Why Football Is the Most Popular Sport in the World

Human beings engage in different sports, but soccer is one of the popular games around. Everyone knows how to kick the ball and understand the simple rules that govern it. Its simplicity makes it one of the most loved sports worldwide. In this article, we will provide some reasons why football is famous worldwide.

Display of High-Class Completion

Every country plays football and has a league completion. This provides a high number of quality players across the globe playing the same game. It is popular because it is played even in rural areas, and the spread of talent is not limited. In any completion, we all anticipate seeing super starts rising because it is a sport that produces natural footballers with excellent skills. Anyone can train and learn to play the game expertly.

Varied Field Competition

Apart from the premier teams worldwide, football becomes delicious because of the different forms of styles. Top teams will work with a particular formation that makes gaming enjoyable. Style of play is unique in football that makes it an incredible sport to watch.

Its nature woos millions across the globe because they can easily understand how teams play against the opponents. Close control, counter-attacking and defending are some of the formations displayed by big teams across the globe.

Because of the diverse formation, domination in football is rare. In football, any team can win. A football team cannot dominate for a prolonged period because of the changing formations and coaching tactics.

It Is Inexpensive

When we compare football to other games, we will realize that it is inexpensive. A soccer ball can be improvised, and that is why kids will be playing all over. You do not need an Adidas’s ball to play soccer. Besides, you only need two objects to mark the goals posts, and you are good to play. You can use anything to play football; however, buying a soccer ball will not cost you a lot of cash. Acquiring a ball is easier and cheap, making it a popular game.

Technology has also played a significant part in making football more popular. We can now enjoy live streaming. This enables individuals to watch foreign football leagues and enjoy the sensation that comes with quality plays.

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Passionate Fans 

Football fans have a lot of passion for the game. They enjoy the game and share the passion with the people around them. The tension and anticipation in the stadium are the same as witnessed in homes worldwide. Football fans are always enthusiastic about the game across the globe. This makes individuals who are less interested in the game get psyched up. 

Can Be Played Virtually in Any Condition

Football can be played almost in all conditions. It can be played in the snow, in heavy rains and in fields that appear like shallow swimming pools. It is rare to miss a football match because of the weather condition. The weather whims lead tactical heights to the sport.

The adaptability in playing football helps teams to make formidable home records that prevent the game from being one-sided. For example, a good team in the Champions League will have a hard time playing in Russia in winter. The game is played in any environment helps to take monotonousness out of the sport.

Size Does Not Matter

The size will not matter because any talented footballer will find a chance to play for his or her team. Individual size does not have a high significance compared to other sports like American football and basketball. It is because anyone can display excellent game. After all, the sport is not about height and strength. It is about skills and fitness.

Football is super fun and the most straightforward game that anyone can engage in. the simple rules make it liked by many because even kids can understand it. These are some of the reasons that make football popular.

People identify with the quality of the game and its simplicity. Besides, it does not have a definite time of the season. All seasons are fit for the game. Now you know why football is loved worldwide with a considerable number of fans and players.

FPL Season 2020-21: Gameweek 34 preview

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Premium pick

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

Non-premium picks

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

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

The budget enabler

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

A differential pick or two

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

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

The captaincy

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

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

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How Europe’s Tech Hubs Are Pushing Esports to the Next Level

The European esports’ market is thriving with opportunities. There are more tournaments than ever, and new start-ups appear daily. Tech hubs are being created in different countries, allowing more partnerships across Europe. In this article, you’ll read about the latest developments in the esports’ market in the EU.

Understanding the Esports Market

Esports or e-sports are professional videogame competitions in a multiplayer environment. Since 2018, this industry enjoys a streak of yearly audience growth in Europe. This trend was confirmed in 2020 when everyone expected a crash because of the world crisis. Due to its virtual nature, this segment didn’t lose many audiences with the pandemic.

 In 2019, e-sports enjoyed a massive audience of around 443 million worldwide. Online casinos tapped into this new trend. If you do a quick search for kasino ilman talletusta (casino no deposit) in Finnish, you’ll find where you can bet on electronic sports.

Esports and Tech Companies

Tech companies around the world are watching those competitions closely. After all, it’s a billionaire business that’s still on the rise. Several start-ups and media companies want to broadcast those competitions. Streaming those competitions is one of the main challenges those tech companies have.

