FPL Season 2021/22: Gameweek 15 preview

Gameweek 14 was a tale of two halves, so to say. Up until the Merseyside Derby at Goodison Park on Wednesday evening, it had been a relatively low-scoring week. Amongst the reasons were West Ham’s 1-1 draw at Brighton, but also the fact that neither Chelsea (away against Watford) nor Man City (away at Villa) managed to keep the clean sheets that, let’s be honest, many of us expected. In all fairness, Liverpool didn’t keep a clean sheet on Wednesday night either, but the 72.8%-owned Salah bagged a brace to boost the gameweek’s average score, as per usual this season.

At that point, the round’s average was around 40 FPL points, so with just two more games to go on Thursday, it looked like it was going to be an average gameweek in terms of points. Spurs and Manchester United in particular had other ideas, though. By the time the final whistle was blown late last night, the 20-something percent-owned Heung-Min Son had scored a goal, his team mate Sergio Reguilón (15.6% ownership) boasted a clean sheet plus an assist, Cristiano Ronaldo netted a brace, and Bruno Fernandes (who is still in 16.5% of all teams) scored as well, while Emile Smith Rowe bagged the opener against United. The end result? A week average of 58 FPL points. Not bad for a regular Thursday night.

Don’t forget, the deadline for gameweek 15 is set at 11h00 (UK time) on Saturday, December 4th.

Most transferred in/transferred out players (as per December 3rd, 2021)


TRANSFERS OUTTRANSFERS INPOSSIBLE REASONS
GKFoster (WAT), Schmeichel (LEI), Mendy (CHE)Ramsdale (ARS), De Gea (MUN), Mendy (CHE)
DEFJames (CHE), Cresswell (WHU), Chilwell (CHE)Reguilón (TOT), Cancelo (MCI), Rüdiger (CHE)Chilwell serious injury, James and Cresswell injury doubts
MIDGallagher (CRY), Benrahma (WHU), Foden (MCI)Jota (LIV), Bernardo (MCI), Smith Rowe (ARS)Form of transferred-in players, Benrahma lack of returns
FORAntonio (WHU), Jimenez (WOL), Hwang (WOL)Dennis (WAT), Ronaldo (MUN), Watkins (AST)Antonio lack of returns, Wolves fixtures, Ronaldo brace v Arsenal

Premium pick

Mo Salah (£13.0m), 14 gameweeks into the 2021/22 Premier League season:

Mo Salah 1st 14 GWs FPL scores!

Captain. Next.

Non-premium pick

Prior to the injury that has kept him out of Premier League action since the last international break a few weeks ago, Phil Foden (£8.1m) was one of the FPL’s hottest commodities. He recorded 3 goals, 2 assists and a total of 40 FPL points from seven consecutive league starts, which is not bad at all. Perhaps even more significant than his returns though, is the fact that Foden looked like he had all but nailed down a berth in Pep Guardiola’s starting eleven, which is no small feat under any circumstance. Add to that his affordable price tag and it becomes a bit baffling that his ownership sits at just 7.1%, despite his recent injury niggles. Out of sight, out of mind has never been more applicable to the community, and that creates opportunity for the attentive few. Foden was an unused substitute for the Cityzens against Aston Villa earlier this week, so we’re expecting him completely fit and ready for Saturday evening’s game at Vicarage Road, especially with Kevin de Bruyne, Ferran Torres and Ilkay Gundogan currently flagged in the official game. Don’t let a few weeks of absence fool or dishearten you, City’s wonder boy is the real deal.

The budget enabler

The top three midfielders so far this season consists exclusively of Liverpool players, with Salah leading the pack, followed by Sadio Mané and Diogo Jota. That’s not so surprising, considering Liverpool are the most attacking team in the league. What is surprising though, is the fact that the top five midfielders are completed by two incredible budget enablers, Connor Gallagher and Arsenal’s Emile Smith Rowe (£6.0m). Both are excellent options for your squad, but we’ve chosen to highlight ESR this time. The young Gunner recorded a very decent 8 FPL points during the visit to Old Trafford in gameweek 14, courtesy of scoring the game’s opening goal, bringing him to a total of 5 goals and 2 assists this season. Those are impressive numbers for a budget midfielder who is nailed-on as part of his manager’s starting eleven and with five of those attacking returns coming over the last six league games, ESR clearly has form on his side. As Arsenal now embark on a relatively good run of fixtures, maybe you shouldn’t risk missing out on the official game’s golden budget-enabler.

The differential

If your squad is one of the roughly 900.000 squads that contains Harry Kane (£12.3m) right now, then this is probably the moment you have been waiting for. The England forward has been utterly disappointing so far this season with just a single goal and a single assist to his name from eleven league starts, so the most likely scenario, if you own him at the moment, is that you brought him in a few gameweeks ago to take advantage of Tottenham’s kind run of fixtures. That plan has all but backfired by now, as games against Everton (away), Leeds and Brentford (both at home) resulted in nothing, while this week’s visit to Turf Moor was postponed by Mother Nature. In other words, this coming Sunday’s home game against Norwich is looking like a last chance for Tottenham’s Very Own to salvage something and avoid massive sales of his virtual FPL alter ego. The Canaries have shown definite signs of improvement of late under new coach Dean Smith, but they also boast the league’s worst defensive record with 28 goals conceded. The ball’s in your court, Harold.

The (vice-)captaincy

We already revealed our captain of choice for gameweek 15 in our premium fantasy pick segment and it’s no surprise. Salah is not up against the easiest or leakiest of opponents when Liverpool roll up to Molineux on Saturday afternoon, but there’s no going around the Egyptian Golden Ball candidate at the moment.

Still, you can try and gameweek 15 offers a few interesting alternatives if you’re willing to. Fixture-wise, Heung-Min Son and Harry Kane stand out for their home game against Norwich, as do Manchester City’s assets as they prepare for a visit to Watford. Manchester United hosting Crystal Palace could see a few managers take a punt on Ronaldo after his two goals against Arsenal yesterday, while the real risk-takers might opt for Raphinha at home to Brentford or even Burnley’s Maxwell Cornet away against Newcastle.

FPL Season 2021/22: Gameweek 14 preview

A decent average of 44 FPL points in gameweek 13 has kicked off a period of extreme fixture congestion, with two more gameweek deadlines to be dealt with this week alone. Less than 36 hours will be between the final whistle of GW14 on Thursday night and the starting whistle of GW15’s opening game on Saturday. This means an action-packed week of FPL fun and desperation, and the start of a potentially unprecedented period of fatigue, fitness doubts and rotation for FPL managers, especially if Mother Nature continues to throw match-stopping blizzards into the mix.

Looking at the gameweek at hand, we seem to be dealing with an interesting set of fixtures. From a fantasy manager’s point of view, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City’s away games look appealing, against Watford, Everton and Villa respectively. Spurs hosting Brentford is as a fixture to consider, while there could be fantasy joy in Crystal Palace’s visit to Leeds as well.

Don’t forget, the deadline for gameweek 14 is set at 18h00 (UK time) on Tuesday, November 30th.

