FPL rising stars: Kelechi Iheanacho

Leicester striker scored FPL points at quicker rate than Jamie Vardy and can have a huge season, says The Scout

The Scout looks at players expected to progress and make a big impact in 201819 Fantasy Premier League.

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Iheanacho left it late in 201718 to show his potential in Fantasy.

The Nigerian’s sequence of starts over the season run-in proved that he can translate pitch time into points.

Strong finish

After signing from Manchester City last summer, the striker went on to start only three of Leicester City’s first 33 Gameweeks.

But he shone in four starts from their last six matches.

During that spell, no FPL forward bettered his total of 19 shots on goal.

Rivalling Vardy

Iheanacho scored against both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur in the final two Gameweeks.

Limited to only 824 minutes over the season, poker online he produced three goals and four assists.

His team-mate Jamie Vardy supplied 20 goals and two assists in 3,255 minutes.

Vardy finished as the second-highest scoring forward in the game, with 183 points.

But Iheanacho was involved in a Leicester goal every 117.7 minutes, compared with Vardy’s 148.

And in his two seasons with Man City, Iheanacho scored or assisted every 75.2 and 75.1 minutes.

Iheanacho v Vardy in FPL 201718 Iheanacho Vardy Minsshot 28.4 45.8 Minschance created 74.9 101.7 MinsFPL point 15.3 17.8

Having trailed only Harry Kane in the forward standings, Vardy could rise in price for 201819 from the £8.5m he started last season.

Because Iheanacho gained only 54 points and so should remain as a mid-priced option at £7.0m.

If manager Claude Puel continues to put his late-season faith in the 22-year-old, the striker has proved he can rival Vardy as the best Leicester option in Fantasy.

Also in this series

Part 1: FPL rising stars: Jordan PickfordPart 2: FPL rising stars: Trent Alexander-ArnoldPart 3: FPL rising stars: Ben ChilwellPart 4: FPL rising stars: Benjamin MendyPart 5: FPL rising stars: Dusan TadicPart 6: FPL rising stars: Roberto PereyraPart 7: FPL rising stars: Jose IzquierdoPart 8: FPL rising stars: Ruben Loftus-CheekPart 9: FPL rising stars: Jesse LingardPart 10: FPL rising stars: Manuel LanziniPart 11: FPL rising stars: Chris WoodPart 12: FPL rising stars: Cenk TosunPart 13: FPL rising stars: Steve Mounie.

Mounie’s contribution suggests that he will be vital for Huddersfield Town next season.

When selected, he scored or assisted 64 per cent of their total team goals in 201718.

That is a higher share than any forward who played a minimum of 1,000 minutes.

Mounie is likely to remain at a price of around £6.0m after scoring 92 points in his debut FPL season.

If Wagner keeps him at the head of the Huddersfield Town attack, the annual search by FPL managers for a reliable budget forward could be resolved.

Penalty saves make Guaita an FPL target

Vicente Guaita can be a big value signing for Fantasy Premier League managers next season.

He arrives at Selhurst Park from Spanish side Getafe to compete with Wayne Hennessey for the No 1 jersey at Crystal Palace.

Guaita made 86 saves in the season just gone and claimed 12 clean sheets in LaLiga.

His new team-mate Hennessey produced 91 saves and returned seven clean sheets.

And Guaita saved 76.6 per cent of the shots he faced, compared with Hennessey’s 68.2.

Guiata v Hennessey in 201718

Hennessey Guaita Minsgoal conceded 59.3 114.2 Minsclean sheet 347.1 247.5 Minssave 26.7 34.9 Spot-kick specialist

Significantly, Guaita boasts an impressive penalty-saving record.

He stopped two of the three spot-kicks he faced in the season just gone. Only Lukasz Fabianski, with three, bettered that among FPL goalkeepers.

Over the last four seasons, Guaita has saved five penalties in LaLiga.

This can provide a significant boost to his points potential in Fantasy.

Goalkeepers earn five points for every penalty save.

Penalty bonus

They also pick up 12 points in the Bonus Points System, which determines how the bonus points are awarded in each match.

Palace were revived upon the arrival of manager Roy Hodgson from Gameweek 5.

They produced nine clean sheets from that point; a total bettered only by teams finishing in the top seven places.

Patrick van Aanholt was the big draw in their defence by the end of the season, with three goals in the final three Gameweeks.

That form means that the left-back could retain this season’s initial price tag of £5.5m.

But Guaita is expected to be cheaper.

Should he be handed a price of £4.5m, poker domino the new signing has the potential to become one of the top value picks in Fantasy for 201819.

‘A Guardiola team’

Fulham remind me of a Pep Guardiola team. They play attractive football based on movement and domination of the ball.

Led by a quality midfield trio, they like to dictate matches and wear rivals down.

It will be tougher to repeat this in the Premier League but I do not expect a shift in policy from Jokanovic.

Fulham are set to be a delight to watch.