It’s because this kind of competition is focused on the player, not on the spectator. Even sports media moguls, such as ESPN, weighed in a rush for the best streaming system. Increasing the audience for those competitions is crucial for monetising the broadcasts.

Genvid Technologies is a start-up developing a new streaming system. It employs several cameras in different angles and interactive elements.

Esports in Europe

Despite not losing its audience, the business’ numbers shrunk compared to 2018 records. From an all-time high of €3,6 billion, the volume of transactions in 2018 dropped to €1,7 billion in 2019. Still, this market didn’t seem to feel the blow, and it keeps expanding.

Near Amsterdam, a massive tech hub complex called H2O has just opened its doors. It’s the largest of the kind in Europe, with an arena, gaming club, including VR games. H2O e-sports complex is currently the largest of its kind, but it’s not the only one. Similar initiatives are gaining space in countries like Finland and the UK. In this section, you’ll read more information about those markets.

What’s on in Finland?

Gambling is a natural part of the Finnish culture, where about 80% of the Finnish people gamble as a pastime. The increasing professionalisation of Finnish esports market has attracted regular sports gamblers. The Finnish are also enthusiastic e-sport players. The country was the fifth in the ranking from 2019, with more than 50 countries.

In 2019, the Finnish Olympic Committee included e-sports in the sports category. The Finnish Assembly also organises esports events every two years. In those competitions, players create teams to compete with other teams. Earnings in those competitions ranged between $58,000 and $223,849.

If you want to know more about esports in Finland, you must check what Auli Wälkky has to say. She’s a psychologist who’s an expert in online games and online interaction between players. Check her latest reviews and find out what’s on in Finland!

  • Mobile Options

Esports games for mobile is still a developing field, but it makes excellent promises. There are only a few companies worldwide, dedicated to mobile esports. Critical Force is one of them, and it’s already reaping off the benefits. The company is located in Kajaani, but it’s already receiving international investment.

The South Korean company NHN Entertainment started investing in Critical Force in 2018. Today, the latter has opened a subsidiary in Seoul. The company’s most successful game is a first-person shooter game called Critical Ops. This game has already over 50 million downloads worldwide. In 2018, the company received funding of more than €5.4 million from Business Finland.

Esports in the UK

The UK Esports Market generates billionaire profits every year. It comes from a five-year upward trend, and nowadays, this segment’s revenue is about £1.57 billion. Yet, the British Esports Association thinks the UK isn’t keeping pace with other countries, despite being one of the Top5 markets in this field.

The main reason for this lag would be lack of sponsorship and investment, according to the Association. International-scale events, like the 2020 UEFA EURO esports competition are improving the situation.

Conclusion

The esports business is on the rise and is bound to attract more tech companies’ attention. There’s a massive potential for monetisation of those tournaments. From sports giants to tech start-ups, everyone wants a share of this incredibly profitable market.

Best Picks For Daily Fantasy Basketball

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The weekly lineup leagues will help you prepare your draft for the best options for players at each position, maximizing your fantasy basketball experience. Drafting your fantasy lineups is a critical and effortless process when you have options to choose from, and this article will help you with which players to select on a specific role in your lineups.

Daily Fantasy Sports changes stats and records on a daily and weekly basis. There are different lineups and projections for every game and player. To know the best picks for your daily fantasy basketball, you must be updated with their primer or breakdown of their best plays. Here are the best picks at each position for the next upcoming fantasy basketball.

Point Guard

Stephen Curry is famous for being one of the leading scorers in Basketball, averaging 38 points per game over the previous games and seasons. The expectations for Stephen Curry skyrocketed as he garnered multiple MVP awards and other recognitions for his gameplay.

Stephen Curry was a consistent best point guard in the league not until the season of 2019-2020 when he got injured for the entire season and lost the chance to be the season’s MVP. He has proven his worth through consistency and surpassing a significant milestone in the previous seasons and continued to give his all every playoff making it easier for him to score.

He can shoot in a long-range anywhere on the court, and he’s actually ranked as the 6th player in the all-time history of the league. Stephen Curry’s efficiency in court brings out the best in his team. Stephen is known to have the skill of the greatest shooter of all time, a historical title.

Shooting Guard

In this season’s playoffs, Marcus Smart is showing MVP-worthy gameplay. He’s excellent at helping with the rotation and ball handling. However, he needs to put extra effort into this year’s season because his team’s overall performance might be a little trickier, considering that they are a little short on their rotation.