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


TRANSFERS OUTTRANSFERS INPOSSIBLE REASONS
GKMartinez (AST), Schmeichel (LEI), Raya (BRE)Ramsdale (ARS), Mendy (CHE), Sá (WOL)
DEFChilwell (CHE), Duffy (BRI), Tsimikas (LIV)James (CHE), Alexander-Arnold (LIV), Cancelo (MCI)Form of the transferred-in defenders, Chilwell injury
MIDFoden (MCI), Sarr (WAT), Benrahma (WHU)Jota (LIV), Gallagher (CRY), Bernardo (MCI)Foden injury doubt, Jota and Gallagher goal-scoring form
FORRonaldo (MUN), Antonio (WHU), Aubameyang (ARS)Vardy (LEI), Dennis (WAT), Saint-Maximim (NEW)Vardy brace in GW13, Ronaldo sub against Chelsea, Antonio lack of returns

Premium pick

It’s hard not to mention Mo Salah here, as the Egyptian made it 20 attacking returns from 13 league starts this weekend when he provided the assist for Jota’s second goal. Still, with Spurs hosting Brentford on Thursday, this feels like a good opportunity to highlight another premium fantasy asset for once, though there really isn’t much to write home about when it comes to Harry Kane (£12.3m) so far this season. He’s scored just the one goal and he’s only given a single assist on top of that, so this is definitely a fixture-over-form kind of pick. It was a shame that Spurs’ visit to Burnley was cut short due to the snowy conditions at Turf Moor, as it would have given us a much better idea of the direction in which new manager Antonio Conte has his team moving in terms of tactics and form, but we’ll now have to wait for that until this Thursday evening. The home encounter with Brentford should be a good opportunity for both Spurs and Kane to show the world that they’re improving and still in it particularly with Spurs having had a rest in GW13 unlike Brentford who had a hard-fought win against Everton on Sunday.

Non-premium pick

Not very often do we highlight a defender as a stand-out non-premium fantasy pick of the week, but with Ben Chilwell out injured for the foreseeable future and with Chelsea playing away at Watford on Wednesday, Marcos Alonso (£5.6m) could bring joy at both ends of the pitch. In seven league starts so far this season, the Spanish wing-back collected 4 clean sheets, 1 goal and 1 assist, and he looks set for a consistent run of starts over the busy coming period. Watford rank amongst the bottom-three teams in the league for both expected goals conceded and actual goals conceded, while most of their underlying attacking stats place them somewhere along the bottom-half of the table. Chelsea will want to make up for losing two points against Manchester United over the weekend and we feel that Alonso has the potential to benefit enormously from that, partly as he’s taking corners.

The budget enabler

We wrote earlier that Norwich have not been terrible of late and we’re confirming that statement by highlighting the considerable budget-enabling qualities of Brandon Williams (£3.9m). That’s right, a Norwich defender. Rather quietly, the Canaries have collected nine points from their last seven games, which has actually lifted them out of last place and into their current joint-18th position. They have also booked 3 clean sheets over that run, including the shut-out versus Wolves at home from last weekend. Manchester United loanee Williams got 7 FPL points from that encounter, courtesy of a clean sheet plus a bonus point while carrying a price tag of just 3.9m. The lowest of any starting player in the official game right now. It’s true that Norwich will struggle to this season’s very end, but Williams could be a useful fifth defender in your squad, especially with an interesting game against Newcastle at Saint James Park coming up next.

The differential

Callum Wilson (£7.3m) has not scored or assisted since hitting the back of the net in two consecutive gameweeks in GW8 and GW9, but with two home games against Norwich and Burnley up next, we feel he could be a good option for the short term. What adds to his appeal, is that he is currently owned by just 3.2% of managers, making him a serious differential asset. Newcastle’s opponents on Tuesday, Norwich, are ranked 19th in the entire league for both goals conceded (17) and expected goals conceded (24), and a poacher like Wilson can take advantage of the situation. On top of that, the former Bournemouth man is also on penalty duties for the Toon, which adds to his appeal. Considering the current scarcity of decent forward options in the official game, Wilson could be the differential you’re looking for without breaking the bank.

For more GW14 FPL transfer options, see what fiso forum members are considering.

The (vice-)captaincy

As you know by now, our advice is to stick with Mo Salah as your captain until further notice. The Liverpool talisman has been extraordinary again this season and there is just no arguing with a player who has accrued a ridiculous 131 FPL points after 13 rounds. That’s just over 10 FPL points on average.

Still, for those of us looking to mix it up, gameweek 14 offers a few more than decent alternatives to Salah. Lukaku, Alonso or James for Chelsea at Watford? Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son at home against Brentford also come to mind, as do a few Manchester City assets as they prepare for a visit to Villa Park. The question is, as always, who will start for the Cityzens? Jota is in very good form at the moment and could be a good choice for the captaincy. The likes of Raul Jimenez at home versus Burnley, Jamie Vardy away at Saint Mary’s where Southampton have lost two on the bounce, and Callum Wilson at home to Norwich can pay off handsomely as well.

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FPL Season 2021/22: Gameweek 13 preview

Gameweek 12 was another good one for the differentials, apart from in defence, where the popular premiums delivered nicely. Last weekend’s Team of the Week contained a five-men defence made up of the weekend’s two highest-scoring players overall, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Tyrone Mings with 15 FPL points each, with Antonio Rüdiger (14 points), Reece James (12 points) and Joao Cancelo (12 points) completing the backline. Out of the remaining six players, only Watford’s Emmanuel Dennis, who scored a goal and gave 2 assists against Man United, boasted an ownership of more than 4.5%. The Nigerian forward was also the only non-defensive player who scored more than 12 FPL points in GW12.

Looking forward to gameweek 13, Sunday evening jumps out particularly. Before Chelsea host Manchester United for the last encounter of the weekend, fellow title candidates Manchester City will be welcoming high-and-flying West Ham to the Etihad. Uncomfortable games for the Blues and Skyblues, so Liverpool will be hoping to take advantage a day earlier when Southampton roll up to Anfield. As a Fantasy Premier League Manager, that’s probably one of the games you want to aim for this weekend, while Arsenal versus Newcastle, Brentford at home to a weakened Everton, and Leicester against Watford at the King Power could bring fantasy joy as well.

Don’t forget, the deadline for gameweek 13 is set at 11h00 (UK time) on Saturday, November 27th.

Most transferred in/transferred out players (as per November 24th, 2021)


TRANSFERS OUTTRANSFERS INPOSSIBLE REASONS
GKSchmeichel (LEI), Raya (BRE), McCarthy (SOU)Ramsdale (ARS), Mendy (CHE), Foster (WAT)
DEFDias (MCI), Shaw (MUN), Duffy (BRI)James (CHE), Alexander-Arnold (LIV), Cancelo (MCI)Form of the transferred-in defenders, Dias rotation, Shaw injury doubt
MIDBenrahma (WHU), Gray (EVE), Greenwood (MUN)Gallagher (CRY), Smith-Rowe (ARS), Bernardo (MCI)Gallagher and ESR form, Benrahma lack of returns, Gray injury doubt & fixtures
FORAntonio (WHU), Ronaldo (MUN), Vardy (LEI)Jimenez (WOL), Dennis (WAT), Saint-Maximin (NEW)Antonio lack of returns + difficult fixtures, Dennis chasing points, Jimenez vs Norwich

Premium pick

If you regularly read our Fantasy Premier League gameweek previews, you’ll know that we’ve been attempting to add some variation to our premium fantasy pick category. Recommending Mo Salah (£13.0m) every weekend just didn’t really feel like adding value to your weekly decision-making process as a fantasy manager. And while that’s all fine, Salah has just kept on returning. With 4 goals and 3 assists in his last four games, and 11 goals and 8 assists after 12 league games overall, gameweek 2 is still the only round without an attacking return for the Egyptian wizard. He is by far the highest-scoring fantasy asset this season and has so far been offering levels of consistency and reliability that have rarely been witnessed in FPL (‘Thierry Henry esque’). In a weekend in which Chelsea and Manchester City face potentially tricky opposition, Liverpool are playing at home against Southampton. The potential for closing the gaps with both sides is real, the Blues are 4 points ahead in first and the Cityzens 1 point ahead in second place, so we’ve gone with Salah as the stand-out premium fantasy pick for gameweek 13.

