FPL Season 2021/22: Double gameweek 36 preview

It’s finally here. The double gameweek FPL managers and pundits alike have been talking about for weeks, if not months. The biggest double gameweek of the season. Double gameweek 36. Between this coming Saturday afternoon and the evening of Thursday, May 12th, no less than sixteen matches will be played, with an unprecedented twelve teams doubling. See the table below for a quick overview of which teams have a double gameweek coming up and who their respective opponents are.

ArsenalSpurs (away) + Leeds (home)
Aston VillaLiverpool (home) + Burnley (away)
ChelseaLeeds (away) + Wolves (home)
EvertonWatford (away) + Leicester (away)
LeedsChelsea (home) + Arsenal (away)
LeicesterNorwich (home) + Everton (home)
LiverpoolAston Villa (away) + Spurs (home)
Manchester CityWolves (away) + Newcastle (home)
NorwichLeicester (away) + West Ham (home)
SpursArsenal (home) + Liverpool (away)
WatfordEverton (home) + Crystal Palace (away)
WolvesMan City (home) + Chelsea (away)

As you can see from the above table and as you have probably known for a while already, there are a few teams with very interesting matchups. Liverpool and Man City stand out in that sense, and especially because they will be focusing entirely on the Premier League until the end of the season. It should be noted that the FA Cup final between Chelsea and Liverpool will take place on Saturday, May 14th. The Blues in particular are expected to rotate considerably for their second match of their DGW36 against Leeds. The same, to an extent, goes for Leicester, who have two great games on paper, but have largely be focusing on their Europa League exploits these weeks. Besides that, the Arsenal double is not bad, whilst relegation battlers Everton and Watford face a decent double gameweek as well, on paper at least. As a result, and taking into account the considerable expected chip activation (Bench Boosts and Free Hits, in particular) for the upcoming gameweek, it’s no surprise that our DGW36 fantasy picks are dominated by assets from teams with two encounters.

Don’t forget, the deadline for gameweek 36 is set at 13h30 (UK time) on Saturday, May 7th, 2022.

Most transferred in/transferred out players (as per May 5th, 2022)

GKSa (WOL), De Gea (MUN), Sanchez (BRI)Schmeichel (LEI), Pickford (EVE), Foster (WAT)DGW36
DEFReguilon (TOT), White (ARS), Coady (WOL)Alonso (CHE), Matip (LIV), Cash (AST)DGW36, injuries to Reguilon and White
MIDCoutinho (AST), Maddison (LEI), Mount (CHE)Saka (ARS), Son (TOT), Foden (MCI)DGW36, Maddison and Mount rotation risk
FORToney (BRE), Broja (SOU), Antonio (WHU)Jesus (MCI), Nketiah (ARS), Richarlison (EVE)DGW36

Premium pick

It’s hard to imagine what Man City manager Pep Guardiola was thinking when he decided to take off Kevin de Bruyne (£11.9m) in the 72nd minute against Real Madrid in their return game of the Champions League semi-finals. Perhaps it was tactical. Perhaps he figured the final was a done deal by that time and that it was best to preserve his star player for the thrilling title race in the Premier League. Whatever the Spanish manager’s reasoning, it definitely did not work for his side and now the Cityzens have just the domestic league to focus on. Not so great news for City fans, but an excellent development for FPL managers. City’s elimination from Europa and their 1-point lead over Liverpool in the league have us thinking that rotation will be relatively minimal for Pep standards over the final three gameweeks. As their most influential player, we expect De Bruyne to start all games from now on, which has immediately catapulted him to the top of our premium picks list for DGW36. He blanked against Leeds in GW35, but managed 4 goals and 4 assists in the six games prior to that, and now has a double Wolves and Newcastle coming up. That prospect has us picking him over even Mo Salah as the best premium fantasy pick for double gameweek 36.

Non-premium pick

Bukayo Saka (£6.7m) was a bit of an injury doubt in the build-up to gameweek 35, but he made it in the end to the joy of the almost 30% of FPL managers who own him. He ended up picking up 4 FPL points at West Ham, the result of an assist and a yellow card, which followed back-to-backs in which he returned handsomely (1 goal in GW33, 1 goal and 1 assist in GW34). With a total of 168 FPL for the season already, the English international has by far surpassed his best FPL season as he has become an integral part of Mikel Arteta’s starting eleven. In DGW36, the Gunners are playing the North London derby at Spurs and a home game against Leeds, games they will need to win if they want to stay in the race for fourth place in the league. Saka is probably the best pick from the Arsenal roster, especially now that he seems to have taken penalty duties onto himself as well. We expect him to be part of lots of Free Hits and Bench Boosts this week, also because his £6.7m price tag easily allows for his inclusion, so we recommend to bring the winger in if you can.

The budget enabler

There are a few interesting budget fantasy options on our radar for DGW36, but it’s hard to look past Anthony Gordon (£4.6m). The young Everton winger has conquered a starting spot under manager Frank Lampard and with a double gameweek coming up against interesting opposition, he is the ultimate budget enabler for this upcoming gameweek. Of course, Everton’s struggles this season are a known fact, but the Toffees look to have found a bit of spirit in their fight for Premier League survival of late. Over the last four league games, they beat both Man United and Chelsea at home (1-0 both times), drew 1-1 with Leicester and lost 2-0 in the Merseyside Derby. Results to take some hope from, at the very least. Up next are fellow relegation candidates Watford at Vicarage Road for a game that can really go either way and a visit to Leicester just two days after the Foxes played their all-important Europea League semi-final return against José Mourinho’s AS Roma. Who knows, Everton might just be able to take 3, 4 or even 6 points from these games. If they do, any returns that stand-out budget fantasy pick can add to his current 4 goals and 3 assists would be a massive bonus.

