FPL season 2020-21: Gameweek 24

“Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea are hosting a Wilson-less Newcastle on Sunday” (CC by 2.5). Image by Andrewi.

And just like that, it’s Double Gameweek season again! Granted, it’s a relatively small one this round with Burnley, Everton, Fulham and Manchester City featuring twice, but it still concerns a more than decent set of FPL assets. That’s also why our fantasy picks for gameweek 24 will be largely based on players from those teams. For convenience, we have placed a quick overview of the teams playing twice here below:

TEAM1ST FIXTURE2ND FIXTURE
BurnleyCrystal Palace (A)Fulham (H)
EvertonFulham (H)Man City (H)
FulhamEverton (A)Burnley (A)
Manchester CitySpurs (H)Everton (A)

Apart from the DGW fixtures, there is also the FA Cup to take into account which is a big event in the sports betting world. The 5th round of the world’s oldest football cup tournament is being played this week and in the middle of an already hectic Premier League schedule, this will surely have its effects on player fitness and starting lineups. In short, the scene for another nerve-wrecking round of FPL action looks to be set. Keep an eye on the starting lineups in the FA Cup and don’t ignore the many teams with a single game this weekend. Points come from everywhere this season.

Don’t forget, the deadline for gameweek 24 is set at 11h00 (UK time) on Saturday, February 13th.

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 February 11th, 2021)


TRANSFERS OUTTRANSFERS INPOSSIBLE REASONS
GKMcCarthy (SOU), Lloris (TOT), Ederson (CIT)Pope (BUR), Martinez (AST), Ederson (CIT)
DEFRobertson (LIV), Chilwell (LEI), Zouma (CHE)Dias (CIT), Wan-Bissaka (UTD), Justin (LEI)Defenders in form being brought in, new-look Chelsea under Tuchel.
MIDSoucek (WHU), Son (TOT), Zaha (CRY)Gündogan (CIT), Foden (CIT), Sterling (CIT)City’s double gameweek
FORWilson (NEW), Antonio (WHU), Lacazette (ARS)Calvert-Lewin (EVE), Kane (TOT), Watkins (AST)Form strikers being brought in, Wilson hamstring injury

Premium pick

With the return to fitness of popular premium assets such as Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy, gameweek 24 offers quite a few interesting picks in this category, but we feel that it’s hard to look past Raheem Sterling (£11.6m) at the moment. The City winger, who is classified as a midfielder in FPL, in currently the highest-scoring Cityzen in the official game and his recent run of form has a lot to do with that. In his last three starts, Raz collected 27 FPL points, courtesy of 3 goals and 1 assist. In DGW24, he is facing strong opposition in the form of Spurs and Everton, but in his current form, he could be a huge asset for your fantasy team. On top of that, he played just 56 minutes against Swansea in the FA Cup on Tuesday, which should be good news for FPL managers.

Non-premium picks

Sterling’s and City’s recent good goalscoring form aside though, the most value in terms of Man City assets has been in defence this season. That’s why we have included Joao Cancelo (£6.0m) in our selection for gameweek 24. It’s true that for a defender, his price tag definitely flirts with the premium category, but the way he’s playing right now, we’d consider him more like a sixth midfielder. Even though his returns currently don’t show it (1 goal, 2 assists), the Portuguese wingback/midfielder has been one of Pep Guardiola’s best and most consistent performers this season. He passes each and every eye test with flying colors, and the fact that he has been part of 10 clean sheets already makes him a double threat. Spurs at home and Everton away up next for the league’s best defence.

Speaking of Everton, one of the most popular incoming transfers in the build-up to the GW24 deadline will very likely be Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.7m). The Everton striker is already the most transferred-in forward in FPL, which makes sense, because he is combining form and fixture this round. The Toffees have a double gameweek against Fulham and Man City (both at home) coming up and DCL himself looks to be going on another good run of form with 2 goals and 1 assist in his last two games, as well as a goal against Spurs in the FA Cup on Wednesday. A downside to this pick is that in that same game against Spurs, the English forward was also replaced after 55 minutes with what looked like a hamstring injury. He did walk off the pitch by himself though, and no worrying official reports have been published yet, but we suggest to keep an eye on the situation.

The budget enabler

Our budget-enabling pick for the upcoming gameweek does not feature twice this round, but he’s definitely worth considering for those FPL managers looking to free up funds quickly. Pascal Struijk (£3.9m) has started every game for Leeds United since gameweek 15 and collected 27 FPL points since then. Nothing to get overly excited about, apart from the fact that he costs just £3.9m at the moment of writing. The young Dutchman has no attacking returns to his name yet, though he came close three times in the last game against Crystal Palace, but he does have 3 clean sheets to his name already. As a fifth defender in your team, he could be an excellent addition in a season in which the bench players are more important than ever.

A differential pick or two

For our differential fantasy picks this round, we have come up with the Burnley assets. The Clarets had a horrid start to the season, but they have been steadily improving over the past few months, which has lead to the current 8-point gap between them and the relegation zone. The fact that only eight teams in the league boast a better defensive record than Sean Dyche’s men has more than a bit to do with it. They have conceded 29 goals in 22 matches and they have a double gameweek coming up against two of the shyest attacks in the English topflight at the moment, Crystal Palace (away) and Fulham (home). The Cottagers have scored just 2 goals in their last four games, while the Eagles will be most likely be missing their main man Wilfried Zaha when they host Burnley on Saturday afternoon.

As a result of this seemingly favourable coming-together of circumstances for the Clarets, we figured Matt Lowton (£4.5m) and Ashley Westwood (£5.3m) could be shrewd differential picks. It doesn’t take much imagination to see the former taking 12 points from 2 clean sheets this gameweek, while even 1 clean sheet and an 8-point haul would be acceptable. As far as the latter is concerned, it’s a fact that no team has scored less than Burnley so far this season, but he is on most set-pieces, including direct free-kicks. Westwood has 1 goal and 3 assists to his name, and is the Claret’s main creative outlet at the moment. A return against Palace and/or Fulham could happen and would see you gain some ground in your leagues. While Lowton is currently owned by 2.1% of FPL managers, Westwood features in just 0.6% of all teams.

The captaincy

With a double gameweek coming up and him being replaced in the FA cup before the hour, our FPL captaincy pick for gameweek 24 is Raheem Sterling. The Man City attacker is bang in form at the moment and despite the difficulty of his upcoming encounters on paper, the English dribbler will get chances to score and assist. He was a constant threat against Liverpool in GW23 and we find it hard to imagine him not being very involved in both upcoming games.

