Regular vs Jackpot Slots – What Can Players Expect?

Mega Moolah is one of the best-known progressive slots.

Although slot machines wouldn’t come under the umbrella of fantasy or interactive sports online, the genre would most certainly appeal to those who are interested in these things. They offer a lot of the excitement and unpredictability that fantasy games provide and can also be played when seeking some respite from the complex world of playing interactive sports online.

It’s true that online slots can seem like a minefield, even to the most experienced online casino players. There are so many things to consider when choosing which one to play, from themes to side games. In this article, we examine some of the main differences between regular slots and jackpot offerings. Knowing the types of game on offer can help the decision-making process when selecting a game.

Regular slots – How they Work and Popular Themes

Modern slots often use popular TV series as inspiration.

Online slots have changed in a myriad of ways since the early, offline days. Despite the evolution, though, certain things have always remained the same. The bulky and rigid machines of old featured three reels which were operated by a lever. The reels still exist today, but most games now have five rather than three. And instead of using a lever to spin them, players simply click their mouse or touch the screen of their mobile device.

The concept of slot machines back in the days of Charles Fey’s Liberty Bell was to match symbols on the reels. The same is still true in the modern era, but developers have been able to take this idea and up the ante tenfold. Back then, at the turn of the 19th century, most slot machines were adorned with various fruit symbols for players to match. Now, in the 2020s, virtually anything can be found on the reels.

Indeed, a common thread to be found on online slots is that they are based on something which has been successful in another sector of the media. For instance, following the unprecedented success of HBO’s Game of Thrones series, Microgaming created an online slot of the same name. It had the sigils of the great houses from the show as symbols on the reels and even used the iconic music.

In an effort to attract as many players as possible from all sorts of different demographics, developers have used diverse themes. There are now musical slots named after popular bands, sports slots, slots based on movies, and slots with original characters and stories. Perhaps the reason why the genre has been so successful is down to the fact that anything can be used as a theme.

Jackpot/Progressive Slots – What’s different?

On the surface, it may be hard to differentiate between a regular slot and a jackpot slot. They often look the same as regular slots, and are known for having their own unique themes as well. Some of them are based on popular culture, while others take on safari imagery or Ancient Egyptian iconography. Luckily, a lot of iGaming sites group these games in a separate category so players know exactly what they’re getting into. Otherwise, they can be identified by the jackpot which is usually displayed above or below the game’s thumbnail.

Jackpot slots are also known as progressive slots because they have a progressive jackpot which gets higher and higher over time until someone wins it. This is because all the games are connected over an online network, with thousands of people playing them. Think of it as similar to a lottery, in which many players buy a ticket and the cost of that ticket contributes to the overall prize pool. Just like in a lottery, one lucky person will take down the grand prize. This could occur at random to anyone who is playing the game.

One of the most popular progressive slots games is Irish Riches from Blueprint Gaming. It plays just like a regular slot machine in that it has its own prizes which it awards to players when they match gold coins or diamonds. Where it differs from a regular slot, however, is that the progressive jackpot can be won at any time, on any prize.

Progressive slots have become famous due to the potential for extremely large pay-outs. Mega Moolah, for instance, has made the news on various occasions when players have won life-changing sums of money. But it is important to remember that these whopping jackpots are a rarity, and players shouldn’t put all their hopes on winning one.

How Do You Know What the Best Choice is for you?

Music fans may be interested in NetEnt’s offerings.

When it comes to choosing whether to play a regular or progressive jackpot game, there isn’t that much difference. The progressive jackpot games do provide the opportunity for players to win high sums, but these happen by  chance to only a handful of fortunate winners. Normally, the two strains of game have fairly similar pay-outs for matching the reels on the symbols.

For this reason, when choosing a slot game, players should simply look for the theme which appeals to them most. For people who enjoy watching  Game of Thrones, it would make sense to play the Microgaming slot which is based on it. For people seeking nostalgia and simplicity, the Starburst slot from NetEnt would be a good option. NetEnt also has a music range, with names named after Guns N’ Roses and Motörhead​​​​​ among others. These titles would certainly appeal to players who want to listen to some top tracks while spinning the reels.

Progressive slots can look a little intimidating to new players with their whopping jackpots which are constantly rising. But they are fairly similar to regular slots in gameplay and themes. When it comes to deciding which slot to play, it’s best to look for the subject matter which most appeals to you.

Fanteam Weekly Monster Early Entry Team – GW22

FISO are starting a new series of weekly articles on Fanteam, Europe’s biggest daily fantasy football provider (and entering the team that we write about!). This series will focus on Fanteam’s Weekly Monster, a weekly fantasy league based on the Premier League games that kick-off on or after Saturday 3pm UK time with €50,000 worth of guaranteed prize money. That’s every gameweek, in case you were wondering. Our article will focus on a Early Entry for this weekly tournament which will help you identify game rules, tactics and the most promising players per gameweek so you can win some of that large prize money. Every gameweek, we will choose a team of eleven players from the selected Premier League matches within a virtual budget of €100 million. In that sense, the Weekly Monster is quite similar to the official Fantasy Premier League game we all know and love.

Our FISO team below will be entered into this week’s 20 euro entry (50k prize pool) Weekly Monster which has a maximum entry limit of 3,000 and we’ll report back next week on where we finished. A finish in the top 20% would see us win part of the prize pool for which normally the winner gets about 4,000 euros. FanTeam also offer a 2 euro entry Weekly Monster with a lower prize pool (the winner normally gets about 500 euros) for those that want to try it out for smaller stakes.

Firstly we’re going to highlight a couple of very different rules that FanTeam in their Weekly Monster have compared to FPL.

Number one is that FanTeam have a rule called the ‘safety net’ so that if a selected player does not start in the Weekly Monster then the next lowest priced player from the same team automatically takes the place of your selected player (regardless of whether or not your selected player does take to the field later in the game). Have a look at our comments about our selection of Liverpool’s Lallana below for more detail. This rule helps people enter a team and then not worry too much about whether they 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 selected defenders/goalies all from the same club. The ‘stacking penalty’ rule is basically if you pick more than one defensive player (included keeper) from a particular club, the points awarded for a clean sheet will decrease by 1 point for each additional defensive player from the same club. The stacking penalty has a maximum of minus 3 points. This helps stop multi-entrants gaining an advantage by submitting block defence teams. A reasonable tactic can be to select 2 players from two different clubs for your Goalie and Defenders and thus only incurr 2 single point deductions if you nail both clean sheets correctly.

Don’t forget, the deadline for gameweek 22’s Fanteam Weekly Monster is set at 15h00 (UK time)on Saturday, January 11th 2020. You can enter a team earlier and make changes right up to the deadline. So you can have 1 hour of seeing what the starting line-ups are for the 3pm matches and can change your selections appropriately. But you can’t change your team after 3pm.

Gameweek 22 Weekly Monster matches

11/01/20 Wolves Newcastle
11/01/20 Leicester Southampton
11/01/20 Everton Brighton
11/01/20 Chelsea Burnley
11/01/20 Manchester United Norwich
11/01/20 Spurs Liverpool
12/01/20 Bournemouth Watford
12/01/20 Aston Villa Manchester City

Our team suggestion for the Weekly Monster in gameweek 22

Formation: 3-4-3 – Budget used: €99.5m. All Goalkeepers/Defenders from different clubs so no ‘stacking penalty’ would apply.

Goalkeeper

We’ve gone with Burnley’s Nick Pope as our goalkeeper for gameweek 22, a decision that is largely two-fold. First of all, his budget price allows us to spend big in other areas, which might come up handy as GW22 is offering plenty of attractive fixtures. Second of all, Chelsea’s frankly terrible home form. The Blues are actually in 14th place in the league when looking at just home games this season (14 points from 10 games in which they scored just 11 goals and conceded 10). Pope will also score 0.5 points for every save he makes.

Defenders

Everton’s Djibril Sidibé has been a mainstay in the Toffees starting eleven since Carlo Ancelotti took over at Goodison Park, mostly as a right-back and sometimes as a sort of right wing-back/right midfielder. Against Brighton at home this weekend, we hope the Frenchman will be posted more up-field again, possibly with Coleman behind him. The Seagulls have scored just 10 goals in 10 away games and taken just 8 points from that run, and in FPL, Sidibé has recorded 23 points over his past four games, courtesy of 2 clean sheets, an assist, and no less than 5 bonus points. In other words, we’re hoping for returns at both ends of the pitch from the Everton right-back. There are also 2 cheaper Everton defenders in case he doesn’t start (Coleman & Holgate).

