Breaking Barriers: Women in Male-Dominated Sports

The world of sports has long been viewed as a bastion of male dominance, a field where physical prowess and masculine strength were the celebrated norms. However, the winds of change have been blowing steadily, bringing with them a wave of extraordinary women who are not just entering but also excelling in male-dominated sports. This article shines a light on these remarkable women and the barriers they’ve broken, signaling a new era in the sports world.

The journey of women in sports such as football, boxing, motorsport, and even professional wrestling has been fraught with challenges. For decades, these arenas were considered too physically demanding or aggressive for women. But the stereotypes are crumbling, thanks to the tenacity and skill of female athletes who have stepped into these realms, rewriting the narrative.

In football, for instance, the presence of women has moved beyond the sidelines. Female footballers are gaining recognition for their skill and athleticism, with increased media coverage and growing fan bases. They’re not just playing football; they’re playing it with a finesse and strategic acumen that is uniquely their own. The creation of women’s leagues and competitions on a global scale is a testament to their growing prominence in the sport.

Boxing, a sport often associated with brute strength and aggression, has seen a significant shift as well. Women boxers are gaining prominence, showcasing not only their physical strength but also their strategic thinking and resilience. They are fighting not just their opponents in the ring but also the deep-rooted gender stereotypes that have long kept them on the fringes of this sport.

Motorsport, another field traditionally dominated by men, is witnessing a surge of female drivers who are not only participating but also competing fiercely. These women are challenging the notion that speed and mechanical prowess are the sole preserve of men. They’re navigating the racetracks with as much skill, precision, and thrill as their male counterparts, and in doing so, are attracting a new audience to the sport.

Wrestling, too, has seen a dramatic transformation with the entry of women. Once relegated to roles that emphasized their femininity rather than their athletic ability, female wrestlers are now main eventers, known for their athleticism and entertaining personas. They’re breaking the mold of what it means to be a wrestler and, in doing so, are drawing in new fans.

This shift in the sports world is not just about the physical participation of women in male-dominated sports; it’s about a broader cultural change. It’s about redefining what strength looks like, about challenging and changing the stereotypes that have long defined these sports. The message is clear: sports are not just a man’s world; they are a human world where talent, not gender, defines an athlete’s worth.

In a world where the landscape of sports is rapidly changing, platforms like TonyBet Sportsbook are increasingly becoming spaces where the achievements of these incredible women athletes are recognized and celebrated. They’re not just breaking barriers; they’re setting new standards and inspiring a whole new generation of athletes, both male and female.

As we move forward, the hope is that the participation of women in these sports will become so normalized that it will no longer be a subject of awe but simply a fact of sports life. Until then, we celebrate these trailblazing women who are not just playing the game but changing it, one sport at a time.

LA28 Olympic Games: Cricket’s opportunity to reach the entire world!

It was only a few weeks ago when the IOC announced the inclusion of five new sports for the Olympic Games in Los Angeles 2028. One of them was cricket. 

For some people, hearing this was a mere reminder that one of the most popular sports for approximately one third of the earth’s population and one of the most popular markets for sports bettors -the online cricket betting – was not actually included in the absolute, world-class celebration of sports – the Olympiad.

For others, the announcement came with questions like “Wait, wasn’t cricket a formal sport of the Olympic Games up to now?” or with realizations like “Wow, cricket had not been officially integrated into the Olympiad for so long”. 

For others, the announcement was welcomed with apparent excitement and thrill because their favorite sports game will now get to be introduced to the whole world and will see its fans grow spectacularly. And as of that, more people would come to love cricket and make it, eventually, a widespread game. 

But let’s take a moment and go back in time, when cricket was once again a formal sport of the Olympic Games. This was in 1900 in the Paris Olympiad. But it was only then and it involved only men’s cricket. More to this, it was only two teams – the host country France and Great Britain, which meant that to get the gold medal it was only a matter of winning one opponent. The winning team was Great Britain and this was the last time anyone ever saw a cricket game again in the Olympic Games. 

128 years later, cricket will reappear in LA2028. But this time it won’t be only about two teams. It will be for every country that has a cricket team! And above all it will be for everyone who loves cricket, enjoys watching cricket or fancies betting online on cricket!

Cricket is among the five new sports to be included in the next Olympiad and while this is a great chance for all five games to go global, it is a special opportunity for cricket. That’s because of three reasons: 

First, cricket deserves to be a global sport, particularly since now it involves more than 2.5 billion people across the planet. It is a truly potentially global sport, without being able to demonstrate its global character. 

Being included in the Olympic Games that will take place in Los Angeles in 2028 will bring extraordinary benefits to the sport, with the most important one being the massive visibility that will come from the huge exposure. 

From 2012 and on, the Olympic Games maintain a global audience  which exceeds 3 billion viewers across the world. This makes the games the ultimate opportunity to make sure that the world will get to know the sport. 

Second, cricket as a sport will gain access to a whole new population segment which couldn’t be reached without the global exposure that the Olympic Games offer. In fact, the ICC –International Cricket Council– will be able to boast about its ability to reach people that may have never even watched a cricket game or may have never even heard about the sport itself. 

This creates unique opportunities for taking the sport to another level especially with regards to finding new talents and recruiting new players from a global pool of potential athletes. 

Third, cricket will get the “legitimacy” of a formal sport in places that it is not played, or even not recognized and in this way it will eventually grow bigger and bigger to a point that in sometime it will involve all nations across the world. The bigger the sport grows, the more it will improve, become more competitive and ultimately will offer a greater spectacle for the viewers and the audiences. 

For all these reasons, and for many more in reality, cricket has some valuable opportunities to get global with the next Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Hey, world! Prepare for the ultimate game – cricket!

Feyenoord vs Atletico Madrid preview, team news, tickets & prediction

Dutch champions Feyenoord take on the tricky challenge of Atletico Madrid as both clubs jostle for a qualification spot from their UEFA Champions League group.

Feyenoord and Atleti renew hostilities for a second-ever meeting as the Spanish side travels to De Kuip. In their other encounter, Alvaro Morata scored twice to secure a 3-2 fightback win in the Group E clash, although Feyenoord were arguably the better side and took an early lead.

The Club of The People will have learnt lessons from that defeat in the Spanish capital as they look to deliver better fortunes in continental football. Arne Slot‘s men have come a long way since reaching the inaugural Europa Conference League final after his first season in 2022

and they delivered silverware the following season with the club’s first league title since 2017. 

