FanTeam 2020-21: £27k Season Finale – Gameweek 38 preview

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

Our FISO team below will be entered into this week’s £4.50 entry Season Finale with £9,000 on offer to the winner bringing plenty of excitement to Sunday’s Premier League action. 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 3 Defenders, which would see you incur just 2 single-point deductions if you nail both clean sheets correctly.

Our team entered in the Season Finale in gameweek 38

With all 20 teams kicking-off at 4pm on Sunday and team news available for an hour beforehand, there will be no need to second guess team line-ups. Our 11 players will be made up from Man City, Spurs, Burnley and West Ham.

Man City

Man City should bounce back from their surprise defeat during the week, despite having their focus on the Champions League final. Torres (who was unlucky to be the sacrificial sub early in GW37 after Cancelo’s red card), KDB (proving his match fitness) and either Jesus or Aguero should make up our Man City 3.

Spurs

On paper a tough fixture at 5th placed Leicester for 7th placed Spurs after another defeat in GW37 (against Aston Villa) but that does mean Spurs players are priced lower than normal. Kane will be keen to get on the score sheet in his duel with Salah for the Golden Boot and we expect Son and Bale to support him in that quest in what could be his final game for Spurs.

Burnley

The bottom placed club, Sheffield United, take on Burnley in their final match which gives Chris Wood a good chance of adding to his late season goal glut. Pope (likely to be fit) and Tarkowski also have a more than decent chance of keeping a clean sheet against goal-shy Sheffield.

West Ham

Finally, we’re going with full-backs Cresswell and Coufal to keep Southampton at bay and perhaps get an assist or two in the Hammers’ quest for European football next season.

FPL Season 2020-21: Gameweek 38 preview

“Is Mo Salah taking the Golden Boot at Anfield on Sunday or will it be Kane at the King Power?”

The day has finally arrived. The final gameweek of what has probably been the craziest, most unpredictable Premier League and FPL season in (recent) memory. The COVID-19 pandemic, the Super League wannabe-coup, a few weather postponements and the usual entertainment that is the Premier League made this one of the most challenging seasons for FPL managers all over the world.

Even though the champions have been crowned already and the relegated teams have been determined, there is still quite a lot to play for on this final game day:

Top four finish (+ 5th place)Chelsea, Liverpool, Leicester
6th place (Europa League)West Ham, Spurs (3 points behind), Everton (but goal difference inferior by 8 compared to Hammers)
7th place (Conference League)Arsenal, Leeds

Enjoy the last round of Premier League fixtures of this 2020/21 campaign and we hope that you’ve enjoyed our gameweek previews again this season. To those who have read them, occasionally or every week, thank you! We appreciate it and we hope that it made your FPL season just a little bit better. It’s been a pleasure and count on us being back for the build-up to the 2021/22 season with detailed team and season previews to give you that edge right from the start.

Don’t forget, the deadline for gameweek 38 is set at 14h30 (UK time) on Sunday, May 23rd.

Also do 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 transfer(s).

Most transferred in/transferred out players (as per May 21st, 2021)


TRANSFERS OUTTRANSFERS INPOSSIBLE REASONS
GKMartinez (AST), Pope (BUR), Meslier (LEE)Alisson (LIV), Meslier (LEE), Mendy (CHE)GW38 fixtures
DEFCancelo (CIT), Dias (CIT), Digne (EVE)Alexander-Arnold (LIV), Dallas (LEE), Robertson (LIV)GW38 fixtures, Cancelo red card
MIDJota (LIV), Gündogan (CIT), Son (TOT)Salah (LIV), Willock (NEW), Harrison (LEE)GW38 fixtures, Jota injury
FORCalvert-Lewin (EVE), Kane (TOT), Watkins (AST)Bamford (LEE), Wood (BUR), Firmino (LIV)GW38 fixtures

Premium pick

We had big hopes for Mo Salah (£12.9m) last weekend against a Burnley side on the way to the beach, but we were disappointed. Three Liverpool goals, but no direct involvement from the Egyptian saw him record just 3 FPL points. Also, it meant that he is still on par for the Golden Boot with Harry Kane, who blanked as well. Both are on 22 goals and it might come down to the very final day of the season to decide who will be this year’s sharpest shooter. That’s also why we are repeating Salah as our stand-out premium fantasy pick for gameweek 38. The Reds are facing Crystal Palace at home and they need a win to secure Champions League football next season, so we’re assuming Momo is going to get plenty of chances to clinch both a top-4 spot and the top scorer’s title.

Non-premium picks

Our first non-premium fantasy pick then is Patrick Bamford (£6.6m), who has represented exceptional value this season. Starting at £5.5 million, the Leeds striker currently has 16 goals and 11 assists to his name, which is outstanding. He added a goal and an assist to those totals last weekend against Southampton for a 12-point haul. Leeds seem to be playing their own attacking game until the end and Bamfy is as nailed-on as they come as their main man up front. They are facing relegated West Brom at Elland Road on Sunday and it’s interesting to note that Bamford recorded a brace of assists against them back in gameweek 16. This time around, the Baggies have nothing left to play for. All this probably explains why the Leeds man is currently the most transferred-in forward in the build-up to GW38.

The thing about Michail Antonio (£6.6m) in GW38 is that he is nailed-on as a striker in a team that needs a result in order to secure European football for next season. He came off the pitch last weekend with a goal and 3 bonus points against West Brom, which brought his totals to 10 goals, 5 assists and 116 FPL points for the Premier League season. Over the last six games, Antonio ranks first amongst strikers for expected goals and second amongst strikers for expected goal involvement (so goal or assist). The Hammers are hosting Southampton on Sunday and with the Saints having nothing left to play for but honour, we can see the English striker getting a lot of opportunities in this one.

The budget enabler

A goal in each of his last 6 games, a price tag of just £4.8 million and a current ownership of just 2.8% That must be a mistake, right? Well, it isn’t, because with his winning goal against Sheffield United last weekend, Joe Willock became the youngest player in Premier League history to achieve that feat and just the third Newcastle player to do so, after Papiss Cissé and a certain Alan Shearer. Away at Craven Cottage on Sunday, he can even join Alan Shearer as the only Magpie with 7 consecutive games with a goal, which makes him an interesting budget-enabler for those FPL managers considering a major final match day move to surge up the rankings. Since securing safety, Newcastle are fourth amongst all teams when it comes to expected goals, while Fulham are seventh worst for expected goals conceded. Sounds like a really interesting match-up for a last day of the season, if you ask us.

