FanTeam 2020-21: £67.5k Weekly Monster – Gameweek 31 preview

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

Our FISO team below will be entered into this week’s £18 entry (£67,500) prize pool) Main Event. The winner takes home a cool £6,750. FanTeam also offer a £1.80 entry Weekly Monster with a lower prize pool for those who prefer to play with lower stakes. Join the discussion on FISO’s FanTeam forum.

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

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

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

Gameweek 31 £67.5K Weekly Monster matches

Our team entered in the Weekly Monster in gameweek 31

An intense week for the clubs in the quarter finals of the Champions League and Europa League with the 1st and 2nd leg matches taking place a week apart meaning more rotation and more onus on the managers to see their players are fully focussed.

Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea players are the highest priced in GW31. We’re choosing one of those teams (Arsenal – as they’re playing the bottom placed club Sheffield United) along with Southampton who scored 3 last time out (partly thanks to Danny Ings’ return from injury) and then punting on clean sheets for Spurs and Leicester.

Arsenal

Aubameyang (Capt) spent most of the Europa quarter final first leg on the bench so is expected to start against doomed Sheffield United. Saka and Pepe look the most dangerous from midfield and could add to their goal records.

Southampton

WBA surely can’t repeat their unexpected performance against Chelsea last weekend (who perhaps had one eye on their Champions League quarter final 1st leg) and Danny Ings (VC) is most likely to profit, ably supported by set-piece expert Ward-Prowse. Wing-back Walker-Peters could supply the crosses for Ings to head home.

Spurs

We’re hoping that the extra rest for the Spurs will help them keep out Manchester United’s forward line on Sunday who will have another Europa League outing on Thursday. Lloris and Reguilon are our choices.

Leicester

A crucial encounter with West Ham who look likely to be missing Antonio so we think a clean sheet is possible should they keep Jesse Lingard quiet. The adventerous Castagne along with the cheaper Amartey (who has replaced the injured Soyuncu) are our choices.

Burnley

With Newcastle missing much of their central defence, we’re punting on the in-form Chris Wood to make an impact in the Sunday early match.

FanTeam 2020-21: £67.5k Weekly Monster – Gameweek 30 preview

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

Our FISO team below will be entered into this week’s £18 entry (£67,500) prize pool) Main Event. The winner takes home a cool £6,750. FanTeam also offer a £1.80 entry Weekly Monster with a lower prize pool for those who prefer to play with lower stakes. Join the discussion on FISO’s FanTeam forum.

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

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

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

Gameweek 30 £67.5K Weekly Monster matches

Our team entered in the Weekly Monster in gameweek 30

Formation: 3-5-2

An International break always brings a bit more uncertainty into the mix (thankfully this was the last one of this season albeit a busy one with some Nations playing 3 times) added to which there are important Champions League quarter finals 1st legs on Tuesday for Man City & Liverpool (plus Chelsea on Wednesday whose early Saturday match is the only one not in the weekend’s Monster) and Europa League quarter 1st legs on Thursday for Arsenal & Man Utd (remember Spurs were surprisingly knocked out by Dinamo Zagreb). So with 9 matches to choose from, be aware there could be rotation tactics employed by managers depending on fitness levels and priorities.

The stand-out matches for large points hauls appear to be 6th placed Spurs (4 wins in their last 5 matches) at a 17th placed Newcastle side who have only taken 3 points in their last 5 matches partly due to injuries to key players and the 1st match of the Monster weekend, 11th placed Leeds (7 points in last 5 matches) at home to bottom placed Sheffield United (4 losses in their last 5 matches). 2nd placed Man Utd’s (11 points in 5 matches) home fixture against 16th placed Brighton (after 3 lossess have won their last 2) is another to keep an eye on. Kane and Bruno Fernandes should be the most favoured players for the captain’s armband whilst Bamford and Raphinha are likely to take a lot of Vice Captain spots given that Bamford looks to have recovered from his knock and the Leeds starting line-up will be available to check before finalising teams.

Our team utilises the two most expensive forwards and the two most expensive defenders for this weekend’s Monster plus a couple of fairly expensive midfielders – all 6 players from Leeds & Spurs – and then we hunt around for a bit of value.