Our second defensive pick is Wolves central defender Romain Saiss who is facing an injury-ravaged Newcastle at Molineux on Saturday. Out of the seven Magpie defenders with the most FPL points at this moment, six are currently flagged as injured or at least doubtful for this game. Of course, this is more interesting for Raul Jimenez (more on him later), but it also means that Newcastle manager Steve Bruce will probably start with a make-shift foundation against Wolves. His priority will more than ever be to strengthen his defence as much as possible and hope for a chance or two on the break. Wolves have not recorded a clean sheet since GW15, but this week looks like the perfect opportunity for their fourth shut-out of the season and Saiss is the cheapest nailed-on way into the Wolves defence. No cheaper (fit/green) Wolves defender so no safety net in play here if he doesn’t start but we’re confident he will.

The same goes for the cheapest Liverpool defender Joe Gomez, who is expected to start again on Saturday when Jurgen Klopp’s men roll up to the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to face a Spurs side that hurts to watch at times. The home team are missing a few important players for this one, the most important one obviously being star man Harry Kane, which convinced us to pick a Liverpool defender despite the (on paper) tricky fixture. Gomez has amassed a very nice 32 FPL points over his last 5 games and he is, by far, the cheapest way into the league’s best defence this week which means likely no safety net available. Gomez should have a good chance of starting though. The Spurs v Liverpool match is the late Saturday match so no-one will know for sure at the 3pm (UK time) entry deadline who will start for either team. We’re gambling that Gomez will start and get a clean sheet (needs a minimum 60 minutes of play to get the clean sheet bonus).

Midfielders

Man City’s Kevin de Bruyne was the second name on our team sheet this week, much like he is, so we believe at least, the first name on Pep Guardiola’s team sheet every week. The Belgian midfield maestro is facing Aston Villa at Villa Park, where the Villains have performed relatively alright so far this season (14 points from 10 games). They were more than extremely unlucky in gameweek 21 though, when both their starting striker (Wesley) and starting goalkeeper (Heaton) suffered season-ending injuries. At the same time, Man City are coming off an impressive 1-3 victory over arch rivals United at Old Trafford. Combining all these factors, plus City’s general footballing superiority, makes it difficult for us to imagine anything else but a comfortable scoreline for the away team and if that happens, count on De Bruyne pulling the strings. He is also our vice-captain for gameweek 22.

Our second big-hitter in midfield is Man United’s Anthony Martial, who has fully recovered from his injury issues and will be starting all the way up top for the Red Devils against Saturday’s opponent Norwich. In his last three games, the Frenchman scored 3 goals and brought his owners a sweet 25 FPL points, which comes down to an average of just over 8 points per game. Norwich are bottom of the league when it comes to away games (when it comes to home games and overall games as well, by the way) with just 4 points from 10 games. The Canaries shipped 16 goals in those games, which considerably raises Martial out-of-position striker appeal, especially knowing that the visitors will not (and maybe are not able to) “park the bus” in away games.

Brighton’s Leandro Trossard has definitely shown flashes of brilliance for the Seagulls in his first Premier League season, though manager Graham Potter has not been hesitant to rotate the young Belgian throughout the first half of the season. With creator-in-chief Aaron Mooy most likely out injured for the away game against Everton though, we feel the coach might look at Trossard for some much-needed creativity in the final third. Despite recording just 3 assists in his last 8 games, the winger already has a total of 2 goals and 5 assists to his name, which is not so bad when looking at his price. Everton at Goodison Park under Ancelotti is not going to be easy for Trossard or any Seagull, but we wouldn’t be surprised to him creating some danger, especially when considering he’s on plenty of set-pieces as well. There are a few cheaper Brighton players as well so safety net in play.

Our fourth and final midfielder for this week is a bit of a punt, as it’s not 100% sure Adam Lallana will start for Liverpool against Spurs on Saturday. With Milner, Fabinho and Keita all reported unavailable for the game, the third midfield spot on the Reds midfield seems to be between Lallana and Oxlade-Chamberlain. The former played an excellent game in Liverpool’s impressive victory over Everton in the third round of the FA Cup last weekend and despite just playing a single minute in GW21, the Englishman also played a fine game against Wolves in GW20, underlined by his assist for the only and this winning goal. This pick has been the result of budget constraints as well, but we feel it might be worth the risk but the safety net may not apply as Ox is more expensive and it’s unlikely any other cheaper Liverpool midfielder (assuming Milner ruled out) would start. If he is benched and no cheaper Liv midfielder starts then at least we will get Lallana’s points if he comes on (which is likely). The Spurs v Liverpool match is the late Saturday match so no-one will no for sure at the 3pm (UK time) entry deadline who will start for either team. We’re gambling that Lallana will play and score points.

Just to expand about the safety net – it would not be in play for us if Ox played and Lallana benched because Ox is more expensive. It would only be in play for Lallana if a cheaper Liv midfielder started (seems unlikely). If we instead selected Ox and he was benched but Lallana played then our selection of Ox would be automatically replaced by Lallana. But as we’ve selected Lallana only players the same price or cheaper than him would replace him if he’s on the bench. That said it seems likely he’d at least come on at some point even if benched and has a decent shout at starting. The other thing to bear in mind is that if our team is tied with others then the cheaper budget team would be ranked higher – so choosing Lallana has an advantage over choosing Ox (who is benched and then automatically replaced by Lallana).

Here is a copy of the ‘Safety Net’ rules:

If a player does not start his match, he will be replaced by an automatic sub if possible. The system will look for a replacement player that
1) is from the same club as the original player
2) plays in the same position as the original player
3) costs the same or less as the original player

All three conditions need to be met. Then the system will pick the player with the highest price and put him in place of the original player. (If there are no replacement players that meet all three conditions, the user will not get any replacement players and the original player will stand). There is no limit on how many replacement players a team can receive.

Tiebreaker rules when two or more replacement players costs the same. The system will choose
– the player with the most fantasy points in recent matches, ‘form’
If the players are equal on this point, the system will pick
– the player with the most fantasy points so far in the season
If still equal, the system will pick
– alphabetically

If a player does not start the match, but comes into play at a later point in time, he will still be replaced. However, if a player starts the match, but get subbed out at some point, he will not be replaced.

Forwards

Jamie Vardy was the first name on our team sheet and the captain’s band has not come off his arm since then. The English striker is currently the Premier League top scorer with 17 goals (he has also provided 5 assists, by the way) and the highest-scoring player in FPL overall with 144 FPL points. Due to the birth of his child and a minor calf injury, he missed the past two games for the Foxes, but on his return, on Wednesday against Aston Villa in the League Cup semi-final, he immediately returned by providing the assist for Leicester’s only goal. We feel that, despite the good current form of Saturday’s opponent Southampton, Vardy is going to continue where he left off a few gameweeks ago. He might not replicate his hattrick from the game at Saint Mary’s in gameweek 10, but if we feel anyone’s going to appear on the score sheet this weekend, it’s him.

With Wolves striker Raul Jimenez, we’ve chosen to get another expensive, big name for our forward line. The Mexican has not been particularly impressive in terms of big hauls this season, but his consistency is equally valuable. He is already on 8 goals and 6 assists this season, giving him a total of 106 FPL points, and 2 of those goals and 3 of those assists have come in the last 6 gameweeks. That’s including the 18 minutes of play time he got when he was rested in gameweek 20. This Saturday he is facing a Newcastle defence plagued by injuries and even though Steve Bruce has shown that he knows how to build a solid defensive unit with relatively limited means, we think Jimenez is going to capitalise on the current situation.

Completing our starting eleven for this week’s Fanteam Weekly Monster is possibly the most in-form Premier League striker of the moment, namely Southampton’s Danny Ings. Over the last 10 gameweeks, the Englishman has scored an incredible 9 goals. As a matter of fact, over that run, he has only failed to return twice, against West Ham at home in GW 17 and versus Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in GW 19. This weekend, Ings and co are visiting the King Power Stadium to face Leicester, which immediately explains the striker’s low price this week. Even though the Saints are not expected to go down with another 9-0 thumping, they are not expected to take much from this game. Still, in his current form, Ings might very well manage to snatch a goal.

As we said this team has been entered into the 20 euro FanTeam Weekly Monster and we hope to report back next week that we’ve shared part of the 50,000 euros prize pool. You can also follow discussions about FanTeam games on FISO’s FanTeam Forum.

EPL Season 2019/2020 – Gameweek 22 Predicted Lineups – Clubs in 4th to 6th

Every week this new series will take a look at the predicted starting line-ups for clubs in the English Premier League. Knowing which players are expected to play each weekend is a crucial element for every active Fantasy Football manager. The starting XIs for the EPL clubs is increasingly hard to predict, due to congested fixture calendars and the quality of squad depths as a result of the vast amounts of money the EPL clubs generate.

