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The Fantasy Flutter: Betting odds on the weekend’s Premier League action


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And so, the November 2020 international break is over: let us never speak of it again.

Still punch-drunk from Friday’s onslaught of team news updates, we’re swapping FPL flags for a flutter as we turn attention away from our injury-ravaged Fantasy squads and have a small punt on the weekend’s action.

Every Saturday morning, we combine our love of underlying stats with sheer gut instinct as we pick out a few sensibly staked bets on the upcoming top-flight fixtures.

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The Fantasy Flutter: Betting odds on the weekend’s Premier League action 2

LEICESTER PIG OUT (ON GOALS?)

Let’s put things in perspective: even an injury-hit, under-strength Liverpool side will still give most teams a run for their money.

A club doesn’t go 63 home league matches unbeaten without having something about them and Jurgen Klopp’s troops have coped admirably without the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson, Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk in the past.

They’ve seldom had to manage with all of them being absent at the same time, however, and there’s no question that Sunday’s clash on Merseyside gives Leicester City a better-than-usual chance of ending their winless 20-year run at Anfield.

The Foxes are no mugs, either: top of the table after eight Gameweeks, they have already beaten Manchester City and Arsenal on their own soil in 2020/21.

And so bet365’s enhanced odds on a Leicester City win of any scoreline at 3.90 (up from 14/5) does catch our eye this weekend.

Jamie Vardy – 4/1 to open the scoring, if you’re asking – is the usual source of goals from the Foxes.

But the absence of the usual personnel down Liverpool’s right flank is worth thinking about. Who deputises for Alexander-Arnold? Will there be adequate cover in front of the stand-in full-back? And without the threat of Mohamed Salah to push them back, will Leicester’s left-sided players attack with more abandon?

It could be Harvey Barnes operating from that flank at Anfield but it was set-piece specialist James Maddison in Gameweek 8.

As well as the usual first goalscorer odds (it’s 9/1 for the England international), there are other markets of note.

Maddison is 11/10 just to have a single shot on target (or more), while an assist from the playmaker is 4/1.

Maddison has already created five chances and supplied as many accurate crosses in just 270 minutes of football this season – both totals that are unsurpassed by any of his teammates, despite the fact many of them have had over twice as much game-time.

SPURS OF THE MOMENT

Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, the two highest-scoring assets in FPL this season, are both suffering net transfer losses ahead of Gameweek 9, with Son dropping in price on Saturday morning.

The main reason? A tough upcoming fixture run, starting with a clash with Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.

As a result of the tricky-on-paper match, Spurs and their players are available at some attractive odds.

When was the last time that Kane, who has had more shots than any other Premier League player this season, was available at 5/1 to score first?

And Son, the division’s joint-top goalscorer, can be backed at 8/1 to break the deadlock.

While it can be hard to second-guess who will open the scoring in any given game, the bet365 first goalscorer market gives punters the opportunity to bet each way on their players, as one would in a horse race – the details of which are below.

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An outright Spurs win is 29/10 with bet365 and, if you’re looking for an even better price than that, bet365’s enhanced odds sees that tip over to 4.10.

The Lilywhites have been more conservative of late, scoring just four goals in their last three games.

And City have struggled to hit top gear this season: no more than two goals have been scored in any of their last five league fixtures.

So with Jose Mourinho potentially getting ready to turn the engine off on his Leyland Swift somewhere in the region of Spurs’ 18-yard box, 11/8 for under 2.5 goals at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium mightn’t be a bad shout.

TWO ON THE BOUNCE FOR CZECH?

We had some joy backing Tomas Soucek a fortnight ago – and we’re placing more faith in him again today.

West Ham take on Sheffield United on Sunday and the Blades have allowed more headed chances than any other top-flight club this season.

That’s a stat which could bode well for Soucek given that he sits top among FPL midfielders for headed opportunities.

The Czech international is 17/2 to score first against the Blades.

Elsewhere in the Premier League, Burnley v Crystal Palace doesn’t scream ‘goalfest’.