The differential

With Liverpool facing Spurs at home on Saturday followed by Aston Villa at Villa Park on Tuesday for their double gameweek 36, we can’t write up a gameweek fantasy picks article without including at least one of their assets. This time, it’s Luis Diaz (£8.0m), who made it in our differential fantasy pick category. The Colombian international has made quite an impact on the Reds, which he underlined by completely turning around the Champions League semi-final return against Villareal this week after coming on at half-time. In the Premier League, he has already recorded 3 goals and 2 assists for a total of 47 FPL points from eight starts. Rotation is a risk when it comes to Diaz, as he competes with Mo Salah, Sadio Mané and Diogo Jota for one of the three forward spots, but he has looked worthy of a starting berth lately. That’s why we would not be at all surprised to see him rack up at least 100 playing minutes over his double gameweek 36 and likely considerably more. His current ownership of 3.8% therefore makes him a fascinating differential prospect for the final weeks of the 2021/22 season.

The captaincy

As far as the captaincy goes this week, there are a few very good options on offer. We made our mind up a while ago already though, around minute 72 of the Champions League encounter between Manchester City and Real Madrid to be exact. That’s when Kevin de Bruyne walked off the pitch in the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu and right into our squad for gameweek 36, armband proudly around his Belgian upper arm. A City side on a quest for revenge, fighting for the last change of silverware, facing on-the-beach Wolves and Newcastle; KDB is our captaincy pick for DGW36.

If you can’t fit the Belgian in or if you feel like rotation risk is still too much of a factor, you can easily shift your attention to Mo Salah. This season’s top points-scorer is hosting Spurs on Saturday before visiting Aston Villa three days later, and if there is one player who can haul in such circumstances, it’s the Egyptian. Other interesting options for the armband this week are Bukayo Saka against Spurs and Leeds, Sadio Mané, and one of Harvey Barnes or James Maddison for their double against Norwich and Everton.

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Look For Games You Enjoy

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FPL Season 2021-22: Gameweek 35 preview

Gameweek 35 is already almost upon us, about 36 hours after double gameweek 34 ended with a 1-1 draw between Chelsea and Manchester United at Old Trafford. Gameweeks have been coming thick and fast lately, and this will continue until the very end of the season. In fact, the upcoming gameweek 35 is something of a lull before the storm, as gameweek 36 and 37 are both (major) double gameweeks before the season ends in gameweek 38. That means there are just four rounds to go in FPL, but plenty can still happen in what’s promising to become a spectacular end to the 2021-22 FPL campaign.

As far as the upcoming double gameweek goes, the current top three face favourable opposition, though all three of them are playing away from home. Liverpool are visiting Newcastle to open the gameweek on Saturday, followed by Manchester City rolling up to Elland Road for the last game of the day and Chelsea traveling to struggling Everton on Sunday. On top of that, a Spurs side without a shot on target since gameweek 32 will host leaky Leicester this weekend, Manchester United are welcoming Brentford to Old Trafford and Arsenal are going to West Ham, who are plagued by injuries in defence and just played a Europa Conference League semi-final against AS Roma.

Don’t forget, the deadline for your FPL gameweek 35 transfers is set at 11h00 (UK time) on Saturday, April 30th, 2022.

Most transferred in/transferred out players (as per April 29th, 2022)

GKRamsdale (ARS), De Gea (MUN), Sa (WOL)Schmeichel (LEI), Foster (WAT), Martinez (AST) 
DEFRudiger (CHE), Livramento (SOU), Schar (NEW)Cash (AST), Alonso (CHE), Matip (LIV)Upcoming DGWs, Livramento injury
MIDSaka (ARS), Son (TOT), Maddison (LEI)De Bruyne (MCI), Coutinho (AST), Mount (CHE)Upcoming DGWs, Saka injury doubts, Maddison rotation
FORKane (TOT), Antonio (WHU), Wood (NEW)Jesus (MCI), Watkins (AST), Dennis (WAT)Upcoming DGWs, Kane 180 minutes without shot on target, Jesus coming off 4 goals

Premium pick

We may have already gone through 34 gameweeks this season, but some things never change. Mo Salah (£13.3m) is our premium fantasy pick for gameweek 35, despite strong competition from the likes of Kevin de Bruyne and Harry Kane. It’s the business end of the season and the high-intensity games are piling up at breakneck speed for Liverpool, but their Egyptian superstar is just carrying on with what he has been doing all season: scoring goals, giving assists and delighting the almost 60% of FPL managers who trust him every weekend. He has scored 2 goals and given 3 assists over the last three gameweeks for a total of 30 FPL points over that stretch, while his season totals currently sit on 22 goals and 14 assists in 31 league games. The Reds are just one point behind leaders Man City and even though this weekend’s opponent Newcastle have been in great form of late, we find it hard to imagine the Magpies forcing Liverpool’s title ambitions onto the backburner.

Non-premium pick

Our non-premium fantasy pick for gameweek 35 is based more on his upcoming fixtures than on his current form. Philippe Coutinho (£7.0m) had a magnificent start as a Villain when he came over from Barcelona in the last January transfer window, but the Brazilian has been quiet of late, at least in terms of FPL returns. Between gameweeks 22 and 28, he managed 4 goals and 3 assists for a total of 55 FPL points. Since GW28, he has registered five consecutive blanks, though it should be noted that the opposition over that period was quite difficult (West Ham, Arsenal, Wolves, Spurs, Leicester) and Villa don’t have that much to play for anymore. What’s interesting about Coutinho, is that he is facing Norwich at home this weekend, followed by back-to-back double gameweeks in which he will face, in order, Burnley (away), Liverpool (home), Palace (home) and Burnley (home). The Brazilian international is a nailed-on starter under manager Steven Gerrard and he has set-piece duties as well, which in combination with his friendly price tag make him an interesting pick not just for GW35, but until the end of the season.

