Even though champions United managed to snatch all three points from the grasp of Stoke City on Saturday, there still appears to be a paradigm shift of success occurring this season away from Manchester.
One emerging prospect for the title is Liverpool, who have only two fewer top tier crowns than United’s 20 but last won the league in 1990.
Their talismanic, and often just manic, striker Luis Suarez has been in sensational form since his return from suspension and the Uruguayan bagged a hat-trick, his fourth for the Reds, to amass 17 points in the Cellcard Fantasy League.
Close behind was a remarkable performance by Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard, who saved a penalty along with all manner of other shots to yield 14 points.
Forwards Fernando Torres of Chelsea and Rickie Lambert of Southampton both scored and assisted to collect 12 points a piece, while Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen also deserved his dozen for setting up a goal and preventing any going in the other end.
Over in the weekly competition, we see our first repeat winner of the season. Nith Poch with her side Aston Memot, which triumphed in gameweek 6 and has now shot to the top of the overall standings, fell just a point shy of a century.
More than a third of Poch’s 99 points came from placing Suarez as captain, while a strong supporting cast of Man United’s Wayne Rooney (12 points), Arsenal’s Per Mertesacker (9) and Tottenham’s Michael Dawson (9) fired the team to first.
Poch receives a $20 phone voucher and T-shirt from sponsors Cellcard for her troubles.
Cellcard’s Facebook competition that runs concurrently with the Fantasy League enjoyed another high participation rate. The total goals in the gameweek and the highest scoring team were sought with the answers 23 goals and Liverpool correctly guessed by two users – Sokha Lim and Janson Em. Sokha Lim won the lucky draw to claim the spoils of a $10 phone voucher.
Gameweek 10 slots inside of the two-day weekend again, with Arsenal v Liverpool as a blockbuster clash late on Saturday while Sunday’s meeting between Cardiff City and Swansea brings about the first Welsh derby in Premier League history.