FPL Season 2021/22: Gameweek 23 preview

For the majority of FPL managers, labelling double gameweek 22 as a disappointment would likely feel like an understatement. Between last-minute postponements and popular assets not delivering at all, the double gameweek was an underwhelming and at times frustrating one. Apart from the heavily owned Joan Cancelo, the official game’s Team of the Week featured just two players with an ownership above 5.8% overall, those being Bruno Fernandes (23 FPL points, owned by 18.7%) and Harry Kane (11 points, 13.2%). As a matter of fact, no less than five players represented an ownership of less than 1.5%, which hints at the very much differential nature of the past gameweek.

As far as GW23 is concerned, no fixture adjustments have been announced as of yet. COVID-19 is, of course, an ever-present and entirely unpredictable factor, but there have been rumours of some this season’s earlier postponements being moved to gameweek 23, making it another double gameweek for at least a few teams. Fixture experts like Ben Crellin (@BenCrellin on Twitter) are considering this possibility and believe that IF any announcements will be made in this regard, they are likely to be made rather close to the GW23 deadline on Friday. All we can say is, keep an eye out on team news for corona-related news and on official Premier League news in regard to double gameweek announcements, and try to hold your transfers as long as possible.

Don’t forget, the deadline for gameweek 23 is set at 18h30 (UK time) on Friday, January 21st, 2022.

Most transferred in/transferred out players (as per January 20th, 2022)

 TRANSFERS OUTTRANSFERS INPOSSIBLE REASONS
GKMendy (CHE), Cox (BRE), De Gea (MUN)Sá (WOL), Ederson (MCI), Ramsdale (ARS) 
DEFJames (CHE), Livramento (SOU), Dier (TOT)Coady (WOL), Cancelo (MCI), Alexander-Arnold (LIV)Injuries to the transferred-out players, Cancelo and TAA form
MIDSalah (LIV), Son (TOT), Smith-Rowe (ARS)Coutinho (AST), De Bruyne (MCI), Bowen (WHU)Salah qualified in AFCON, Son and ESR injured, Coutinho debut goal, Bowen and KDB form
FORRonaldo (MUN), Antonio (WHU), Vardy (LEI)Saint-Maximin (NEW), Antonio (WHU), Dennis (WAT)Ronaldo and United lack of form, ASM fixtures, Vardy injury

Premium pick

With 4 goals and an assist in his last six league outings, Kevin de Bruyne (£12.1m) looks like he’s once again approaching the world-class form that we had become accustomed to from him over the past few seasons. After a first half of the season marred by injury niggles, the Belgian midfielder has started each of Man City’s last six league games, which makes him a very interesting premium fantasy pick not just for this gameweek, when he travels to Saint Mary’s, but for the medium to long term as well. After the away game against Southampton, Pep Guardiola’s men are hosting Brentford and then travel to Norwich. In their current form, those three games alone could very well see the Cityzens record three clean sheets and score 10+ goals. In other words, a run for which you really want to be able to count on KDB.

Non-premium pick

At first, we were planning to continue this week’s FPL preview with another Man City asset, but we then realised that we can’t really expected to be taken seriously if we don’t include Jarrod Bowen (£6.8m) among our fantasy picks for gameweek 23. It’s true that his fixture this week is not the easiest as West Ham need to travel to Old Trafford on Saturday, but this is not the United of yore. This United is inconsistent, lacking intensity and leaky at the back, while the Hammers are the surprise package of the 2021-2022 season so far and Bowen is one of the driving factors behind that success. The 25-year-old winger is possibly the most in-form player in the entire league at the moment, which is underlined by the fact that he has recorded attacking returns for five games straight in the build-up to GW23. Since gameweek 19, Bowen has brought his owners a whopping 3 goals and 5 assists, and a total of 46 FPL points. On top of that, the Manchester United away fixture is followed by a home game against Watford, a visit to Leicester and a home encounter with Newcastle. The Bowen train has left the station for a while already, but it’s still not too late hop on and enjoy the ride.

The budget enabler

Wolves’ upcoming fixtures are not the best with away games against Spurs and West Ham and home encounters with Arsenal and Leicester over the coming five gameweeks, but they have shown that their defence belongs among the very best in the Premier League this season. Only leaders Manchester City have conceded less than their 15 goals, so it makes sense that our budget radar has picked up Rayan Ait Nouri (£4.3m), especially considering the fact that Wolves are hosting Brentford this weekend. The former Angers man looks to have made the left-wing-back position his for the moment and his 11-point haul in GW22 reminded fantasy managers of his potential after missing out in gameweek 17, 18 and 21 (Wolves did not play in gameweek 19 and 20). RAN gets quite a lot of freedom to boom forward as part of Bruno Lage’s five-men defensive set-up and he carries some set-piece duties as well. Despite the fact that Wolves are not the most prolific in front of goal, they’ve scored just 17 goals in 20 games, this adds to the wing-backs appeal. At a price of just £4.3m, we believe there are few better budget-enablers in the official game at the moment.

The differential

Our differential fantasy pick for gameweek 23 is a real differential in more than a few ways. First of all, Philippe Coutinho (£7.0m) has only just returned to the Premier League after a few underwhelming seasons abroad. Second, his own manager has stated that his match fitness is not optimal yet, though this could be taken with a grain of salt as well. Third, his current ownership is still well below the 10% threshold, sitting at 5.7% at the moment of writing. Now, some of the positives. In just 22 minutes as a substitute on his debut for Villa, the Brazilian international scored a goal, posted an expected goal involvement of 0.8, and looked fired up during the little time he spent on the pitch. Furthermore, we find it hard to believe that Villa would bring in a player of Coutinho’s stature without wanting to integrate him into the starting eleven as quickly as possible. Finally, his price is bound to rise over the coming days, especially if he performs well against an Everton side in crisis at Goodison Park on Saturday.