Kemba Walker’s absence has placed Marcus Smart more into the duties of a point guard player. Will this added effort and versatility make him better in court, or will it bring him down together with his rising popularity and impressive points? Find out in the upcoming game at FanDuel fantasy. Marcus Smart’s improved gameplay with his 3-pointers, assists, and blocks will really fill the role of an above-average shooting guard.

Small Forward

Bogdan Bogdanovic is favoured by many due to his solid previous game where he garnered 21 points, eight assists, and three rebounds in a game against Miami Heats and has an average fantasy point of 43.7. Bogdan Bogdanovic is impressively capable of shooting from a three-point range.

His impressive shooting abilities and versatility are surprisingly one of the excellent strategies as a small forward who’s also a great pointer in midgames. Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 32 points in their game against Milwaukee Bucks, three additional points for assists, three steals, and a rebound.

Power Forward

Zion Williamson rose from popularity as one of the great scorers in his team despite being in his second season in NBA. He’s been a scoring machine lately, averaging from 30.7 per game over his previous match. Zion Williamson was selected as the first draft pick in the 2019 NBA Drafting and secured his place in the All-star selection.

The rising player had a remarkable season for starters, almost in the same level and record after Kevin Durant and Anthony Davis, who are already veterans in their careers.

Centre

Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets has a value of $11,300 and 42.3 FanDuel points, not much but a great start to work on in his previous game and an average of 58.1 fantasy points. Nikola Jokic is a famous fantasy MVP player and a real-life MVP with a 56.9 per cent shooting from the field and an 85.4 per cent in the free-throw lane.

Nikola Jokic is a notable centre in the NBA and is blessed with versatility that a centre does not usually possess. He can be fast and reliable when it comes to handling and passing the ball and a dominant inside scorer.

He is a famous MVP fantasy player and a great overall player in real life in the league, and one of the best passers. According to FanDuel’s top DFS fantasy players, he ranked first on the list. As a centre with excellent skills and versatility in court, no one can ever substitute this or top this Nikola Jokic as a centre position.

To wrap it up

Choose a player who executes his roles the best. When choosing a fantasy player, compare the actual records and the values provided by the sportsbook. This should help you select a player who performs well and players rising against all odds: the performance, previous record, standings, and versatility matters.

FanTeam 2020-21: £45k Weekly Monster – Gameweek 33 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 both this week’s £18 entry (£45,000 prize pool) and the £1.80 entry (£9,000 prize pool) Weekly Monster. The winner takes home a cool £4,500 (or £900 for the £1.80 entry lower stakes game) and brings excitement to the next 4 days of Premier League action. 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 3 Defenders, which would see you incur just 2 single-point deductions if you nail both clean sheets correctly.

Gameweek 33 £50K Weekly Monster matches

Our team entered in the Weekly Monster in gameweek 33

The Liverpool & Leicester attack are not surprisingly the highest priced players in GW33 which for a change starts on Friday night. Their matches, against Newcastle (15th with only 1 loss in the last 5) and Crystal Palace (13th with 2 losses in the last 5) respectively, are expected to go the way of the two clubs chasing a Champions League place for next season with Liverpool in 7th (with 3 wins and a draw in their last 4) and Leicester in 3rd (lost their last 2 matches but play WBA tonight and have a FA Cup Final next month). Salah (c) should be fresh after only 20 minutes against Leeds in their last match on Monday and TAA is back among the goals and assists recently at last. Iheanacho‘s form is hard to ignore and has combined well with Vardy (vc) in a new style 2 pronged Leicester attack.

Having spent a large proportion of our budget on 4 players from Liverpool and Leicester our next 3 are taken from mid-priced Wolves (12th having won their last 2 matches) who play Burnley (17th having lost their last 3 matches and are 1 place and 6 points away from a relegation spot). Traore has shown more of his potential with a goal and assist in his last 2 matches. Saiss and Semedo are the top priced Wolves defenders and a clean sheet against Burnley would be their 3rd successive shut-out.

Our 3 budget fillers come from the already relegated Sheffield United who have lost their last 5 matches and sit at the bottom of the EPL on a miserly 14 points. They play Brighton in 16th who have 2 wins and 2 draws in their last 5 to now sit 7 points away from the relegation zone. Their last 2 matches though have been 0-0 draws so our hope is that the Sheffield United defence including Goalkeeper Ramsdale and full-back Baldock, along with attacking midfielder Osborn can again prevent Brighton from scoring and maybe sneak a win in their first match since relegation was confirmed.