A differential pick or two

One important thing to keep in mind when it comes to Manchester United this gameweek is that three days later, they are playing the Europa League final. Combine that with the fact that they have secured second place in the league already and it’s not hard to imagine there will be some changes to the United side turning up at Molineux on Sunday. That creates room for punts and we picked Alex Telles (£5.3m) as an interesting target. First-choice left-back Luke Shaw will likely be rested for the clash with Wolves, which opens the doors for the Portuguese set-piece specialist to show his skills. Wolves are not the same when it comes to defending set-pieces without Willy Boly and at the same time, they struggle up front as well. Just 7 goals in the last ten games is not a very scary total. Telles sits in just 0.5% of all teams at the moment.

Last weekend, our premium pick Salah did not deliver, but his team mate (and one of our differential picks for GW37) Sadio Mané (£11.6m) did. The Senegalese international recorded 6 FPL points, courtesy of an assist and a clean sheet, after giving an assist in GW36 as well. With Diogo Jota confirmed out, Mané will start up front with Salah and Firmino against Crystal Palace at Anfield, and with the Reds needing a win to secure Champions League football, we see few better differential options than Mané. He has gone a little bit under the radar this season as all all eyes were on Salah for a similar price tag, but the winger has still amassed 9 goals and 11 assists in the league after 37 games. He sits in just 6.7% of all teams, so a straight swap for, for example, a premium European-final-bound United or City asset is a ballsy, but potentially very rewarding move.

The captaincy

For our captaincy decision this week, we went between the two battlers for the Golden Boot, Harry Kane and Mo Salah, and we’ve ended up choosing the latter. Liverpool have much more to play for, they are a better team and a much more favourable fixture. Kane is, of course, completely fixture-proof and having an incredible season with 22 goals and 13 assists in the Premier League alone, but we’re expecting Salah to outperform him and win the topscorer’s title.

These two players will probably be the most popular GW38 captain picks this week, but an outfield captain could be rewarding as well, especially for the FPL managers still in a close race for first spot in their mini-leagues. The likes of Patrick Bamford at home to West Brom, Sadio Mané at home to Crystal Palace and Antonio against Southampton could all deliver this weekend. Even Burnley’s Chris Wood can be considered for the Clarets’ away game against Sheffield United, as the New Zealand striker has 5 goals and 1 assist to his name from the last five games.

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FPL Season 2020-21: Gameweek 37 preview

“A major clash for the European spots on Tuesday night: Chelsea vs Leicester at Stamford Bridge”

There are just two rounds left of the 2020-21 Premier League campaign and while both the champions (Manchester City) and the relegated sides (Sheffield United, West Brom, Fulham) are confirmed by now, there is still plenty left to be decided when it comes to the European spots for next season. Gameweek 37 will likely bring about a lot of conclusions in that area. Considering how shambolic the final gameweek of an FPL season can be, due to lack of incentives and increased rotation and the like, it might not be the worst move to roll a transfer in GW37, assuming your squad can handle it.

After a spectacular double-triple gameweek 35 and a blank gameweek 36, GW37 is bringing us back to normal in more than one way. Not only does the round feature a standard ten fixtures, but it also sees (limited) crowds return to the English stadiums after more than a year away. What effect is that going to have on the season’s final two rounds? It could give this round’s already favourable home encounters for Manchester United (vs Fulham), Everton (vs Wolves) and Newcastle (vs Sheffield United) an extra edge, for example. The same might happen for some of the underdogs playing at home next, like West Brom (hosting West Ham), Burnley (hosting Liverpool) and even Brighton (hosting Man City).

In any case, don’t forget, the deadline for gameweek 37 is set at 16h30 (UK time) tomorrow Tuesday, May 18th.

Also do 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 transfer(s).

Most transferred in/transferred out players (as per May 17th, 2021)


TRANSFERS OUTTRANSFERS INPOSSIBLE REASONS
GKMartinez (AST), Pope (BUR), Ederson (CIT)Meslier (LEE), Alisson (LIV), Mendy (CHE)Final 2 fixtures, Pope possible injury
DEFDias (CIT), Dunk (BRI), Maguire (UTD)Alexander-Arnold (LIV), Dallas (LEE), Wan-Bissaka (UTD)Final 2 fixtures, Dallas OoP, TAA attacking returns, Maguire injury
MIDJota (LIV), Lingard (WHU), Son (TOT)Greenwood (UTD), Torres (CIT), Harrison (LEE)Final 2 fixtures, Greenwood & Torres form, Jota injury
FORWatkins (AST), Iheanacho (LEI), Calvert-Lewin (EVE)Antonio (WHU), Bamford (LEE), Cavani (UTD)Final 2 fixtures, Leicester fixtures difficult

Premium pick

It was, of course, goalkeeper Alisson Becker who grabbed all of the headlines when he scored his crucial winning header in the 5th minute of extra time against West Brom, but for FPL managers, what happened about an hour earlier was of more interest to the majority. In the 33rd minute, Mo Salah (£12.8m) put Liverpool ahead with his 22nd goal of the season and his 5th over the last seven PL outings. Considering the form he is currently in, the fact that he is co-leading the Golden Boot race, Liverpool’s ongoing battle for a top-4 finish and the Reds’ favourable remaining two fixtures, the Egyptian forward is a premium asset you want to own for the final bit. Next up is a visit to Turf Moor.

Non-premium picks

From a fantasy point of view, gameweek 37’s outstanding fixture is Manchester United versus Fulham at Old Trafford. Where the visitors have already been relegated, the Red Devils need a victory to definitely secure second place. Doing so will mean that manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can fully focus on the upcoming Europa League final, just three days after their final league game at Molineux. Expect there to be plenty of rotation at United for the last two games of the season, but we think Mason Greenwood (£7.2m) is a hard-to-ignore transfer target. The youngster is in blistering form with 6 goals and 1 assist from his last 7 league games, and he was largely rested during United’s last game. We expect this to be a one-sided affair that the Mancunians will want to wrap as quickly as they can and Greenwood should be there to help make it happen.