The budget enabler

Arsenal forward Eddie Nketiah (£5.5m) has burst into his side’s starting eleven right on time for the very business end of the season. Of course, we need to mention here that he has only just recently displaced Alexandre Lacazette from the Gunners’ number-nine position, but he has been largely impressive and we don’t see any immediate reason why Mikel Arteta would suddenly decide to switch it up again. Nketiah started the last three games in the league and managed a brace back in gameweek 33 in Arsenal’s spectacular 2-4 away win over Chelsea. He is facing a depleted West Ham defence this weekend, as the Hammers will be missing at least Craig Dawson, Angelo Ogbonna and Issa Diop, followed by a double gameweek 36 against Leeds (home) and Spurs (away). At a price of just £5.5m, Nketiah has all the makings of a perfect budget-enabler for the final month of the season, but keep in mind that Lacazette is vying for his spot as well.

The differential

To be honest, our premium pick debate for gameweek 35 was between Mo Salah and Kevin de Bruyne (£11.9m). Two factors made us pick Salah, namely the lower risk of rotation he carries and the fact that KDB is actually still owned by just 9.8% of FPL managers, which means that he still qualifies for our differential pick category! The Belgian playmaker has been one of City’s best performers over the past few weeks and months, which is not that surprising considering he is one of the very best creative midfielders in the world. In the six league games he started since gameweek 28, KDB scored 4 goals and gave 4 assists, collecting a delicious 56 FPL points in the process. In GW35, City are visiting Leeds for what could well end up being a goal fest, though it should be noted that Pep Guardiola’s men will also be travelling to Madrid on Wednesday to face a certain local football club in the semi-finals of the Champions League (and thanking the UEFA rule makers that Away goals no longer count). Rotation will undoubtedly be the name of the game as far as City assets are concerned this weekend, but with Liverpool just a point behind and playing Newcastle earlier that day, the Cityzens won’t be able to afford too much change either. In any case, De Bruyne might miss a minute here and there, but if you can, you should probably bring him in for now until the rest of the season. Oh, and he has a double gameweek against Newcastle (home) and Wolves (away) in GW36 as well.

The captaincy

As you probably guessed from the content above, the captaincy this week is between Mo Salah and Kevin de Bruyne for us, and we’ve ended up going with the latter. Both have the potential to haul bigtime, let that be clear, but we feel that Newcastle away for Liverpool is a tad more difficult a fixture than Leeds away is for Man City at the moment. Picking KDB does come with the higher risk of rotation, but with almost five days between the Leeds game and the Real Madrid cracker, there should be enough resting time available for the Belgian to feature from the start in both encounters. On top of that, with an ownership of less than 10%, he can be a great help to FPL managers chasing in their respective mini-leagues.

If you don’t captain Kevin de Bruyne, then captain Salah. If you don’t captain Salah, probably captain Harry Kane for his home game against Leicester, who are focusing entirely on the Conference League. If you don’t captain Kane either, please send us a screenshot of your team. Kidding, of course, because in reality there are more than a few decent alternatives left for GW35. Kai Havertz or Mason Mount away against Everton could pay off handsomely, as could Cristiano Ronaldo at home against Brentford and Bukayo Saka away versus West Ham.

FPL Season 2021/22: Double Gameweek 34 preview

And just like that, we’ve got just five gameweeks left for the 2021-22 Fantasy Premier League season. If you’re still trailing in your mini-leagues (or eyeing that sweet top 10k overall spot, for example, why not?), time is running out for your final moves. With just over 67% of all managers still sitting on their second Free Hit (just over 51% in the current top 10k) and around 60% of all managers still holding their second Wildcard (16% amongst the top 10k), you can expect considerable chip activity over the very business end of the season. Double gameweek 34 especially seems to be a good moment for many FPL managers to deploy one, with the second Wildcard feeling like a popular choice in the online FPL community.

A GW34 Wildcard would allow them to start preparing for the major double gameweeks in rounds 36 and 37, while also optimising their starting eleven for a DGW34 with potential. We see title contestants Liverpool and Manchester City face very favourable opposition at home in Everton and Watford, respectively, while both Chelsea (West Ham home, Man United away) and Manchester United (Arsenal away, Chelsea home) are doubling. On top of that, the upcoming gameweek features Crystal Palace at their trusted Selhurst Park hosting Leeds, Spurs visiting Brentford to keep their top-4 dreams alive, and a seemingly resurgent Burnley side battling for survival welcoming Wolves to Turf Moor. Plenty to look forward to, including an interesting captaincy debate.

Don’t forget, the deadline for gameweek 34 is set at 11h00 (UK time) on Saturday, April 23rd, 2022.

Most transferred in/transferred out players (as per April 22nd, 2022)

GKRamsdale (ARS), De Gea (MUN), Sa (WOL)Schmeichel (LEI), Foster (WAT), Ederson (MCI) 
DEFRudiger (CHE), Doherty (TOT), Tierney (ARS)James (CHE), Alonso (CHE), Laporte (MCI)Injuries to Rudiger + Doherty + Tierney. James + Alonso DGW
MIDSaka (ARS), Maddison (LEI), Coutinho (AST)Mount (CHE), Salah (LIV), Havertz (CHE)Chelsea DGW, Salah home vs Everton
FORKane (TOT), Lacazette (ARS), Antonio (WHU)Pukki (NOR), Werner (CHE), Ronaldo (MUN)Werner + Ronaldo DGW

Premium pick

Remember the time when Mo Salah (£13.2m) blanked two games in a row (he was rested for the first one) in gameweek 29 and 30, and “people” started saying that he’d lost his super form of earlier in the season? That perhaps Mo was just too tired? Too disappointed even, after consecutive national team upsets? Well, all the Egyptian needed was back-to-back encounters with the Premier League’s Manchester sides to show that doubting him is simply ridiculous. He took it easy with an assist and 5 FPL points in GW32 against Man City at the Etihad. He then brought down the house against Man United in GW33, scoring a brace and giving an assist at Old Trafford for an amazing 19 FPL points. Up next are Everton at Anfield for what could end up being a historic game and all we can say is, unless you’re trailing and planning some shock differential moves, just count on Salah. Get him, keep him, captain him.