If you don’t have the budget for Raz or simply don’t trust Pep Guardiola (we feel you), there are plenty of other good options for the armband to consider as well. There are, of course, Sterling’s defensive team-mates Joao Cancelo, John Stones and Ruben Dias who could deliver big over the coming days. In case of good news surrounding his injury, Dominic Calvert-Lewin is a good shout as well. Bruno Fernandes is one of the single gameweek candidates as United visit Sheffield United on Sunday, while Michail Antonio or even Aaron Cresswell at home against a Wilson-less Newcastle could result in pretty differential rewards as well.

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2021 Australian Open Favourites & Latest Tennis Betting Odds

Melbourne is buzzing with excitement with the 2021 Australian Open already in full swing and this promises to be another thrilling tournament of elite tennis. As the leading contenders work their way through the opening rounds, we take a closer look at which players are favourites to claim the Men’s and Women’s titles.

Novak Djokovic

Nobody can match the success that Novak Djokovic has enjoyed on the famous blue hard courts of Melbourne. The latest tennis Australian Open odds from Betfair are fully behind the Serbian superstar, with the eight-times champion valued as 6/5 outright favourite.

Having won the last two Men’s Australian titles and eight in total during his career, few eyebrows will be raised if Djokovic lifts the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup again.

Daniil Medvedev

Grand Slam titles have thus far evaded Daniil Medvedev, although he did come close by reaching the 2019 US Open, ultimately defeated by Rafael Nadal. The 24-year-old has a great career ahead of him, having won the 2020 ATP Finals in London last November, beating Djokovic in the group stage, Nadal in the semis, then Dominic Thiem in the final.

Such excellent recent form has led to the Russian being considered a 4/1 shot for the title in Australia, where Medvedev has a genuine chance of causing an upset.

Naomi Osaka

The brightest star amongst the new generation of tennis talents, 23-year-old Naomi Osaka has already tasted victory at the 2019 Australian Open. Either side of that triumph, she also won the US open twice in 2018 and 2020. The Japanese player is widely tipped to dominate Grand Slam tournaments for years to come.

Despite recent injury concerns, Osaka is considered a leading contender and tipped at 9/2 to claim the Women’s title in Melbourne.

Ashleigh Barty

No player will enjoy more cheers of support in Melbourne than Ashleigh Barty, aiming to become the first Australian woman to win the Open title since Chris O’Neil in 1978. The 24-year-old won her first Grand Slam title at the 2019 French Open, then reached the Semi-Finals of the Australian open last year.

Priced as the joint 9/2 favourite, she is the favourite to challenge Osaka to lift the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup in 2021. If she can, the home fans will be absolutely delighted.

Best Value Contenders

Level with Roger Federer in achieving 20 all-time Grand Slam titles, it’s impossible to ignore the Spanish tennis icon Rafael Nadal, priced as a 7/1 contender for the Men’s Australian Open title. He has won the title once in 2009, although since then, suffered agonising defeats after reaching five finals.

For precisely the same reasons, nobody can take Serena Williams for granted for the Women’s Australian Open title, which the remarkable 39-year-old has already won seven times. Priced at 17/2 odds, the all-time leading prize money player in women’s tennis is a fearsome rival, especially when she hits top form.

FanTeam 2020-21: £67.5K Weekly Monster – Gameweek 23 preview

As part of FISO’s special series of weekly articles on FanTeam, Europe’s biggest daily fantasy football provider, we will actually be entering the team we write about each week into the game. Our article will focus on an Early Entry for their Fantasy Premier League tournament held each week in order to help you identify game rules, tactics and the most promising players per gameweek, so you can win some of that large prize money.

Our FISO team below will be entered into this week’s €20 entry (€75k prize pool) Main Event. The winner takes home a cool €7,500. FanTeam also offer a €2 entry Weekly Monster with a lower prize pool for those who prefer to play with lower stakes. Join the discussion on FISO’s FanTeam forum.

Before moving onto our team selection, we want to highlight a couple of FanTeam rules that they apply to their Weekly Monster competition and that represent some of the major differences when comparing the game to the FPL. Do though check out the Predicted Line-Ups for the Premier League clubs as well as the latest injury news (click on ‘Team’ to sort per club rather than the default ‘date’) before finalising your picks.

Number one is that FanTeam have a rule called the ‘safety net’. The safety net comes into play when a selected player does not start in the Weekly Monster, because the game will then automatically replace this player with the next lowest-priced player from the same position (GK, DEF, MID, FOR) in the same team. This is regardless of whether or not your selected player does take to the field later in the game. This rule helps people who have entered a team into the Weekly Monster not to worry too much about whether their selected players will start or not, particularly if they know there are cheaper players for that same club in that same position who should start instead.

Number two is that FanTeam also have a ‘stacking penalty’ for the Weekly Monster, which penalises teams that have selected more than one defenders/goalkeeper from the same club. The stacking penalty comes into play when you pick more than one defensive player (defenders or goalkeepers) from a particular club and this club records a clean sheet. The points awarded for this clean sheet will decrease by 1 point for each additional defensive player from the same club that you have selected. The stacking penalty has a maximum of minus 3 points. This rule helps stop multi-entrants from gaining an advantage by submitting block defence teams. A reasonable tactic can be to select two players from two different clubs for your Goalie and Defenders, which would see you incur just 2 single-point deductions if you nail both clean sheets correctly.

Gameweek 23 €75K Weekly Monster matches

Our team suggestion for the Weekly Monster in gameweek 23

Formation: 4-4-2

LEEDS UNITED

With a home game against Crystal Palace coming up next Monday, we have identified Leeds United as a potential source of points for this weekend’s FanTeam €75K Weekly Monster tournament. The Whites are going through a good season on their return to the Premier League and they are playing very entertaining, attacking football under Marcelo Bielsa. Results are not always easy to predict when it comes to Leeds, but their games usually end with plenty of goals. In 21 league games, they have already scored 36 goals and conceded 38. Their opponents Palace are not in bad form themselves and just coming off two consecutive victories, but they do boast one of the leakiest defences in the League. Only West Brom and Leeds themselves have conceded more than their 37 goals. In the past four games, they have conceded 8 goals, though it should be noted that this run did include encounters with Man City and West Ham.

As far as Leeds assets go, we have gone with an attacking double-up consisting of Patrick Bamford and Raphinha. Both players were a doubt to feature in gameweek 22 due to injury niggles, but both of them started and returned. Bamfy added an assist to his totals of 11 goals and 7 assists, while Raphinha scored a goal to make it 4 goals and 4 assists for himself this season. Both are expected to start against Fulham and we wouldn’t be surprised to see them return for their owners once again. Also, Bamford is on penalties and Raphinha takes corners from the right side.

