FanTeam 20-21: £90K Weekly Monster – Gameweek 19

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 (€100k prize pool) Main Event. The winner takes home a cool €10,000. 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 19 €100K Weekly Monster matches

Our team suggestion for the Weekly Monster in gameweek 19

Formation: 4-4-2

GOALKEEPER

As usual, we have tried to find a budget-friendly goalkeeper with a good chance of save points more than anything else. This weekend, that profile seems to fit West Brom’s Sam Johnstone who, in the Saturday early match, faces Wolves missing their main striker, Raul Jimenez. There is a jump of almost £1m in his price up to the next goalkeeper that’s expected to play.

LEEDS UNITED

Our FanTeam €100K Weekly Monster selection for gameweek 19 contains two triple-ups, the first from Leeds players. Just four teams have scored more than the newly-promoted Whites’ 30 goals, which is in great part thanks to manager Marcelo Bielsa’s ultra-attacking game approach, regardless of the opposition. The result is a team that is often a joy to watch, both when they are overwhelming their opponents and when they are being picked apart in the back themselves. On Saturday, they are facing a struggling Brighton side at Elland Road after enjoying a two-week break from Premier League football. The Seagulls have shipped 29 goals in 18 games so far and the last of their two clean sheets was back in gameweek 13 against Fulham.

We think that Leeds are favourites for this one, both to win it and to score a few goals, which is why we have gone with both winger Raphinha and offensive star man Patrick Bamford this weekend. The former has proven to be an excellent addition to the team, and already sits on 2 goals and 2 assists from the last eight games. The latter is blossoming under Bielsa’s guidance in the Premier League this season, having scored an impressive 10 goals and assisted a further 5 already. Both will start fresh against Brighton and will get chances to add to their respective tallies.

Our third Leeds fantasy pick is defender Stuart Dallas. As we wrote earlier, Leeds are no source for clean sheets (though they did record 6 already), which is not what were hoping for either with the right-back / midfielder. Dallas gets an enormous amount of freedom to join the midfield and even the attack at Leeds, which is why he already has 3 goals and 2 assists to his name. Bielsa’s men will be dominating the game against Brighton, and we hope that Dallas will once again get a few chances to bomb forward and get involved in a few chances.

WEST HAM

Our first double-up for gameweek 18 comes from East London, where West Ham United will be hosting Burnley on Saturday. With 26 points from 17 games and a current 10th place, the Hammers are doing well this season. Their opponents had a difficult start to the season, but seem to have recovered some of the qualities in recent weeks. The Clarets have conceded just 3 goals in the last six gameweeks, while scoring just 4 times over that same period. In other words, goals seem to come at a premium in Burnley’s games, which is why we feel confident about selecting two West Ham defenders this weekend.

These two Hammers are right-back Vladimir Coufal and left-back, and dead-ball specialist, Aaron Cresswell. The former has started 13 out of 14 games since gameweek 4, which has resulted in 3 assists already, on top of 4 clean sheets. They are the top two priced West Ham defenders so safety net would help us out if either did not start. The home game against Burnley looks like a perfect opportunity for them to record their fifth clean sheet of the season.

MANCHESTER CITY

Despite the budget constraints this week, we have once again chosen to have faith in Manchester City, this time for their home game against Crystal Palace. Manager Pep Guardiola’s men play an uncharacteristic kind of football this season, with a rather inefficient attack and a very solid defence. While no team in the league has conceded less goals than the Cityzens, a surprising nine sides have scored more than them.

The problem is not the creation of chances though, but more their finishing, which is why we have selected midfield maestro Kevin de Bruyne for our €100K Weekly Monster selection in gameweek 18. The Belgian has delivered 1 goal and 3 assists for a total of 32 FT points over the last four gameweeks. He is the most creative force in the team by some distance and looks primed for a big haul in every game, which is why he is our captain as well. Someone just needs to get on the end of his passes…

He is joined in our team by right-back / left-back / central midfielder / playmaker Joan Cancelo, because we did not want to go without a skyblue defender this weekend. The Portuguese summer signing is loving life under Guardiola and gets plenty of freedom to join in attack, which should be music to the ears of every fantasy manager. As a matter of fact, he is the second-most creative player in terms of big chances created, behind KDB. Against the Eagles this weekend, returns at both ends of the pitch look to be on the cards for Cancelo.

MANCHESTER UNITED

Perhaps our riskiest bet of the weekend is the one we are placing on Manchester United. It’s true that the Red Devils are in good form, with 9 victories and 2 draws in their last eleven Premier League outings, but the risk lies in the fact that they are visiting Anfield on Sunday. It’s going to be a tough afternoon for them, considering Liverpool’s record at home however goals against a weakened Liverpool defence do seem quite possible. The Reds will be without their entire first-choice centre, which will mean we’ll see Fabinho (who does a very good job there, it should be noted) partnering with a youngster in between Andy Robertson on the left and Trent Alexander-Arnold on the right.

We have a feeling that this might just be the kind of set-up that the likes of Bruno Fernandes (our vice-captain), the resurgent Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford will enjoy. The Red Devils thrive when they can play on the counter and use their speed to exploit spaces in the opposition’s defence, and we can see this happening against Liverpool. Rashford, for example, has scored 7 goals and provided 5 assists so far, but only one of those returns came in a home game. The same trend can be seen when looking at Bruno’s performances: 11 goals and 8 assists to his name, of which 6 goals and 6 assists were recorded away from Old Trafford. Pogba was man of the match in the win against Burnley to send them top of the table. Liverpool will have a hard time keeping these three from improving their stats on Sunday.

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FanTeam 20-21: €50K Weekly Monster – Gameweek 18

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 18 €50K Weekly Monster matches

Our team suggestion for the Weekly Monster in gameweek 18

Formation: 3-5-2

General approach

With gameweek 18, we have arrived at the first so-called major blank gameweek of the 2020-21 Premier League campaign. As it stands, this round features just six games, though several of these look appealing from a fantasy point of view. One thing to keep in mind when selecting eleven players for this week’s €50K Weekly Monster is that changes to the schedule may be announced as a result of the new corona outbreak on British territory. Already today there has been a late change with Spurs now playing Fulham rather than Aston Villa in GW18 and well done FanTeam in cancelling the original Monster and starting a new one in quick time.

Due to the limited number of games for the coming round, balancing the available 105M budget was no easy task, especially not with the many interesting fantasy picks on display. We ended up going for a team of big hitters, supplemented with two very much budget-enabling picks and a quality goalkeeper against an in-form opponent. The core of our squad consists of three Manchester City aces facing Brighton at the Etihad, three players from Newcastle as they roll up to Bramall Lane, and two attacking Arsenal assets as they host Crystal Palace. The final two spots are taken up by Palace players – generally we don’t like to pick players from teams playing against each other but there isn’t too much choice with just 6 fixtures.

GOALKEEPER

We’re starting with our goalkeeper for gameweek 18 of FanTeam’s €50K Weekly Monster. Despite Burnley’s rocky start to the season, Nick Pope has still emerged, once again, as one of the league most dependable goalkeepers. Only four shot stoppers have amassed more than his 67,5 points on FanTeam, while he ranks joint-third for most saves. We figured that we’d use the goalkeeper position to save some budget and Pope looks like a decent investment. In truth, his fixture is rather unfavourable with Man United as opponents, but he does play at home and Burnley’s form has improved considerably over the past months as well. The Clarets are not the favourites here, but Turf Moor can be a tricky trip even for the best teams, so we’d be surprised to see them concede loads of goals in this one, especially when Pope has a good day.

