FPL Season 2019/2020 – Gameweek 33+ Preview

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“This week, last season’s champions Man City are welcoming recently crowned champions Liverpool to the Etihad for the clash of the gameweek” (CC by 2.0). Image by Dom Fellowes.

At the time of writing this preview for gameweek 33+, which starts on Saturday, the final two games of gameweek 32+ are still to be played tonight, including the clash between Man City and Liverpool at the Etihad. Despite GW32+ being stretched out over six days, this still shows just how hectic the current Premier League schedule really is. The quick turn-around of games, plus the fitness consequences of the three-month break and the fact that more and more teams will have little left to play for as the season advances, further increases an already high risk of rotation for FPL managers. As a result, secure starters and an ample bench are rapidly growing in importance in the official game.

With Leicester, Man United, Wolves and Chelsea all given potentially favourable home games, and with Man City playing Southampton at Saint Mary’s, GW33+ has all the ingredients for a high-scoring round with multiple hauls causing plenty of green and red arrows all around. For those chasing in their mini-leagues, this means that it’s not too late yet. For those in the lead, it means it would be unwise start relaxing. Meanwhile, we have once again selected seven promising picks for your fantasy Premier League team.

Finally, don’t forget that the deadline for gameweek 33+ is set at 11h30 (UK time) on Saturday, July 4th, 2020.

Most transferred in/transferred out players (as per July 2nd, 2020)

 TRANSFERS OUTTRANSFERS INPOSSIBLE REASONS
GKLeno (Arsenal), Henderson (Sheffield), Schmeichel (Leicester)Pope (Burnley), Martinez (Arsenal), De Gea (Man United)Leno is injured while Henderson and Schmeichel have not delivered for a while. De Gea and Pope are good performers, whil Martinez is a cheap starter at Arsenal.
DEFLundstram (Sheffield), Kelly (Palace), Baldock (Sheffield)Wan-Bissaka (Man United), Doherty (Wolves), Saiss (Wolves)Sheffield United have a rough run of fixtures coming up and are not in great form, while Wolves and United boast two of the best defences in the league.
MIDGrealish (Villa), Maddison (Leicester), Traoré (Wolves)Fernandes (Man United), Martial (Man United), Pulisic (Chelsea)Non-delivering assets out, in-form United assets in, plus Pulisic has a good run coming of fixtures coming up.
FORVardy (Leicester), Aubameyang (Arsenal), Calvert-Lewin (Everton)Greenwood (Man United), Ings (Southampton), Rashford (Man United)Form plays a clear role in this trend, plus the appealing upcoming fixtures for United.

Premium fantasy picks

Even with Liverpool just becoming champions for the first time in 30 years and us not knowing the result yet of their game against City at the Etihad tonight, Mo Salah (£12.6m) has to be in your team or at least on top of your watchlist for next Sunday’s home game against Aston Villa. Especially when you consider the Egyptian forward is a prime candidate for this season’s Golden Boot. At the moment of writing, he sits on 17 goals, two less than leading scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and two more than team mate Sadio Mané. To the dismay of many an FPL manager, Salah missed the Merseyside Derby in gameweek 30+, but he made up for it with a goal and an assist against Palace a week later. Tonight’s game is definitely a challenging one for the Reds, but the Villa game should be a whole story. The Villans boast the division’s joint-worst defensive record (60 goals conceded in 32 games, like Norwich), while 2 goals and 2 points from four games since the return of football doesn’t indicate much form either. It’s true that they looked defensively more stable of late, but we’re still not betting against a Salah haul for this one.

We’re sticking to Liverpool for our second premium fantasy pick, as we feel Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.8m) could have a field day at Anfield on Sunday as well. Villa don’t just concede a lot of goals, they also score few goals themselves (36 goals in 32 games). At the same time, as part of the Liverpool backline this season, Alexander-Arnold has been part of 13 clean sheets. On top of that, he has 14 (!) assists and 3 goals to his name, as well as 21 bonus points. He is already more of a midfielder than a right-back at times and we expect him to get plenty of freedom on the right side against Villa, especially now that first-choice left-back Matt Targett is injured. We all know that freedom leads to opportunities and that’s what we’re hoping for with TAA, at both ends of the pitch.

Non-premium fantasy picks

Where Liverpool’s most popular fantasy players have been part of the premium category since match day 1, Manchester United’s assets have not. As a result of this and with the Red Devils quickly building up some serious end-of-season momentum, our two non-premium fantasy picks for gameweek 33+ belong to the red side of Manchester. They play a woeful and very relegation-threatened Bournemouth side on Saturday, and it’s just hard to not see them book a comfortable and possibly goal-laden victory there. The Cherries are currently nineteenth in the league and they haven’t won since Project Restart got underway. Equally worrying is the fact that they have scored just a single goal over that run, a 90th-minute consolation at 0-4 down against Newcastle in gameweek 32+. A trip to Old Trafford to face an in-form United side is about the last thing Eddie Howe’s men need right now.