Our third White is Stuart Dallas, the former winger who has become a very interesting out-of-position fantasy asset over the course of this season. He started as a roaming full-back, and is still registered as a defender on FanTeam, but Bielsa has started to deploy him in a starting central midfield role with plenty of freedom to get in front of goal now. We’re expecting Leeds to dominate against Crystal Palace and Dallas to get chances to add to his current 4 goals and 2 assists. On top of that, the Eagles have scored just 4 goals in their last five games, so points at both ends of the pitch could be coming Dallas’ way on Monday.

WEST HAM UNITED

For gameweek 23, we have also opted for a triple-up of West Ham assets as the Hammers prepare for an away game against Fulham. The Cottagers have improved since the start of the season, it’s true, but they still look like one of the prime candidates for relegation. Scott Parker’s men haven’t won a game since gameweek 10 and they have conceded 6 goals in the last four games. West Ham, on the other hand, have won five of their last six games and currently sit very nicely in fifth place, just two points off 4th placed Liverpool.

David Moyes’ men have scored 11 goals over that run and their attack has been bolstered considerably by the return of Michail Antonio. For our GW23 selection, we have selected the English forward and his Czech teammate Tomas Soucek. Antonio had his first start back in gameweek 19 after an absence of several months, and he has recorded 2 goals and 3 assists since then. Soucek is one of the surprises of the 2020-21 Premier League campaign as he has proved himself to be much more than a controlling midfielder. His current 8 goals and 1 assist are testament to that.

Seeing as their opponents Fulham have also scored just a single goal in their last five home games, we felt that Aaron Cresswell could be a smart fantasy pick for this weekend. Thanks to 8 assists and 7 clean sheets, he is currently the third-highest-scoring defender on FanTeam. He is a fixed part of West Ham’s starting eleven and often involved in set-pieces as well, both in terms of corners and free-kicks. The Hammers are in good form and on track for European football, so they will be looking for the three points at Craven Cottage and Cresswell could be one of the fantasy beneficiaries.

BURNLEY

It’s been a while since we selected more than one player from the Clarets, especially when considering the fact that Nick Pope is not one of those players. For the coming weekend though, we are putting some of our money on Matt Lowton and Ben Mee, two nailed-on elements of Burnley’s defensive set-up. The Clarets found their qualities just in time this season and are currently 8 points above the relegation zone in 17th place. As far as Lowton is concerned, we are aiming for a clean sheet as he has not yet posted an attacking return yet. Mee has done a bit better in that sense with 2 goals in the last seven games.

Sean Dyche’s side are facing Brighton on Saturday afternoon and the Seagulls are going through a bit of a purple patch at the moment. They have taken 10 points from the last four games, and that run included away games against Leeds and Liverpool, and a home game versus Spurs. They did, however, score just 3 goals in their last five games. They play more than decent football, but they are lacking a killer touch up front. Despite their good form, we envision the clash with Burnley at Turf Moor to become a low-scoring affair with hopefully a clean sheet for the home team.

SINGLE SHOOTERS

For this weekend, we have spent a considerable part of our budget on two single picks, namely Bruno Fernandes and Raheem Sterling. We’re starting with the United talisman, who is preparing for an encounter with Everton at Old Trafford, where Southampton were dispatched 9-0 just a few days ago. Bruno contributed to that massacre with 1 goal and 2 assists for a total of 16 FT points. Though we’re not expecting such a haul against the Toffees on Saturday, we do think that he will, as usual, play a central role in most of United’s attacking intentions. Everton have conceded 6 goals in the last four games and it will be a mammoth task for them to keep out the Red Devils.

Our second joker pick for gameweek 23 of FanTeam’s €75K Weekly Monster is Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling, who has been in reasonably good fantasy form of late. In his last four Premier League starts, he has recorded 3 goals and 1 assist for a total of 30 FT points. The risk is, of course, rotation when it comes to City assets, but the FanTeam safety net will replace Raz with Mahrez of Gündogan should he not be in the starting eleven. In any case, our team will contain one major attacking City asset for when they visit Anfield on Sunday.

GOALKEEPER

Finally, our goalkeeper for the upcoming round of Premier League action. With three victories in their last five games, Sheffield United are actually showing a bit of form for the first time this season and it can’t be seen separately from their improved defensive performances. While the Blades have conceded a total of 35 goals overall this season, just 3 of those goals were conceded since gameweek 22. That’s why we have gone with Aaron Ramsdale for our gameweek 23 FanTeam squad this time. Sheffield United are definitely not favourites when they host Chelsea on Sunday, but don’t write them off too quickly. The Blues have scored just 4 goals in their last five outings and a Blades outfit enjoying a bout of growing confidence could well be a very annoying game for them to play right now.

FPL Season 2020-21: Gameweek 23 preview

“Big game alert on Sunday: Liverpool v Manchester City at Anfield” (CC by 4.0). Image by Yurificacion.

Gameweek 23 already. The Premier League moved fast over the past week and a half with four gameweeks in about 12 days. We saw plenty of rotation, several high-profile injuries, and some serious form fluctuations, and you can count on more of this when GW23 kicks off just 40 hours after gameweek 22’s final kick-off. After that though, teams (and FPL managers alike, of course) will finally get a bit of a breather until gameweek 24.

Back to the upcoming round of fixtures. This weekend presents us with a couple of big clashes, the most eye-catching one being the encounter between an out-of-sorts Liverpool and very much NOT out-of-sorts Manchester City at Anfield. One day earlier, Manchester United host Everton, while Arsenal visit Villa Park for what surely be very two very tightly contested matches. From an FPL point of view, the away game of Chelsea at seemingly improving Sheffield United and Tottenham’s home game against struggling West Bromwich Albion will surely attract a lot of FPL manager suitors.

Don’t forget, the deadline for gameweek 23 is set at 11h00 (UK time) on Saturday, February 6th.

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 February 4th, 2021)


TRANSFERS OUTTRANSFERS INPOSSIBLE REASONS
GKLeno (ARS), McCarthy (SOU), Pickford (EVE)Martinez (AST), Mendy (CHE), Pope (BUR)
DEFBednarek (SOU), Tierney (ARS), Saïss (WOL)Wan-Bissaka (UTD), Shaw (UTD), Dias (CIT)Transferred-out defenders are all injured or suspended, the Manchester teams are in good form.
MIDZaha (CRY), Foden (CIT), Salah (LIV)Lingard (WHU), Soucek (WHU), Fernandes (UTD)Zaha injury doubt, Foden rotation, Liverpool unreliable, West Ham and United had a good GW22.
FORKane (TOT), Firmino (LIV), Calvert-Lewin (EVE)Antonio (WHU), Wilson (NEW), Bamford (LEE)Kane injury, Firmino lack of returns, transferred-in forwards providing excellent value.

