The first day of Gameweek 21 of the Premier League season produced some big results at both ends of the top-flight table. Here is what happened on an eventful day of Premier League action:

Bournemouth 2-1 Everton

Bournemouth headed into this game on a run of eight games without a win, while Everton were eight games unbeaten in all competitions. However, the result was a turn-up for the books, but the Cherries deserved their win.

Ryan Fraser volleyed on home on 33 minutes to put Eddie Howe’s side in the lead. A Steve Cook mistake allowed the Toffees to equalise on 57 minutes, as Oumar Niasse found Idrissa Gueye for a simple finish.

The home side won it with just two minutes left on the clock, as Fraser hit an effort that deflected off Michael Keane and over the helpless Jordan Pickford in the visitor’s goal. The win moved Bournemouth out of the relegation zone and up to 14th place in the top-flight table. Meanwhile, Everton stay ninth in the table.

Chelsea 5-0 Stoke

Stoke travelled to the capital with a major defensive crisis and the result illustrated their lack of defensive options. The tone was set for the game on four minutes, as Antonio Rudiger headed home from Willian’s cross.

It took less than five minutes for the Blues to double their lead, as Danny Drinkwater produced a superb volley from the edge of the area. Pedro added a third on 24 minutes firing past Jack Butland, after taking on youngster Josh Tymon. Willian won and scored a penalty to make it four on 73 minutes before Davide Zappacosta capitalised on an effort from Tymon to complete the rout on 88 minutes.

The victory moved Chelsea up to second place in the league table. Meanwhile, Stoke are 15th in the table and looking nervously over their shoulders at the relegation zone, as the Potters are just two points clear of the drop zone.

Liverpool 2-1 Leicester

Liverpool consolidated their place in the top-four by recording a hard-fought win over the visiting Foxes. The visitors took an early lead when Riyad Mahrez teed-up striker Jamie Vardy for a tap-in after a mistake from Joel Matip.

Mohamed Salah missed two good chances in the first half. However, the in-form Egyptian did get on the scoresheet on 52 minutes. Sadio Mane produced a superb back-heeled pass to the winger and he fired low into the middle of the Leicester goal. The former Chelsea star also scored the winner on 76 minutes, as he turned away from Harry Maguire before firing past Kasper Schmeichel.

The win moves the Reds four points clear of fifth place Tottenham, who have a game in-hand. The three points also mean that Jurgen Klopp’s side are just three points behind third-place Manchester United. Leicester remains eighth in the league.

Watford 1-2 Swansea

Swansea moved off the bottom of the table, as Portuguese boss Carlos Carvalhal recorded a win in his game in charge. The home side looked to have won the game, as winger Andre Carrillo headed home from a Richarlison cross on 11 minutes.

However, with just four minutes left the Swans equalised, forward Jordan Ayew scored from close-range. The Welsh completed the turnaround in the last minute. Heurelho Gomes parried Nathan Dyer’s effort, but Luciano Narsingh was the quickest to react and find net the winner. The victory saw Swansea move up to 19th place and three points off safety. Watford remained in tenth position in the Premier League table. The Welsh are still favourites to suffer relegation, though. 

Other Premier League results:

Huddersfield 0-0 Burnley

Newcastle 0-0 Brighton

Manchester United 0-0 Southampton

Who produced the big performance on Saturday in the Premier League?

We are in the midst of a very busy period in the English Premier League. With games on Saturday and Sunday, followed by a full programme of games next week, fans of the English top-flight are set for a feast of action.

Here are the games taking place on Saturday:

Saturday

Bournemouth v Everton (3 PM)

This clash is vital for the home side, who find themselves in the relegation zone after a run of eight games without a win in the Premier League. However, their prospects of a win this weekend are not exactly bright.

Everton travels to the south coast on an eight-game unbeaten run in the top-flight. The Toffees have become highly resilience in defence of late, keeping clean sheets in five of their last seven Premier League outings.

Liverpool v Leicester (3 PM)

Liverpool have been blowing teams away at times in the Premier League, scoring at least three goals in their last four league outings. Jurgen Klopp’s side are 12 games unbeaten at Anfield in the Premier League. However, the Reds have drawn three of their last four home games in the top-flight. The home side will be heavy favourites to win this clash.

Leicester head to Merseyside in poor form of late, as they have failed to win in their last three outings while suffering two defeats. A major concern for the Foxes heading to Anfield would be that they have conceded two or more goals in four of their last five league outings.

Newcastle v Brighton (3 PM)

This clash is a vital one for the Magpies. Rafa Benitez’s side find themselves just a point clear of the relegation zone after four defeats in their last five league outings. The north east side have now also lost their last five league games at St James Park.