Feyenoord began their season with two draws against Fortuna Sittard and Sparta Rotterdam, but things picked up quickly with three consecutive wins by at least five goals scored. 

Then they enjoyed a comfortable opening evening in the UCL when goals from Calvin Stengs and Alireza Jahanbakhsh saw them past Celtic and straight to the top of the group.

The Dutchmen enjoyed an emphatic 4-0 win against Ajax only a few days later as Go Ahead Eagles and PEC Zwolle were also defeated either side of a 3-2 loss at Atletico Madrid in the UCL, bringing an end to their unbeaten start to the season. Slot’s side will have contested an exciting double-header against Lazio before they face a decisive game at home to Atletico Madrid. 

Hence, they will look to demolish a defence that has failed to keep a clean sheet in seven of their 11 games in all competitions at the time of writing. 

The Rotterdamers are the top scorers in the Eredivisie, and only six teams have scored more than their four goals after two UCL games. Their attacking impetus is there for all to see,, but they must be wary of a dangerous Atleti side who knows how to escape tricky European ties. 

The away side is a dangerous proposition to just about any team on the planet, and they will be confident of leaving Holland with another result being group favourites. 

Diego Simeone’s side has quietly gone about their business as usual and started the La Liga campaign with three wins against Granada, Numancia and Rayo Vallecano, as well as a draw at Real Betis in their first four games until Valencia dealt them their first defeat with a 3-0 reverse at the Mestalla.

They drew Lazio on Matchday 1 of the Champions League campaign after looking to be heading towards victory thanks to Pablo Barrios’ first-half strike. Still, they were pegged back by goalkeeper Ivan Provedel’s sensational late equaliser.

A 3-1 win in the derby against Real Madrid sparked a five-game winning run, but most importantly, they got their European campaign up and running with a 3-2 victory against Feyenoord to end a six-game winless streak in the UCL. This result has seen Atletico Madrid leapfrog the Dutch side to top Group E with four points from two games.

Being their ever-resilient outfit, Los Colchoneros will be desperate to keep their qualification spot in what could turn out to be a very tight group with three sides vying for two positions. 

While one team will have to be consoled with a Europa League place, Atleti will look to emphasise their pedigree in this game. 

Match tickets

This match will be played on 28 November, with kick-off set for 8 PM UK time. The action will be shown live on RTL and Ziggo Sport in Holland and Telefonica in Spain while tickets are available on each club’s website. 

De Kuip is set to be sold out when the Spanish giants visit the second-largest City in the Netherlands; the home crowd will be loud and proud in the hopes of a historic night. Hence, getting Feyenoord vs Atletico Madrid tickets will take a lot of work through official channels.

Non-season ticket holders who want to attend the game may be fortunate enough to find a way into the stadium via a ticket resale website. 

Team news

Top scorer Santiago Giménez will be back from suspension for the Dutch champions, but Arne Slot will still be without Luka Ivanusec and possibly Gernot Trauner.

Antoni Milambo will be back from his injury, and there is also good news in the fact that goalkeeper Justin Bijlow should have returned from a wrist injury that ruled him out for Feyenoord earlier in the season. 

Atleti has a worrying injury list, with Thomas Lemar and Vitolo being ruled out for this game. Although Reinaldo, Çağlar Söyüncü, Memphis Depay, Rodrigo De Paul and Jose Maria Jimenez are currently injured, they should all have made full recoveries by the time this fixture comes around. 


Bijlow is expected to make a big difference for the home side, as he missed the first leg of this encounter due to a broken wrist. The keeper will offer confidence and protection to his backline, while Gimenez brings the goalscoring tenacity upfront. 

Feyenoord: Bijlow; Geertruida, Trauner, Hancko, Hartman; Wieffer, Timber, Stengs; Paixao, Gimenez, Minteh 

Simeone is expected to keep things simple save for injuries and suspension as he banks on an experienced midfield and an attack that has served them so well this term.

Alvaro Morata is Atleti’s top scorer with seven goals in his first eight matches, and he will look to punish the Dutch side’s defence much like he did on Spanish soil.  

Atletico Madrid: Oblak; Molina, Hermoso, Witsel, Savic, Lino; Saul, Koke, de Paul; Morata, Griezmann


Atletico Madrid are known for their defending, but clean sheets have been harder to come by this season, whereas Feyenoord have scored in all but one of their matches. 

The Dutch side will likely score a couple of goals, but Atleti’s game-changing antics may be too much to cope with once again.

Feyenoord 1-2 Atletico Madrid

FPL 2023-24: Gameweek 12 preview

After back-to-back high-scoring gameweeks with averages of 67 points and 66 points in gameweeks 9 and 10 respectively, the last gameweek 11 brought us the lowest-scoring round of the 2023-24 FPL season so far. By the time Chelsea and Spurs were ready to kick off for what would turn out to be one of the crazier league games so far, the average FPL score sat at just 28 points. Five goals, including two deep in the added time, and two red cards later, did not do much for the average though, as it settled on 32 points for the gameweek. It was a beautiful Monday if you are one of the 4.4% of fantasy managers who owned Chelsea forward Nicolas Jackson, as he recorded a hattrick against Spurs to crown himself as highest-scoring player of GW11 with 16 FPL points.

Looking at the fixtures in upcoming gameweek 12, it doesn’t look like we’re up for another low-scoring gameweek. With Arsenal playing at home against Burnley, Manchester United hosting Luton Town, Aston Villa playing at home to Fulham, Brighton facing Sheffield United at the AmEx, Liverpool welcoming Brentford to Anfield and West Ham facing Nottingham Forest at home, GW12 boasts what looks like a plethora of (very) favourable home fixtures. Add to that Crystal Palace’s home game against Everton and Newcastle’s visit to Bournemouth, and we can say that fantasy managers will have to make some serious choices this weekend as the points can be coming from practically anywhere.

Check out FISO’s FPL Forum for the latest discussion and don’t forget, the deadline for gameweek 12 is set at 11h00 (UK time) on Saturday, November 11th, 2023.