The captaincy

There are a few appealing options for the GW23 FPL Captains armband this weekend and we’ve ended up going with Kevin de Bruyne for his away game against Southampton. Manchester City are displaying the consistent form of champions and the Saints have conceded 12 goals in their last six league games. Rotation is, of course, an added risk when it comes to City assets, but KDB looks as close to irreplaceable as it gets for Pep Guardiola and he could be up for a haul on Saturday.

If you’re not among the 10.6% of managers who own the Belgian or if you’re not willing/able to splash the cash on him, there are a few good alternatives on offer as well. Diogo Jota away at Crystal Palace will likely be a popular captaincy option this weekend, as will Raphinha against Newcastle at home. Emmanual Dennis or Josh King could deliver at home against Norwich after their hugely disappointing double-turned-single gameweek 22. If you’re up for Pep Roulette, Phil Foden looks like an interesting prospect against Southampton at Saint Mary’s as well.

Enough Unreasonable Dreams, You Deserve the Best Online Casino

Having fun at online casinos is an activity that millions of people around the globe enjoy every day. These online platforms offer a lot of variety, making them an endless source of fun. Whether it’s the sheer amount of slots, table games, or live casino games, many of them have all it takes to keep an avid gambler on the platform having fun. Still, in the sea of online casinos that are available online, finding good ones requires some experience. In this article, you’ll learn about the most critical indicators of a high-quality online casino. Without further ado, let’s start with welcome bonuses.

Casino Welcome Bonuses

The first thing to pay attention to is the welcome bonus. However, don’t get carried away by the size of the bonus. Remember to take a close look at the terms and conditions that come with it. Even if a casino welcomes you with $1,000, if it has wagering requirements x50, you won’t be able to make any withdrawal. Therefore, carefully read all the bonus details when you’re searching for the best casino on the net. For example, some brands might give you completely free spins but limit how much you can win. Read the fine print before deciding on using a platform. You’ll better know what to expect from the venue from the start.

Range of Available Games

What good is a casino if it only has a couple of slots to play? You can see what the games are on offer even before you register. A good indicator of good online casinos is a collaboration with multiple game providers, which means you can find hundreds of slots available on the platform. You’ll also be able to enjoy some of them on your mobile phone.

Besides exploring the available slots, see what the other platform sections are. Is there a table games section? Can you play bingo on the platform? Is a live casino available? How about the variety in each of these sections? As you analyse the platform, more details about its quality will unfold, clearly showing whether you should register. A good platform has all of the abovementioned sections available. They offer plenty of variety to players interested in different games. If you get bored of slots, you might want to visit the live casino section. On the other hand, bingo can be fun from time to time. Why not have the option to play it on the same platform. Check out all the sections at an online casino, and you’ll quickly judge if it’s up to your standards.

Online Reviews

There’s no need to click the register button before you take a look at a couple of online casino reviews. People trust online reviews for a good reason. They’re genuine descriptions of the quality of a particular service or product. If you don’t want to read reviews on random websites, you can always head over to iOS App Store or Google Play Store and see what users have had to say about a platform. Even though you’ll come across a couple of fake reviews from competitors, the overall rating will show whether the brand is a good one. Plus, you’ll see if their app works well on mobile platforms.

Online reviews are a great way to learn a lot about a brand, so make sure you leverage their power to discover more details about a brand. It’s the quickest way to know whether an operator is worth your time.

Supported Payment Methods

The more payment methods an online casino supports, the better. You have more choices when making a deposit or withdrawal. Another element to consider is whether the platform accepts popular cryptocurrencies. Some operators have started accepting bitcoin, ethereum, and litecoin. If you see it with an operator, they support cutting-edge technology and have secure payment methods.

Conclusion

Next time you’re on the lookout for the best online casino, you’ll know which things to consider. If the operator has a great welcome bonus with plenty of games and payment methods, it’s most likely worth registering with. The only thing left is to check online reviews and register. Once you make the deposit, it’s time to have some fun at your favourite casino section.

Everton’s Top 8 Richest Football Players

Everton is a proud football club with a rich history. They’ve produced some of the finest talent in recent years, including Paul Gascoigne and Wayne Rooney. These players have gone on to achieve great things in their careers, and they continue to be revered by Everton fans.

In this article, we’ll take a look at Everton’s top 10 richest players. These players have had impressive careers both for Everton and in the Premier League as a whole. Their current worth is also quite staggering, with some of them being worth millions of pounds.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at Everton’s richest players!

1. Wayne Rooney – £93 million

Wayne Rooney is possibly one of Everton’s most famous players; he’s played for them since 2004, after all! His current net worth is estimated at £93 million, mostly thanks to his successful time with Manchester United for well over a decade now.

Everton signed Rooney from Liverpool for an initial fee of just £20 million in 2003, but his value skyrocketed afterwards. He was just 18 years old when he joined their side, but he showed great promise and growth to become one of the most lethal attackers in the football world.

2. Romelu Lukaku – £75 million

Romelu Lukaku is one of the wealthiest players in Everton history. He currently has a net worth of £75 million, after his mega money moves to Manchester United, Inter Milan and then back to Chelsea.