Non-premium pick

The FPL enthusiasm surrounding Ivan Toney (£6.7m) was sinking rapidly over the past few months, as the Brentford forward was not delivering on his underlying numbers. Prior to the GW12 encounter with Newcastle at Saint James Park, Toney had not recorded an attacking return for five weeks, but he rewarded the managers who kept faith him by scoring his third goal of the season against the Magpies. A total of 6 FPL points is not earth-shattering, but we’d like to look at it as a good start (on a good run of returns, that is). In order for his goal last Saturday to be just that, he does need to perform again this weekend, against Everton at home this time. The Toffees are going through a difficult period, losing four of their last five league games and conceding a worrying 10 goals in the process. Only Norwich fared worse over that same period. In other words, perhaps an injury-stricken and out-of-shape Everton side is just what Brentford need to deliver on their promising underlying attacking statistics. If it is, expect penalty-taker Toney to be involved.

The budget enabler

Now, with Burnley hosting Antonio Conte’s Spurs this coming Sunday, this pick might not be with hopes of a big haul immediately, but with an eye on the medium and longer term. By scoring his fifth goal of the season last weekend against Crystal Palace, Maxwell Cornet (£6.1m) has become the first Burnley player in Premier League history to score 5 goals in his first six starts for the club. The former Lyon man seems to have hit a serious purple patch of form for his new team and with a decent run of fixtures still to come, there might be more returns on the horizon given the quality of the goals he has scored. After the home game against Spurs, it’s Wolves and Newcastle on the road, followed by West Ham and Watford at home. Apart from that though, Burnley’s current form and sudden accuracy in front of goal mean that even the coming home game against Tottenham could be a source of points for their assets. At a price of just £6.1 and playing as a forward while listed as a budget midfielder by FPL, Cornet looks like a more than appealing budget-enabling pick.

The differential

Think about this for a moment: the fifth-highest scorer in the official game right now is owned by just 4.6% of all managers. That’s right, and that’s not all, because thanks to his 7 goals and 2 assists from 11 league starts, he is also the game’s second-highest-scoring midfielder, outscoring every forward in the game. In other words, Sadio Mané (£12.0m) represents enormous differential value at the moment. The Senegalese winger has quietly been working on his impressive totals in the shadow of his attacking partner on the other wing, Mo Salah. This may also explan why Mané’s ownership is so low, because investment in Salah, which is what just over 72% of the FPL community has currently opted for, reduces the appeal of heavily investing in another attacking Liverpool asset. If you’re looking to close gaps in your mini-leagues though, or if you’re simply feeling like taking a risky punt to try and improve your overall rank, Mané could be a fantastic addition to your squad.

The (vice-)captaincy

Earlier in this article, we highlighted Mo Salah as our stand-out premium fantasy pick for gameweek 13 by some distance, so it’s no surprise that we’re putting the GW13 captain armband on him as well as we suspect will 99% of other teams in the top 10k. Sometimes you just have to keep it simple (and repeat your captaincy choice for weeks on end).

The Egyptian will be the most-captained player again this weekend though, which reduces his relative value as an FPL asset a bit, especially if you’re chasing in your mini-league or just not feeling like following the template. In that case, there is Sadio Mané, while the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Emile Smith-Rowe at home against Newcastle, Salah and Mané’s team mate Jota at Anfield versus Soton, and Raul Jimenez away at Carrow Road look like decent alternatives as well. If you want to take it a step further, Mbeumo and Toney against Everton, Trossard at home versus Leeds and Jamie Vardy at the King Power against Watford might hold some differential captain value as well.

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FPL Season 2021-22: Gameweek 12 preview

It seems like it was just yesterday that we were going through our 37th draft for the 19th time with five minutes to go to the gameweek 1 deadline. A lot has happened since then though, and with the third international break of this season now behind us, what’s probably the biggest period of the FPL year now comes into sight: the Christmas period. Ten gameweeks in about 40 days, combining with the two final rounds of the European group stages over the coming weeks, and the League Cup semi-finals towards the end of December. You better have a decent playing bench at your disposal.


For now though, gameweek 12 and it’s not looking like a straight-forward one. No fixture really stands out from a fantasy point of view, unless you really strongly believe in the “new manager bounce” for what has been a lacklustre Spurs squad this season as they host an equally flat Leeds side. Bar the elevated rotation risk, Manchester City at home to Everton could bring joy as well, while United away at Claudio Ranieri’s Watford would be top of the list had it not been for the away side’s terribly unpredictable form and uninspiring performances of late. Chelsea and Liverpool have their work cut out for them with games against Leicester away and Arsenal at home, respectively.

Don’t forget, the deadline for gameweek 12 is set at 11h00 (UK time) on Saturday, November 20th.

Most transferred in/transferred out players (as per November 18th, 2021)


TRANSFERS OUTTRANSFERS INPOSSIBLE REASONS
GKSanchez (BRI), Raya (BRE), Schmeichel (LEI)McCarthy (SOU), Ramsdale (ARS), Guaita (CRY)Sanchez red card, Raya injury
DEFAlonso (CHE), Shaw (MUN), Azpilicueta (CHE)James (CHE), Cancelo (MCI), Alexander-Arnold (LIV)Alonso and Shaw flagged, form of Cancelo, James and TAA
MIDGray (EVE), Mount (EVE), Grealish (MCI)Gallagher (CRY), Smith-Rowe (ARS), Son (TOT)Everton fixtures, Mount and Grealish flagged, Gallagher and ESR form
FORVardy (LEI), Ings (AST), Toney (BRE)Antonio (WHU), Kane (TOT), Armstrong (SOU)Vardy blanking, Ings flagged, Kane fixtures. Armstrong form

Premium pick

The original plan was to recommend Mo Salah as our premium fantasy pick once again, simply because even against Arsenal at home, he’s the most reliable FPL asset around. At the last moment though, we figured you already know that so we take this opportunity to mention Harry Kane (£12.2m) instead. The Spurs striker is having a bad season so far with just a single goal and a single assist to his name after 10 league games, and his underlying numbers are far from great, but we might just be seeing some light at the end of the tunnel. First, there was the appointment of Antonio Conte for what will hopefully translate to a serious “new manager bounce” for Kane and co as they host Leeds on Sunday. Second, the Spurs forward made the most of the last international break by scoring no less than 7 goals in two games. In all fairness, the opponents in those games were Albania and San Marino, but it’ll surely have done his confidence some good. All we need now is for him to start delivering in the Premier League again as well.

Non-premium pick

While we were going over our candidate non-premium fantasy picks for inclusion in our GW12 FPL preview, we were a bit surprised by Diogo Jota’s (£7.5m) ownership at the time of writing. While 12.8% moves him out of differential territory, it’s still quite low when you consider the current state of Liverpool’s attack, according to FPL, at least. As we’re preparing for gameweek 12, the following attack-minded Reds are flagged: Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mané, Jordan Henderson, Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott. In other words, how is Jota not going to start for Jurgen Klopp’s side when they welcome Arsenal to Anfield on Saturday? It’s not the most favourable of match-ups as the Gunners have been picking up some good form since their horrible start to the 2021-22 campaign, but Liverpool still boast the league’s best attack with 31 goals scored. Jota himself currently sits on 4 goals and 1 assist from nine starts. Arsenal have generally been resilient in defence, except against the division’s elite sides (the 5-0 drubbing at the hands of Man City back in GW3 comes to mind), so we’re hoping for that pattern to continue this weekend.

