Fantasy Football: The Professor builds on strong foundations

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A strong defence can make all the difference both on the pitch and in the world of Fantasy Football, and for The Professor, having centre backs that can bag a goal or two certainly helped this week.

With clean sheets going the way of Petr Cech, Toby Alderweireld and Hector Bellerin the bearded genius was looking pretty good in building a big score from the back.

But when you add in Robert Huth, who became match winner for Leicester City with two goals at the Etihad Stadium, The Professor’s back-line were able to bring in a whopping 40 points between them.

In the battle to top the Ladbrokes Life quintet he still has some way to go, but a return of 83 points in Gameweek 25 easily topped his contemporaries.

Fellow fox Riyad Mahrez and Mesut Ozil added double figure scores to make it a week to remember for the human calculator.

It could have been so much better though, with Romelu Lukaku transferred out in favour of Wayne Rooney and Dele Alli left on the bench.

Long time leader Generous John was next best with 77 points, again with his back-line doing a lot of the work.

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Two clean sheets from Alderweireld and Laurent Koscielny as well as goals from Lukaku, Ozil, Sergio Aguero and Scott Dann ensured John kept top-spot for another week at least.

It was a decent weekend, but no more than that, from the remaining trio with Mr Brightside and The Believer each accruing 63 points.

The former was a benefactor of Roberto Firmino’s excellent performance for Liverpool as well as the aforementioned Aguero and Ozil’s strikes.

It was a case of the usual suspects delivering the points for the duo of The Believer and The Gut Truster too, with the latter picking up just 53 points and in danger of slipping into the sights of the basement-dwelling-Believer.

The point-scoring was much more impressive at the top of the Ladbrokes Life league, where a £100 Free Bet is the reward for the top manager at the end of the season.

Consistency has been key and once again we see a familiar name at the top of the table with Scott Stanley holding firm.

His 67 point tally was a good return, with massive thanks surely heading the way of Liverpool’s Firmino who picked up 26 points with the captain’s armband going his way.

Stanley will have to keep one eye over his shoulder though, with the chasing pack stacking up behind him.

The closest pursuers are David Blake’s ‘I want my title back’ who rattled through the week with seven of his players bringing six or more points to ensure a big total of 80 points.

The climax of the season is approaching and the race for that big free bet is only likely to hot up in the coming weeks.

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Ben Stones

Ladbrokes News’ equine expert, Ben likes nothing more than studying the form to pick out a winner or two for our readers. A Journalism and Media Studies graduate from the University of Winchester, Ben has previously written for a number of football and racing blogs and websites, as well as contributing to the sports pages of his home-town newspaper.