Also in this series

Part 1: The promoted: Fast Wolves can take their big chancePart 2: Wolves: Three players to watchPart 3: The promoted: Cardiff can shake things upPart 4: Cardiff: Three players to watchPart 6: Fulham: Three players to watch.

Can you satisfy all of the requests?From looking at the sequence we know how many of these dates we can meet. When we can’t, the Premier League will ask the club which of the requests are most important.

We cannot accommodate everything but, on average, we satisfy higher than 85 per cent every year.

See: Thompson – If there are problems, we may go back to square one

The promoted: Fulham set to return in style

Adrian Clarke looks at what style of play we can expect to see from the three promoted clubs in 201819.


In terms of style, Fulham look well suited to Premier League football.

Their head coach Slavisa Jokanovic has turned them into a possession-based team.

Playing in a fluid 4-3-3 formation, the Cottagers pass and move with confidence.

Four experienced players down the centre of the pitch are at the heart of Jokanovic’s philosophy.

Central defender Tim Ream, holding midfielder Kevin McDonald and box-to-box specialists Stefan Johansen and Tom Cairney helped Fulham control the majority of their 201718 matches.

All aged between 27 and 30, they were each ranked in the top 10 for most passes per match in the Championship last season.

Most passes per match 201718 Player Passesmatch Championship rank Cairney 81.1 1 McDonald 65.0 2 Ream 59.5 8 Johansen 57.3 10 Playing the pressure game

As soon as Fulham lose the ball they look to win it back as quickly as possible, by pressing ferociously in packs.

But when they do win it back they show patience on the ball.

They boasted the largest average share of possession of the 24 Championship teams last season, with 57.8 per cent.

That determination to dominate possession forces opponents to do a lot of chasing, which wears them down and forces mistakes.

This also helped them get the most goals from open play last term, scoring 68 times.

Fulham’s short game 201718 Fulham Championship rank Short passes90 492 1 Long passes90 58 24

While pundits questioned whether Jokanovic had a plan B, their main tactical approach was hugely productive.

This was especially the case from January onwards, daftar poker after they had signed centre-forward Aleksandar Mitrovic on loan from Newcastle United.

The Serb scored 12 times in his 20 appearances, averaging a shot every 20.16 minutes.

In that period Fulham won 14 times and lost only twice.

Pace on the flanks

To ensure their passing is productive, Fulham have pace out wide to stretch teams.

Ryan Sessegnon was integral to their promotion campaign. Just turned 18, he produced 16 goals and eight assists.

The influence of Fulham’s full-backs is also important.

Their wide defenders are encouraged to push on, especially when the man in front drifts inside to play as a second centre-forward.

During the latter stages of the season Matt Targett, the left-back, and Ryan Fredericks, on the right, were extremely creative.

With Targett being on loan from Southampton and Fredericks since having signed for West Ham United, whoever starts in these positions for Fulham in 201819 are sure to be attack-minded.

Sports betting bill written to include site that won’t host horse racing

Sports betting is only now set to become a reality, after the U.S. Supreme Court last month sided with New Jersey and overturned the federal ban on sports betting. | Matt SlocumAP Photo

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Legislation Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law Monday afternoon to allow sports betting in New Jersey includes a provision for a sports book at the site of a former racetrack in Cherry Hill where there are no plans to ever host horse racing again.

The site is owned by Jack Morris and Joseph Marino, two developers with ties to South Jersey power broker George Norcross.

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Most traces of the former track at what’s now Towne Place at Garden State Park, a high-end commercial and residential development, have been obliterated, except for the entrance gate at the intersection of Route 70 and Garden State Boulevard.

In 2011, New Jersey voters approved sports betting at the sites of current and “former“ horse racing tracks and casinos, but the definition of a former racetrack was not taken up until the Legislature passed a bill to implement the voters’ will.

The first attempt to enact a law to legalize sports betting in New Jersey, which was signed by then-Gov. Chris Christie in January 2012, poker indonesia was overturned in federal court. That law defined eligible sites for sports betting as simply casinos and “any former racetrack.“

In 2014, Phil Norcross, the brother of George Norcross, helped draft language for a new law to repeal the sports betting ban, according to a source with knowledge of the negotiations. The language would allow the site of the former Garden State Park Racetrack in Cherry Hill, which closed in 2001, to host sports betting.

That law, which was signed by Christie, would allow sports betting at any place “where a horse race meeting with parimutuel wagering is conducted and includes any former racetrack where such a meeting was conducted within 15 years prior to the effective date of this act.”

The 15-year time frame swept in the Cherry Hill site as well as the former Atlantic City Race Course, which closed in 2015, but left out any other horse racetracks in the state that closed decades earlier.

Despite the 2014 law, New Jersey’s legal battle to overturn the federal sports betting ban would last years longer. Sports betting is only now set to become a reality, after the U.S. Supreme Court last month sided with New Jersey and overturned the federal ban on sports betting that was enacted in 1992 and sponsored by then-New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bill Bradley.

The state Legislature on Thursday passed and sent to Murphy a bill to regulate and tax sports betting at casinos and racetracks. The legislation includes the 15-year provision. Murphy signed the bill on Monday and the first bets could be taken by the end of the week

New Jersey sports betting to begin Thursday after governor signs legislation.