Most transferred in/transferred out players (as per November 9th, 2023)

GKEderson (MCI), Ramsdale (ARS), Leno (ARS)Johnstone (CRY), Areola (WHU), Vicario (TOT) 
DEFBurn (NEW), Romero (TOT), Udogie (TOT)Mitchell (CRY), Saliba (ARS), Andersen (CRY)Palace fixtures + defensive form, Burn injury, Romero + Udogie suspensions
MIDMaddison (TOT), Odegaard (ARS), Neto (WOL)Doku (MCI), Bowen (WHU), Saka (ARS)Neto injury, Maddison + Odegaard injury doubts
FORHaaland (MCI), Isak (NEW), Alvarez (MCI)Nketiah (ARS), Watkins (AST), Wilson (NEW)Jesus injury, Isak injury, Man City fixtures

Premium pick

After three consecutive gameweeks with at least one attacking return, the on-fire Mohamed Salah (£12.9m) blanked at Kenilworth Road in gameweek 11. After 2 goals against Brighton in GW8, 2 goals versus Everton in GW9 and a single goal against Forest in GW10, hopes for a serious haul against minnows Luton Town were high amongst fantasy managers. But of course, in the purest of FPL fashions, the Egyptian then blanked for a 2-pointer. The only “upside” for those managers who put all their captaincy eggs in the Salah basket last weekend was that his big fantasy rival for the armband, Erling Haaland, blanked as well. This weekend, Salah (and the managers counting on him) can redeem themselves though, because while Haaland has to rock up to Stamford Bridge on Sunday evening, Liverpool are welcoming Brentford to Anfield a day earlier after they are at Toulouse tonight in the Europa League (with Salah on the bench) . The Reds star is therefore our premium fantasy pick for gameweek 12.

Non-premium pick

Our choice for non-premium fantasy pick for gameweek 12 ended up being a toss-up between Man United’s Bruno Fernandes and Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka (£8.6m), and we eventually went with the latter. While Bruno is coming off a winning goal versus Fulham and is now preparing for Luton at home, we opted for a pick from the team that is in better form at the moment and that is definitely Arsenal. Sure, the Gunners suffered a disappointing defeat at the hands of Newcastle at St. James’ Park last weekend, but they are still a much more reliable side than United. As for Saka, it has been relatively quiet of late with just 2 assists in his last four league games, but we’re not worried. He is one of the team’s star players, he is a guaranteed starter (when fit*) with his fair share of set-pieces (and penalties?) and he is up against Burnley this weekend. We expect Arsenal to bounce back from their loss in the north and continue their top-4 battle against the Clarets, and we’re hoping Saka will be the one to show them the way on Saturday (* as long as he shakes off the ankle turn he suffered late on against Seville in the Champions League last night).

The budget enabler

“Botman is unclear at the moment. So, we’re going day by day with that one currently”. That’s what Newcastle manager Eddie Howe had to say about the knee injury of central defender Sven Botman a few days ago. With the Dutchman out for the foreseeable future, a fantastic budget option has arisen at St. James’ Park in the person of Jamaal Lascelles (£4.0m). Botman got injured in the build-up to gameweek 7 and since then, Jamaal Lascelles returned to the Magpies’ starting lineup. While lacking any attacking returns or even something of an expected goal involvement worth mentioning, the £4.0m-defender did already record 3 clean sheets. What’s more, last weekend against Arsenal, he even got 3 bonus points. Picking Lascelles as Newcastle are preparing for a visit to Bournemouth on Saturday is a medium-term pick at most, but one that could pay off handsomely, both for the player himself and for your team as a whole because bringing him in will likely free up some funds to spend elsewhere on your squad.

The differential

Over the summer, West Ham United paid around £38 million to Ajax Amsterdam for the services of Mohammed Kudus (£6.5m). While he did show flashes of brilliance since then, both in England and in the Champions League, including a goal from the bench against Newcastle back in gameweek 8, the Ghana international had to wait for his first league start until gameweek 10. The attacker failed to record any returns in that game, but manager David Moyes maintained his trust in the new recruit and was rewarded a week later. In gameweek 11, Kudus started up front once again for the Hammers away at Brentford, and with effect. The former Ajax star scored a goal and provided an assist for a total of 11 FPL points, and recorded a Man-of-the-Match-worthy display against the Bees. Rotation remains a risk for Kudus and the rest of the West Ham attackers, but we’d be surprised to see Moyes drop Kudus from the first eleven for the moment. That makes the Ghanaian a great differential fantasy pick, because he is currently owned by just 0.8% of fantasy managers and the Hammers are playing Nottingham Forest at home next, followed by Burnley away, Palace at home, Fulham away and Wolves at home in the five games after that. West Ham also have the Europa League to contend with including a home match tonight against Olympiacos.

The (vice-)captaincy

As you probably guessed after reading about our premium fantasy pick for gameweek 12, we are slapping the armband on Mo Salah this weekend. Liverpool and the player himself are in decent form, and it’s a home game versus Brentford on Sunday for the Reds this weekend.

Lucky for the managers who don’t own the Egyptian and can’t (or don’t want) to bring him this weekend, there are several other strong candidates for the armband this weekend as well. These include Bukayo Saka and Eddie Nketiah at home to Burnley, Bruno Fernandes at home to Luton Town, and Ollie Watkins at home to Fulham.

Navigating Your First Fantasy Football Season: Essential Mid-Season Strategies

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Are you new to the world of Fantasy NFL and feeling slightly overwhelmed? Take heart! The mid-season mark offers fresh opportunities to recalibrate your strategies and ascend in your league’s standings. Whether you’re recovering from a rough start or comfortably leading the pack, key mid-season decisions could pivot your journey to the fantasy playoffs.

Understanding FanDuel Super Bowl odds can offer perspective on real-world expectations, possibly influencing your roster choices. In this guide, we present tips and insights to master the mid-season. Dive into strategies on trades, waiver wire picks, and more to help you adapt and potentially dominate in your fantasy NFL league.

Mid-Season Analysis and Adjustment

With the midway point of the season here, your fantasy team’s fortunes may seem as variable as the weather. But unlike the weather, you have the power to influence your fantasy outcomes with smart decisions and strategic plays. Start with a thorough analysis of your team’s performance. Assess which players are consistently underperforming and why. Is it due to injuries, poor form, or simply bad luck?

Similarly, identify your overachievers – are their performances sustainable, or are they selling high? Use this analysis to inform your approach moving forward, balancing your lineup with consistent performers and potential breakout candidates. Also, consider trading some of your overachievers while their value is high, especially if you don’t feel like they can maintain the pace.