Premium pick

Another 9-0 victory looks unlikely, but you can be sure that confidence is soaring at Manchester United at the moment. After a home defeat against lowly Sheffield United and a disappointing draw versus Arsenal, the Red Devils seemed a bit down, but they returned to their winning ways in devastating style. Their thrashing of Southampton on Tuesday also meant the first returns for Bruno Fernandes (£11.4m) since GW19 and his first goal since GW17. At the same time, his 17-point haul, courtesy of 1 goal, 2 assists and 3 bonus points, was also his ninth double-digit haul of the 2020-21 campaign and it made him the official game’s highest-scoring player once again. A powerful reminder for the 42.9% of FPL managers who still don’t own him. They are facing an Everton fresh of a hard-fought away victory over Leeds, but Fernandes can still very well deliver big at Old Trafford.

Non-premium picks

Looking back at the past 22 gameweeks, plenty of very good bargain performers have emerged, with Patrick Bamford (£6.6m) probably topping the bunch. The Leeds forward started the season at £5.5m and has made a complete mockery of that price tag by scoring 11 goals and assisting another 8 in 21 Premier League games. Over the last two games, against Leicester at the King Power and Everton at Elland Road, Bamfy has recorded 20 FPL points, courtesy of 1 goal and 3 assists. Up next are Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace who have been in decent form themselves of late, but it doesn’t really matter. Leeds will attack with abandon regardless of the opposition and Bamford will get chances to add to his already impressive tallies.

In Wednesday’s battle at Villa Park between two of the biggest surprises this season, Aston Villa and West Ham United, it was the away side who got away with a deserved victory. The Hammers were a bit unlucky to concede a goal, though it wasn’t undeserved for Villa either, which meant that Aaron Cresswell (£5.6m) could not add a eighth clean sheet to his total for the season. Still, the West Ham defender currently tops the ranking for FPL points scored by a defender, thanks to no less than 8 assists and 11 bonus points on top of his 7 clean sheets. The Hammers are playing Fulham at Craven Cottage next, where the home team have scored just a single goal in their last five games.

The budget enabler

Burnley’s schedule has brightened up a bit after a difficult run of six fixtures from which they nevertheless took 6 points and in which they conceded 8 goals. It should be noted that this run consisted of encounters with United, West Ham, Liverpool, Villa, Chelsea and City. The Clarets face Brighton (home), Crystal Palace (away) and West Brom (home) next though, which brings their right-back right Matt Lowton (£4.4m) into the picture. The 31-year old is a fixed starter under Sean Dyche and already has been part of 6 clean sheets in the Premier League this season. At his current price tag and with an ownership of just 1.4%, he could be a very shrewd addition to your team.

A differential pick or two

Speaking of shrewd additions, how about Leeds United’s Raphinha (£5.3m)? It’s rather incredible that a very budget-priced midfielder who plays as a starter and a winger in the league’s most attacking side is still owned by just 1.3%. Especially when considering that he is on corner duties from the right and has scored 2 goals and 2 assists in his last three games for a total of 27 FPL points. That’s an average of 9 points per game, and those three games saw the Whites face Newcastle, Leicester (both away) and Everton. Is he perhaps only available in our version of the Fantasy Premier League? We’re not sure, but the Brazilian should definitely be on your watch lists.

In many aspects, the same goes for our second differential fantasy pick for gameweek 23. Eberechi Eze (£5.8) is a little bit more expensive than Raphinha, and his team is a lot less attacking than Leeds is, but he is still a differential pick with a high ceiling. He has played himself into Roy Hodgson’s starting eleven at Crystal Palace, and has rewarded his manager with 3 goals and 4 assists so far. He returned in his last two games, at home against Wolves (1 goal, 11 FPL points) and away at Saint James’ Park (1 assist, 7 FPL points), is in charge of plenty of set-pieces, and visits Elland Road next. Whether the Eagles will take the three points back home remains to be seen, but teams get plenty of opportunities against Leeds and so will Palace.

For more FPL GW23 transfer pick ideas, check out the dedicated FISO forum topic.

The captaincy

After his ninth double-digit haul of the season, we have decided to put the captain’s armband on Bruno Fernandes for his upcoming home game against Everton. The Portuguese playmaker has been a bit quieter in terms of FPL returns since Pogba entered the starting eleven, but he reminded us this week just why he is considered a practically essential FPL asset at the moment. Like his side, he can explode at any moment, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see them put a few past the Toffees at Old Trafford coming Saturday.

If you’re not entirely convinced by Bruno or possibly don’t have the funds to bring him in, then worry not. With Heung-Min Son at home to West Brom, Raheem Sterling at Anfield and even Mo Salah against City, there are some other good options as well. In the more differential bracket, you could opt for Patrick Bamford at home against Crystal Palace, Michail Antonio away at Craven Cottage, or Callum Wilson at home against a severely weakened So’ton side low on confidence.

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Recently, one can observe how online casinos have become more and more popular. This type of entertainment earned such popularity for a reason. Thanks to it, you can relax, get away from the daily hustle and bustle, and be delighted with the win, and it is simple to win. You can try to make real money bets in an online casino, and the risk is not as great as in a land-based casino; moreover, the rates may vary. Developers provide different online games to choose from: from the simplest, which even a child can understand, to more serious, but no less exciting. It is noteworthy that there is absolute anonymity on the Internet. Since no one knows about your hobby, you can gamble, not worrying about anything. Your best friend and employer won’t see you in an online casino.

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Available entertainment

It is enough to have a computer or any smartphone and Internet access to play your favorite casino games, for example, roulette or blackjack. All you need is to register at the online casino you like and start playing.

You can calmly sit on your couch and plunge into the world of excitement and winning. You can enter the casino at any time of the day that is comfortable for you. If you are limited in time, then online casino is the very place where you can spend your time quickly and make a profit. Even a few minutes a day is enough to play several games at once and even win a good amount of money or virtual chips.

Have a fun

Most people from birth have in their blood the venture and desire to win. Another thing is that it is not always possible to realize these desires in some special areas. Online casino allows you to realize your desires and get a real pleasure from the game itself, watching beautiful effects, listening to original music, and plunging into the virtual world of the game just taking a break from real life.