Non-premium pick

With Chelsea out of Europe, the Blues now have the Premier League to focus on, as well as the FA Cup final against Liverpool on May 14th. This should ease the rotation risk amongst Blues assets a bit, at least over the coming weeks as Chelsea can’t afford to drop too many points if they want to keep Spurs and Arsenal at a safe distance from third place. Combine all that with the fact that Chelsea are one of two sides doubling this round and it suddenly makes sense that five of the seven most transferred-in players for this week call Stamford Bridge their home. Number one in that particular list is Mason Mount (£7.7m), who has been in great form of late. The England international is one of the most nailed-on offensive players for manager Thomas Tuchel and he’s been extremely effective over the past five gameweeks: 5 starts, 3 goals, 3 assists, 41 FPL points. Up next are West Ham at home and Man United away, two games we feel the Blues simply have to win if they want to secure third place on time. With no other obligations to deal with for now, Mount looks like a prime candidate for two starts in DGW34, so bring him in if you can.

The budget enabler

Beside Chelsea, it’s Manchester United who have a double this gameweek and it looks like a perfect storm for Anthony Elanga (£4.8m). The 19-year-old Swedish international has been racking up more minutes of late, with his consecutive starts in double gameweek 33 as a confirmation of his growing role in the team. Of course, the absence of Ronaldo, Greenwood, Cavani and Pogba frees up spots on the sides of the midfield, but a lot of it is Elanga’s own merit as well. In nine starts since gameweek 22, the Carrington graduate recorded 2 goals and 2 assists, with both of those assists coming last week against Norwich. Due to his rivals Jadon Sancho and especially Marcus Rashford simply not living up to expectations this season, Elanga seems to have steadily moved up the pecking order to make himself a serious candidate for at least 100-120 minutes of action over the next two games. The Red Devils will be facing Arsenal away and Chelsea at home this double gameweek, two must-win games if they want to keep their hopes of a top-4 finish alive. Not the easiest of matchups and Elanga is definitely a punt, but at a price of just £4.8m and owned by less than 1% of managers, he could be worth it bigtime.

The differential

Our differential fantasy pick for DGW34 is also our second Chelsea pick after Mason Mount. Kai Havertz (£7.9m) needed some time to adapt to Thomas Tuchel’s system, but he now seems to have cemented his place in the German manager’s starting eleven. He did miss considerable minutes in gameweeks 31 (45 minutes, 1 goal vs Southampton) and 32 (30 minutes vs Arsenal), but that was mainly due to the Blues also playing a Champions League quarter-final against Real Madrid in that same period. Now that Chelsea are out of Europe, securing third place in the Prem and winning the FA Cup final in May are the priorities, and Havertz will play an integral part in those remaining objectives over the coming gameweeks. Tuchel deploys him as a central false nine who drifts in and out from the right depending on whether Reece James is positioned as a central defender or a wing-back. This means that he’s involved in plenty of action, which is underlined by the 5 goals and 1 assist he has recorded since gameweek 28. With a current ownership of 8.4%, Havertz could be a fantastic differential against West Ham and Man United this week.

The captaincy

We deliberated on the captaincy for quite some time, as we suspect more than a few FPL managers will this week. There are the Chelsea assets who are doubling, and the likes of Mount, Havertz and James could deliver big, while even a punt on Ronaldo or Bruno Fernandes for United’s tough double gameweek could pay off handsomely. This time though, we feel like there could be some truth in the century-old adagio of not focusing solely on double gameweek players when some proven single-gameweek assets have favorable fixtures as well.

That’s because Premier League powerhouses Liverpool and Man City are each preparing for home games against relegation candidates. Where the Cityzens are facing Watford on Saturday, the Reds are hosting archrivals Everton a day later. There’s KDB, Mahrez, Foden, Mané, Jota, Luis Diaz, Trent and even Cancelo or Robertson, all decent picks for the armband, but in the end, there was only one for us: Mo Salah.

A Short Guide to Fantasy Sports

Sports have always been a big part of human culture and society. In Ancient China, for example, a game similar to football was played across the country, by people of all castes and ages. In Ancient Greece, the Olympics were an event drawing people from all over the region. And combat sports were popular in most, if not all, civilizations all throughout human history.

How the Internet has Changed Sports Fandom

However, today, sports enjoy a fandom like never before. The main reason for this, of course, is that there are a lot more people today than there have ever been throughout our history. However, that is not the only factor. The internet is another one of the contributing factors. People today can watch matches of different sports played around the world from the comfort of their own home, using various streaming services.

The internet has made betting a lot easier as well. For example, by using this website, people from all over the world can place a bet on their favorite sport, team, or athlete. Of course, there are certain countries where online sports betting is illegal, but for the most part, in 2022, most governments have accepted the concept and have made it legal.

One of the most fascinating concepts to come out of the internet is the Fantasy Sports phenomenon. But just what is fantasy sports?

What is Fantasy Sports?

While the concept of fantasy sports can be traced back to the late 19th and early 20th century, the game as we know it today came about in the 20th, and early 21st century. Otherwise known as rotisserie, fantasy sports is a game that many sports fans like to play, where they take the role of a manager, and go through a roster of players, choosing them for their team. They then assign points based on how well those players have performed in individual games.

Fantasy sports often vary in complexity, and can range from assigning a point whenever a player in a roster performs well during a game, to complex games, with intriguing point systems, that are much harder to learn and manage.

What are the Most Popular Fantasy Sports?

Fantasy sports have been steadily growing in popularity in the 21st century. One of the first fantasy sports to hit it big, was Fantasy Football (the American variant). The game, of course, became hugely popular in America, and from it, various other forms of fantasy sports came about.

Probably the most popular form of fantasy sports today is Fantasy Soccer. The game is especially popular in England, where football is the most popular sport, and where some of the best football clubs and players can be found.

Apart from the two footballs, other fantasy sports that have seen major play online include Fantasy Baseball (which might have been the sport that started it all, back in the early 20th century), Fantasy Basketball, Fantasy Hockey, Fantasy Cricket, and even Fantasy Golf.