Burnley are looking a bit more solid with their first-choice centre-back pairing now fit and available, securing clean sheets in two of their last four games and largely frustrating Spurs in Gameweek 6.

They themselves have scored only one goal in the last six Gameweeks, however.

A Clarets clean sheet is 7/4 if you’re looking for a reason to watch what could be a good advert for the six o’clock news on the other side; a Palace shut-out, as it happens, is exactly the same price.

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732 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Kakashi Of The Leaf
    • 4 Years
    10 days, 22 hours ago

    Pick one

    A Jimenez (SOU ars) + 4 points
    B Richarlison ( Ful, Lee)

    1. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 days, 22 hours ago

      B without a doubt

      1. Kakashi Of The Leaf
        • 4 Years
        10 days, 22 hours ago

        Already on a -4 . This will be a -8

        1. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          10 days, 22 hours ago

          Doesn't matter.

          1. Kakashi Of The Leaf
            • 4 Years
            10 days, 22 hours ago

            The other one is Kane>Martial.

            It allows me to get Sterling in for Son next week.

    2. Buck The Trent
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      10 days, 22 hours ago

      B

  2. BENOIT
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    10 days, 22 hours ago

    Will Kilman play after the passing of his Dad?

    1. BENOIT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      10 days, 21 hours ago

      Cheers

  3. Destroyer of teams
    • 2 Years
    10 days, 22 hours ago

    FOOOOOOOOOOOOTBAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLL! Finally, do one international breaks!

  4. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    10 days, 22 hours ago

    What’s your expectation this week?
    A. Damage limitation at least not red arrow
    B. Fine GW small green arrow
    C. Chance to hike big green arrow

    1. Van der Faart
      • 9 Years
      10 days, 22 hours ago

      C with all the hits flying round, need to nail the armband though

    2. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 days, 22 hours ago

      B w/o Fernandes but C would be nice

    3. mrelpea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      10 days, 21 hours ago

      I’m hoping for a C as did WC in GW8, including temporarily taking Salah out, so this week was just fine tuning. Captaincy is a concern of course...I’m worried that the West Brom match won’t necessarily be a goal fest, so currently have Ziyech as captain

  5. Ninjaa
    • 9 Years
    10 days, 22 hours ago

    Im on my wildcard, I have McCarthy in goal.
    Best 3 defenders under 5m each to join Chilwell and Cancelo???

    1. Buck The Trent
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      10 days, 22 hours ago

      Targett
      Coufal
      Lamptey

    2. Bishopool
      • 9 Years
      10 days, 22 hours ago

      Justin
      Walker-Peters

    3. Vazza
        10 days, 22 hours ago

        Coufal

        May we see the rest of your team?

      • mrelpea
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        10 days, 21 hours ago

        Coufal, 100%

    4. PL Ball
      • 9 Years
      10 days, 22 hours ago

      For a Villa defensive option would your rather have..

      Martinez or Targett?

      1. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        10 days, 21 hours ago

        Marty

    5. Peter Ouch
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 days, 22 hours ago

      Honestly Rashfords second goal was unbelievable

      Just practicing for tonight

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        10 days, 22 hours ago

        Is that not the fifth Bruno assists?

        1. Peter Ouch
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          10 days, 22 hours ago

          Bruno has one assist and 1 yellow card.
          No bps

          1. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            10 days, 22 hours ago

            Hmm different tele we watch

          2. Kakashi Of The Leaf
            • 4 Years
            10 days, 22 hours ago

            And one pen miss.

    6. Gazpilicueta
      • 6 Years
      10 days, 22 hours ago

      A) James Rodriguez
      B) Diogo Jota

      I have the money for either, but can only get one, who do you like for the next 4-5 gameweeks?

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        10 days, 22 hours ago

        James next 3 fixtures can’t be ignored

        1. Vazza
            10 days, 22 hours ago

            This

      2. jimmyabs1987
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        10 days, 22 hours ago

        I’m putting armband on Kane, in such good form and loves a big game day.