Former Newcastle boss Chris Hughton returns to his old club in the opposition dugout. Hughton’s side have made a decent start to life in the Premier League. However, they are currently four points clear of the relegation zone. A record of just one win in their last nine top-flight outings is not an encouraging one though.

Chelsea v Stoke (3 PM)

Reigning champions Chelsea head into this clash against injury-hit Stoke in good form. A win over the Potters would move Antonio Conte’s side up to second in the table, at least temporarily. A home win is likely, as the home side have won their last six league games at Stamford Bridge.

Stoke head into this clash on the back of just one win in their last five league outings. The Potters have stopped the rot of late with a win over West Brom and a draw against Huddersfield. However, a trip to south west London represents a much tougher test.

Manchester United v Southampton (5:30 PM)

Manchester United could be third by the time they kick-off in this clash against the struggling visitors. Consecutive draws against Leicester and Burnley have seen the Red Devils slip 15 points behind arch-rivals and league leaders Manchester City at the top of the table. Jose Mourinho’s side will be confident of maximum points from this clash though.

Southampton are now winless in their last seven Premier League games. The poor run has left the Saints just two points clear of the relegation zone. Mauricio Pellegrino’s side have lost four of their last five league games on their travels.

Saturday’s other Premier League fixtures:

Huddersfield v Burnley (3 PM)

Watford v Swansea (3 PM)

Who will record the performance of the day in Saturday’s Premier League games?

ZclassicZClassic (ZCL) token gained about 200% in the past 24 hours to trade at $110 levels yesterday. The underlying bullishness can be understood from the price chart which indicates a gain of 5400% or $108 in December alone. The coin had a market cap of $39 million on Wednesday. By Friday evening, the market cap shot up to $204 million. So, we tried to find out the possible reason behind the stupendous rally.

The ZClassic was created by forking Zcash block chain network. ZCash, as readers may be well aware of, offers a high level of privacy for its users, compared to Bitcoin. While the market was happy with the privacy provided through masking technology, it was uncomfortable with founders taking 20% of the rewards for four years following the release. The reward for founders represents nearly 10% of entire monetary supply.

Further, the system is built such that it would be slow and difficult to mine the first 20,000 blocks. The crypto investors were concerned that it could lead to an artificial inflation in the price. That led to the creation of ZClassic coin.

The new team, which took over ZClassic,Tweeted on December 13 that they will fork again to create an altcoin named Bitcoin Private (BCTP) and revitalize ZCL.


The altcoin intended to be created is expected to work in the same manner as ZClassic. However, there will be no founders reward. That is a huge positive for the altcoin that is going to be created. Additionally, BTCP will have the same privacy technology as ZCL (zk-snarks). This means payments will be published on a public block chain, but the sender, recipient, and amount of a transaction will remain private.

More importantly, those who are holding ZCL at the time of forking will receive BCTP on a 1:1 ratio. That has triggered the rally. The forking of ZClassic block chain network will happen in mid or end January.

KomodoThe Komodo (KMD) coin, a fork of ZCash, has gained more than 100% in the past two weeks to trade at $9.50 levels. The coin is cooling down after touching a high of $11.54 on Dec 21. While the appreciation looks too steep in charts, many crypto specialists believe that it is the beginning of a massive rally, which is going to be seen in the months ahead.

Komodo platform enables developers to build decentralized applications. What makes it unique is the innovative dPOW (delayed proof of work) technology, which provides a security layer that creates backups of block chain’s data and notarizes it to Bitcoin’s block chain.

That provides even the smallest of block chains with a Bitcoin-level security. Komodo platform also offers optional privacy protection through the integration of Zero-Knowledge Proofs.

Komodo Platform

Further, Komodo platform facilitates atomic swaps (exchange of one crypto currency with another directly without the involvement of any intermediate party) due to the integration of BarterDex, a decentralized exchange, on its platform. The platform also boasts of a crypto currency anonymizer (Jumblr). All these advantages have turned the market’s attention towards it.

If atomic swaps become popular, then the increased use of BarterDex is expected to boost the price of Komodo further.

President Nicolas MaduroIn the first week of December, Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro had announced the creation of Petro – the digital currency of Venezuela – to fight the US sanctions and lead the country in the path of economic and social development. In the past year alone, Bolivar, the currency of Venezuela has declined by 95% ($1 = 84,000 Bolivars).

Thus, crypto currency such as the Bitcoin has already gained tremendous popularity among the people. By introducing a digital currency, the government aims to bring down high inflation, which has soared to 4,000%. To gain the confidence of investors and businessmen, the government has decided to back the digital currency with five billion barrels of crude oil.

The decision was announced by Maduro, while giving a speech on the country’s national television network. The Petro will be backed by the certified Ayacucho oil field No.1 in the Orinoco Petroleum Belt.