It’s very possible if you are one of the FPL managers who had the foresight at the start of this season to select Patrick Bamford (£6.5m), that the Leeds striker will end up being in your squad from start to end. He started the season at a very friendly price of £5.5m and has made a mockery of that tag since, scoring 15 goals and providing 10 assists for a total of 176 FPL points. Bamfy is less productive than during the first half of the season, but the return of Raphinha should have a very positive impact on Leeds’ attacking play and the chances their striker will get. He was unfortunate to come off in the 57th minute against Burnley in the weekend, but manager Marcelo Bielso does not tend to tinker much with his starting lineups. Despite Rodrigo’s excellent two goals in GW36. Bamford should head the Leeds attack for the remaining two fixtures, Southampton away followed by West Brom at home, and with him on penalties as well, a finish in style of an excellent season could be on the cards for the Forward.

The budget enabler

We’re sticking with the Whites for our budget enabler this week, as Raphinha (£5.5m) combines the previously mentioned favourable fixtures with a ridiculously low price tag and a key creative role in an attacking Leeds side. The Brazilian winger returned to fitness as a substitute in GW35 against Leeds and immediately provided an assist. Last weekend, he was back into the starting eleven and once again gave an assist, his 9th of the season on top of his 6 goals. Up next are Southampton at Saint Mary’s, which should be a pretty open game, followed by West Brom at Elland Road to finish a more than decent return season to the Premier League. An attacking return or two for Raphinha over those two fixtures looks to be on the cards.

A differential pick or two

Joe Willock (£4.7m) is our first differential fantasy pick for gameweek 37. Despite scoring an incredible 5 goals in just 213 minutes of playing time over the last seven Premier League games for Newcastle, the Arsenal academy graduate is currently still owned by just 0.9% of FPL managers. Steve Bruce’s men recently secured another year of Premier League action, so it will remain to be seen how the Magpies will turn up for their last two games, but with Sheffield United (home) and Fulham (away) they have a very appealing final stretch on the agenda. Willock is currently the man in form for Newcastle, which makes it hard to imagine him not starting against both of the already relegated sides. He could be a very shrewd option as budget-friendly differential fifth midfielder for any squad.

Our second differential pick is a major one, both in terms of name and differential value. Much unlike what we had gotten used to from him over the past years, Sadio Mané (£11.7m) has had a relatively quiet 2020-21 campaign. Still, for a player of his quality, that means that he currently has 9 goals and 10 assists to his name. Acceptable tallies, but we know that he can do much better. In any case, with Diogo Jota out for the rest of the season, Mané will get the chance to work on his stats against Burnley and Crystal Palace, and help Liverpool to a Champions League spot in the process. His current ownership of just 5.9% makes him a differential with a enormously high ceiling over the coming games.

The captaincy

Based on goal-scoring form, fixtures, and the fact that Liverpool are still fighting for a Champions League spot while Salah is tied with Harry Kane atop the top scorer’s chart, we’re putting the captain’s armband on the Egyptian superstar’s upper arm. Upcoming opponents Burnley shipped a surprising 4 goals at their own ground against Leeds over the weekend, which does not bode well for the Clarets defence when Liverpool drop by on Wednesday.
Salah’s main rival for the armband this round will be Bruno Fernandes, whose Manchester United side are hosting Fulham on Tuesday. Mason Greenwood and Edinson Cavani are interesting differential picks for the captaincy. The same goes for Michail Antonio away against West Brom, Dominic Calvert-Lewin at home versus Wolves, and mega differential captaincy pick Joe Willock.

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FanTeam 2020-21: Monster to SCOFF €500K Final – Gameweek 36 preview

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

Our FISO team below will be entered into this week’s £18 entry. The top 50 places gain an entry to the Spring Championship of Fantasy Fottball (SCOFF) €500K Final and each place is worth €1,100 and brings excitement to the weekend Premier League action. 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 3 Defenders, which would see you incur just 2 single-point deductions if you nail both clean sheets correctly.

Gameweek 36 Weekly Monster matches

Our team entered in the Weekly Monster in gameweek 36

Liverpool, Everton and Spurs players are the highest priced players this weekend which is the final one before the Spring Championship of Fantasy Fottball (SCOFF) €500K Final takes place over GWs 37 and 38. The top 50 places in the GW36 Monster gain a free entry to the SCOFF Final which itself has a massive 1st place prize of €100K. We’re favouring the teams playing the already relegated clubs (Everton at home to Sheffield Utd, Liverpool away to WBA & Southampton at home to Fulham) and then filling the final spots with the budget players from Wolves who take on Spurs.

Liverpool

The race is on for 4th spot! After sweeping aside leggy Man Utd last night 4-2 to make it 3 wins and 2 draws in the last 5 games, 5th placed Liverpool are now just 4 points behind Chelsea with a game in hand. WBA are already relegated and have lost 2 and drawn 2 in their last 4. We’re putting the top priced midfielder (Salah as captain) and the top priced defenders (TAA and Robinson) into our squad.

Southampton

The 14th placed Saints welcomed back Danny Ings from injury in GW35 who promptly helped himself to 2 goals and Southampton a 3-1 win after a poor run of recent results. Relegated Fulham have 1 draw and 4 losses in their last 5. We’ve selected Ings, Armstrong and Ward-Prowse (VC) for goals and assists in an expected win for the home side.

Everton

Sheffield United have been by far and away the worst side in the EPL this season and they travel to Goodison Park to face 8th placed Everton who have only lost one in their last 5. Goal shy Sheffield are unlikely to score against the Toffees and so we’re taking a punt that the attacking full-backs Digne and Coleman get clean sheets and an assist or two.

Wolves

The above selections leave us with very little budget left but it’s quite possible for 12th placed Wolves to spring a surprise on the inconsistent Spurs who sit in 7th a full 8 points behind 4th placed Chelsea with one game in hand. Two wins and two losses in their last 5 matches sums up Spurs whilst Wolves are on a better run with 3 wins and a draw in the last 5. Goalkeeper, Patricio, plus winger Traore and forward Silva complete our team.

