Researchers from The University of West London, La Trobe University, and Nottingham Trent University are looking into the impact of Fantasy Football on its most ardent fans.

It has grown into a massive global game that is only getting bigger with each passing year. Despite this, little is known about the positive and negative mental effects that Fantasy Football participation may have on individuals, with only one previous study on the subject having been published.

This study focuses on this topic and aims to expand on what we already know.

Completing a questionnaire is required for participation. In addition, the participants will be asked five open-ended questions about their Fantasy Football experiences, as well as questions about game-related behaviours and attitudes.

They will also be asked about their personality and the potential effects of Fantasy Football on mental health and emotions in general. The study is expected to take between 20 and 30 minutes to complete.

The study data, which may be used in future reports such as academic journals and conference presentations, is only accessible to the principal investigators involved. However, no individual will be identified as a result of such publication.

Pep Guardiola will be rotating his squad

Newcastle United and Manchester City drew 3-3 at St James’ Park on Sunday, with Erling Haaland (£11.7 million) and Bernardo Silva (£6.8 million) pulling the visitors back from a 3-1 deficit.

The Norwegian was relatively quiet in the first half, but he came alive after the break, scoring and hitting the post on three big chances.

Pep Guardiola, on the other hand, spoke after the game about rotating his squad once City begins playing twice a week, specifically mentioning Haaland.

“What is important is he doesn’t have niggles. Last season he didn’t play 90 minutes because he was injured. The physios and doctors did an incredible job since he arrived to avoid injuries.

“Now he has one game a week. I tell you now when we have games every three days that Erling will not play, I will play Julian (Alvarez). One of my favourite players is Bernardo and he did not play until today.

“Riyad (Mahrez) is by far one of my favourite players – especially on the biggest stages – and today he didn’t play. When we start with games every three days, everyone is going to play.”