Maduro told

“Every single Petro will be backed by a barrel of oil. We will set up a special team of crypto currency specialists, so they will be engaged in mining in all states and municipalities of our country.”

Further, Maduro also announced that the crypto currency will also be supported by the gold deposits of the Arco Minero del Orinoco belt and diamonds from the country’s natural reserve.

Venezuela may be followed by a host of other countries such as Russia (CryptoRuble) and Israel (Digital Shekel) in creating a digital currency. Dubai’s Economy Department has already partnered with one of its subsidiaries called Emcredit Limited and U.K.-based Object Tech Group, Ltd. to create the digital currency named “emCash”.

It is becoming clear that more governments will join the crypto bandwagon soon.

As announced on December 16, Bitcoin network underwent another forking on December 28 to create an altcoin named SegWit2x. However, the days that led to Forking saw the SegWit2x (futures) rise from $540.01 to $968.57. That represents a $40 billion rise in market capitalization.

Following the completion of forking at block 501451, the futures price plunged to $281. Likewise, Bitcoin SegWit2x (BT2) plunged to $125.69, from $334.87 before forking. There are many controversies surrounding the SegWit2x project.

Firstly, none of the developers involved in the original SegWit2X project, which was cancelled in November, is involved in this forking. That was confirmed through a live chat by Finance Magnates with the developers involved in the forking completed earlier this week.

Secondly, very little information is revealed about the team members on the official website. Even the LinkedIn profile of the project’s supposed founder Jaap Terlouw is not complete in all aspects. No sources are provided to corroborate Terlouw’s status as an experienced developer.

The project’s GitHub account is only about 10 days old. The code stored in GitHub account reveals that the six members involved in the project are planning to set aside six million pre-mined coins for themselves. That represents 28% of the 21 million coins that are ever going to be created.

While websites, which offer paid-for press releases, were going gaga about the sharp rally in the futures contracts, unbiased news sources have been raising doubts about the project.

The developers had promised to issue “a proportional number of Satoshi Nakamoto’s Bitcoins” to all BTC holders, after the completion of the fork. However, it is unclear how the team will actually be able to access the coins created by the anonymous inventor.

Thus, an abundance of caution is advised for traders and investors who are planning to hold position in SegWit2x coin.

Due to the festive period, we did not cover Gameweek 20 in the FPL. However, we are back with our Gameweek 21 top picks after mixed results in Gameweek 19. Here are the four FPL players in the latest round of FPL:

Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea)

While many FPL players will be looking to recruit the defender’s teammate Marcos Alonso, Azpilicueta offers an alternative at 0.03 (£6.9m) cheaper than Alonso. While Alonso provides a goal threat, Azpilicueta offers points at both ends of the field.

The Spaniard has already produced six assists this season, with striker Alvaro Morata benefitting most from Azpilicueta’s passes. The Chelsea backline is pretty secure too at Stamford Bridge, as the Blues have conceded just once in their last five league games. With struggling Stoke visiting this weekend, the Blues should improve upon that record.

One other factor in Azpilicueta’s favour is a habit of picking up bonus points. The defender has picked up a massive 15 bonus points, four more than Alonso. In fact, no defender has picked up more bonus points than the Chelsea star.

Pascal Gross (Brighton)

The German playmaker burst on to the Premier League scene in the early months of the campaign. In fact, he has scored four goals and produced five assists so far this season, not bad for a bargain buy this summer.

The 26-year-old has gone slightly off the boil in recent months. However, a goal and three bonus points in his last start against Watford may just be a sign that playmaker is set for a renaissance in form.

A price tag of just £5.9m offers great value for a player who is on set-pieces and comes up against a Newcastle side this weekend that have lost their last five home games in the Premier League.

It is worth noting that Gross has delivered more points this season than Dele Alli, Eden Hazard and Alexis Sanchez.

Jesse Lingard (Manchester United)

The winger seems to have hit form for the Red Devils in recent months. A brace in United’s 2-2 draw against Burnley on Boxing Day means the 25-year-old has now scored three times and produced one assist in his last three appearances for United, despite only starting two of those games.

A tally of six goals and four assists this season is a respectable one for a player who does not always start games. He surely has to start this weekend’s home game against Southampton, though. At £6.1m, Lingard is a budget-friendly option that is hard to ignore.

Alvaro Morata (Chelsea)

With Tottenham’s Harry Kane game less in Gameweek 21 and other big-hitters at risk of rotation, Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata looks like a no-brainer for your attack at £10.6m.

The Spaniard comes up against the worst defence in the league Stoke at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon. The former Real Madrid star has been in and out of the Blues team due to injury and suspension in recent weeks.

However, he returned to scoring ways last time out in a 2-0 win over Brighton. With the Blues struggling for forward options, he looks to be rotation-proof this weekend.

