Quarantine Day Twelve – football season back

Normal Saturday routine restored – hooray! – and I have a feeling that day 12 of my quarantine will fly by.

Thankfully my Saturday paper arrived, no Extinction Rebellion protest keeping me apart from my favourite source of news and sport this morning.

After catching up with all the depressing Covid news and eating my bacon sandwich much of the rest of the day will be consumed by all things football. 

For the first time for over six months I’ve avidly read all of the dozen or so pages in the Daily Telegraph’s football section.

Vital research it is though as I have five free fantasy football teams to select. That will keep me busy on Saturday mornings through the winter and beyond. 

Last year I did rather well occupying a place in the top 10,000 for most of the season.  That may not sound that impressive but I believe there were over 200,000 teams entered last season.

I built my success on a strong start by making lots of transfers in the early weeks and choosing a striker in my starting 11 from a newly promoted teams as they usually get off to a good start before running out of steam.

Those teams selected I then move on to my weekend Premier League accumulator on my SkyBet app.  For a £10 bet I sometimes could end up winning more than £250,000.   How difficult can it be to get just 10 results correct when a few of them are surely a given?  Very difficult as it turns out.

The undoubted highlight though will be the return of Coventry City to league action – their first time in the second tier since being relegated to League One in 2012.

I’ve subscribed to iFollow which if it works – it isn’t at the moment – means I’ll be able to watch the game live on my laptop with Sky’s Soccer Saturday on in the background. Bliss! Might even crack open a can of beer.

This is the time in the season when a football fan feels most optimistic.   Coventry are unbeaten in the last 14 league games taking a very impressive 36 points from the last 42.  

They’ve also had a strong pre-season and won last week’s Carabao Cup game away from home playing with 10 men.  With those stats surely Coventry City are destined for the Premiership this time next year!

Published by brianjonesdiary

Dad, husband, brother and son. Interested in travel, politics, sport, health and much more. Semi-retired and aiming to making the most of life as I approach my sixth decade.

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