FPL Season 2020-21: Gameweek 36 preview

“Manchester City can officially become Premier League champions at St. James’ Park if they beat Newcastle on Friday” (CC by 2.0). Image by Yellow Book ltd.

We now have just three gameweeks to go until the end of the 2020-21 Premier League campaign and after the double gameweek 35, we now have to deal with a blank gameweek. Even though just four teams are blanking this FPL round, those four teams do contain more than a few popular fantasy assets:

BLANK GW36
Arsenal
Chelsea
Leicester
Manchester United

This means that highly-owned players such as Bruno Fernandes, Luke Shaw and Kelechi Iheanacho will all be missing out. Gameweek 36 is nonetheless offering a fixture set full of potential for FPL managers. In terms of favourable fixtures, Everton’s home game against Sheffield United, Liverpool’s visit to the Hawthornes, and Southampton hosting Leeds look enticing. If you’re willing to deal with extreme rotation risk, even Man City’s away game at Newcastle, their potential championship-winning game, could be interesting as well.

In any case, don’t forget, the deadline for gameweek 36 is set at 18h30 (UK time) on Friday, May 14th.

Also do 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 transfer(s).

Most transferred in/transferred out players (as per May 12th, 2021)


TRANSFERS OUTTRANSFERS INPOSSIBLE REASONS
GKMartinez (AST), Schmeichel (LEI), Mendy (CHE)Meslier (LEE), Mendy (CHE), Ederson (CIT)BGW36, Leeds fixtures
DEFDunk (BRI), Castagne (LEI), Shaw (UTD)Dallas (LEE), Coufal (WHU), Alexander-Arnold (LIV)BGW36, Dunk red card
MIDBruno (UTD), Mount (CHE), Rashford (UTD)Son (TOT), Salah (LIV), Raphinha (LEE)BGW36, Leeds and Liverpool fixtures
FORIheanacho (LEI), Vardy (LEI), Watkins (AST)Bamford (LEE), Calvert-Lewin (EVE), Antonio (WHU)BGW36, Leeds and West Ham fixtures

Premium pick

Our premium fantasy pick for gameweek 36 is largely focused on fixture, though Mo Salah (£12.7m) is considered as one of those elite players who can deliver big regardless of the opposition. This coming Sunday the Reds are visiting West Brom for what’s one of the weekend’s juiciest fixtures. Whilst the Baggies have just been relegated, Liverpool are still battling for a Champions League spot and Mo Salah is just one goal behind Harry Kane in the domestic Golden Boot race. In other words, a clash of interests and one that could lead to a big haul for Salah. With 20 goals and 5 assists so far, the Egyptian star man reached the 200-point mark in FPL for the fourth consecutive season after his assist against Southampton in GW35 and he is now facing the league’s worst defence. We’re expecting an all-out attack Liverpool with Mo at the centre of it for this one.

Non-premium picks

Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.6m) finds himself in a similar boat as Salah, in the sense that, like the Liverpool star, the Everton striker still has plenty to play for in these final games of the 2020-21 Premier League campaign. As a team, the Toffees are just two points off the top six with three games to go. As an individual player, DCL has had a brilliant season so far, and he will want to use the last few games of the season to work on his current tallies (16 goals, 6 assists)) and definitely confirm his spot in England’s squad for the upcoming European Championship. He still has one game of his double gameweek 35 to go (Villa away on Thursday evening) and after that, he will be facing relegated Sheffield United at Goodison Park on Sunday. The Blades have conceded 62 goals in 35 league games this season, including two at home against Palace last weekend, and DCL could add to those sub-par numbers this weekend.

Selecting Danny Ings (£8.4m) as our second non-premium fantasy pick might feel a bit like we’re chasing the points after his brace against Crystal Palace this week, but we prefer to see it more as jumping on a proven goalscorer who returned from injury in style and who has a couple of interesting games coming up next. In gameweek 35, the Southampton forward netted twice for a total of 13 FPL points and stayed on the pitch for 75 minutes. Up next are Fulham on Saturday followed by a game against Leeds, both at Saint Mary’s. It’s true that Southampton have not much left to play for this season and Ings does pose a constant injury threat to any managerial plans, but the 28-year old could very well be bringing in more FPL points over the coming days.

The budget enabler

Most FPL managers are well aware of the fact that Fantasy Premier League management comes with an additional risk to be taken into account when selecting squads towards the end of the season. As the final game nears, more and more teams will be “on the beach”, as they say, meaning that those teams no longer have anything to play for in the league (other than some EPL finishing places cash) and whose results are therefore now even less predictable than usual. One of the teams to which this theory could be applied is Leeds, who are currently in tenth place, seven points off the top six with three games to go. Still, the Whites did not show any signs of slowing down against Spurs in GW35 and they have one of the most favourable fixture calendars until the end of the season with Southampton away and West Brom at home following this weekend’s game at Turf Moor. That’s why we have gone with Raphinha (£5.4m) as our budget enabler of the week. The Brazilian winger missed a few weeks due to injury, but returned with an assist and 4 FPL points against Spurs last Saturday. That brought his totals for the seasons to 6 goals and 8 assists from 24 starts in the league. In our opinion, considering all of the above, Raphinha is criminally under-owned at the moment.

A differential pick or two

After 5 goals and 1 assist in his last three league outings, and 8 goals and 3 assists in his last eight outings, Chris Wood (£6.4m) has made a very deserved return to our weekly gameweek preview, in the differential category this time. The Burnley forward is still owned by just 3.5% of FPL managers at the time of writing, while only Kelechi Iheanacho has managed to record a higher FPL points average than Wood over the past 30 days (8.25 points). To make matters even more interesting, Wood also has decent upcoming fixtures from a fantasy-forward-with-penalty-duties’ point of view: Leeds at home, Liverpool at home, Sheffield United away. Thanks to their important 0-2 victory over Fulham, which officially confirmed the Cottagers’ relegation, Burnley are now assured of at least one other season of Premier League action. Hopefully it will lead to a bit more freedom and a bit less pressure on the pitch for the final games, with a few more Wood goals as a result.