MANCHESTER CITY

Manager Pep Guardiola’s men have probably the most appealing fixture of this entire blank gameweek as they play a struggling Brighton side at home. At the same time, the Cityzens themselves showed glimpses of their best selves last week when Chelsea was given a free footballing lesson at Stamford Bridge. They now boast the best defence in the league, while they have also scored six times in the last three games. Brighton, though often lauded this season for their positive approach to games, are hovering just above the drop zone at this moment. They have conceded 7 goals in the last four games and their last clean sheet dates back to gameweek 13, when they shut out Fulham at Craven Cottage.

In other words, everything is pointing to a sky blue victory by some margin here, which is why we have invested heavily in City assets. As a matter of fact, we have spent almost 40% of our entire 105M budget on Kevin de Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Joao Cancelo. Out of all City defenders, the latter seems to have the most freedom when it comes to dashing forward and we would not be surprised to see him playing in midfield for large parts of the game on Wednesday. He looks to have the highest potential for returns at both ends of the pitch. De Bruyne (our captain) and Sterling are both listed as midfielders on FanTeam and both will get chances to get on the score sheet against the Seagulls. The Belgian was back to his phenomenal best in gameweek 17, with a goal, an assist and 12 FT points, while Raz recorded 7 FT points, courtesy of an assist. It’s hard to predict who will shine against Brighton this round, but we feel these two are amongst the most probable candidates.

NEWCASTLE

Besides our Man City triple-up, our team for FanTeam’s €50K Weekly Monster in gameweek 18 contains another trio as well. For their away game against struggling Sheffield United, we have selected three Newcastle fantasy assets. The Blades currently boast the worst attack in the league with just 8 goals from the 14 games, while only Leeds and West Brom have conceded more than their 29 goals so far. The Magpies themselves are no free-scoring team in-form either, but they are capable of booking a decent result at Bramall Lane, possibly even a victory with a clean sheet. They took just one point from their last three games, but it should be noted that the opponents were Man City, Liverpool and Leicester, and that they conceded “just” 4 goals over that run.

Against an attack as goal-shy as Sheffield United’s and keeping our limited budget in mind after going all in on Manchester City, we have gone for a defensive double-up with Fabian Schär and DeAndre Yedlin. They have just a single clean sheet to their names this season, but this one did come against Liverpool back in gameweek 16. Both Schär and Yedlin have started at least the last three games for manager Steve Bruce’s side, and the away game against Sheffield United looks like the perfect opportunity for a second clean sheet of the season.

When talking about Newcastle, it’s hard not to mention Callum Wilson, who we have also added to our squad. At 9.0M, the former Bournemouth striker has a relatively friendly price tag, especially considering the opposition he will be facing on Tuesday. He already has 8 goals and 4 assists to his name this season, and he is Newcastle’s principal threat going forward. His last goal does date back to gameweek 14, but we feel a game against the Blades is just what he needs to get back to his scoring ways.

ARSENAL

From being a laughing stock just a few weeks ago, Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal are currently one of the most interesting teams going into gameweek 18. The Gunners have won their last three league games, which saw them rise to 11th place in the league, just six points of a European spot, as a matter of fact. They have looked more creative going forward without losing their improved defence and next week, they are facing Crystal Palace at the Emirates. The Eagles did win against Championship-bound Sheffield United in GW17, but in the three games before that, they got just a single point and conceded a worrying 11 goals, including 7 against Liverpool and 3 versus Villa.

As a result, we figured a double-up on Arsenal’s attack could end with big rewards this gameweek. We have added Alexandre Lacazette (our vice-captain) to our forward line, based on his latest form. The Frenchman seems to have conquered a spot in Arteta’s starting eleven, which is not surprising, considering his 4 goals in the last three games. He is joined in our team by youngster Emile Smith-Rowe, who has impressed since starting against Chelsea back in gameweek 15. He started every game since then and rewarded that confidence in his abilities with 3 assists and a total of 21 FT points. Some pundits have even gone as far as labeling ESR one of the main reasons for Arsenal’s sudden uptick in form since GW15. Let’s hope he can keep delivering against Palace coming week.

CRYSTAL PALACE

After selecting the above nine players for our FanTeam €50K Weekly Monster team, we were left with very little budget and still two spots to fill. To complete our lineup, we stuck with the clash between Arsenal and Crystal Palace on Friday. Despite the fact that Arsenal are heavy favourites to win the encounter, we did not select any of their defenders on purpose. Not because the Gunners’ defence is fragile, as a matter of fact just three teams have conceded less goals, but because of the individual quality in the Palace attack so we’re banking on a score-draw between Arsenal and Palace.

The likes of Eberechi Eze and especially star man Wilfried Zaha are capable of causing trouble to every defence in the Premier League, including Arsenal’s. Where the former has so far been directly involved in 5 goals (2 goals and 3 assists), including a goal against Sheffield United last week, the latter is once again leading the Eagles to another season with a mid-table position. With 8 goals and 3 assists, Zaha has been directly involved in exactly 50% of all of Palace’s goals, and he will very likely be the main danger man against Arsenal. They will be looking for opportunities on the counter and in case of success, you can count on the Ivory Coast international to be involved.

FanTeam 2020-21: €50K Weekly Monster Gameweek 17

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 17 €50K Weekly Monster matches (just 7):

Our team suggestion for the Weekly Monster in gameweek 17

Formation: 4-3-3

General approach

The FanTeam €50K Weekly Monster for gameweek 17 of the Premier League boasts just seven games, due to the slightly spread fixture calendar for the coming weekend. It includes four games on Saturday, two on Sunday and one on Monday, this leaving out Friday’s encounters featuring Everton against West Ham and Manchester United versus Aston Villa, and the game between corona-hit sides Burnley and Fulham. The latter omission is more of a decision on the part of FanTeam, because other fantasy Premier League games do still feature the match and no official statement on the status of the match has been communicated yet.

With a budget of 105M, we have selected a squad of eleven players, consisting of a possibly surprising Wolves trio, three double-ups (from Manchester City, Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur), the best goalkeeper on FanTeam right now, plus a Crystal Palace punt. We’re lining up in a 4-3-3 formation in order to allow for the inclusion of a few high-potential big hitters, so let’s go over our fantasy picks for gameweek 17.

GOALKEEPER

As we wrote earlier, our goalkeeper for the upcoming gameweek is currently the highest-scoring goalkeeper in the game, namely Alex McCarthy with 80.5 FT points. Southampton has already recorded 7 clean sheets this season, three of which came in the last five games, and their shot stopper has made 47 saves so far. Only five goalkeepers have made more this season. Saves are also what we’re hoping for when the Saints host Liverpool coming Monday in the final game of GW17. The best-performing goalie on FanTeam from one of the in-form sides for just 6M at home against an attacking side, sounds like save potential to us.