For the moment, we will consider the lineups of the top-6 teams in the Premier League as it stands by the start of the upcoming gameweek, divided over two articles. This part 2 covers the teams in positions 4 to 6, while part 1 has covered the lineups for positions 1 to 3. We might analyse the lineups of all teams at a later stage, based on the interest shown in this series. As far as gameweek 22 goes, we will take a look at confirmed starting lineups for the top-6 teams in gameweek 21, compare those to our predictions for that gameweek, and then predict their lineups for gameweek 22.

For much of the injury news mentioned in these pieces, we consult, among other club-specific sources, the excellent Twitter account and website of Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery). Lineups are written down from left to right, as seen from the goalkeeper’s perspective (so in defence, for example, from left-back to right-back).

Factors potentially affecting lineups per team in the build-up to GW22

Chelsea FA Cup 3rd Round vs. Nottingham Forest (H) on 05/01/20: 2-0
Manchester United League Cup SF vs. Manchester City (H) on 08/01/20: 1-3
Spurs FA Cup 3rd Round vs Middlesbrough (A) on 05/01/20: 1-1

The Premier League at the start of gameweek 22 (positions 3 to 7)

3 Manchester City 44 pts
4 Chelsea 36 pts
5 Manchester United 31 pts
6 Spurs 30 pts
7 Wolves 30 pts

Lineups for gameweek 21: Predicted vs. confirmed

CHELSEA (away vs. Brighton, 1-1)

  PREDICTED GAMEWEEK 21   CONFIRMED GAMEWEEK 21
Form. 4 – 2 – 3 – 1   4 – 2 – 3 – 1
       
FOR Abraham   Abraham
MID Pulisic, Mount, Willian   Pulisic, Mount, Willian
DEF MID Kovacic, Kanté   Jorginho, Kanté
DEF Emerson, Zouma, Rüdiger, Azpilicueta   Azpilicueta, Zouma, Rüdiger, R. James
GK Kepa   Kepa
       
Subs ///   (2nd half) Hudson-Odoi > Pulisic, Kovacic > Mount
       
Goals ///   Azpilicueta (Abraham)

MANCHESTER UNITED (away vs. Arsenal, 2-0)

  PREDICTED GAMEWEEK 21   CONFIRMED GAMEWEEK 21
Form. 4 – 2 – 3 – 1   4 – 2 – 3 – 1
       
FOR Martial   Martial
MID Rashford, A. Pereira, D. James   Rashford, Lingard, D. James
DEF MID Matic, Fred   Matic, Fred
DEF Shaw, Maguire, Lindelof, Wan-Bissaka   Shaw, Maguire, Lindelof, Wan-Bissaka
GK De Gea   De Gea
       
Subs ///   (2nd half) A. Pereira > Lingard, Greenwood > D. James, Mata > Matic
       
Goals ///   ///

SPURS (away vs. Southampton, 1-0)

  PREDICTED GAMEWEEK 21   CONFIRMED GAMEWEEK 21
Form. 4 – 2 – 3 – 1   4 – 2 – 3 – 1
       
FOR Kane   Kane
MID Moura, Alli, Sissoko   Eriksen, Alli, Moura
DEF MID Winks, Ndombele   Ndombele, Sissoko
DEF Vertonghen, Alderweireld, D. Sanchez, Aurier   Sessegnon, Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Aurier
GK Gazzaniga   Gazzaniga
       
Subs ///   (1st half) Lo Celso > Ndombele (2nd half) Lamela > Kane
       
Goals ///   ///

Predicted lineups for gameweek 22

CHELSEA (home vs. Burnley)

Form.  
   
FOR Abraham
MID Pulisic, Mount, Willian
DEF MID Jorginho, Kanté
DEF Azpilicueta, Zouma, Rüdiger, R. James
GK Kepa
   
Ruled out Loftus-Cheek
Doubtful Alonso, Pulisic
Notes After a few largely disappointing attempts at an alternative 5-2-3 formation, we expect manager Frank Lampard to field his most frequently used 4-2-3-1 against Burnley. In defence, he seems to be favouring R. James on the right side over Emerson on the left side, which means Chelsea would line up with Azpilicueta on the left and R. James on the right. In the middle, Zouma and Rüdiger should continue to start. Kanté is a nailed-on starter in the middle, with Jorginho and Kovacic vying for the second spot next to the Frenchman. We’ve gone with the former for this game. Abraham will start up front, with Mount and Willian certainly in his back. The final midfield spot would be for Pulisic, but he’s doubtful for this one, which could see Hudson-Odoi start. We’ve put our money on the American forward, but keep an eye out for any team news from the Blues.

MANCHESTER UNITED (home vs. Norwich)

Form. 4 – 2 – 3 – 1
   
FOR Martial
MID Rashford, A. Pereira, D. James
DEF MID Matic, Fred
DEF Shaw, Jones, Lindelof, Wan-Bissaka
GK De Gea
   
Ruled out McTominay, Pogba, Tuanzebe, Rojo, Bailly, Maguire
Doubtful Shaw,
Notes Two heavy losses on the bounce should see manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer field his strongest possible starting lineup, as far as injuries allow. Maguire has been ruled out for this one by OGS, which might see Jones return to the starting lineup. Shaw is a doubt as well, but we expect him to start. The double pivot is likely to be formed once more by Matic and Fred. After a disappointing showing against City in the League Cup, we can see Lingard being replaced by A. Pereira at the number-10 position. The remaining three attacking spots will be filled by Rashford, Martial and D. James.

SPURS (home vs. Liverpool)

Form. 4 – 2 – 3 – 1
   
FOR Son
MID Sessegnon, Alli, Moura
DEF MID Eriksen, Dier
DEF Vertonghen, Alderweireld, D. Sanchez, Aurier
GK Gazzaniga
   
Ruled out Sissoko, Lloris, Rose, Ndombele, Kane, Davies
Doubtful None
Notes With a bunch of recent new injuries, manager José Mourinho will need to get a little creative. Considering the opponent is Liverpool this weekend, it becomes hard to predict which approach the Portuguese coach will pick. We believe he might very well continue with a back-four with Vertonghen at left-back for extra defensive solidity. Dier should slot into the defensive midfield, especially with Sissoko and Ndombele most likely unavailable for this game. Eriksen could start besides him as the main man to launch Tottenham’s counter-attacks. With Kane out injured until April, Son and Moura might be filling in up front, alternating their positioning between the wings and the point. For speed on the wings, Sessegnon could get the nod, while Alli should start as well.

EPL Season 2019/2020 – Gameweek 22 Predicted Lineups – Clubs in 1st to 3rd

Every week this new series will take a look at the predicted starting line-ups for clubs in the English Premier League. Knowing which players are expected to play each weekend is a crucial element for every active Fantasy Football manager. The starting XIs for the EPL clubs is increasingly hard to predict, due to congested fixture calendars and the quality of squad depths as a result of the vast amounts of money the EPL clubs generate.

For the moment, we will consider the lineups of the top-6 teams in the Premier League as it stands by the start of the upcoming gameweek, divided over two articles. This part 1 covers the teams in positions 1 to 3 and part 2 covers the lineups for positions 4 to 6. We might analyse the lineups of all teams at a later stage, based on the interest shown in this series. As far as gameweek 22 goes, we will take a look at confirmed starting lineups for the top-6 teams in gameweek 21, compare those to our predictions for that gameweek, and then predict their lineups for gameweek 22.

For much of the injury news mentioned in these pieces, we consult, among other club-specific sources, the excellent Twitter account and website of Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery). Lineups are written down from left to right, as seen from the goalkeeper’s perspective (so in defence, for example, from left-back to right-back).

