Can You Bet on Fantasy Sports?

Fantasy sports have long been a part of sporting seasons across the planet. In the United States, fantasy sports are associated with the top leagues, which provide official games, including the National Football League and the National Basketball Association. In the United Kingdom, fantasy football based on the English Premier League is extremely popular and there are several versions of the game available. The question is, can you bet on fantasy sports?

Some fantasy sports games are free to play yet have a prize for the winner. The official NFL fantasy game is free to play, and you can create different leagues without having to spend any money. The same applies to the official English Premier League fantasy football game and despite the fact, there is a prize to be won at the end of the game, it is free to enter. Therefore, in these two examples, there is no betting involved, despite the fact that there is a prize at the end of the game.

However, if you would like to add some extra spice to your fantasy sports game, you can bet on the outcome. Paying a fee to enter a fantasy sports game that has a monetary prize at the end is betting. Fanteam is a good example of a website and app that has been created to allow people to bet on fantasy sports. The traditional fantasy sports are played over the course of a season or tournament and Fanteam allows you to play for monetary prizes across a whole season or event. You will be charged a set fee to enter the competition and the winner will take away the prize, which can sometimes be over $1 million.

An alternative form of fantasy sports betting that has taken off in recent years is daily fantasy sports. Each day there is a new competition to enter, and you do not have to wait until the end of the season for the outcome. You may not want to have to play for a whole season to try and win a prize, especially if you are busy and may forget to adjust your team prior to the next round of games. That is where daily fantasy sports betting comes in handy, and you can bet on tournaments that last only one day or over the course of a weekend. You can even choose to play fantasy eSports events, which is an exciting addition to the online fantasy sports betting world.

That is not all and daily matchups is another form of fantasy sports betting that is proving popular among punters. You can pick up to 10 different duals and this sets players against each other, such as two quarterbacks in the NFL or two strikers in soccer. You can back which player you think will get the most points and the more duals you add to your betting slip, the better the return if you win.

So, there are many ways to bet on fantasy sports and you can choose to bet across a season or on individual events.

FPL Season 2021/22: Gameweek 13 preview

Gameweek 12 was another good one for the differentials, apart from in defence, where the popular premiums delivered nicely. Last weekend’s Team of the Week contained a five-men defence made up of the weekend’s two highest-scoring players overall, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Tyrone Mings with 15 FPL points each, with Antonio Rüdiger (14 points), Reece James (12 points) and Joao Cancelo (12 points) completing the backline. Out of the remaining six players, only Watford’s Emmanuel Dennis, who scored a goal and gave 2 assists against Man United, boasted an ownership of more than 4.5%. The Nigerian forward was also the only non-defensive player who scored more than 12 FPL points in GW12.

Looking forward to gameweek 13, Sunday evening jumps out particularly. Before Chelsea host Manchester United for the last encounter of the weekend, fellow title candidates Manchester City will be welcoming high-and-flying West Ham to the Etihad. Uncomfortable games for the Blues and Skyblues, so Liverpool will be hoping to take advantage a day earlier when Southampton roll up to Anfield. As a Fantasy Premier League Manager, that’s probably one of the games you want to aim for this weekend, while Arsenal versus Newcastle, Brentford at home to a weakened Everton, and Leicester against Watford at the King Power could bring fantasy joy as well.

Don’t forget, the deadline for gameweek 13 is set at 11h00 (UK time) on Saturday, November 27th.

Most transferred in/transferred out players (as per November 24th, 2021)

GKSchmeichel (LEI), Raya (BRE), McCarthy (SOU)Ramsdale (ARS), Mendy (CHE), Foster (WAT)
DEFDias (MCI), Shaw (MUN), Duffy (BRI)James (CHE), Alexander-Arnold (LIV), Cancelo (MCI)Form of the transferred-in defenders, Dias rotation, Shaw injury doubt
MIDBenrahma (WHU), Gray (EVE), Greenwood (MUN)Gallagher (CRY), Smith-Rowe (ARS), Bernardo (MCI)Gallagher and ESR form, Benrahma lack of returns, Gray injury doubt & fixtures
FORAntonio (WHU), Ronaldo (MUN), Vardy (LEI)Jimenez (WOL), Dennis (WAT), Saint-Maximin (NEW)Antonio lack of returns + difficult fixtures, Dennis chasing points, Jimenez vs Norwich

Premium pick

If you regularly read our Fantasy Premier League gameweek previews, you’ll know that we’ve been attempting to add some variation to our premium fantasy pick category. Recommending Mo Salah (£13.0m) every weekend just didn’t really feel like adding value to your weekly decision-making process as a fantasy manager. And while that’s all fine, Salah has just kept on returning. With 4 goals and 3 assists in his last four games, and 11 goals and 8 assists after 12 league games overall, gameweek 2 is still the only round without an attacking return for the Egyptian wizard. He is by far the highest-scoring fantasy asset this season and has so far been offering levels of consistency and reliability that have rarely been witnessed in FPL (‘Thierry Henry esque’). In a weekend in which Chelsea and Manchester City face potentially tricky opposition, Liverpool are playing at home against Southampton. The potential for closing the gaps with both sides is real, the Blues are 4 points ahead in first and the Cityzens 1 point ahead in second place, so we’ve gone with Salah as the stand-out premium fantasy pick for gameweek 13.