As our second differential fantasy pick for BGW36, we have gone with a defender who has made an excellent impression in his first year in the Premier League. Vladimir Coufal (£4.7m) has so far been part of 8 clean sheets for West Ham this season, while also providing no less than 8 assists. Only his team mate Aaron Cresswell and Everton defender Lucas Digne created more goals than the West Ham right-back amongst defender in the official fantasy game. With West Brom away and Southampton at home after this weekend’s encounter Brighton at the AmEx, there could be points at both ends of the pitch for Coufal. His ownership currently sits at 7.0%, which makes him an interesting and very much affordable differential option for the season’s final stages.

The captaincy

Naturally, the absence of Arsenal, Chelsea, Leicester and Man United in this blank gameweek somewhat limits the options for the captain’s armband, but our choice would have been Mo Salah in any case. The Egyptian forward is supposed to start every single game until the end in order to help Liverpool to a Champions League spot and himself to the Golden Boot, plus he is on penalties as well, and it’s West Brom at the Hawthornes this weekend for the Reds. We’re hoping for a bigtime Salah haul.

The fact that options are limited by the blanking teams does not mean that there are no other decent alternatives for the captaincy, though. Everton hosting Sheffield United brings Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison into the picture, for example. With Leeds visiting Burnley on Saturday, you could also opt for Bamford, while Southampton’s home encounter with relegated Fulham could be a favourable one for Danny Ings or even James Ward-Prowse.

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FanTeam 2020-21: £67.5k Weekly Monster – Gameweek 35 preview

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

Our FISO team below will be entered into both this week’s £18 entry (£67,500 prize pool) and the Weekly Monster Step 1 Satellite to €55 Step 2 SCOFF €500K Final [20 seats GTD]. The winner takes home a cool £6,750 (or £1,350 for the £1.80 entry lower stakes game) and brings excitement to the next 3 days of Premier League action. 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 3 Defenders, which would see you incur just 2 single-point deductions if you nail both clean sheets correctly.

Gameweek 35 Weekly Monster matches

Our team entered in the Weekly Monster in gameweek 35

After FanTeam refunded all entry fees for the GW34 Monster following the postponement of the Man Utd v Liverpool match, we head into GW35 with fingers crossed that all 8 matches in the ‘monster’ go-ahead.

FanTeam have priced Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United players as the most costly for GW35 with Salah the top-priced player at 14.6m who we have selected (as captain) along with the full-back pairing of TAA and Robertson in the expectation that their rest last weekend and pursuit of 4th place will lead to a win against Southampton. The Saints sit in 15th having only won 1 and drawn 1 in the last 5 whilst Liverpool are undefeated in the last 5 with 3 wins.

The 1st match in the ‘monster’ is the Sheffield Utd v Palace 3pm fixture and we’re taking 3 from the 13th placed Palace team who should win against bottom placed, and already relegated, Sheffield Utd. Zaha and Eze in midfield are complemented by full-back Mitchell and if any are missing from the starting line-up we will have an hour’s notice to make a swap. Zaha is our VC so we know we have a counting captain for the weekend.

The next fixture in the Monster is the Champions League final rehearsel of Man City v Chelsea and we are taking a punt that the Man City 1st team (or reserves) will out manoeuvre Chelsea to secure the Premier League title despite the Blues wish to secure their current 4th place position (and Champions League spot for 2021/22 in case they lose to City in the CL final). We’re taking Ederson to keep a clean sheet along with Cancelo (the most expensive City defender, so plenty of sub options if not starting) and Aguero (the most expensive City attacker) who is looking to sign off his Manchester stay in style.

Finally, to hopefully provide some excitement for the final match on Monday night we’ve filled the final two places with players from 16th placed Burnley who take on 18th placed Fulham who now stand 9 points away from safety. Neither side is in great form – Fulham just 1 point from their last 5 matches whilst Burnley have a 1 (big) win and 4 losses. Chris Wood is the form player from Burnley and we hope the talented Dwight McNeil will supply him with a cross for a goal or two. Fulham really do have to win otherwise face the Championship next season so perhaps more chances for Burnley to score.

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FPL Season 2020-21: Gameweek 35 preview

“Are we getting a preview of the next Champions League final at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening?” (CC by 4.0). Image by: Ank Kumar.

Ah, the European Super League. Some of the business men and women behind a few of Europe’s biggest (or should we say, most heavily financed?) clubs must have thought that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic had become a bit tame or repetitive, and that European football would benefit from a little excitement. A little encouraging stab in the back, if you will.

The plans did not go as hoped, though, and a few hours after the Super League announcement, the some clubs started to regret their back-room decision-making. We figured that would largely be it, bar some ongoing discussion about punishments and new rules, but the red side of Manchester still had a surprise up its sleeve. Last Sunday, instead of Manchester United vs Liverpool taking place at Old Trafford, thousands of fans invaded the pitch and the surrounding areas prior to the game to make a statement against the brilliantly worked out and marketed plans for a European Super League by a few club owners and financiers, including their own.

As far as FPL goes, this has further complicated what was already promising to be a heated end to the fantasy Premier League season. For details and explanations, be sure to check out Ben Crellin’s Twitter account (@BenCrellin). Below are the doubles (and the one treble!) taking place in gameweek 35:

DGW35Game 1Game 2Game 3
Aston VillaManchester United (H)Everton (H)
Crystal PalaceSheffield United (a)Southampton (a)
EvertonWest Ham (a)Aston Villa (a)
SouthamptonLiverpool (a)Crystal Palace (H)
Manchester UnitedAston Villa (a)Leicester (H)Liverpool (H)
LiverpoolSouthampton (H)Man Utd (a)
ArsenalWest Brom (H)Chelsea (a)
ChelseaManchester City (a)Arsenal (H)
LeicesterNewcastle (H)Manchester United (a)
TGW35 fixtures

In any case, don’t forget, the deadline for triple gameweek 35 is set at 18h30 (UK time) on Friday, May 7th.

Also do 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 transfer(s).