        1. Vazza
            10 days, 22 hours ago

            Good luck

        2. Bishopool
          • 9 Years
          10 days, 22 hours ago

          About ManC schedule.

          It will be hard schedule for this side with 2 away CL fixtures in a row.

          So who will be the most reliable options for easy PL home games? Foden..?

          1. BENOIT
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            10 days, 22 hours ago

            They are almost qualified in CL though

          2. St Pauli Walnuts
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            10 days, 21 hours ago

            Pretty much qualified, strongest team will play in PL not CL. No way likes of KDB will be rested in this PL run. Foden is too hard to call with Torres in good form and Jesus fit now (with Aguero back in training too)

        3. Deeney-is-a-god
          • 4 Years
          10 days, 22 hours ago

          Coufal or cresswell

          1. Vazza
              10 days, 22 hours ago

              Coufal.

            • mrelpea
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              10 days, 21 hours ago

              Coufal

            • St Pauli Walnuts
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              10 days, 21 hours ago

              If you have nothing else you think you might need the spare cash for then Cress is a decent upgrade, but Coufal fine otherwise.

          2. Barnes Owl
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            10 days, 22 hours ago

            Is Maddison now fully fit? I'm considering bringing him in as a 4 week punt as I like the look of Leicester. His minutes of late are a bit low but hoping they increase. Any ideas? My alternative is to punt on Tielemans. Strange left field choices I know but have a gut feeling. Cheers for any feedback!

            1. mrelpea
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              10 days, 21 hours ago

              My best mate is a lcfc supporter and he is wetting himself at the prospect of Maddison coming back. He reckons he’s not far from fully fit and I think his minutes should increase. he also said that Barnes should benefit from the service so not sure if he might be worth considering. Those four weeks are so good!

          3. Kakashi Of The Leaf
            • 4 Years
            10 days, 22 hours ago

            Thoughts on Martial?

            Lots of love for Bruno and Rashford.... Martial seems to have slipped under the Radar. Last season they all 3 did equally well.

            1. Vazza
                10 days, 21 hours ago

                With Cavani lurking, Martial is less reliable this season esp. with additional CL games

            2. JabbaWookiee
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              10 days, 22 hours ago

              A) Play Riedewald (bur)
              B) Play Justin (lei)
              C) Bring in Targett for TAA (-4 but it’s an unavoidable hit anyway)

            3. Gandalf
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              10 days, 22 hours ago

              Pick your preference alongside Cancelo and Chilwell (and probably 1 or 2 of Justin, Coufal, Vestergaard)

              1. Cresswell
              2. Zouma
              3. Dias
              4. PVA
              5. Castagne

              1. Vazza
                  10 days, 22 hours ago

                  It’s 3 or 5 for me personally. Maybe 3 if I was to pick one

              2. Vazza
                  10 days, 22 hours ago

                  Who is the best player to own on a wildcard -

                  A. Bamford
                  B. Ziyech
                  C. James Rodriguez

                  1. Van der Faart
                    • 9 Years
                    10 days, 22 hours ago

                    B

                  2. St Pauli Walnuts
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    10 days, 21 hours ago

                    B

                • Bishopool
                  • 9 Years
                  10 days, 22 hours ago

                  This week:
                  Bruno and Kane

                  Next week: KDB and Vardy (-4pts)

                  yes or no?

                  1. Van der Faart
                    • 9 Years
                    10 days, 22 hours ago

                    Similar to what I'm thinking, will depend on Kane v Son today

                  2. TorresMagic™ - 48n69x
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • Has Moderation Rights
                    • 11 Years
                    10 days, 22 hours ago

                    Let them play their 1 or 2 games.

                • timawflowers
                  • 2 Years
                  10 days, 22 hours ago

                  Kane out for dcl for a hit?

                  1. Van der Faart
                    • 9 Years
                    10 days, 22 hours ago

                    Not for a hit

                • Van der Faart
                  • 9 Years
                  10 days, 22 hours ago

                  Repost, thoughts appreciated on this. Thanks

                  Which WC team is better?

                  Kane/Son will move in next weeks depending on how they do today.

