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The Fantasy Flutter: Bore draw at Bramall Lane?

We combine Fantasy football with a flutter in our weekly betting feature, which, like the Premier League itself, returns following a seven-week break.

There is always a great deal of uncertainty on the cusp of a new campaign. Will new signings bed in straight away or struggle to adjust? How will the promoted sides fare? Can any team break the stranglehold of the top two?

The imponderables make second-guessing difficult but we live in eternal hope that the data in our Premium Members Area can narrow the odds in our favour – both in FPL and beyond.

So we’re turning to the vast array of player and team statistics available on our site and that old unquantifiable, gut instinct, to again inspire a small bet or two ahead of the upcoming matches.

The odds featured in this piece are all provided by our official sportsbook partner, bet365.

But please always remember with gambling: when the fun stops, stop.

BORE DRAW AT BRAMALL LANE?

Wolverhampton Wanderers head north to face Sheffield United on Monday evening in the penultimate match of Gameweek 1.

These were two of the best defensive teams in the division last season, ranking fifth and fourth respectively for fewest goals conceded.

Only three clubs kept more clean sheets than the pair (13 each).

Wolves especially were in stingy mood towards the back-end of the campaign, registering clean sheets in nine of their last 14 matches – a period that coincided with the influential Willy Boly’s return from injury.

Were it not for John Egan’s 93rd-minute winner, the last meeting between these two clubs in July would have ended goalless.

A 0-0 stalemate is 11/2 with bet365 this time but if you’re a new and eligible customer and fancy a 1-1 (11/2) or a repeat of the Blades’ 1-0 victory two months ago (7/1), then bet365 will refund your stake through their Bore Draw Money Back offer if both sides draw a blank.

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AUBAMEYANG AT HOME AT THE COTTAGE

Tipping up the man who has scored 22 goals in each of the last two seasons is hardly maverick stuff but it would be remiss not to mention Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang when is about to come up against a side he registered five attacking returns against in 118 minutes of football in 2018/19.

This is a different Fulham side to the one that flopped so badly in their last Premier League campaign, of course – although some things haven’t changed.

Right-back is a position that looks suspect and the Cottagers have moved to strengthen in that area with the capture of Kenny Tete.

The Dutchman only signed on Thursday, however, so it looks like one of Denis Odoi or Cyrus Christie – the two right-backs Fulham had at their disposal in their relegation campaign – could start at the weekend.

The west London side were the second-worst team for chances conceded and crosses conceded from their right flank in 2018/19.

Aubameyang is 5/2 to score first with bet365 but if you want a bit more bang for your buck, then Eddie Nketiah – fresh from a glut of goals on international duty and given the nod to lead the line in the Community Shield – is 9/2.

A repeat of either scoreline from the two sides’ 2018/19 meetings will pay big: 4-1 Arsenal is 25/1, while 5-1 to the Gunners is 50/1.

Incidentally, Tim Ream made more passes in the Championship than any other player last season, averaging over 70 a game – he’s 5/6 to make more than 46.5 with bet365.

THE TITLE RACE – HARE BEATS TORTOISE?

Moving away from the weekend action, it’s worth a quick look at the bet365 prices for the outright winner of the Premier League.

They are as follows:

  • Manchester City: 4/5
  • Liverpool: 9/4
  • Chelsea: 10/1
  • Manchester United: 16/1
  • Arsenal: 33/1
  • Tottenham Hotspur: 50/1

bet365’s League Winner Early Payout Offer means that new and eligible customer bets are paid out early if the team you back takes a lead of 10 points or more in the league.

Liverpool had achieved this by Christmas last year and it’s feasible that the Reds could again have a decent cushion by December this time around, with Manchester City’s opening nine fixtures far from straightforward.

That’s not to disregard the other top four contenders: Manchester United may still be a signing or two short of a serious challenge but let’s not forget that they were top of the Premier League form table over their last 12 matches of 2019/20, having gone undefeated and won eight of those games.

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For all the latest Premier League odds, visit bet365 and build your personalised football bet. 


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1,184 Comments Post a Comment
  1. konrad.sygula95
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Hi guys, RMT please

    McCarthy/Nyland
    Taa/Davies/Holding/Douglas/Mitchell
    Salah/Auba/Havertz/ASM/Stephens
    Werner/Ings/Mitrovic

    0.0itb

    I am considering replacing Davies & Mitchell to Justin & Vinagre/KW

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Template, good

  2. HollywoodXI
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Which one?

    A) Justin, Vinagre, Son
    B) Robbo, Doherty, Soucek

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      B

    2. Kudo Warrior
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      A

  3. Hansel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Use 0.5 ITB or leave it there for flexibility?

    McCarthy Steer
    TAA Robbo Justin Taylor Mitchell
    Salah Auba Alli ASM Bissouma
    Werner Mitro Adams

    A) Keep
    B) Justin -> Saiss/Davies
    C) Other improvement

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      A

  4. Feed tha Sheep
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Dallas at Leeds a good 4.5 pick?

    1. Kudo Warrior
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Not in GW1.

      Also check the promoted team hot topics on more info on Dallas.