Most transferred in/transferred out players (as per May 6th, 2021)


TRANSFERS OUTTRANSFERS INPOSSIBLE REASONS
GKMartinez (AST), Lloris (TOT), Ederson (CIT)Guaita (CRY), Mendy (CHE), Henderson (UTD)TGW35
DEFDias (CIT), Stones (CIT), Cresswell (WHU),Shaw (UTD), AWB (UTD), Digne (EVE),TGW35, Stones red card
MIDGündogan (CIT), Son (TOT, Lingard (WH), Jota (LIV)JWP (SOU), Zaha (CRY), Greenwood, Rashford & Fernandes (all UTD)TGW35 for MU
FORBamford (LEE), Kane (TOT), Vardy (LEI)Calvert-Lewin (EVE),Iheanacho (LEI), Cavani (UTD), Watkins (AST)TGW35, Kane blank in GW34, Vardy less involved

Premium pick

We’re kicking this weekend’s fantasy recommendations off with one of the players who currently finds himself in the previously discussed fixture heaven. Bruno Fernandes (£11.5m) could be playing 3 times in GW35. Already owned by a massive 55% that percentage will only increase over the next 36 hours with Villa, Leicester and Liverpool all to play for Man United in one gameweek.

Non-premium picks

Another week, another return for Kelechi Iheanacho (£6.3m). The Leicester striker is in absolutely blistering form at the moment, which is why we keep including him in our gameweek previews. Since scoring back in GW26, the Nigerian recorded an incredible 8 goals and 2 assists for a total of 73 FPL points over that same period. As a matter of fact, the only blank he recorded over that run came at home against Man City in GW30. As far as the upcoming GW35 goes, Leicester has one of the more favourable double match-ups (Newcastle at home, Man United away) and with the Foxes still very much on route for a Champions League spot, this could be a big round for Nacho. At the moment, there is no striker in the English top flight who needs less minutes to score a goal than him (116 minutes per goal).

Speaking of favourable match-ups, Crystal Palace have probably the best upcoming schedule on paper with a double gameweek featuring away games against Sheffield United and West Ham followed by a home game against Aston Villa. The main problem, from an FPL point of view at least, is that the Eagles are rather mediocre, both defensively and offensively. As a result, there really is one man to consider for the double gameweek, apart from goalkeeper Vicente Guaita maybe, and that is the man around whom everything revolves in the Palace attack, Wilfried Zaha (£7.1m). The Ivorian forward is the team’s top scorer by some distance (10 goals and 4 assists) and he gets an extra FPL point for a clean sheet as well, which could be particularly relevant for the first encounter. Going for Palace and Zaha in GW35 is obviously a bit of a punt, but with the player’s 9,7% current ownership, it could be just what your fantasy team needs in these final weeks of the season.

The budget enabler

Our budget enabler for gameweek 35 could very well turn out to be one of the outstanding performers once the round is over. Despite a more than decent 8 goals and 6 assists to his name, James Ward-Prowse (£5.8m) is still a very much affordable midfielder in the official game. The 26-year old midfielder is Southampton’s captain as well as the team’s principal set-piece delivery man. Add to that the fact that the Saints are playing twice in gameweek 35 (Man United away, Palace home) without blanking in gameweek 36 and we wouldn’t be surprised to see him return soon. Manager Ralph Hasenhüttl’s men know that one more victory practically secures another season of Premier League action and after the good showing against Leicester in GW34, confidence and fixtures could be converging just at the right moment for FPL managers to bring in JWP.

A differential pick or two

Each season features a few players who, as the season advances, manage to play themselves back into their manager’s good graces and the team’s starting eleven. This season, Gylfi Sigurdsson (£6.9m) could be included in that category. The Icelandic midfielder started the 2020-21 somewhat on the fringes of the starting eleven, in big part due to the hyped arrival of James Rodriguez, but nowadays, he is a fixed part of Carlo Ancelotti’s attacking set-up at Everton. He started the last five games and takes care of a few set-pieces as well, especially now that the previously mentioned James is out with an injury. Sigurdsson has scored 6 goals and provided 4 assists already this season, which is not bad, but which are tallies on which he will want to build as well during DGW35, undoubtedly. West Ham and Aston Villa are no push-overs, especially not at their own grounds, but the Toffees are still eyeing those European spots as well, so Siggie could be an explosive differential (current ownership: 3%).

Since his return to fitness back in gameweek 32, James Maddison (£7.3m) has not managed yet to add a goal or an assist to his totals for the season (8 goals, 7 assists), which can be considered underwhelming knowing that he faced West Brom, Palace and Southampton since GW32. The English midfielder did not play badly though, and manager Brendan Rodgers’ considers him a fixed part of his starting eleven. On top of that and as stated earlier, Leicester are still fighting to maintain their current Champions League slot. On a more personal level, Maddison is fighting for a spot in England’s Euro “2020 in 2021” squad, which should only encourage him to perform better. Newcastle at home and direct rival Manchester United looks like a promising double gameweek 35 for Maddison and the rest of the Foxes, though keep in the back of your head that Leicester will also be playing the FA Cup final against Chelsea four days after the clash with United.

The captaincy

With a Man United triple gameweek, our armband this round has to go on a United player and we’re going going with the ever reliable Bruno Fernandes. Of course, there are some other good options as well from Manchester United such as Greenwood, Rashford or maybe one of the defenders (a central defender – Maguire – is more likely to play all 3 games in a row than a full-back – Shaw). Outside of Man United, man on fire Kelechi Iheanacho against Newcastle at home and Man United at Old Trafford looks interesting, as does the Nigerian’s team mate Jamie Vardy. With games against Villa and West Ham coming up, Everton attackers Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin could haul as well. In the “high risk, high reward” category for GW35, we can see, amongst other names, Wilfried Zaha (Sheffield United, Southampton, both away), Ollie Watkins (Man United, Everton, both home), and James Ward-Prowse (Liverpool away, Palace home).

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FanTeam 2020-21: £67.5k Weekly Monster – Gameweek 34 preview

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

Our FISO team below will be entered into both this week’s £18 entry (£67,500 prize pool) and the £1.80 entry (£11,250 prize pool) Weekly Monster. The winner takes home a cool £6,750 (or £1,350 for the £1.80 entry lower stakes game) and brings excitement to the next 3 days of Premier League action. 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 3 Defenders, which would see you incur just 2 single-point deductions if you nail both clean sheets correctly.