That’s why we’re recommending Bruno Fernandes (£8.8m) and Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£5.4m) this round. The former has been nothing short of sensational since his arrival from Sporting Lisbon last January, hitting the English ground running with 5 goals and 3 assists from 8 games. The latter made a similar big-money move to Old Trafford, but half a year earlier, and he’s been a mainstay in the starting lineup since his first day as well. Both players are also coming into Saturday’s game in great form. With 2 goals and 15 FPL points, Fernandes delighted the 21.9% of managers who own him, while a clean sheet and an assist (his second since football returned) made it 6 clean sheets and an amazing 57 FPL points from the last eight games for Wan-Bissaka. We don’t expect Bournemouth in their actual form to be the side that brings the accelerating United train to a halt.

A differential fantasy pick or two

When talking about differentials in the post-coronabreak era, Christian Pulisic (£7.0m) should be around the top of every serious FPL manager’s scouting list. Due to injury trouble and fluctuating form (both on personal and club level), the young American has maybe not yet made the impact he would’ve wanted this season, but he did show his extraordinary qualities at times. Since the return of football though, he has been in sensational form for Chelsea and the 6.6% of FPL managers who own him. In his last three games, he’s been good for 2 goals and 2 assists (both of them against West Ham in gameweek 32+), and a decent 22 FPL points. Up next is a home game against struggling Watford for the Blues. The Hornets disappointed at home to Southampton on Sunday, but so did the Blues by losing 3-2 against relegation candidates West Ham. Offensively though, Chelsea impressed for periods of the game and Pulisic was the main danger man, winning both the free kick and the penalty that resulted in Willian’s goals. Let’s see if he can lead the way again at Stamford Bridge coming Saturday.

Our second differential fantasy of the week is Brighton striker Neal Maupay (£5.7m). Admittedly, we’re a bit of a fan of the French forward, but there’s more to this one. First of all, the Seagulls are visiting a leaky and almost-relegated Norwich side. Second of all, Brighton have had a more than decent return to Premier League action with a win over Arsenal in GW30+ (with a last-minute winner by Maupay), a draw against Leicester after that (where Maupay missed a penalty) and a loss against a confident Man United side last gameweek. And third of all, in a heavily-rotated side, Maupay is coach Graham Potter’s most-used forward. On top of that, among the Brighton faithful the rumour goes that Potter kept his striker on the bench for the first half against United in GW32+ to spare him for the upcoming game at Carrow Road. After all, a victory against the Canaries could all but confirm Brighton’s continued presence in the Premier League next season. The stakes are high for this and we feel Maupay could be an appealing differential pick.

The captaincy

As we wrote earlier, gameweek 33+ is offering us a few attractive fixtures and subsequently, more than a few promising captaincy candidates. What to think of Mo Salah and Sadio Mané against Aston Villa at home, for example? We’re going with the Egyptian this week, but as we all know way too well, it could very well be the Senegal international who hauls this time. Or one of Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford or Bruno Fernandes for United’s home clash with struggling Bournemouth?

For those in need of a bit more of a differential captain to try and make up ground in your mini-leagues, the likes of Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic and Tammy Abraham, or Man City’s Kevin de Bruyne against Southampton at Saint Mary’s are worth considering. As a matter of fact, even Neal Maupay against Norwich and Raul Jimenez at home to Arsenal could be gutsy, but very rewarding punts. Do also check out the FISO FPL Forum Poll on the GW33+ Captain.

Finally if you like FPL but want to have a go at a weekly Fantasy Premier League type competition for large prizes then have a look at FanTeam’s Premier League Main Event and the FISO FanTeam forum. There are freerolls for new entrants organised by FanTeam. Read all about a fiso member who won 30,000 euros on FanTeam from just a 2 euro entry fee.

Fantasy Premier League 2019-2020 3 gameweeks into Project Restart

Considering the unprecedented nature of the Premier League’s Project Restart and the impact it has had, not only on the competition itself but on FPL as well, we figured the nearing end of gameweek 32+ is a good moment to stop for a moment and look back at the first three gameweeks after the coronabreak. In order to do so, we identified three ongoing races in the league: for Champions League qualification, for Europa League qualification and to avoid relegation. We’ll take a brief look at each of these battles and how they should be taken into account when planning for the very business end of this crazy season.

Heads up: this piece was written before the start of the 4 matches on Wednesday, July 1st, 2020.

The race for the Champions League

It’s a special race this year, one because Liverpool have won the title six rounds before the end, and two because current 2nd placed Manchester City are running a real risk of being excluded from international European competitions after repeatedly treading on the Financial Fair Play rules and reportedly misleading European football’s governing body UEFA. In this scenario, fifth place equals Champions League qualification as well, while the 6th place will get a ticket for the Europa League. Man City have filed an appeal against their exclusion, but for this article, we will assume that the UEFA will finally manage to stick with a serious sentence for a “big club” this time.

With Liverpool crowned champions, the teams currently sitting in a CL spot are Leicester in third, Chelsea in fourth and Manchester United in fifth. Wolves are tied with United at 52 points, though, while Spurs and Burnley follow at some distance with 45 points each. Of course, the Premier League is the Premier League and anything can happen, but with six to seven games to go this campaign, it looks likely that the battle for the Champions League spots will be between the teams in the current top six.