A record of 10 goals, 4 assists and 13 bonus points suggest that the Spanish international is enjoying a very profitable debut Premier League campaign. If you have the funds then Morata could prove to be a very useful temporary replacement for Kane for Gameweek 21.

Who is the must-have FPL player for Gameweek 21?

PropyPropy, which claims to be operating the world’s first international real-estate marketplace, announced the successful launch of the alpha open version of its real estate transaction tool based on block chain technology. The transaction tool facilitates buying and selling of properties in California using Bitcoin.

The Propy marketplace enables crypto millionaires to diversify investment by investing in hard assets. The facility will remarkably reduce time and minimize the risk of forgery. The project is called as the Amazon of real estate. Traditionally, to make an international real-estate purchase, individuals need to work with multiple intermediaries, including Brokers, escrow services, land registry services, as well as money transmitters. Piles of paperwork need to be compiled and signed.

Propy uses block chain technology to avoid intermediates. A real estate purchase can be completed by unlocking smart contracts through Propy’s PRO token. Initially, the Propy Registry will mirror official land registry records in which transfers of real estate are recorded. Ultimately, Propy’s vision is that jurisdictions will adopt the Propy Registry as their official ledger of record such that the transfer of property on the Propy Registry constitutes the legal transfer of the property and the legal registration of that transfer.

Propy

The use of block chain technology enables cross-border payments by users. Further, Propy assists in the documentation process. Users can search for properties in their native language. Additionally, the quality of air, noise pollution and several other generate facts about the locality are provided. Governments can issue title deed for properties instantly online in a secure and cost-effective manner.

Propy and the government of Ukraine recently entered into a Memorandum of Understanding, under which a property in Ukraine’s capital Kiev changed hands on-chain and across borders. It is another milestone for the Ethereum network. The transaction tool discussed above enables completing a Bitcoin based real estate deal in California by following a simple nine-step process. Propy plans to introduce US dollar based transactions by next year.

Andrew Baum, Chairman of the investment committee for CBRE stated,

“It would be an enormous step forward if global real estate transactions were to be facilitated by a reliable, automated land registration and transfer system. Propy’s proposed use of block chain might just offer the key that opens this door.”

The company is planning to start an education program next week for local brokers in California. Additionally, Propy is also planning to start a full fledge marketing campaign to attract home buyers. The marketing plan is expected to be revealed in January 2018. Propy is inviting buyers and sellers of homes to contact them via Reddit & Telegram.

The price of Bitcoin continues to hover around $15,000. Thus, Bitcoin wallets are the prime targets of hackers now a days. Crypto currency exchanges are taking every available step to keep the digital assets safe. In this regard, Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking, the trust banking arm of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG), is creating another layer of security whereby clients will be able to safe keep their crypto currencies separately from other assets.

According to Nikkei Asian Review, Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking will use exchange transaction records to safeguard the Bitcoins of customers. When there is a suspicious transaction or doubts of a hack, MUFJ will be able to stop the transaction and investigate it. That will prevent another large scale hacking incident similar to the one seen with Mt. Gox in 2011. However, exchanges should come forward to join the system by paying a fee.

MUFJ believes that prospective customers will be glad to sign up with an exchange that provides them additional security to their digital assets. As the price of crypto currencies surge, security would become an important aspect customers will be looking for in an exchange.

MUFG is the largest financial group and second largest public company in Japan. It is also the world’s largest bank holding company. MUFG has already invested in Coinbase, the biggest crypto currency exchange in the US. According to Kabu.com, the financial institution is rewarding its employees with a token called OORI, which is pegged to the yen, for maintaining good health. In May 2017, MUFG invested in R3, a block chain technology project, and partnered with EEA (Enterprise Ethereum Alliance).

The safety net is expected to be launched in April 2018. It will be the first institution to offer such an option. The institution is also applying for a patent to protect the intellectual property.

SBI Holdings and its subsidiary SBI Ripple Asia announced that they have partnered with three major credit card providers in Japan to improve user experience, solve a variety of issues, and increase efficiency through Ripple’s block chain technology.

The participating credit card companies are JCB, Sumitomo Mitsui Card, and Credit Saison. The consortium has already developed a payment app that uses Ripple’s technology to enable near instantaneous funding, without risking user security or control.

Ripple is the name of a San Francisco-based company which developed the Ripple payment network for banks and other financial institutions. The Ripple platform – a real-time gross settlement system (RTGS) – is built on a distributed open source internet protocol, consensus ledger, and a crypto currency called Ripples (XRP). Network participants have to use the Ripple coin (XRP) for transactions.

Ripple partnered with SBI Holdings in 2016 to establish SBI Ripple Asia. The association now includes 61 Japanese banks such as Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC), MUFG, and Mizhuho. Given the market share of these banks, the announcement boosted the price of Ripple coin to a new high of $1.50.