Can Leicester equal Forest's record?

Brian Clough took over at Forest in 1975 when they were a middling team stuck near the bottom of the second flight. The next season he squeezed into the promotion slot in third place. The next season, Forest won the top flight title with four games to spare and added the League Cup for good measure.

Whereas that was some going, they then went on to win the European Cup two seasons on the trot, which was nothing short of incredible. Of course, a team with Forest’s resources were never going to be able to keep this up and so it proved. But what a fairytale.

In today’s football world for Leicester to win the Premier League would obviously be a massive achievement but nobody would expect them to be able to keep it up. However, maybe their brand of deep defending and hitting the opposition on the break might just be what is needed in cagey European games.

Whatever happens, we’re sure that almost all fans (including those of the top 4 clubs) are willing them on. The only winners of the Premier League so far have been Arsenal, Chelsea, City and United. The last time a team outside of these four won the top title was the last year of the old First Division when Leeds won it in 1992. Wouldn’t it be great to shake that up?

In our league, the Top 10 are as follows:

Alan Furley

Mike Bernard

George Bartlett

Paul Cellini

Ben Wilcox, Bauhaus

Bartley Hilliam

Natasha Wilcox, Futura Rec2Rec

Matt Newman

Dave Cattell

Phil Dancey

Manager of the Week

Neil Kane .......

In a week when the average points was just 33, Neil Kane’s 64 is absolutely brilliant. Neil has got some form in our league and was still in the Top 10 in gameweek 33 last season so he’s hardly a novice. Neil scored 45 points from his defence alone and added to having that irritating Vardy as his captain, bucked the trend. There’s still time for Neil to make that Top 10 if he keeps this up.

Come on Neil, go for it!

Page 2 Pacesetter

Sam Bisgrove......

Another blast from the past. Sam finished last season’s table in overall 6th place. He’s now languishing on Page 2, and we all wonder what’s happened to him? Anyway, 67 points is not to be sniffed at in a gameweek like this. Sam didn’t even take the easy way out going for a 5 man defence but took the game to everyone with his 5 man midfield with Arnautovic and Ozil gaining him 26 points alone.

What a great week Sam.

Try and make page 1, next week mate.

The Best of the Rest

Kevin Atkinson.........

With a massive 57 points in 105th place, Kevin Atkinson has had a superb week. Arnautovic, Schmeichel, Francis and Morgan were Kevin’s key players this week, but his whole squad looks miles better than a Page 3 team.

Very well done Kevin.

Taxi for...........

Georginio Wijnaldum.......

Newcastle’s leading FPL player is owned by nearly 12% of managers but we don’t think his ownership is justified. We all got a bit dizzy when he scored 4 against Norwich back in October scoring 25 FPL points that week alone, but since then he’s only hit double figures twice. At £6.9m he’s just far too dear for this level of consistency.

Get him binned!

One to watch..........

Jesse Lingard..........

Manchester United’s recent revival could have something to do with this young midfielder’s presence in the team. Top of the value/form table, he’s scored 36 points in the last 7 games scoring 3 goals and bagging one assist in that period.

At just £4.3m, 3% ownership and an almost guaranteed place in LvG’s team until the end of the season, Lingard should definitely be part of your transfer plans.

No Brainer!

Team names please

The reason we ask for your agency name as part of your team name is because it’s the only way we can ensure that we are paying the prizes out to the correct managers and that those managers are genuinely in the recruitment industry.

With the latest hacking of our league from semi-professional FL-ers, its even more important. Please help us manage the league better by doing this.

However, those of you who aren’t putting in your team names are missing out on some great publicity for your agency and, as recruiters tend to be competitive creatures, isn’t it better to beat you rivals in business AND in the fantasy league?

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