Non-premium pick

The FPL enthusiasm surrounding Ivan Toney (£6.7m) was sinking rapidly over the past few months, as the Brentford forward was not delivering on his underlying numbers. Prior to the GW12 encounter with Newcastle at Saint James Park, Toney had not recorded an attacking return for five weeks, but he rewarded the managers who kept faith him by scoring his third goal of the season against the Magpies. A total of 6 FPL points is not earth-shattering, but we’d like to look at it as a good start (on a good run of returns, that is). In order for his goal last Saturday to be just that, he does need to perform again this weekend, against Everton at home this time. The Toffees are going through a difficult period, losing four of their last five league games and conceding a worrying 10 goals in the process. Only Norwich fared worse over that same period. In other words, perhaps an injury-stricken and out-of-shape Everton side is just what Brentford need to deliver on their promising underlying attacking statistics. If it is, expect penalty-taker Toney to be involved.

The budget enabler

Now, with Burnley hosting Antonio Conte’s Spurs this coming Sunday, this pick might not be with hopes of a big haul immediately, but with an eye on the medium and longer term. By scoring his fifth goal of the season last weekend against Crystal Palace, Maxwell Cornet (£6.1m) has become the first Burnley player in Premier League history to score 5 goals in his first six starts for the club. The former Lyon man seems to have hit a serious purple patch of form for his new team and with a decent run of fixtures still to come, there might be more returns on the horizon given the quality of the goals he has scored. After the home game against Spurs, it’s Wolves and Newcastle on the road, followed by West Ham and Watford at home. Apart from that though, Burnley’s current form and sudden accuracy in front of goal mean that even the coming home game against Tottenham could be a source of points for their assets. At a price of just £6.1 and playing as a forward while listed as a budget midfielder by FPL, Cornet looks like a more than appealing budget-enabling pick.

The differential

Think about this for a moment: the fifth-highest scorer in the official game right now is owned by just 4.6% of all managers. That’s right, and that’s not all, because thanks to his 7 goals and 2 assists from 11 league starts, he is also the game’s second-highest-scoring midfielder, outscoring every forward in the game. In other words, Sadio Mané (£12.0m) represents enormous differential value at the moment. The Senegalese winger has quietly been working on his impressive totals in the shadow of his attacking partner on the other wing, Mo Salah. This may also explan why Mané’s ownership is so low, because investment in Salah, which is what just over 72% of the FPL community has currently opted for, reduces the appeal of heavily investing in another attacking Liverpool asset. If you’re looking to close gaps in your mini-leagues though, or if you’re simply feeling like taking a risky punt to try and improve your overall rank, Mané could be a fantastic addition to your squad.

The (vice-)captaincy

Earlier in this article, we highlighted Mo Salah as our stand-out premium fantasy pick for gameweek 13 by some distance, so it’s no surprise that we’re putting the GW13 captain armband on him as well as we suspect will 99% of other teams in the top 10k. Sometimes you just have to keep it simple (and repeat your captaincy choice for weeks on end).

The Egyptian will be the most-captained player again this weekend though, which reduces his relative value as an FPL asset a bit, especially if you’re chasing in your mini-league or just not feeling like following the template. In that case, there is Sadio Mané, while the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Emile Smith-Rowe at home against Newcastle, Salah and Mané’s team mate Jota at Anfield versus Soton, and Raul Jimenez away at Carrow Road look like decent alternatives as well. If you want to take it a step further, Mbeumo and Toney against Everton, Trossard at home versus Leeds and Jamie Vardy at the King Power against Watford might hold some differential captain value as well.

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Latvians in the English Premier League

Perched on the eastern shores of the Baltic Sea, Latvia is a small European country that’s home to less than two million people. It’s famous for many things, including stunning landscapes, ornate architecture, a flourishing online casino industry and more beer, beautiful women and budget-friendly holiday destinations than you can shake a stick at.

One thing that Latvia is not quite so renowned for is its footballing prowess. Yet to qualify for a World Cup, the Latvian national team has only ever made it to one major tournament (the 2004 European Championships in Portugal). Nonetheless, it has still produced some excellent talents in its own right, with a handful of these plying their trade in the English Premier League. Here’s a rundown of the four most famous.

Marian Pahars

The first Latvian to play in the English Premiership is perhaps the most successful. Arriving at Southampton in early 1999, Marian Pahars made quite the mark by scoring an equaliser (and almost netting a winner) in his debut against Blackburn Rovers. Over the course of a seven-year stint with the club, Pahars bagged an impressive 43 goals – that’s a return of almost one in three appearances. For a club of Southampton’s stature at the time, that’s no small feat. He has since progressed into management, taking the helm of the national team between 2013 and 2017.

Igor Stepanovs

One year after Pahars made the switch to England, his compatriot Igor Stepanovs did the same. Stepanovs was signed by Arsenal for a fee of £1.35 million and expected to provide cover for the injured captain Tony Adams. His career got off to a strong start; like Pahars, he scored on his debut. However, his playing time was limited by virtue of the fact that he had only ever been signed as a backup. What’s more, a dismal performance against rivals Manchester United, where the Gunners lost 6-1 in a season they were meant to be challenging Man Utd for the title, meant he didn’t feature regularly again. In total, he played 17 times for Arsenal in the EPL, all of them starts.

Andrejs Stolcers

An attacking midfielder, Andrejs Stolcers caught the eye of English scouts in 2000 while playing for Spartak Moscow. Indeed, he only ever featured for the Russian side 12 times, but his five goals in that stretch was enough to convince Fulham to bring him to London to help with their promotion push from the Championship. With Stolcers in their ranks, they were successful at the first time of asking and he spent three seasons with the Cottagers in the Premiership. However, other additions to bolster their attack meant he spent much time on the bench, recording just 10 appearances and two goals in the EPL.