Mastering the Waiver Wire

The waiver wire is a treasure trove for the astute fantasy player, especially at this point of the year when patterns have emerged and roles within real-life teams have solidified. Always be on the lookout for emerging talents; players who may have started the season on the bench but are now starting due to injuries or performance-related changes. Timing is critical when it comes to waivers. Be proactive but not reckless; use your waiver position wisely, and don’t waste it on fleeting one-week wonders.

Savvy Trading Tactics

Trading is an art form in Fantasy NFL. It’s not just about giving up your underperformers; it’s about selling players at their peak value and buying players who you believe will outperform their current perception. Always aim to trade from a position of strength; if you have a surplus of quality running backs but are weak at quarterback, look for a trade partner with the opposite problem. Remember, a trade should ideally benefit both teams, making it more likely to succeed. Be sure to thoroughly research and propose fair trades that will be seriously considered by your fellow managers.

Injury Management

Injuries are an unfortunate reality in the NFL and, thus, in Fantasy Football as well. Staying informed about a player’s health and their backups can offer you a competitive edge. Often, the replacement players are overlooked but can provide significant value for your team, especially if they step into a starting role with a high volume of opportunities. Keep an eye on injury reports and be ready to act when a starter goes down.

Understanding Bye Weeks

Bye weeks can sneak up on the unprepared fantasy manager, leaving gaping holes in a lineup. Awareness and preparation for these bye weeks are crucial. Begin planning a couple of weeks to ensure you have suitable replacements. This is where your bench depth becomes crucial; draft and manage your bench with bye weeks in mind, ensuring you won’t be left in a lurch when your starters are resting.

Playoff Preparation

As the playoffs loom, every decision becomes magnified. Begin to prepare for the playoffs by analyzing the matchups during those critical weeks. Some players may have a particularly tough or easy set of opponents during the fantasy playoffs, which could impact your starting lineup decisions. Start looking for players now who could be difference-makers when it matters most.

Diversification and Flexibility

Avoid putting all your fantasy hopes in one real-life NFL team’s basket. If that team has a bad week, your fantasy team will suffer dramatically. Diversify your team across multiple NFL teams and matchups. Flexibility is also key – having players who can slot into different positions in your lineup can be hugely beneficial during bye weeks and unforeseen circumstances.

Stay Engaged and Have Fun

Last but not least, stay engaged with the NFL season and your fantasy team. The more involved you are, the more you will learn, and the better you will become at making the right decisions. Fantasy Football is a game, after all, so ensure you’re enjoying the process. Trash talk with your friends, revel in the wins, and learn from the losses.


The mid-season mark doesn’t mean the end of your fantasy football learning curve, especially for beginners – it’s an opportunity to showcase your growing expertise and reshape your season for the better. By analyzing your team’s performance, mastering the waiver wire, engaging in smart trades, managing injuries, preparing for bye weeks, and setting your sights on the playoffs, you’ll not only bolster your current season’s prospects but also set a solid foundation for future fantasy success.

Embrace the unpredictability, remain adaptable, and above all, savor the experience. The path to fantasy glory is fraught with challenges, but with these tips in your playbook, you’re well-equipped to navigate the twists and turns of your fantasy NFL season. Let the games continue, and may your fantasy decisions be as thrilling and rewarding as the real-life gridiron battles they mirror!

FPL 2023-24: Gameweek 11 preview

We are now ten games into the 2023-24 Premier League campaign, just over a fourth of the season, and Spurs are topping the table. That’s right, Spurs, the Londoner butt of many a joke about silverware (or the lack thereof) over the past years, who just lost one of their all-time superstars to Bayern Munich, and who brought in a new coach from Celtic over the summer. Of course, the season is very long still and the competition is enormous, but it’s starting to look like Tottenham Hotspur might actually be a serious contender for the title this season. Or at least an outside for the title. With a largely favourable set of fixtures coming up, two of the major questions for fantasy managers are whether to pick two or three Spurs players, and perhaps even more importantly, which ones?

Spurs are also one of the sides with a good fixture on paper in GW11. Manager Ange Postecoglou’s men are hosting Chelsea on Monday, and the Blues’ woes and lack of any kind of form is well-known by now. Liverpool away at Luton Town is another stand-out fixture for FPL managers this weekend, especially with Mohamed Salah in top form, as is the encounter between Manchester City and Bournemouth at the Etihad on Saturday. From a neutral point of view, the current-top-six clash between Newcastle and Arsenal at St. James’ Park on Saturday is probably the one to look forward to.

Don’t forget, the deadline for gameweek 11 is set at 11h00 (UK time) on Saturday, November 4th, 2023.

Most transferred in/transferred out players (as per November 3rd, 2023)

GKRamsdale (ARS), Onana (MUN), Sanchez (CHE)Johnstone (CRY), Alisson (LIV), Vicario (TOT) 
DEFUdogie (TOT), Estupiñan (BRI), Trippier (NEW)Andersen (CRY), Tsimikas (LIV), Romero (TOT)Palace fixtures, Robertson injury, Udogie + Estupiñan injury worries
MIDNeto (WOL), Odegaard (ARS), Mitoma (BRI)D. Luiz (AST), Mbeumo (BRE), Hee-Chan (WOL)All transferred-in assets are in form, Neto injury worries
FORIsak (NEW), Alvarez (MCI), Watkins (AST)Nketiah (ARS), Darwin (LIV), Watkins (AST)Jesus injury, Watkins and Darwin form, Isak injury

Premium pick

After two consecutive blanks and then just a single, measly goal against Brighton at home in gameweek 9, a few fantasy managers figured that Erling Haaland (£14.0m) had probably passed his peak… or something of the like. Anyway, to our surprise, he was amongst the most transferred-out forwards in the build-up to gameweek 9, in which the Manchester derby was waiting. OK, so perhaps there is some understandable reasoning behind that move when you looked back at a very recent, very small sample, but this is the same guy who managed 9 goals and 1 assist from nine league starts, and who is only trailing Mo Salah in terms of total FPL points in the overall game. So, of course, Haaland went on to punish the doubters in style, recording a direct involvement in each of the three goals scored by City at home to United: 2 goals, 1 assist. The result? A juicy 16-point haul, which, honestly, we wouldn’t be surprised to see a repeat of when Bournemouth visit the Etihad this weekend.