One of the reasons for this is that the upcoming fixture schedules for Wolves and Man United are among the most favourable ones going forward. The former are facing just one club from the current top six (Chelsea in the final gameweek), while the latter’s only top-six opponent is Leicester in that same round. United’s calendar looks a bit easier on paper, but both teams boast FPL assets that could well last for the rest of the campaign. The likes of Raul Jimenez, Matt Doherty, Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire all possess the qualities and/or form to finish the season with a nice run, clad with FPL points.

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The battle for Europa League tickets

In a scenario where the UEFA manages to uphold Man City’s expulsion from European football, the sixth spot in the Premier League represents entry into next season’s Europa League. Wolves are currently occupying this spot, though they are on the same number of points (52) as Manchester United in fifth. The chasers are at some distance at the moment, with Spurs and Burnley on 45 points and Sheffield United behind them with 44 points.

Wolves and especially Man United look to be in good form and we don’t feel that they will be dropping many points over the coming weeks. This obviously doesn’t make it easier for the previously mentioned clubs just below them who are still eyeing a European ticket as well. From an FPL point of view though, this does not necessarily need to be a bad thing. That’s because, in theory, the longer teams have something to play for, the more reliable fantasy picks from their rosters are in terms of starting and motivation. If this ends up being applicable to this season as well, then Spurs, Burnley, and even Sheffield United could prove to be valuable sources of starting and performing fantasy picks.

Of those three outfits, newly-promoted Sheffield United have the hardest finish to the season. In combination with their underwhelming start to Project Restart, that makes us think that it’s probably wise to stay away from any Blades assets over the coming weeks. The same goes for Burnley players to a certain extent, as the Clarets are facing Sheffield United, Liverpool and Wolves over the next four. With Norwich away and Brighton at home, the very tail of their campaign looks a lot more appealing, though.

Of the chasers, Spurs probably boast the most interesting fantasy assets, in part thanks to their Project Restart schedule. Also, a public interest announcement: Don’t let a possible Arsenal sign of life against Norwich tonight (they are up 2-0 as we’re writing) fool you, they have been frustrating this season and their fixtures take a turn for the worse from next gameweek onwards. Back to Spurs: with Everton at home, Bournemouth away, Arsenal at home and Newcastle away in their next four games, Spurs offer us some interesting picks. While Harry Kane might be too much of a risk at the moment due to his price tag and the available alternatives, Heung-Min Son is an excellent midfield choice. The relatively affordable Serge Aurier could be as well, thanks to his drive forward. We recommend to watch the Sheffield United vs. Spurs game this Thursday to see how José Mourinho’s men show up against one of the most resilient sides in the Premier League.

The fight against relegation

It’s towards the bottom of the table where things are getting really tight. The relegation zone consists of the three last spots and currently, five teams are in the drop zone or located just a point outside of it. These are Norwich (21 points), Aston Villa (27 pts), Bournemouth (27 pts), West Ham (27 pts) and Watford (28 pts). Brighton sit on 33 points in fifteenth and definitely can’t switch off yet, while we consider fourteenth placed Southampton safe from relegation with 40 points after their 1-3 victory over Watford on Monday.

Out of these six teams, Norwich’s outlook is probably the grimmest. The Canaries look bound for a return to the Championship and we don’t recommend any of their players, unless you’re looking for a budget-enabler in the style of Todd Cantwell or are still hoping for a Teemu Pukki after-party. Having said that, things don’t look much better for Bournemouth and Villa either. The Cherries have had a horrid return to football and are 0-3 down at home against Newcastle at this very moment, while the Villans have returned in slightly better form. Still, like Bournemouth, Villa have a harsh schedule to deal with from now until the end of the 2019-20 campaign:

 GW33+GW34+GW35+GW36+
BournemouthMan United (a)Spurs (H)Leicester (H)Man City (a)
Aston VillaLiverpool (a)Man United (H)Crystal Palace (H)Everton (a)

Our verdict? If you REALLY want a Cherry or a Villain, Villa’s form and schedule look slightly better than Bournemouth’s, which kind of brings Grealish into the picture (but not really). Completely out of form and with a nightmare run of fixtures ahead, for the Cherries things aren’t looking great.

Brighton have Norwich at home coming up in GW33+, followed by home games against Man City and Liverpool. After that it’s Southampton, Burnley and Newcastle for the Seagulls, so apart from gameweeks 34+ and 35+, the likes of Ryan and Dunk could be decent defensive punts. Striker Neal Maupay is an interesting differential pick and very budget-friendly.

Out of all bottom teams, it’s Watford and West Ham who have the most appealing run of fixtures coming up, though.

 GW33+GW34+GW35+GW36+
WatfordChelsea (a)Norwich (H)Newcastle (H)West Ham (a)
West HamNewcastle (a)Burnley (H)Norwich (a)Watford (H)

Apart from Watford’s game in gameweek 33+, all of these fixtures are potential good sources of points for these teams. The ghost of relegation clearly looms over these teams, so some investment in them could be wise. Of course, they are not towards the bottom of the league after 32 rounds for nothing, but both the Hornets and the Hammers do have decent quality within their ranks. From GW34+, for example, Troy Deeney or Ismaila Sarr could be a good Watford punt, while Kiko Femenía could be perfect as a fourth or fifth defender. At West Ham, Fabianski is of proven quality, while the likes of Manuel Lanzini and Michael Antonio could be considered risky but very differential picks and with them in their team they could even upset Chelsea later tonight.