    2. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Lots on here like him

  5. Nightf0x
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    A) Coady or sais
    B) Taylor or pieters
    C) Soucek or bisoma + .5 (my mid. salah auba ali asm)

    1. conorbon
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Saiss
      Taylor
      Soucek

    2. Galza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Saïss
      Taylor
      Soucek

  6. Binny
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Nketiah (Ars) 6.0 and Doucoure (Eve) 5.5

    Couple of cheap differentials I feel may do well but neither get much of a mention on here - any thoughts ?

    1. NULL-X-VOID
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      The former has an issue, may not start

      1. cra1g0s
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Is that true because it could mean Brewster for me and a midfield upgrade..!!

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Doucoure is a great pick at that price pending his role

    3. Kudo Warrior
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      One has limited game time and the other is new to the prem.

      1. Critical Observer
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        How is Doucoure new to Premier League, he just left the league with Watford in July.

        1. Kudo Warrior
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Forget that comment. Mixed him up with someone else =D

    4. luk46
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      not nailed on, thats the main issue people dont go for them

  7. NULL-X-VOID
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Anybody going off template for that 4.5 mid, I'm thinking Oliver Burke

    1. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Lemina must get minutes at Fulham I'm thinking

    2. Mike2795647
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Reed is meant to be very promising at Fulham, not sure if he will get any more than 1-2 points but for a 5th mid / fodder, it’s worth taking the risk

    3. Gandalf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Yup I'm considering it, would like to think any 4.5 would never see my team, but if he were to finally achieve his potential at SHU could be a massive enabler down the line

    4. Binny
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Gordon - Eve. Minutes will be the issue

  8. Cricket_Badger
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    I do not want to double-up on Southampton, but are these 4.5's the best ones to go for?

    McCarthy | 4.0
    TAA | Davies | Justin | C.Taylor | Mitchell

    1. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Or Ryan KWP for McCarthy Justin?

      1. Cricket_Badger
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Not a bad shout, thank you. I do prefer McCarthy over KWP if that makes sense, however.

    2. Kudo Warrior
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Looks fine tbh.

    3. diabydoesgallas
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Soton could be a top 10 team this year

  9. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Final bit of decision, which one?
    A. Alli Egan
    B. Barnes Digne

    1. conorbon
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      A

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Ta

    2. Cricket_Badger
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Prefer A for now.

      For me Barnes seems to find his way onto the bench too much and I'd give Everton a couple of weeks personally. I really like Digne but likely James Rodriguez will take some of his set-pieces away btw.

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Thx mate

    3. Kudo Warrior
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      A 100%

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Perfect, stick with original plan

  10. simong1
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Havertz or Son for the first 3 GWs only?

    1. conorbon
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Son

    2. Cricket_Badger
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Son safer pick as proven PL player and also decent fixtures albeit in a side that will likely score less.

      Havertz still a good pick but wait and see where he plays and how he does IMO.

    3. Kudo Warrior
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Son.

      I want Havertz but surely he'll be eased in.

  11. Whiskerz
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    All set i think

    0itb

    Mccarthy
    TAA . Davies. KWP. Saliba
    Auba . Son. Havertz. Soucek
    Ings . Werner

    Button . Mitchell. Bissouma. Martial

    Anything you'd change?

    1. Cricket_Badger
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Great side. Not convinced on Arsenal defence as an Arsenal fan myself though.

      1. Whiskerz
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Me either, particularly. Just think Saliba has the best chance of the playing 4.5s to keep his spot. It was either him, or bench a burnley def which leaves me a thin bench and they dont have the best starting fixtures.

    2. Galza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Nice team.

      Can I recommend Johnstone/Button combo.

      Saves on the Southampton defence double up.

  12. C_Manan
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Anyone going without Kane/Son and is still not tinkering to get them in?

    1. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      o/

    2. Dacra
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Alli for me.

    3. LewanGOALski
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      o/

    4. Galza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      I’m on Digne and Alli but could become a 5mil and Son.

      1. C_Manan
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 8 days ago

        I am on a backline of TAA Digne Doherty Rudiger currently, trying to fit in Son somehow

        1. Galza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          I’ve just got a good feeling about Alli.
          The main reason I’d get Son is his price.
          I could downgrade to any Chelsea but with Alli I’ve got to find cash.