Gameweek 34 Weekly Monster matches

Our team entered in the Weekly Monster in gameweek 34

The highest priced assets for the GW34 are from 7th placed Spurs who take on already relegated Sheffield United in 20th place who pulled off a long-awaited win against Brighton in GW33. We will take 3 from Tottenham with the obligatory Kane, the mercurial Son and the Ivorian right-back Aurier. Spurs will be desperate for a win to help climb into a top 4 position which is 5 points away. Rather than the obvious move of captaining Kane, we’re putting the arm-band on Son.

12th placed Wolves had a disatrous GW33 losing 4-0 at home to Burnley after two previous wins. In GW34 they face 19th placed WBA who have recently found some form in front of goal resulting in 2 wins and a draw in their last 4 matches. We are placing our faith in Wolves to bounce back with a clean sheet and a win and speed merchant Traore along with the highest prices Wolves defenders, Saiss and Semedo, help balance the budget overspend on Spurs assets.

Leeds are now unbeaten in their last 5 matches moving them back up to 9th and in GW34 they face 17th placed Brighton who haven’t won in their last 4. This is also the 1st match in the GW34 Weekly Monster so line-ups will be known prior to the deadline however we’ve selected 3 players that definitely should be in the starting line-up: Goalkeeper Meslier, Defender (but playing in midfield) Dallas and up-front the effervescent Bamford.

That leaves two remaining spots and we’ve saved them for Jesse Lingard who can do little wrong since he was loaned to 5th placed West Ham where he also takes the penalties just as Aston Villa’s El Ghazi did for 11th placed Villa in their last match in GW33.

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FPL Season 2020-21: Gameweek 34 preview

“Derby time at Old Trafford on Sunday” (CC by 1.0). Image by Ank Kumar.

We’re currently moving through the business end of the 2020-21 Premier League campaign at lightning speed, with gameweek 34 kicking off on Friday evening once again. GW33 wasn’t a particularly outstanding round for many managers, with an average of 36 points. Of course, popular FPL fantasy assets like Harry Kane, Heung-Min Son and Kevin de Bruyne had a blank gameweek, but plenty of other much-selected players with a game blanked as well. The heavily owned likes of Bruno Fernandes, Jesse Lingard and Patrick Bamford failed to record any attacking returns, for example, while the top three of last week’s highest-scoring players features hattrick hero Chris Wood (20, owned by 2.5%), ‘man on fire’ Kelechi Iheanacho (12, owned by 22.8%) and Chelsea left-back Ben Chilwell (12, owned by 13.5%).

With just five gameweeks to go now until the end of the season, GW34 is going to be an interesting one. The eye catcher of the weekend is obviously the clash between traditional arch rivals Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon, though the West London derby between Chelsea and Fulham at Stamford Bridge a day earlier could give fireworks as well. From a purely FPL point of view, managers will be eyeing Spurs’ home encounter with relegated Sheffield United and Leicester’s visit to Southampton on Friday, while Palace vs Man City, Brighton vs Leeds and Burnley against West Ham have potential for serious FPL joy as well.

In any case, don’t forget, the deadline for gameweek 34 is set at 18h30 (UK time) on Friday, April 30th.

Also do 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 transfer(s).

Most transferred in/transferred out players (as per April 29th, 2021)


TRANSFERS OUTTRANSFERS INPOSSIBLE REASONS
GKMartinez (AST), Patricio (WOL), McCarthy (SOU)Meslier (LEE), Mendy (CHE), Ederson (CIT)
DEFStones (CIT), Cresswell (WHU), Keane (EVE)Dallas (LEE), Chilwell (CHE), Dias (CIT)Red card Stones, injury worries for Cresswell and Keane
MIDFernandes (UTD), Jota (LIV), Raphinha (LEE)Son (TOT), Pereira (WBA), Lingard (WHU)Fernandes form, Raphinha injury, Son fixtures, Lingard form
FORWatkins (AST), Vardy (LEI), Lacazette (ARS), Bamford (LEE)Iheanacho (LEI), Kane (TOT), Wood (BUR)Form of the incoming forwards, Lacazette injury

Premium pick

In gameweek 33, Harry Kane (£11.8m) became the single player to collect the most triple captain armbands in one round, in great part thanks to his double gameweek against Everton (away) and Southampton (home). With a brace versus Everton and a total of 12 FPL points, his start to GW33 was delightful, but an unfortunate ankle injury at the very end of the game made him miss the encounter with Southampton. A missed opportunity for the triple captainers, but still a decent haul. Up next are Sheffield United for the official game’s second-highest points scorer (218 FPL points) and with the Englishman back to fitness and currently owned by 45.1% of FPL managers, he will likely be amongst the most popular premium picks again this weekend. Kane has an incredible 21 goals and 13 assists to his name already, while the Blades have officially been relegated and boast one of the league’s leakiest defences. Looks like a bit of a no-brainer.

Non-premium picks

The stars of form and fixtures seem to be aligning for Jesse Lingard (£6.6m) this weekend, as the West Ham star is facing Burnley at Turf Moor this weekend. In truth, no away game at Burnley is ever a walk-over, especially not with the Clarets coming off a resounding 0-4 away victory over Wolves, but we can see this West Ham side coming away with a good result here. The Hammers are in the midst of a tense race for a Champions League spot for next season and as far Lingard himself is concerned, the Manchester United loanee is on fire. He got his first Premier League minutes of the season back in GW22, on his debut for West Ham, and has not looked back since. J-Lingz currently has 9 goals and 4 assists to his name for an average of no less than 7,5 FPL points per game as he quickly became the focal point of West Ham’s attacking moves and penalties. With games against Brighton, West Brom and Southampton still on the calendar after coming weekend’s encounter with Burnley, he could be a good signing until the end of the season.

After a returns drought of five gameweeks, Richarlison (£7.8m) got himself back into the points again last week with a lucky assist and 5 FPL points versus Arsenal, courtesy of a Bernd Leno howler. The fixture calendar looks quite favourable for Everton from now until the end of the season, with home games against Villa, Sheffield United and Wolves still to come in the final weeks of the season. What’s more, as one of four team’s so far, the Toffees look to have a double gameweek in 35, where they will play West Ham and Aston Villa away from home, and no blank in gameweek 36. First up are Aston Villa at the London Stadium though, which means a match between two sides still very much in the fight for a European ticket. Like Lingard earlier, Richarlison could be a set-and-forget signing for what’s left of the 2020-21 campaign.

