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Hats off to Laurie’s magic

Hats off to Laurie’s magic

The Cellcard Fantasy League kicked off to much intrigue and surprise, such as Man United’s loss to Swansea, but only Chelsea managed to knock more than two goals past their opponents.

Two relatively unknown defenders were the prized possessions of fantasy managers across the globe, with both scoring decisive and solitary strikes during their games.

Hull’s Welsh international James Chester, one of the cheapest players in the league at £4.5m, and Tottenham’s last gasp match-winner Eric Dier of England deservedly claimed 15 points apiece for their performances.

Meanwhile, Hull’s Scottish keeper Allan McGregor, picked by just 1.5 per cent of managers, made several saves including a penalty to collect 14 points.

West Brom’s Burundi-born brace-bagger Saido Berahino was oddly the only striker to appear in the Dream team on 13 points, a tally equaled by marquee midfielders Raheem Sterling of Liverpool and Gylfi Sigurdsson of Swansea.

Its often important to start where you left off, and last season’s overall champion Sabina Lawreniuk began her title defence in ominous fashion with 79 points. However, her domestic situation may be interesting this week as she was beaten by just two points by her boyfriend Laurie Parsons with his team A Magic Hat.

Laurie had his thinking cap on in selecting Dream teamers Chester, Sigurdsson, Sterling and Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey (10 points), and could afford to name Man United’s Wayne Rooney as skipper for 14 points.

His 81-point total has set the early pace and earned him a $20 phone voucher from sponsors Cellcard.

The accompanying Cellcard Fantasy Facebook competition failed to find a winner for its first gameweek as Burnley’s Scott Arnfield notched a shock opener in their game against Chelsea.

The $10 phone voucher prize instead rolls over to the next round.

Gameweek 2 plays out over the coming long weekend, with defending champions Man City hosting title rivals Liverpool on Monday night in the stand out fixture.

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