Everton signed Lukaku for £28 million from Chelsea in 2014, which as you can imagine, is out of the budget for many teams. Although, if you bet on football and other sports on Lottoland, even you could afford Lukaku! In his time at Goodison Park, he was an instant success and quickly became one of their most deadly forwards ever since. This was shown in his last season when he smashed 25 goals in 37 games in all competitions, leading them to a respectable 7th place finish.

3. Landon Donovan – £18 million

Landon Donovan is an American attacking midfielder who played for Everton from January 2010 to January 2011 on loan from LA Galaxy. His net worth is estimated at £18 million thanks to his successful career in both the United States and Europe.

Donovan was a huge success during his time at Everton, although he was not there for long, scoring some crucial goals that helped them get into the Europa League. He also became the first American player to score in three different major European competitions.

4. Phil Jagielka – £17 million

Phil Jagielka was Everton’s captain, and he’s also one of their richest players. His net worth is estimated at £17 million thanks to his time with Sheffield United and Everton.

Jagielka was ever-present in the Everton defence since 2007, and he helped them achieve some great results over the years. He was a part of their 7th place finish in the 2016 season, and was always looking to lead them into European competition for the following year.

5. Ross Barkley – £16 million

Ross Barkley is another Everton player who has made a name for himself in the Premier League. He started playing for them at the young age of 17, and since then he’s become one of their most valuable.

Barkley’s net worth is estimated at £16 million. He was instrumental in their 7th place finish, before moving on to Chelsea.

6. Sylvain Distin – £16 million

Sylvain Distin was one of Everton’s longest-serving players, having played for them from January 2009 to June 2013. His total net worth is estimated at £16 million thanks to his time with Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City as well.

Distin was a key member of the Everton defence, helping them achieve such an impressive result many years in a row, despite suffering multiple injuries throughout the course of the campaign. He joined after playing nearly 10 years with Portsmouth and eventually retired from the game in 2016.

7. Gareth Barry – £15 million

Gareth Barry had been playing for Everton since 2013, but he’s also played for several other Premier League clubs in his career. His total net worth is estimated at £15 million, most of which comes from his time with Manchester City.

Barry was an important part of the Everton side that achieved a 7th place finish in 2016, and he’ll be looking to do even better this upcoming season. He was their longest-serving player and has made over 200 appearances for the Toffees.

8. Michael Keane – £14 million

Michael Keane is an English defender currently playing for Everton after transferring from Burnley a few years ago. His net worth is estimated at £14 million, which makes him one of the wealthiest defenders on their roster.

Everton paid just over £25 million for Keane’s services, making him one of their most expensive signings ever so far. He was also one of the key players who helped them achieve a 7th place finish in 2016, showing great promise as they looked to continue improving under their then manager Ronald Koeman.

Final Thoughts

The list of Everton’s richest players is a fascinating one, as it includes some of the most talented footballers from across the world. We hope you enjoyed reading about these 10 wealthiest footballers from Everton and learned something new about this club that has been around since 1878.

Place Your Bets: 3 Qualities of A Bettor That You Should Know

Sports betting

It’s no secret that betting is a game of chance, not of skill, so anyone can win or lose. However, this does not necessarily mean there’s nothing you can do to increase your chances of winning. Good bettors may not be able to snatch that big win all the time, but they can still succeed by making the most out of what they bet.

No matter which race to bet on, a good bettor knows not necessarily how to win but how to play the cards right to get the best results as far as your betting is concerned. Most of the time, since anything could happen on the racetrack, the only thing you could trust is yourself. You may want to adopt specific traits to become a successful gambler.

The following are qualities of a good horse racing bettor that you should know.

Knowledgeable With How It Works

It’s no secret that one needs to know the horse race betting industry to play the game well or even to want to place a bet in the first place. One can’t just waltz in a race track and wager their money on a horse they don’t know to a set of bets they are unfamiliar with. But if you already are a fan, you may be at an advantage.

If you are still new and want to get the hang of it, there are two things you need to study: the horses and how horse race betting works.

Betting Process

Knowing how betting works is the first thing a bettor must do. You have to familiarize yourself with the types of bets in horse racing. There are various kinds, each asking for more specific details.

You need to know your options. There may be times when you feel confident and want to bet on specific horses to win first to third (trifecta) or when you want to play safe and settle with a win, place, and show if you think your competitors can finish early but unsure which place they would end up in.

Besides the types of bets, you might wonder how much it costs to bet on a horse? Another important thing you need to learn is the odds, which indicates how much return you will get per the amount of money you bet on a horse. This will not only guide how much you can spend and receive back, but it also indicates which horse is favored.

You can quickly look up a betting and wagering guide from the internet for new gamblers who want to learn more about these.

The Competitors

Horses are undeniably the stars of the race, as they’re the ones that determine whether you won your bet or not. Getting to know who the competitors are is pretty much like knowing which one is likely to win.

For starters, you need to research the following things: who the competitors are, their trainers, their jockeys, and previous races. This is especially true for debuting competitors or those who might have transferred to another trainer. But if you’re already familiar with the lineup and the people they work with, the next thing you need to do is to keep up with updates.

Changes are still bound to happen last-minute, such as a change in the lineup or an untoward incident involving a competitor. Extra research goes a long way. Several factors could affect a horse from winning or losing the race, and observing their condition before the race can get you an idea on which one is likely to reach the finish line first.