The budget enabler

You may or may not have noticed, but rather quietly, Southampton have been one of the league’s stand-out performers over the past month or so. The Saints have taken an impressive 10 points from their last four games, scoring 5 goals in the process. Their striker Adam Armstrong (£5.9m), who was brought in from Blackburn Rovers for about £15 million over the summer, has been directly involved in two of those goals in the last two games. In GW10, he provided the assist for the only goal of the game in a 0-1 victory at Vicarage Road and in GW11, he scored the only goal of the game and took home 9 FPL points against Aston Villa at home. The fact that his goal was the result of a thundering strike from outside the area wasn’t much of a surprise, considering that only Michail Antonio has taken more shots than him this season. Up next are a Norwich side under new management, but we’re honestly not sure how much of a difference it will make. It’s true that the Canaries have been OK at times when they were not facing top-6 or top-8 opponents, but they don’t seem to possess sufficient quality to secure Premier League survival. They have conceded a minimum of 2 goals in four of their five league games at Carrow Road this season, which bodes well for an budget-enabling Adam Armstrong in good form.

The differential

Remember when AFC Bournemouth were the FPL gift that just kept on giving? In the 2018-19 season, budget picks like Callum Wilson (£7.3m) and Ryan Fraser were lighting up the league for the Cherries under coach Eddie Howe. Where the former managed 14 goals and 12 assists in 30 games for 168 FPL points, the latter recorded 7 goals and 14 assists for 181 FPL points. Since then, that Bournemouth team has slowly been dismantled, but as fate would have it, the recent appointment of Eddie Howe as Newcastle manager has seen the coach united with his two former star players once again, only this time at Saint James’ Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. While Fraser has yet to make an impact, Wilson has already shown glimpses of his goal-scoring prowess for the Toon. Despite missing several gameweeks due to injury, he has still managed 4 goals so far, and for a struggling team that is. The hope is that the arrival of Howe will blow some new life into the Magpies, just in time for an up-tick in form to coincide with a good run of fixtures, starting with promoted Brentford at home. With that game followed by Arsenal away and then back-to-back home encounters with Norwich and Burnley, Wilson could represent enormous differential value with an ownership of just 2.5% at the moment of writing.

The (vice-)captaincy

Seeing as Mo Salah should be your FPL GW12 captain (don’t argue with 10 goals, 8 assists and 117 FPL points from 11 starts), we’ll continue what we started by instead taking a look at wise vice-captain picks. With so many injuries doubts plaguing the Reds at the moment, it just feels like even more eyes and more hopes will be on the Egyptian wizard, if that’s even possible. From the same roster, Jota could be a good shout as well.

Earlier, we have also mentioned the soon-to-haul(-we-hope) Harry Kane earlier in this gameweek 12 preview, while despite unreliability hitting peak levels at Old Trafford, Cristiano Ronaldo can never be discarded, especially not against a relegation candidate like Watford. More budget-friendly picks include Michail Antonio away at Molineux, Adam Armstrong or Che Adams against Norwich at Carrow Road, or Callum Wilson or Ivan Toney from the encounter between Newcastle and Brentford on Saturday.

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FPL Season 2021/22: Gameweek 11 preview

After a downpour of hauls and the season’s second-highest average score in gameweek 9, gameweek 10 was a completely different experience. With Mo Salah not scoring for once (though he did assist), the FPL differentials took the power once again as Cristiano Ronaldo and Reece James were the only players with an ownership of more than 10% to make it into GW10’s Team of the Week. On the flipside, no less than six of last weekend’s outstanding performers currently still boast an ownership of less than 5% with four of them sitting in less than 2% of all teams. While James recorded the highest score of the week (21 FPL points), courtesy of 2 goals and a clean sheet, the likes of Gabriel (15 points, owned by 1.7%), Matthew Lowton (14 points, owned by 1.7%) and Declan Rice (13 points, owned by 5.1%) provided big as well for the few fortunate managers who own them.

This weekend could end up being another unpredictable and possibly low-scoring affair in terms of FPL. On Saturday, it’s the Manchester derby at Old Trafford at 12:30pm, while on Sunday, Liverpool (at West Ham), Leicester (at Leeds) and Spurs (at Everton) are all up for potentially tricky outings. In terms of the traditional top sides, Chelsea and Arsenal do present interesting fixtures by hosting Burnley and Watford, respectively. The home games of Southampton (vs Aston Villa), Brentford (vs Norwich), Crystal Palace (vs Wolves) and Brighton (vs Newcastle) all look winnable for the home sides (only 2 of the 10 fixtures in GW9 were home wins!), but the results might just as easily go the other way, in our opinion.

Don’t forget, the deadline for gameweek 11 is set at 18h30 (UK time) on Friday, November 5th.

Most transferred in/transferred out players (as per November 5th, 2021)


TRANSFERS OUTTRANSFERS INPOSSIBLE REASONS
GKRaya (BRE), Schmeichel (LEI), Ederson (MCI)Ramsdale (ARS), Mendy (CHE), Sánchez (BRI)
DEFAlonso (CHE), Dias (MCI), Azpilicueta (CHE)James (CHE), Chilwell (CHE), Livramento (SOU)Chelsea defensive rotation
MIDKovacic (CHE), Mount (CHE), Sarr (WAT)Smith-Rowe (ARS), Gallagher (CRY), Son (TOT)Kovacic injury doubt, ESR and Gallagher form, Conte arrival at Spurs
FORIngs (SOU), Lukaku (CHE), Antonio (WHU)Toney (BRE), Hwang & Jimenez (WOL) & Ronaldo (MUN)Ings and Lukaku injury doubts, Toney fixtures, Hwang & Jimenez form

Premium pick

Since Salah failed to score last weekend for the first time since his blank in gameweek 2, we are immediately removing him from our recommendations. He’s over. That’s a joke, of course, the Egyptian provided an assist against Brighton for his 17th return of the season and remains the most reliable FPL asset out there, including for his upcoming away game with West Ham. For the sake of variation though, and because decent form and a good fixture seem to be coinciding for him at the moment, our premium fantasy pick for gameweek 11 is Pierre-Emerick Aubaneyang (£10.0m). The Arsenal forward had a slow start to the season, but seems to be finding his place in Mikel Arteta’s improving squad. He scored 4 goals and gave 1 assist in his last seven games for a total of 37 FPL points or just over 5.5 points per game. Not amazing for a player with his price tag, but definitely not bad either. Up next are Watford at the Emirates, followed by Liverpool away and then Newcastle at home, which looks like a run over which Auba could bring the 5.4% of managers who own him considerable joy.

Non-premium pick

Mason Mount (£7.5m) missed last weekend’s clash with Newcastle at the very last minute due to non-COVID19-related illness, which will have had more than a few fantasy managers fuming, but the English midfielder is set to return this weekend. He had initially travelled with the team to Newcastle, but was then sent home to recover and he was also left out of the mid-week squad that visited Malmö in the Champions League. Mount is a key figure for this Chelsea side and in the absence of Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner, is attacking creativity is much needed. Injury issues have kept his season from really taking off so far, but in the three games that he could start so far this season, he recorded 3 goals and 3 assists. Two of those assists came in gameweeks 1 and 2, while the rest of his returns formed his 24-point mega haul against Norwich in gameweek 9. Even though Burnley are considerably sturdier than the Canaries, especially in defence, this weekend’s game should be three points in the bag for the Blues and the hope is that Mount can contribute to such a result. Keep an eye on Chelsea team news.