Non-premium pick

Ollie Watkins (£8.4m) had a relatively slow start to the season, in the sense that he only got his first league goal back in gameweek 6 at Stamford Bridge. He did however, up to that point, already register 4 assists from five league starts, so he wasn’t entirely off the radar. The Chelsea goal seemed to have galvanised him though, because since then, the England international scored 4 more goals and added another 4 assists to his totals, bringing him to 5 goals and 8 assists in ten league starts. At his current price, that’s incredible value territory. We are expecting his price to rise a bit further over the coming weeks though, as Aston Villa have a short stretch of very good fixtures coming up, starting with Nottingham Forest away this weekend. In the three games after that, it’s Fulham at home, followed by Spurs away and then Bournemouth away. In his current form, Watkins should be good for at least three attacking returns over that stretch, including the Forest game on Sunday. And who knows, there might even be a repeat of his monster 26-point haul against Brighton in GW7 among them.

The budget enabler

You might have noticed in the brief transfer overview for gameweek 11 around the start of this article, but Crystal Palace defenders are in fashion at the moment. That’s because the Eagles, at least from a defensive point of view, are approaching ideal FPL territory. They have been solid defensively so far, recording 4 clean sheets (only Arsenal has more with 5), and they’ve got a great run of fixtures coming up, in theory at least. On Saturday, it’s time for Burnley away, before Everton at home, Luton away, West Ham away and Bournemouth at home. In other words, potential clean sheets galore for the Eagles. That’s why we have decided to include Tyrick Mitchell (£4.5m) as our budget enabler of choice for gameweek 11. He is a guaranteed starter for Palace, he has a license to join in attack when possible (though he has recorded just 1 assist so far), and he is slightly cheaper than the more popular Marc Guéhi. There is, of course, Joachim Andersen as well, but the Dane will set you back considerably more than Mitchell, as he costs £5.0m at the moment.

The differential

We honestly can’t remember the last time we included a Wolves attacker in one of our gameweek previews, but here we are. Hwang Hee-Chan (£5.5m) has quietly gone under the radar so far this season, or so it seems when looking at his current ownership 3,6%. When looking a bit deeper though, the Korean attacker actually represents outstanding value over the first ten games of the 2023-24 campaign. He has been a guaranteerd starter for Wolves since the gameweek 5 visit to Anfield and it’s not hard to see why. In six starts since then, including the Liverpool fixture in which he scored, Hee-Chan managed no less than 4 goals and 1 assist, bringing his totals for the season to 6 goals and 1 assist. Another way of looking at these great stats: Wolves’ Korean attacker has registered at least one attacking return in six of his seven last league games. Or how about this: only four players currently have more goals to their names than Hee-Chan, those being Erling Haaland, Mohamed Salah, Son Heung-Min and Callum Wilson. Let’s see if the South Korea can crash into the top scorers top four when Wolves visit Sheffield United on Saturday.

The (vice-)captaincy

We’re pretty sure that the captaincy debate for gameweek 11 will be between Erling Haaland, who is waiting for Bournemouth to roll up to the Etihad on Saturday, and Mohamed Salah, whose Liverpool is set for a visit to Kenilworth Road the day after. Both are in form, so we’ve opted for Haaland, thanks to him playing at home. Also, he is owned by just over 84% of managers.

If you have both premium FPL assets, then it all comes down to who you are captaining and who will be the vice-captain. If this is not the case though, fear not, because there are a few very appealing alternatives available this weekend as well. These include Ollie Watkins away against Nottingham Forest, Julian Alvarez at home to Bournemouth and Son Heung-Min at home to inconsistent Chelsea.

Live Betting Strategies

Betting stands as a widely embraced pastime, captivating countless individuals globally. Beyond being an enjoyable pursuit that enhances the overall experience of sports, it also offers opportunities to make money online when your predictions prove accurate. Among the various methods of betting, live betting emerges as a prominent and immersive choice. However, achieving success in live betting hinges significantly on the implementation of strategic approaches.

For those seeking a consistent and favourable outcome in their betting endeavours, the development of an effective strategy is paramount, particularly in the context of live betting. In this article, we will delve into some of the most effective live betting strategies that could help you make more accurate predictions in the future.

What Is Live Betting

Frequently termed as ‘in-play’ betting, live betting distinguishes itself as a betting approach where wagers are not made prior to an event but are instead placed in real-time during the course of the event itself. This dynamic form of betting offers a distinct advantage in that it allows you to employ unique strategies tailored to the unfolding of a match or game. In live betting, you have the flexibility to adjust your bets on a minute-by-minute basis, aiming to optimise your potential returns from the betting session. It presents an engaging and interactive facet of betting, demanding your keen attention and analytical skills. However, it can pose challenges with the betting market taking place in real-time.

How To Live Bet

Live betting functions similarly to pre-match betting, with the key distinction being that the odds are in constant flux, responding to real-time developments within the event. For instance, a team might initially have odds of 4/1 to win, but if that team manages to score two goals within the first 20 minutes of the game, their odds to win could decrease to 2/1. The odds can exhibit significant fluctuations during the course of the event, making it essential to vigilantly monitor the game to identify potential profit-making opportunities.

To illustrate with examples, let’s consider a match involving Barcelona, a team often favoured in their games. However, in a particular match, Barcelona falls behind by one or two goals early on. In this scenario, the odds of Barcelona winning would considerably rise compared to their initial odds. If you have confidence in Barcelona’s ability to stage a comeback and secure victory, this presents an enticing live betting opportunity, allowing you to capitalise on the shifting dynamics of the game for potentially higher profits.

Another example involves a match between Tottenham and underdog Sheffield United. Initially, Sheffield’s odds of winning are quite high due to their underdog status against Tottenham, the strong favourite. Nevertheless, if, let’s say, a Tottenham player receives a red card in the 50th minute, Sheffield’s odds to win may still remain high. However, their actual chances of winning would have improved significantly due to the numerical advantage. If you possess the ability to analyse the game’s progression and react accordingly, this could present a shrewd live betting opportunity that might go unnoticed by many others.

Strategies For Live Betting

In this section, we will take a deep dive into some top strategies that can improve your chances of making correct predictions while live betting.