WOLVES

With 21 points from 16 games, the Wolverhampton Wanderers are not performing very badly, per se, but they were surely expecting more from the first half of their 2020-21 Premier League campaign. The serious injury and long-term absence of their star man Raul Jimenez plays a big role in this, naturally, but the Wolves defence is still relatively solid. Eight teams have conceded less than their 21 goals and manager Nuno Espirito Santo’s teams are generally known for their defensive prowess. They haven’t had a clean sheet since gameweek 7, but we feel this weekend’s match-up with Brighton could result in their fifth clean sheet of the season.

That’s why we have made a double investment in the Wolves defence with Romain Saïss and Nelson Semedo. Despite being the two highest price Wolves defenders, they were both priced below 8M and are facing a team that has scored just 3 goals in the last five Premier League encounters. Of those five, three ended in clean sheets for the opposition. Wolves, on the other hand, have not booked a clean sheet since GW7, but they also have conceded more than 1 goal in a single game on just two occasions (4-0 away to Liverpool and 2-1 away to Burnley). They are favourites for this game and we’re predicting a small victory with a clean sheet for the Molineux men.

We completed our Wolves trio with their new star man, Daniel Podence, who has become one of their main sources of attacking danger since Raul Jimenez’ injury. Wolves have been far from free-scoring so far this season and the Portuguese attacking midfielder has recorded just five attacking returns so far (3 goals and 2 assists), the last of which came back in gameweek 13 in the form of a goal against Chelsea. Still, when Wolves are attacking, Podence is almost always involved and we don’t expect this to be any different at the AmEx on Saturday.

MANCHESTER CITY

Our team for FanTeam’s €50K Weekly Monster also boasts two Manchester City assets, though not the kind of assets that we have gotten used to when talking about City. Usually, with Pep Guardiola’s Cityzens, it’s the attackers and attack-oriented players who take up most of the spotlight (and the budget), but that’s different this season. This season, they have scored an average 21 goals in 16 games (10 teams have done better), but they have only conceded 12 goals over that same run (no team has done better). Their game at Stamford Bridge is one of the big ones of the weekend, but the Blues seem to have lost their good form from earlier in the season as they have now taken just 4 points from the last five games. Over that same run, manager Frank Lampard’s men have scored just 6 goals, three of which came in the 3-0 GW14 home victory over West Ham.

In other words, the Chelsea vs Man City game on Saturday will be a game between a team that is struggling a bit at the moment and a team that is yet to find the attacking, goal-laden form that we have become so accustomed to from them over the years. Betting on this one is risky, we know, but we think this one could end up disappointing for the home side. This feeling is reflected in our selection of both Joao Cancelo and John Stones for gameweek 17. Both Skyblue fantasy assets have been kind to fantasy managers of late, so we hope that will continue this weekend. We may change ‘green’ Stones to ‘red’ Mendy with the small amount of budget left to guard against Pep rotation and use the saftey net (getting Mendy, Laporte, Ake & Stones in that order).

SPURS

After the more budget-friendly picks, it’s now time for our aces for gameweek 17, starting with Tottenham Hotspur. José Mourinho’s men were handed an unexpected, but surely very welcome rest in gameweek 16 as their fixture against Fulham was postponed due to a Covid-19 explosion at Craven Cottage. As a result, the Spurs will be fresh and raring to go when Leeds United roll up to the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday. Marcelo Bielsa’s side are usually a joy to watch, but they do leak goals as only West Brom have conceded more than them (30 vs 35 goals). Counter-attacking sides seem to especially enjoy themselves against the Whites, which is why the largest portion of our budget this week has been spent on Spurs stars.

After this intro, we probably don’t need to tell you who we have selected for gameweek 17, but we will, just in case. Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son had a blistering start to the 2020-21 campaign, but they seem to have cooled down a bit with just a single goal between them in the last three league games. It should be noted though, that these three games were against Liverpool and Wolves away, and Leicester at home. We are confident that Tottenham’s dynamic English-Korean duo will get back to their scoring ways against Leeds. So much, in fact, that we have picked Son as our captain for FanTeam’s €50K Weekly Monster tournament in gameweek 17.

LEICESTER CITY

Our other big hitters for this weekend are Leicester aces, starting with the inevitable, Jamie Vardy. The English striker has already been directly involved in 18 goals this season (11 goals, 7 assists), which represents a staggering 62% of all his team’s goals. Over the last five Premier League games, he has scored 2 goals and provided 4 assists for a total of 34 FT points. For the upcoming away game against Newcastle, we have selected him as our vice-captain, as the Magpies have conceded 8 goals in their last four outings, including gameweek 16’s 0-0 draw versus Liverpool.

Seeing as we don’t think that manager Steve Bruce’s men will keep two clean sheets in a row, we have doubled up on Leicester’s attack by also spending a considerable part of our budget for this week on James Maddison. The attacking midfielder had some injury troubles during the first months of this season, but he is back now to shape Leicester’s attack. He currently sits on 3 goals and 4 assists, and he has looked lively in his last few games. On top of that, he was given a rest for the away game at Selhurst Park in gameweek 16, so we’re expecting a very fit and motivated Maddison to turn up against Newcastle on Sunday.

BONUS

By the time we had selected 10 players, we still had about 10M of budget left to ideally spend on an attacker or a midfielder. We decided to go for a differential and take a punt on Crystal Palace forward Christian Benteke. We all know that Roy Hodgson’s Palace are far from a goal-scoring machine, but this weekend looks like a good opportunity for them to work on that. Besides that, everyone at the club will see the upcoming home game against struggling Sheffield United as a must-win. Seeing as Wilfried Zaha was just outside of our remaining budget, we have gone with the next best thing in the Palace attack. The Belgian forward saw his first start back in gameweek 11 result in a brace and he has been a starter for the Eagles ever since. It’s true that he just scored 1 more goal since then, but it should be said that the opposition over that run was tough. Against the Blades, we expect Benteke to start once again and hopefully he will improve his goal tally in that case.

FanTeam 2020-21: €50K Weekly Monster – Gameweek 16B

Due to the late postponement of the Everton v Man City match last night the FanTeam GW16 Monster was cancelled and a new GW16 Monster (GW16B) created for the remaining 7 matches of GW16.

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.

Fixtures for the GW16B Monster:

Our team suggestion for the Weekly Monster in gameweek 116B

Formation: 3-5-2

General approach

Despite 4 of the 7 matches kicking off at 6pm such that line-ups for 8 teams will be known prior to the entry deadline, we’re only picking 4 of our 11 players from those matches (but one will be our Vice Captain in case our Captain doesn’t start). We’re then focussing on the teams with the stronger squads – Spurs, Arsenal and Liverpool. Once we’re seen the line-ups for the first matches we may have to edit our team.

Arsenal

It’s about time for an Arsenal clean sheet so we’re selecting Leno in goal and Tierney in defence to keep out Brighton who scored 2 goals in GW15. Aubameyang is our 3rd player from Arsenal who, if he doesn’t start, will automatically be replaced by Lacazette.

Spurs

Spurs at home to Fulham has the potential for plenty of Tottenham goals so we’re going for the obvious Kane and Son combination plus attacking right-back Doherty (the 3rd highest priced Spurs defender so the saftey net should give us a replacement if he’s rested).

