The Premier League returns for the 2019-20 season in August and fantasy football fever is building ahead of the first week.It’s time to pick a clever team name, reactivate old leagues and challenge friends in the battle for supremacy in the fantasy realm.Figuring out how best to use your budget in order to get the best players into your squad is the biggest issue at the start, but in order to really succeed, a fantasy football team needs constant care. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare With the Premier League’s big kick-off fast approaching, Goal takes a look at the fantasy football games on offer and gives you a few tips to get off on the right foot.Premier League fantasy football gamesThere is no shortage of fantasy football games out there for fans of the Premier League, but the most popular is without doubt the league’s official one.Known as Fantasy Premier League, the official game is already open and you can start to assemble your panel of champions with a £100 million budget.For those who have grown frustrated with the traditional style of fantasy football game or if you want to make things extra interesting, players can also take part in a draft version, which limits the player pool and involves trades.While for many the official game may be the only show in town when it comes to fantasy football, there are other versions available to play, with some newspapers and sports websites running their own.Sky Sports offer the incentive of cash prizes for those who take part in their fantasy football game, with the overall winner pocketing the biggest sum and money on offer for second and third place too.The game is broadly similar to the official version – there are some variations when it comes to things such as transfers – and Opta provide the stats.The Sun also offer a fantasy football game through their ‘Dream Team’ and it is even more different to the official version, but, of course, the same idea applies.Dream Team fantasy football players have to make do with a £50 million budget, but the prices are scaled down somewhat too. There are three different versions – Season, Weekender and Draft.Fantasy football tips – how to win?Winning at fantasy football isn’t just as simple as picking the best players, as any aficionado will tell you. Fantasy managers need to be clever about their selections.If you’re a fantasy football novice or a long-suffering underachiever, we’ve got some tips that should help you get off to a solid start this season.1. Focus on your first XIThe official game requires players to select 15 players in their squad, but only 11 of them will earn points at any one time, so you have to focus on your starting players.What that means in practice is investing your budget in the players you hope to use each week and saving money by choosing the cheapest possible options as subs.Of course that doesn’t mean you need to disregard the back-up players completely, just be shrewd about it – find the balance between who is cheap and plays regularly.2. Use your budgetGenerally speaking, it’s a good idea to spend your whole budget, or most of it at least.Don’t be afraid to splash out if it means getting an expensive player, such as Mohamed Salah or Sergio Aguero, who is practically guaranteed to serve up points.That said, with players’ values fluctuating depending on their form, it’s not necessarily a bad idea to leave a small amount left over if you want to make some early transfers. Just don’t leave £10 million in the bank – that could get you someone like Jamie Vardy or Alexandre Lacazette!3. Bargains!It probably goes without saying, but try to get value for money for at least a few players in the squad. Sometimes a player who recently signed for a big club can be undervalued – Aaron Wan-Bissaka at Manchester United for example.Keep an eye on players from newly promoted teams too. In many cases, the brains behind fantasy football will be keenly aware of the potential points-getters, but sometimes they are too conservative and you should try to take advantage of any oversight.4. Pay attention to The ScoutThe official fantasy football game runs a scouting column, where experts give their views and predictions about who the best players to choose are, which is particularly useful if you’re not really that invested in football (surely not?)The Scouts are not always right, but they regularly suggest bargains and offer an educated assessment of the players who are in form or most likely to bag some points.5. Choose attacking and goalscoring midfieldersIn fantasy football, picking goalscoring midfielders is crucial if you want to stand any chance of winning your league. By and large, in the modern game, wingers tend to be most likely to find themselves amongst the goals, but occasionally a central midfielder – think a Frank Lampard type of player, for example – will emerge.As well as that playmakers and midfielder who take charge of set-pieces are desirable due to the fact that they are likely to pick up plenty of assists throughout the season.Defensive midfielders tend not to provide assists or score goals so, it’s usually a good idea to avoid selecting them.6. Check your team every weekInjuries, suspension or a loss of form can cause irreparable damage to a fantasy football team during a season, so you simply have to keep an eye on those things.Set a reminder on your phone, mark it in your diary – do whatever it is you have to do to ensure you don’t miss a week.7. Pick a team name you won’t regretFinally, spend a little time considering what you’re going to call your team. It won’t get you any extra points, but you and everyone else will be looking at it for the season, so make it a good one! Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Kolkata: A 68-year-old man, who was admitted to the RG Kar Medical College and Hospital a few days ago, has gone missing from the hospital.The family members of the victim lodged a complaint in a police station against the hospital authorities for their alleged medical negligence. The patient identified as Bimal Dutta (68), a resident of Matigara in Siliguri fell inside the bathroom on July 10 and sustained severe injuries in his head. He was brought to the RG Kar Medical College and Hospital. After some primary clinical tests the patient was admitted to the observation ward. The patient was responding to the treatment and gradually improving when he suddenly disappeared from the hospital. As the matter came to light the family members of the victim and hospital staff members searched for him at various other wards of the hospital but failed to get any trace of the patient. Following the incident, the family members registered a missing diary at Tala police station. A complaint of medical negligence has also been lodged against the hospital authorities. On the basis of the complaint, the police have started a probe and examining the CCTV footages of the hospital.