Factors potentially affecting lineups per team in the build-up to GW22

Liverpool FA Cup 3rd Round vs. Everton (home) on 05/01/20: 1-0
Leicester City League Cup SF vs. Aston Villa (home) on 08/01/20: 1-1
Manchester City League Cup SF vs. Manchester United (away) on 07/01/20: 1-3

The Premier League at the start of gameweek 22 (positions 1 to 5)

1 Liverpool 58 pts
2 Leicester City 45 pts
3 Manchester City 44 pts
4 Chelsea 36 pts
5 Manchester United 31 pts

Lineups for gameweek 21: Predicted vs. confirmed

LIVERPOOL (home vs. Sheffield United, 2-0)

  PREDICTED GAMEWEEK 21   CONFIRMED GAMEWEEK 21
Form. 4 – 3 – 3   4 – 3 – 3
       
FOR Mané, Firmino, Salah   Mané, Firmino, Salah
MID Wijnaldum, Keita, Henderson   Wijnaldum, Henderson, Milner
DEF Robertson, Van Dijk, Gomez, Milner   Robertson, Van Dijk, Gomez, A.-Arnold
GK Alisson   Alisson
       
Subs ///   (2nd half) Origi > Mané, Lallana > Robertson, Elliott > Salah
       
Goals ///   Salah (Robertson), Mané

LEICESTER CITY (away vs. Newcastle, 0-3)

  PREDICTED GAMEWEEK 21   CONFIRMED GAMEWEEK 21
Form. 4 – 1 – 4 – 1   4 – 1 – 4 – 1
       
FOR Vardy   Iheanacho
MID H. Barnes, Maddison, Tielemans, Ayoze   Fuchs, Maddison, Tielemans, Ayoze
DEF MID Ndidi   Ndidi
DEF Chilwell, Söyüncü, Evans, Ricardo Pereira   Chilwell, Söyüncü, Evans, Ricardo Pereira
GK Schmeichel   Schmeichel
       
Subs ///   (2nd half) D. Gray > Iheanacho, Choudhury > Maddison, Morgan > Evans
       
Goals ///   Ayoze, Maddison (Ayoze), Choudhury (Ndidi)

MANCHESTER CITY (home vs. Everton, 2-1)

  PREDICTED GAMEWEEK 21   CONFIRMED GAMEWEEK 21
Form. 4 – 3 – 3   4 – 2 – 3 – 1
       
FOR B. Silva, Aguero, Mahrez   G. Jesus
MID Gundogan, Rodri, De Bruyne   Foden, De Bruyne, Mahrez
DEF MID ///   Rodri, Gundogan
DEF Zinchenko, Fernandinho, Otamendi, Cancelo   Mendy, Fernandinho, Garcia, Cancelo
GK Ederson   Bravo
       
Subs ///   (2nd half) D. Silva > Foden, Sterling > Mahrez
       
Goals ///   Jesus (Gundogan), Jesus (Mahrez)

Predicted lineups for gameweek 22

LIVERPOOL (away vs. Spurs)

Form. 4 – 3 – 3
   
FOR Mané, Firmino, Salah
MID Wijnaldum, Henderson, Lallana
DEF Robertson, Van Dijk, Gomez, Alexander-Arnold
GK Alisson
   
Ruled out Keita, Clyne, Fabinho
Doubtful Lovren, Matip, Shaqiri, Milner
Notes After resting practically the entire starting eleven for the League Cup tie against Everton (only Gomez was included), we largely expect manager Jurgen Klopp to turn up with his strongest lineup against Spurs, bar any current injuries. Gomez keeps his place in the back, with the rest of defence set up as usual. With Fabinho and Keita out, and Milner a doubt, Lallana could find himself in the starting eleven once again, next to Wijnaldum and Henderson in the middle. Up front, the three usual suspects should start.

LEICESTER CITY (home vs. Southampton)

Form. 4 – 1 – 4 – 1
   
FOR Vardy
MID H. Barnes, Maddison, Tielemans, Ayoze Perez
DEF MID Choudhury
DEF Chilwell, Söyüncü, Evans, Ricardo Pereira
GK Schmeichel
   
Ruled out Ndidi, Morgan, D. Amartey
Doubtful Maddison, M. James
Notes The injury of Ndidi is a big blow to Leicester, potentially comparable to if Kanté would miss a game during the legendary 2015-16 season. We still expect manager Brendan Rodgers to pick his usual and strongest possible eleven, with Choudhury probably filling in for Ndidi in the middle. Maddison looked fit against Villa in the League Cup on Wednesday, so we expect him to start against Southampton this weekend. Winger H. Barnes seems to be prone to a bit of rotation of late, with the likes of D. Gray, Praet waiting in the wings to show what they’ve got. We’ve still gone with H. Barnes for this one though, as Rodgers might be given him a chance from the get-go again.

MANCHESTER CITY (away vs. Aston Villa)

Form. 4 – 3 – 3
   
FOR Sterling, Aguero, Mahrez
MID D. Silva, Rodri, De Bruyne
DEF Mendy, Fernandinho, Stones, Walker
GK Ederson
   
Ruled out Laporte, Sané
Doubtful None
Notes After a bit of experimenting with an alternative 4-2-3-1 lineup, we think manager Pep Guardiola will revert back to his usual 4-3-3 for the game against Villa as the skyblue treatment room has emptied considerably. In the back, we feel Pep will pick Stones to partner Fernandinho in the middle, with Mendy and Walker flanking them. In the middle, D. Silva will probably get a run again after returning to fitness, with Rodri and the ever-present De Bruyne joining him. In attack, Sterling should get his spot back after being rested in GW21, with the in-form Mahrez on the opposite after having seemingly convinced Guardiola of his prolong starting-eleven potential. All the way up top, it’s between Aguero and Jesus. The former was benched in GW21 and saw the latter net a brace, and rumour goes that Aguero will focus on Champions League games. It could be, but we’re not so sure about this yet, so we’ve gone with the lethal Argentinian this week.

FPL Season 2019/2020 – Gameweek 22 Preview

“This weekend and for some weekends to come, Spurs star Harry Kane will be one of the big absentees due to injury” (CC by 2.0). Image by enviro warrior.

After a small break from Fantasy Premier League due to FA Cup obligations this week, we’re now back for gameweek 22 of the 2019-2020 season. Gameweek 21 was another one for the differentials, in most part, with West Ham’s Mark Noble scoring a week-high 16 FPL points. Arsenal’s Sokratis followed with an impressive 15 points courtesy of a goal and three bonus points, while Gabriel Jesus, Jack Grealish and Ayoze Perez all recorded 13 FPL points. Besides Grealish, none of these players currently boast an ownership of more than 5.5%. The most-owned player in GW21’s Team of the Week was Liverpool’s Andy Robertson (12 FPL points) after booking a clean and an assist away at Sheffield United much to the excitement of some of FISO’s FPL Forum members.

Gameweek 22 could be very different though, with many of the official game’s most popular and best-performing assets facing largely favourable opposition, on paper at least. Chelsea, though not that convincing in front of their own fans yet, face a travel-shy Burnley, Leicester are hosting an in-form Southampton, Manchester United see Norwich roll up to Old Trafford, and their skyblue city rivals visit an Aston Villa side ravaged by serious injuries. The clash of the weekend takes place at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium though, where a Kane-less home side must try and find a way to stop the seemingly all-conquering machine that is Liverpool. In other words, plenty to look forward to again this round!

Finally, don’t forget that the deadline for gameweek 22 is set at 19h00 (GMT+0) on Friday, January 10th 2020.

How did our fantasy picks for the previous gameweek fare?

PICK PLAYER OPPONENT POINTS
Premium Jamie Vardy Newcastle (a) 0 (injured)
Premium Kevin de Bruyne Everton (H) 2
Non-premium Marcus Rashford Arsenal (a) 2
Non-premium Martin Kelly Norwich (a) 2
Differential Dominic Calvert-Lewin Man City (a) 1
Differential Chris Wood Aston Villa (H) 7
Captain Jamie Vardy Newcastle (a) 0 (injured)

Most transferred in/transferred out players (as per January 9th, 2020)

  TRANSFERS OUT TRANSFERS IN POSSIBLE REASONS
GK Pope (Bur), Heaton (Bur), Ederson (Cit) Schmeichel (Lei), Ryan (Bri), Henderson (She) The injured Heaton is being replaced and Pope has a difficult run of fixtures coming up.
DEF Aurier (Tot), Kelly (Cry), Rico (Bou) Alexander-Arnold (Liv), Dunk (Bri), Söyüncü (Lei) Very much a form question, with Aurier and Rico being replaced, in combination with Palace’s unrelenting injury crisis.
MID Alli (Tot), Mount (Che), Martial (Utd) Grealish (Ast), Maddison (Lei), Traoré (Wol) We see a trend for Spurs assets, as performances have been horrendous under Mourinho (though some results were booked). The transferred-in column represents players in good form.
FOR Kane (Tot), Vardy (Lei), Pukki (Nor) Ings (Sou), Calvert-Lewin (Eve), Aubameyang (Ars) Injured strikers (Kane and Pukki) and a striker who was injured but is fit again (Vardy) being replaced with cheap form players and the promise of better times under Arsenal’s Arteta.

Premium fantasy picks

When we recommended Jamie Vardy (£10.0m) as both our first premium fantasy pick and our captain for gameweek 21, we were obviously convinced he was going to play after the birth of his child. He didn’t. And while that was painful from an FPL perspective, we can’t agree with the more than 200,000 FPL managers who transferred him out since then. This is still the man who sits atop the topscorers table with 17 goals and the overall scoring table in FPL with 144 points, and who is about as nailed-on a starter as they come. That’s why we start of our list of player recommendations for GW22 with the Englishman. As we all remember, the last time the Saints looked Vardy in the eyes, he and his teammates put nine past them in front of their own fans, back in gameweek 10. The striker himself bagged a hattrick and 20 FPL points in that game, and while we don’t expect an even remotely similar scenario this weekend (given that it was triggered by an early sending-off), we can see a home game against Southampton as the perfect opportunity for Vardy to get his party started again. Just a heads-up, he’s also our captain for gameweek 22.