Leeds

Bamford (VC), Raphinha and Dallas are quite rightly the most expensive Forward, Midfielder and Defender (playing in midfield) for Leeds who have won all of their 6 matches against the current bottom four and Sheffield United are the worst-ranked team of that small unenviable group. Raphinha is on many dead balls and was Leeds’ match-winner against Fulham in GW29 and over recent gameweeks, Raphinha ranks very high for chances created & shots.

Spurs

Kane (C), Moura and Reguilon are our choices. Hopefully Reguilon has recovered from injury as he is a threat going forward and rightly priced as the highest of the Spurs defenders. Whilst Son (12.8m) has been pictured training again perhaps he will only start from the bench giving Bale (12.0m) and the cheaper Moura (11.4m) the chance to make an impact. We’ve had to compromise a little with our budget for Moura but if he doesn’t start then Ndombele or Bergwijn will automatically replace him. At least Spurs don’t have the distraction of mid-week European football anymore.

Burnley

A resurgent 15th placed Burnley (on 33 points with only 1 loss in the last 5 matches) travel to 14th placed Southampton (also on 33 points but 4 losses in the last 5 matches) so we’re favouring the better priced Burnley players to keep out the Saints who may again be missing Danny Ings. England keeper, Nick Pope, and central defender Tarkowski are our picks.

Crystal Palace

Time to find a couple of budget players! Everton in 8th have had a poor time of it at home losing 5 of their last 7 matches whilst Palace in 12th have only lost 1 match in their last 5 albeit have a tendency to concede away from home. A couple of Palace midfielders, the exciting Eze and the penalty-taking Milivojevic could produce some returns on Monday.

Last but not Least

Jesse Lingard can seemingly do no wrong since signing for 5th placed West Ham on Loan from Man Utd and looks to be reasonably priced at 9.0m for the Hammers visit to 13th placed Wolves in the final game of the Monster (Monday evening).

FanTeam 2020-21: £67.5k Weekly Monster – Gameweek 28 preview

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

Our FISO team below will be entered into this week’s £18 entry (£67,500) prize pool) Main Event. The winner takes home a cool £6,750. FanTeam also offer a €2 (or £1.80) entry Weekly Monster with a lower prize pool for those who prefer to play with lower stakes. Join the discussion on FISO’s FanTeam forum.

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

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

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

Gameweek 28 £67.5K Weekly Monster matches

Our team entered in the Weekly Monster in gameweek 28

Formation: 3-5-2

Another week and another look into the murky crystal ball of predicting the weekend Premier League football action! We’re going West this weekend by siding with 5th placed West Ham to overturn the odds at 2nd placed Man Utd (who themselves did the seemingly impossible last weekend by defeating Champions-elect and neighbours Man City) and going with 19th placed West Brom to put some goals passed a potentially leaky 13th placed Palace side. We also think 15th placed Burnley can keep out an Everton side riding high in 6th but who’ve only scored twice in the last 3 matches. With 8 of our 11 players based on 3 upsets, we’re banking on the 2 highest priced Man City midfielders plus their highest defender to bring in a lot of points against Fulham. With enough budget to afford a 12th player (and an expensive one at that!) an unexpected set of results this weekend would help this team.

WBA

West Brom’s match v Palace is the 3pm kick-off so line-ups will be available and we may well move our VC to a WBA player (as Pep could bench both our Man City midfielders menaing we have no Captain). Palace with Zaha back in their line-up are more threatening going forward but have shown they are culpbable in failing to keep the ball out of their own net following their 4-1 defeat at Spurs last weekend despite two previous 0-0 results. WBA have been very short on goals so this is a big gamble to expect Diagne, Pereira & Gallagher to contribute positively in attack but stranger things have happened.

Burnley

The 2nd match in the Monster is Everton v Burnley. After 2 consecutive 1-1 draws against Leicester and Arsenal, Burnley appear to have rediscovered their defensive attributes most shown by their centre defenders, Mee and Tarkowski. Everton haven’t looked the best going forward recently partly due to DCL not finding his shooting boots since returning from injury and Richarlison’s run of scoring has seemingly come to an end. Whilst Burnley are not priced to keep a clean sheet, they have a reasonable chance.

Man City

The 3rd and final Saturday match is Fulham v Man City who will have one eye on their Champions League match mid-week. Cancelo, KDB & Sterling (or their cheaper replacements) are this team’s most expensive signings. Need we say more? The Manchester derby was just a blip? Right?

