Few could believe the Premier League would ever experience a more thrilling finale than what happened in its previous season, with Man City snatching the title from their city rivals with nearly the last kick of the competition. However, a rousing start to the new campaign over the weekend promises further sensations for football fans.
The freshly rebranded CC/PPP/CTN Fantasy League sponsored by Cellcard has also launched to much excitement, with over 500 managers logged in to do battle.
Unsurprisingly, Chelsea players were the hottest of properties having two matches to grab points during the gameweek against lower calibre opposition. The Dreamteam features more than half of its members from the Blues, with five-star wins from Fulham and Swansea also yielding some elite talent.
Top of the tree was Chelsea’s Serbian stalwart Branislav Ivanovic, who netted in both his games as a defender to notch up a tasty 24 points. Meanwhile, his new team-mate Eden Hazard was lighting up the league already as he produced five assists to amass 21 points, one for each year of his age.
Other notable efforts include Swansea midfielder Miguel Michu, who bagged a brace and made an assist for 18 points, and three other double scorers – Swansea’s Nathan Dyer, Chelsea’s Frank Lampard and Fulham’s Mladen Petric – on 16 points a piece.
Our first weekly winner, who walks away with the US$20 phone voucher and T-shirt courtesy of Cellcard, is Aizhan Zhukeyeva with his team SpearAttack. The designer, presumably of Kazakhstan descent due to his name and the fact he is currently number 2 in their national fantasy league group, last won a gameweek back in December of 2010 with a pitifully low tally. However, this time he can be proud of a simply stunning total of 110 points, mainly thanks to Captain Hazard (sounds like the baddie in a superhero comic) for 42 points as well as Man City’s Samir Nasrim (12) and Man United conqueror Marouane Fellaini (10) of Everton.
And so on to the next action-packed weekend of the fantasy league, which is headlined by an epic clash between champions Man City and fallen giants Liverpool.
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