That leaves one spot and we’ve saved that for Mason Greenwood who has rediscovered his scoring touch and confidence. With Man United (2nd) playing Leeds (10th) there is a decent chance of a few goals.

Just £1.80 to enter for 4 days of EPL action & £9,000 of guaranteed prizes incl £900 to the winner!

FPL Season 2020-21: Gameweek 33 Preview

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

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

Just £1.80 to enter for 4 days of EPL action & £9,000 of guaranteed prizes incl £900 to the winner!

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

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

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

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


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

Premium pick

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

Non-premium picks

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

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

The budget enabler

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

A differential pick or two

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

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

The captaincy

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

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

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Football Betting Tips to Improve Odds of Winning In 2021

Are you wondering how you can bet successfully? Most people bet intending to win. However, lack of knowledge on the football teams, including their performance, often results in betting loss. Yes, you may love to talk about football; however, watching your favorite team play does not make you a pro on the whole football subject.

Several platforms provide football information that can be inaccurate or outdated. If you are a self-proclaimed football expert that has been down on betting luck, here are some ways to improve your chances of winning this year.

Avoid Assumptions

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Bettors can lose money if they place a bet based on the weekly football-related news. Everyone will have heard that information. The trick to increasing your odds of winning is to avoid assumptions and interpret the finer details correctly. Combine weekly analysis with the knowledge you already have about the football teams playing.

Use Statistics

In academic writing, statistics act as powerful evidence that strengthens and gives validity to any argument. That is why subject experts, including those from custom-writing.co.uk, use statistics from reliable sources to support the presented argument.

Regarding football betting, statistics is the main source of knowledge on which team to wager on. Numbers give you more information about a team’s scoring ability, playing style, and whether they are better than the team they are playing against. Even if you want to bet on your favorite team, if statistics show that the opponent is a better player, then you risk losing money. After all, numbers don’t lie!

Narrow the Focus

You can’t be an expert in every football league because players often get better with each season. By playing and practicing, players sharpen their skills. Therefore, you stand a better chance of winning a bet if you narrow your focus on games where you have the most knowledge. This will help you predict the outcomes more accurately. It also allows you to focus more on the research and analytics instead of using your gut or emotion to place a bet.

So pick a maximum of two leagues and use accurate information to choose a profitable outcome. Besides, by focusing on many wagers, you are more likely to select low odds, which leads to low payouts.

Divert Your Attention

Playing fantasy football is a great way to test your knowledge of the game and build a team that participates in weekly tournaments. If you love betting and need to focus on something else related to football, consider joining a fantasy game.

By managing a fantasy team, you also have full control of how to play and which direction to take your players to help them win. This makes the experience of watching a live game much better and gives you a fresh perspective on the teams you wish to bet on. The same competitive nature found in live games is another reason why people love fantasy football.

Make Accurate Assessments

Football is unpredictable. That is why the sport is entertaining to watch. However, entertainment has nothing to do with betting as a way to make a profit. The unpredictable nature is what makes betting fun, but not when you are the one losing money.

To boost chances of winning a wager, you must assess every possible outcome. That means you should set ample time aside to consider the probabilities. According to forzaitalianfootball.com, football is popular because it’s versatile enough to be played regardless of the weather condition, and each team has a unique playing style, which further intensifies the competition.

The platform also has extensive information about the Champions League, Europa League, and latest football news. The data obtained can help you make accurate assessments of how a team will perform against its opponent. This will help you assess the chances of that team winning to determine whether it’s a good idea to wager on it or not.

Also, consider results from previous matches and the current fitness level of players. Analyzing all relevant information gives a more accurate view of what the actual chances of that team winning are going to be.

Not every football betting strategy will result in a win. However, by incorporating the mentioned above tips, you can increase the odds of winning a bet.  

How to Improve Your Football Skills

The will to deliver the best results is what brings you to the football pitch every training session. All athletes are a competitive lot. To claim a place among the best in the discipline, you’ll always strive to improve physically, and you can’t afford to lag.

So how do you stay on your toes and keep improving your football skills? Here are the primary best practices to have in mind.

Make an Honest Decision

Before you begin your journey as a football player, it’s essential to start with a one-on-one with yourself for a grip on your current situation. Thoroughly analyze your athletic abilities, and you may need the guidance of your coach or any other individual with a critical role in your sporting life.