West Ham

With 8 of our 11 players playing on Saturday, we then have to wait until the final Sunday match for our 3 Hammers to contribute, against the odds, at Old Trafford. Man Utd had a tough Europa League match on Thursday drawing 1-1 against AC Milan and have the return fixture next Thursday whilst West Ham will be licking their lips at getting into the top 4. No Lingard for West Ham given he’s on loan from Man Utd so Soucek will need to contribute from midfield to support Antonio with Fabianski keeping out shots from the Red Devils.

FanTeam 2020-21: £67.5k Weekly Monster – Gameweek 27 preview

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

Our FISO team below will be entered into this week’s €20 entry (€75k prize pool) Main Event. The winner takes home a cool €7,500 (or £6,750 if you prefer). FanTeam also offer a €2 entry Weekly Monster with a lower prize pool for those who prefer to play with lower stakes. Join the discussion on FISO’s FanTeam forum.

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

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

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

Gameweek 27 £67.5K Weekly Monster matches

Our team entered in the Weekly Monster in gameweek 27

Formation: 3-4-3

Liverpool

Inconsistency has dogged Liverpool this year and 5 straight home losses following their 1-0 defeat to Chelsea on Thursday is an unveniable record, thankfully without the Kop in attendance. We’re placing our faith on them breaking that streak and bouncing back on Sunday with a win against Fulham (who also played Thursday losing 1-0 to Spurs). Salah (captain) wasn’t happy about being subbed with half an hour still to go and we’d like him to show Jurgen Klopp that he didn’t need the rest. To join him in attack we’ve selected Firmino but we half-expect him to be auto-replaced by Diego Jota who is 0.1m cheaper and who looked sharp when coming on against Chelsea (Liverpool certainly need Jota to inject the finishing that he showed when joining from Wolves before getting injured). TAA looks in better shape than Robinson going forward and so he gets the nod as our 3rd Liverpool player.

Brighton

Only 6 clubs didn’t play an extra game in mid-week and Brighton were one of them. So they should be fresher than their opponents Leicester, particularly as the Foxes are missing key young players Barnes & Maddison through injury which means Vardy should be presented with fewer golden chances to bulge the back of the net. Brighton contrived to miss two penalties (from Gross and then Welbeck) in their 1-0 loss to WBA last Saturday which included that very odd disallowed goal from Dunk’s free-kick. Leicester in 3rd but with 1 point from their last 2 games could present Brighton in 16th with a chance to climb up the table which is perhaps why FanTeam have priced Leicester players only slightly higher than BHA players. We’re taking a punt on Brighton with their goalkeeper Sanchez, defender Dunk and midfielder, Trossard, in our line-up.

Leeds

The last game of this weekend’s Weekly Monster is between two teams who also had a rest in mid-week and have both done better than expected this season – West Ham (in 6th) v Leeds (in 11th). The Hammers have only lost once (2-1 to Man City) in their last 5 matches with 3 wins and a draw int he remaining games. Leeds on the other hand have 2 wins and 3 losses in their last 5 but are capable of upsetting and scoring against any team. FanTeam have priced in a West Ham win with 5 players priced 10m or more whilst Leeds’ highest priced player is Bamford at 8.8m. We’re banking on Leeds (just as the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced on Wednesday that the UK Infrastructure Bank would be based there) with Patrick Bamford and defender (but playing in midfield) Stuart Dallas.

Southampton

From the last match of the Monster to the first match: Sheffield United (20th) v Southampton (14th). We will take our vice-captain from this match just to make sure we have a captain starting this weekend. The Saints are having a terrible time with 1 draw and 4 defeats from their last 5 matches but play bottom placed SHU who won their last match in mid-week (1-0 against Villa) following 4 earlier straight defeats and have only picked up 14 points from 27 matches this season and are almost certain of relegation to the Championship. The Saints last played on Monday in a 1-0 defeat to Everton and are priced by FanTeam about 30% more than SHU players. We’re going for Southampton to return to winning ways with some goals by selecting Ings (vc), Ward-Prowse & Redmond.