Analyse The Fixture

A fundamental strategy for successful live betting involves the real-time observation and analysis of the games you’re interested in. It’s imperative to closely monitor the match to grasp how the dynamics are evolving and which teams are asserting control, enabling you to make well-informed betting decisions.

While we’ve already provided examples of how to assess teams, it’s equally valuable to delve into individual player analysis for potential betting opportunities. For instance, consider a scenario where a full-back has received a yellow card and is consistently struggling against an opposing winger. In such a case, you might consider placing a bet on the full-back receiving a red card or on the winger scoring or assisting a goal. On the flip side, you might come across a situation where a winger has favourable odds for scoring; by closely observing the game, you discern that the winger is constantly marked by two defenders to prevent scoring opportunities, prompting you to reconsider.

Use Data and Statistics

Another crucial aspect of live betting is keeping a vigilant eye on the game statistics. This tip aligns closely with the previous one, but statistics offer a broader spectrum of information to swiftly inform your betting decisions. These statistics encompass metrics such as possession percentages, expected goals (XG), corner kicks, free kicks, and much more.

Utilising this wealth of information can facilitate well-informed, spur-of-the-moment bets. For instance, during a match between Newcastle and Liverpool, if you observe that Newcastle are consistently committing numerous fouls, this insight could prompt you to place a bet predicting a specific number of fouls occurring. Alternatively, you might anticipate a goal or assist from a player like Trent Alexander-Arnold, known for expertise in set-pieces. While such a bet might typically carry substantial risk, being aware of the stats indicating numerous set-piece opportunities can mitigate that risk and make the bet more appealing.


We’ve shared a collection of valuable live-betting strategies to enhance your effectiveness in this dynamic form of wagering. We trust that you find these insights beneficial for your future live-betting endeavours. However, it’s crucial to acknowledge that gambling inherently involves an element of chance, and even with these strategies, there are no guarantees of winning.

Above all, responsible gambling is paramount. It’s essential to approach betting with a sensible and balanced mindset. Never succumb to the temptation of chasing losses, as this can lead to adverse financial consequences. Instead, establish clear limits for your betting activities and stick to them diligently.

Why Are Live Casinos Popular?

Live casinos are exploding in popularity, offering an authentic casino experience you can enjoy from the comfort of your home. With real-time streaming and live dealers, live casinos capture the excitement and social interaction of brick-and-mortar casinos. Live casino games along with popular online slots UK are prominent in most online casinos nowadays.

In this blog post, we’ll explore the key factors driving the rise of live casinos and show you why more and more players are choosing to play their favourite casino games live.

What Are Live Casinos?

Live casinos are a new way of playing some of your favourite casino games from home. Live casino games are played via a live-streamed video of a casino table. On this table, there’ll be play of blackjack, roulette, or really any of the classic table games. When playing at a live casino, you’ll be interacting with the table and dealer as if you’re really there.  You’ll be able to interact with other players and the dealer via the live chat, which helps to give you the real casino experience from home. 

So, Why Are Live Casinos Popular?

Live casinos are exploding in popularity thanks to the authentic casino experience they provide right from your own home. With real-time video streams and live dealers, live casinos capture the social interaction and excitement of traditional casinos in a convenient online format. Here are the key reasons live casinos are becoming the go-to choice for players:

Immersive Experience

The number one draw of live casinos is the immersive and realistic experience. With high-definition video and audio, live casinos make you feel like you’re right there in the action. You can see the cards being dealt, the roulette wheel spinning, and all the lively interaction in real time. This creates an authentic casino vibe you can’t find in RNG (Random Number Generator) games.

Live Social Interaction

Chatting with the dealer and other players in real time heightens the social aspect that many players love. Live casinos promote a collaborative feeling, just like a brick-and-mortar casino. You can cheer on fellow players and celebrate wins together.

Transparency and Authenticity

Live casinos emphasise transparency, so you can see cards shuffled and dealt fairly. With real equipment and professional dealers, live casinos provide an authentic experience you can trust. This sets them apart from computer-generated games.


Live casinos allow you to enjoy all the perks of a real casino from the comfort of your home. As long as you have a stable internet connection, you can access live dealer games on your desktop or mobile device. There is no reason to travel for authentic casino gameplay. 

Game Variety

Live casinos offer a wide selection of classic table and card games, often with different variants too. From blackjack and roulette to baccarat, poker, and craps, live casinos have enough variety to keep gameplay exciting.

Secure and Fair

Licensed live casinos feature state-of-the-art encryption to keep gameplay secure. With real outcomes, live dealer games are provably fair. Players can rest assured the games are legitimate.

Bonuses and Rewards

Like the best online casinos, live casinos offer lucrative welcome bonuses and ongoing promotions to reward players. These bonuses add extra value and can boost your bankroll.

With an authentic vibe, social interaction, convenience, and rewards, it’s easy to see why live casinos are skyrocketing in popularity worldwide. More and more players are discovering the engaging experience live casinos provide.

Are Live Casinos Really Live?

One of the biggest draws of live casinos is the promise of an authentic, real-time gaming experience. But with video streaming technology, some players wonder – are live casinos really live? The answer is yes. Live casinos use state-of-the-art equipment and video streams to deliver a 100% live, real-time casino experience you can trust.

Live casinos utilise integrated video cameras and sensors to broadcast footage of professional dealers in real time to your device. This means the cards being dealt, roulette wheel spins, and dice rolls you see are happening at that moment, not prerecorded. The latest live-streaming technology ensures seamless, lag-free footage so you don’t miss a second of the action.

Along with real-time video, live casinos also feature interactive game interfaces and live chat functions. You can not only see the games in action but also interact with the dealer and other players. This social element brings the communal casino atmosphere online.

Reputable live casino providers use regulated studios and dealers to ensure fair, random results. The cards, wheels, and dice used are rigorously inspected and monitored during play. With transparency and authenticity as top priorities, live casinos deliver genuine gameplay you can trust every time.

So, while live casinos utilise technology like video streams and sensors, the core gameplay and results are 100% real-time. The next time you log in to your favourite live casino, you can be confident you’re getting an authentic experience broadcast to you live.

History Of Live Casinos

Live casinos first emerged in the early 2000s, made possible by advances in internet speeds and video streaming technology. In the beginning stages, live casinos were basic, offering a small selection of table games like blackjack, roulette, and baccarat. Video quality was also limited due to tech constraints.