The budget enabler

Since gameweek 26, Kelechi Iheanacho (£6.2m) has scored 9 goals and provided 1 assist for a total of 68 FPL points. What’s more, he has recorded three double-digit hauls in his last five outings, more than any other player in the official game over that same period. We featured him in our budget enabler section last week as well, but the Nigerian striker is in such form that we simply can’t ignore him for the coming weekend. At his current price of just £6.2m, he is an absolute steal and he has at least two favourable fixtures coming up next. This weekend, it’s a visit to Saint Mary’s followed by a home game against Newcastle in gameweek 35 (and possibly an away game against Man United if Leicester end up getting a double gameweek). Right now, Iheanacho is as nailed-on in Brendan Rodgers’ starting eleven as they come and the Foxes are still fighting to secure Champions League football next season, so he should definitely be on your watchlists, at least.

A differential pick or two

Under Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea have rapidly become an organised, hard-to-beat unit and despite the German coach’ tendency to rotate (especially now that the Blues are on the verge of the Champions League final), their roster features a few interesting FPL targets. One of them is central defender Antonio Rüdiger (£4.7m) who is a fixed started under Tuchel, but who seems to have gone somewhat under the FPL radar so far. Despite a rather good 10 clean sheets from his last 14 league starts, the German defender is still in just 6.6% of FPL teams. On top of that, his price tag is more than acceptable still. On Saturday, Chelsea are hosting almost-relegated West London rivals Fulham, who boast the least effective attack in the league after Sheffield United. This should be good news for Chelsea and makes Rüdiger into a nice differential for this weekend.

Our second differential fantasy pick for gameweek 34 is one who could provide considerable differential value over the short term. Eddie Nketiah (£5.3m) is currently owned by just 0.6% of FPL managers and he might be the only fit first-team striker for the Gunners when they visit Newcastle on Sunday. As the moment of writing, both Lacazette and Aubameyang are flagged in the official game, so we do advise to keep an eye on development in that area, seeing as Nketiah could be a very shrewd investment for your team in case the previously named duo’s absence is confirmed for the coming weekend as well. He scored against Fulham back in GW32 but blanked in the 73 minutes of playing time he got last weekend, so hopefully he’s found his scoring boots again for the clash with the Magpies.

The captaincy

With Harry Kane back to fitness and raring to secure the 2020-21 Premier League Golden Boot, and with Spurs in the middle of an intense battle for a top-four finish, we did not have to ponder too long about putting the GW34 captain’s armband on the English forward’s arm for gameweek 34. On top of that, Tottenham are hosting relegated Sheffield United on Sunday and despite the Blades having just booked their first victory since gameweek 26 by beating Brighton 1-0 in GW32, we’re betting on Kane to make the difference here.

He is, of course, not the only fantasy asset with haul potential in the Premier League this weekend. His team mate Heung-Min Son is obviously a very good alternative, while the Jamie Vardy and the on-fire Kelechi Ihaenacho look promising as well for their visit to Saint Mary’s this Friday. If you manage to guess the starting eleven in between two Champions League semi-finals, a Man City player against Palace at Selhurst Park could pay off handsomely. The same goes, to a certain extent, for Chelsea’s players and their home game against Fulham on Sunday. For the more risk-prone FPL managers amongst us, captaining Jesse Lingard versus Burnley or Richarlison against Aston Villa could see you soar up the ranks as well.

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FanTeam 2020-21: £45k Weekly Monster – Gameweek 33 preview

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

Our FISO team below will be entered into both this week’s £18 entry (£45,000 prize pool) and the £1.80 entry (£9,000 prize pool) Weekly Monster. The winner takes home a cool £4,500 (or £900 for the £1.80 entry lower stakes game) and brings excitement to the next 4 days of Premier League action. 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 3 Defenders, which would see you incur just 2 single-point deductions if you nail both clean sheets correctly.

Gameweek 33 £50K Weekly Monster matches

Our team entered in the Weekly Monster in gameweek 33

The Liverpool & Leicester attack are not surprisingly the highest priced players in GW33 which for a change starts on Friday night. Their matches, against Newcastle (15th with only 1 loss in the last 5) and Crystal Palace (13th with 2 losses in the last 5) respectively, are expected to go the way of the two clubs chasing a Champions League place for next season with Liverpool in 7th (with 3 wins and a draw in their last 4) and Leicester in 3rd (lost their last 2 matches but play WBA tonight and have a FA Cup Final next month). Salah (c) should be fresh after only 20 minutes against Leeds in their last match on Monday and TAA is back among the goals and assists recently at last. Iheanacho‘s form is hard to ignore and has combined well with Vardy (vc) in a new style 2 pronged Leicester attack.

Having spent a large proportion of our budget on 4 players from Liverpool and Leicester our next 3 are taken from mid-priced Wolves (12th having won their last 2 matches) who play Burnley (17th having lost their last 3 matches and are 1 place and 6 points away from a relegation spot). Traore has shown more of his potential with a goal and assist in his last 2 matches. Saiss and Semedo are the top priced Wolves defenders and a clean sheet against Burnley would be their 3rd successive shut-out.

Our 3 budget fillers come from the already relegated Sheffield United who have lost their last 5 matches and sit at the bottom of the EPL on a miserly 14 points. They play Brighton in 16th who have 2 wins and 2 draws in their last 5 to now sit 7 points away from the relegation zone. Their last 2 matches though have been 0-0 draws so our hope is that the Sheffield United defence including Goalkeeper Ramsdale and full-back Baldock, along with attacking midfielder Osborn can again prevent Brighton from scoring and maybe sneak a win in their first match since relegation was confirmed.

That leaves one spot and we’ve saved that for Mason Greenwood who has rediscovered his scoring touch and confidence. With Man United (2nd) playing Leeds (10th) there is a decent chance of a few goals.

Just £1.80 to enter for 4 days of EPL action & £9,000 of guaranteed prizes incl £900 to the winner!