The budget enabler

It’s hard to remember the last time we mentioned TWO Arsenal fantasy assets in the same gameweek preview article, but here we are. After highlighting Aubameyang’s potential as a premium pick, we have now come to the budget-enabler category with Emile Smith-Rowe (£5.6m). Over the past two games, the 21-year old midfielder recorded 22 FPL points, courtesy of a goal and an assist against Villa in GW9 followed by a goal at Leicester last weekend. This brought his totals to 3 goals, 2 assists and 49 FPL points from nine starts, which represents incredibly good value when taking his price tag into consideration. ESR ranks amongst the top-two Arsenal assets for several important attacking indicators, including shots in the box, shots on target and big chances creates. This bodes well for him as the Gunners take on Watford at home next. Since Claudio Ranieri took over at Vicarage Road, the Hornets have conceded 8 goals and they still have not managed to keep a clean sheet this Premier League season. Like the case with Auba, this fixture looks juicy for Smith-Rowe, with the added bonus of Newcastle at home in gameweek 13 (after an away game at Anfield).

The differential

Now this is a bit of a punt and with “bit”, we mean that it’s a pretty big gamble when looking at the season so far. Harry Kane (£12.1m) does not only have just 1 goal and 1 assist to his name so far, he also carries a very premium price tag, which is not really a combination of factors you’d favour when looking for new recruits for your FPL squad. The “punt” part of this pick comes from the fact that Tottenham’s away game against Everton will also be Antonio Conte’s first game in charge of Spurs. Very much remains to be seen when it comes to the Italian’s ideas for his new side and his the extent of his arrival’s impact on the club, but Kane looks set to be an integral part of whatever comes next at White Hart Lane. In that sense, the visit to Goodison Park could be a great beginning of a new era, as the Toffees are finding themselves in a bit of a slump at the moment. Rafa Benitez’ men have lost their last three league games and conceded 8 goals over that run, while important figures like Lucas Digne, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Abdelaye Doucouré all remain sidelined with injuries. It might just be the moment to hop aboard the Kane train early (his ownership is at 6.6% at the moment of writing), before it takes off on a very appealing run of fixtures (if you have 2 transfers to use this week and no real need to make one then consider transferring a benched player for a Spurs player due to their fixtures from GW12 and the new-manager bounce factor).

The (vice-)captaincy

Seeing as about 99.9% of FPL managers will again be captaining Mo Salah this weekend for Liverpool’s visit to West Ham, we figured we’d approach our usual captaincy segment a bit differently this time. Instead of focusing on recommendations for the captaincy (Salah, obviously), we’ll take a quick look at some interesting and, most importantly, wise picks for the vice-captaincy. Salah did play 90 minutes in Liverpool’s mid-week victory over Atlético de Madrid, after all.

For those who can afford this type of team structure, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would be a more than decent pick for the vice-captaincy as Arsenal host Watford on Saturday. Much of the same goes for Chelsea’s Kai Havertz for the home encounter with Burnley and Leicester’s Jamie Vardy for the visit to Elland Road. Riskier, but also more affordable vice-captains for gameweek 11 include Brentford’s Ivan Toney against Norwich at home, Brighton’s Leandro Trossard or Neal Maupay versus Newcastle at home, and Chelsea creator Mason Mount, on condition that he is declared fit before the Burnley game.

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FPL Season 2021/22: Gameweek 10 preview

With an average of no less than 64 points, gameweek 9 was about as action-packed as they come in the Fantasy Premier League. What greatly added to the excitement (and disappointment, depending on your squad) was the fact that, while more than a few decently owned assets delivered, the only real premium pick to haul was Mo Salah. And he didn’t just haul, he HAULED. Three goals, one assist, a clean sheet and three bonus points at Old Trafford were good for 24 FPL points, making him the first player to cross the 100-point threshold in the 2021/22 campaign.

Incredibly though, the Egyptian wasn’t the only player to record a 24-pointer, because a day earlier, Mason Mount faced Norwich at the Bridge, which resulted in exactly the same haul for the academy graduate. Other big-time stand-out performers were Man City’s Phil Foden with 18 FPL points, courtesy of a brace plus an assist, Watford’s Joshua King with 16 points, thanks to a hattrick at Goodison Park, and last weekend’s true differential Maxwell Cornet, who scored twice for Burnley against Southampton for 15 FPL points. The former Lyon man is currently owned by 0.3% of managers and preparing for a good run of fixtures on paper. Anyway, on to the coming weekend!

Don’t forget, the deadline for gameweek 10 is set at 11h00 (UK time) on Saturday, October 30th.

Most transferred in/transferred out players (as per October 28th, 2021)


TRANSFERS OUTTRANSFERS INPOSSIBLE REASONS
GKRaya (BRE), Schmeichel (LEI), Lloris (TOT)Mendy (CHE), Martinez (AST), Foster (WAT)Raya injury
DEFAlonso (CHE), Shaw (MUN), Azpilicueta (CHE)Chilwell (CHE), Alexander-Arnold (LIV), Rüdiger (CHE)Alonso rotation, Azpi injury, Chelsea defensive solidity
MIDPogba (MUN), Raphinha (LEE), Fernandes (MUN)Mount (CHE), Foden (MCI), Salah (LIV)Good GW9 for transferred-in players, Salah red hot, Pogba red card, Raphinha injury doubt
FORLukaku (CHE), Ronaldo (MUN), Vardy (LEI)Antonio (WHU), Hwang (WOL), Vardy (LEI)Lukaku and Vardy injury doubts, Antonio ongoing form, Hwang form+budget

Premium pick

Look, we know it’s becoming repetitive, but it’s our goal to provide you every week with the best possible advice to help you form a winning squad in the official Fantasy Premier League game. That’s why we can’t possibly justify not picking Mo Salah (£12.9m) as our premium fantasy pick of the week once again. The Liverpool star might just be in the best form of his life at the moment and that’s saying a lot about the highest-scoring, most consistent FPL performer of the past few seasons. He bagged a scandalous 24 points against arch rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford, helping him to become the first player to score 100 FPL points this season, and settling his current totals at 10 goals and 6 assists from nine league games. That’s just under 12 points per game. Up next are Brighton, who are having the best Premier League start in the club’s history, at Anfield and even though the Seagulls have been defensively solid in general this campaign, we can really only see this one going one way. Man City put four past Graham Potter’s men last weekend and a similar scenario could unfold in Liverpool thus coming Saturday, with Salah most likely smack in the middle of it all.

Non-premium pick

Mason Mount (£7.5m) is back. After a busy summer, a slow start to the season and some injury niggles, the England international announced his return in style after earning his first starting spot since gameweek 5 and making the most of it by scoring the first Premier League hattrick of his career. Opponents Norwich were no match for the Blues as they cruised to a 7-0 victory and in the absence of the injured Lukaku and Werner, it was Mount who took the spotlight. You might think that this pick smells a bit like points chasing, but that’s not the case here. The 22-year old midfielder is an integral part of Thomas Tuchel’s attacking set-up as he adds a certain amount of creativity and depth to a part of the pitch where Chelsea were perhaps lacking in previous games. He was initially rested for Tuesday’s League Cup encounter with Southampton, but came on in the 67th minute to end up playing added time as well. Nevertheless, we expect him to line up from the start again this coming Saturday when Chelsea visit struggling Newcastle, where another attacking return or two could be waiting around the corner.