Betting For This Year’s Stanley Cup? Here’s How To Read NHL Odds

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Temperatures are dropping across the country, but the action on the ice continues to heat up. The NHL season has only been going on for a little over a month, yet we’ve already seen incredible victories, devastating defeats, spectacular scores, and historic showdowns. After more than six months, it’s impossible to predict what the rest of the season has in store for this year’s Stanley Cup.

You can add a lot of excitement to an already intense sport by wagering on the outcomes of games. With its competitive teams and one of the most thrilling playoff formats in sports, the NHL provides exciting and rewarding opportunities for newcomers and seasoned bettors alike.

Understanding NHL Odds

You need to know how to read the odds to win Stanley Cup to be a good sports bettor. Understanding the odds is the first step in making sound judgments about your betting strategy, which includes everything from how much money you want to risk up to which bets are the most profitable.

The Money Line

Due to the low scoring format, money line betting has overtaken point spread betting as the most popular way to wager on your preferred hockey team. If you want your team to win the game, they must do it by a margin of goals. Negative values are assigned to favorites and underdogs in NHL betting vely.

If you want to wager on a -180 favorite, you’d have to put up $180 to win $100 or $10 for a more minor player to win $160, you wager $100 on the underdog at +160 odds. Remember that it’s riskier to support the favorite without a point spread. However, the payoff is more significant if you go with the underdog.

Live betting is a great time to place money line bets. It’s a good idea to get involved in in-play wagering and actual NHL game lines for a shot at some big-time payouts.

The Puck Line

The puck line combines a money line and a point spread in NHL odds betting. Like a run line in baseball, a team must defeat its opponent by a margin of at least two goals in order to win the wager. This indicates that the team is 1.5 goals ahead of their opponents. A rating of +1.5 indicates that a team is a 1.5-goal underdog.

The team should win by at least two goals in the NHL to meet the puck line hockey spread. Even if the team loses by one goal, the underdog will still be able to protect the puck line. Moreover, when a team loses 3-2, it can still win the puck line if it has a goal differential of +1.5. In other words, it doesn’t matter if the underdogs win or lose; you can still win.

It’s also possible to observe a valueher -135 or +180 on the puck line. Here you can see how much money you’ll need to put into s and what you’ll make. These NHL spreads are typically used by bettors who are confident in an underdog’s ability to win but fear that they will lose by a narrow margin.

The Totals

Hockey totals are wagers on how many goals are scored in a game—determining whether the final tally will be higher or lower than the oddsmakers’ predicted total. For example, if Pittsburgh and Philadelphia’s over/under is 5.5, you’ll need at least six goals achieved to win them over, and at most five goals scored to achieve the under.

A typical hockey total ranges from 5 to 6.5 points, depending on the teams involved and the goalkeepers in the game. The wager amount is reimbursed in “push” circumstances when the final goals scored are equal to the total. It’s possible that if you wager on the total goals scored in a hockey game, you’ll come up empty-handed.

However, this hat is crucial to remember: in a totals wager, you are betting on whether the total number of goals scored in a given game will be more or lower than the oddsmakers’ specified total.

Placing Successful Bets on The NHL’s Stanley Cup

You must conduct your research before placing a wager. Otherwise, you risk losing your whole bankroll, and that’s a scenario you don’t want to face. If you want to be successful at NHL betting, you’ll need to do more than just do your research.

Remember that the ideal NHL betting strategy is similar to learning how to skate on ice. You can’t expect to start making money right away if you haven’t gotten your bearings.

FPL Season 21/22: Double Gameweek 33 preview

Potentially treacherous waters ahead in gameweek 33, or so it seems. With no less than seven sides doubling (see table below), GW33 has been on many an FPL manager’s mind for some time, but is this double gameweek really as much of an opportunity as we’d like to think? Most of the doubling sides don’t represent the most attractive combination of fixtures, while several popular and premium assets are facing a single, but favourable gameweek. There is, of course, plenty to be won this upcoming weekend and week, but it might just not be as simple as pilling up on double gameweek players, sitting back, and waiting until the 100-point barrier is breached.

ArsenalSouthampton (away), Chelsea (away)
BrightonSpurs (away), Man City (away)
BurnleyWest Ham (away), Southampton (home)
LeicesterNewcastle (away), Everton (away)
Manchester UnitedNorwich (home), Liverpool (away)
NewcastleLeicester (home), Crystal Palace (home)
SouthamptonArsenal (home), Burnley (away)

Looking at the table above, you can see what we meant before. None of the double gameweek sides really have excellent match-ups, apart from maybe Newcastle and Leicester. For different reasons though, these are not the most reliable sides, from an FPL point of view at least. The traditional top six are represented by Arsenal and Man United as far as DGW teams are concerned, but their respective double fixtures are average at best, especially considering Arsenal’s and United’s latest form. At the same time, Liverpool are hosting a vulnerable United side this weekend and Man City will be entertaining Brighton at the Etihad. Spurs will also play at home against the Seagulls and West Ham are welcoming managerless Burnley to London on Sunday, so there are plenty of interesting single-gameweek targets to consider as well. In other words, we’ve got another potential rollercoaster of a gameweek on our hands.

Don’t forget, the deadline for gameweek 33 is set at 11h00 (UK time) on Saturday, April 16th, 2022.