Liverpool

We made the mistake of captaining Salah in GW15 and we’re continuing that theme in GW16 expecting him to start and get amongst the goals against Newcastle who’ve just had a run around from Man City. It looks like Rhys Williams will be taking over from Matip in central defence after his groin injury so he’s in as well.

Wolves

Wolves players are priced low for this gameweek as they are facing Man Utd who are once again on an upward trajectory but Wolves have proven they relish playing against the top teams. We’ve added the two highest priced midfielders to our line-up, Podence and Neto, who’ve shown they are very attack-minded and will have to remain so whilst striker Jimenez is on the side lines.

The Final Spot

Goes to the talented Diangana of WBA who may be able to get amongst the goals or assists against Leeds after their excellent performance against Liverpool.

Gameweek 16B of FanTeam’s €50K Boxing Day Monster starts at 6pm today so don’t delay your entry!

FanTeam 2020-21: €50K Weekly Monster – Gameweek 16

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.

Fixtures for the GW16 Monster:

Our team suggestion for the Weekly Monster in gameweek 16

Formation: 3-5-2

General approach

Despite the ‘Safety Net’ being available, we’re picking 3 players from the first kick-off (with one being our Vice Captain) due to the high chance of managers resting players due to the short turnaround between GW15 and GW16. We’re then focussing on the teams with the stronger squads and taking a punt on certain rotations. Once we’re seen the line-ups for the first match (Palace v Leicester) we may have to edit our team.

Leicester

There seems to be some doubts on Vardy starting but we will know the team sheet before finalising our team but we think Iheanacho, Perez and Praet (VC) will all start and be a lot fresher than the Palace squad who have lost 10-0 over the last two matches. If your captain and vice captain don’t start then you don’t have either players’ score doubled so we’re making sure of avoiding that issue by putting the VC on Praet.

Chelsea

We’re expecting an immediate bounce-back after the disappointing performance in the derby against Arsenal and that their bigger squad means they are fresher than the in-form Aston Villa. It’s a bit of a gamble but we’re expecting Giroud to take the striker spot (no safety net here if he doesn’t start but we expect him to make an appearance at some point) along with Kai Havertz and Hudson-Odoi in attacking midfield.

Arsenal

It’s about time for a ‘1-0 to the Arsenal’ so we’re selecting Leno in goal and Holding in defence to keep out Brighton who scored 2 goals in GW15.

Liverpool

We made the mistake of captaining Salah in GW15 and we’re continuing that theme in GW16 expecting him to start and get amongst the goals against Newcastle who’ve just had a run around from Man City. It looks like Rhys Williams will be taking over from Matip in central defence after his groin injury so he’s in as well.

The Final Spot

Goes to the inexpensive Semi Ajayi of WBA who may be able to keep a clean sheet against Leeds after their excellent performance against Liverpool.

Gameweek 16 of FanTeam’s €50K Boxing Day Monster starts at 3pm today so don’t delay your entry!

FanTeam 2020-21: €50K Weekly Monster – Gameweek 15

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.

Fixtures for the GW15 Monster:

Our team suggestion for the Weekly Monster in gameweek 15

Formation: 4-4-2

General approach

For gameweek 15 of the Premier League, FanTeam is following its trusted recipe with the €50K Boxing Day Monster. We are given a 105M budget to select a squad of 11 players, which was not an easy task this week given the many favourable match-ups. This means that the ongoing tournament contains plenty of expensive fantasy picks and relatively few budget-enabling picks with potential. For our team this week, we have focused on four teams, complemented with the bonus Salah picks.

Our 11-men squad consists of two West Ham picks facing Brighton at home, two Palace picks looking to bounce back against Villa, three Spurs picks visiting Molineux on Sunday and three Everton picks playing struggling Sheffield United at Bramall Lane. To complete the starting eleven, we have chosen to go with the one man everyone will probably want in their team this week.

WEST HAM

With 21 points and a tenth place after 14 games, West Ham are performing more than decent this season, especially when considering that they looked like being relegated until the very last day last season. Manager David Moyes has managed to create a cohesive unit out of the Hammers and their defence is an important part of that. Just six teams have conceded more than their 19 goals, which in part is thanks to their 4 clean sheets. They did ship 3 goals against Chelsea last weekend, but we’re confident this won’t happen at home to Brighton. The Seagulls have been notoriously wasteful in front of goal this season, which is why we have selected right-back Vladimir Coufal for our Gameweek 15 €50K Boxing Day Monster. The Czech international brought his owners 8 FT points over the past 3 gameweeks, courtesy of an assist and 2 Impact points, and more could be coming his way this weekend.

He is joined in our team by winger Jared Bowen, who is listed as a midfielder on FanTeam. The young Englishman is not (yet) the most prolific of attackers, but he does sit on 4 goals and 2 assists for the season already, and he is definitely one of West Ham’s most dangerous forwards every game. He recorded two double-digit hauls this season, in gameweeks 3 and 10, and the hope is that the home game against Brighton will result in his third. The Seagulls have conceded 6 goals in the last four games, which included encounters with goal-shy Fulham and Sheffield United, and a clean sheet at the London Stadium looks unlikely.

CRYSTAL PALACE

Palace took quite a thumping against Liverpool in GW14 and whilst it would be a bit of an understatement to say that the 7 goals conceded indicates their defence isn’t doing so well at the moment, Football is a funny old game and it wouldn’t surprise us if they bounce right back against a team that had a great win in GW14, Aston Villa. Goalkeeper, Guiata and attacking full-back, Patrick Van Aanholt (PVA) are our selections and as it is one of the two 3pm kick-offs we’ll select PVA as our VC to be sure we get a captain pick if Salah starts from the bench again.

EVERTON

The core of our FanTeam selection this weekend consists of three triple-ups, starting with Everton. The Toffees had a great start to the season, then slumped a bit between gameweeks 6 and 11, and now seem to be back to good form again. In the last three games, they took the full nine points against Chelsea, Leicester and Arsenal, scoring 5 goals and conceding just 1. This is why we feel that against Sheffield United this weekend, a victory with a clean sheet could be in the cards.

When talking about Everton this season, there is no way Dominic Calvert-Lewin does not come up. The English forward has been in phenomenal and very consistent form so far this campaign, with 11 goals and 4 assists in 14 games, and he was directly involved in 60% of Everton’s goals over the past three games (3 assists). His last goal dates from gameweek 10 when the Toffees drew with Burnley at Turf Moor, so it’s about time DCL finds the net again. We feel the away game against bottom-of-the-table Sheffield United could be the ideal opportunity to get back to his scoring ways.

Besides Calvert-Lewin, we have also added Gylfi Sigurdsson and Mason Holgate to our lineup. The Icelandic international has been in good form since replacing the injured James Rodriguez in the starting lineup, recording 21 FT points in the process, courtesy of a goal, an assist and 3 Impact points. He should be starting against the Blades as well as one of Everton’s principal creators. Seeing as no team has scored less than Sheffield United, we also added Mason Holgate to our team, who is one of  Everton’s least expensive starting defenders this weekend and was rested for the Caraboa Cup defeat tonight against Man Utd. Should he not start for some reason, then FanTeam’s Safety Net will replace him with Ben Godfrey for us.