Full concentration on the game

In a real casino you are surrounded by many people, everyone is watching you and each other. This distracts you from the game and can harm the process. In addition, some people do not want to be noticed in the casino venues. A virtual online casino allows each gamer to remain incognito and unknown by others. In addition, no one will distract from the game process and will allow you to be fully focused on the game features.

Playing without money

There are certain online casinos that allow visitor to participate in the game without financial investment. This is sometimes necessary to completely relax and just play your favorite games without stress. In addition, in the demo version of the game, you can try to play in order not to make mistakes in the future and then start systematically winning. In addition, casinos provide virtual chips, which the visitor can use trying to play on different slot machines. Despite the fact that your winnings will be only virtual, you can relax and have a great time.

No face control

Face control is present in almost every actual casino venue. Even if ladies are not supposed to come in evening dresses, and men in suits and smoking, the casino venue will not allow to enter in beach or home clothes. In the Internet, there is no difference how player is dressed and how he behaves.

Huge variety of games and slots

An online casino offers to more options than a regular casino. There is a huge number of gambling games and digital slots in online casinos, which allow visitors to enjoy real gambling. The convenient system of bonuses in online casinos is also much more diverse than in a regular casino, where bonuses are usually available only to reputable players. In a highly competitive and diverse environment, online casinos attract visitors offering good bonus systems and ensure a good influx of visitors.

Original leisure

The casino is a very special kind of entertainment that many people like. Online casino https://www.iphonecasinon.com/en/ allows you to plunge into the atmosphere of gambling and excitement and experience all the facets of such leisure.

Possibility of big winning

In virtual casino the player can win a large amount of money. Often the virtual casino has very small minimum bet that allows any player to participate in various games and slots with minimum deposit for a long time. For good wins, the visitor can deposit a serious amount of money. At the same time, each player has own maximum deposit, that lets to get the maximum allowable game winning without going over the edge, after which the player can start losing. In each game, you should control your gambling, think over the rates – and then you can get a real pleasure from participating in an online casino.

You can keep your hobby in secret

Not all casino visitors talk about their hobbies. At the same time, you can see how much interesting to participate in the games of online casino. In addition, many people do not want somebody to know about their hobby. Online casino allows you to remain completely confidential, since no information about visitors is distributed.

Easy to logout of the casino

If you are busy or want to switch to another activity, you can freely logout the online casino by closing your browser. Logout in order to return soon. After all, online casinos will provide their visitors with maximum pleasure and relaxation, the opportunity to distract from everyday life, feel vivid emotions, the joy of winning, excitement and game enjoyment.

What Is Fantasy Sports Betting and How to Get Started?

Nowadays, online gambling comes in many shapes and forms. New verticals that are constantly emerging have brought another dimension to the whole experience.

One of them is certainly fantasy sports betting, which has taken both the sports and the betting world by storm. Namely, the 2019 figures show that around 20% of people engage in fantasy sports. This is quite a rise compared to 2014 when only 13% of sports fans enjoyed this activity.

Fantasy Sports User Growth
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If you are one of those bettors who would like to try their luck with this type of betting today, check out this article, as we will explain how fantasy sports betting works and how you can create your own DFS betting account.

What Is Fantasy Sports Betting?

If you are a sports fan, then you have probably dreamed about making your own team, adding or removing players from the squad, and creating a roster that you think would perform best. Well, fantasy sports allow you to do just that. In DFS, you have an opportunity to come up with the team of your choice and compete against your friends, colleagues, or any number of online players through tournaments and competitions.

At the beginning of each season, you need to choose a set of players for your team. You have to pay attention to your salary cap though, as you mustn’t go over it. Naturally, you will be drawn to the best players. You should be careful, though, as they are likely to be the most expensive. So if you buy a few of them, you won’t have enough money to fill out the rest of your roster.

Of course, daily fantasy sports (DFS) allow you to make adjustments to your team every day or every week, which makes these competitions even more exciting. It’s literally like creating a team in real life, as you have to think about the money and strategy at all times.

Although the concept of fantasy sports has been around for quite a while, fantasy sports betting is relatively new. Online operators started to include it in their betting markets when they realized the potential it has. As a result, if the players on your fantasy team perform well, you will have a chance to earn more than just bragging rights. Naturally, the success of your team will lead to successful bets as well.

DFS is available for a number of sports, the most popular in the US being football, basketball, baseball and ice hockey and, in the UK, Premier League football. In theory, though, fantasy sports betting can be utilized for any team sport, which is why we can expect other variants to emerge as well.

The Market Potential of Fantasy Sports Betting

As we’ve mentioned already, the interest in fantasy sports has been on the rise since 2014.

At the same time, online sports betting has become more popular as well, given the fact that many US states have finally legalised this form of gambling in the last several years. Considering the fact that around three-quarters of all DFS players frequently bet on sports, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the two have merged into fantasy sports betting.

Unsurprisingly, the most popular fantasy sport Americans like to bet on is football, with around 78% of fans interested in it. The second most favorite is baseball, followed by basketball and ice hockey. Of course, there is a lot of potential for many other sports, such as soccer, to be included in the fantasy betting format, as well.

Still, we can’t ignore the fact that this betting vertical has been negatively impacted by the ongoing COVID19 pandemic. Even though sports organizations and leagues are certainly doing their best to keep the competitions rolling, many games have already been postponed due to players and, in some cases, entire teams getting infected. So, if sporting events get shut down again, betting on fantasy sports will have to be canceled too.

How to Start Your Own Fantasy Sports Betting Site

Regardless of the unfortunate circumstances that the whole world is facing right now, once everything goes back to normal, the sports betting industry is likely to continue to develop according to its projected path. So setting up your own fantasy sports betting site would definitely be a good business decision, seeing that the interest in fantasy sports betting is at an all-time high.

Luckily, this entire process is not as complicated as it used to be. There are plenty of companies that will be more than glad to offer you a helping hand and provide expert advice on how to develop your fantasy sports betting startup.

Still, before doing anything else, you should run things past your legal advisors to be 100% sure that everything that you’re doing is allowed. Even though fantasy sports betting is legal in most jurisdictions, you can’t be too careful.

Once you’ve checked this, the biggest obstacle you could face while setting up your site could be getting a proper gambling license. In order to operate legally, you will have to pick reputable gambling jurisdictions and meet their requirements. Additionally, you will need to reach an agreement with various payment providers so that you can process different payment methods on your website.

Nevertheless, if you already have a licensed online gambling website, you will have an easy time setting everything up. Namely, you will just need to update the functions of your betting platform so that it supports fantasy sports betting.