Our second premium fantasy pick of the week is Man City’s midfield maestro Kevin de Bruyne (£10.6m), who is becoming a bit of a mainstay in this piece. That’s what happens when you consistently perform at a ridiculously high level and combine that with more than decent FPL returns. The Belgian did not record a return in gameweek 21 when City faced Everton at the Etihad, but in the four weeks prior to that, he scored 3 goals, provided 4 assists, hauled in 6 bonus points, and brought his owners a whopping 42 FPL points. This weekend, the Cityzens are visiting Aston Villa, whose recent luck could not have been worse. In GW21, in the same game, both their starting striker (Wesley) and their starting goalkeeper (Heaton) suffered season-ending injuries. As the saying goes though, one man’s tragedy is another man’s treasure, and in this case, we feel the former man could be Villa and the latter man could be City. To be fair, Villa’s home form is not terrible (14 points from 10 games, with 13 goals scored and 14 conceded) and Dean Smith’s men will put up a fight like they did against Leicester on Wednesday, but chances are Kevin de Bruyne is going to be central to a goal fest this weekend.

Non-premium fantasy picks

With one of the Premier League’s leakiest defences coming to Old Trafford on Saturday, Man United’s attacking assets are naturally attracting some attention. Marcus Rashford is an obvious call, but we’ve gone with Anthony Martial (£7.9m) for this one. After John Lundstram, the Frenchman is probably the most obvious and attractive out-of-position player, seeing as he is listed as a midfielder by FPL, but deployed as a starting striker by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Despite various injury issues throughout the first half of this season, Martial has still managed to score 7 goals and provide 3 assists. Of those attacking returns, 3 goals have come in the past three games. Saturday’s opponent Norwich have so far conceded 16 goals in ten away games and the Canaries have shown that they are not a team who dig in and ‘park the bus’ in any game. This should only benefit United, who have proven to experience difficulties at times when it comes to unlocking tightly organised defensive set-ups. Martial looks fit and ready to go for the Red Devils, and he has the potential to return big this weekend.

Another player who could deliver big in gameweek 22 is Everton’s Richarlison (£8.0m). His current ownership of just 11.3% indicates that the Brazilian has slipped under the radar of the FPL community a bit, which is remarkable when you consider that he has performed rather well of late. He has scored 4 goals and provided 1 assist over the last eight gameweeks, a run in which he brought his owners 40 FPL points. As a matter of fact, when looking at the past ten gameweeks, no other midfielder in the game scored more than Richarlison’s 5 goals. The Toffees are hosting Brighton this week and the Seagulls have not been their best on the road this season. Graham Potter’s men have picked up just 8 points from ten away games so far, a run in which they have conceded 17 goals and scored just 10. Everton, on the other hand, are placed sixth in the league when looking only at home games and with Carlo Ancelotti now having a few games as Toffees coach under his belt, we could see this end up as a nice victory for the home side. Richarlison seems to be nailed-on under the living Italian legend and he could be a worth a punt this weekend.

A differential fantasy pick or two

Our first differential pick of the week is a defender who has not seen a clean sheet since gameweek 15. We figured we’d start with that. Now that that’s out of the way, allow us to briefly explain why Wolves left-back Jonny (£5.4m) is on this list. First of all, it’s important to mention that of those six games since that last clean sheet, Wolves faced Spurs, Man City, and Liverpool (those last two in a window of less than 48 hours, by the way), while the remaining three games were away games at  attack-minded sides Norwich and Brighton, and a resurgent Watford under Nigel Pearson. Second of all, Wolves are really quite a good team and up next are Newcastle at Molineux. Out of the seven best-performing Newcastle defenders in FPL, six (!) are currently marked as an injury doubt for Saturday’s game, which means that the Magpies will, in the best scenario, face Jonny and his teammates with a very unstable foundation. Third of all, only Watford and Norwich have scored less away goals than Newcastle’s 9 (in 10 games). Combine all these facts and stats, and we feel this weekend is the perfect chance for Wolves to record their fourth clean sheet of the season,a nd with a bit of luck, Jonny will have some freedom to bomb forward and look for an attacking return or a bonus point as well.

Mentioning a resurgent Watford brought us to recommending one of our own favourites as our second differential pick for this weekend. Troy Deeney (£6.2m, ownership of 1.0%) missed the majority of the first half of the season due to injury, but he looks rearing to make up for lost time since his return to full fitness in gameweek 15. The Hornets striker scored 3 goals in his last four games and recorded a more than decent 21 FPL points over that run. That comes down to just over 5 points per game, which is good for a striker with his price tag. Up next are a struggling Bournemouth at the English south coast who have not won in their last four games and who have scored just a single goal over that period while conceding 8 goals themselves. Watford are have so far been far from prolific away from home, which is illustrated by the 6 goals they have scored in ten away games, but it’s worth mentioning that 4 of those goals were scored in their last five away games. Deeney is definitely a punt, but one that could bring a few very satisfying green arrows.

For further GW22 transfer ideas look at this fiso FPL forum topic.

The captaincy

We already lifted the curtain a bit earlier in this piece in regard to our captaincy choice this weekend, because we we’re going with Leicester’s Jamie Vardy for gameweek 22. He missed the last two games, but has been declared fully fit for Saturday’s home game against Southampton, a notice that was underlined by his hard-working 90-minute performance against Aston Villa in the FA Cup on Wednesday (in which he bagged himself an assist). Every Saint and Saint-related individual in the world will remember what happened when Jamie and co came to Saint Mary’s back in gameweek 10, and even though another 9-goal victory seems a bit unlikely, we can easily see Vardy make it 18 or even 19 goals for the season this weekend.

The FISO Forum Captain poll for GW22 indicates Vardy is the most popular captain.

Finally if you like FPL but want to have a go at a weekly Fantasy Premier League type competition for prizes then have a look at FanTeam’s 50,000 euro Weekly Monster. FISO members could win free ‘Weekly Monster’ entries (worth 20 euros) via their weekly FISO newsletter. There are freerolls for new entrants if registered within the last 8 weeks. Read all about a fiso member who won 30,000 euros on FanTeam from just a 2 euro entry fee.

FanTeam WCOFF winner, and FISO member, talks to FanTeam

The winner of this year´s World Championship of Fantasy Football on Fanteam is from Scotland. User ‘fscottl’ won the first prize of €30,000 by entering one of their €2 Euro qualifiers and playing his way to the top! The father of 4 boys works offshore on an oil rig and watches Premier League matches on the sea at night with his colleagues as well as hang out on the FISO forum. Read FanTeam’s interview below with the freshly crowned World Champion of Fantasy Football as he tells how he approached his way to the top, how he built his winning squad and what he is going to do with all that money!

‘As fscottl answers the phone, he is in a very cheerful state. We notice that he is genuinely happy about his triumph and seems very thankful throughout the entire interview.

Hi fscottl! Thanks for doing the interview with us! First things first: Congratulations on your big win!

Hi there! Thanks for the holiday!

Haha! How did you learn about Fanteam?

I used to play a fantasy game on another platform. It was a weekly game. I was doing ok on it, but it was slowly dying, there weren´t many people entering and the prizemoney was going down. So, I started looking around for another game and I stumbled across your site. I enjoyed the format and just took it from there.

How DFS helps fscottl against his boredom at the oil rig and connects him closer to his son

This means, you had some experience in playing DFS?

Yes, I found Daily contests a few years ago and I also tried DraftKings. I didn´t enjoy the format at all. The other one was slowly going down, so I was looking for some other platforms. As I work on an oil rig my nights can be a bit boring, so football is a very big thing out here. It´s important that on a Monday night when Watford plays Sheffield Utd, or something similar, that you have an interest in the game. And that was basically half the reason why I was interested in Fantasy Football as it helps me to have fun at night and not to spend huge amounts of money at Bookmakers.

This is definitely a great way to spend the nights on an oil rig!

Apart from that, in the early days Fantasy Football was a really good way to have an in-depth discussion with my oldest son. He had just become a teenager – teenagers are not the most communicative people at that age so it was great to have conversations where we were interested in each other’s opinion, not just me sounding like a parent and telling him what to do.

I believe that! Is he still into Fantasy Sports?

Yes, he still plays! I have four sons, Michael and Sean play Fantasy Football, Matthew and Garry prefer to have a real life ☺

Fscottl, it sounds like you enjoy the format that is offered on Fanteam. Is there anything that you would optimize?