Most transferred in/transferred out players (as per April 15th, 2022)

GKSa (WOL), Ramsdale (ARS), Martinez (AST)Schmeichel (LEI), Ramsdale (ARS), Dubravka (NEW)DGW33
DEFDoherty (TOT), Tierney (ARS), Coady (WOL)Schär (NEW), Cancelo (MCI), White (ARS)Newcastle + Arsenal DGW, Cancelo fixtures, Doherty + Tierney injuries
MIDCoutinho (AST), Salah (LIV), Raphinha (LEE)Maddison (LEI), Son (TOT), Kulusevski (TOT)Maddison DGW, Spurs fixtures
FORDennis (WAT), Antonio (WHU), Watkins (AST)Toney (BRE), Wood (NEW), Kane (TOT)Wood DGW, Kane fixtures

Premium pick

Even though the likes of Harry Kane, Heung-Min Son (both at home to Brighton), Mo Salah (at home vs Man United) and Kevin de Bruyne (at home vs Brighton) all present big haul potential, we figured to follow the double gameweek route for our premium fantasy pick of the week. Bruno Fernandes (£11.6m) has been Manchester United’s best performer this season with 9 goals and 7 assists for a total of 136 FPL points, though considering United’s overall unpredictable form throughout the season, this might not say as much as we’d like. What it does say though, is that in fantasy terms, Bruno is the stand-out pick on the Red Devils’ roster. Over the past six league outings, no teammate has created more than his 13 big chances, while just two players in the entire league attempted more shots on goal than the Portuguese international over that same period. United will be facing Norwich at home, followed by a visit to Anfield. The way we see it, this is a combination of about as favourable a fixture as one can get this season with a bonus against Liverpool on top. After all, for example, a goal and 2 bonus points versus Norwich followed by a 2-pointer against Liverpool would still see Bruno bag 12-13 FPL points.

Non-premium pick

For this week’s non-premium fantasy pick, we are looking at Leicester City, as the Foxes face what is probably the most favourable double gameweek match-up, on paper at least. First up is a visit to a much-improved Newcastle side, followed by a visit to Goodison Park. At the same time, Leicester just qualified for the Conference League’s semi-finals after an intense 90 minutes against PSV Eindhoven on Thursday and their next league game is set for Sunday afternoon. In total, they have to deal with four games over a period of about nine days, so fatigue and rotation are real concerns. That’s not what you want from a double gameweek asset, so in our choice for Harvey Barnes (£6.6m) we have taken recent starts and playing minutes into account a lot. On paper, teammate James Maddison looks like the most explosive and definitely the more popular attacking Leicester option, but the England man just completed 90 minutes against PSV and played at least 88 minutes in each of his side’s last four league games. We feel he’s due a rest, especially with Leicester now focusing more on their European adventure than the league, and Barnes was just rested in gameweek 32. He was also taken off at halftime against PSV, which in all honestly probably had more to do with his sub-par performance than any kind of minute management, but it seems likely that he will be racking up more minutes over the upcoming double gameweek than Maddison. At £6.6m, fortunately, he does not represent too much of a risky investment, and he does sit on 3 goals and 8 assists for the season so far, so if you’re looking for Leicester attacker for DGW33, Barnes would be our recommendation.

The budget enabler

Together with Leicester, it’s probably Newcastle who got the most favourable double gameweek match-up with home games against Leicester and Crystal Palace. The Toon have undergone something of a transformation under Eddie Howe, though their very recent form has not been very good. Wolves were beaten 1-0 at home in GW32, but before that, three consecutive away games were lost, although it should be noted that those games were against Chelsea, Everton and Spurs. The double brings Magpie assets into contention nevertheless and especially in terms of budget options, we see potential there. That’s why our budget enabler for DGW33 is Fabian Schär (£4.4m) and we’re not the only ones with this idea. The Swiss defender is currently the most-transferred-in defender ahead of gameweek 33 and it’s not too hard to see why. He’s a nailed-on starter for the Magpies, they’re defence has improved since the arrival of Howe and Schär is even on some set-pieces as well. He has 2 goals and 2 assists to his name as well, and over the last five gameweeks, no Newcastle player brought home more FPL points than Schär’s 39 points. Not the most exciting of fantasy picks, we admit, but at £4.4m, he represents good budget-enabling potential, in particular for those managers considering a Free Hit this week.

The differential

Speaking of Free Hits, we’ve seen more than a few drafts being discussed by pundits, experts and casual managers alike over the past week. What we find surprising is that so few drafts seem to take James Ward-Prowse (£6.4m) into consideration. Sure, we understand that his double gameweek combination of Arsenal at home and Burnley away is not the best, and that Southampton just got thrashed 0-6 by Chelsea in GW32, but that doesn’t mean JWP can’t deliver this week. Why? Because the 27-year-old is one of the best set-piece takers in the history of the Premier League. It’s that simple. His wonderful free-kick against Wolves last weekend meant he has now scored 13 direct free-kicks in the Prem, a total only bettered by David Beckham with 18 successful attempts. He’s on practically all corners and free-kicks, both direct and indirect, and he takes the penalties as well. In a double gameweek, the potential for points from those set-piece duties is doubled as well, and at a price of £6.4m and with a current ownership of just 6.5%, we believe JWP should at least be on your watchlists.

The captaincy

Double gameweek 33 could very well result in one of the most spread-out captaincy debates this season, as there is not a real, clear-cut favourite candidate this time. Classic safe picks like Mo Salah and Harry Kane do have a favourable fixture, but not a double, just like Kevin de Bruyne, for example. At the same time, generally (much) less likely captaincy candidates such as James Maddison, Chris Wood and Bukayo Saka have decent double match-ups, but the question is, would you really slap the armband on one of them without a worry?

We have decided that we won’t and that we will go with Bruno Fernandes for our GW33 FPL Captain instead this week. Completely confident in this captaincy pick? Well, it’s United. Blinded by the doubles? Perhaps. Seeing the potential of a haul? Definitely. As we wrote before, the right way to look at Bruno’s double gameweek is as a home game versus Norwich plus a complete bonus appearance against Liverpool. Don’t expect more than 2 FPL points from the visit to Anfield, but focus on the visit of the Canaries. We feel a double-digit haul is not out of the question at all and that’s what you want from a captain, right?

Sports betting in the UK – betting exchanges are on the rise

You have probably heard of betting exchanges already, especially if you like to place the occasional bet yourself, but do you know what a betting exchange is exactly, and how it differs from a sportsbook? They have gained a lot of popularity over the past few years, in great part thanks to the rise of social platforms and digital technology, so in this article we’ll briefly explain what a bet exchange is and some of their major advantages when compared to more traditional sportsbooks.

What is a betting exchange?

