The World Cup may be over, and yes the English team may have failed miserably. But that is all behind us now. Its time for a new season, and England has a chance to redeem themselves.
How, I hear you ask? Through our brand new 'Odd XI's league'.
We have built a number of star-studded teams; an English XI, a French XI, a Spanish XI, a Rest of Europe XI and a Non-European XI.
Remember, there is a budget of 100m so not every player could be selected, but it will be very interesting to see who takes the prize. Below is the English XI:
Three Liverpool players feature in the English starting lineup ; all whom experienced fantastic form throughout last season. Jack Rodwell is a massive bargain at just 1m and one we expect could rack up a number of assists this season. Ashley Young is also a must have at just 4.94m. Baines and Hart are more pricey but we can expect a high points yield from the pair.
Now onto the French XI:
Now, before we go on, we must admit something… Benjamin Siegrist is not French. We couldn’t find another French goalkeeper, and he’s from Belgium so that’s close enough. Featuring three Arsenal players in the starting lineup, including the defensive powers of Mathieu Debuchy and Laurent Koscielny, they could be title contenders. They have newboys Gomis and Rivière, who may well pop up with a goal from time to time.
Next the Spanish XI:
This team is actually a lot weaker than I originally thought it would be. They have the attacking ability of Cesc Fabregas and Juan Mata but the team lacks backbone.They will be relying heavily on David de Gea to earn them much needed clean sheets. We expect them to struggle.
Next the Rest of Europe XI:
This is an extremely solid side. Now, given all the World Cup hype, we had originally planned to create an all-German XI, but struggled to find more than about eight players. Having said this, they alone would probably have beaten the English XI! This lineup is filled with superstars. Eden Hazard, Aaron Ramsey, Thibault Courtois… the list goes on. In my opinion, Jelavic and Jovetic are similar not only in spelling, but in the fact that both are bargains! We expect this team to do very well.
Next we have the ultimate Non-European XI
Surely this team is title favourites! With a team featuring mainly South Americans, we can expect a lot of points from this side. Fernandinho, at £6.45m, is a must have, as is Filipe Luis, Chelsea’s new left back, at 9m. Then, there’s the front three of Sanchez, Agüero and the wonderfully underpriced Altidore. If you’re feeling a bit lazy, just use this team! It’ll surely do well.
We have also built for you two more teams! A solely Left Footed XI and a Right Footed XI. Below are the two sides:
This will be a very interesting battle. Given the higher number of right-footed players in the game, you’d expect them to take control. However, with names like David Silva and Robin Van Persie in the left footed team, it’s anybody’s guess who’ll win.
We will be updating you often on the progress of the League and in May 2015, we will FINALLY know who’s better; left footed, right footed, English or French (with a Belgian).
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