But as internet connections and mobile networks improved, so did the live casino experience. HD video immersed players in the action like never before. Augmented reality and integrated sensors made gameplay seamless across desktop and mobile. The variety of live dealer games expanded significantly as well.

By the 2010s, live casinos were gaining serious momentum, especially in Europe. The ability to play classic casino games in real-time with a live dealer from home resonated with players worldwide. Live casinos allow people to enjoy the communal, exciting atmosphere of a real casino from the comfort of home.

Today, live casinos are one of the most popular forms of online gambling. Players can access hundreds of live table and card games in crystal clear HD streams. New technologies like virtual reality are pushing immersion and interactivity even further. Live casino gaming continues to evolve, offering players an authentic, thrilling experience that captures the essence of real casino gameplay.

FPL 2023-24: Gameweek 10 preview

Gameweek 9, the first gameweek after the latest international break, saw several of the popular FPL assets shine at the same time for once. Just five of the players that made it into the GW9 Team of the Week could be considered real differentials with an ownership of 6% or less. As a matter of fact, with Kieran Trippier, Mohamed Salah and Ollie Watkins returning, the Team of the Week contained at least three template players with an ownership of minimum 37% in the official fantasy game. In other words, if you’ve been following the template (more or less) so far this season, chances are that you outperformed the high week average of 67 FPL points in GW9.

Gameweek 10 could very well end up giving us a similar Team of the Week, in the sense that there are quite a few of highly owned players who are facing favourable opposition this weekend, on paper at least. Spurs (as in, the Spurs side that is leading the league at the moment with a 2-point advantage over 2nd placed Manchester City) kick off the weekend at Selhurst Park on Friday. The day after, we’ve got Arsenal hosting Sheffield United for what looks like the game to target for fantasy managers, followed by a Newcastle visit to Wolves. On Sunday then, Aston Villa welcome Luton Town to Villa Park, Brighton host Fulham and Liverpool play Nottingham Forest at Anfield. The Manchester derby at Old Trafford has been saved for last, at 15h30 (UK time) on Sunday.

Check out FISO’s FPL Forum for the latest discussion and don’t forget, the deadline for gameweek 10 is set at 18h30 (UK time) on Friday, October 27th, 2023.

Most transferred in/transferred out players (as per October 25th, 2023)

GKOnana (MUN), Ederson (MCI), Ramsdale (ARS)Areola (WHU), Alisson (LIV), Johnstone (CRY) 
DEFEstupiñan (BRI), Botman (NEW), Akanji (MCI)Trippier (NEW), Tsimikas (LIV), Cash (LIV)Estupiñan + Botman + Akanji all injured/banned
MIDRashford (MUN), Bruno (MUN), Mitoma (BRI)Salah (LIV), Douglas Luiz (AST), Saka (ARS)Salah + Saka + Luiz form, lack of Man United returns
FORHaaland (MCI), Isak (NEW), Hojlund (MUN)Watkins (AST), Alvarez (MCI), Archer (SHU)Watkins + Alvarez form, Archer budget enabler

Premium pick

Thanks to four double-digit hauls in the last five gameweeks, Mohamed Salah (£12.8m) is currently the highest-scoring player in the official fantasy game with 75 FPL points. While it can be said that the Egyptian’s owners have been lucky on a few occasions of late, there is simply no arguing with the player’s results this season. He has obviously started each of the season’s first nine league games and blanked only once, back in gameweek 7 against in-form Spurs in London. Right before that blank though, Salah recorded back-to-back 10-pointers against Wolves away and West Ham at home, while he did even better after that blank. In gameweek 8, a brace at the AmEx was good for 15 FPL points, while another brace last weekend in the Merseyside derby brought him 16 FPL points. Up next are Nottingham Forest at Anfield, who have conceded 7 goals in five away games so far this season. Can Salah make it three hauls of 15 FPL points or more in a row this coming Sunday?

Non-premium pick

For the 2023/24 season, we lowered our minimum value for premium fantasy picks to £9.0m in order to be able to include a couple more players in our gameweek previews when useful. At the same time, this means that Bukayo Saka (£8.5m) still qualifies for our non-premium fantasy pick category. The England international is the highest-scoring Arsenal asset so far this season with 58 FPL points, courtesy of 4 goals and 4 assists from eight league starts. He unfortunately missed the home game against reigning champions Man City back in gameweek 8, but if we ignore that, the winger has actually started and returned in every gameweek since GW2. There are no worries about his current form either, as he is just coming off an assist at Old Trafford. In the two gameweeks before he missed out in GW8 due to injury, Saka managed 2 goals and 1 assist for 22 FPL points in total. He scored in gameweek 9 at Bournemouth and put in a man-of-the-match performance a week earlier at home against Spurs (1 goal, 1 assist, 13 FPL points). The Arsenal star is now preparing for what might be the stand-out fixture to target from a fantasy point of view this weekend, a home game against bottom-of-the-league Sheffield United, who have shipped 24 goals in nine games so this season.

The budget enabler

“He’s had his surgery and it all went well, as good as it could be. We don’t know how long it will take but the first step is done”. That’s what Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had to say about Any Robertson’s injury during his latest press conference. As a result of this update, we are repeating our budget fantasy pick of last week, although Kostas Tsimikas (£4.5m) has risen a bit in price already since then. However, the Greek left-back is still a very affordable entry into Liverpool’s defence (and starting eleven) for what could very well be the medium term. His first league start of the season, last weekend at home versus Everton, confirmed what we hoped we for with this budget pick as Liverpool picked up a victory and a clean sheet, with the Greek starting and returning a lovely 6 FPL points. Furthermore, we expect the points to keep rolling in for now, with Nottingham Forest at home this weekend followed by Luton away in gameweek 10. If you have the possibility to temporarily bring in Tsimikas, possibly while freeing up some budget to reshape your squad elsewhere as well, you should probably consider doing so.

The differential

Chelsea do not have the easiest of fixture runs coming up, but the Blues seem to have turned a bit of a corner. The start to the 2023/24 was horrid, but Mauricio Pochettino’s men are now unbeaten in three league games after last weekend’s 2-2 draw to Arsenal at Stamford Bridge. Both of the away games previous to that game, against Burnley in GW8 (1-4) and Fulham in GW7 (0-2) were won quite comfortably and Cole Palmer (£5.0m) was one of the best players in each of those games. On top of that, the youngster also shone during the draw with Arsenal by scoring the opening goal (from the penalty spot, by the way!). So, what we have here is a very cheap attacker who has been the stand-out player for his side for weeks now and who is still owned by just 2.5% of all FPL managers. The upcoming home game against Brentford is followed by a visit to Spurs, a home encounter with Man City and a game at St. James’ Park, but in his current form, Palmer could be the transfer to make for those managers looking for a major differential impact.