FanTeam 2020-21: €75k Weekly Monster – Gameweek 26 preview

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

Our FISO team below will be entered into this week’s €20 entry (€75k prize pool) Main Event. The winner takes home a cool €7,500 (or £6,750 if you prefer). FanTeam also offer a €2 entry Weekly Monster with a lower prize pool for those who prefer to play with lower stakes. Join the discussion on FISO’s FanTeam forum.

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

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

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

Gameweek 26 €75K Weekly Monster matches

Our team suggestion for the Weekly Monster in gameweek 26

Formation: 3-4-3

LEICESTER

The Foxes have entered what looks like another purple patch with three victories in their last four Premier League games, a run that included a home game against Liverpool, and away games against Wolves and Aston Villa. They currently share second place in the league with Manchester United and they have got a major clash with Arsenal at the King Power coming up. The Gunners are not going through their best period at the moment with just a single victory in their last five league games, a run over which they conceded 6 goals. It could very well become a tightly contested encounter on Sunday, but we’re favouring the Foxes to get something out of it, which explains our triple-up.

In the attacking department, we have picked Harvey Barnes, who is listed as a midfielder on FanTeam, and the undeniable Jamie Vardy. The former has been on fire of late with 2 goals and 2 assists in his last two games against Liverpool and Villa, while Vardy is Vardy. When he plays, he’s dangerous, and when he’s dangerous, he’s very likely to return. It’s that simple. The former England international scored a goal and provided an assist in his last two games, and his record against Arsenal is something to behold: 12 games, 11 goals and 1 assist. He is also our captain for this round.

Our third Fox is fantasy favourite Ricardo Pereira, who has finally left his serious injury struggles behind him and seems to be part of Brendan Rodger’s plans going forward. He has started the last five Premier League games for Leicester and often occupied a spot on the right wing, in front of Timothy Castagne. After the win at Villa Park last weekend, Rodgers had the following to say about his plans with Ricardo in attack: “It’s been something I’ve been waiting to do for quite a long time, but this is the first period where both of those boys (Castagne and Pereira) were fit to play. Castagne will run more without the balland penetrate, and Pereira’s the one who can be inside and manipulate the ball.”. The Portuguese defender/winger therefore completes our Leicester trio.

LEEDS

Much has been said and written about Leeds United already this season, with most of it boiling down to the same conclusion, namely that the Whites are a guarantee for goals. Only the current top three plus Liverpool have scored more than their 43 goals, but only West Brom have conceded more than them. This makes it hard to predict their results, but in terms of fantasy games like FanTeam, it makes their attacking assets very attractive. Marcelo Bielsa’s men are playing at home against a solid, but most likely Grealish-less, Aston Villa side and we have opted for three of his main men for our €75K Weekly Monster squad in gameweek 26.

In attack, striker Patrick Bamford and winger Raphinha have been the protagonists so far this season. Bamfy is Bielsa’s undisputed number one for the lone striker position and with good reason, seeing as the Chelsea academy graduate has 13 goals and 8 assists to his name already. Raphinha was brought in from Stade Rennais for £14.4 million last summer and managed to quickly cement his place in the Leeds starting eleven as well. The Brazilian is the man on fire at the moment, with 3 goals and 4 assists from his last seven Premier League games. In terms of form on FanTeam, Bamford is the only player who currently scores higher than Raphinha.

As for our previously discussed Leicester trio, our third Leeds pick is also a defender who also plays out of position. Stuart Dallas has been used as a central midfielder of late by Bielsa and the Northern Irishman has repaid that faith in full. Just a few days ago, the fullback/midfielder/winger scored the second of three goals against Southampton to make it 5 goals and 3 assists for him this season. On top of that, and despite Leeds’ risky defensive tactics, he has also been part of 8 clean sheets. This bodes well for the game against a Villa side that will likely be missing their main creative outlet in Jack Grealish.

WOLVES

Wolves have had an underwhelming season so far, with 33 points from 25 games and a current 12th place. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side has been enormously impacted by the long-term absence of their star forward Raul Jimenez, but they seem to have found some form recently. Of their last four league games, they won three and drew one, and this run included encounters with Arsenal, Leicester, Southampton and Leeds. They scored 5 goals over that run and conceded just twice, so it looks like the Wolves have started to find a way to grind out results. We’re aware of this, but with a game against Newcastle coming up on Saturday, we figured a Wolves triple up could be a shrewd differential move.