Mindful of Bet Money

While gambling can be thrilling, there should always be a limit. One shouldn’t tell anyone how to spend their own money, especially if it rewards you with more money. However, you can’t expect the odds to be in your favor all the time. You could lose more money than gain, and it would be better not to proceed any further.

You can spend as much money as you can, of course, but you must always consider what you are confident on what you wagered on. Should there be an event where you feel unsure of what you are betting on, it would be better if you spent less than how much you would typically do. It would be a waste of money to spend on something you aren’t 100% into.

Being A Good Sport

As said earlier, betting is a game of chance. There will be days where the competitors you bet on did not make it, and you had spent a considerable amount of money on them. Losses will be there, and it is essential that we are realistic enough to realize that there may be more chances for us to lose than to win. And when we lose, it’s only a matter of acceptance.

Yes, it always feels good to win, but you need to expect to lose too. And when you do, don’t let it discourage you. As long as you keep playing your cards right, you can win again next time.

To Sum it Up

Betting in horse races can always end up with varied results. Good bettors would know what they would get into, are mindful of how much they would bet, and think realistically that there are big chances to win and lose. But bet responsibly and critically, and you might just hit big. Most importantly, have fun!

FPL Season 2021/22: Gameweek 22 preview

After what at times felt like the longest gameweek in the history of FPL, double gameweek 21 is now behind us and we have about 48 hours to prepare for double gameweek 22. Such is life in the (fantasy) Premier League at the moment. West Ham assets particularly stood out last week, with Manuel Lanzini, Jarrod Bowen and Vlad Coufal all recording double-digit hauls, while Lukasz Fabianski and Michail Antonio both made the team of the week with 9-pointers. Issa Diop completed the Hammers’ contingent with 8 points. They now have a single gameweek coming up, but seeing as their fixture is Leeds at home, you can expect heavy investment in West Ham assets before the DGW22 hits.

Other popular single gameweekers will be Liverpool’s Diogo Jota, currently brought in by more than half a million managers since the DGW21 deadline passed, and possibly Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Demarai Gray for their away game at Carrow Road, despite disappointing from a fantasy point of view in DGW21.

As has been the case lately, try and hold out on making transfers for as long as possible, especially not now that double gameweek announcements can be made at any moment.

The Doubles Section

Seeing as corona outbreaks look like they’re here to stay for the coming weeks at least, we’ve added a temporary new section to our weekly previews to help you keep track of postponements and doubles. For GW22, at the time of writing, we have double gameweeks for the following teams:

GW22 doubles(as of 13 Jan 18:00)
BrightonCrystal Palace (home), Chelsea (home)
BurnleyLeicester (home), Watford (home)
LeicesterBurnley (away), Spurs (home)
Manchester UnitedAston Villa (away), Brentford (away)
SpursArsenal (home), Leicester (away)
WatfordNewcastle (away), Burnley (away)

Don’t forget, the deadline for gameweek 22 is set at 18h30 (UK time) on Friday, January 14th, 2022.

Most transferred in/transferred out players (as per January 13th, 2022)


TRANSFERS OUTTRANSFERS INPOSSIBLE REASONS
GKMendy (CHE), Ramsdale (ARS), Foster (WAT)Sá (WOL), Ederson (MCI), De Gea (MUN)
DEFJames (CHE), Livramento (SOU), Alexander-Arnold (LIV)Tierney (ARS), Rüdiger (CHE), Cancelo (MCI)TAA yellow-flagged, James + Livramento injured
MIDSalah (LIV), Son (TOT), Benrahma (WHU)Jota (LIV), Son (TOT), Bowen (WHU), Saka (ARS)Son injury, Salah and Benrahma AFCON
FORWatkins (AST), Dennis (WAT), Vardy (LEI)Antonio (WHU), Ronaldo (MUN), Kane (TOT)Dennis yellow-flagged, Vardy injured

Premium pick

Acceptable form and a decent double gameweek coming up. Over 200,000 managers have already brought in Cristiano Ronaldo (£12.5m) in the build-up to gameweek 22 to bring his current total ownership to 31.5% at the time of writing. With the double gameweek fixtures not offering any real stand-out combinations at first glance, Manchester United’s double against Aston Villa and Brentford, both away, is likely to tempt a large number of managers to captain the Portuguese superstar for DGW22. The Red Devils have been far from impressive lately, and neither Villa nor the Bees will prove to be walk-overs for Ralf Rangnick’s men, but then again, it’s not THAT crazy to expect Manchester United to take six points from these games. Ronaldo should be fit after missing out in the FA Cup on Monday and we’re expecting him to be the focal point of the United attack, while he is also on penalties. A return or two over the next two games to build on his current 8 goals and 3 assist so far isn’t too much to ask, right?

Non-premium pick

Despite having just a single fixture in what is a double gameweek for seven teams, Liverpool’s Diogo Jota (£8.3m) is currently the most transferred-in midfielder with about 24 hours to go to the DGW22 deadline. The Reds are preparing for a home game against Brentford, who just shipped four goals away against Southampton on Tuesday, and things are looking good for their Portuguese forward. Jota, who is classified as a midfielder in the official game He is the main man in Liverpool’s forward line now that both Mo Salah and Sadio Mané are involved in the African Cup of Nations. He has scored 2 goals and given 1 assist in his last four league games, and sits on a total of 10 goals and 2 assists for the season so far. The Portugal international is likely facing a depleted Brentford backline, with three defenders currently flagged, just coming off a 4-1 loss at Saint Mary’s. Over half a million fantasy managers have already brought Jota in and the added value of this transfer is that fixture-wise, he can be a decently-priced set-and-forget option until at least gameweek 26.