To start with, allow us to briefly explain what a betting exchange is and how it differs from a sportsbook. On a betting exchange, your bet competes against other people’s bets instead of against the bookmaker’s quote, so to say. In other words, on a betting exchange you place bets against other players, not a bookie. As a result, the entire dynamic of betting is changed in comparison to how bets are placed with a regular bookmaker.

Now, you might wonder how the betting exchange makes its money then, seeing as “the house” is not participating actively in the bets placed on its platform. In order to compensate for this, the exchange makes its money by charging a commission over each player’s winnings. At first, this might sound like a bad deal for you as the punter, especially if you don’t have any experience with placing bets with a betting exchange, but it can be a pretty good deal in practice. There are quite a lot of advantages for players when it comes to betting exchanges and we’ll list a few of the major ones here below.

A few advantages of playing at a betting exchange

Generally better odds

In comparison to standard betting websites, betting exchanges tend to offer better odds, especially when it comes to longshot bets. These are seen by exchanges as “easy money”, so in order to make them more attractive for players, they give them better odds. Of course, it should be kept in mind that longshots bets are called like that for a reason, and that even in case of a win, a commission will still be charged by the exchange.

Laying bets

Possibly the biggest advantages of betting exchanges compared to traditional sportsbooks is that exchanges give players the possibility to bet on outcomes that won’t occur as well. With lay betting, basically, the player becomes the bookmaker as he or she tries to make money of other people’s losing bets. Example: with a betting exchange, you can lay a bet on Manchester City NOT becoming the 2021/22 Premier League champions. If you’re a City or Liverpool fan then this type of bet is something you might consider to alleviate the disappointment of missing out on the title particularly if you can’t make yourself bet on the other side to win.

More chances to guarantee profits

Thanks to the possibility of laying bets, attentive punters can sometimes help hedge their profits on betting exchanges. Say, for example, that you have placed a bet on the upcoming clash between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield, saying the home side will defeat the visitors at 2.5. You then discover that star players (such as Mo Salah, Sadio Mané, Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes and Diogo Jota) will be missing the game, with rising odds as a result. In such a case, you can simply lay off the bet at 5.0 and improve your position according to the changed conditions.

FPL Season 2021/22: Gameweek 32 preview

At the moment of writing, the Burnley versus Everton relegation battle cracker at Turf Moor still needs to be played, but seeing as we’re not including any Toffees or Clarets in our FPL picks for our GW32 transfers, we’ve gone ahead and written a slightly early gameweek preview to support your planning of the season’s final stretch. With the double gameweek fixtures for GW35 and GW36 now announced, the complexity of the remaining part of the season has becomes more tangible and planning for all of it is already starting this week, especially for those with no, or almost no, chips left. As it looks now, only gameweeks 34, 35 and 38 will contain no doubles and no blanks, but it should be noted that there are still games to be arranged from postponements earlier in the season, while there is also still the likely possibility of postponements as a result of English teams advancing in domestic and international cup tournaments. In this piece, we’ll be focusing on what’s right in front of us though, gameweek 32.

GW32 is an interesting one in the sense that it might be the last time we see a regular, single gameweek without any off-pitch complications this season. The focus will be on Arsenal as they host a toothless Brighton side, on Manchester United visiting a struggling Everton side in serious danger of relegation and a free-scoring Spurs side rolling up to Villa Park. The home game of Leicester against Crystal Palace will attract attention as well, also because the Foxes have one of the more favourable DGW33 match-ups. In normal circumstances, we would’ve mentioned Chelsea earlier as well for their visit to Southampton, but the Blues seemed completely off the boil against Brentford and still have a tough Champions League clash with Real Madrid coming up this week. European obligations this week should also be accounted for when considering fantasy picks from Liverpool, Manchester City (both played on Tuesday), West Ham and Leicester (both play on Thursday evening).

Don’t forget, the deadline for gameweek 32 is set at 18h30 (UK time) on Friday, April 7th, 2022.

Most transferred in/transferred out players (as per April 6th, 2022)

GKRamsdale (ARS), Sa (WOL), Mendy (CHE)Schmeichel (LEI), Sa (WOL), De Gea (MUN) 
DEFTierney (ARS), Reguilon (TOT), Alexander-Arnold (LIV)Doherty (TOT), White (ARS), James (CHE)Tierney and Reguilon injuries, Doherty form + no blanks
MIDCoutinho (AST), Salah (LIV), Bernardo (MCI)Maddison (LEI), Bowen (WHU), Son (TOT)Maddison fixtures + DGW33, Bowen fit again, Son form + no blanks
FORBroja (SOU), Jimenez (WOL), Dennis (WAT)Toney (BRE), Kane (TOT), Cucho (WAT)Broja can’t play v Chelsea, Jimenez suspended, Kane and Cucho form

Premium pick

Even though the premium assets from both Liverpool and Manchester City can haul at any time, this week sees them placed lower in the pecking order for this category as the two Premier League giants are facing each other at the Etihad on Sunday. We have therefore shifted our attention for GW32 to Harry Kane (£12.5m), who seems to be back to his best after a sub-par first half of the season. Tottenham’s Very Own has now returned in six consecutive league outings, totalling 5 goals and 5 assists since gameweek 27 for 55 FPL points, or just under 10 points per game. That’s true premium fantasy pick performance right there and we’re hoping that he can make the upcoming away game against Villa Park his seventh consecutive game in which he provides an attacking return. The Villains are no walkovers under Steven Gerrard and their 42 conceded goals rank them right in the middle of the table in terms of defensive solidity, but Spurs will be pushing to secure Champions League football for next season and we’re betting on a few goals from them as a result.

