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Managers Trust Instinct // Pre-Season Blog

So, we’re nearly there. After the famine comes the feast. At long last the Premier League returns to our lives this week, in what promises to be the most interesting season for years. With it comes the return of the ‘Managers Trust Instinct’ Fantasy Football league and this year we want to make it bigger and better than ever!

After the 5,000-1 shock that was Wes Morgan lifting the Premier League trophy at the end of last season, the question on everyone’s lips is- will Leicester be competing again?

This Summer we have seen the so-called ‘big boys’ of the league recruit heavily to get back on an even keel. Expect Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Ilkay Gundogan, Granit Xhaka and the like to appear in many people’s teams; along with old FF favourites like Sergio Aguero, Harry Kane, Alexis Sanchez, Jamie Vardy and Riyadh Mahrez featuring heavily across the piste.

Perhaps most intriguingly this season is the battle of the managers, especially in Manchester- the home of Instinct. The soap opera that is ‘Jose vs Pep’ is likely to be continued, with Messrs Klopp, Conte, Ranieri, Wenger et al expected to keep us entertained with their frivolous rivalries. All of which left us wondering- how long before the Premier League adds in a ‘buy-a-manager’ function to Fantasy Football?

Before I leave you with the opening fixtures, I couldn’t have finished this blog without celebrating the return of my club, Middlesbrough, to the Premier League. After 7 years of despair in the Championship, we have returned to the big time with some impressive new signings to boot! Funnily enough, I couldn’t generate enough interest last year for a Championship Fantasy Football League so I can finally enjoy this competition. Now for us to ‘do a Leicester’…

Week 1 Fixtures

Saturday 13th August;

// Hull vs Leicester // Burnley vs Swansea // Crystal Palace vs West Brom // Everton vs Spurs // Middlesbrough vs Stoke // Southampton vs Watford // Man City vs Sunderland

Sunday 14th August;

// Bournemouth vs Man United // Arsenal vs Liverpool

Monday 15th August;

// Chelsea vs West Ham

At the end of every month, we will be awarding a prize for whoever gained the most points in that month, along with a super-prize for the overall winner at the end of the season! Its free to play so what are you waiting for?!

To join the ‘Managers Trust Instinct’ league, simply register and create a team on The Official Premier League Website then join our league using the following code - 1619581-396904

Any questions/problems just drop me an email –

Best of luck,

Your Chairman