The budget enabler

For our budget enabler of the week, we’re looking at Brighton and Hove Albion, one of the seven teams with a double gameweek. Admittedly, the Seagulls don’t seem to have the easiest double match-up on paper, but there is some potential there, especially, quite surprisingly perhaps, in the attacking department. Neither the Eagles (8 goals conceded in the last four) nor the Blues (4 goals conceded in the last three) have been their defensive best of late, and Brighton’s striker Neal Maupay (£6.5m) seems to have hit a good vein of form at the moment. He has scored 7 goals and given 1 assist this season, and 1 of those goals plus the single assist were recorded over the last three gameweeks. Looking back a bit further, we can see that the Frenchman has actually returned in five of his last six league outings for a total of 30 FPL points. Not bad for a budget striker who is a nailed-on option for his gaffer and about to face two suspect defences. The way we see it, the home game against Palace is the main event, while the home encounter with Chelsea is a bonus.

The differential

One of the reasons why double gameweek 22 isn’t as straight-forward as many would like, is that on paper, Watford have the best double match-up. The Hornets will be facing Newcastle and Burnley away from home, but of course, they are a relegation candidate themselves. In other words, Newcastle and Burnley will be eyeing the three points against Watford as well. Still, we feel that Josh King (£5.8m) could be a shrewd investment. Most of the eyes have been on Dennis as Watford’s stand-out attacking option (who has also just returned to training) and with good reason, but King has been ticking along nicely as well. The Norway international already has 5 goals and 4 assists to his name this season, and he’s a nailed-on starter under manager Claudio Ranieri. What’s more, he’s on penalties and that’s especially interesting during double gameweeks in our opinion. In the end, the 37.5%-owned Dennis (King is currently in 8% of all squads) has recorded “just” 3 goals and 1 assist more than King, making the latter a very interesting differential for DGW22. We might even be so bold as to suggest, him as a big-time outsider punt for the captaincy. For those who can afford such boldness, of course.

The captaincy

As we wrote earlier, we’re expecting Cristiano Ronaldo to be the main captain of choice in DGW22 and we’re leaning towards him as well. With Manchester United currently in sixth in the Prem, six points behind West Ham in fourth, away games against teams such as Villa and especially promoted Brentford are must-wins. Ronaldo should be fit enough to start both games, especially considering the fact that the Red Devils have a four-day resting period in between the two games and despite some pundits doubting the Portuguese’s physical ability to start and perform in both (what?!). He’s probably the safest bet for the armband this weekend.

Besides CR7, there is also Harry Kane, who is facing Arsenal at home and Leicester away in DGW22. The England captain blanked against Watford in GW21, but he did score in three consecutive games prior to that fixture. He’s nailed-on, on penalties, and well… Harry Kane. If you want to go the more differential route with your captaincy pick, the previously mentioned Josh King offers an interesting prospect, while James Maddison for his double against Burnley and Spurs is an outside pick with a big potential upside as well.

The Rumours Are Flying, But Who Will Liverpool Actually Sign In January?

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There are a few points during a Premier League season that has everyone talking. The start, the end and the player transfers. Player transfers, in particular, get everyone talking and speculating to the point it’s all the players have to hear about, and this year is no different. We’d go as far as to say the rumours are rifer than ever this year, especially with Liverpool. Every transfer window, Liverpool seem to find themselves at the centre of the conversation. 

Below, we will look at the transfer rumours currently flying around and whether Liverpool will actually make any of them.

The Strong Rumours

The season, in general, is always juicy at this team of the year – fans flock to SeatPick to get tickets and see the spectacles first-hand. But if we’re talking about transfer rumours and looking at the media storm that currently surrounds them, there are definitely some strong and weak rumours – and by that, we mean some of them are nothing more than rumours; some are transfers legitimately in the pipeline. 

One signing that has been in the pipeline for some time now is that of Ismaila Sarr, Watford’s shining star, who they sure won’t be ready to let go of, but when a big club like Liverpool comes knocking, you go running to them. 

The Sarr rumours have been here since the summer and have circled again now the window is drawing closer, but Liverpool are yet to comment whether they’re actually close to making a deal. According to rumours, despite no approach made as of yet, Liverpool are still ‘interested’ in the Watford star. 

A strong rumour is the signing of Erling Haaland – but if Liverpool wants him, they’re going to have to beat the majority of the major teams to it. The signing of manager Ralf Ragnick means Manchester United could be in with a shot of securing Haaland. According to the rumours, Borussia Dortmund — the team he currently plays for — are reportedly willing to accept a transfer fee in instalments. However, it is still a big rumour, just like the transfer of Jarrod Bowen is.

The Weak Rumours

One weak rumour is that of Raheem Stirling, who has apparently been in contact with Liverpool over a return to the club – but the sources are some suspect online media websites. Interestingly, however, Glen Johnson has neglected to rule out a Raheem Stirling move to Liverpool, and considering he’s not having the best season at Manchester City, it could well be on the cards.

According to reports from a media company in Spain, Liverpool also have their eyes on Christian Pulisic – the Chelsea forward who has been performing really well. However, he apparently comes with a huge price tag that Liverpool are debating whether to pay and whether it would be worth it. He’s a cracking player who would make for an excellent signing if they do.