                  A
                  McCarthy Martinez
                  Zouma Cresswell Lamptey Targett Dallas
                  Grealish Ziyech Son Mane Bissouma
                  Kane DCL Adams
                  0.3ITB

                  B
                  Chilwell instead of Zouma
                  Bruno instead of Mane
                  1.3ITB

                  1. Vazza
                      10 days, 22 hours ago

                      B

                      1. Van der Faart
                        • 9 Years
                        10 days, 21 hours ago

                        That's what I was thinking, thanks

                  2. JabbaWookiee
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    10 days, 22 hours ago

                    Best Palace defender that’s not PvA?

                    1. Kakashi Of The Leaf
                      • 4 Years
                      10 days, 22 hours ago

                      Dann? Clyne maybe? But Mitch might start at rb. Pva is the best bet i think

                    2. BENOIT
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      10 days, 21 hours ago

                      Wait a week

                      1. JabbaWookiee
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        10 days, 20 hours ago

                        Can’t. On wildcard.

                  3. RECKLESS
                    • 7 Years
                    10 days, 21 hours ago

                    Worth doing Salah to Bruno for -4 or captain Grealish vs BHA?

                  4. Kakashi Of The Leaf
                    • 4 Years
                    10 days, 21 hours ago

                    Mane OR Sterling if you got KDB?

                    1. Vazza
                        10 days, 21 hours ago

                        It’s tricky but probably sterling

                      • Van der Faart
                        • 9 Years
                        10 days, 21 hours ago

                        Mane

                    2. Vazza
                        10 days, 21 hours ago

                        From next week, would Bruno really be worth 1.0m more than Rashford?

                      • Vazza
                          10 days, 21 hours ago

                          Who is the best player to own on a wildcard -

                          A. Bamford
                          B. Ziyech
                          C. James Rodriguez

                          Thanks

                          1. Vazza
                              10 days, 21 hours ago

                              Who is the best player to own on a wildcard -

                              A. Bamford
                              B. Ziyech
                              C. James Rodriguez
                              D. Jota

                            • andres
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 9 Years
                              10 days, 21 hours ago

                              B

                            • djoker_nole
                                10 days, 21 hours ago

                                A

                            • andres
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 9 Years
                              10 days, 21 hours ago

                              Is pva worth the extra over whm defenders?

                              1. djoker_nole
                                  10 days, 21 hours ago

                                  no

                              2. g40steve
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 2 Years
                                10 days, 21 hours ago

                                FPL Stats site screwed again, Salah has had 1.3 M sales, dropped from 46% ownership to 29% only dropped .1

                                This morning gone from -98 to -307.5 ?

                              3. Van der Faart
                                • 9 Years
                                10 days, 21 hours ago

                                Shipping Kane out before 3 derbies when hes the derby king seems mental, 18 goals against Arsenal, Chelsea and Palace combined

                                1. BobbyDoesNotLook
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 3 Years
                                  10 days, 21 hours ago

                                  Huh. In how man games?

                                  1. Van der Faart
                                    • 9 Years
                                    10 days, 21 hours ago

                                    10 in 11 v Arsenal
                                    4 in 11 v Chelsea
                                    4 in 11 v Palace

                                    1. Van der Faart
                                      • 9 Years
                                      10 days, 21 hours ago

                                      So Arsenal is the one you'd really want him for

                                      1. BobbyDoesNotLook
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 3 Years
                                        10 days, 21 hours ago

                                        Interesting. Need to check similar for Vardy.

                                        1. Van der Faart
                                          • 9 Years
                                          10 days, 21 hours ago

                                          Transfermarkt.co.uk will help you there, that's where I pulled those stats from anyway.

                              4. BobbyDoesNotLook
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 3 Years
                                10 days, 21 hours ago

                                Captain Werner or Grealish is giving me major headache. One not logical reason is that Chelsea plays first game of gw...

                                1. St Pauli Walnuts
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 2 Years
                                  10 days, 21 hours ago

                                  Werner for me now that he is on pens.

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