SPURS

Our next trio have their home ground in North London, but play in the West Midlands this weekend. Spurs are visiting Molineux to face a Wolves side who have won just once in their last four outings, though that victory did come at Stamford Bridge. The absence of star man Raul Jimenez is affecting the team’s performances, especially in an attacking sense, and they are up against one of the league’s best defences on Sunday when José Mourinho’s Spurs come to visit. With 8 conceded goals and just 3 goals in their favour, like with Everton, we can see a Spurs victory with a clean sheet in this one.

As a result, our Spurs trio starts with full-back Sergio Reguilon, who has performed very well for Mourinho recently. Last weekend’s home game against Leicester was a disappointment for the entire squad and the Spanaird will be looking to make amends with a clean sheet against Wolves, we hope. The Spurs booked three clean sheets in their last six games, though none of those came in the last three games. Still, against a goal-shy Wolves side, a fourth shut-out of the season looks like a realistic scenario.

The rest of our Spurs selection is made up of this season’s top fantasy performers who are priced surprisingly friendly for the upcoming encounter with Wolves. Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son have been in red-hot form so far this, recording an incredible 20 goals and 14 assists between the two of them in just 14 rounds of Premier League football. Manager Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolves are definitely no push-overs and we’re not expecting a goal bonanza here, but Spurs look favourites and if they want to take the three points home, they will largely be dependent on their dynamic duo up front.

BONUS

Finally, the bonus man, Liverpool’s talisman. Mo Salah was brought on in the 57th minute at a 0-4 score line against Crystal Palace last weekend and half an hour later, the Egyptian had 2 goals and 1 assist to his name for a total of 15 FT points. This lightning performance brought his totals up to 13 goals and 4 assists for this Premier League season. Up next are West Bromwich Albion at Anfield, so we didn’t doubt for a second. He was the first name on our team sheet and he is also our captain for gameweek 15 of FanTeam’s €50K Boxing Day Monster.

FanTeam 2020-21: €50K Weekly Monster – Gameweek 14

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.

Fixtures for the GW14 Monster:

Our team suggestion for the Weekly Monster in gameweek 14

Formation: 433

General approach

Less than 48 hours after the final whistle of gameweek 13, gameweek 14 is kicking off at Selhurst Park between the Eagles and the Reds. Though the fixtures seem to have been planned in such a way that most teams have at least 60 hours of rest between games, rotation can be expected all over the Premier League spectrum. Fortunately, FanTeam provides us with the Safety Net once again for the €50K Weekly Monster tournament, but our focus has nonetheless been on sure starters.

For this gameweek, we are focussing on just 3 teams plus Salah and Kane. As a result, if those 3 matches go our way (and Salah and Kane get amongst the goals) we have a decent chance of finishing in the top 10%. As you’ll see we’ve spent heavy on our two main men in midfield.

GOALKEEPER

We’re starting with Nick Pope, the Burnley shot stopper who is our goalkeeper for gameweek 14. Since their 5-0 defeat at the hands of Man City in gameweek 10, the Clarets have conceded just 1 goal, which should put their defensive fantasy assets back on our watchlists again. Up next are Wolves without their star man and main source of goals Raul Jimenez. They have scored just 2 goals in their last three games, which is why an improving Burnley side at Turf Moor in December might just end up being a very tough nut to crack for them.

DEFENCE

Our defence consists of four players, the most expensive of whom is Man Utd defender Alex Telles. The full-back was our final 11th selection to complement our two other choices from Man Utd further upfield. As the most expensive Man Utd defender, if he doesn’t play the safety net will come into operation for us.

Newcastle defender Ciaran Clark will be approaching gameweek 14 with confidence, albeit for slightly different reasons. The Magpies were overwhelmed by Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United and lost 5-2, but Clark did manage to score a goal and bring home 5 FT points in the process. This weekend, he is facing Fulham and Saint James’ Park and another drubbing doesn’t look likely here. Though the Cottagers have shown better form in the last few games, the away game against Newcastle will definitely not be a walk in the park. With Clark, we’re betting on a second Magpie clean sheet here and who knows, maybe even a chance or two from an attacking set-piece and we’ve doubled up with his compatriate Jamal Lewis who ought to be motivated to make up for recent defensive lapses. We’re betting that Newcastle make up for letting 5 goals in against Leeds by keeping a clean sheet against Fulham.

We have completed our defensive set-up for the gameweek 14 €50K Weekly Monster with Burnley defender Charlie Taylor to complement our goalkeeper. Since their 5-0 defeat at the hands of Man City in gameweek 10, the Clarets have conceded just 1 goal, with the English left-back as a nailed-on part of manager Sean Dyche’s starting lineup. Over the past six games, Taylor has recorded 27 FT points, courtesy of 4 clean sheets and 2 impact points. Up next are Wolves at Turf Moor, who have scored just 2 goals in their last three games. In other words, potential for a third consecutive clean sheet for Burnley.

MIDFIELD

As mentioned earlier, our midfield has been the major recipient of the available 105M budget this weekend and the biggest chunk of it was spent on Liverpool talisman Mo Salah. At 14.5M, he is actually the most expensive player for the gameweek 14 €50K Weekly Monster as he combines goal-scoring form with a reasonably appealing fixture. The Reds are rolling up to Selhurst Park on Saturday with their Egyptian star looking to continue his current three-game scoring streak. Liverpool have scored 11 goals in their last five games, though it should be noted that their last two away games, against Brighton and Fulham, both ended in a disappointing 1-1 draw. That’s why Momo is our vice-captain this weekend.

Our captain plays in red as well, but about 30 miles east of Liverpool. Like last season, Bruno Fernandes is once again Manchester United’s top performer with 7 goals and 5 assists, and he will be a popular captaincy pick for the coming home game against Leeds. Under Marcelo Bielsa, the Whites play a very attractive kind of attacking football that does not budge for any opponent, which might just be the kind of game approach United like. They can sit back and cause danger on the counter, with Bruno the danger man as he connects the defence and attack. A high-scoring affair looks to be on the cards at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Besides Salah and Fernandes, our midfield boasts a third player, namely Ashley Westwood. The young Englishman is an excellent set-piece taker and is the 3rd of our Burnley assets looking to upset the Wolves and take a clean sheet and win bonus along with the defender and goalkeeper we’ve selected.

ATTACK

Our main man up front this weekend is none other than Tottenham’s very own, Harry Kane. The England striker failed to record any attacking returns at Anfield during the midweek round of fixtures, but we’re not worried. He currently sits on an incredible 9 goals and 10 assists from just 13 games, which has made him the second-best performer on FanTeam so far, just 3 FT points off teammate Heung-Min Son (108 vs 111). On Sunday, Spurs are hosting Leicester, who have conceded 8 goals in the last five games, just the kind of top clash that Kane loves to decide.

He is joined is attack by Callum Wilson, who already has 7 goals and 4 assists to his name this season.  Newcastle, though far from a goal machine, have shown some decent football at times and when they threaten the opposition’s goal, you just know that Wilson will be involved. That’s a very valuable trait for a fantasy asset to have. This weekend, the Magpies are playing an improving Fulham side who definitely won’t be relishing in the thought of facing Wilson next. We’re not exactly sure about the outcome of this game, but we’re counting on the former Bournemouth star to have an impact.