Non-premium pick

James Maddison (£6.8m) appears to have picked up some good form ahead of Leicester’s favourable run of fixtures on the short and medium term. With this weekend’s home game against Palace followed by a double against Newcastle and Everton (both away) in DGW33 and a home game versus Villa in GW34, Leicester actually boasts one of the best runs of all teams, on paper at least. As for Madders, he’s been a great differential asset over the past games as he scored against Brentford in GW29 from a wonderful set-piece and provided an assist against Man United last weekend as the Foxes drew 1-1 at Old Trafford. The Eagles will provide a stern test for Maddison and his teammates though, as Patrick Vieira’s men have not conceded a goal in their last three games (against Wolves, City and Arsenal, no less). Then again, only seven teams have scored more than Leicester’s 43 successful attempts, so everything points at an interesting clash of styles at the King Power Stadium on Sunday.

The budget enabler

For our budget category this week, we’re looking at an Arsenal defender as the Gunners face goal-shy Brighton this weekend before dealing with a relatively OK double gameweek 33 against Southampton and Chelsea, both away. Contrary to previous season, Arsenal represent decent defensive solidity this season with just four teams conceding more than the 34 goals they have conceded so far, and three of those four teams are above them in the table currently. We’re going with Ben White (£4.6m) as our budget enabler of the week as he’s preparing to face what’s probably the most ineffective attack of the entire Premier League right. Opponents Brighton have shockingly managed just a single goal in their last seven league outings, back in gameweek 28 at Newcastle, so they must not be relishing the prospect of facing one of the league’s best defences this season. White is not the most exciting pick of the bunch, but he’s a nailed-on starter and he sits on 13 clean sheets for the season already. Fingers crossed for a fourteenth shut-out against the Seagulls on Saturday.

The differential

One of the best things for a fantasy manager is to have a differential asset going into a favourable fixture in great form, preferably even goal-scoring form, and that is exactly what Jack Harrison (£5.5m) is offering us this weekend. The Leeds winger, who is listed as a budget midfielder in FPL, has back-to-back goals to his name against Wolves & outhampton and Leeds are now visiting Championship-bound Watford. The Whites seem to have picked up a bit of resilience and form as a whole under new manager Jesse March, with them currently on a mini-streak of three games without a defeat. In Watford, they are facing a team that is currently battling for its last chances of Premier League survival, which means that this can go either way, in our opinion. Either Leeds makes quick work of the Hornets by scoring quickly and all but securing their Premier League status, or the game drags on as Watford turn up tightly organised and looking for the counter. However it ends up going though, Harrison will be one of the form players on the pitch and he looks likely to be involved in any potential Leeds goals.

The captaincy

As we wrote earlier, the Manchester City – Liverpool clash has removed their players from the picks pool for us this weekend, but that definitely doesn’t mean that none of their players are worth considering. The likes of Kevin de Bruyne, Mo Salah and Sadio Mané can score in any game at any time, and they could definitely haul this weekend, but we’re giving the armband to Harry Kane instead. The England captain is playing away at Villa Park and while this is no easy game on the road by any stretch of the imagination, we feel he has a considerably higher chance of hauling than most other premium assets this weekend.

Besides the Spurs main man, you could also opt for his partner in crime Heung-Min Son, who has scored 3 goals and given 1 assist over his last two games. Even Spurs’ new team addition Dejan Kulusevski is worth considering with his 5 assists in his last five games. Elsewhere, Bruno Fernandes and Cristiano Ronaldo away at Everton could deliver big, as could Raphinha away against Watford. For those who prefer a form player at home, James Maddison against Crystal Palace on Sunday could be the way to go.

The European Countries Full Of Fresh Footballing Talent

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Eden Hazard, and most of the world’s best male players aren’t getting any younger. Therefore, football fans are always on the lookout for potential successors to the world’s current best players. Thankfully, there is an abundance of footballing talent in Europe, so it is safe to say the future of football is in safe hands. Most of these players are already making headlines week in, week out, so it is surely not long until they are crowned the best. According to Betway research, here are some of the European countries full of fresh footballing talent.

  • England

England has produced some of the world’s finest players like Frank Lampard and Wayne Rooney, who have achieved a lot at the club and international levels. Modern-day English football fans have a lot to smile about since the amount of talent the Three Lions have is astonishing and could even rival the famous “Golden Generation” in the long run. Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold and Chelsea’s Reece James are already looking like the best right-backs in the world and clearly have their best years ahead of them. Phil Foden, arguably the best young talent globally, is also dazzling football fans every week and is surely destined for great things. Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka, Manchester United’s Jadon Sancho, Chelsea’s Mason Mount, and West Ham United’s Declan Rice are also players to watch out for.

  • France

Kylian Mbappe is so magical and influential that it is often easy to forget that the Paris Saint-Germain superstar is 22 years old. The French international seems to have already done it all. At just 19, Mbappe was one of the key players for France at the 2018 World Cup, scoring crucial goals en route to lifting the trophy. He has also won several trophies at the club level, and his stunning weekly performances make him a favourite of punters who win football bets thanks to him. Furthermore, Dayot Upamecano seems to be Raphael Varane’s long-term successor in Les Bleus’ centre-back role, and he will only get better at Bayern Munich. Kingsley Coman, Ousmane Dembele, Ibrahima Konate, Houssem Aouar, and Real Madrid’s Eduardo Camavinga will also make French football fans happy for a long time to come.

  • Spain

Every football fan knows that Spain is a force to reckon with, and the next generation of Spanish talent is poised to keep this truth a reality. Barcelona’s Ansu Fati, Pablo Gavi, Riqui Puig, Ferran Torres, and Pedri are being tipped by many to restore the Spanish national team to its former glory since these youngsters are making waves at the club level. RB Leipzig’s Dani Olmo, Tottenham’s Sergio Reguilon, and Real Madrid’s Marco Asensio also constitute the next generation of Spanish stars to keep tabs on.

  • Germany

The sky is definitely the limit for Germany’s young superstars, and there is no doubt that this crop of players will make Die Mannschaft proud again. At just 22 years old, Kai Havertz is already making headlines at Chelsea, scoring winning goals in the Champions League final and Club World Cup. Bayern Munich’s Serge Gnabry is also one of the best wingers in the world, evident by his frightening pace and finishing. Germany can also rely on Timo Werner, Jamal Musiala, and Florian Wirtz in the years ahead.