Fantasy League - Hodgson stays top while Kane fires Deacon into contention

Fantasy League update
Fantasy League update

Gary Hodgson remains top of the pile after collecting 44 points to take his overall tally to 580.

Most managers struggled to make a telling points-haul, the highest score of 72 coming from Stephen Deacon’s FC Deaco, as he named Tottenham’s Harry Kane as his skipper and gathered 34 points as a result.

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Looking Ahead (courtesy of

Four of the top five teams in the Barclays Premier League are on their travels this weekend as The Scout assesses the game week 11 schedule.

Second-placed Arsenal pay visit to Swansea City, with Arsene Wenger’s side seeking a fifth successive league victory.

West Ham United look to extend their seven-match unbeaten run away to promoted Watford, Leicester City make their way to West Bromwich Albion, whilst Manchester United roll up to Crystal Palace.

Elsewhere, league leaders Manchester City welcome Norwich City to the Etihad Stadium.

Defending champions Chelsea go head-to-head with Liverpool at Stamford Bridge, Everton attempt to recover from back-to-back losses at home to struggling Sunderland, while Tottenham Hotspur host managerless Aston Villa at White Hart Lane.

Ones to Watch (courtesy of

Virgil van Dijk: A home encounter with struggling Bournemouth affords the Southampton centre-half the chance to earn points at both ends of the pitch.

Available for £5.5m, Van Dijk has netted in each of his last two appearances at St Mary’s Stadium and has quickly shown the eye for goal that saw him score ten times in all competitions for former club Celtic last season.

Mousa Dembele: Handed the role in “the hole” at Bournemouth last weekend, the Belgian got amongst the goals in a 5-1 rout.

Available for just £5.3m, Dembele looks set to benefit from Nacer Chadli’s injury and continue in Spurs’ attacking midfield three as managerless Aston Villa make their way to White Hart Lane.

Raheem Sterling: The Manchester City youngster is expected to shrug off a minor hamstring problem in time to host a Norwich side that conceded six times to Newcastle on their previous road trip.

At a price of £8.9m, Sterling, who grabbed a hat-trick in his previous home appearance, looks a more budget-friendly alternative to the £10.6m-priced Kevin de Bruyne as the league leaders look to strengthen their grip at the summit.

Ross Barkley: A goal against Arsenal last weekend took the Everton playmaker onto three goals and as many assists for the season – already surpassing the previous campaign’s attacking output.

Priced at just £6.8m, Barkley now embarks on a superb run of upcoming fixtures, starting with a home encounter against relegation candidates Sunderland this Saturday.

Odion Ighalo: At a price of just £5.4m, the Watford frontman is the third top scoring forward in Fantasy Premier League after ten rounds of fixtures.

Up against a West Ham side without a clean sheet in five matches, Ighalo will fancy his chances of adding to his five goals and pair of assists at Vicarage Road this weekend.