The penultimate gameweek of the CC/PPP/CTN Fantasy League season delivered some sterling individual performances that kept things interesting as managers scramble for their final chances to pick up weekly prizes.
Daniel Sturridge has handled the limelight admirably in the absence of banned strike partner Luiz Suarez, and his stunning hat-trick past Fulham last weekend earned him 17 points and the label of Most Valuable Player of the round.
Another highly popular pick for managers this year has been Arsenal’s midfield maestro Santi Cazorla, who didn’t score but provided assists for all of his team’s four nails into Wigan’s coffin on Tuesday night to notch up 16 points.
For the second week in a row we have a registered winner that is ineligible for prizes due to his occupation. Ma Serey, CTN’s Head of Sport and Fantasy League fanatic, took top spot with a total of 88 points.
Serey’s captain choice of Arsenal Theo Walcott for 16 points was boosted by four Dream Team inclusions – Norwich’s Robert Snodgrass (14), Chelsea’s Frank Lampard (14), Arsenal’s Lucas Podolski (13) and Everton’s Kevin Mirallas (12).
The prize of a $20 phone card and T-shirt from sponsors Cellcard instead drops down to weekly runner-up Nik Ray with his team Chap on 87 points.
Colin Brown’s Scooter City FC is the Manchester United of our fantasy league – his commanding lead of 101 points over nearest rival Matt Culis’ PPFC will be easily enough to see him crowned overall champion and collect the 3.5G iPad, SIM card and T-shirt from Cellcard.
Mick Wade’s Phnom Penh Villa, winner of the 2011 title, is currently in 14th and will need to make up 10 points on 10th-placed Sir Tivea Khmer’s Bee United if he stands a chance at attending the end of season Fantasy League dinner hosted by Cellcard at the Tonle Bassac Restaurant. Reigning champion Brenda Wade’s AV Cambodia, meanwhile, could not replicate her outstanding campaign last time out and will do well to finish inside the top 50 this year.
The final day of the season sees all 10 fixtures played concurrently on Sunday evening, with only two ties being worthy of real attention – Arsenal’s visit to Newcastle and Tottenham’s hosting of Sunderland. Both London sides are vying for the remaining berth to the next Champions League competition.