I didn’t quite understand what the impact points were for at first, but the point system is simple and great. If you look for example at DraftKings, the scoring System is way too confusing. It is too difficult to work out what people are getting points for while you are watching the game, and don’t know what the results are until way after the end of the games. With Fanteam on the other hand, you know exactly what´s going to happen to your fantasy points when something happens in the game which makes watching the games a lot more exciting. It´s also great that you update your site very quickly. A really big plus is that after 60 minutes, the clean sheet points are shown, so you know, if your team keeps the clean sheet, you´ll stay up there. Other sites show the clean sheets only at the end and you can find yourself thinking you are going to win, but actually dropping from the top of the leader board , out of the money all together because a few players had stacked their defence with the team who got a clean sheet.

Oh yes, I think you had a lot of situations on your way to the €30,000 where you were either hoping for a clean sheet to hold or where you were hoping for a goal to be scored to destroy other guys clean sheets right?

Yes right, I don´t really remember all the details but the one I do remember was that I needed Leicester to score and I think Pereira got the assist, you also pointed that out in your blog.

The insane run of coincidences that lead to fscottl´s victory in detail

Right, that was a last-minute deciding moment. Did you watch the final game of WCOFF, Liverpool vs. Sheffield?

Yes! I started watching it by myself and after three minutes when Salah scored, I wanted to stop watching. I had checked the teams behind me and knew a lot of guys had Salah as their captain, so I knew if Salah scored two or three goals, I wouldn´t have won any money. So, what I actually did was, before the game I put a 20 pounds bet on Salah to score a Hattrick just to cover myself. It would have given me 600 pounds, so after Salah scored the first goal and I was watching it by myself, I was just about to turn the game off and walk away and not check it until it ended. But then I thought I wouldn’t be able to suffer doing that, so I went to the communal TV room and started watching it with some workmates, but I didn´t tell them that it was important to me. Obviously when Mané scored my reaction was a bit surprising to them. They all knew that I wasn’t a Liverpool supporter, so they were kind of confused. I then did tell them that I was playing a Fantasy Football Game but I didn´t tell them what kind of stakes were involved.

Yes, I remember Mané scoring the goal and then he had a huge chance again around the 65th minute?

I can´t remember that one but the amount of luck that I had to actually win it was just unbelievable. Even in that one particular game there were three or four strange incidents that happened that would have turned the game. And of course, the many chances for Salah! The one that hit the post and then went along the Goal line and the keeper grabbed it – I couldn´t believe that. Even afterwards for the first ten seconds I wasn´t sure that it hadn´t crossed the line and was just waiting for VAR to ruin everything. It was just crazy. When Mané got substituted I thought it was all over. I thought I might end up in the top 5. The strange thing was, and I haven´t really worked it out yet, when Mané went off I wasn´t sure if I wanted Sheffield Utd to score or not because the teams beside me had two Liverpool defenders and I just had one Liverpool defender so they would lose eight points and I would lose four points but I couldn’t work out at the time whether the people below me might over take me. So, for the last ten minutes of the game I didn´t know who to shout for apart from Salah not to score.

Did you know that if Salah gets subbed off you will make first place?

No! I knew that people around me had Salah as a captain, so I knew that they would get 2 points if he played 90 minutes as it´s one point for playing the whole match and it doubles for a captain. For me it was important that he either got booked or subbed off, but I didn´t think it would put me in first place, I thought maybe in second or third. Then, when he did get subbed off and I eventually looked at the leader board I couldn´t believe I was in first place! And what your site is very good at is that the scores are updated quickly and accurately so the live points are usually the final points. I knew I had 146 points and two other teams had 146 points and you had me in first place. At that time, I didn´t know what the deciding factor was. I thought maybe it was because I was top of the leader board after the first week. But I had no idea that it was about budget in the end.

Yes that´s always the first tiebreaker! You just spent around 0.2m less than the other guys.

Well that´s crazy because I might have bought Andy Carroll instead of Shelvey if I had known that so that would have given me another million, but as I got no points for Shelvey anyway, and as Carroll didn´t play, it actually wouldn´t had made any difference. But these small decisions can make the difference of thousands of Euros.

That´s right! So how did you approach Fanteam? Were you only eyeing WCOFF and try to win the qualifiers or did you play other contests as well?

Originally, I was playing the first game with the West Ham and Newcastle players, I think. I put in a team to win money that day and then on your site there is a window that pops up and asks you if you want to enter any of these other competitions and I saw the one with a ticket and I had some experience of other Games that had tickets to win a ticket to win a ticket. So I didn´t intend to play it until it popped up and it was just two Euros and I thought oh “ok I´m just going to do that as well” so that was the moment when I decided to enter the qualifier, when your pop up came on to my screen and showed the other contests I could join with the same team I just created. Thank you for that! Then I won the first ticket, or I think I actually won two tickets for the step two tournament. I actually emailed your support team to ask them “I have these tickets, what can I use them for?” and they explained the tournament page to me and showed me the step two tournament. Then I found the contest, entered two teams, I think those two teams were almost identical with Vardy as a captain in one and Tielemans as captain in the other. With the last-minute goal with a Pereira assist I won the ticket to WCOFF. I appreciate that I was so lucky winning the big ticket with only a few entries. Honestly, the first time I entered the qualifier, I had no idea what I was entering.

The decisive selection of Mane over Salah and fscottl´s drafting process

I think it has not only been luck. Your entire drafting process is really really good.

Thank you, I think there are some players which are standard options and after that its looking for players you think are, in your opinion good value. Fanteam do a really good job when they re-price the players each week as I rarely find someone that I consider a real bargain, but I have never had such a run of luck. Of all the decisions I made, apart from my Newcastle players, almost all came good. It was the most incredible lucky streak. The reason I had Jahanbahksh from Brighton in game 1, was because I bought him at the last minute as he was starting the first game that day and the money I had left meant there was no other realistic choice I could afford. But I also knew he was at Brighton for 18 months and had never scored although he had a great record in Holland. It was the first time I had even considered him. There was so much luck involved. In the first round, Shar was a budget choice as well. I thought it possible he might be on penalties as he used to be for Switzerland or get on the end of a Shelvey set piece as he is a central back, but he actually scored from a Carroll knock down. I did not expect that. I think he had scored 1 goal this season for Newcastle.

Another question is why you chose Mane and not Salah. I mean everybody chose Salah over Mane in the final.

Normally it is a coin toss between which one to choose, but I like your games with the safety net. For this game if I had Salah and he didn’t play I would have ended up with someone like Lallana or Ox, however as Mane was more expensive, if he didn’t play, I would get Salah. With all the games at Xmas and New Year the coaches rotate, so it was difficult to predict who would play for sure and who would be rested.

Alright that´s a good strategy to go there. That´s what safety net is for. And in general, before you draft your team. What kind of research do you do?

Not a huge amount. I check the injuries and likely line-ups, predict what the scores are going to be and decide which teams are more likely to score most or keep a clean sheet and then I stick with that. I don’t do a lot of research. I do watch a lot of football when I’m at work and I enjoy it more because of fantasy football, but my research is not as much as some of your guys, for example gaffel . I’ve since heard he does some statistical modelling. I am sure he is doing an awful lot of research which is obviously paying off. I really think a large percentage of my win was due to luck.

I think obviously some guys are bringing in a lot of research, but I think that you also need a feeling for the sport and some expertise that you can bring in when you watch the games.

Yes, Part of the fun is watching a game and noticing a player who is getting forward or into good goal scoring position but hasn’t scored for a while. Then if he is a bargain, I will add him to my next fantasy team. That is probably what everyone does. To use this strategy, there is no substitute to watching lots of games.

From not telling his wife about playing to going on holiday and fixing the house

The rumours are his own wife did not even know about the WCOFF until he had won it. Let us find out more about that myth and what fscottl is planning on doing with the price money.

Another question is more away from fantasy football. But our users would like to know what you are doing with your winnings. Do you have a plan on spending the €30,000?

I did not tell my wife or family until everything was confirmed, but they soon had their own ideas how to spend it. My first thought was that we would use some of it for a holiday. But there are also some other things around the house that need money spent on them. We will probably get a newer car as my present one is getting old, but I will hold back some money for Fanteam and play larger stake games until it runs out – or I get lucky again!

We can hear by the voice that fscottl is very thank thankful for the price money.

That sounds awesome! Do you plan on playing more on Fanteam after this win?

Oh absolutely. This might also lead to my wife Julie playing more DFS. She knows quite a bit about football. I remember that she picked Cantwell at the start of the season and I knew nothing about him, and he has turned out to be some bargain.

Ha-ha great pick! Maybe she should try her luck in the next WCOFF!

It is really great to have a wife that understands fantasy football; it also means I can watch more football at home. During the last World Cup, she watched more games than I did!!!

Yeah, I imagine! Are you interested in other sports on Fanteam ?