When conducting a hones analysis of your capabilities, pay attention to your technical skill level, knowledge of the game, and the applicable mental attributes. You understand yourself better, but your coach also understands you, so be sure to involve them. Your trainer is better placed to track your progress and offer improvement suggestions.

Have a Plan With Achievable Objectives

Once you’ve established your strong points and weaknesses, the next step of improving your football skills involves creating a plan and setting goals. Focus on the areas that need improvement to create a season-long training program to improve your performance in the areas. Customessays.co.uk will sort out all your curriculum needs to ensure you have more time for your training plan. 

Just like the previous step, you must involve your coach in this plan. With vast sporting background, they are better positioned to come up with activities to address your weak areas adequately. They will also help you make your strengths even better.

With a list of straightforward, achievable goals, you’ll easily maintain the proper enthusiasm and stay determined throughout the season. Wants more? If you fail to achieve an objective, you’ll be further motivated to hit the training ground and fix the weakness.

Every Season Should Begin With a Robust Foundation

Most armatures in the game tend to overlook a reliable training foundation. Vital activities include extended yet easy aerobics and base-building exercises, body conditioning, and activities that build your overall body strength. You must also pay attention to mobility drills and the different injury prevention training.

Understandably, you may not fancy the lower-intensity workout sessions, and most participants are usually tempted to head straight into the more intense exercises. But these intervals are what sets you for success in the oncoming season. A strong foundation slows down fatigue and prepares you to handle the increased training load after commencing the season. So if your assignments limit you from creating the desired foundation, you may as well buy an essay from a reliable service provider.

Create a Strict Weekly Schedule

Availing yourself during every training session is key to your football success, but it narrows down to disciplined time management. For most people, carving out 40 minutes every day for a focused cardio session or any other training is simple. But it’s not easy to be always present if you have lots of things to do, and that’s why you need to create a weekly schedule that you strictly adhere to.

Creating a routine and strictly following the plan will keep you on track. You’ll always do the right thing even if you don’t feel like it, and this will help you improve the physicality and endurance required for the game. With a consistent training schedule, you’ll improve your skills on the pitch in no time.

Be a Thinker

A common misconception is that the coach should do all the thinking while the player implements the activities. Everyone has their most effective approach, and most people like to be guided during training. But if you’re used to being told your next drill, then you’ll never depend on yourself for improvement.

This doesn’t mean that you ignore the coach and start everything on your own. But if you blindly follow your trainer, you may not achieve what’s best for you individually. Most of the time, try to figure out the most effective improvement approach, what activities work for you, and what doesn’t. This way, you’ll know the activities to do more, and those you have to reduce.

All the above options can help you improve your skills as a college football player. By following the steps, you’ll create a comprehensive plan that would see you improve your game before the season ends. Also, check out sites like americanfootballinternational.com for the best guidance on joining an NCCA or NFL team. 

How To Choose A Safe Online Casino

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The number of online casinos has significantly increased, especially in the last couple of years. Even though this means more opportunities for gamblers to play their favourite games, it also means more things to take into consideration when choosing a perfect operator.

Ever since the pandemic broke out, people have started looking for new ways of entertainment. This resulted in the number of online players going up since all those who visited land-based casinos now turned to virtual ones. What is more, during this period, many of those who never gambled before decided that it was the best time to give this activity a go.

However, for most casino players who aren’t that experienced, this meant deciding which online operator is reliable. Luckily for them, there are certain indicators that can easily point us to a trustworthy online casino. In this article, we’ll take a look at all of the things that you should check when visiting a new gambling website to make sure that your operator of choice is reliable. 

All Online Casinos Should Have Licence

The first step towards securing a safe and enjoyable gambling experience is verifying is the operator has a licence or not. Licences are issued by online gambling authorities that keep a close eye on operators so they would always provide an optimal gaming environment. It’s important to know that those brands that operate without a licence can’t be held accountable if anything happens to your personal information or the money you deposited. On the other hand, if anything unfair happens at a licenced online casino, the matter is resolved quickly and easily.

Welcome Bonuses and Offers Are Important

Most casino players are usually attracted by a new operator because of the amazing welcome offers and bonuses that enable them to play longer for less money spent. No matter if you want to spin slots or play any other casino game, free spins on registration or other similar welcome promotions will definitely improve your overall gaming experience. However, bonuses are also important for verifying if the online casino in question is reliable or not. If the operator offers several bonus promotions for both new players and regulars, it is a good sign. It means that the brand wants to promote its gambling platform and care about the good opinion of its visitors.