At the moment, only four teams in the league have scored less goals than Wolves, but the encounter with the Magpies looks like a good opportunity to work on those numbers. Steve Bruce’s men have conceded 9 goals in their last four games and only West Brom have conceded more than their 43 goals. As a result, we have gone with both Willian José and Pedro Neto for our FanTeam €75K Weekly Monster squad this week. The former was brought in this January to fill in for Raul Jimenez and even though he still needs to find the net for the first time in England, he is nailed-on and seems to be getting used to his new team mates. The latter is listed as a midfielder on FanTeam, but used as a winger by Espirito Santo and he is currently Wolves highest-scoring player on FanTeam with 112 FT points, thanks to 5 goals and 6 assists. Our 3rd Wolves player is the effervescent Romain Saiss who is equally comfortable in midfield as he is in defence and deservedly captain of the Morocco national team.

BONUS

Our bonus fantasy pick for GW26 is none less than Liverpool talisman Mo Salah. Now, you might think that spending a large chunk of our budget on a premium Liverpool asset is not the wisest choice considering the Reds’ form of late, but Salah is Salah. Jurgen Klopp’s men are visiting Bramall Lane on Sunday and despite scoring just 5 goals in their last five PL games, four of those goals were scored by Salah. If any Red is likely to make the difference against the Blades and to get Liverpool out of their slump, it’s Momo.

GOALKEEPER

After selecting the ten outfield players of our choice, we still had a decent part of our budget left to spend on the man between the sticks. We ended up going with Crystal Palace’s Vicente Guaita, who will be featuring in what could be the lowest-scoring game of FanTeam €75K Weekly Monster’s gameweek 26. Palace are hosting an improving, but far from free-scoring Fulham side and the Eagles themselves have, according to Roy Hodgson, taken a more “back to basics” approach since a few weeks ago. That means, a return to more defensive tactics, which bodes well for the Palace defence in this one.

FanTeam 2020-21: €75K Weekly Monster – Gameweek 25 preview

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

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

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

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

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

Gameweek 25 €75K Weekly Monster matches

Our team suggestion for the Weekly Monster in gameweek 25

Formation: 4-4-2

MANCHESTER UNITED

The core of our team selection for gameweek 25 of FanTeam’s €75K Weekly Monster consists of Manchester United players as the Red Devils are preparing to host Newcastle at Old Trafford on Sunday. Since their 9-0 thrashing of Southampton back in gameweek 22, United have booked two rather disappointing results with draws at home against Everton and away at relegation-threatened West Brom. They are currently 7 points behind leaders Manchester City and their skyblue city rivals have a game in hand as well. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men really can’t afford another misstep against bottom-half-of-the-table opposition.

Seeing as Man United currently boast the league’s most productive attack, we have gone big on their forwards and midfielders. In the midfield we’ve gone with Mason Greenwood and, of course, Bruno Fernandes. The former was rested for the gameweek 24 and is likely to feature from the start as usual against the Magpies, while the latter is irreplaceable for United. The Portuguese playmaker is going through a purple patch once again with 3 goals and 2 assists in his last three games, bringing his Premier League totals to 14 goals and 11 assists. Bruno is also our captain for GW25. The Red Devils will have to face Real Sociedad on Thursday first, so keep an eye on lineups and team news, but in any case, the FanTeam safety net is active.

Our United trio is completed by Edinson Cavani, who looks to have cemented his place in Solskjaer’s starting eleven for now. The Uruguayan goal machine has started the last four league games and completed the 90 minutes in three of those games. Over that same run, he scored 2 goals and recorded 19 FT points. Should he, for some reason, not start against Newcastle, then the FanTeam safety net will replace him with Anthony Martial for us.

BURNLEY

In defence, we have opted for two double-ups, one of those coming from the north of the country. Burnley are one of the sides that has shown most improvement over the season so far and their increased defensive confidence has everything to with it. After 23 games, the Clarets have scored just 17 goals, but they also boast the eighth-best defence in the entire league. They have got 7 clean sheets to their name already, the last of which was booked in their last game against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. Sean Dyche’s men will be up against West Brom at Turf Moor in gameweek 25, a game that ended in 0-0 back in gameweek 5.