How to Start Betting on Fantasy Sports

If you’re only interested in betting on fantasy sports, you can do so on one of the sportsbook websites that have already recognized the potential this betting market has.

Once you have settled on the operator of your choice, simply create an account, make a deposit using one of the available payment options, and start playing. If you need any help with this process, the operator’s customer support will be at your service.

Fantasy sports betting works slightly differently than regular sports betting, as you need to place wagers on the teams you’ve created personally. If you’ve never played fantasy sports before, we suggest that you start from there, and move on to the betting sites only when you’ve mastered your managerial skills. Although, if that sounds daunting, you could also start with a site that includes a betting exchange for the premier league, where your odds might be better with a peer-to-peer scale.

Final Thoughts

Fantasy sports betting might never be as popular as regular sports betting. Nevertheless, its popularity is on the rise, and, consequently, it is slowly getting incorporated into the online gambling world.

Since it is evident that the demand for this kind of betting exists not only in the US but also in the entire world, an increasing number of betting operators are expected to start offering fantasy sports betting in the following period.

FanTeam 2020-21: £45K Midweek Monster – Gameweek 22 preview

As part of FISO’s special series of weekly articles on FanTeam, Europe’s biggest daily fantasy football provider, we will actually be entering the team we write about each week into the game. Our article will focus on an Early Entry for their Fantasy Premier League tournament held each week in order to help you identify game rules, tactics and the most promising players per gameweek, so you can win some of that large prize money.

Our FISO team below will be entered into this week’s €20 entry (€50k prize pool) Main Event. The winner takes home a cool €5,000. FanTeam also offer a €2 entry Weekly Monster with a lower prize pool for those who prefer to play with lower stakes. Join the discussion on FISO’s FanTeam forum.

Before moving onto our team selection, we want to highlight a couple of FanTeam rules that they apply to their Weekly Monster competition and that represent some of the major differences when comparing the game to the FPL. Do though check out the Predicted Line-Ups for the Premier League clubs as well as the latest injury news (click on ‘Team’ to sort per club rather than the default ‘date’) before finalising your picks.

Number one is that FanTeam have a rule called the ‘safety net’. The safety net comes into play when a selected player does not start in the Weekly Monster, because the game will then automatically replace this player with the next lowest-priced player from the same position (GK, DEF, MID, FOR) in the same team. This is regardless of whether or not your selected player does take to the field later in the game. This rule helps people who have entered a team into the Weekly Monster not to worry too much about whether their selected players will start or not, particularly if they know there are cheaper players for that same club in that same position who should start instead.

Number two is that FanTeam also have a ‘stacking penalty’ for the Weekly Monster, which penalises teams that have selected more than one defenders/goalkeeper from the same club. The stacking penalty comes into play when you pick more than one defensive player (defenders or goalkeepers) from a particular club and this club records a clean sheet. The points awarded for this clean sheet will decrease by 1 point for each additional defensive player from the same club that you have selected. The stacking penalty has a maximum of minus 3 points. This rule helps stop multi-entrants from gaining an advantage by submitting block defence teams. A reasonable tactic can be to select two players from two different clubs for your Goalie and Defenders, which would see you incur just 2 single-point deductions if you nail both clean sheets correctly.

Gameweek 21 €50K Midweek Monster matches

Our team suggestion for the Midweek Monster in gameweek 22

Formation: 4-5-1

MANCHESTER CITY

Gameweek 22 presents us with a rather complicated set of fixtures from a fantasy point of view, especially with all the injuries and rotation worries going around. As a result, our selection for FanTeam’s €50K Midweek Monster contains just one triple-up, namely of Manchester City players. The Cityzens are in great form defensively and working towards a more prolific attack as well, and they are visiting Turf Moor on Wednesday. Never an easy game for any team, but we can see Pep Guardiola’s men scrape a win with a clean sheet here. Just FYI, the reverse fixture back in gameweek 10, when Burnley were still very much struggling, ended in 5-0.

The Clarets seem to have recovered the success formula that kept them amongst the English footballing elite for several seasons already. Despite losing their last two games, they did manage to take 14 points from the nine previous games. They are a tough, hard-working side, but scoring goals is still an issue. At the moment, only bottom side Sheffield United have scored less than their 13 goals in 20 games. Man City then, boast the best defence in the league with 13 goals conceded in 20 games, which is why we have gone with both Joao Cancelo and Ruben Dias for our defence. The former was rested in GW21 and is expected to return against Burnley, while Dias seems undroppable for Pep. Should he not be, then John Stones will replace him with help of FanTeam’s safety net.

For our third Cityzen, it was between Ilkay Gündogan and Raheem Sterling, and we’ve opted for the latter in the end. Raz was rested over the weekend and looks primed for a return to the starting eleven at Turf Moor. His form was growing with 2 goals and 1 assist in his last three games, and we think he could be instrumental in City’s attempts to keep the pitch wide and break down Burnley deep-lying defensive block.

LEICESTER CITY

For our midfield, we have selected Harvey Barnes, who has been on fire in recent weeks. The Englishman has recorded attacking returns in his last four games (2 goals, 2 assists), and he already has 7 goals and 3 assists to his name in the Premier League overall. He plays very much forward, especially in the absence of Jamie Vardy, but is still listed as a midfielder on FanTeam. This could provide some nice added out-of-position value. The Foxes are up against Fulham against Craven Cottage, where they will be heavy favourites to take the three points.

The fact that we feel that they might just do this without conceding, has made us pick James Justin for this Midweek Monster tournament as well. The young full-back is one of the revelations at the King Power Stadium this season, first filling in for the injured Ricardo Pereira and Timothy Castagne, and then turning himself into a starter for the Foxes. He is facing a Fulham side that has scored just 6 goals since gameweek 12, so hopefully Justin and his team mates can keep the Cottagers out for this one as well.

CRYSTAL PALACE

Our fourth and final defender is an Eagle facing the Magpies in gameweek 22. Patrick van Aanholt looked to have lost his place in Crystal Palace’s starting eleven to Tyrick Mitchell, but over the weekend, there the Dutchman suddenly was again. He got the 90 minutes for the first time since gameweek 15 and rewarded his FanTeam owners with a decent 7 FT points, courtesy of a clean sheet and an Impact point. For the away game against Newcastle on Tuesday, Mitchell is marked as a doubt on FanTeam, so we might see PVA start once again. Palace have kept 3 clean sheets in the last five games, while the Magpies scored just 3 goals over that same run, two of which came last weekend against Everton.

