When half of the teams featuring in a gameweek of the Cellcard Fantasy League fail to find the net, you know it’s going to be a low-scoring round. Add to that the absence of a single player mustering more than a goal and the global average of just 44 points seemed inevitable.
However, there were some standout performances to bolster fantasy team tallies for those wise enough to select them.
Given that Gareth Bale shattered the world transfer record over the weekend in signing for Real Madrid, it was perhaps with sense of irony that his lowly priced Welsh compatriot Ben Davies emerged as the most valuable player of the gameweek.
The 20-year-old Swansea defender scored at one end and kept things clean at the other to amass 15 points, making a mockery of his £5 million price tag and delighting the 1.3 per cent of fantasy managers that had picked him.
Davies’s teammate Pablo Hernandez was the next best thing, with the Spanish midfielder netting one and setting up one for 13 points.
Perhaps it requires a woman’s intuition to unlock the secrets of certain gameweeks, with housewife Kong Veasna, operating under the moniker Sir Alex Ferguson, claiming the spoils with her side Socceroos Taurus FC.
Veasna’s exemplary 80-point haul was largely down to an inspired introduction of Manchester City’s Yaya Toure as captain for 22 points, while his colleague Pablo Zabaleta was also fielded for 12 points.
Veasna will presumably be calling all her mates to brag about it with her prize of a $20 phone voucher, along with a T-shirt, from sponsors Cellcard. In fact, she was unlucky not to add another $10 of credit to her phone after her guess of a 1-0 victory for Liverpool against Manchester United was bang on the money in Cellcard’s Fantasy facebook fanpage competition.
However, Sithat Ros’ name was pulled out of the hat yesterday to claim that prize.
The Premier League hits the pause button for a fortnight as international fixtures including various World Cup qualifiers play out.