Kaspars Gorkss

The Latvian to most recently grace the Premier League is Kaspars Gorkss, a reliable defender who helped two different clubs achieve promotion to the promised land of the Premiership. After spending 18 months with Blackpool Town, Gorkss was signed by Queens Park Rangers and at the third attempt, helped them win the division. However, he wouldn’t yet feature in the top flight, instead transferring to Championship side Reading. Gorkss achieved the unusual feat of lifting the Championship trophy two years in a row, going up with Reading immediately and scoring his first EPL goal against his old team QPR. He was loaned out and then released the following season, before later going on to serve as the head of the Latvian Football Federation in 2018.

Latvian might not be the first team you think of when you think of football, but the small nation has still produced a handful of players who featured in the English Premier League.

Timeless Classics: The Top Three Champions League Finals of All Time

As the Champions League gets underway once again, people around the world are ecstatic as they wonder who will make it all the way to the final and lift the trophy this time around. We shiver with anticipation to find out but until then, all there is to do is look back at some of the most classic finals that have ever been played. 

AC Milan v Liverpool (2005) 

This is a final that we are unlikely to see again this year. According to the outright markets for Champions League betting with Paddy Power, Liverpool are currently priced at a reasonably strong 11/2 odds, whilst AC Milan are pegged at a less favourable 750/1. As such, this classic is unlikely to be one that we see a repeat of anytime soon.  

The game in 2005 really was a sight to behold: the final score of 3-3 already reflects a top-quality high scoring game; however, the build-up to that scoreline is what made this final such a spectacle. 

Liverpool managed to come back against the odds, despite initially being 3-0 down in the first half. With sheer grit, they ended up winning the game on penalties. The odds seemed stacked against them from the very beginning as Paolo Maldini managed to find the back of the net in the first minute. Going into the second half would surely have a daunting prospect for the Liverpool side, however, this didn’t deter Steven Gerrard, who managed to inspire his side to persist, in order to execute one of the most amazing comebacks that this tournament has ever borne witness to. 

Source: Pexels

Manchester United v Chelsea (2008) 

Though Ronaldo has been playing well since his return to Manchester United, this game saw him at his ultimate best. It was a direct reflection of what his future would be like as he was responsible for securing the team’s first and only goal in this 1-1 draw. 

Extra time couldn’t bring forward a result and so the game went to penalties in order to secure a winner. Edwin van der Sar was Manchester United’s hero of the game as he was able to stop Nicolas Anelka’s shot, securing the Red Devils the win in the conclusion of this absolutely epic end-to-end game of football. 

Photo by Jonathan Petersson from Pexels

AC Milan v Barcelona (1994) 

Even with seven of their most dangerous players missing, Milan were still successful with securing the Champions League win back in 1994. How did they do it? It all boils down to executing what can only be described as one of the most unbelievable performances in a Champions League final ever. The whole team came out on a mission as they worked in unison and managed to secure a more than convincing 4-0 victory against their rivals Barcelona.

What Will The Next Final Be Like? 

Of course, looking back on such legendary finals makes for exciting reading as we await what is going to happen this time around. The favourites are currently looking to be the likes of Manchester City, Bayern Munich, PSG and Liverpool. However, if those past games have taught us anything it is that you should expect the unexpected with the Champions League. 

FPL Season 2021-22: Gameweek 12 preview

It seems like it was just yesterday that we were going through our 37th draft for the 19th time with five minutes to go to the gameweek 1 deadline. A lot has happened since then though, and with the third international break of this season now behind us, what’s probably the biggest period of the FPL year now comes into sight: the Christmas period. Ten gameweeks in about 40 days, combining with the two final rounds of the European group stages over the coming weeks, and the League Cup semi-finals towards the end of December. You better have a decent playing bench at your disposal.

For now though, gameweek 12 and it’s not looking like a straight-forward one. No fixture really stands out from a fantasy point of view, unless you really strongly believe in the “new manager bounce” for what has been a lacklustre Spurs squad this season as they host an equally flat Leeds side. Bar the elevated rotation risk, Manchester City at home to Everton could bring joy as well, while United away at Claudio Ranieri’s Watford would be top of the list had it not been for the away side’s terribly unpredictable form and uninspiring performances of late. Chelsea and Liverpool have their work cut out for them with games against Leicester away and Arsenal at home, respectively.

Don’t forget, the deadline for gameweek 12 is set at 11h00 (UK time) on Saturday, November 20th.

Most transferred in/transferred out players (as per November 18th, 2021)

GKSanchez (BRI), Raya (BRE), Schmeichel (LEI)McCarthy (SOU), Ramsdale (ARS), Guaita (CRY)Sanchez red card, Raya injury
DEFAlonso (CHE), Shaw (MUN), Azpilicueta (CHE)James (CHE), Cancelo (MCI), Alexander-Arnold (LIV)Alonso and Shaw flagged, form of Cancelo, James and TAA
MIDGray (EVE), Mount (EVE), Grealish (MCI)Gallagher (CRY), Smith-Rowe (ARS), Son (TOT)Everton fixtures, Mount and Grealish flagged, Gallagher and ESR form
FORVardy (LEI), Ings (AST), Toney (BRE)Antonio (WHU), Kane (TOT), Armstrong (SOU)Vardy blanking, Ings flagged, Kane fixtures. Armstrong form

Premium pick

The original plan was to recommend Mo Salah as our premium fantasy pick once again, simply because even against Arsenal at home, he’s the most reliable FPL asset around. At the last moment though, we figured you already know that so we take this opportunity to mention Harry Kane (£12.2m) instead. The Spurs striker is having a bad season so far with just a single goal and a single assist to his name after 10 league games, and his underlying numbers are far from great, but we might just be seeing some light at the end of the tunnel. First, there was the appointment of Antonio Conte for what will hopefully translate to a serious “new manager bounce” for Kane and co as they host Leeds on Sunday. Second, the Spurs forward made the most of the last international break by scoring no less than 7 goals in two games. In all fairness, the opponents in those games were Albania and San Marino, but it’ll surely have done his confidence some good. All we need now is for him to start delivering in the Premier League again as well.

