Fantasy Football League is back! Again! After a midseason break, TV’s funniest football show returns – and we’re wondering which of the celeb managers will win the coveted title
By Chris Miller, Feature Writer
It was definitely a bit weird when domestic football stopped in the middle of the season for the World Cup – not least because there were no fantasy football scores to look out for. We really missed the smug feeling of having triple-captained Erling Haaland before he scored a hat-trick, and we even missed the despair when realising belatedly that Ivan Toney was injured and wouldn’t be getting us any points. The World Cup was fine and all, but what a relief it was to have club matches back.
And the return of fantasy football also means the return of Fantasy Football League on Sky Max! The revival of this much-missed show has given us everything we hoped for: genial, witty hosts in the form of Matt Lucas, Elis James and sidekick Andrew Mensah, fun celebrity guests who clearly enjoy both football and fantasy football, comical footy clips from around the world, and even a singing footballer in the form of ex-Swansea forward Lee Trundle.
It’s a brilliant addition to the week’s telly and we’re delighted it’s back for more – but while it’s a lot of fun, the guest managers’ own league competition is a serious business. Well, sort of. Some of the celebrities participating in the season-long battle for fantasy glory have earned only a thorough mocking from Mensah (we’re looking at you, Tom Grennan), but the genuine contenders had emerged by the time the show paused before the World Cup.
Like most of us, they’re leaning heavily on the likes of Haaland and Harry Kane for points, so it’s all about how they manage the rest of their team. Will Sam Quek’s reliance on players from her beloved Liverpool cost her as the team struggles through a mediocre season? Will fellow Reds fan Russell Howard’s far more practical and ruthless approach help him hold on to top spot? Will Matt Lucas do the decent thing and let his guests go ahead of him?
Here we take a look at the Big Six celebs, as the table stood in November, to see who’s challenging for the win. Click/hover over the footballs to see how they’re doing and how credible we think their title challenge is…
When is Sky Max’s Fantasy Football League on TV?
Fantasy Football League returns at 10pm on Friday 27 January on Sky Max HD (CH 111). Episodes will also be available in Channels > Catch Up > Sky Max.
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