Overall though, when looking at the fight against relegation, we’d say Brighton boast a few options worth considering. It’s Watford though, thanks to a combination of favourable fixtures and them still being at a very real of relegation, where we believe the most interesting fantasy picks can be found for the upcoming weeks.

FanTeam Premier League – GW 32 €50K Main Event – Wed 1st July

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. This series will focus on FanTeam’s Premier League Main Event, a daily fantasy league based on the Premier League games. Our article will focus on an Early Entry for this weekly tournament 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, which has a maximum entry limit of 3,500 participants. Every week, we’ll report back on how our team performed in the previous week. A finish in the top 556 would see us win part of the prize pool of which the winner takes home a cool €7,500. FanTeam also offer a €2 entry Weekly Monster with a lower prize pool (of which the winner should get about €1,100) 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.

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.

Finally, the Pursuit format is being applied to the upcoming FanTeam Weekly Monster for gameweek 31+. In this game mode, you get more bonus points the cheaper your players are (you gain 1 point for every 2.5 million euros underspent). Your captain will get double points, but he will also cost twice as much. Your vice-captain will get 150% more points, but he will also cost 150% more. You can read about Pursuit in more detail on the FanTeam website.

Don’t forget, the deadline for gameweek 32+ FanTeam’s Main Event is set at 18h00 (UK time) on Wednesday, July 1st, 2020. You can enter a team earlier and make changes right up to the deadline. This means you have an hour to check the starting line-ups  for all 3 games.

Gameweek 32 Weekly Main Event matches (times UK+1)

How did our Main Event team fare in gameweek 31?

NAME (club) (opponent)RETURNSPOINTS
Calvert-Lewin (Everton) vs Nor (a)Impact +14
Jota (Wolves) vs Bou (H)Impact +13
Jimenez (Wolves) vs Bou (H)1 goal, Impact +17
Richarlison (Everton) vs Nor (a)Clean sheet, Impact +14
Traoré (Wolves) vs Bou (H)Clean sheet, assist, Impact +17
Fernandes (Man Utd) vs Sheffield Utd (H)Clean sheet, Impact +14

Our team suggestion for the Main Event in gameweek 32

Formation: 3-2-1 |  Budget used: 73.0m

General approach

Seeing as gameweek 32 was spread out over a period of six days in order to accommodate for the FA Cup quarter finals, we’ve all had to wait a few days for FanTeam’s Main Event, but our patience is rewarded. The GW32 €50K Main Event will revolve around the schedule for Wednesday, July 1st, consisting of just three games. These include an unreliable Arsenal side hosting prime relegation candidates Norwich, a tightly contested Everton-Leicester encounter at Goodison Park and a struggling Bournemouth welcoming a virtually safe Newcastle. For our gameweek 32 selection, we’ve gone with 2 Arsenal aces, 2 Newcastle assets and 2 Everton players, in part to follow what seems to be a developing post-coronabreak trend of low-scoring games, and to play the Pursuit mode odds a bit more as well.

ARSENAL

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Hector Bellerín

For this week’s FanTeam GW32 €50K Main Event, Arsenal are, on paper at least, the team with the most favourable fixture as they are hosting last placed Norwich. The Gunners are having a season to forget, but we’ve still opted to select and captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for this one. The Gabonese forward hasn’t scored or assisted since his brace and subsequent 13-point haul back in gameweek 27, partly due to his team’s performances and partly due to some bad luck over the past few rounds. In any case, if there was ever a game and a moment for a soon-to-run-out-of-his-contract worldclass striker, it’s this one. Despite his recent goal drought, Auba still sits on 17 goals and 3 assists for this season, while only Aston Villa have conceded more than the Canaries’ 56 goals in 31 games.

The combination of relatively high price tags and coach Mikel Arteta’s love for rotation made us hesistant about the likes of Pépé, Nketiah or Lacazette, while the Arsenal defence is, well… the Arsenal defence. Still, we feel a Gunners victory is on the cards here, so we wanted at least one other player of theirs. In the end, we went with right-back Hector Bellerín. Between gameweeks 1 and 23, the Spaniard played just 268 minutes of Premier League football due to injury, but since GW24, he’s got his trusted starting spot back. As part of the backline against Southampton last weekend, he got 7 points on FanTeam and we don’t see why he would not be able to repeat that feat coming Wednesday. Opponents Norwich are the least prolific side in front of goal in the entire division, scoring just 25 goals in 31 games. In combination with their awful defensive record and Bellerín’s tendency to support his side’s attacking moves, we’re hoping for a positive showing and some decent points from the Arsenal defender.

NEWCASTLE

Jamaal Lascelles, Miguel Almirón

When discussing surprises and extraordinary performances this season, the likes of Sheffield United, Leicester and Wolves are often mentioned, and rightly so. But with 39 points from 31 games after a by now traditional underwhelming summer transfer window, Newcastle United have had a more than decent season so far, as well. After a 3-0 win over Sheffield United in GW30 and a 1-1 draw against Villa, the Magpies now find themselves in 14th place, 12 points above the drop zone and with 7 games to go. Coach Steve Bruce can be proud of his men and himself for this achievement, though a few more points would really seal the deal and the next away game against toothless Bournemouth could be the perfect opportunity to do so. The Cherries were in bad form before the coronabreak and they still are now. Two games into Project Restart and they are still to get their first point or indeed score their first goal.

