Fulham’s Brede Hangeland (left) netted twice to earn 21 points. Reuters
Gameweek 37 had managers scrambling for precious points in their penultimate pursuit of prizes. With Man United sealing their record-breaking league title a week early through a fortunate draw at Blackburn, the spotlight shone on less celebrated stars of the Premier League to make the biggest waves in the PPP/CTN Fantasy League.
Fulham’s formidable Brede Hangeland was the undisputed MVP on 21 points. The Norweigen defender’s two goals and clean sheet against Birmingham help him collect his impressive tally, far beyond his peers over the weekend.
The next best performance came from Wigan midfielder Charles N’Zogbia, who bagged a brace for 14 points. Man City’s Carlos Tevez, Aston Villa’s Darren Bent and Blackpool’s Dudley Campbell also all netted twice as strikers to earn 13 points a piece.
Winner of the gameweek was Kristian Duncan with his side Kannika’s Crusaders on 91 points. With Dream teams picks Hangeland, N’Zogbia, Bent and Blackpool’s Charlie Adam (12 points), as well as captain Robin van Persie of Arsenal for 14 points, everything came together nicely for Kampot based restauranteur who will walk away will the US$20 phone card and T-shirt from sponsors Cellcard.
With just one round left, the battle for overall champion is intense as Mick Wade nears the finishing post with a lead of 27 points. “I’ve just tried to be there or thereabouts, near the top of the table at the end of the season and choose players that give 110 percent effort and commitment every week,” said Wade of his team Phnom Penh Villa.
“Also I enter a couple of other local leagues which helps keep me competitive,” he added.
Mick’s mother Brenda, meanwhile, has seemingly dropped out of contention for the defence of her title with her side AV Cambodia 58 points adrift of the leader. She told The Post via email that she had “thoroughly enjoyed taking part in a very strong competition again,” adding the quality of the league has improved this year.
The prize of a 3.5G iPad from Cellcard is effectively Mick’s to lose, but another nerve-racking weekend is set with a wise choice of captain still carrying the potential to be the deciding factor in the final round.
Transfers need to made by 5:30pm on Sunday, with all ten games running concurrently at 10pm Cambodian time to cap off an enthralling Premier League campaign.