Finally for us is a player we should have picked in GW13, Marcus Rashford, to complement Bruno Fernandes and Alex Telles from Man Utd. After his two (slightly lucky) goals mid-week we think he will get some more chances against the open playing Leeds Utd and be able to convert a few of them (hopefully assisted by Bruno or Telles) into FT points.

FanTeam 2020-21: €50K Weekly Monster – Gameweek 13

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.

Fixtures for the GW13 Monster:

Our team suggestion for the Midweek Monster in gameweek 13

Formation: 3-4-3

General approach

The Premier League is now entering the yearly festive period and that means six gameweeks in just three weeks! For gameweek 13, FanTeam have created the €50K Midweek Monster in which we had to select a squad of 11 players for a budget of 105M. In this round, our team is built up of four duos combined with three high-ceiling individual picks.

We have gone with two defensive Saints, two Seagulls in search of much-needed points, two Spurs stars who just can’t stop delivering fantasy returns and two ultra-premium Man City picks as they host West Brom. We have also added two strikers who are of enormous importance to their respective teams and a relatively expensive defender who could be up for returns at both sides of the pitch on Wednesday.

GOALKEEPER

No team in the Premier League has recorded more clean sheets than Southampton (5) after 12 games and their shot stopper Alex McCarthy has played a big role in that defensive success. Against Sheffield United last weekend he did not record a save for the first time since the start of the campaign, but the Englishman got 7 FT points from saves over the prior three games. On Wednesday, the Saints are visiting the Emirates Stadium to face an extremely goal-shy Arsenal side. The Gunners have scored just 2 goals in the last eight (!) league games. They’ve got the guns, but they are not firing right now and we hope this will continue against Southampton.

DEFENCE

In this light, we even decide to double up on Saints defenders by also picking central defender Jannik Vestergaard. It’s been a while since we felt that a defensive Southampton double-up looked like a very reasonable decision, but that’s how things are at the moment. Vestergaard is actually the second-highest-scoring defender on FanTeam right now, courtesy of 5 clean sheets and 3 goals, which is what makes him extra interesting this round. Arsenal do not only lack goals, but also a certain physicality in the back at times. Hopefully, our powerful Danish centre back can benefit from that as well during the offensive set-pieces.

The most expensive part of our three-men defensive set-up is Aaron Cresswell. The West Ham centre back is having a great start to the 2020-21 campaign as central defender who slots into midfield often. He is also on a lot of set-pieces, which has led to 4 assists already. Combine those with West Ham’s 4 clean sheets this season and you see why Cresswell is currently amongst the ten highest-scoring defenders in FanTeam. The Englishman is facing Crystal Palace at home on Wednesday and the Eagles have been far from prolific on the road so far. Not counting their outlier 1-5 drubbing of West Brom in gameweek 11, Roy Hodgson’s men scored just twice in their last four away games. We’re hoping for a West Ham clean sheet and a few set-pieces for Cresswell here.

Our third defender for the FanTeam €50K Midweek Monster is Brighton’s Lewis Dunk. The Seagulls suffered against a lively Leicester side on Sunday, but it was one of the few games this season in which the opposition was considerably better than them. In general, Brighton play a decent kind of attacking football, the only thing missing so far are the points. That’s why the coming two games are of great importance to them, starting with Fulham away. The Cottagers are finding themselves in a good moment and are coming off a draw against reigning champions Liverpool, but we feel that Brighton will be another type of challenge for them. We’re betting on the Seagulls and an important role for Dunk in this one.

MIDFIELD

Speaking of important Brighton players, we have also opted for Pascal Gross in our midfield. The Seagulls were overrun by Leicester in GW12, but against Fulham, they should have a bit more time and space to play their game, which should only benefit Gross’ playmaking skills. The German attacking midfielder scored 2 goals and provided 2 assists in the past six games, and he looks like a crucial player when it comes to unlocking the at times shaky Fulham defence. On top of that, he could represent some nice differential value during this midweek round, as he seems to be a bit overlooked at the moment in the world of Premier League fantasy football.

The main men in our midfield, and our entire team actually, are our two Manchester City aces. After a rather dull Manchester dull, the Cityzens are welcoming West Brom to the Etihad on Tuesday. The Baggies have conceded 7 goals in the last two games, which includes an unexpected 1-5 home defeat against otherwise not so free-scoring Crystal Palace back in gameweek 11. City has won their last two games home games rather comfortably (5-0 vs Burnley in GW10 and 2-0 vs Fulham in GW11) and we’re expecting a similar game and result against West Brom.

That’s why we have gone with Kevin de Bruyne (our captain) and Raheem Sterling for this one, two of the three most expensive players in the FanTeam €50K Midweek Monster tournament. Rotation is always a risk when it comes to Pep Guardiola’s City, especially during the festive period, but we’d be surprised to see him bench De Bruyne for this game. A Sterling benching might be a bit more likely due to the English dribbler being less decisive so far this season, but in that case, FanTeam’s Safety Net will replace him with Phil Foden, Bernardo Silva or Ferran Torres for us. Man City are trailing the leading pack at the moment and we expect goals in this one as they work on getting back into the title race.

Our Man City duo are joined by another star, but one that currently plays in North London. Heung-Min Son has been nothing short of spectacular this season with 10 goals and 4 assists in 12 league games. He has recorded 2 goals and 2 assists in his last four games, and picking him for the away game at Anfield could be a very shrewd move. Liverpool seem to be suffering from an injury curse and no less than three of their centre backs could be missing against Spurs in what will be a true top-of-the-table clash. The result is definitely uncertain, but Son could be great as a fantasy pick no matter the outcome.

ATTACK

The same goes for his partner in crime Harry Kane, who is possibly the only player truly outperforming the Korean forward this season. Tottenham’s very own is going through the best spell of his career with 9 goals and 10 assists in the first 12 games of the campaign, and he was on target again last weekend as Spurs drew 1-1 with Crystal Palace. More even so than Son, Kane has the potential to benefit from Liverpool’s defensive injury crisis. If there was ever a time for the England number nine to score at Anfield, it seems to be this Wednesday.

Up front, we have partnered Kane with two other goal poachers who are crucial to their respective teams, starting with Jamie Vardy (our vice-captain). The former England international looks to be getting back to his scoring best once again with an assist in gameweek 10, a goal in gameweek 11, and a goal and 2 assists last weekend against Brighton. Up next are Everton, who have been far from defensively solid this season. The Toffees have already conceded 18 goals so far, only five teams have done worse in that sense, though it should be noted that they did keep a clean sheet against form-team Chelsea last weekend. We find it hard to imagine a repetition of this feat at the King Power though, and the presence of Vardy is the main reason for that.

Finally, Callum Wilson, Newcastle’s talisman who disappointed in gameweek 12 with just 3 FT points at home against West Brom. Prior to that encounter, the England international had been directly involved in an unbelievable 83% of all Magpie goals (7 goals and 3 assists in 9 games), but he did not have a direct hand in the two goals they scored against the Baggies on Saturday. Wilson is quality though, and one of the most fixture-proof players in the game, so we’re backing him to bounce back against Leeds this Wednesday. Even though the home side are likely to dominate the game, they will also allow for a few opportunities for the visitors and that’s always dangerous against a striker like Wilson.