That’s also why we’ve picked Jamaal Lascelles first. The Newcastle defender got injured in gameweek 12 and didn’t return to PL action until gameweek 23, but he immediately became a nailed-on part of Steve Bruce’s defence again. He has recorded a clean sheet and 1 impact point on FanTeam for a total of 7 points, though it should be noted that he also got a yellow card in each game.

We decided to have his team mate Miguel Almirón join Lascelles in our team for this week’s €50K Main Event. The Paraguayan is a secure starter for Newcastle and also their most advanced midfielder, which in theory should lead to increased goal involvement. The Magpies are notoriously shy in front of goal though, which explains Almirón’s current 2 goals and 2 assists for this season (or maybe it’s other way around). In any case, one of those assists did come recently in the victory over Sheffield United in GW30+. Thanks to an assist, a clean sheet and 1 impact point, the forward has recorded 9 FanTeam points since the return of football and we’re hoping for a few more points on top of that this week.

EVERTON

Mason Holgate, Richarlison

Despite the considerable difference in terms of their respective league positions, we feel that Everton against Leicester at Goodison Park might very well end up being a tightly contested match. Everton’s mostly disappointing season took a turn for the better after bringing in coach Carlo Ancelotti back in GW8, while Leicester’s flying start to the campaign seems to have fallen a bit flat of late. Neither team has come out of the coronabreak a flowing attacking machine, but unlike Leicester (1-1 vs Watford and 0-0 vs Brighton), the Toffees did book the better results up until now: a 0-0 vs Liverpool followed by a 0-1 victory at Norwich. The Foxes are having some trouble finding the net for the moment and Everton haven’t yet conceded a goal since Project Restart got underway while scoring just one themselves, so we figured a low-scoring affair could be on the cards here.

As a result, we have included young Mason Holgate in our team for the GW32 €50K Main Event. Ancelotti has shown that he’s not afraid to shuffle around his defensive set-up regularly, but Holgate has been an extraordinarily consistent mainstay in the Italian’s starting lineups. As a matter of fact, since GW10, the English central defender has completed the 90 minutes in all Premier League games bar one and we don’t see why that should change. On top of that, he’s got 2 clean sheets and 1 impact point over the past two weeks, good for a nice 13 points on FanTeam, so his form is in order.

Instead of doubling up on Everton defenders and risking a stacking penalty (or a disappointment, they’re still playing Leicester, after all), we opted to strengthen our midfield with Holgate’s team mate Richarlison. Like the young Englishman, the Brazilian forward is a key cog in Ancelotti’s football plans for Everton, as well as the team’s MVP with 10 goals and 5 assists. He’s got 8 points on FanTeam since the return of the Premier League, courtesy of 2 clean sheets and an impact point, but like the rest of his team mates, his form hasn’t been scintillating yet. Against Leicester, he will have his work more than cut out for him, but the hopes of many an Everton fan will be on his shoulders. We feel he has the kind of qualities needed to decide this type of game.

As we said this team has been entered into the 20 euro FanTeam Premier League 50k Main Event and we hope to report back next week that we’ve shared part of the 100,000 euros prize pool. You can also follow discussions about FanTeam games on FISO’s FanTeam Forum where we have a FreeRoll for those that want to learn a bit more about the game.

FanTeam Premier League – GW 31 €60K Main Event – Wednesday 24 June 2020

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. This series will focus on FanTeam’s Premier League Main Event, a daily fantasy league based on the Premier League games. Our article will focus on an Early Entry for this weekly tournament 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 (€60k prize pool) Main Event, which has a maximum entry limit of 5,000 participants. Every week, we’ll report back on how our team performed in the previous week. A finish in the top 667 would see us win part of the prize pool of which the winner takes home a cool €10,000. FanTeam also offer a €2 entry Weekly Monster with a lower prize pool (of which the winner should get about €1,500) 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.

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.

Finally, the Pursuit format is being applied to the upcoming FanTeam Weekly Monster for gameweek 31+. In this game mode, you get more bonus points the cheaper your players are (you gain 1 point for every 2.5 million euros underspent). Your captain will get double points, but he will also cost twice as much. Your vice-captain will get 150% more points, but he will also cost 150% more. You can read about Pursuit in more detail on the FanTeam website.

Don’t forget, the deadline for gameweek 31+ FanTeam’s Main Event is set at 18h00 (UK time) on Wednesday, June 25th, 2020. You can enter a team earlier and make changes right up to the deadline. This means you have an hour to check the starting line-ups  for the four 18h00 games, so you can change your selections accordingly up until the 18h00 deadline, but not after.

Gameweek 31 Weekly Monster matches (times UK+1)

UK+1 times

How did our Weekly Monster team fare in gameweek 30+?