Non-premium pick

While we were going over our candidate non-premium fantasy picks for inclusion in our GW12 FPL preview, we were a bit surprised by Diogo Jota’s (£7.5m) ownership at the time of writing. While 12.8% moves him out of differential territory, it’s still quite low when you consider the current state of Liverpool’s attack, according to FPL, at least. As we’re preparing for gameweek 12, the following attack-minded Reds are flagged: Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mané, Jordan Henderson, Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott. In other words, how is Jota not going to start for Jurgen Klopp’s side when they welcome Arsenal to Anfield on Saturday? It’s not the most favourable of match-ups as the Gunners have been picking up some good form since their horrible start to the 2021-22 campaign, but Liverpool still boast the league’s best attack with 31 goals scored. Jota himself currently sits on 4 goals and 1 assist from nine starts. Arsenal have generally been resilient in defence, except against the division’s elite sides (the 5-0 drubbing at the hands of Man City back in GW3 comes to mind), so we’re hoping for that pattern to continue this weekend.

The budget enabler

You may or may not have noticed, but rather quietly, Southampton have been one of the league’s stand-out performers over the past month or so. The Saints have taken an impressive 10 points from their last four games, scoring 5 goals in the process. Their striker Adam Armstrong (£5.9m), who was brought in from Blackburn Rovers for about £15 million over the summer, has been directly involved in two of those goals in the last two games. In GW10, he provided the assist for the only goal of the game in a 0-1 victory at Vicarage Road and in GW11, he scored the only goal of the game and took home 9 FPL points against Aston Villa at home. The fact that his goal was the result of a thundering strike from outside the area wasn’t much of a surprise, considering that only Michail Antonio has taken more shots than him this season. Up next are a Norwich side under new management, but we’re honestly not sure how much of a difference it will make. It’s true that the Canaries have been OK at times when they were not facing top-6 or top-8 opponents, but they don’t seem to possess sufficient quality to secure Premier League survival. They have conceded a minimum of 2 goals in four of their five league games at Carrow Road this season, which bodes well for an budget-enabling Adam Armstrong in good form.

The differential

Remember when AFC Bournemouth were the FPL gift that just kept on giving? In the 2018-19 season, budget picks like Callum Wilson (£7.3m) and Ryan Fraser were lighting up the league for the Cherries under coach Eddie Howe. Where the former managed 14 goals and 12 assists in 30 games for 168 FPL points, the latter recorded 7 goals and 14 assists for 181 FPL points. Since then, that Bournemouth team has slowly been dismantled, but as fate would have it, the recent appointment of Eddie Howe as Newcastle manager has seen the coach united with his two former star players once again, only this time at Saint James’ Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. While Fraser has yet to make an impact, Wilson has already shown glimpses of his goal-scoring prowess for the Toon. Despite missing several gameweeks due to injury, he has still managed 4 goals so far, and for a struggling team that is. The hope is that the arrival of Howe will blow some new life into the Magpies, just in time for an up-tick in form to coincide with a good run of fixtures, starting with promoted Brentford at home. With that game followed by Arsenal away and then back-to-back home encounters with Norwich and Burnley, Wilson could represent enormous differential value with an ownership of just 2.5% at the moment of writing.

The (vice-)captaincy

Seeing as Mo Salah should be your FPL GW12 captain (don’t argue with 10 goals, 8 assists and 117 FPL points from 11 starts), we’ll continue what we started by instead taking a look at wise vice-captain picks. With so many injuries doubts plaguing the Reds at the moment, it just feels like even more eyes and more hopes will be on the Egyptian wizard, if that’s even possible. From the same roster, Jota could be a good shout as well.

Earlier, we have also mentioned the soon-to-haul(-we-hope) Harry Kane earlier in this gameweek 12 preview, while despite unreliability hitting peak levels at Old Trafford, Cristiano Ronaldo can never be discarded, especially not against a relegation candidate like Watford. More budget-friendly picks include Michail Antonio away at Molineux, Adam Armstrong or Che Adams against Norwich at Carrow Road, or Callum Wilson or Ivan Toney from the encounter between Newcastle and Brentford on Saturday.

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Is Mitrovic just an outstanding Championship striker?

Aleksandar Mitrovic is on track to achieve the feat of the greatest season recorded by a striker in the Championship after an outstanding start to the 2021/22 football campaign. In his first 16 games of the season, the Fulham forward notched 19 goals along with five assists. The record for most goals scored in a Championship season was set by Portsmouth’s Guy Whittingham in the 1992/93 season when he notched 42 strikes in 46 appearances. The Serbian player is on target to surpass his accomplishment, although it will take a flawless run between now and the end of the campaign to maintain his pace and remain injury-free particularly with the busy Christmas fixtures.

Fulham will be keen for the forward to remain on the pitch given his success. The Cottagers were relegated from the Premier League after only one season in the top flight, but are on course to bounce back at the first attempt for the second time in a row. Marco Silva’s men are backed at evens in the Championship winner odds to return to the Premier League as champions of the second tier, which the club last achieved in the 2000/01 season. Bournemouth and West Brom are also in contention in the Championship predictions and the race for automatic promotion promises to be a thriller.