FanTeam 2020-21: €100K Weekly Monster – Gameweek 12

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 (€100k prize pool) Main Event. The winner takes home a cool €10,000. FanTeam also offer a €2 entry Weekly Monster with a lower prize pool for those who prefer to play with lower stakes.

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.

Fixtures for the GW12 Monster:

Our team suggestion for the Weekly Monster in gameweek 12

Formation: 4-3-3

General approach

It’s another big-money €100K Weekly Monster for gameweek 12 of the Premier League on FanTeam and we have gone with a slightly different strategy this time. Seeing as there are quite a few appealing fixtures this weekend, from a fantasy point of view at least, and taking into account the considerable number of premium picks facing favourable opposition, we have based our team a bit more on the potential big hitters instead of teams likely to perform well as a whole.

Having said that, our selection for the FanTeam €100K Weekly Monster still boasts quite a bit of both. We have picked two Liverpool aces for their visit to Fulham, two Magpies at both ends of the pitch as they host a struggling West Brom side at Saint James’ Park, two Aston Villa players as they prepare for a challenging visit to Molineux, two defensive Burnley assets and a trio of individual picks who could very well deliver the goods for their respective teams this weekend.

GOALKEEPER

Burnley’s Nick Pope is probably one of the most reliable goalkeepers in the English top flight and he is up against Arsenal in North London this weekend. Normally, this would be more than a serious challenge for the Clarets and this traditional wisdom is reflected is Pope’s low price, but there’s nothing normal or traditional about the Gunners this season. Mikel Arteta’s men currently find themselves in 15th place with just 13 points from 11 games. Even more worrying is the fact that they have scored just 10 goals so far, only the bottom three (Burnley, West Brom and Sheffield United) have scored less. As a matter of fact, Arsenal have scored just 2 goals in the last seven PL games. Let that sink in for a moment and you’ll understand why Pope is our goalie this weekend.

DEFENCE

What’s more, we doubled up on the Burnley defence by also selecting Ben Mee as one of our four defenders. With a price tag of just 4.8M, he represents a very interesting budget-enabling opportunity. Not counting the 5-0 drubbing at the Etihad against Manchester City, the Clarets have conceded just a single goal in their last four games, which could point to Sean Dyche getting back some of his team’s trademark defensive solidity. They’ll be hoping to make it a third shut-out in five and so will we.

Mee is joined in defence by Jamal Lewis, Newcastle’s left-back and one of their main creative forces, despite not having an attacking return to his name yet. He gets plenty of chances to bomb forward and an his first assist looks like a matter of time. There is, of course, the issue of Newcastle still not being a free-scoring goal machine, but they do have Callum Wilson, who is a kind of fixture-proof danger man. This weekend, Lewis and co are up against West Brom, who will need to make do without their star forward Matheus Pereira after a red card against Palace last weekend. A third Newcastle clean sheet of the season could be on the cards here.

The same goes for Leicester’s Wesley Fofana, though his team has already recorded 3 clean sheets so far. The Foxes seem to have experienced a rather sudden drop of form over the past few weeks with unconvincing results versus Liverpool, Fulham and Sheffield United, but the quality is still there. On Sunday evening, they are hosting a Brighton side whose biggest issue so far this season has been to translate decent performances into points. One of the issues for Graham Potter’s men is scoring, which is underlined by their 6 goals over the last six games. The returns to fitness of forwards Neal Maupay and Leandro Trossard are confidence boosters, but we’re not sure if it will be enough for the Seagulls to break the Leicester defence this weekend.

Our fourth defensive pick is Aston Villa’s Matt Targett, who is playing a Jimenez-less Wolverhampton Wanderers side on Saturday. The Mexican Wolves star was stretchered off with a serious head injury last weekend and has fortunately left the hospital already this week, but he will not be present against Villa. That’s a big loss for the home team, because he has been directly involved in 5 of their 11 goals. He is amongst the top three in his team for successful attacking passes, key passes and crosses as well,  though Wolves don’t allow for much attacking joy usually. We feel that Villa could upset them this weekend though, possibly by keeping a clean sheet.

MIDFIELD

That’s also why we have selected Jack Grealish for our FanTeam €100K Weekly Monster squad this round. The Villa talisman is once again key for most of his team’s attacking moves, which had led to 5 goals and 6 assists in nine games, seeing as the Villans had a blank gameweek in round 1 of the campaign and saw their clash with Newcastle getting postponed as a result of a virus in the Magpie camp. With 20 goals, only the current top five have scored more goals than Villa this season, which is impressive considering the fact they have played two games less. Wolves have conceded 7 goals in the last four games, including one against goal-shy Arsenal, though it should be noted that four of those goals were conceded at Anfield last weekend. In any case, Grealish can deliver against any team and he could be the one to mark the difference at Molineux.

The bulk of our midfield and indeed of our team is formed by our Liverpool duo, though. First up is Mo Salah, who is gameweek 12’s most expensive fantasy asset on FanTeam as the Reds are up for a visit to Craven Cottage. The Egyptian has already scored 9 times and provided 3 assists in the Premier League this season, and he was also on target against Midtjylland in the mid-week Champions League game on Wednesday. A relative downside to selecting (and captaining) Salah is that manager Jurgen Klopp let him complete the 90 minutes on Wednesday, which could lead to a rest against Fulham on Sunday. Personally, we think he’ll start, but do keep an eye on Liverpool team news.

The advantage of picking his partner in crime Sadio Mané is that the Senegalese forward is practically certain to start against the Cottagers. He was benched for the game against Midtjylland and came on in the 87th minute for Diogo Jota, so we’re expecting him in the starting eleven on Sunday. Mané has not been keeping up with Salah as much as in previous seasons so far, but he has still recorded 4 goals and 4 assists in 10 Premier League appearances. In Fulham, he is facing the second-leakiest defence in the league as Scott Parker’s men have already conceded 21 goals in 11 games.

In case one of our two Liverpool stars is not starting, FanTeam’s Safety Net will automatically bring in midfield replacements.

ATTACK

We have gone with a heavy attack this week, starting with Tottenham’s very own Harry Kane. As a result of his away game against Crystal Palace, he is the third-most expensive forward in the game this weekend, but with good reason. In 11 Premier League games, the England number nine has already scored 8 goals and provided 10 assists, which is simply incredible. Only in gameweek 1 at home to Everton and in gameweek 10 at Stamford he failed to return, but the remaining 9 games resulted in a total of 99 FanTeam points, 24 more than number two amongst forwards Dominic Calvert-Lewin. Sunday’s opponents Palace have enjoyed a decent start to the 2020-21 campaign, but Kane and the rest of José Mourinho’s Spurs will likely prove to be a bit too much for them.

The man on fire is joined in attack by Danny Ings, who returned to footballing action in style by scoring the winning goal for Southampton from the penalty spot last weekend against Brighton. He was brought on by manager Ralph Hasenhüttl at the start of the second half after missing about 3.5 games due to injury and immediately showed how much better an already in-form Soton can be with him in front. This weekend, the Saints are welcoming Sheffield United to Saint Mary’s and the Blades are in trouble. They have taken just a single point from their first 11 league games and they managed to net just five times over that period. The worst start for any team in the history of the Premier League. With low confidence, a malfunctioning attack and a leaky defence, a Danny Ings looking to make up for lost time is the last person they’ll want to face.

