers

Premium pick

His form has been more or less consistently high throughout the season, so when the fixtures line up as well, Harry Kane (£11.7m) automatically becomes a fantasy asset of major interest. This week, his Spurs side are the only side to have a double fixture, consisting of an away game at Goodison Park followed by a home game versus Southampton. With 19 goals and 13 assists so far, Kane has been directly involved in no less than 62% of Tottenham’s goals, a league high. It’s not hard to imagine the England man netting against both of these teams. Everton have taken 2 points from their last 4 games, conceding 6 times in the process, while over that same period, the Saints got 3 points and conceded a worrying 12 goals.

Non-premium picks

This season more than ever, it’s difficult to speak about Kane without mentioning his team mate and partner up front Heung-Min Son (£9.4m). After a relatively dry period in terms of FPL points since his goal back in GW23, the Korean forward got himself on the score sheet again last weekend against Manchester United. He is now up against Everton and Southampton, which could bode very well for the roughly 45% of FPL managers currently owning him. They’ll be hoping that Son can build on his 14 goals and 9 assists against two sides that have been far from their best of late. Is a tenth double-digit haul of the season on the way for the Spurs’ Korean superstar?

At this moment, there are probably few fantasy assets offering a better price-potential ratio than Liverpool’s Diogo Jota. At a price of just £7.0m, the Portuguese forward offers a cut-price way into Jurgen Klopp’s attack. It’s true that the Reds are not having the best of seasons, but remember that Wednesday night’s Champions League elimination versus Real Madrid could be a positive thing for FPL managers. Liverpool have just the Premier League to focus on now (currently placed 6th just 3 points from top 4 qualification) and at the same time, they have one of the kindest fixture runs until the end of the season. The scene seems set for a strong and positive end to the 2020-21 campaign, and we expect Jota, who scored 3 goals in his last three games, to play an important role in the process.

The budget enabler

We just wrote that Jota’s price-potential ratio is almost unbeatable at the moment, but if there is one player who might offer an even better ratio, it’s Kelechi Iheanacho (£6.0m). Since conquering a spot in Brendan Rodgers’ starting eleven back in GW26, the Leicester striker has scored an incredible 7 goals and recorded an impressive 52 FPL points. His impact has been such, in fact, that the Foxes have even adjusted their tactics to accommodate Nacho’s inclusion in the starting lineup, from a single-striker setup with Jamie Vardy up top to a striker duo. Up next for Leicester are West Brom, who rank bottom for most of the key defensive indicators, including conceded goal, conceded shots on target and conceded big chances. Let’s see if Iheanacho can keep up his recent 10-point-per-game average at home against the Baggies.

A differential pick or two

It seems like, at any point during the season, there are always a few players who fly under the FPL radar, no matter how well they perform. Take Alexandre Lacazette (£8.3m), for example. The Frenchman has scored 5 goals and provided 1 assist over the past six league games for a total of 43 FPL points, but is still owned by just 8.2% of all FPL managers. On top of that, Arsenal are hosting Fulham on Sunday. While the Cottagers could turn out to be a tougher nut to crack for Arsenal than they hoped, Lacazette currently looks like the player most likely to score in this encounter. With Everton (home), Newcastle (away) and West Brom (home) after that, he could even be a good shout for the medium to long-term.

We’re finishing gameweek 31’s round of fantasy picks with a real differential, as Adama Traoré (£6.0m) is currently in just 5.2% of FPL squads. That’s not such a surprising number when you consider that his GW30 stoppage time winner against Fulham was his first goal in 49 Premier League outings. However, the Spanish winger might well have found a bit of form, seeing as he has scored a goal and provided an assist over the past 2 games. Up next are Sheffield United, which looks like a perfect opportunity for Traoré to make it three consecutive games with attacking returns. The Wolves will have to make do without Raul Jimenez, Pedro Neto and Ruben Neves for their attacking ideas, so it could end up being a low-scoring affair at Molineux, but a punt on their Spanish bulldozer could pay off more than handsomely.

The captaincy

Considering the fixtures in gameweek 32, we figured the mainstream captaincy battle will be between Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son, and we have gone with the former. As mentioned earlier, Spurs have two games this round and both look winnable. Neither Everton nor Southampton are flying at the moment and their defences will likely have a lot of trouble dealing with Tottenham’s attacking block. Though Son is an excellent choice as well, we have gone with Kane, who is his side’s star player, on penalties and on plenty of free kicks as well for the captaincy in GW32.

If you’re not convinced by Spurs’ double gameweek or don’t feel confident bringing in players who will blank in GW33, you have more than a few good alternatives at your disposal. Bruno Fernandes at home against Burnley looks like a safe pick, while Salah or Jota away against Leeds could result in major hauls as well. In the round’s last game, Leicester are hosting West Brom, which brings the likes of Jamie Vardy and Kelechi Iheanacho in the picture. For a daring punt, Jesse Lingard away against Newcastle looks like a stand-out option.

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