Formation: 1-3-3|  Budget used:  63.7m|  

NAME (club) (opponent)RETURNSPOINTS
Van Aanholt (Palace) vs Bournemouth awayClean sheet, 1 assist, impact +110 x 1.5
Barnes (Leicester) vs Watford awayClean sheet3
Moutinho (Wolves) vs West Ham awayClean sheet, impact +14
Jimenez (Wolves) vs West Ham away1 goal, impact +1 7 x 2

Our team suggestion for the Weekly Monster in gameweek 31

Formation: 4-3|  Budget used: 96.6m

General approach

With the first gameweek of Premier League football after the coronabreak now behind us, we don’t even have 24 hours before the start of the next round and its looking like another promising one. FanTeam’s Weekly Main Event is focused on Wednesday’s 5 games (see earlier table) and is offering us an  attractive set of fixtures, including from a fantasy football point of view. We have decided to stick to mainly two teams, complemented with a bonus pick from a Manchester United and Aston Villa, respectively. The spine of our team for gameweek 31+ includes a midfielder and two forwards from Wolves (at home vs Bournemouth) and a midfielder and a forward from Everton (away vs Norwich).

WOLVES

Raul Jimenez, Adama Traoré, Diego Jota

Wolves’ opponent Bournemouth disappointed in gameweek 30+ with a 0-2 loss at home against Crystal Palace, who, up to that point, had scored just 26 goals overall this season. Only Norwich netted fewer times.  The Cherries dominated possession for parts of the game, but rarely managed to become really threatening, which will have delighted Wolves coach Nuno Espirito Santo. Only six teams in the division have a better defensive record than his team (34 goals conceded in 30 games) and they are just coming off a relatively comfortable 0-2 over West Ham in London. Besides the victory though, Wolves did not wait to show good form immediately after the coronabreak.

That is, as usual, partly thanks to the qualities of their main man up front, Raul Jimenez, who is also our first of three Wolves picks for this week. With a goal and one impact point from the game against West Ham, he got off to a good start on FanTeam with 7 points. This has brought his totals for the season to 14 goals and 6 assists, and even though the Mexican did not record any returns in the reverse fixture back in gameweek 13, we feel his chances of scoring or at least assisting are considerable in this game.

That’s also why we opted for an attacking Wolves double-up with Diogo Jota joining Jimenez in our attacking set-up for gameweek 31+. The Portuguese forward’s tallies for the season (6 goals, 3 assists) are not even close to those of his partner in attack, but he looked dangerous against West Ham in GW30+ and his pre-coronabreak form was one of the best in the entire league. The 23-year old did not return anything in the last gameweek before the break, but in the two gameweeks prior to that, he scored 3 goals and provided 2 assists for a sweet total of 24 points on FanTeam. On top of that, we feel that the majority of people will opt for Traoré over Jota, which could turn the Portuguese dribbler into a nice differential.

Still, Adama Traoré is in our selection as well, as the Spanish powerhouse helped turn the previous game versus West Ham around. Up until his introduction from the bench in place of Dendoncker, Wolves were drawing with the Hammers. Together with Pedro Neto, Traoré entered in the 64th minute and it took him less than 10 minutes to provide the assist for Raul Jimenez’ opener. That was his 8th assist of the season already and he has 4 goals to his name as well. Based on his substitute appearance in GW30+ and the way in which he influenced the game subsequently, we would be surprised if Traoré did not start for Wolves’ home game against the Cherries on Wednesday.

EVERTON

Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison

Everton are the reason Liverpool will not be crowning themselves champions against Crystal Palace in GW31+ yet. The Toffees were not particularly buoyant and a 0-0 was possibly a just reflection of the game. Still, playing Liverpool immediately after a break of three months was about the most difficult task imaginable for Carlo Ancelotti’s men, but they ended up putting in a decent shift. Up next is Norwich at Carrow Road, and we feel there could be goals and a nice result on the cards here for Everton.

In that light, we have chosen to include Everton’s starting attacking duo for our FanTeam Weekly Monster team. First off is Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who was in excellent form before the break and showed flashes of brilliance against the Reds as well. The young striker sits on 13 goals and an assist already, and five of those goals (as well as the single assist) were recorded in the last seven gameweeks before the season’s forced interruption. Apart from Aston Villa, no team in the Premier League has conceded as many goals as Everton’s opponent Norwich have (55 goals in 30 games) and the Canaries also look like the most likely candidate to be the first to confirm their relegation in the coming weeks, though there are still eight rounds of PL football to go.

Still, we figured the context of the clash between Norwich and Everton justified doubling up on Everton’s attack, which is why Richarlison is joining DCL in our selection for the gameweek 31+ Weekly Monster. The Brazilian is a nailed-on part of Carlo Ancelotti’s starting lineup and it’s not too hard to see why: in a relatively disappointing season for the Toffees, he still managed to get 10 goals and 5 assists from 2,442 minutes of Premier League football. That’s a direct involvement in just over 40% of all of Everton’s goals this season. Richarlison hasn’t missed a second of game time since gameweek 20 (he was injured in rounds 23 and 24) and we expect more of the same against Norwich on Wednesday evening, as well as a few attacking returns hopefully.