What’s Likely To Happen?

In all reality, none of us knows what’s about to happen until it happens, and that’s the beauty of the transfer windows. Rumours fly, and people place their bets on the players they think will move, and it almost always ends up being different. However, the rumour mill is definitely working hard this window, and it’ll be interesting to see which players end up when at the end of the season, or indeed, at the end of January.

It doesn’t get much more exciting than the transfer window, and it’s creeping closer every day. By the end of January, we should know what players teams have invested their money in and how the rest of the season will play out. One thing is for sure, if all the Liverpool transfer rumours are true, they’ll sign the entire premier league and international players by the end of January.

Tipped for the top in the 2021-22 PFA player awards

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Every season there are so many awards handed out to players, we can sometimes lose track of whether they actually have any meaning or weight. Nevertheless, there are two awards which the players themselves value above all others, voted for by fellow and presented by the Professional Footballers’ Association. While fan and media recognition is good, nothing beats the respect of peers in the game.

The PFA Player Awards

Since the 1973-74 season in English football, the Professional Footballers’ Association has presented its own awards. These are the PFA Players’ Player of the Year and the PFA Young Player of the Year, exclusively voted for by members of the professional players’ union. For this reason, it’s also fair to say these awards carry the greatest prestige in the English game, regarded as the biggest honour a player can receive.

Interestingly, during an era in which sports betting has increasingly gained popularity, these two awards always tend to feature amongst the available markets at leading bookmakers, while other awards are often ignored. However, if we look at the best online betting sites by sport, then focus on football and the respective PFA awards, odds can vary wildly from one site to the next.

For this reason, it always makes good sense to read plenty of reviews, compare bookies and see what they offer. To highlight this point and before revealing some of the PFA awards favourites this season, there’s a huge variance in odds amongst all the most recognised bookmakers this year. Before backing anyone, don’t forget to ensure you’re getting the best odds. Now, let’s take a closer look at each of the two top men’s awards.

PFA Players’ Player of the Year

Every spring, members of the PFA are asked to vote for two players, then a shortlist of the leading contenders is published in April. During the same month, a gala ceremony is held in London when the winners are announced. In 2005 when John Terry became the first Chelsea player to receive the award, he considered it “the ultimate accolade to be voted for by your fellow professionals,” cherishing the honour of being recognised by his peers.

Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne won the last to editions in 2019-20 and 2020-21, becoming one just six players to claim the award twice, and one of only three players in PFA history to win the award in two consecutive seasons. The two back-to-back winners were Thierry Henry in 2002-03 and 2003-04, then Cristiano Ronaldo in 2006-07 and 2007-08.

Looking at the current odds with practically every online bookie, Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah is leading the betting by a wide margin, strongly tipped to win the 2021-22 PFA Players’ Player of the Year award. If he does, it would be the second time the Egyptian star has claimed the award, having previously topped the player votes in 2017-18.

PFA Young Player of the Year

Inaugurated in 1973-74 season like the main award, the age limits have varied over the years and that led to some criticism, given that players could be aged up to 23 at the start of any season. That meant some nominees were aged 24 by the end of a campaign, which was hardly considered “young” by media critics. Since 2021, only players aged 21 or under at the start of a season can be considered for the award.

While the main award has always been won by players from the top division of English football, the PFA Young Player of the Year award went to Ryan Sessagnon of Fulham in 2018, making him the first and only recipient outside of the topflight. Back-to-back winners include Ryan Giggs and Robbie Fowler, Wayne Rooney and Dele Alli, while they could be joined 2020-21 winner Phil Foden of Manchester City.

Foden is widely tipped as the 2021-22 favourite for the PFA Award Young Player of the Year, although the odds would suggest there’s a strong list of challengers. On loan at Crystal Palace from Chelsea this season, midfielder Conor Gallagher is regarded as a potential candidate, along with Chelsea right-back Reece James, who has enjoyed a superb season.

Dual Award Winners

To conclude, here’s a little bit of extra trivia. How many players have won both awards in the same season? Well, the answer to that question is just three players. Andy Gray was the first in 1976-77 with Aston Villa, followed by a gap of 30 years, until Cristiano Ronaldo became the second in 2006-07 at Manchester United. The third and last recipient of both awards in the same season was Gareth Bale, when he took both awards in 2012-13 with Tottenham.

The Top Ranked National Football Teams in the World

Football is, far and beyond, the biggest sport in the world right now, and has been for over a hundred years. The sport was officially created in the Victorian era, when Oxford drafted the first rules of the game that we recognize as football today. Since then, football has garnered a popularity that has made it the most watched and played sport the world over, with 5 billion fans and over 500 million players (professional, amateur, or recreational) worldwide.

Football is popular on the betting scene. In England alone, millions are spent on football betting. The amount of cash spent on football wagers around the world can be calculated in the hundreds of millions. Betting shops and online betting sites like the ones listed at www.betstation.com see a drastic increase in revenue during the football season.

The biggest football event in the world, the FIFA World Cup, sees the national football teams from countries around the world compete for the World Cup Trophy. In this article, we will take a look at the most successful National Football teams according to FIFA statistics.

Brazil

Brazilians are known for their deep love and passion for sports, especially football. The football culture in Brazil is one of the most developed and passionate football cultures in the entire world, and Brazilian football fans are known for their passion towards the sport, and their team.