Of course, when talking about Crystal Palace, it’s impossible not to mention Wilfried Zaha by name. The Ivory Coast international is their top scorer with 9 goals, their joint-assist leader with 3 successful final passes, and the player with most shots in Roy Hodgson’s side. He was inches away from his second consecutive return against Wolves when he hit the bar and his overall form looked pretty good. Palace aren’t the most free-scoring of sides, but Zaha could be a good pick for your FanTeam €50K Midweek Monster side in gameweek 22.

SINGLE SHOOTERS

Our FanTeam selection for this midweek round also contains three single picks, one of which is Liverpool’s Mo Salah. The Egyptian failed to return in six consecutive gameweeks, but broke that unfortunate spell in GW21 by scoring a brace away at West Ham. He is expensive and Liverpool definitely still have some issues to work through, but they are not as bad as the results imply. Not at all. This week it’s a home game against Brighton, who will be full of confidence after beating Spurs 1-0 on Sunday. We don’t think that they will surprise the Reds at home though, and we feel Salah could be entering a period of consistent fantasy returns again, which is also why we have given him the captain’s armband this round.

A key (attacking) role in his team? Check. Acceptable price for GW22? Check. Good form? Check. Good fixture? Check. West Brom’s Mateus Pereira seems to check all of the boxes that make a fantasy asset great, apart from the “Plays for a good team” box. That could be less of a concern when they are visiting fellow relegation fighters Sheffield United on Tuesday, though. Pereira himself has scored 4 goals and provided 1 assist in his last four league games for a total of 33 FT points. He has the potential to be a match-winner in this hugely important game for both teams, which is why we’re betting on him in GW22.

Our final outfield player pick was partly budget-based as well, as we were running low on budget by the time we had selected nine players for our FanTeam €50K Midweek Monster squad. Southampton find themselves in a bit of a slump at the moment, having lost their last three games in the Premier League. Their star attacker Danny Ings had some injury issues over the past month or so and he hasn’t scored since his winner against Liverpool in gameweek 16 (the Saints did not play in GW18) although a marginal VAR decision in against Aston Villa at the weekend depreived him of a goal. Upcoming opponents Manchester United seem to have suddenly lost a bit of their excellent form with just 5 points from their last four games. This encounter will feature two teams in search of their earlier winning form and at Saint Mary’s, Ings could prove to be the difference.

GOALKEEPER

Finally, our goalkeeper. Once again, we have opted for a very much budget-enabling pick with high saves potential. Burnley shot stopper Nick Pope currently ranks second on FanTeam for saves (80 saves), 7 of which were made against Chelsea last weekend. As we discussed earlier in this piece, the Clarets are facing in-form Man City at Turf Moor, where they will be the heavy underdogs. A clean sheets looks unlikely, but a few save points definitely don’t.

Join the discussion on FISO’s FanTeam forum.

Bamford a no-brainer for any team

When it comes to finding a reasonably-priced striker for your fantasy team, there’s arguably no better option than Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford.

With a bargain price and an eye for goal, in a team that creates a host of chances, the English forward is a must signing for any player.

Bamford punching above his weight

Having scored 16 goals in the Championship last season, Bamford is already well on his way to surpassing that total in his first proper campaign as a starting Premier League striker. Some questioned whether the former Chelsea forward would be able to make the step up the top flight, having been criticised at times for squandering chances in the Championship. However, the 27-year-old has been answering his critics with his efforts this season, to see Leeds residing in mid-table in the Premier League.

Bamford produced a fine performance in a 3-1 win at Leicester City at the end of January, with the forward scoring once and providing two assists at the home of the Foxes. For a player at the time worth 6.6 in the Fantasy Premier League, only Tottenham’s Harry Kane had acquired more points at the start of February out of all the forwards. Kane is the most expensive striker in FPL at 11.1, and while the England striker has justified his price until his recent injury, second-place Bamford provides excellent value.

Leeds star worth sticking with

There will be many players who will have jumped on the Bamford bandwagon after his flying start to the Premier League season, and some may have jumped ship after a recent barren run.

Those who use sites like Sporticos for live scores, stats and post-match articles to follow today’s football will know how Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds side create numerous chances in their games both home and away. They will also know Bamford can have a tendency for going on quiet runs in front of goal. But those who stick with the Leeds forward could well be rewarded with an impressive points haul at the end of the season.

The Whites have plenty of creative talent in behind Bamford, with the likes of Rodrigo, Raphinha, Jack Harrison and Mateusz Klich all capable of creating chances for the lone striker. Bielsa has been a huge admirer of Bamford since his arrival at the club back in 2018 and if the forward is fit, then he’s one of the first names on the team sheet.

Can Bamford keep it going?

With just less than half of the Premier League season remaining, there will be some questioning whether Bamford can continue scoring points at the business end of the campaign? Leeds are one of the fittest teams in the league, and while some will point to unsubstantiated claims of ‘burnout’, the Whites are showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Many fantasy football players will have looked to the likes of Kane and Leicester forward Jamie Vardy as their primary source of goals up front but, given their recent injuries, there will be few to argue that Bamford is not a strong choice for an affordable second striker.

FPL season 2020-21: Gameweek 22 preview

“London derby time on Thursday night as Spurs are welcoming Chelsea to the Tottenham Stadium”. (CC by 2.0). Image by Daniel.

As has become usual this season, gameweek 21 was another bag of surprises for FPL managers around the world. First of all, of course, our sympathies to the 700-something-thousand managers who had high hopes for their City trio of Cancelo, Stones and Sterling against Burnley in GW21. Just a reminder of how real rotation is at Man City. Second of all, you were not entirely alone, as the five most transferred-in players last weekend (Calvert-Lewin, Gündogan, Cancelo, Watkins & Sterling) returned a majestic 7 FPL points between them. Of the top five captains (Bruno Fernandes, Salah, Son, Kane, Gündogan), only the Egyptian Red didn’t blank. Despite the round’s 48-point average score, it was a tough one for many of us.

The next gameweek is already upon us and all 20 Premier League clubs will be back in action during the upcoming midweek round, which arrives hot on the heels of a full weekend of Premier League action. Opening on Tuesday evening are Sheffield United and West Brom with a very real bottom-of-the-table clash. Seeing as Fulham hosts Leicester the day after, both teams will be be more than aware of the value of a potential three points. The encounter of the week takes place at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, where London rivals Chelsea will look to build on their decent performance against Burnley last weekend. There are also games between Manchester United and Southampton, form teams Aston Villa and West Ham, and Wolves versus Arsenal, just to name a few. Plenty to look forward to once again, though keep in mind that rotation might very well strike big again over the coming days.