MANCHESTER UNITED

Bruno Fernandes

Manchester United have shown this season that consistency of form and results is not yet the name of the game at Old Trafford, but there have been definite signs of evolution and improvement. One of the most tangible of those improvements is the winter signing of midfielder Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon. The Portuguese creator hit the ground running at United and as a result, he has missed just three minutes of Premier League football since his arrival. He has six league games to his name already, and he delivered big in those games: 3 goals, 3 assists and 4 clean sheets. In gameweek 31+, United are facing a Sheffield United side who will need to find a way to cope with the suspension of John Egan, the possible injury of Jack O’Connell and the ineligibility of Dean Henderson to play against his parent club, the three of them being defensive mainstays in Chris Wilder’s starting eleven. We’re not saying the Blades are suddenly easy prey, far from it, but we can imagine them turning up a bit a bit more cautious than usual. Let’s see if Fernandes will find a way to take advantage of their troubles and mediocre post-corona form.

ASTON VILLA

Jack Grealish

Our final pick for gameweek 31+ is a bit of a returning feature in our team selections, but there is a good reason for that. You see, when Aston Villa have a (relatively) favourable fixture, their captain Jack Grealish should always enter your considerations as a fantasy manager. His price is usually quite acceptable (9m this week, for example) and he is the main focal point for everything that has to do with a Villa attacking move. The reason for that is his extraordinary quality on the ball, which is also illustrated by the fact that he is, by some margin, the most fouled player in the league. Still, this hasn’t kept the young Englishman from scoring 7 goals and providing 7 assists this season, which amounts to a direct involvement in exactly 40% of Aston Villa’s goals. The opponent on Wednesday is Newcastle at Saint Mary’s, which is not an easy fixture by any stretch, but one where we could see Grealish shine. Besides that, by beating Sheffield United in GW30+, the Magpies are now virtually safe from relegation, while the Villains are still in very real risk of losing their Premier League status. These different mindsets may have an effect on the game’s evolution as well.

As we said this team has been entered into the 20 euro FanTeam Premier League 60k Main Event and we hope to report back next week that we’ve shared part of the 100,000 euros prize pool. You can also follow discussions about FanTeam games on FISO’s FanTeam Forum where we have a FreeRoll for those that want to learn a bit more about the game.

FanTeam Premier League Monster – GW 30 €100K Main Event

After an absence of more than three agonising months, the Premier League is back and so are the FanTeam Premier League Monster tournaments! We will be entering our FISO team below into Saturday’s €20 entry (€100k prize pool) Premier League Monster, which has a maximum of 7,000 entries and the first 1,060 performers will be sharing in the 100,000 euros prize pool.

We’ll report back on how our team performed next week when we reveal our team for the next FanTeam Monster. The winner takes home a whopping €20,000 this weekend. FanTeam also offer a €2 entry Monster with a lower prize pool of which the winner gets €1,000 this weekend.

Before moving onto our team selection, we want to highlight a couple of FanTeam rules that apply to their Monster competition so you can see the major differences when comparing the game to FPL.

First, FanTeam have a rule called the ‘safety net’. The safety net comes into play when a selected player does not start in the 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 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.

Second, FanTeam also have a ‘stacking penalty’ for the 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 defensive players from a club which would see you incur just a single-point deduction if you nail the clean sheet correctly.

Finally, the new Pursuit format is being applied to the upcoming GW30 100k Main Event. In this game mode, you get more bonus points the cheaper your players are (you gain 1 point for every 2.5 million euros underspent). This does put pressure on selecting the higher priced players because, whilst they are more likely to gain you points, if they don’t produce points in the match then they’ve cost you bonus points you could have got by choosing a cheaper player. Your captain will get double points, but he will also cost twice as much. Your vice-captain will get 150% more points, but he will also cost 150% more. You can read more Pursuit in more detail on the FanTeam website.

Don’t forget, the deadline for gameweek 30’s FanTeam 100k Main Event is set at 12h30 (UK time) on Saturday, June 20th, 2020. You can enter a team earlier and make changes right up to the deadline meaning you can see the line-ups for the first match.

Gameweek 30 Weekly Monster matches (UK+1 hour)

Times UK +1

Our team suggestion for the Weekly Monster in gameweek 30+

Formation: 1-3-3 |  Budget used: 76.0m (3.06 bonus points)

General approach

This weekend’s GW30 100K Main Event lets us pick 7 players from the 4 games played on Saturday, June 20th, based on a 83.7m budget. We have decided to go with three players from Leicester for their away game against Watford (for which we will be able to see the starting line-ups), two offensive Wolves assets, a Palace defender and Arsenal’s star man in the hope he bounces back after Wednesday’s dismal effort. All teams are playing away which may no longer be a disadvantage with the lack of crowds.

Leicester

Jamie Vardy, James Maddison, Harvey Barnes

It sounds crazy, but between gameweeks 19 and 28, Jamie Vardy actually returned just a single assist for a very underwhelming total of 16 FanTeam points over that period blighted by injury etc. He got back to scoring ways in the last game before the coronabreak though, with a brace against Aston Villa during a 31-minute cameo off the bench. It’s hard to say what the status of the striker’s form is after three months without action, but he was still one of the first names on our team for Leicester’s away game against Watford in gameweek 30+. The Foxes are in the middle of a battle for a Champions League spot, while the Hornets are doing everything they can to avoid the drop in a tense relegation battle. The home team have conceded 44 goals in 29 games so far, which is no disaster, but the visitors are the most prolific scorers behind Liverpool and Man City. Vardy is the current Premier League topscorer with 19 goals and we believe he could enter the twenties this weekend.