A: Not really, football is what I know most about. I know the basic rules of American Football, Baseball and Basketball but wouldn’t play them. I do play other football leagues though like LaLiga and Serie A. For other sports, I doubt I have enough knowledge although I might have a go on tennis now, I have the funds.  Maybe when Andy Murray gets back to his best.

I think your research process is really dependent on the sport that you like. I think you can make a lot of money with this in the future as well.

It’s great having a hobby that makes you money rather than spending it, but part of the reason of playing Fantasy Football is that it makes a football game more exciting at night when I am at work. I now want to watch a Monday night match like Sheffield United vs Watford thanks to fantasy sports which even makes that match something to look forward to. Even if I have no players from either team, I know that other players do, so I watch hoping for no clean sheets, bookings and sending offs for example, so it makes football much more interesting.

Yes, that is a main argument for Daily Fantasy. Many people say so.

I know a lot of people use bookmakers for the same reason, but fantasy football is better and cheaper than betting with a bookie. I know many people can lose large sums on games like Sheffield United vs Watford, just to make that game exciting. But with fantasy football you can spend 2€ and get much more excitement and make more money than with a bet.  How many times have you heard of someone betting first goal scorer only to have that player score second? With Fantasy Football you get the same thrill from either and often have an interest right up until the final whistle.

I totally agree, good point. Thank you so much for now. Do you have anything to add?

Instead of gambling on a game with a Bookmaker, I suggest those people try fantasy sports. You have the chance to win a lot of money at a small cost while still experiencing the thrill.

I want to thank your company and your team very much for the product. You have done a great job and the game is not over complicated. DraftKings for example is way too difficult to play. With your product, you can select players from the teams you like and there is still a reasonable chance to win. The experience has been amazing, and the win has been huge for me. I told my wife and my kids I had won this competition when they were all together and they were so excited, so that was a very nice moment for me, but it has also made my entire family really happy.

Thanks for the nice last words fscottl! We are very happy to hear that.

Thank you for everything. For your team, for the amazing product, and for the customer service who explained what I had to do with my tickets. I can honestly say I have never dealt with any company in any industry who are so quick and helpful with their customer support. I have seen quite a few Daily Fantasy Sports come and go in my time and know how difficult it is to create such a great product and I think you have probably got the balance just right. That combined with the ease of use of the website and app makes this an amazing product – Easy to say from someone who is €30,000 richer because of it ☺

Rumours are that another, even bigger event is in the planning, so make sure to register on Fanteam and do not miss out to be the next big winner.

Fanteam is the biggest Daily Fantasy Sports platform in Europe. Weekly Premier League Tournaments with a guaranteed prize pool of €50,000 are topped by big events like the WCOFF. Watch out for even bigger contests in the future – Fanteam will provide life-changing prizes for the best DFS-players!

Horse Racing Around the World

The beauty of horse racing is that it’s a sport that fans can enjoy around the globe, not just in their home country. From the thrill of the races to betting on the winners and enjoying the unique atmosphere of race-day, it’s no surprise that this sport brings in such huge crowds every year, from watching to betting (with Timeform casino). Horse racing dates back centuries and has become popular in various different locations – these are the areas of the world where this sport is the most popular.

Europe

There are several countries in the UK where this sport is popular, but the UK, Ireland and France take the lead in terms of races and fanbases. But horse racing is also popular in Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary.

In addition to world-famous races such as the Grand National, Royal Ascot and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe – the richest race in Europe – there is also the Prix du Jockey Club and the Prix de Diane in France. Both jumps racing and flat racing are popular in Europe, particularly in the UK, where racing events take place on virtually every day of the year around the country.

Asia

There are several nations in Asia where horse racing is popular, but it’s also an area of the world where some of the biggest races take place. In particular, the United Arab Emirates and Hong Kong are known for their love of the sport, along with Singapore, Malaysia and China. Japan is one of the leading nations for their love of horse racing and more than 20,000 races take place here every year.

Its best-known race is the Japan Cup which is held at Tokyo Racecourse and is the country’s most prestigious race. Similarly, the Meydan Racecourse in Dubai is the largest racetrack in the world and is home to the prestigious Dubai World Cup – another one of the richest horse races.

Africa

While Africa isn’t known for its passion for horse racing, there are still two regions where it’s a much-loved sport – Mauritius and South Africa. Mauritius has The Champ de Mars Racecourse which brings in crowds of more than 20,000 people and also hosts several big events every year. The course has a rich heritage and is actually the oldest course in the southern hemisphere. South Africa, meanwhile, has loved horse racing since the early 19th century and is best known for its leading race, the Durban July Handicap.

Australia Horse racing is a big industry in Australia, in particular thoroughbred racing. It’s second only to the US in terms of the number of horses starting in races every year and is also third in terms of the amount of prize money that is awarded annually. The Melbourne Cup is Australia’s best-known race. It’s known as the race that stops a nation, due to the popularity of the event around the country and how many people watch it unfold, and it’s also the richest two mile handicap in the world with a purse of A$8 mill

Everyone Is Playing at Home

Will home stadiums make a difference at Euro 2020?

When it comes to a major tournament like Euro 2020, there is usually a big advantage for the host nation. Not only do they automatically gain a place, avoiding a gruelling qualifying campaign, but they also get to play in home stadiums cheered on by home fans. Compare this to the experience of other teams, who have to decamp to a strange country with disconcerting customs and foreign languages, and you can see how much easier it is for home players.

Home advantage is also a huge boost tactically, as the team will be much more used to the conditions. Just ask any of the cricket teams competing in India or Pakistan, or the NFL teams competing for the AFC North title, who are able to cope with the cold conditions far better than their sunny southern rivals from Texas or Florida.

No home nation

This year, however, the 16th European Championships will be rather different, with the tournament being held in 12 different countries to celebrate its 60th anniversary. This means that no nation qualifies as hosts, but also means that a whole host of nations will end up playing at home, in front of the roaring of home supporters.

England, for example, will play all their home games at Wembley Stadium, and if they progress that far, could play their semi-final and final there too. And they’re not alone; the Netherlands will play all their group games in Amsterdam, Germany are at home in Munich, Spain play in Bilbao, Italy play in Rome and Denmark kick off in Copenhagen. Should Scotland qualify, they will play two group games at home and the other not too far away in London, while poor Wales have two games in Baku, Azerbaijan and one in Rome.

Anyone could win

What effect the widespread venues of the tournament will have remains to be seen. As we previewed recently, any one of half a dozen or more teams are in with a chance. Of course, home advantage doesn’t always count for that much. The last time the home side won the European Championships was France in 1984, although Spain and Italy were both home winners in 1964 and 1968. In the past, Russia have won in France, Greece have won in Portugal, and of course snowy Iceland didn’t seem too bothered by the unfamiliar warmth of the French Riviera when they beat England in 2016.

Top 8 Online Gambling Tips

Whether you’re a high-roller who has been betting for years or just a beginner looking to have some fun, there are a few helpful tips that will never mislead you. These tips may not instantly transform you into a winner, but they will help reduce the house edge and increase your chances of making a profit with online betting.

Here are the top eight gambling tips you must know.

  1. Choose A Quality Casino

When it comes to spending your hard-earned cash, you need the best online casinos for the security of your money and information. For that, you want to ensure that the site you choose has all the requisite authority licenses and that a trustworthy third party regulates it.

2. Take Advantage Of Bonuses And Promotions

Thanks to fierce competition among online gambling operators, almost all online casinos offer incredible bonuses and promotions to entice new members. The bonuses and promotions are also a nice way of ensuring that an operator values your presence on their site. Most of the sites offer their bonuses with a wagering requirement, but the bonus cash can come in handy when testing a new strategy or when placing a risky bet without using your cash.

3. Never Chase Losses

While you may be accustomed to winning, things may start to go on a downward spiral all over sudden. To most punters, that’s the time you’re tempted to continue betting in a bid to try and recoup what you’ve lost. That not only ruins your bankroll management system but also leaves you more vulnerable to losing more money as it may contribute to poor decision making.

4. Play Games With A Low House Edge

While you can win any casino game you like, some games have a higher house edge than others. That means it’s harder to win these games than others. For instance, progressive jackpots have a very high house edge, even though you may not need a lot of cash to play.

5. Learn Casino Game Strategies

Without a betting strategy, even a veteran punter can have a hard time making a profit in an online casino. That’s why smart players learn how to manage their bankrolls and the key moves to make as they continue betting. Remember that no strategy will magically make you win all the bets you place, so you need to be careful and spend your time testing any new strategies first.

6. Stick To A Budget

To ensure that your online betting session doesn’t end up with a nasty surprise of you spending all your savings, you must set a budget. Sticking to the budget you’ve set helps you to control your gambling activity, allowing you to stay responsible and avoid gambling-related problems.

7. Be Realistic

As appealing as some of the online casino games may be, you need to be realistic. Learn that you’ll not always win your bets, but that’s fine as long as you win more times than you lose.

