The Chinese consider the number eight as auspicious due to its similar sounding to their word for wealth or prosperity. Gameweek 8 of the Cellcard Fantasy League was certainly lucky for some, with Southampton grabbing the headlines by smashing eight past a woeful Sunderland over the weekend.
The Saints’ Serbian summer signing Dusan Tadic was the undisputed star of the show. The 25-year-old midfielder’s goal, four assists, clean sheet and bonus added up to 23 fantasy points – the top individual round score of the season so far.
Joining him in the elite 11 of the Dream team was another new Southampton recruit Graziano Pelle, who helped torment the Black Cats with two goals and an assist for 15 points.
Man City striker Sergio Aguero gave another sensational performance in netting all four of his team’s goal against Tottenham – which could’ve easily been five had he not missed a penalty – to earn 19 points.
Half a dozen fantasy managers racked up three-digit totals, although Peter Manning’s incredible 121 points tally could not be honoured with prizes as he is not registered.
Both Sopheak Li’s Kouprey Kh and Steve Longley’s LVG’s Golden Willy were second with 105 points, but Longley would ultimately scoop the US$20 phone credit from sponsors Cellcard due to having fewer transfers during the round.
In fact, it was Longley’s only transfer, Leighton Baines, which gave him his biggest boost with the Everton defender chosen as captain to double up to 30 points. He also boasted the sizzling Saints pair of Tadic and Pelle in his ranks to get him safely past the century mark
The facebook competition was date with the lucky number eight, with the answer to the weekly question being 8 minutes, correctly guessed by five users.
As none of the users also answered that West Brom’s Stephane Sessegnon would be the scorer of the first goal, the rollover prize of $20 phone credit will be split equally amongst the five – Mao Sorsengphirum, Kuong RedDevil, Kloung Sivly, Poppy Flack and Ly Chheng Nann.
Sunday’s clash between leaders Chelsea and title aspirants Man United is the most notable fixture of gameweek 9 this weekend.