Mitrovic will play a key role in their success, but his performances may attract teams from the top flight to swoop for his signature in the January 2022 transfer window. The 27-year-old has excelled in the Championship but has found life in the Premier League a lot tougher. In Fulham’s last Premier League campaign, he mustered only three goals in 27 appearances. He did score 11 goals in 37 games in the 2018/19 campaign in the top flight, proving that the forward is capable of producing in the right circumstances. However, the transition from the Championship to the second tier has been just as difficult for Mitrovic as it has Fulham, resulting in their successive relegations.

Mitrovic is not alone in his struggles in the Premier League after playing a starring role in the second tier. Teemu Pukki and Norwich have discovered that success in the Championship does not translate into the top tier. Pukki scored 29 goals in the Canaries’ run to the Championship title in the 2018/19 season, only to return 11 in the top flight as the club were relegated without a fight albeit he started the Premier League season on fire. Daniel Farke’s men responded to storm their way back to the top flight with another title-winning surge that Pukki led with 26 goals in 41 matches. Once again, the Canaries and Pukki have failed to make the adjustment to the top flight, with the Finn on course to score eight goals this term.

If Mitrovic continues his amazing run and breaks the 40-goal barrier in the Championship, there will be the belief that he can finally fulfil his potential at the highest level that saw Newcastle part with £13 million in 2015 when he was only 21. Fulham and potential suitors must also be aware that he has his limitations, and it could be that the forward is just a very successful striker in the second tier. There’s no shame in that, but the Cottagers must be aware moving forward if they are to avoid another Premier League disappointment.

NFL 2021 Halfway Mark: Assessing the Leading Super Bowl Contenders

The extended season of the NFL has reached the halfway segment, with the trade deadline passed, long-term injuries taking hold, and teams’ qualities laid out for all to see. Coming into the season, it was all about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers returning with their Super Bowl-winning roster, as well as the Kansas City Chiefs still being an almighty unit.

However, with several weeks of action in the books, the narrative has changed somewhat. New contenders have risen to the fore, others have clearly struggled, and the eventual winners of the Super Bowl looks to be anyone’s guess at this point.

Frontrunners for Super Bowl LVI

As is almost always the case – with the exceptions being when a team tears up the roster over the offseason – the reigning champions came into the 2021 NFL season as the frontrunners. After their showings so far this season, there’s little reason to doubt that this Buccaneers team can do it all over again. Better still, during their Week 10 Bye, quarterback Tom Brady got to sit back and watch the Cowboys, Packers, Rams, and Saints lose.

The Buccaneers do have quite the war the wage in the NFC South, with the New Orleans Saints taking a win from them, the Atlanta Falcons refusing to go away quietly, and the Carolina Panthers primed to improve with Christian McCaffery back. Still, with Brady, the superb offensive line, three top-class receivers, and perhaps the best linebacker duo in the NFL, the Bucs are set to take the divisional crown.

Where it gets a bit more interesting is in the case of Tampa Bay’s fellow favourites for Super Bowl LVI: the Buffalo Bills. They have an undisputedly talented roster, which is why they’re deservedly put down as the joint-favourites in the NFL betting at 6/1, alongside the Bucs. However, their 5-3 record says otherwise. In the AFC East, the Bills should still ease to the playoffs, but performances against the Jags and Dolphins are troubling.

Dark horse contenders looking better than the frontrunners

Undoubtedly, the most impressive team of the NFL season so far has been the Arizona Cardinals. With a high-powered offence and a menacing defence on the other side of the ball, the Cards are a real force this season. In fact, even when Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins missed their first games as Cardinals, along with AJ Green, Kevin Peterson, and James Wiggins, they still managed to thump the San Francisco 49ers 31-17.

While not quite to the same extent, the Los Angeles Rams have certainly thrown their hats into the equation on star power alone. A new-look offence backed up by some of the most renowned weapons on defence make the Rams automatic contenders. Matt Stafford and Cooper Kupp have become one of the best offensive duos in the NFL, while they added Von Miller to the likes of Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey at the trade deadline.

Arizona and the LA Rams are currently within touching distance of the frontrunners, in terms of the ratings of the oddsmakers – at 8/1 and 9/1, respectively – but by Week 10, both had superior records to the Bucs and Bills. While there are wild-card places up for grabs, perhaps the biggest issue for them both is that they compete in the NFC West. The Cards won their first head-to-head, with the next being on 14 December.

Given the rosters at their disposal, the Bills and Bucs should be rated as highly as they are, but the Cardinals and Rams are certainly proving to be dark horse contenders at the halfway stage.

FPL Season 2021/22: Gameweek 11 preview

After a downpour of hauls and the season’s second-highest average score in gameweek 9, gameweek 10 was a completely different experience. With Mo Salah not scoring for once (though he did assist), the FPL differentials took the power once again as Cristiano Ronaldo and Reece James were the only players with an ownership of more than 10% to make it into GW10’s Team of the Week. On the flipside, no less than six of last weekend’s outstanding performers currently still boast an ownership of less than 5% with four of them sitting in less than 2% of all teams. While James recorded the highest score of the week (21 FPL points), courtesy of 2 goals and a clean sheet, the likes of Gabriel (15 points, owned by 1.7%), Matthew Lowton (14 points, owned by 1.7%) and Declan Rice (13 points, owned by 5.1%) provided big as well for the few fortunate managers who own them.