The budget enabler

The cruciate knee ligament injury to Brentford goalkeeper David Raya has caused a bit of a stir in the FPL goalkeeper category. The Spaniard was owned by about 12% of managers before news of his injury was announced, a development that took one of the game’s most interesting budget goalkeepers out of the equation at once. One player who has seen his stock rise as a result of Raya’s bad luck is Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster (£4.0m). When looking at Watford’s performances so far this season, it’s clear what kind of value the English veteran offers. What you’re getting with Foster is a strong budget-enabler who is a sure starter for his side. He has been in the starting eleven since gameweek 5 and his only returns so far have been 3 save points, but he plays and offers you at least an additional half million to invest elsewhere in your squad, and 0.6m is you’re swapping him in for Raya. The Hornets are playing Southampton at home this weekend, a decent fixture that they’ll be looking to win. The hope is that new manager Claudio Ranieri can work his magic at Vicarage Road and who knows, our 4.0m-goalie might even start delivering the odd clean sheet from time to time as well.

The differential

Perhaps symbolic for this season so far is the fact that we are recommending Harry Kane (£12.1m) as a stand-out differential in the build-up to gameweek 10. After a noisy summer and a less than optimal start to the season off the pitch, which undoubtedly had its knock-on effects on performances on the pitch, Tottenham’s very own just has a single goal and a single assist to his name this campaign. Both of those returns came against a Newcastle side in disarray back in GW8. That probably explains his current 6.6% ownership and why he has been demoted to the differential category, at least for the time being. Up next are Manchester United at home, which normally would not be an ideal fixture for a player clearly in search of his best form, but this is not a normal season. The Red Devils are not turning up for games at the moment and the 0-5 thrashing in front of their own crowd at the hands of historic rivals Liverpool is not likely to have helped their situation much. The United defence looked suspect, to such a point that we feel this might just be a blessing in United red disguise for Kane. The England striker is, of course, still lethal and a forward of his pedigree is probably the last thing United’s defenders want to face right now, even if he’s part of a Tottenham side that is not firing on all cylinders yet, either.

The captaincy

It’s Mo Salah. We like to think and to analyse and to find those gems in the official game, but sometimes, it’s better to keep it simple. To not overthink. This is one of those times. Liverpool are hosting Brighton at home and even though the Seagulls will surely put up a good fight, it’s bordering the impossible to not captain Salah for this one, based on current form and recent hauls. There are decent alternatives, sure, but let’s put it this way: ignore Salah at your own peril.

Now, about those alternatives, if you must. Reigning champions Manchester City are playing at home to Crystal Palace, which should end in a comfortable victory for Pep Guardiola’s men. Phil Foden is the one to watch, while the likes of Gabriel Jesus and Kevin de Bruyne appeal as well. The ghost of rotation remains ever-present, though. Chelsea are visiting Newcastle, which brings Mason Mount and Kai Havertz (yep, even after his disappointing three-pointer against Norwich) into the picture. Raphinha away against Norwich could be a slightly riskier, but potentially rewarding pick as well, just like Michail Antonio at Villa Park on Sunday and Harry Kane versus Manchester United.

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FPL Season 2021/22: Gameweek 9 preview

FPL things were looking good this week with popular players like Raphinha and Antonio Rüdiger becoming available for their respective teams again. But then Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel decided that it was a good idea to start his only true number nine, the physically overloaded Romelu Lukaku, against Swedish Champions League giants Malmö. A mere 23 minutes later, just after winning the penalty for Chelsea’s decisive 2-0, the Belgian hobbled off the pitch with an ankle injury and will now be “out for some games”, according to Tuchel right after the game. Panic for just under 40% of FPL managers and probably a lot of Wildcard activations as well. Timo Werner then was next to leave the pitch injured although less of a worry for FPL managers but does press the claims of Havertz over the next 2 or 3 games.

Anyone with Big Rom in their fantasy squad had been eyeing the upcoming home fixture against Norwich as THE stand-out fixture, but that’s all down the drain now. Whilst the encounter at Stamford Bridge should still be on top of your FPL agenda, the rest of this weekend’s fixtures will draw more attention now as well. Fortunately, with favourable match-ups like Everton versus Watford at Goodison Park, Southampton at home against Burnley, and a potentially high-scoring game between West Ham and Spurs, gameweek 9 offers some alternatives. Then again, with Manchester City visiting high-flying Brighton on Saturday evening and Liverpool visiting Old Trafford on Sunday, the upcoming round feels like one of the most unpredictable ones of the 2021/22 season to date, at least from a fantasy point of view.

Don’t forget, the deadline for gameweek 9 is set at 18h30 (UK time) on Friday, October 22nd.

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


TRANSFERS OUTTRANSFERS INPOSSIBLE REASONS
GKLloris (TOT), De Gea (MUN), Schmeichel (LEI)Mendy (CHE), Raya (BRE), Foster (WAT)
DEFAlonso (CHE), Rüdiger (CHE), Shaw (MUN)Chilwell (CHE), Azpilicueta (CHE), Cancelo (MCI)Chelsea upcoming fixtures, Chilwell/Alonso rotation, Man City defensive strength
MIDJota (LIV), Pogba (MUN), Grealish (MCI)Townsend (EVE), Salah (LIV), Son (TOT)Salah and Son form, Jota rotation
FORRonaldo (MUN), Lukaku (CHE), Antonio (WHU)Vardy (LEI), Toney (BRE), Lukaku (CHE)Wednesday evening’s Lukaku injury, Vardy ongoing returns, Toney upcoming fixtures

Premium pick

In our intro, we mentioned GW9 as looking very unpredictable in terms of fantasy football. Combine that with the stand-out premium and captaincy pick for the gameweek now missing out through injury and there really remains just one thing to do. Stop, think, and retreat to the familiar, to what you know, to the reliable. In other words, Mo Salah (£12.8m). The Egyptian has been on another level this season and currently tops the Premier League scoring chart with 7 goals. To give you an idea of his consistency: Salah only failed to score back in gameweek 2. Add to that his current 5 assists and it’s no surprise at all that he is also the highest-scoring asset in FPL with 83 points. That’s an average of just over 10 FPL points per league game, in case you hadn’t noticed. His fixture this weekend is not ideal with an away game against Manchester United, but the Red Devils are far from solid at the moment. Our feeling? Don’t overthink it in these uncertain fantasy times and go with Liverpool’s talisman.

Non-premium pick

Lukaku being unavailable for the Norwich game at Stamford Bridge does not mean that we should just discard the Blues right away, though. Far from it. While the attacking set-up is more of a guessing game for Saturday’s game, their defence offers lots of potential. Before his short bout in the sidelines that caused him to miss the GW encounter with Brentford, Antonio Rüdiger (£5.8m) had not missed a single minute of Premier League football yet this season. The German international returned to fitness in style with a clean sheet and 90 minutes in the Champions League game against Malmö this week, and we’re expecting a similar result for him against Norwich this weekend. The Canaries have been defensively resilient of late, but toothless up front, scoring just a single goal in their last five league games. The likes of Marcos Alonso, Ben Chilwell and Reece James might offer more excitement, but we’re going with Rüdiger’s certainty of starts this time.

The budget enabler

Our budget enabler of the week is a bit of a punt and you could probably leave the “a bit” part out. Why? Because he plays right-back for a currently rudderless Newcastle side. The Magpies have taken three points from eight games so far, they boast the leakiest defence in the league with 19 conceded goals, and manager Steve Bruce has just been sacked. Have we convinced you yet of considering Javier Manquillo (£4.0m) for your squad? Probably not, but we have our reasons for recommending the Spaniard as a stand-out budget enabler. He seems to have nailed down the right-back spot and actually has provided an assist in consecutive games now, against Wolves and Spurs. His price tag makes him an ideal fifth defender for most FPL squads and the upcoming fixtures give some reason for optimism. Over the next seven games, Newcastle are facing Brentford, Norwich and Burnley (at home) and Crystal Palace and Brighton away. We’re not expecting Manquillo to join the Golden Boot race all of a sudden, but he could represent decent budget-enabling value on the medium to long term.