  13. Dacra
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Good luck all, any last min issues with this?

    Mccarthy (Nyland)
    TAA - Davies - Saliba (Mitchell, Shaw)
    Salah - Auba - Havertz - Alli - Soucek
    Werner - Adams (Davis)

    More importantly, Liverpool win today please!

  14. offspinnersinahurry
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    For any Spurs fans, is Dele Ali nailed on to start?

    1. Kudo Warrior
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Yes.

    2. Harry Ball Bag™⚽⚽…
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Yes decent preseason as well

    3. Nightrain_
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      He's right behind Kane

  15. HollywoodXI
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Any Spurs fans on here? Doherty starts or not?

    1. Kudo Warrior
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Not. He didn't even feature in preseason so needs some time to help with team surely!

  16. Nightf0x
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Any tweaks?

    Rams steer
    Sais taylor jsutin taa mitchel
    Auba salah ali soucek asm
    Ings werner davis

    -gw2 ings to martial, gw3 auba to kdb/sterling

  17. owenread
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    guys?

    team A)

    McCarthy
    TAA, Justin, Davies
    Auba, Salah, JWP, ASM
    Kane, Werner Mitro

    Bench: Nyland, Mitchell, C Taylor, Bissouma

    or team b):

    McCarthy
    TAA, Justin, Davies, Mitchell
    Auba, Salah, Alli, Soucek
    Kane, Werner

    Bench: Nyland, C Taylor, Davis, Bissouma

  18. luk46
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    last decision:
    A - James + Martial
    B - Fernandes + Adams

  19. davies
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    ASM (352) or Adams (343)?

    1. _figu
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      B for me

  20. Gazza2000
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    a) Ings and Soucek and 0.5 ITB

    or

    b) Adams and Alli

  21. Hig1990
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Bottomed- sorry

    Thoughts on this?

    McCarthy
    TAA, Davies, Justin, KWP
    Auba (VC), Salah (C), Son, ASM
    Werner, Adams

    Button, Bissouma, Brewster, Fergusson

    Plan - GW2 Salah & Brewster to Bruno & Martial
    GW3 Auba to KDB

  22. ElliotJHP
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    In a 12 man draft league for my final midfielder slot
    A) Doucoure
    B) Henderson

    1. No Professionals
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Doucoure

    2. Binny
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 8 days ago

      A

  23. No Professionals
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    McCarthy
    TAA Davies Saiss
    Salah Aubameyang ASM Soucek
    Kane Werner Adams

    Steer Mitchell Taylor Davies
    0.5 itb

    Gtg?

    1. ElliotJHP
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      G2G indeed

      1. No Professionals
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        If I knew havertz would definitely start my team would be different

    2. Gandalf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Looks a bit unbalanced, but could pay off if Kane hits the ground running

  24. bigbudgie
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Battle of the 5.0 defenders

    Pick 2

    A) Saiss
    B) Coleman
    C) Davies
    D) Egan

    1. LewanGOALski
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Coady or Davies

    2. stefanbkanev
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Davies and Egan

    3. royals forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Davies Egan

  25. LewanGOALski
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    - when FPL launched: „wow, so many attacking options but they’re costly. Cheap at the back!.”

    - now: TAA - Digne - Tierney in my team 😀

    1. C_Manan
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Tierney to Alsono/Rudiger maybe ?

  26. stefanbkanev
    1 month, 8 days ago

    McCarthy

    TAA Davies KWP

    Salah Auba Son Soucek ASM

    Werner Mitro

    4.0 Mitchell Taylor* Brewster

    2.5 ITB

    I need 1.5M for Son -> Bruno next GW. Any suggestions for upgrade with last 1M?

  27. royals forever
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Which combo

    1. Ryan, Mitrovic
    2. Nyland, Wilson

    Any ideas would be welcomed

    1. TorresMagic™ - 48n69x
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Depends on other GK

  28. Feed tha Sheep
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Saliba or Holding more nailed do we think?

    1. ElliotJHP
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Holding

    2. I am 42
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      I would like to know too

  29. Baron Saturday
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Vardy - I currently have him in my team, but appear to be very much in the minority.

    Am I missing something or is it just the Werner effect, plus folks fitting in Auba and Salah, and maybe going for Kane instead?

    1. tokara
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Less pple having him the better

    2. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      For me it’s a choice between vardy and salah

      Salah allows Bruno, otherwise I drop that plan completely which has its doubts

      Auba and Werner are fixed

    3. _figu
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Ings very popular as well.

  30. I am 42
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Triple Arsenal, Southampton 6
    Double Brighton, Leicester, Liverpool 6
    Single Chelsea, CPalace, Newcastle 3

    1. Nightrain_
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      What's your triple Arsenal mate ?