Finally, Callum Wilson. We already briefly mentioned him when discussing his team mate Jamal Lewis as defensive pick for gameweek 12. The former Bournemouth striker has made himself invaluable to Newcastle in just a few months time by being directly involved in an unbelievable 83% of their goals so far. With 7 goals and 3 assists in just nine league appearances, the England international is performing at an impressive rate and looks like a no-brainer for the home game against West Brom on Saturday. The Baggies came off conceding five against Palace, so a few more against Newcastle would not be surprising.

FanTeam 2020-21: €100K Weekly Monster – Gameweek 11

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 (€100k prize pool) Main Event. The winner takes home a cool €10,000. FanTeam also offer a €2 entry Weekly Monster with a lower prize pool for those who prefer to play with lower stakes.

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.

Fixtures for the GW11 Monster:

Our team suggestion for the Weekly Monster in gameweek 9

Formation: 3-4-3

General approach

On FanTeam, it’s another €100K prize pool for fantasy Premier League managers this gameweek, the second one in a row. In comparison, the budget was slightly lowered from 110M to 105M, but we managed to put together a relatively balanced team in terms of budget and expectations. On paper, at least. We’ve focused on goals (and clean sheets) for this one, in combination with some mid-week European duties that could have serious impact on this weekend’s performances.

The core of our squad consists of Manchester City and West Ham players, with three fantasy picks from each roster. We have added two double-ups to these six, with two players from Spurs and Burnley each, and topped it off with a defender who we feel represents decent value and potential for this round.

MANCHESTER CITY

First of all, there is Man City, the obvious favourite for fantasy managers this gameweek as they host Fulham at the Etihad. The Cottagers booked a major victory against Leicester in London last weekend, which will have done their confidence a world of good, but we find it hard to imagine another upset taking place against Pep Guardiola’s men. The men in skyblue have not been at their usual best yet this season, at least in an attacking sense, but they did show a glimpse of what they are capable of against Burnley in gameweek 10.

The 5-0 drubbing against the Clarets was especially favourable for those fantasy managers who put their faith in Riyad Mahrez and Kevin de Bruyne. The former bagged a hattrick and a delicious 20 FT points, while the latter recorded 11 FT points, courtesy of 2 assists. For this week, we have included both in our squad, despite their sky-high prices. As a matter of fact, they are the two most expensive players for gameweek 11, but we feel they’ll be worth it. The Belgian is our captain, the Algerian our vice-captain.

We decided to go all-in on City by also selecting forward Gabriel Jesus, the third most expensive asset in the FanTeam Gameweek 11 €100K Weekly Monster tournament. He looks set to start against Fulham and it looks like a good opportunity for him to work on his current tallies. With just 2 goals and a single assist to his name so far, his start to the Premier League season has been somewhat underwhelming. No team has conceded more than Fulham’s 19 goals in 10 games so far, which bodes well for our Man City trio.

WEST HAM

Where our bet on Man City at home against Fulham is in reality quite straight forward, our triple-up on West Ham is quite a bit more risky. The Hammers are hosting Manchester giants United on Saturday. The home side currently sits in 5th place in the league though, while the visitors find themselves in 9th, but with just 1 point less and a game in hand. Nevertheless we feel that this weekend could be a great moment for West Ham to book a victory against the Red Devils. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men have been a bit hot and cold so far this season, and on top of that, they have just come off a disappointing home loss against PSG in the Champions League. As a result, United, Leipzig and PSG all have 9 points now, which means that the Mancunians need to win in Germany next week to avoid elimination (assuming PSG beat Istanbul Basaksehir at home to qualify).

This is likely to have an impact on the team’s starting lineup, substitute management and maybe even mindset/attitude when they visit London Stadium this weekend. This is why we have chosen three West Ham players for our gameweek 11 squad, starting with midfielders Jarrod Bowen and Pablo Fornals. The former was the man of the match last weekend against Aston Villa with a goal and an assist, while the latter has been a mainstay in manager David Moyes’ starting eleven this season. The Spaniard has already scored 2 goals and 4 assists over the 2020-21 Premier League campaign.

Our third Hammer is their striker, Michail Antonio. The English striker returned from injury last weekend and looked a bit rusty still. He was replaced at half-time by Sebastien Haller, who made another good impression despite not recording an attacking return in 45 minutes of playing time. Still, we think that Antonio will once again lead the line in GW11 as he is working back to full match fitness, but even if he doesn’t, FanTeam’s Safety Net will replace him with Haller in our team. In any case, our team will feature West Ham’s starting striker as they take on a United side in the middle of a hectic period.

SPURS

This weekend, it’s also London derby time and we have selected two players from the home team, two defenders to be exact. Tottenham are hosting Arsenal on Sunday and the Gunners are going through an extremely dry spell at the moment. While they are not awful defensively, they have managed to score just twice themselves in the past six gameweeks. That’s a very worrying statistic, especially considering the fact that José Mourinho’s Spurs currently boast the Premier League’s most solid defence.

That’s the reason why we picked both left-back Sergio Reguilón and right-back Serge Aurier for our FanTeam €100 Weekly Monster squad. At 8.4M and 8.2M respectively, they are amongst the three most expensive Spurs defenders this week, which also grants us some security from the Safety Net, particularly with Reguilon facing a fitness battle to be ready. Should any of the two not start on Sunday, then the likes of Matt Doherty, Toby Alderweireld and Davinson Sanchez will come into the team.

BURNLEY

By selecting two Burnley assets, we have taken a bit of a gamble mainly based on their opponent’s recent form. The Clarets are hosting Everton this weekend, which on paper looks like a very difficult game, but the Toffees have actually lost a bit of their shine since the start of the season. They got off to a great start by taking 13 of the first 15 points, but in the five games after that, they took just three points. Only the away game against Fulham in gameweek 9 won, while the games versus Southampton, Newcastle, Man United and Leeds resulted in defeats. Carlo Ancelotti’s men conceded 10 goals over that same period.

Now, Burnley is far from a goal-scoring machine and they are just coming off a serious 5-0 defeat against United’s skyblue city neighbours, but we feel an upset could be on the cards here. In any case, it doesn’t look like it will be a walk in the park for the Toffees against a Burnley side that is slowly improving. Considering Everton’s defensive weakness, we have gone with Clarets striker Chris Wood, who might cause some serious issues with his physique and movements. If Sean Dyche’s manage to create some offensive danger, the New Zealand international is likely to be involved. The second Claret is goalkeeper Nick Pope, an excellent shot stopper who will hopefully at least rack up a few save points.

EXTRA

To complete our 11-men squad, we needed one more defender and we had a bit of budget left, so we ended up fitting in Wesley Fofana. Leicester are visiting Sheffield United on Sunday and the Foxes are in real need of a victory after two consecutive defeats, including the surprise defeat at the hands of Fulham at Craven Cottage last weekend. Sheffield United have had a horrid start to the season with just 1 point from the first ten league games and just 4 goals to their name. In theory, a win and a clean sheet should be possible for Leicester and Fofana.