The Brazilian football team is one of the most, if not the most, successful team in the FIFA World Cup. They have won five World Cups over the course of the 20th century, with their last victory being in 2002. The team is also considered the best performing team in the World Cup, having won over 70 matches, scored over 200 points, and is the only team that has competed in the Cup without any absences.

France

The French National team is ranked as the second best national football team on the FIFA rankings, and their accomplishments certainly back up their success. They have won two Confederation Cups, two UEFA European Championships, one ArtemioFranchi Trophy, and two FIFA World Cups. The team has also reached the finals of the World Championship on multiple occasions, most notably in 2006, when they lost to Italy.

Belgium

As of 2021, the Belgium national football team are ranked 1st according to the FIFA rankings. The team has competed in three major football competitions, as well as three Olympic football tournaments. Between the 1950s and early 2000s, the Belgium team defeated four of Football’s greatest champions: West Germany, Argentina, France, and Brazil.

The Belgium team has topped FIFA’s rankings several times, most notably in 2015, and most recently in 2021. It has also come in the top 3 on numerous occasions, including in 2018. It is, by far, one of the best National football teams in the world.

Honorable Mentions

Those are just three of the best football teams in the world right now, however, they are not the only great teams. The English team is one of the most accomplished football teams, ranked fourth by FIFA in 2021. The Portuguese, Spanish, and Argentinian team are also some of the greatest teams, all of which have won World Cups at one time or another.

Biennial World Cup

The FIFA Men’s World Cup is the holy grail of football and the world’s biggest tournament, which is why it takes place once every four years since it was founded almost 100 years ago. The tournament was canceled only during the Second World War. The four-year gap between each tournament gives every competing national team the chance to prepare for the massive event. Stars have been born, legends have been created, and history has been made at every event. It’s been 35 years since Diego Maradona’s hand of God goal in World Cup 1986, but every fan of the game who watched the match remembers it like it was yesterday. One can only imagine what the odds would have been on Betting Sites if online gambling existed at the time.

Fast forward to 2021, FIFA shocked the world with its new vision of the beautiful game. After several months of delegation, the FIFA president Gianni Infantino shared the researched data in favor of the idea of a biennial men’s World Cup but it has been met with strong opposition from retired and active players, coaches, European top clubs, the top leagues, and UEFA. The data showed that the biennial event would generate $4.4 billion, which is 62% more than the projected revenue if the tournament remained in its present schedule.

Infantino affirmed that acceptance of his proposal would be financially beneficial to every participating body. Arsene Wenger has been the man at the forefront of this campaign. In general, the former Arsenal manager stated that the plan is to upgrade the way the game is played by creating aids and programs for coaches and players. UEFA along with World Leagues Forum conducted their own research and it was reported that a biennial competition of such magnitude and importance would compromise other football and sporting events like the Olympics. Furthermore, a total of 6.7 million GBP could be lost in TV rights and sponsorships.

The rift the proposed idea created had forced Infantino to pull back on the plan, but there are several ongoing deliberations within the highest football governing body and with the 72nd FIFA Congress coming soon next year in Doha, it is logical to assume that this issue will be revisited soon. Meanwhile, Conmebol and UEFA have grown closer since the imploding of Gianni’s plans. They created a new tournament called the Nations League, perhaps in defiance of FIFA or a show of independence.

Recently, Kylian Mbappe joined the long list of football stars who have been very critical about the idea of the biennial FIFA World Cup. The World Cup winner told the media that the tournament would lose its relevance if it was scheduled to be played every two years. In the end, the final verdict on the future of the great game rests solely on 211 FIFA member nations regardless of the opposition’s disapproval.

FPL Season 2021/22: Double Gameweek 21 preview

The quick turn-around between gameweeks 19 and 20 plus a rare and unexpected 0-pointer by Mo Salah, who was captained by just over half of all managers in the game and by 63% of the pre-GW20 Top 100, made for a low-scoring gameweek 20. With a points average of 37, it ranks among the three lowest averages of the season so far, which was also reflected in the official Team of the Week. No less than five players made the team with a single-digit haul. Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel recorded the round’s highest score with 15 FPL points, thanks to a clean sheet and a Salah penalty save, followed by assist-hattrick hero Jarrod Bowen and Crystal Palace’s Odsonne Edouard (1 goal and 2 assists versus Norwich) with 14 points each.

Gameweek 21 is now DGW21 after this afternoon’s confirmation of 3 re-arranged fixtures: SOU v BRE, EVE v LEI and WHU v NOR. Due to Leicester, Southampton and Norwich having had their expected GW21 fixture postponed that leaves the following 3 clubs with two matches in the DGW: Brentford, Everton & West Ham. From a fantasy manager’s point of view, Tottenham’s visit to Watford also stands out. Southampton hosting Newcastle at Saint Mary’s has been postponed today so we’re down to 8 matches of the normal fixtures plus the 3 re-arranged fixxtures in DGW21.

As has been the case lately, try and hold out on making transfers for as long as possible, especially now that more double gameweek announcements can be made at any moment.

The Blanks Section

Seeing as corona outbreaks look like they’re here to stay for the coming weeks at least, we’ve added a temporary new section to our weekly previews to help you keep track of postponements and blanks. For DGW21, at the time of writing, two games have been postponed so far:

GW20 blanks(as of 31/12, 16h30)
Leicester v Norwich
Southampton v Newcastle

Don’t forget, the deadline for gameweek 21 is set at 11h00 (UK time) on Saturday, January 1st, 2022.

