My opinion (not that it carries any weight) , but I've only played league players from here in the seasons I was in. I never really had friendlies with top level players but I've heard how good they are. If tommo or @SteveViper were kings with 3 or 4 defences I probably would try win it once and when I was hammered I wouldn't bother again. To much effort to play someone who is so far ahead of you it's unreal and get smashed . Few goals headstart would make it interesting at least . The cream will always rise to the top , that's what the league shows . But this little feature which doesn't matter a whole lot gets everybody involved . It could be seen as a hollow victory but that's mainly because the better players as it shows will bitch and moan and cry because it's unfair and then it's hollow . If they just shut up and said well played and didn't dig the s**t players for being s**t it could just be left as a fun little feature where as it is now it's turned into slagging the crap players off for their headstart .