The wait is over — New Jersey sports betting begins Thursday.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation Monday allowing the state’s racetracks and casinos to begin offering sports betting later in the week.

“Today, we’re finally making the dream of legalized sports betting a reality for New Jersey,” Murphy said in a statement Monday afternoon. “I’m thrilled to sign Assembly Bill 4111 because it means that our casinos in Atlantic City and our racetracks throughout our state can attract new business and new fans, boosting their own long-term financial prospects. This is the right move for New Jersey and it will strengthen our economy.”

Betting will begin at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at New Jersey racetrack Monmouth Park.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy says he’s excited the “dream of legalized sports betting” is finally a reality. AP PhotoJulio Cortez

“I look forward to the governor joining us at Monmouth Park Racetrack on Thursday morning to usher in a new era for New Jersey by placing the first bet,” said Dennis Drazin, chairman and CEO of Darby Development LLC, operators of Monmouth Park.

Retired state Sen. Ray Lesniak, who spearheaded the state’s fight for legal sports betting, also hopes to be at the front of the line to place an early bet.

“Fifty dollars on France to win the World Cup,” Lesniak said. “That’s big-time for me.” The World Cup kicks off Thursday.

New Jersey is slated to open for business nearly a month after the United States Supreme Court struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992, the federal ban on state-sponsored sports betting.

New Jersey will be the second state, joining Delaware, poker domino to offer legal sports betting since the landmark Supreme Court ruling. Nevada had been the only state allowed to offer a full menu of sports bets for the last 26 years.

“We led the fight for sports betting and it is now happening,” New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney said in a statement. “We will see sports betting get up and running and we intend to see that New Jersey continues to be a leader with a sports gaming industry that thrives. Our efforts will pay off.”

Atlantic City’s nine casinos, the state’s three racetracks and sites of former racetracks may offer sports betting under the legislation. MGM Resorts, which will operate the sportsbook at the Borgata in Atlantic City, said it is “moving ahead with all possible speed to begin accepting legal sports bets as soon as required regulatory approvals are in place.”

New Jersey governor signs bill allowing sports betting


ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. AP — Gamblers in New Jersey will be able to start betting on sports by Thursday under legislation the governor signed Monday legalizing a pastime that has long lived in the shadows of organized crime and shady offshore operators.

Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat, signed the bill just three weeks after the state won a U.S. Supreme Court victory paving the way for all 50 states to allow sports gambling. The new law allows licensed casinos and racetracks to offer sports betting in a taxed, regulated setting. The bill unanimously passed the state Legislature last week.

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Monmouth Park, a horse track near the Jersey shore that has been preparing for this day for more than a year, said it would start taking bets Thursday morning, with Murphy making the first one, though it wasn’t certain it would be first out of the gate.

The Borgata, Atlantic City’s top casino, said it is “moving ahead with all possible speed” to start sports wagering but could not immediately say when it might take its first bet. Most other Atlantic City casinos, along with Freehold Raceway, also plan to offer sports betting but have not laid out a timetable to begin.

The Golden Nugget, daftar poker which won’t be able to take bets on pro basketball because its owner also owns the NBA’s Houston Rockets, said it would begin taking bets on other sports by the time football season begins in September, as did the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, near New York City.

Online wagering on sports won’t take effect for another month, but gamblers able to place a bet in person can line up to place bets on the opening matches of World Cup soccer, the U.S. Open golf tournament or a variety of Major League Baseball games.

“Our casinos in Atlantic City and our racetracks throughout our state can attract new business and new fans, boosting their own long-term financial prospects,” Murphy said. “This is the right move for New Jersey and it will strengthen our economy.”

Dennis Drazin, chairman and CEO of Darby Development, which operates Monmouth Park, called it “a great day for New Jersey.”

“After a thorough review of the legislation, Governor Murphy has taken decisive and swift action in the best interests of New Jersey’s economy and sports fans across our state,” he said. “I look forward to the governor joining us at Monmouth Park Racetrack on Thursday morning to usher in a new era for New Jersey by placing the first bet.”

Murphy’s office would not predict which team the governor would choose for his first wager.

He signed the new law four days after the Democrat-led Legislature sent it to him, making New Jersey the second state after Delaware to allow sports wagering since the Supreme Court decision that cleared the way for such gambling.

“We led the fight for sports betting, and it is now happening,” state Senate President Steve Sweeney said. “We can now capitalize on the opportunities we worked for with a new sector of sports gaming that will help create jobs, generate economic activity and be an important boost to the state’s casinos and racetracks.”

The law is seen as a modest help to Atlantic City’s seven casinos, which recently have regained their footing after five others closed down since 2014. But two of those are due to reopen later this month.

The tracks, in particular, are desperate for the new revenue stream that sports betting will generate; they have been prohibited from offering slot machines like so-called “racinos” in other states.

writer Michael Catalini in Trenton, New Jersey, contributed to this report.