After a few weeks of relative slumber, the Premier League churned out a mesmerising set of matches from gameweek 24, opening with Arsenal’s 7-1 obliteration of Blackburn and involving an unbelievable three-goal comeback from champions Man United over title rivals Chelsea.
There was no shortage of point up for grabs for PPP/CTN Fantasy League managers with a keen eye for talent.
Nearly 40 per cent of fantasy teams feature the Gunners’ ebullient Dutchman Robin van Persie, and for good reason, as he yet again gave a captain’s performance with a hat-trick and two assists for 23 points.
Another Arsenal player set to blast into superstardom is 18-year-old midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who bagged a brace for 14 points.
Two recent recruits, Chelsea’s Juan Mata of Spain and Swansea’s Gylfi Sigurðsson of Iceland, scored one and assisted another to tally 13 points apiece.
With such sizzling statistics on offer, it was a welcome return to the fantasy league of some weekly centurions.
Four managers in total managed to surpass the triple figures mark, with Oum Phakdey with his team Super Zero FC equalling the best score of the season on 105 points.
Phakdey’s cool collective included of course Van Persie, but interestingly not as captain. Instead the skipper’s armband was handed to Man City’s Sergio Aguero for 22 points, while Arsenal’s Theo Walcott (12) granted the only other Dream team pick among a squad of consistently decent performances.
Phakdey scoops up the weekly prize of either an internet dongle or a US$20 phone voucher as well as a T-shirt from sponsors Cellcard.
Gameweek 25 is a nice and regular Saturday-Sunday affair featuring a potentially explosive curtain raiser in Man United v Liverpool, an early relegation six-pointer in Bolton v Wigan, an intriguing battle of the promotees in Swansea v Norwich and a Black Country derby in Wolves v West Brom.