The final training session is over, the minor questions have been decided – Leicester win the Premiership, Norwich, Newcastle and Villa relegated, FC Irlande Ladies champions of P2, etc. – allowing the press to focus on the one contest that really matters, the FC Irlande Fantasy League.
Entering it’s final week, after a semi-double week involving multiple transfers and wild-cards from the leading teams, the race for the coveted title couldn’t be more finely balanced (well, obviously it could, we could have everyone on exactly the same score, for example) with Matt and Mark tied for the lead with former champion Paddy lurking just 11 points behind, ready to pounce. The race for the remaining top-5 places, which guarantee respectability and free entry into next year’s league (as do all other places, since entry is free and open to everyone associated with FC Irlande …) is also finely poised, with three players within 6 points going into the final round of games.
Sky Sports quotes Matt as the 13/8 favourite, with Mark at 15/8 and Paddy at 2/1, with all others considered rank outsiders. Dave Verdon, currently in 34th place (after joining more than half-way through the season) and 1237 points behind the co-leaders, can be backed at 5000/1 – given his tactical acumen, and with Leicester having won the premiership from similar odds, it probably isn’t wise to count him out (actually, it probably is, although he might have a chance if West Brom defender Jonas Olsson scores 206 goals against Liverpool on Sunday and the rest of his team does better than those of the two co-leaders).
May the best team win!