Don’t forget, the deadline for gameweek 22 is set at 16h30 (UK time) on Tuesday, February 2nd.

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 February 1st, 2021)


TRANSFERS OUTTRANSFERS INPOSSIBLE REASONS
GKMcCarthy (SOU), Lloris (TOT), Ryan (BRI)Martinez (AST), Ederson (CIT), Leno (ARS)
DEFChilwell (CHE), Walker-Peters (SOU), Zouma (CHE)Dias (CIT), Cresswell (WHU), Targett (AST)Manager change at Chelsea, excellent defensive performances by City, Villa and West Ham.
MIDSon (TOT), Saka (ARS), Sterling (CIT)Salah (LIV), Grealish (AST), Gündogan (CIT)Salah back to scoring, Spurs disappointing, Sterling rotated.
FORKane (TOT), Calvert-Lewin (EVE), Lacazette (ARS)Wilson (NEW), Antonio (WHU), Bamford (LEE)Kane injury, Wilson brace, Antonio and Bamford form.

Premium pick

It’s been a bit of a massacre for the premium fantasy assets in FPL over the past few weeks. Either injuries (e.g. De Bruyne, Kane, Vardy) or largely lacking returns (e.g. Bruno Fernandes, Mané, Salah) seriously decimated the candidate pool for our premium category. After six consecutive blanks, Liverpool’s Mo Salah (£12.6m) showed a serious sign of line against West Ham over the weekend, though. The Egyptian wizard scored twice for a total of 15 FPL points and Liverpool as a whole looked pretty good against an in-form Hammers side. Though there are definitely some things Liverpool need to work on still, we do believe that their recent slump in form and results was a bit of a freak occurrence. Hopefully they can prove us right on Wednesday when Brighton visit Anfield.

Non-premium picks

Our first non-premium pick is based on a combination of undeniable quality and form as Aston Villa host West Ham on Wednesday. The home team currently sits in ninth while the visitors are up in fifth place, so this is a clash between two teams in good form. Villa star Jack Grealish (£7.7m) could be the one to make the difference in what we feel should be a tightly contested encounter. The England international has posted attacking returns in his last three gameweeks, with 1 goal and 2 assists for a total of 20 FPL points. Despite playing two games less, the Villans are amongst the top-five teams for many of the important attacking stats, including goals scored, shots on target and big chances. West Ham at home won’t be a walk in the park, but Grealish could deliver this week.

The second non-premium fantasy pick that caught our eye in the build-up to gameweek 22 is Wilfried Zaha (£7.2m). Even more than Grealish at Villa, the Ivorian forward is the principal source of offensive creativity at the Eagles. He is their top scorer with 9 goals, their joint-assist leader with 3 successful final passes, and the player with most shots in Roy Hodgson’s side. Palace are playing at Saint James’ Park in GW22 and have a rather favourable set of fixtures following that one, including home games against Fulham, Burnley and West Brom, and away games at Leeds and Brighton over the next seven rounds. Zaha was inches away from his second consecutive return against Wolves when he hit the bar and his overall form looked pretty good. Palace aren’t the most free-scoring of sides, but Zaha could be a good investment for the short and medium term.

The budget enabler

Goalkeepers are heavily under-represented in most FPL previews, including ours, but our budget-enabling fantasy pick this week stands between the sticks. Brighton’s Robert Sanchez (£4.4m) has gone a bit under the radar since becoming Graham Potter’s first-choice goalie back in gameweek 13, which explains both his more than friendly price tag and his current ownership of just 1.3%. Brighton are not a bad side, but they lack goals, which weighs on the team as a whole. At the back though, the Seagulls are really quite stable, which they managed to translate into actual results recently as well. They have not conceded a goal in the past three rounds, which has led Sanchez to collect a very nice 21 FPL points. He could represent the perfect way to free up those final £0.something million for bringing in that field player you feel is going to explode soon.

A differential pick or two

The first differential fantasy pick for gameweek 22 is Leicester forward Harvey Barnes (£6.9m), who has been on fire in recent weeks. The Englishman has recorded attacking returns in his last four games (2 goals, 2 assists), and he already has 7 goals and 3 assists to his name in the Premier League overall. The Foxes will be looking at their midfielders to make up for Jamie Vardy’s absence and Barnes seems to be stepping up. He is their highest-scoring midfielder in FPL and has a decent run of fixtures coming up, starting with Fulham at Craven Cottage this Wednesday. His ownership has been growing recently as a result of his performances, but it still sits at 7.3% at the time of writing this. We can see him growing out of differential status soon, so do consider him for your midfield if you’re looking for picks that make a difference at a kind price.

Recent weeks have been a festival of differential value in the FPL and few players have brought more differential joy than Mateus Pereira (£5.6m). It’s true that his side West Brom is possibly the worst in the league, but in theory, the Brazilian has it all: the key (attacking) role in his team, the budget price tag, the form and the fixture. In a period in which rotation and such are abundant, he could provide exceptional value, both in terms of planning, fantasy selection stability and actual real-life form. Pereira has scored 4 goals in his last four league games for a total of 39 FPL points and up next are Sheffield United at Bramall Lane. The improving Blades will be eyeing this encounter as well though, as three points here would suddenly see them back in the mix for Premier League survival. We find it hard to predict the result for this one and goals could be scarce (or abundant), but West Brom’s Pereira has the qualities to make an impact in this game.

The captaincy

With many of the usual suspects for the armband out injured or out of form, and with relatively few really clear-cut match-ups in gameweek 22 from an FPL point of view, we expect Mo Salah to be the number-one GW22 captaincy candidate this week. We have also gone with the Egyptian as he prepares for a home game against sturdy Brighton on Wednesday night. Salah finally got his name back on the score sheet in GW21 with a brace against West Ham and we hope that he’ll repeat this feat against the Seagulls this week.

If you don’t have Salah or gave up on him after six consecutive blanks, you could opt for one of the Man City boys when they roll up to Turf Moor on Wednesday. Sterling is likely to return to the starting eleven after being rested for the GW21 fixture versus Sheffield United, as are Joao Cancelo and John Stones. Either of these three feel like decent captaincy picks, seeing as City are getting back into form and can count on the league’s best defence by some distance. Riskier picks for the armband include Harvey Barnes away at Fulham, Patrick Bamford at Elland Road versus Everton, Dominic Calvert-Lewin away against Leeds, Wilfried Zaha at Saint James’ Park, and Mateus Pereira away against Sheffield United.