On our three-man midfield, we saved two slots for Vardy’s team mates James Maddison and Harvey Barnes. As far as the former goes, there’s no denying that his season has been good, but his fantasy output disappointing, at least until now. Maddison has 6 goals and 5 assists to his name, which it not terrible, but he has failed to deliver an attacking return since his goal against Newcastle all the way back in gameweek 21. Add to that the fact that Watford were in decent form before the forced break and it becomes clear that this by no means is a walk in the park for the creative midfielder, but we see potential. He is a nailed-starter under Brendan Rodgers and he is on most of the set-pieces as well, so we’re hoping to see plenty of Leicester attacks flow through him on Saturday.

With Harvey Barnes we have not only selected a player with a reasonably favourable fixture in GW30+, but also the highest-scoring player in FanTeam in gameweek 29, the last one before the coronabreak. If you were lucky enough to have him in your team for the game versus Aston Villa, then you were rewarded with an amazing 18 points, courtesy of 2 goals, 1 assist, a clean sheet and 1 impact point. Do keep in mind that these were his first attacking returns since his 3 goals and 1 assist in the period GW23-GW25. At a price of 9.2m though, he is cheaper this weekend than the likes of Maddison, Tielemans and Ayoze, and looking at his tallies this season (6 goals, 8 assists, 7 clean sheets), we feel he could be very well represent a bit of a differential against Watford.

Wolves

Raul Jimenez, Adama Traoré

We have mentioned this several times before, but when it comes to consistent performers in English football, it doesn’t get much better than Raul Jimenez. The Wolves striker is his side’s topscorer and MVP with 13 goals and 6 assists, and he will be a major asset for them in their chase of a European spot, as he has been all season. In gameweek 30+, he is facing West Ham at their new stadium and we feel there could be goals in this one. Only three teams in the league (Southampton, Norwich, Villa) have conceded more than West Ham’s 50 goals, of which 26 came in front of their own fans.

Adama Traoré joins his fellow Wolf in our fantasy team for the FanTeam GW30 100K Main Event. The Spaniard has shown several flashes of brilliance this season and he was fast becoming a season favourite among FPL managers, but a niggling shoulder injury and a cramped fixture schedule led to his minutes being managed more than most FPL would have like. As a result, he played just 218 minutes of Premier League football spread over the last five gameweeks before the break in which he did not record a single attacking return. Three months of rest have permitted the powerful winger to recuperate his full fitness and we’re expecting him to start against West Ham on Saturday. What better opportunity to try and add to his 4 goals and 7 assists?

Arsenal

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

The Gunners were humbled by City at the Etihad on Wednesday night, though it should be mentioned that the away team were forced to make two substitutions in the first half hour (Xhaka out for Ceballos and Marí out for Luiz). The fact that Luiz completely misjudged De Bruyne’s assist for City’s first goal and then got himself sent off after causing a penalty for City’s second goal didn’t help, either. Our GW30+ pick Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang didn’t really appear in the play, but we’re expecting a different story against Brighton this Saturday. Arsenal might still have a hard time taking away the three points from the AmEx, but we’re confident that Auba will be seeing a lot more action for this one. It’s more or less the Gunners’ last chance to make anything of the 2019-20 campaign and try for a European slot, and we can’t imagine the Gabonese striker not starting for Mikel Arteta’s men. With 17 goals (as well as 3 assists), he is just two goals behind current PL topscorer Jamie Vardy and with contract negotiations still up in the air, this is the perfect moment for a serious Aubameyang haul.

Crystal Palace

Patrick van Aanholt

With Pursuit mode and the related bonus points for spending less budget in the back of our heads, we have gone with Patrick van Aanholt as our seventh and final fantasy pick for the FanTeam GW30 100K Main Event. The flying Crystal Palace left-back is a bit of a fantasy football favourite, thanks to his tendency to get forward and involved in his team’s attacks and he has shown again why this season, albeit a bit less overwhelmingly than in previous seasons perhaps. At the moment of writing, the Dutchman sits on 3 goals on top of his 7 clean sheets for a total of 77 FanTeam points.

This weekend’s opponent Bournemouth took just 1 point from their last four games before the coronabreak and they scored four goals over that period while conceding 9. It should be noted though, that these four games were against Sheffield United (away), Burnley (away), Chelsea (home) and Liverpool (away). What’s more worrying for the Cherries is that there are only four teams in the division who have scored less than their 29 goals. Crystal Palace, on the other hand, booked three consecutive victories before the break and boast the sixth-best defence in the league (32 goals conceded in 29 games). Despite this being an away game for the Eagles, we feel they are capable of taking something away from this one and the same goes for Van Aanholt.

As we said this team has been entered into the 20 euro FanTeam Premier League 100k Monster and we hope to report back next week that we’ve shared part of the 100,000 euros prize pool. You can also follow discussions about FanTeam games on FISO’s FanTeam Forum where we have a FreeRoll for those that want to learn a bit more about the game.