This weekend could end up being another unpredictable and possibly low-scoring affair in terms of FPL. On Saturday, it’s the Manchester derby at Old Trafford at 12:30pm, while on Sunday, Liverpool (at West Ham), Leicester (at Leeds) and Spurs (at Everton) are all up for potentially tricky outings. In terms of the traditional top sides, Chelsea and Arsenal do present interesting fixtures by hosting Burnley and Watford, respectively. The home games of Southampton (vs Aston Villa), Brentford (vs Norwich), Crystal Palace (vs Wolves) and Brighton (vs Newcastle) all look winnable for the home sides (only 2 of the 10 fixtures in GW9 were home wins!), but the results might just as easily go the other way, in our opinion.

Don’t forget, the deadline for gameweek 11 is set at 18h30 (UK time) on Friday, November 5th.

Most transferred in/transferred out players (as per November 5th, 2021)

GKRaya (BRE), Schmeichel (LEI), Ederson (MCI)Ramsdale (ARS), Mendy (CHE), Sánchez (BRI)
DEFAlonso (CHE), Dias (MCI), Azpilicueta (CHE)James (CHE), Chilwell (CHE), Livramento (SOU)Chelsea defensive rotation
MIDKovacic (CHE), Mount (CHE), Sarr (WAT)Smith-Rowe (ARS), Gallagher (CRY), Son (TOT)Kovacic injury doubt, ESR and Gallagher form, Conte arrival at Spurs
FORIngs (SOU), Lukaku (CHE), Antonio (WHU)Toney (BRE), Hwang & Jimenez (WOL) & Ronaldo (MUN)Ings and Lukaku injury doubts, Toney fixtures, Hwang & Jimenez form

Premium pick

Since Salah failed to score last weekend for the first time since his blank in gameweek 2, we are immediately removing him from our recommendations. He’s over. That’s a joke, of course, the Egyptian provided an assist against Brighton for his 17th return of the season and remains the most reliable FPL asset out there, including for his upcoming away game with West Ham. For the sake of variation though, and because decent form and a good fixture seem to be coinciding for him at the moment, our premium fantasy pick for gameweek 11 is Pierre-Emerick Aubaneyang (£10.0m). The Arsenal forward had a slow start to the season, but seems to be finding his place in Mikel Arteta’s improving squad. He scored 4 goals and gave 1 assist in his last seven games for a total of 37 FPL points or just over 5.5 points per game. Not amazing for a player with his price tag, but definitely not bad either. Up next are Watford at the Emirates, followed by Liverpool away and then Newcastle at home, which looks like a run over which Auba could bring the 5.4% of managers who own him considerable joy.

Non-premium pick

Mason Mount (£7.5m) missed last weekend’s clash with Newcastle at the very last minute due to non-COVID19-related illness, which will have had more than a few fantasy managers fuming, but the English midfielder is set to return this weekend. He had initially travelled with the team to Newcastle, but was then sent home to recover and he was also left out of the mid-week squad that visited Malmö in the Champions League. Mount is a key figure for this Chelsea side and in the absence of Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner, is attacking creativity is much needed. Injury issues have kept his season from really taking off so far, but in the three games that he could start so far this season, he recorded 3 goals and 3 assists. Two of those assists came in gameweeks 1 and 2, while the rest of his returns formed his 24-point mega haul against Norwich in gameweek 9. Even though Burnley are considerably sturdier than the Canaries, especially in defence, this weekend’s game should be three points in the bag for the Blues and the hope is that Mount can contribute to such a result. Keep an eye on Chelsea team news.

The budget enabler

It’s hard to remember the last time we mentioned TWO Arsenal fantasy assets in the same gameweek preview article, but here we are. After highlighting Aubameyang’s potential as a premium pick, we have now come to the budget-enabler category with Emile Smith-Rowe (£5.6m). Over the past two games, the 21-year old midfielder recorded 22 FPL points, courtesy of a goal and an assist against Villa in GW9 followed by a goal at Leicester last weekend. This brought his totals to 3 goals, 2 assists and 49 FPL points from nine starts, which represents incredibly good value when taking his price tag into consideration. ESR ranks amongst the top-two Arsenal assets for several important attacking indicators, including shots in the box, shots on target and big chances creates. This bodes well for him as the Gunners take on Watford at home next. Since Claudio Ranieri took over at Vicarage Road, the Hornets have conceded 8 goals and they still have not managed to keep a clean sheet this Premier League season. Like the case with Auba, this fixture looks juicy for Smith-Rowe, with the added bonus of Newcastle at home in gameweek 13 (after an away game at Anfield).

The differential

Now this is a bit of a punt and with “bit”, we mean that it’s a pretty big gamble when looking at the season so far. Harry Kane (£12.1m) does not only have just 1 goal and 1 assist to his name so far, he also carries a very premium price tag, which is not really a combination of factors you’d favour when looking for new recruits for your FPL squad. The “punt” part of this pick comes from the fact that Tottenham’s away game against Everton will also be Antonio Conte’s first game in charge of Spurs. Very much remains to be seen when it comes to the Italian’s ideas for his new side and his the extent of his arrival’s impact on the club, but Kane looks set to be an integral part of whatever comes next at White Hart Lane. In that sense, the visit to Goodison Park could be a great beginning of a new era, as the Toffees are finding themselves in a bit of a slump at the moment. Rafa Benitez’ men have lost their last three league games and conceded 8 goals over that run, while important figures like Lucas Digne, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Abdelaye Doucouré all remain sidelined with injuries. It might just be the moment to hop aboard the Kane train early (his ownership is at 6.6% at the moment of writing), before it takes off on a very appealing run of fixtures (if you have 2 transfers to use this week and no real need to make one then consider transferring a benched player for a Spurs player due to their fixtures from GW12 and the new-manager bounce factor).