The (vice-)captaincy

Mohamed Salah is combining form and fixture this weekend as Liverpool welcome Nottingham Forest to Anfield. On top of that, he is world class, so no doubts for us this weekend: Salah is our captain for gameweek 10.

Fortunately for those who don’t own the Egyptian dribbler yet, the schedule offers us a few appealing alternatives as well. Erling Haaland against a struggling Man United side can never be disregarded, while Bukayo Saka at home to Sheffield United looks about as safe a captaincy pick as they come, with Ollie Watkins coming in close. Riskier options include Heung-Min Son at Crystal Palace on Friday night, Julian Alvarez away at Old Trafford and Kieran Trippier for Newcastle’s visit to Molineux.

Brentford vs West Ham United Manchester preview, team news, tickets & prediction

The Premier League action continues to heat up, with Brentford vs West Ham United coming up on 4 November 2023.

The matchday 11 fixture of the 2023/24 Premier League season will see both teams looking to improve their lot. Brentford will look closer to a top-half position, while West Ham will look to go further up in the top half of the table.

The Bees are the hosts of this game. Following their slip-up just after the 2022 FIFA World Cup break, they lost a chance to participate in European competitions this season. Their solid defensive organization and energetic and high-pressing style have earned them respect among the top-flight teams. However, This season, their attack, which was stable enough to steal results, needed to be more robust.

On the other side, West Ham United, under the management of David Moyes, are coming back strongly following their disastrous 2022/23 season. They are sticking to their simple yet effective counter-attacking style with Jarrod Bowen, Lucas Paquetá and Michail Antonio leading the charge. The addition of James Ward-Prowse has also provided some directness while Edson Alvarez does the dirty work at the base of the midfield. This combination will test Brentford’s defence.

Both teams have also enjoyed varying form going into this game. The Bees have faced Chelsea, Burnley and Manchester United in their last three, while the Hammers have faced Everton, Aston Villa and Newcastle United.

Moyes’ side had more of a challenge as they had to prove they were better or as good as these teams on their level – for this season, at least. Thomas Frank’s side, meanwhile, only had it relaxed against Burnley because they had to deal with the aura of the traditional big clubs in the league.

Playing with each other will be a breath of fresh air. But fans will be on the edge of their seats for the game because the head-to-head record between both teams is historically limited. This makes the clash even more intriguing because people must figure out what to expect, as there is no pattern to draw inferences from. The home advantage will be a factor, but with the form and quality of both squads, it is difficult to predict the winner.

As we approach the Brentford vs West Ham United Matchday 11 clash, football fans can look forward to a closely contested game that could be decided by individual brilliance or a moment of defensive lapse. Read on for match ticket information, team news and predictions.

Match Tickets

Brentford vs West Ham United tickets will go live from now on Brentford’s and West Ham’s websites.

West Ham tickets to the game are expected to sell out fast, thanks to the current state of the East London club in the Premier League.

However, their hosts and neighbours, Brentford, will occupy most of the stadium as the home team. As such, more Brentford tickets will be on sale than West Ham United tickets.

Fans of both clubs can purchase their tickets from trusted resellers like if either club’s website sells out.

The game will be played at the London Stadium, with the kickoff time set for 3 PM UTC. The game will not be available on Sky Sports, so streaming is the next option.

Sky Sports streaming (via the Sky Sports app), TNT Sports (via the Discovery+ app) or CBS Sports Golazo (via the Paramount+ app) are good options for fans to catch the game. A subscription to these apps and channels is needed to access the game.

Team news

Brentford’s injury list is long. It includes key players and critical rotation players. Josh Dasilva [hamstring strain], Shandon Baptiste [dislocated shoulder], Mikkel Damsgaard [knee surgery], Ben Mee [unspecified muscle injury], Rico Henry [ACL], Kevin Schade [hip abductor surgery], Mark Flekken [virus], Keane Lewis-Potter [calf strain] are the players that Thomas Frank has had to do without for most of the season so far. Only Ben Mee and Shandon Baptiste could return for the West Ham game.

The Hammers will be without Aaron Creswell, their only long-term injury. They will be at full strength for the trip to Brentford, which means David Moyes will only have to worry about his team selection.


Thomas Strakosha will return to goal with Mark Flekken out for the foreseeable future. To combat the midfield presence of West Ham, Brentford will play with a 4-4-2 formation where Bryan Mbeumo and Yoanne Wissa will play side by side as the strikers instead of in a 4-3-3, which will send the Cameroon international to the wings. This means there will be no starting berth for young attacker Keane Lewis-Potter, who could be introduced in the second half for tactical purposes. Ben Mess should return to the squad.

Brentford: Strakosha; Hickey, Mee, Collins, Ajer; Janelt, Onyeka, Nørgard, Jensen; Wissa, Mbeumo.

West Ham are yet to hand Mohammed Kudus his first start. This could be the game where the Ghana international starts. Tomáš Souček will be the player sacrificed to start Kudus for this game. The rest of the starting XI will remain unchanged.

West Ham United: Areola; Emerson, Aguerd, Zouma, Coufal; Alvarez, Ward-Prowse; Kudus, Paquetá, Bowen; Antonio.


Brentford vs West Ham United is a game where the Bees need everything to go right. They are having their poorest start to the Premier League since their ascension in 2021/22. This could be due to the loss of crucial man Ivan Toney. Frank Thomas will not sheathe his sword – he never really has – and will go all out, hence our predicted lineup for the Bees containing four midfielders. West Ham United will keep their simple yet effective tactic of defending and countering. 

The ball-carrying ability of Declan Rice is no longer present in their midfield, but the quick passing of James Ward-Prowse has come to replace it. They will take advantage of this to quickly get the ball into the attacking areas to create chances. They will also count heavily on the former Southampton man’s set-piece prowess and work to get them in choice areas where he can put in the best cross or have a go at goal. This is tough to predict, but a draw will be the best outcome from this game.

Brentford 1 – 1 West Ham United.