Ambassador Adam Thomson of the United Kingdom, which holds the Council’s rotating presidency for October, said the 15-member body shared Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s concern over the “absence of tangible progress” in the Georgian-Abkhaz peace process.Council members underlined the need to continue efforts to achieve a lasting political solution of the conflict with the support of the UN, particularly Mr. Annan’s Special Representative, Heidi Tagliavini, along with help from the Russian Federation as facilitator and the Group of Friends, he said in a press statement.The Group of Friends of the Secretary-General are France, Germany, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States.Ambassador Thomson’s statement came after the Council heard a closed-door briefing by Ms. Tagliavini on the Secretary-General’s latest report on the UN Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG).In the report, the Secretary-General warned that the peace process had come “perilously close” to a standstill, noting that while Ms. Tagliavini was still in close and frequent contact with both sides, they have not met at the political level since July, and even the regular working level contacts have been suspended.
“There are those who argue that the ideals enshrined in the UN charter are unachievable or out of date – a legacy of a post-war era not suited to our own,” he told the General Debate on the opening day of the high-level segment of the Assembly’s 70th annual session, citing what he referred to as Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the call by some to support “tyrants like Bashar al-Assad, who drops barrel bombs to massacre innocent children,” since the alternative is worse.“Effectively, they argue for a return to the rules that applied for most of human history and that pre-dated this institution: the belief that power is a zero sum game; that might makes right; that strong States must impose their will on weaker ones; that the rights of individuals don’t matter; and that in a time of rapid change, order must be imposed by force,” he said.“But I stand before you today believing to my core that we, the nations of the world, cannot return to the old way of conflict and coercion. We live in an integrated world – one in which we all have a stake in each other’s success, and we cannot turn those forces back,” he stressed.“It is this international order that has underwritten unparalleled advances in human liberty and prosperity. It is this endeavour that has brought about diplomatic cooperation between the world’s major powers, and buttressed a global economy that has lifted more than a billion people from poverty. A view of the dignitaries’ gallery at the opening of the general debate. Pictured front row, from right): Mette Holm, wife of the General Assembly President; Yoo Soon-taek, wife of the UN Secretary-General; Michelle Obama, first Lady of the United Stated; Queen Maxima of the Netherlands. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin share a toast at a luncheon hosted by Secretary-General Ban Kimoon in honour of world leaders attending the general debate of the General Assembly. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson greets US First Lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama on their arrival at UN headquarters for the general debate of the General Assembly. UN Photo/Evan Schneider President Barack Obama addresses the United Nations summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda. UN Photo/Mark Garten ‹ › “It is these international principles that have helped constrain bigger countries from imposing our will on smaller ones, and advanced the emergence of democracy, development, and individual liberty on every continent.”Turning to specifics, Mr. Obama said the US imposed sanctions on Russia when Ukrainian sovereignty is “flagrantly violated” since doing nothing would encourage the violation of the territorial integrity of any UN Member State.“Now, imagine if Russia had engaged in true diplomacy, and worked with Ukraine and the international community to ensure its interests were protected,” he declared.“That would be better for Ukraine, for Russia, and for the world – which is why we continue to press for this crisis to be resolved in a way that allows a sovereign and democratic Ukraine to determine its future and control its own territory; not because we want to isolate Russia, but because we want a strong Russia that is invested in working with us to strengthen the international system.”On the contradictory territorial claims by China and neighbouring countries in the South China Sea, he appealed for a recourse to international law, not the law of force, for a peaceful resolution. He recognized that diplomacy is hard, but highlighted the recent international nuclear agreement with Iran and the rapprochement between the US and Cuba as examples of the primacy of dialogue.Mr. Obama touted the role the UN can play in countering climate change, eradicating extreme poverty, and slashing preventable diseases, called for compassion in dealing with the current flood of refugees, and stressed the need for genuine democracy and respect “for the universal values this institution is supposed to defend.”“Some universal truths are self-evident,” he declared. “No person wants to be imprisoned for peaceful worship. No woman should ever be abused with impunity or barred from going to school. The freedom to peacefully petition those in power – without fear of arbitrary laws – these are not ideas of one country or one culture. They are fundamental to human progress, and to the ideals of the United Nations.” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with President Barack Obama of the United States. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft meets with President Barack Obama. UN Photo/Mark Garten Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, ahead of the President’s address to the General Assembly. UN Photo/Evan Schneider A view from of the General Assembly Hall as President Barack Obama addresses the general debate of the Assembly’s seventieth session. UN Photo/Kim Haughton