The (vice-)captaincy

Seeing as about 99.9% of FPL managers will again be captaining Mo Salah this weekend for Liverpool’s visit to West Ham, we figured we’d approach our usual captaincy segment a bit differently this time. Instead of focusing on recommendations for the captaincy (Salah, obviously), we’ll take a quick look at some interesting and, most importantly, wise picks for the vice-captaincy. Salah did play 90 minutes in Liverpool’s mid-week victory over Atlético de Madrid, after all.

For those who can afford this type of team structure, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would be a more than decent pick for the vice-captaincy as Arsenal host Watford on Saturday. Much of the same goes for Chelsea’s Kai Havertz for the home encounter with Burnley and Leicester’s Jamie Vardy for the visit to Elland Road. Riskier, but also more affordable vice-captains for gameweek 11 include Brentford’s Ivan Toney against Norwich at home, Brighton’s Leandro Trossard or Neal Maupay versus Newcastle at home, and Chelsea creator Mason Mount, on condition that he is declared fit before the Burnley game.

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FPL Season 2021/22: Gameweek 10 preview

With an average of no less than 64 points, gameweek 9 was about as action-packed as they come in the Fantasy Premier League. What greatly added to the excitement (and disappointment, depending on your squad) was the fact that, while more than a few decently owned assets delivered, the only real premium pick to haul was Mo Salah. And he didn’t just haul, he HAULED. Three goals, one assist, a clean sheet and three bonus points at Old Trafford were good for 24 FPL points, making him the first player to cross the 100-point threshold in the 2021/22 campaign.

Incredibly though, the Egyptian wasn’t the only player to record a 24-pointer, because a day earlier, Mason Mount faced Norwich at the Bridge, which resulted in exactly the same haul for the academy graduate. Other big-time stand-out performers were Man City’s Phil Foden with 18 FPL points, courtesy of a brace plus an assist, Watford’s Joshua King with 16 points, thanks to a hattrick at Goodison Park, and last weekend’s true differential Maxwell Cornet, who scored twice for Burnley against Southampton for 15 FPL points. The former Lyon man is currently owned by 0.3% of managers and preparing for a good run of fixtures on paper. Anyway, on to the coming weekend!

Don’t forget, the deadline for gameweek 10 is set at 11h00 (UK time) on Saturday, October 30th.

Most transferred in/transferred out players (as per October 28th, 2021)

GKRaya (BRE), Schmeichel (LEI), Lloris (TOT)Mendy (CHE), Martinez (AST), Foster (WAT)Raya injury
DEFAlonso (CHE), Shaw (MUN), Azpilicueta (CHE)Chilwell (CHE), Alexander-Arnold (LIV), Rüdiger (CHE)Alonso rotation, Azpi injury, Chelsea defensive solidity
MIDPogba (MUN), Raphinha (LEE), Fernandes (MUN)Mount (CHE), Foden (MCI), Salah (LIV)Good GW9 for transferred-in players, Salah red hot, Pogba red card, Raphinha injury doubt
FORLukaku (CHE), Ronaldo (MUN), Vardy (LEI)Antonio (WHU), Hwang (WOL), Vardy (LEI)Lukaku and Vardy injury doubts, Antonio ongoing form, Hwang form+budget

Premium pick

Look, we know it’s becoming repetitive, but it’s our goal to provide you every week with the best possible advice to help you form a winning squad in the official Fantasy Premier League game. That’s why we can’t possibly justify not picking Mo Salah (£12.9m) as our premium fantasy pick of the week once again. The Liverpool star might just be in the best form of his life at the moment and that’s saying a lot about the highest-scoring, most consistent FPL performer of the past few seasons. He bagged a scandalous 24 points against arch rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford, helping him to become the first player to score 100 FPL points this season, and settling his current totals at 10 goals and 6 assists from nine league games. That’s just under 12 points per game. Up next are Brighton, who are having the best Premier League start in the club’s history, at Anfield and even though the Seagulls have been defensively solid in general this campaign, we can really only see this one going one way. Man City put four past Graham Potter’s men last weekend and a similar scenario could unfold in Liverpool thus coming Saturday, with Salah most likely smack in the middle of it all.

Non-premium pick

Mason Mount (£7.5m) is back. After a busy summer, a slow start to the season and some injury niggles, the England international announced his return in style after earning his first starting spot since gameweek 5 and making the most of it by scoring the first Premier League hattrick of his career. Opponents Norwich were no match for the Blues as they cruised to a 7-0 victory and in the absence of the injured Lukaku and Werner, it was Mount who took the spotlight. You might think that this pick smells a bit like points chasing, but that’s not the case here. The 22-year old midfielder is an integral part of Thomas Tuchel’s attacking set-up as he adds a certain amount of creativity and depth to a part of the pitch where Chelsea were perhaps lacking in previous games. He was initially rested for Tuesday’s League Cup encounter with Southampton, but came on in the 67th minute to end up playing added time as well. Nevertheless, we expect him to line up from the start again this coming Saturday when Chelsea visit struggling Newcastle, where another attacking return or two could be waiting around the corner.

The budget enabler

The cruciate knee ligament injury to Brentford goalkeeper David Raya has caused a bit of a stir in the FPL goalkeeper category. The Spaniard was owned by about 12% of managers before news of his injury was announced, a development that took one of the game’s most interesting budget goalkeepers out of the equation at once. One player who has seen his stock rise as a result of Raya’s bad luck is Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster (£4.0m). When looking at Watford’s performances so far this season, it’s clear what kind of value the English veteran offers. What you’re getting with Foster is a strong budget-enabler who is a sure starter for his side. He has been in the starting eleven since gameweek 5 and his only returns so far have been 3 save points, but he plays and offers you at least an additional half million to invest elsewhere in your squad, and 0.6m is you’re swapping him in for Raya. The Hornets are playing Southampton at home this weekend, a decent fixture that they’ll be looking to win. The hope is that new manager Claudio Ranieri can work his magic at Vicarage Road and who knows, our 4.0m-goalie might even start delivering the odd clean sheet from time to time as well.

