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Fantasy Football – Win a share of£25,000!

Our Fantasy Football expert helps you to beat the bookies

Daniel Victory

The Premier League season may be fast approaching its conclusion, but there is no need to be sad, as FansBet have another monster £25,000 Grand Slam for Gameweek 36! It’s free to enter your first team with just an£11 entry fee per additional sides, Fantasy Football has never been more rewarding! With the last Grand Slam being won by just a single point, seeking out any and every advantage is absolutely crucial, so we analyse the odds for the clean sheet and anytime goalscorer markets in order to give you an edge with those all-important captaincy and squad selection decisions…

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Defensive odds

Team

Best clean sheet odds

Implied chance of a clean sheet

Tottenham

1.72

58%

Chelsea

1.92

52%

Liverpool

2.07

48%

Man City

2.22

45%

Man Utd

2.25

44%

Newcastle

2.38

42%

Burnley

2.4

42%

Southampton

2.62

38%

Huddersfield

2.77

36%

Everton

2.91

34%

Crystal Palace

3.05

33%

Brighton

3.4

29%

West Brom

4.75

21%

Leicester

4.75

21%

Swansea

5.6

18%

Bournemouth

6.1

16%

Arsenal

7

14%

West Ham

10

10%

Stoke

10.5

10%

Watford

16.5

6%

A Wembley encounter against Watford sees Tottenham top the bookmakers’ defensive rankings with a 58% chance of keeping a clean sheet on Monday night. The Hornets have lost 9 of their last 10 on the road, and have failed to find the net in 8 of those games. Mired in mid-table safety with little threat of relegation and no chance of European football, Javi Gracia’s men look like they are already on the beach, whilst Pochettino’s troops have shut out their opponents in 4 of their last 5 at home, so all signs point to a clean sheet for Spurs. With Danny Rose still out through injury, Ben Davies is the pick of the Tottenham back line – the Welshman will be looking to add to the 2 goals and 7 assists he has already chalked up this season.

Chelsea (52%) rank second ahead of their trip to Swansea on Saturday evening. The Blues recorded their first clean sheet in 11 attempts last weekend in the FA Cup against Southampton, whilst Carlos Carvalhal’s men have only scored twice in their last 5 outings. With a Champions League place still a faint possibility, Antonio Conte’s side will be expected to go all out until the end of the season. Marcos Alonso is suspended, so Emerson offers a cut-price and attacking route into the Chelsea defence – the Brazilian has 2 assists in 3 starts since joining the club in January.

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Liverpool (48%) and Manchester City (45%) complete the top 4 defensive prospects this weekend. The Reds have kept clean sheets in each of their last 3 at Anfield in the Premier League, whilst opponents Stoke have blanked in 2 of their last 3 on the road. With the game against the Potters sandwiched between the Champions League semi-final legs, rotation is a concern, especially in the full back areas, so Virgil van Dijk looks like the safest bet from Jurgen Klopp’s contingent. Like Liverpool, rotation is also a possibility amongst the Manchester City squad, but Ederson looks relatively safe in goal, and this week expressed his desire to take a penalty for the champions before the season ends. That could be crucial, given that West Ham have only failed to find the net in 3 of 16 home games this term, although Pep Guardiola’s side do have the best away defensive record in the top flight, conceding just 12 goals on their travels.

On the bench, Julian Speroni (33%) is the£4.0m keeper with the best chance of any game time, but will more than likely watch from the sidelines for both Crystal Palace and our squad, whilst Kevin Long (42%), who rewarded his owners with a goal against Leicester in Gameweek 34, should continue to deputise for the injured Ben Mee at the heart of the Burnley defence when they host Brighton. Adrian Mariappa (6%) visits Tottenham on Monday night and offers us the cheapest nailed on defensive option in the game having started each of the last 11 for the Hornets.

With a staggering£25,000 up for grabs this weekend, it could pay to opt for a scarcely owned player or two, rather than following the majority in your quest for glory. Below, we list a trio of goalscoring defensive differentials for you to ponder…

Chris Smalling (44%) has bagged 4 Premier League goals for Manchester United this season, 3 of which have come in the last 6 games. A home encounter with Arsenal would not normally scream returns, but with the match falling between the Gunners’ Europa League semi final legs, heavy rotation can be expected amongst Arsene Wenger’s troops, thus improving the centre back’s prospects at both ends of the pitch.

With 3 goals this season, a home game against bottom club West Brom promotes the appeal of Jamaal Lascelles (42%), especially given the fact Newcastle have conceded just once in their last 4 at St James’ Park.

James Tomkins (33%), like Lascelles, also has 3 goals to his name this term, 2 of which have come in his last 4 outings. Throw in a home clash with Leicester, who have nothing left to play for this season, and the former West Ham man could be in the points once again come Saturday.