8. Quit While You’re Ahead

When players are on a winning streak, most of them are tempted to increase their wagers and continue placing more bets. That is one of the most common pitfalls that many online players fall prey to and end up losing more money than they had initially won.

EPL Season 2019/2020 – Gameweek 21 Predicted Lineups – Clubs in 7th to 10th

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Every week this new series will take a look at the predicted starting line-ups for clubs in the English Premier League. Knowing which players are expected to play each weekend is a crucial element for every active Fantasy Football manager. The starting XIs for the EPL clubs is increasingly hard to predict, due to congested fixture calendars and the quality of squad depths as a result of the vast amounts of money the EPL clubs generate.

For the moment, we will consider the lineups of the top-10 teams in the Premier League as it stands by the start of the upcoming gameweek, divided over three articles. This part 3 covers the teams in positions 7 to 10, part 1 covers the lineups for positions 1 to 3, and part 2 looks at the formations for positions 4 to 6. We might analyse the lineups of all teams at a later stage, based on the interest shown in this series. As far as gameweek 21 goes, we will take a look at confirmed starting lineups for the top-10 teams in gameweek 20, compare those to our predictions for that gameweek, and then predict their lineups for gameweek 21.

For much of the injury news mentioned in these pieces, we consult, among other club-specific sources, the excellent Twitter account and website of Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery). Lineups are written down from left to right, as seen from the goalkeeper’s perspective (so in defence, for example, from left-back to right-back).

Factors potentially affecting lineups per team in the build-up to GW21

Wolves None
Sheffield Utd None
Crystal Palace None
Everton None

The Premier League at the start of gameweek 21 (positions 6 to 11)

6 Spurs 30 pts
7 Wolves 30 pts
8 Sheffield United 29 pts
9 Crystal Palace 27 pts
10 Everton 25 pts
11 Newcastle 25 pts

Lineups for gameweek 20: Predicted vs. confirmed

WOLVES (away vs. Liverpool, 1-0)

  PREDICTED GAMEWEEK 20*   CONFIRMED GAMEWEEK 20
Form. ///   5 – 3 – 2
       
FOR ///   Jota, Neto
MID ///   Moutinho, Neves, Dendoncker
DEF ///   Vinagre, Kilman, Coady, Bennett, Jonny
GK ///   Patricio
       
Subs ///   (2nd half) Saiss > Neves, Traoré > Dendoncker, Jimenez > Jota
       
Goals ///   ///

*Due to the extremely short turn-around between GW19 and GW20, we could not make an informed prediction of the Wolves lineup Liverpool.

SHEFFIELD UNITED (away vs. Manchester City, 2-0)

  PREDICTED GAMEWEEK 20   CONFIRMED GAMEWEEK 20
Form. 5 – 3 – 2   5 – 3 – 2
       
FOR McGoldrick, McBurnie   Mousset, Robinson
MID Fleck, Norwood, Lundstram   Fleck, Norwood, Besic
DEF Stevens, O’Connell, Egan, Basham, Baldock   Stevens, O’Connell, Egan, Basham, Baldock
GK Henderson   Henderson
       
Subs ///   (2nd half) McGoldrick > Robinson, McBurnie > Besic, Sharp > Mousset
       
Goals ///   ///

CRYSTAL PALACE (away vs. Southampton, 1-1)

  PREDICTED GAMEWEEK 20   CONFIRMED GAMEWEEK 20
Form. 4 – 3 – 2 – 1   4 – 3 – 2 – 1
       
FOR Ayew   Ayew
MID Zaha, Meyer   Zaha, Meyer
DEF MID Kouyaté, Milivojevic, McArthur   McCarthy, Milivojevic, McArthur
DEF Riedewald, Sakho, Tomkins, Kelly   Riedewald, Sakho, Tomkins, Kelly
GK Guaita   Guaita
       
Subs ///   (2nd half) Kouyaté > Meyer
       
Goals ///   Tomkins (Milivojevic)

EVERTON (away vs. Newcastle, 1-2)

  PREDICTED GAMEWEEK 20   CONFIRMED GAMEWEEK 20
Form. ///   4 – 4 – 2
       
FOR ///   Kean, Calvert-Lewin
MID ///   Richarlison, Sigurdsson, Davies, Walcott
DEF ///   Baines, Holgate, Keane, Sidibe
GK ///   Pickford
       
Subs ///   (2nd half) Delph > Kean, Coleman > Walcott, Mina > Baines
       
Goals ///   Calvert-Lewin (Sigurdsson), Calvert-Lewin (Richarlison)

Predicted lineups for gameweek 21

WOLVES (away vs. Watford)

Form. 5 – 2 – 3
   
FOR Jota, Jimenez, Traoré
MID Moutinho, Neves
DEF Jonny, Saiss, Coady, Dendoncker, Doherty
GK Patricio
   
Ruled out Boly, Gibbs-White
Doubtful Cutrone
Notes Wolves are probably the team that suffered most this festive period in terms of short resting periods, considering they’ve had to play City and Liverpool in a span of less than 48 hours. Manager Espirito Santo has tried to keep rotation to a minimum, but he still adapted his team in four positions in GW20. We expect Jimenez, Saiss, Doherty and Traoré to return to starting lineup this round. Moutinho and Neves will form the central midfield block once again, while the front three sees Jimenez and Traoré return. Jota came off in the 72nd minute in GW20, so we might see Wolves’ strongest attacking trio turn up at the start of the game against Watford.

SHEFFIELD UNITED (away vs. Liverpool)

Form. 5 – 3 – 2
   
FOR McGoldrick, McBurnie
MID Fleck, Norwood, Lundstram
DEF Stevens, O’Connell, Egan, Basham, Baldock
GK Henderson
   
Ruled out Moore
Doubtful Lundstram
Notes During this festive period, even manager Chris Wilder has been rotating his starting lineup. The Blades play Liverpool on Thursday though, which gives them a day more to rest and this makes us think they will start in their familiar 5-3-2 formation once again. Lundstram is a doubt after twisting his ankle in GW19, but we expect him to return for this one. Mousset (came off in the 84th minute in GW20) and Robinson (came off in the 59th minute in GW20) formed the striking pair against City. Versus Liverpool, we can see Chris Wilver pick his preferred pair of late, McGoldrick and McBurnie unless he decides to be more defensive and play just 1 up front given it’s against Liverpool, the European and World Club Champions.

CRYSTAL PALACE (away vs. Norwich)

Form. 4 – 3 – 2 – 1
   
FOR Ayew
MID Zaha, Meyer
DEF MID Kouyaté, Milivojevic, McArthur
DEF Riedewald, Sakho, Tomkins, Kelly
GK Guaita
   
Ruled out Ward, Cahill, Schlupp, Townsend, Dann, Benteke
Doubtful Kelly
Notes Manager Roy Hodgson is leading his Eagles through this festive period with an overflowing treatment room, especially when it comes to defenders. Against Norwich, we feel he will go for the same back-four as in GW20. With Benteke out injured, there is no real alternative for Ayew up top, so he will lead the line once again, supported by Zaha and Meyer. In the middle, Hodgson might replace McCarthy with Kouyaté, who was rested in GW20 and subbed-on in the 84th minute in that game.

EVERTON (away vs. Manchester City)

Form. 4 – 4 – 2
   
FOR Kean, Calvert-Lewin
MID Bernard, Delph, Sigurdsson, Walcott
DEF Digne, Mina, Keane, Coleman
GK Pickford
   
Ruled out A. Gomes, Gbamin, Iwobi
Doubtful Schneiderlin
Notes This will be Carlo Ancelotti’s third game as Toffees manager and even though he will not have settled yet on a preferred starting eleven, he will likely be looking for some certainties for the players when facing the reigning champions at the Etihad. At the same time, the Liverpool match in the FA on January 5th will be on his mind, so Carletto has some hard choices to make. Pickford starts in goal. Digne is expected to start after being left out in GW20 and the same could be said for Coleman, as his rival for right-back Sidibe has started the last two games. As a central duo, we expect Mina to partner Keane. The midfield might see some changes, as main men Richarlison and Sigurdsson both played (practically) every minute of the last three games. Bernard could come on for the Brazilian, but it seems to much of a creative sacrifice to bench both. Delph might come in to provide extra defensive cover against his old club. The fresh Walcott (he played a single minute in GW19 and 69 minutes the week after) could once again start on the right side of the midfield. Up front, it just seems unwise to leave out Calvert-Lewin at the moment, as the English striker has scored all three of Everton’s goals under Ancelotti so far. He could be partnered by either Kean or Tosun, and our punt is on the former for this round. Ancelotti could also decide to just play one up front with an extra player in midfield to counter the control Man City will have over the ball.