The differential

Perhaps symbolic for this season so far is the fact that we are recommending Harry Kane (£12.1m) as a stand-out differential in the build-up to gameweek 10. After a noisy summer and a less than optimal start to the season off the pitch, which undoubtedly had its knock-on effects on performances on the pitch, Tottenham’s very own just has a single goal and a single assist to his name this campaign. Both of those returns came against a Newcastle side in disarray back in GW8. That probably explains his current 6.6% ownership and why he has been demoted to the differential category, at least for the time being. Up next are Manchester United at home, which normally would not be an ideal fixture for a player clearly in search of his best form, but this is not a normal season. The Red Devils are not turning up for games at the moment and the 0-5 thrashing in front of their own crowd at the hands of historic rivals Liverpool is not likely to have helped their situation much. The United defence looked suspect, to such a point that we feel this might just be a blessing in United red disguise for Kane. The England striker is, of course, still lethal and a forward of his pedigree is probably the last thing United’s defenders want to face right now, even if he’s part of a Tottenham side that is not firing on all cylinders yet, either.

The captaincy

It’s Mo Salah. We like to think and to analyse and to find those gems in the official game, but sometimes, it’s better to keep it simple. To not overthink. This is one of those times. Liverpool are hosting Brighton at home and even though the Seagulls will surely put up a good fight, it’s bordering the impossible to not captain Salah for this one, based on current form and recent hauls. There are decent alternatives, sure, but let’s put it this way: ignore Salah at your own peril.

Now, about those alternatives, if you must. Reigning champions Manchester City are playing at home to Crystal Palace, which should end in a comfortable victory for Pep Guardiola’s men. Phil Foden is the one to watch, while the likes of Gabriel Jesus and Kevin de Bruyne appeal as well. The ghost of rotation remains ever-present, though. Chelsea are visiting Newcastle, which brings Mason Mount and Kai Havertz (yep, even after his disappointing three-pointer against Norwich) into the picture. Raphinha away against Norwich could be a slightly riskier, but potentially rewarding pick as well, just like Michail Antonio at Villa Park on Sunday and Harry Kane versus Manchester United.

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Limits and Licenses of Online Casinos

Gambling licenses are one, if not the most important, tool in finding a safe online casino. They help us relax when gambling online by providing a set of rules tied to the responsible gambling regulator that the casino has to follow. If and which license an online casino chooses, is their choice. We as a potential gambler have to choose which license seems trustworthy to us or which regulations are too restrictive for our taste. Here’s a quick overview on casino licenses and how they limit online gambling.

How To Spot A Licensed Online Casino

If you are looking for a new online casino, the website will most likely present their license and legislator or a link to that information somewhere on the front page. If you cannot find info about a license or if it is hard to find, that might be things that should make you wary of that specific site.

Online reviews like the ones on Casinomeister help you figure out if a casino is trustworthy or not. The online gambling community tests casinos and collects user reviews to make sure a casino has appropriate quality and safety standards. On these review sites you will also find the information on which license an online casino has, where it is based and which games, features, and safety measures you will find on the site in question.

On International Gambling Law

There is no such thing as international gambling law. Most countries come up with their own legislation on the topic. If you look at a union like the EU, there are some other power structures in play. The EU has its own court on top of each country’s legislation. Therefore, each EU-member has to consider the EU-laws as well as their own, and they don’t always agree. That makes some legality questions difficult to answer, because many processes take time till they get implemented for good.

While online gambling was still illegal according to German law, the EU-legislation allowed it when the provider had a license by an EU-country. Since July 2021, online gambling is legalized in Germany, if the provider has a German license. But still, after years of legality limbo, EU-licensed casinos offer their websites to German citizens, and it will take some time till the difference between EU- and German law will sort itself out.

License differences

If you wonder why casinos don’t just choose to apply to the German license to make their legality in Germany official, it is because of their strict licensing regulations. Germany has a strong focus on child protection and the prevention of gambling addiction. To realize this in their license, they have implemented many limits on the most addictive parts of online gambling. Their rules include:

  • a monthly maximum deposit of €1.000 across all gambling websites
  • a panic button that allows you to ban yourself for 24h across all gambling websites
  • a minimum spin time of 5 seconds per slot spin
  • a maximum of €1 bet per slot spin
  • no autoplay feature

To put some of these in play, they have created an exclusion-system called ‘Oasis’. Every casino licensed in Germany has to use it and check their players’ status in the system. If they are banned or have already reached their monthly deposit limit, they will not be allowed access to the website.

While these are admirable and important rules, naturally not every casino or player wants to limit themselves in this way. Many players choose to look for casinos with other countries’ licenses instead. Most famous for their relaxed regulations is the Curacao-license, which has a large fan following in online gamblers that feel patronized by other licenses.


Licenses are an important tool in figuring out which casino to trust with your personal data and money. Without a license, a casino does not have to commit to gambling legislations and could easily be a scam site. A casino with license has to provide certain standards of safety and quality and continuously prove that they keep up with the regulations. Not all licenses follow the same rules. While they all provide a safe online gambling experience, some are stricter than others. It is often the player’s choice, which rule set they find important.