The differential

Romelu Lukaku wasn’t Chelsea’s only injury victim on Wednesday night. Timo Werner also saw his game cut short and was substituted in the 44th minute, which suddenly leaves the Blues with a selection issue up front. In the official fantasy game, there are currently no fit Chelsea forwards available, which means that a midfielder will be featuring up front against Norwich on Saturday and we’re thinking it will be Kai Havertz (£8.1m). The German international replaced Lukaku as a false number nine against Malmö and made the most of the opportunity by scoring their third goal just after the break. Havertz has been a fringe player for the most part of the league so far, with just 317 playing minutes and a single goal to his name, but with Lukaku and Werner out of action, he could end up being an enormous differential this weekend. His ownership sits at just 4% at the moment and he looks like a sure starter against the Canaries, a game that Chelsea will dominate and should win comfortably.

The captaincy

We’ve said before and we’ll say it again: Mo Salah aka Mr. Reliable aka Mr. consistency will be our FPL captain for gameweek 9. It’s true that the away game against Manchester United counts as a tough fixture on paper, but the Red Devils are not in fine form. Their mid-week Champions League clash at home against Atalanta Bergamo saw them concede two goals before turning it around and winning it 3-2, thanks to a Ronaldo header in the 81st minute, while an up-and-down Leicester side put four past the United defence in gameweek 8 for their 4-2 victory over Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men.

Still, if you feel that Old Trafford is too much of a challenge for Salah, there are a few other interesting options available as well. The likes of Kai Havertz and Mason Mount could haul at home against Norwich, while Kevin de Bruyne could and should be influential for Manchester City at Brighton. Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son have picked up some form and will be travelling to West Ham, who have kept just a single clean sheet in the league so far. For the real punters, Demarai Gray at home against Watford, a fully rested Raphinha at home versus Wolves, or indeed the inevitable Michail Antonio at home versus Spurs could bring serious differential captaincy joy.

The advantages of online gambling over traditional gambling: Why try your luck at an online casino?

The exponential growth of the internet and everything and anything related to it over the past decades has also had a profound effect on the gambling industry. Where previously games of chance were only available at casinos and other land-based establishments, the internet opened a door to a whole new world of possibilities. The online casino was born.

For some, there’s nothing like the offline casino experience and we can fully understand that, but it’s undeniable that online casinos bring with them a host of advantages as well. From convenience to choice, we wanted to take this opportunity to highlight some of the advantages of online casinos in comparison to traditional brick-and-mortar casinos in the same way that The Scotsman have looked at the best UK online casinos.

Of course, regardless of the game, always remember to gamble responsibly. As the industry slogan goes: when the fun stops, stop.

Convenience

This is probably the main advantage of any online casino over a traditional casino. In order to gamble online, all you need is a decent internet connection and a device that can connect to it, like a computer, a tablet or a smart phone. If you have those, you are basically good to go. No need to dress up, no need to leave your home and no need to take opening hours into account. Just visit the online casino of your choice, log in, and let the fun begin.

Variety of choice

While the major traditional land-based casinos will have lots of different games on offer, they will still not be able to compete with your average online casino in terms of the variety of games they offer. Online casinos simply have the edge here. Many online casinos will offer countless games and not just limited to casino classics like poker and blackjack either. It’s not uncommon to see online casinos include live dealer games, sports betting and horse racing to their service offering as well, just to name a few examples. If you like to be spoilt for choice, online casinos are the place for you.

Payment options

This major advantage of online casinos can be underestimated sometimes, especially by beginners. Compared to the more traditional casinos, online casinos tend to offer a wide variety of available payment methods, including e-wallets, debit cards and even Bitcoin nowadays. This adds to the convenience of playing online, as you can choose the method of payment that best fits your situation and lifestyle.

Availability

This point seamlessly connects to our first point in this list, convenience. While the 24/7 availability of online gambling opportunities is something that should not be abused, it constitutes a big advantage for players in general when compared to a land-based casino. Online casinos do not work with opening hours and can therefore be accessed exactly when it suits the player’s schedule. This can be at 6 in the morning or at 11 at night, it doesn’t matter.

The bonuses

If you have already explored the world of online gambling a bit, you have likely come across more than a few bonus offers already. Promotions like the online casino doubling your starting bankroll from a certain amount or the house doubling your winnings up to a certain amount are far from a rarity in the online gambling world. While such bonuses can have a more than considerable effect on your gambling success, they are a lot less common at traditional casinos, which gives online casinos another edge worth considering.

What you want, when you want

One of the biggest downsides of playing at traditional casinos is that, sometimes, you need to wait for your turn. Whether it’s a specific slot machine that you want to try your luck on or a certain blackjack table you want to join, chances are that there is no spot available when you arrive and you therefore have to wait. At online casinos, those situations are a thing of the past. With the possible exception of specific poker tables, online casinos allow you to play any game at any time. All you need to do is log in, select the game of your choice and let the good times roll.

FPL Season 2021/22: Gameweek 8 preview

It’s chaos in the Fantasy Premier League universe. Once again. At the moment of writing, Premier League stars from all over the world have started returning to England after the end of the second international break of this 2021/22 season. Besides the complicating covid measures, which are especially relevant for South American Premier League players, fantasy managers have a wave of injury, fitness, and general availability issues to deal with. As we speak, the popular likes of Romelu Lukaku, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Raphinha, Antonio Rüdiger and Diogo Jota along with Goalies, Ederson and Martinez, are all carrying a yellow flag in the official game, just to give you an idea of the situation.

As a result, we’re likely to see a lot of Wildcard activity in the build-up to GW8 as well. The fixture calendar seems to be taking a turn these weeks, with teams like Manchester United and West Ham preparing themselves for a run of harder fixtures, and teams like Chelsea, Manchester City and Southampton embarking on kinder runs after a difficult start to the season. These swings will have caused problems for more than a few managers and inside that probably large group, plenty will choose to play their Wildcard. Whether that’s smart, or not, considering all of the international break-related uncertainty remains to be seen but it’s sure to give us another exciting, all-over-the-place round of fantasy Premier League football.

Don’t forget, the deadline for gameweek 8 is set at 11h00 (UK time) on Saturday, October 16th.

Most transferred in/transferred out players (as per October 14th, 2021)


TRANSFERS OUTTRANSFERS INPOSSIBLE REASONS
GKSchmeichel (LEI), Sanchez (BRI), Mendy (CHE)Ramsdale (ARS), Foster (WAT), Ederson (MCI)
DEFAlexander-Arnold (LIV), Alonso (CHE), Shaw (MUN)Cancelo (MCI), Azpilicueta (CHE), Dias (MCI)City and Chelsea defences best in the league + good fixtures, TAA yellow flag
MIDPogba (MUN), Greenwood (MUN), Sarr (WAT)Townsend (EVE), Salah (LIV), Raphinha (LEE)Salah and Townsend form, United difficult run of fixtures,
FORRonaldo (MUN), Lukaku (CHE), Dennis (WAT)Hwang (WOL), Vardy (LEI), Lukaku (CHE)Lukaku yellow flag, Hwang and Vardy form

Premium pick

Before Manchester City faced Liverpool this season, the Cityzens had conceded just a single goal in six league games, boasting the league’s most solid defence as a result. Then Mo Salah (£12.7m) and co appeared and now Pep Guardiola’s men have the shared best defence, together with Chelsea, having conceded three goals. While one of those goals came from a brilliant Salah assist on Mané, the other came from the man himself and well… we’re going to see that one in many goal compilations for years to come. With a 13-point haul, the Egyptian continued his excellent form, and brought his league totals to 6 goals and 4 assists. Salah is currently the highest-scoring player in the official game with 70 FPL points and up next are Watford as the Hornets kick off the new era under manager Claudio Ranieri. It remains to be seen how the living Leicester legend will have his men line up on Saturday, but we feel that one way or the other, Liverpool’s star man will get chances to build on his current red-hot form.