Attacking odds

Player

Best anytime goalscorer odds

Implied chance of scoring

Harry Kane

1.4

71%

Mohamed Salah

1.62

62%

Gabriel Jesus

2.05

49%

Charlie Austin

2.08

48%

Romelu Lukaku

2.1

48%

Son Heung-Min

2.1

48%

Roberto Firmino

2.25

44%

Raheem Sterling

2.35

43%

Chris Wood

2.38

42%

Alvaro Morata

2.4

42%

Olivier Giroud

2.4

42%

Eden Hazard

2.6

38%

Sadio Mane

2.75

36%

Wilfried Zaha

2.75

36%

Christian Eriksen

2.75

36%

Alexis Sanchez

2.8

36%

Jesse Lingard

2.8

36%

Jamie Vardy

2.8

36%

Steve Mounie

2.8

36%

Dele Alli

2.88

35%

Dwight Gayle

3

33%

Leroy Sane

3.05

33%

Ashley Barnes

3.15

32%

Sam Vokes

3.15

32%

Christian Benteke

3.3

30%

Glenn Murray

3.3

30%

Cenk Tosun

3.35

30%

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

3.45

29%

Willian

3.5

29%

Ayoze Perez

3.5

29%

David Silva

3.6

28%

Paul Pogba

3.6

28%

Bernardo Silva

3.6

28%

Callum Wilson

3.6

28%

Jermain Defoe

3.7

27%

Luka Milivojevic

3.75

27%

Kenedy

3.75

27%

Dusan Tadic

3.75

27%

Marko Arnautovic

3.8

26%

Salomon Rondon

3.95

25%

Kevin de Bruyne

4.2

24%

Jay Rodriguez

4.4

23%

Riyad Mahrez

4.4

23%

Alexandre Lacazette

4.4

23%

Wayne Rooney

4.5

22%

Chicharito

4.6

22%

Joshua King

4.7

21%

Mame Biram Diouf

4.9

20%

Alex Pritchard

5

20%

Pascal Gross

5.4

19%

Xherdan Shaqiri

5.5

18%

Theo Walcott

5.5

18%

Troy Deeney

6.25

16%

Aaron Ramsey

6.75

15%

Mesut Ozil

8

13%

Richarlison

8

13%

Will Hughes

9

11%

Andy King

9.5

11%

Marc Albrighton

10

10%

Joe Allen

11

9%

 

Tottenham’s plum hosting of Watford sees Harry Kane sitting atop the bookies’ attacking ladder with a 71% chance of scoring on Monday night. Whilst the Lillywhites’ talisman is a little short on form, having scored just once in his last 6 games, he will surely be buoyed by the prospect of facing a defence that has conceded 9 times in their last 3 on the road. With the added motivation of closing the gap to Mo Salah in the race for the Golden Boot, we strap our captain’s armband on Kane for Gameweek 36.

Gabriel Jesus (49%) and Charlie Austin (48%) join Kane up front. City’s Samba starlet has 3 goals and 3 assists from his last 4 starts, and faces a West Ham side that has conceded 13 goals across their last 6 games – only Bournemouth (14) have conceded more. Speaking of the Cherries, their leaky defence lies in wait for Austin, with their recent defensive woes further compounded by the fact they have kept just one clean sheet in their last 22 attempts in the Premier League.

In midfield, Mohamed Salah (62%) and Raheem Sterling (43%) both feature once again. The effervescent Salah equalled the 31-goal Premier League record last time out against West Brom, whilst a scintillating performance on Tuesday night against Roma saw him register 2 goals and 2 assists. Few would bet against him breaking the goalscoring record this Saturday at home to Stoke, who sit 18th in the table and have the second-worst away defence in the division (37 goals conceded). Sterling, meanwhile, has 3 goals and 4 assists in 5 games since returning from injury, whilst he has been involved in an impressive 32 Premier League goals this season for the Citizens this term (18 goals, 14 assists). He forms part of an attacking double up on Pep Guardiola’s side, joining the aforementioned Gabriel Jesus in our starting XI.

We also double up on Tottenham’s attacking riches with the selection of Heung-Min Son (48%). Of the South Korean’s 12 top flight goals this season, 9 have come at Wembley, whilst he has also scored 4 in 4 games against the Hornets, including a strike in the reverse fixture back in December.

A man in form completes our starting XI. Wilfried Zaha (36%) has produced 3 goals and 2 assists in his last 6 appearances for Palace, with a 14 point haul against Brighton in his last home game his biggest of the season to date. The Ivorian will again enjoy home comforts this Saturday when Leicester, who have kept just 3 clean sheets on their travels in the 2017/18 campaign, visit South London. Andy King (11%) is our cheap midfielder of choice and takes the first spot on our bench, with his£4.5m valuation vital for our overall budget. He hosts Chelsea on Saturday evening.

The bookies also fancy Eden Hazard’s chances, but the Belgian is unfortunately too expensive for us to acquire this weekend.

As if you needed reminding,£25,000 is up for grabs! So with that in mind, let’s take a look at some attacking differentials that could potentially be worth their weight in gold…

Luka Milivojevic (27%) has scored 10 goals and provided 2 assists this season – incredible numbers for a player so light on the budget (£5.0m). With returns in 4 of the last 5 gameweeks, he could prove a great enabler for your side this weekend against Leicester.

Alexis Sanchez (36%) will be eager to show Arsenal fans just what they let go when he faces them for the first time since his departure in January. The explosive Chilean, who has 2 goals and 2 assists in his last 3 league games, was also on the scoresheet for United in the FA Cup last weekend and will fancy his chances against what will surely be a weakened Arsenal side on Sunday, given their Europa League commitments.

Finally, Ayoze Perez (29%) is the most in-form player in the game at present, with 3 goals, 2 assists and 7 bonus points giving him an average of 8.3 fantasy points per game of late. A home game against the doomed Baggies is the perfect platform for him to continue his hot streak.

Dream Team GW36

By Daniel Victory – follow Daniel on Twitter @Victory_Dan

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