The New Season
Isaac Lundall Wednesday, 9 August 2017
The Premier League kicks off with the Arsenal versus Leicester at the Emirates stadium at 8:45pm (South African time). Hopefully we will all have put together our Fantasy Premier League teams by then. If you are yet to join the gooners.info money mini-league (code 77502-28170), you have until 8pm (South African time) this Friday to enter. Terms and conditions are as follows:
ZAR 500 in prizes are up for grabs as follows. The weekly mini-league gameweek winner will be awarded ZAR 5. The overall winner of the mini-leauge will be awarded ZAR 180. The runner up will be awarded ZAR 80. The third placed player will be awarded ZAR 50.
Members of the Zuma, Koko, Molefe, and Gupta families are not eligible to enter. All other South African residents with South African bank accounts are eligible to enter and win prizes, including Isaac Lundall and members of his family.
Entries close at 8pm on Friday 11 August 2017. No late entries will be accepted.
In the event of a tie in any gameweek, the ZAR 5 weekly prize will be shared equally between the first placed players for that gameweek. In the event of a two way tie overall, the tied first players will receive ZAR 130 each for winning the mini-league and the players finishing in third place will share ZAR 50. In the case of a tie for second place, the second placed players will share ZAR 130. In the event of a tie featuring three or more players, the tied players will share ZAR 310.
Prizes, including weekly prizes, will be paid by Isaac Lundall in cash or via EFT at the discretion of Isaac Lundall before 1 June 2018.
Decisions around results and awarding of prizes are at the discretion of Isaac Lundall, and no correspondence will be entered into.
Alexis Sanchez will not play in the Arsenal versus Leicester on Friday and Mesut Oezil is a doubt. Alex Iwobi has a good chance of starting the game, therefore, and is worth considering for our fantasy teams in the first gameweek.
The absence of Sanchez from the Arsenal starting lineup will likely cause gooners' spider senses to start tingling. They will have seen this movie before. When Robin Van Persie entered his final year as a contract rebel, Arsene Wenger chose to sell his contract to Manchester United instead of running his contract down, and gooners fear that Alexis will be sold to PSG, Barcelona, or, shock, horror, Manchester City.
If Sanchez were to leave the club, who would fill his shoes? Alex Iwobi could possibly step up, with Reiss Nelson filling Iwobi's shoes. A player more similar to Alexis than Iwobi, however, is Alex Oxlade-Chamblerlain, who could leave wing back duties in the safe hands of Hector Bellerin and Sead Kolašinac and be the attacking midfielder that his destiny demands. We hope that Alexis will commit himself to the club, but if he does not, it will not be the end of the world, and his exit would allow the emergence of Chamberlain as a world class player in his own right.
We wish the lads all the best against Leicester on Friday. Here's hoping that they can get the season off to a winning start.