Non-premium pick

Rotation. That’s the big risk when it comes to picking Phil Foden (£7.9m) or indeed any Man City asset. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s continue with the upsides, because there are some serious upsides here. First of all, Man City are facing Burnley at home this weekend, followed by Brighton away and Crystal Palace at home. There is, of course, the small matter of European football to take into account here, but League-wise, that looks like a tasty run. Second of all, Foden has been in great form of late. He was electric at Anfield in gameweek 7, and he played the full 90 minutes in both of England’s international games against Andorra (1 assist) and Hungary, on last Saturday and last Tuesday, respectively. Third of all, Foden’s chances of starting against Burnley are considerable, especially now that Ferran Torres has been ruled out with a foot injury and Gündögan is still suffering from a knock as well. Adding all those factors together and looking at his current price tag, we doubt that there are many better alternatives in the non-premium category than Phil Foden.

The budget enabler

We mentioned the expected Wildcard activity for this week earlier and one of the players that we’re expecting to see in many new squads is Tino Livramento (£4.2m). The Chelsea Academy graduate is starting to show more and more signs of being this season’s stand-out budget pick since he rather unexpectedly made Southampton’s right-back spot his since gameweek 1. In the seven league games he played since then, Livramento collected a more than decent 21 FPL points, courtesy of 2 clean sheets and 1 assist. He gets plenty of freedom to bomb forward during games, which only fits his speed and dribbling style, and the Saints have looked pretty good defensively of late. They have conceded 4 goals in the last four games and three of those goals came against Chelsea in GW7. The other was conceded against Wolves, while the home game against on-fire West Ham in GW4 and the away encounter with Manchester City in GW5 both ended in goalless draws. Up next is a much kinder run of fixtures for Livramento and the rest of the Saints, starting with a home game against Leeds this weekend. In the four games after that, Soton are facing Burnley and Villa at home, and Watford and Norwich on the road. Livramento looks like the ultimate defensive enabler for at least the medium-term.

The differential

After a good 2020/21 Premier League campaign and a summer in which the final of the European Championship was reached, Mason Mount (£7.4m) has not really gotten off the mark yet this season. The Chelsea midfielder started well with 2 assists in the first two league games, but he then started suffering from injury troubles. As a result, his assist back in gameweek 2 was his last attacking return of the season so far. The most positive part of all this is that Mount has featured twice during the international break, as a 73rd-minute substitute against Andorra last Saturday and then for 90 minutes against Hungary on Tuesday. In other words, the 22-year old looks to fully back in action and despite the abundance of choices available to Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel, we feel he will play a big role in the Blues’ upcoming run of mostly favourable fixtures. The fact that Mount carries a share of the team’s set-piece duties only adds to that picture. The team seemed to miss his vision, creativity and incisive passing during his absence, and with an ownership of just 8.8% right now, the England international has all the makings of an excellent differential pick.

The captaincy

Our FPL captain for gameweek 8 is Mo Salah and we’re expecting a majority of the FPL community to make the same choice. The Egyptian talisman looks simply unstoppable at times and with an away game against Watford coming up, it takes a very brave man to bet against him. He featured once over the international break, during 90 minutes against Libya as part of the African World Cup qualifiers, so he should be fit and ready to kick off gameweek 8 this coming Saturday noon.

If you’re not convinced by Salah so far or if you’re one of the 38% of fantasy managers who don’t own him yet, then you’re probably looking at the Etihad for your captaincy. Barring the known rotation risk, the likes of Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, KDB and even Riyad Mahrez could all deliver big this weekend against Burnley. Then again, if you’re one of the 5% of managers who own Harry Kane, you’re probably inclined to captain him for the away game against Newcastle. His teammate Heung-Min Son also has the makings of becoming one of the weekend’s stars. For riskier captaincy picks, the likes of Neal Maupay (away against Norwich), Adam Armstrong (versus Leeds at home) and Michail Antonio at Goodison Park could see your squad soaring up the ranks this weekend.

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Online casino games for beginners: An introduction

Poker, blackjack, baccarat, online slots, you name it. If you have visited an online casino, you know how much choice there is in terms of games such as the huge variety of games available at Neon Vegas. Browsing the games can be a thrilling experience, but it can also be a little daunting, especially for beginners. And that might not be a great way to start your online gambling adventure, right?

That’s why we have decided to take a look at some of the most popular games and briefly break them down for you. We are spoilt for choice when it comes to online casino gaming, and it’s true that some games will fit you and your risk profile much better than others. You should normally come across these games in most online casinos, so we suggest you just try them out first, without going in big straight away.

Of course, regardless of the game, always remember to gamble responsibly. As the industry slogan goes: when the fun stops, stop.

POKER

Poker is probably the best-known and most popular online casino game out there right now. The name “poker” actually refers to a family of card games with varying rules in which players wager over which hand is best according to the specific rules of the game they are playing, like Texas Hold ‘M, easily the most popular format, and 7-Card Stud. The game has been around since the early 19th century and experienced a great surge in popularity during the second half of the 20th century, especially after the start of the World Series of Poker in 1970. The big difference between poker and many other online casino games is the fact that, at poker, players compete with each other instead of individually against the house and there is a considerable element of skill involved in winning which is why there are a number of poker societies set up.

BLACKJACK

Speaking of playing individually against the house, blackjack is possibly one of the best examples. It’s a fun game with a rather low barrier to entry, as the rules are quite easy to learn. Based on a standard classic deck of 52 playing cards, where each player competes against the dealer (or the house), the goal of the game is to get a total card value of 21 or as close as possible to 21, without exceeding it. Once you get deeper into the odds involved in blackjack, you will learn how to better take advantage of the low house edge, meaning that the odds of the dealer winning a round are relatively low compared to other online casino games, and how to better control your chances.

ROULETTE

Regardless of where you are gambling, online casino games don’t come much simpler than roulette. It’s a game that is purely based on chance and does not require much experience or preparation. The players basically bet on a number between 0 and 36 and then a small ball dropped onto a spinning wheel will end up at one number within that range. If you guessed correctly, you win. It’s that simple. There are, of course, some strategies you can adopt to spread your chances, for example by placing bets on several numbers at once, but in the end, it will come down to luck in every turn. This is one for the beginners who prefer to start off very easy.

BACCARAT

Another online casino game that is very easy to learn and understand is baccarat, James Bond’s favourite. The game uses three to six standard 52-card decks, with cards 2 through 9 valued at face value, while a 10, jack, queen and king cards have a value of zero, and an ace is worth one. The dealer starts by handing two cards to the banker (the house) and two cards to the player. Very much like blackjack, where players need to get close to 21, the goal of baccarat is to guess, based on the game’s specific scoring system, which of the dealt hands is closest to 9. It’s really quite simple to master and despite it being an almost entirely luck-based game, there exist plenty of strategies and expert tips to help you get off to a flying start at baccarat.

SLOTS

If you are a beginner and you are really looking for easiest, most straightforward online casino game available, then the slot machines are probably for you. It effortless, it can be hugely exciting, and the pay-outs can be gigantic. All you need to do is insert a virtual coin or token, virtually spin or pull whatever you need to pull to get the machine going, and pray for the best. For added fun, most online casinos also offer different versions of slots, based on aspects like themes and specific bonuses that can be win, for example.