Seeing as we’re hoping for another low-scoring affair on Saturday, we have picked Matt Lowton and James Tarkowski for FanTeam €75K Weekly Monster team. Neither of the two have offered much in an attacking sense this season, though Lowton did score his first goal of the season last weekend, but they are both nailed-on parts of Sean Dyche’s defence. Against a Baggies team that has scored just 19 goals all season, chances of an eighth clean sheet are real and the Clarets know that this one they simply cannot lose if they want to stay clear of the relegation battle.

BRIGHTON

Our second defensive double-up for this weekend comes from the south of England, from Brighton & Hove to be exact. The local pride has finally started to convert decent to very good performances into points and they have been steadily moving away from the very bottom of the table ever since. While scoring goals is still a major point of concern for the Seagulls, their defence is second only to Manchester City’s at the moment. Over the past six games, they have kept no less than 5 clean sheets and it should be noted that this run included encounters with Leeds, Spurs, Liverpool and Villa.

Up next is a home game against Crystal Palace for Graham Potter’s men and the Eagles will once again be without their star man Wilfried Zaha. This considerably increases chances of a sixth clean sheet in seven for Brighton, as their opponents have not yet managed to score a goal in a game in which their Ivory Coast talisman did not start. Hence, our selection of Lewis Dunk and Dan Burn for our gameweek 25 fantasy team. Both defenders are secured of a start on Monday and just coming off a very sturdy 0-0 draw at Villa Park, so we’re hoping they will carry their solid form into the clash with Palace.

SHEFFIELD UNITED

This could very well be the first time this season that we have considered Sheffield United players for our FanTeam €75K Weekly Monster team and certainly the first time that we have opted for a double pick from Chris Wilder’s side. At the moment of writing, the Blades are bottom of the league, where they have been for most of the season, but budget constraints from our side and some promising signs of improvement from their side plus a positive fixture convinced us to take a punt on them. They have become more competitive compared to the start of the season and even though it might be too late to save them from relegation, it makes them an interesting differential for fantasy managers.

The Blades are playing fellow relegation-zone settlers Fulham on Saturday night and the Cottagers haven’t really felt at home in Craven Cottage this season. They have scored just a single goal in their last six home games, while conceding just five at their own end. For both teams, this game is a must-win and we feel Sheffield United have got a bit more momentum at the moment, so we have added David McGoldrick and John Lundstram to our side. This encounter has all the makings of a low-scoring affair, but the Blades know that victory at the Cottage is needed to maintain any hopes of Premier League survival.

BONUS

With the shape they’re currently in and keeping the fact that they seem to be running away with first place, it’s odd not to include any Manchester City players in our team. Even without Kevin de Bruyne who is on the comeback trail, the Cityzens are the best and most consistent team in the league right now. The only downside to their assets is that they are facing Arsenal at the Emirates this weekend. The Gunners are a bit unreliable at the moment and the game could end 0-1 or just as well 0-4. In case of the latter scenario, we figured it would be smart to cover at least some of our bases by picking Raheem Sterling for our gameweek 25 selection. The England international has scored 3 goals and provided 2 assists in the last five league games, and we’re expecting him to turn up from the start against Arsenal as well.

GOALKEEPER

Gameweek 25 offers us plenty of nice fixtures, but from a fantasy point of view, many of them are hard to predict. Lots of this weekend’s match-ups are quite evenly matched when it comes to squad quality and form, which has led to a high average player price on FanTeam. Our outfield picks stretched our budget considerably as a result, which is why we have gone for a cheap starter in goal again. Newcastle’s Karl Darlow is facing our three Man United aces coming Sunday and though we’re hoping for a few United goals (from our captain Bruno, preferably), we wouldn’t be surprised for Darlow to come off with a few save points as well. He is currently ranked third on FanTeam when it comes to saves and he has been one of the best Magpies in an otherwise up-and-down season for them.

Fantasy Champions League 2021 – €250,000 guaranteed prize pool

FanTeam’s UEFA Champions League fantasy competition gets underway on Tuesday 16 February 2021 at 8pm. A massive prize fund (paid in £GBP or €euros) awaits the top 2,500 placed teams with 10% (€25k) to the overall winner.