Most transferred in/transferred out players (as per December 31st, 2021)


TRANSFERS OUTTRANSFERS INPOSSIBLE REASONS
GKMendy (CHE), Ramsdale (ARS), Foster (WAT)Schmeichel (LEI), De Gea (MUN), Snachez (BRI)
DEFJames (CHE), Livramento (SOU), Rüdiger (CHE)Cancelo (MCI), Tierney (ARS), Reguilon (TOT), Dias (MCI)James injury, Livramento doubt, City fixtures and form
MIDGallagher (CRY), Salah (LIV), Bernardo (MCI)Bowen (WHU), Son (TOT), Raphinha (LEE)Gallagher injury doubt, Bowen form & DGW, Son form and fixtures
FORVardy (LEI), Saint-Maximin (NEW), Ronaldo (MUN)Antonio (WHU), Dennis (WAT), Edouard (CRY)Vardy and ASM injuries, Edouard GW20 haul, Antonio DGW.

Premium pick

For the first time this season, Mo Salah came away with exactly zero FPL points after missing a penalty against Leicester and Liverpool going down 1 to nothing at the King Power Stadium. At the same time, give 24 hours more or less, Cristiano Ronaldo (£12.5m) shot himself straight into the official game’s Team of the Week with a goal, an assist and 3 bonus points against Burnley. Taking into account that United’s fixtures in gameweeks 17 and 18 were postponed, the Portuguese superstar now has 4 goals and 1 assist in his last five league games, and he started each of those games. Up next are Wolves at Old Trafford and it should be noted that Bruno Lage’s men have so far conceded just 7 goals in nine games on the road. Overall, their 14 goals conceded rank second in the entire league, just two more than Manchester City. Man United are the favourite here nonetheless, especially with Ronaldo in good goal-scoring form, and we hope that they will be able to build on the 17 goals they have already scored in nine home games this season. Due to the recently announced DGW for West Ham, Antonio (owned by 37%) at £7.8m is going to be in demand with an away match on Saturday 1st at Crystal Palace followed by a home match on Wednesday 12th to Norwich.

Non-premium pick

There is a small, a very small fantasy upside to fixture postponements, provided that any affected player you own is physically fine (of course, we hope that every player is fine always, but hear us out), namely that it can provide players with an unexpected rest during a crazy busy festive period. One player in such a situation in GW21 could be Raphinha (£6.5m) after the Leeds – Aston Villa game was postponed in GW20, following the postponement of Liverpool – Leeds in GW19. In other words, Leeds have not played a competitive league game since their 1-4 thumping at the hands of Arsenal back in GW18, on December 18th. The Whites are now up against Burnley who went down to United at Old Trafford on Thursday night. The Clarets have conceded 24 goals so far this season, which in all honesty is equals mid-table at the moment, but they will be missing their first-choice goalkeeper Nick Pope against Leeds. As far as Raphinha goes, he’s got 3 goals and 1 assist from his last five league games, he is their best player and main creative outlet by some distance, and he’s on penalties as well. In what could end up being a tough weekend in FPL, the Brazilian could be a very shrewd signing. West Ham’s Bowen will also now be a popular pick for his DGW.

The budget enabler

In a time when your bench is more important than ever, a good, playing budget enabler can make all the difference in the world. That’s why the return to fitness and to the starting eleven of Ben Johnson (£4.0m) is such good news. The versatile West Ham fullback put in a decent shift against Watford, though he did not come away with a return. Since his emergence in David Moyes’ starting eleven back in gameweek 8, he featured in every game until injury hit in GW15. Over that run, he recorded 28 FPL points, courtesy of 2 clean sheets and a bonus point. Not bad for a 4.0m-priced fullback playing for a good side that has a favourable run of fixtures coming up, starting with Crystal Palace away and Leeds at home. With Aaron Cresswell out for the foreseeable future, Johnson is an ideal budget-enabling fantasy pick and has the newly announced DGW.

The differential

Off the back of a few more than decent performances and with Mo Salah due to depart for the AFCON very soon, Kevin de Bruyne (£11.9) has all the makings of becoming the next big bandwagon. For the first time this season, the Belgian has managed to perform at levels we were used to from him for an extended run of games after a first half of the season riddled with injury niggles. He’s got 3 goals and 1 assist in his last four league outings, and he started for the Cityzens in those games as well. That’s good news, but in the case of Man City, potentially bad as well, because in theory, it puts KDB higher and higher on Pep’s rotation list. Then again, this is and has been since a long time the main downside of picking Man City fantasy assets. What we’re seeing mainly, is one of the best midfielders in the world sitting in just 4.7% of all teams with a good run of fixtures coming up. Bringing him in now, before the away game at Arsenal and the home clash with Chelsea, could put you in the next bandwagon’s driver’s seat. Due to the newly announced DGW for West Ham, Everton & Brentford there will be moves to bring in players from these clubs (particuarly the WHU & EVE).

The captaincy

The DGW21 captaincy debate this weekend has been thrown up in the air after the DGW announcement and most likely Antonio or Bowen of West Ham will be the main candidates unless you want to take a punt on an Everton player (such as Gray or DCL returning from injury) or a Brentford player.

Spurs also offer two interesting captaincy options in the persons of Heung-Min Son and Harry Kane as Spurs take on Watford at Vicarage Road. Antonio Conte’s men are picking up some form and both of the team’s star players are looking more dangerous as well. More differential options for the armband this weekend are penalty-taker Raphinha at home against Burnley and set-piece maestro James Ward-Prowse for Southampton’s home encounter with Newcastle.