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Afternoon fellow FPL Managers.
So March has passed and it looks like we might have finally seen the back of a long and bleak winter. The clocks have gone forward and we can now start to look forward to a summer filled with endless burnt sausages from the BBQ and the inevitable disappointment of yet another dismal performance by England in a major tournament. Before we get ahead of ourselves though, we must still take care of the very important business of completing the Managers Trust Instinct fantasy football league.
We got straight down to business in the Premier League this month with a full mid-week fixture list in the first few days of the month. Sunderland managed to salvage a very important point in their fight to remain in the league with a last minute equaliser from Fabio Borini at home to Crystal Palace, but the biggest result of the week was Liverpool’s 3-0 revenge against Capital One Cup winners Manchester City. The Managers Trust Instinct league got off to a similarly exciting start with both Lee Hardy and Luke Alexander blasting out of the blocks in the first week. The same cannot be said for Steven Moore and Richard Wood, neither of who managed to bag 30 points this month.
Back in the Premier League the month progressed without any major upsets. One big talking point and cause of both joy and pain in the Instinct office however, was the Manchester Derby. It is a day of extremely high stakes; you can experience the glorious highs of a Wayne Rooney bicycle kick winner, or the despairing lows of a 6-1 defeat at the theatre of dreams. This time (thankfully) United took the 3 points after a spectacular derby debut performance from local lad and future England start Marcus Rashford. Leicester further strengthened their position at the top of the league with Arsenal and Manchester City now trailing the leaders by 11 and 15 points respectively.
Jamie Vardy’s party continued as the Premier League was put on hold for the international break, with a spectacular back heeled flick into the back of the German’s net, before Eric Dier secured victory for England with an injury time winner. Unfortunately England returned to business as usual three days later with defeat to the Netherlands, however we’re all remaining hopeful and dreaming of an England triumph at Euro 2016.
Back in the Managers Trust Instinct league and a very strong final week by Dave Hardy almost saw him take the top spot, but he was just beaten to crown by Sam Pennington, with Harry Kane really proving to be the ‘Captains Choice’, bagging the team 32 points and ensuring that Sam takes March’s Manager of the Month title.
With only a month and a half left of Premier League fixtures it’s all to play for in the Managers Trust Instinct league. Tekkers FC are sitting pretty with a 27 point cushion at the top of the league, but with a nearly every team in the league lined up for a double game week over the next month there could still be some upsets yet.
As always, best of luck for the upcoming month of drama!