With a wildcard available after the 1st set of home and away fixtures (GW1 & GW2) i.e. the last 16 and another wildcard available after the quarter finals (GWs 3 & 4 – deadline 90 minutes before the 1st kick-off in the GW), along with 3 free transfers for GW2 and GW4 (deadline 90 minutes before the 1st kick-off in the GW), it’s really a case of setting your team up for each Champions League round. So for GW1 & 2 just focus on the last 16 fixtures and forget about the quarter finals or later rounds.

The only odds-on favourites to win their opening fixture are Bayern Munich and Manchester City who are the two overall favourites to win the competition which ends on 29 May 2021 hence it is likely a number of teams will consist of 3 players from each team. No transfers will be available after the semi-finals kick-off so the players in your team are set for the Final as well but then you can have 5 players per team for the semi-finals (instead of just 3 for the last 16 and quarters).

The safety net is also in play which means, if a selected player does not start, the game will then automatically replace this player with the next lowest-priced player from the same position (GK, DEF, MID, FOR) who starts for that same team. This is regardless of whether or not your selected player does take to the field later in the game. A summary of the rules is:

The FanTeam Champions League scoring system (don’t forget about the 1 point team win bonus/loss) is:

So over 3 months of entertainment on offer but get your entries in by 8pm Tuesday 16th February (although if you miss the GW1 deadline you can still enter for GW2 and receive 75% of the average points from GW1). Join the FISO forum discussion on FanTeam’s 2021 Champions League game.

FanTeam 2020-21: £67.5K Weekly Monster – Gameweek 24 preview

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

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

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

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

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

Gameweek 24 €75K Weekly Monster matches

Our team suggestion for the Weekly Monster in gameweek 24

Formation: 4-3-3

GOALKEEPER

Our goalkeeper was actually the last pick for the upcoming FanTeam €75K Weekly Monster tournament, as we first wanted to see how much budget would be left after filling out the outfield part of the squad. To our pleasant surprise, we had enough left in the bank to bring Hugo Lloris into the side. Of course, Spurs are visiting an in-form Manchester City side and will be heavy underdogs for that encounter, but Lloris is still one of the best shot stoppers in the league. City will dominate the match and Spurs will be looking to strike on the counter, especially now that the heroic Kane-Son tandem is back in business. The French goalie will get plenty of opportunities to stand out with saves and who knows, maybe Spurs can even cause an upset. These are José Mourinho’s favourite games, after all.

WEST HAM

Our ten outfield players are neatly divided into five duos from five different clubs. Our four-men defence is made up of two double-ups, the first of which consists of West Ham’s Aaron Cresswell and Craig Dawson. With 39 points from 23 games and a current sixth place in the table, the Hammers are flying high this season and their defence plays a major part in that success. They have recorded 8 clean sheets already and just six teams have conceded more than their 28 goals so far. West Ham are up against Sheffield Utd in London on Monday, who are improving of late, but still bottom of the league. The Blades have scored just 15 goals this season and a defeat without netting looks like a realistic scenario against the in-form Hammers.

As far as our fantasy picks are concerned, Aaron Cresswell was one of the first names on our team sheet. He is combining consistent form with a favourable fixture and is currently the second-highest-scoring defender on FanTeam. Craig Dawson was chosen with his price tag in mind, it being 0.4m lower than Vlad Coufal’s. Still, he has started the last eight league games and scored twice over that run. Let’s hope that at least one of them can get involved in the attacking returns this gameweek, on top of a clean sheet.

BURNLEY

Our two Hammers are joined in defence by two Clarets as they prepare for an away game at Zaha-less Crystal Palace. With 29 conceded goals in 22 games, only eight teams in the league boast a better defensive record than Sean Dyche’s men and Zaha missing for the Eagles plays a big factor as well. To give you an idea of just how big a factor: Palace have not scored a goal yet when the Ivorian didn’t start. Burnley were kicked out of the FA Cup by Bouremouth on Monday, so their full focus will be on the Premier League now and they will have marked the upcoming game as one where vital points can be won.

Where Cresswell and Dawson are defensive picks with a bit of an attacking ceiling as well, the same can’t really be said for our Clarets Matt Lowton and Ben Mee. Both have 6 clean sheets to their name, but they have been barely involved at the other end of the pitch. The only attacking returns between the two of them are 2 goals scored by Ben Mee back in gameweeks 16 and 20. We’re counting on a seventh shut-out of the season against Crystal Palace.