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Safe Payment Options

One of the first things that any player does when joining an online casino is making a deposit. This process should be quick and easy, and some players also prefer an instant transaction, so they don’t have to wait too much before they engage in their favourite game. Before you make a gaming account with a provider, always check which payment methods are available to users. Some of the safest payment methods include:

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • E-wallet
  • Cryptocurrency

The fastest and most secure methods are e-wallets and cryptocurrencies. The transaction is almost instant, and they provide complete anonymity and security of your personal information. Operators that include methods of payment mentioned above are usually trustworthy and provide the best user experience.

Check Operator’s Reputation

Investing a bit more of your time before signing up for an account to see if you can trust an online casino or not can mean the difference between an excellent and poor gaming experience. So don’t spare some time to visit different online casino review websites that provide a professional opinion about the operator you opted for. On these websites, you will also find a comment section where other users will also share their opinion of the brand. Keep in mind that many players will state that they don’t like the games or that they expected to see more slots. However, there are individual opinions, and you shouldn’t be bothered with that. You want to know if the operator provides fast and secure deposit and withdrawal methods or if there were any problems with getting your winning to your account. If you discover that some players had issues like these, it would be wise to steer clear from that brand.

Contact Their Support Team

Another thing that you can do to see if the operator cares for the players is to contact their customer support. There are various options through which you can do that. The best one is via live chat. There should be a live chat button on the homepage of the website, and all you should do is click on it and ask any question. If the customer support is quick with their response and friendly during the conversation, it can be yet another sign that you have found the right operator for you.

Conclusion

Nowadays, finding the perfect online casino isn’t an easy task. However, if you set your mind to it and invest some extra time into checking if the operator is reliable and trustworthy, you are securing a carefree and enjoyable gaming experience for yourself in the days to come.

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Chriss Bell is a game expert at the Gamblizard team who writes informative articles about all sorts of online gaming novelties. Chriss likes to explore the online gaming world and be up-to-date with the latest trends. Other than playing MMORPG, Chriss also enjoys playing online poker and roulette.

What is a deposit bonus for online casinos?

Gambling companies, like other businesses, promote their services through special offers. The deposit bonus is the incentive players get after making a payment at a casino. The reward is there to attract new players. You can use the bonus to play the specified games and win real money.

The bonus can get split into several deposits. For instance, you can get a particular amount for the first payment, and more can come as you make subsequent deposits.

The reward gets also referred to as the welcome bonus. It encourages people to register at a casino, make payments, and play.

The advantages and disadvantages of deposit casino bonuses

The reward has the following benefits.

  1. High expected value.

When you play games using your money and bonus, there are higher chances of profiting. You can gain even if the playthrough requirements lower your wins.

  1. Play new games.

Most gamblers are reluctant to test unfamiliar games using their money. The incentive offers players a chance to play such titles.

  1. Play for long.

Serious gamblers that love spending so much time at casinos benefit from the deposit bonuses a lot. The reward allows them to play more. You can play for a longer time without needing to top up your account.

The deposit casino bonuses have the following drawbacks.

  1. Playthrough requirements.

Gamblers have to bet the incentive again from one to one hundred times, depending on the gambling platform. So, expect a lot of gaming before withdrawing your wins.

  1. Game restrictions.

In some gaming sites, the games with high RTPs get restricted from contributing to the playthrough requirements.

  1. Time limits.

Many websites need customers to use the incentive within a short duration. It can be within one week, one month, or even a few hours.

Claiming the deposit casino bonus

The first step is to open an account. You cannot access gambling offers if you are not a member of the site offering them.

Customers also need to understand how casinos do their promotions before claiming rewards. If a site uses codes, they will appear on the bonus page. On most platforms, you need to enter the code in the cashier section. Other times, gamblers may get asked to send the code to support representatives.

Casinos that don’t provide codes reward the bonuses automatically. However, players may need to talk to a support agent after depositing money. The operator will immediately add the incentive to the deposit.

It is essential to pay attention to the bonus requirements. For instance, casinos specify the minimum you can pay to be eligible. The terms and conditions also cover playthrough requirements, game restrictions, time limits, and anything else enforced by the operator.

The online deposit bonus is often between 25% and 200%. Casinos will also specify the payment methods. For instance, you may get required to make deposits using eWallet or Neteller services. The payment options may also be the ones you will also use to withdraw wins.