MANCHESTER UNITED

Our team is quite balanced this week in terms of budget spread, but the one team we have splashed on is Manchester United. With 49 goals in 23 games, the Red Devils have become the most productive team amongst the English footballing elite and they are up against the league’s worst defence on Sunday. West Brom have conceded a worrying 54 goals in 23 games, 11 of which were conceded in the last four matches. Sam Allardyce will have his Baggies lie deep against United, which is a tactic the visitors have struggled with at times, but the differences in quality and form look simply too big at the moment for this game to end with a West Brom clean sheet.

As a result, we have, of course, gone for Man United talisman Bruno Fernandes in combination with Edinson Cavani. The Portuguese playmaker is both the highest-scoring player overall on FanTeam and the most expensive asset for gameweek 24 of the €75K Weekly Monster, and our captain for this round. He has recorded 28 FT points in his last three games and we’re hoping for (much) more of the same against West Brom. Cavani is a bit more of a punt, though how much of a punt can one of the best strikers to grace European football in the past decade really be? The Uruguayan played 135 minutes of Premier League football in the last two games and scored a goal in each of those games for a total of 13 FT points. Should he for some reason not start at the Hawthornes, then FanTeam’s safety net will bring Anthony Martial into our side.

LEICESTER

After seeing how Manchester City largely dismantled Liverpool in gameweek 23, we decided to get some Leicester assets into our selection for this weekend. The Foxes are outsiders for the Premier League title, though City are heavy favourites at the moment, and a sensational result could be on the cards at the King Power this Saturday. They have taken 14 points from their last seven games with the 1-3 home defeat against Leeds being the only really surprising one. Brendan Rodger’s men have scored 10 goals over that same run, whilst Liverpool conceded 9 in that period. A face-off with a fit-again Jamie Vardy and his team mates could not come at a worse moment for the Reds.

With Jamie Vardy, we have also mentioned our first Leicester pick for gameweek 24. The English striker got 29 minutes of playing time in GW23 after an absence of three weeks and 62 minutes in the FA Cup clash with Brighton on Tuesday, so expect him to start against Liverpool. Against a wobbly Reds defence, we wouldn’t be surprised to see him add to his current 11 goals and 8 assists.

Accompanying Vardy is fellow forward Harvey Barnes, who is listed as a midfielder on FanTeam. The young Englishman is having a good season, and currently sits on 7 goals and 3 assists. He will be coming up against Trent Alexander-Arnold this weekend, so if his team mates manage to launch him into the spaces that will inevitably appear behind the England international, he will get chances to build on those tallies.

EVERTON

Finally, Everton. The Toffees are coming off a spectacular FA Cup win over Tottenham and are facing Fulham next in the Premier League. After an excellent start to the season, they have become a bit of an unpredictable entity once more. In the last six league games, victories were booked against Wolves and Leeds and they drew with Leicester and Man United, but they also lost to Newcastle and West Ham, both at the King Power. For the upcoming home game against Fulham, we have gone with two attacking fantasy assets from Carlo Ancelotti’s side. The Cottagers haven’t won a league game since gameweek 12 and they have conceded 6 goals in the last five games.

Keeping the possible absence of Dominic Calvert-Lewin in mind, we have opted for Richarlison in attack and Gylfi Sigurdsson in the midfield for our gameweek 24 FanTeam €75K Weekly Monster squad. The Brazilian and the Icelandic internationals were two of the stand-out performers against Spurs in the FA Cup on Wednesday. The former scored twice, while the latter scored a penalty and provided 2 assists, including the final pass for Richarlison’s winner in extra time. After a rest of three days, we expect both players to feature from the start against Fulham as well.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gameweek 23 €75K Weekly Monster matches

Our team suggestion for the Weekly Monster in gameweek 23

Formation: 4-4-2

LEEDS UNITED

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

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

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

WEST HAM UNITED

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

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

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

BURNLEY

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

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

SINGLE SHOOTERS

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

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

GOALKEEPER

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gameweek 21 €50K Midweek Monster matches

Our team suggestion for the Midweek Monster in gameweek 22

Formation: 4-5-1

MANCHESTER CITY

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

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

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

LEICESTER CITY

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

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

CRYSTAL PALACE

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

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

SINGLE SHOOTERS

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

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

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

GOALKEEPER

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

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