Gameweek 18 results, 19 and 20 previewed briefly

December 29, 2011

1 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 52 1,002
2 Crazylegs XI David Caldicott 71 997
3 Romeo’s-honda-van Rob Hewer 58 992
4 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 55 977
5 Release The Hounds 4 Paul Mitchell 44 953
6 Overpaid Pillocks Ian Williams 39 953
7 none of the above Jonny Mabbutt 59 946
7 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 33 946
9 Pescara Rangers Stewart Pope 56 896
10 Mustard Strike FC Arron Fellows 45 896
11 (Your Ad Here) Matthew Hopkins 65 890
12 Doing the 91 Colin Goulding 47 889
13 ErectileFullfunction Alex Ritchie 38 886
14 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 41 885
15 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 46 885
16 Benson & Wedgies P Hawkins 68 851
17 KAYS FC Tom Rogerson 37 841
18 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 34 836
19 Pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 51 828
20 TheBellsAreRinging Damon Brown 29 824
21 Real Jorvik Simon Brown 38 796
22 magnificent fifteen stephen kennerson 45 790
23 Inter Ealing Paul Bentz 64 786
24 Cant think of a name mark molloy 43 746
25 Running On Empty Mk3 Dave Heighington 31 733
26 DIMBETWEENERS dmitri wychrij 26 688
27 SHADWELL TOWN Ed Carter 49 684

There’s a lot of jostling going on at the top of the table. Romeo’s tinkered their way to the top spot over the last gameweek. It was a brief sojourn. They then tinkered their way back down into third place. Crazylegs have crept into second by virtue of being this week’s top scorers with 71 points. In the race for the Manager of the Month prize, the two aforementioned teams are battling with Neil Madrid for the honour. Doing the 91, Pescara, Rip Roaring Reds and (Your Ad Here) have an outside chance, but will probably have to rely on a left field, defensive, differential choice of captain keeping a clean sheet, scoring a hat trick and picking up top bonus marks. In other words – they’ve no chance.

There was no Christmas off for Dimitar Berbatov, as he’d probably expected. This week’s top player scored a hat trick. It won’t be enough to stop him being sold in about 3 days time. I’m not sure anyone in the entire game benefitted from this. Apart from those that entered in week one and then couldn’t be buggered. This doesn’t include either SHADWELL TOWN or DIMBETWEENERS, who are clearly weighed down by all those capital letters.

The Christmas fixtures are throwing up a few surprise results. Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool are losing ground with silly draws against lesser teams. City are floundering slightly. By this I mean they’re only scoring an average of two a game, instead of four. The Aguero goal machine has gone off the boil slightly. His value has dropped from 11.5 back down to 11.1 in recent weeks. Probably as a result of the resurgence of players from the red half of Mancunia. United and Tottenham are the form teams with the form players. Spurs are keeping more clean sheets this year. A probable factor in them being title chasers this season – instead of the usual Europa hopefuls. They’re not exactly the most expensive defence either. United have Nani and Rooney scoring again – and maybe more interestingly, Antonio Valencia. He started the season injured, but the  Ecuadorian has notched six assists in the last four games. Probably not a coincidence that Rooney has scored four in the same period. This after going nine games without a goal. Their clean sheets continue, despite losing Vidic, Rio, Evans, Smalling and Jones for their last game against Wigan.

So the New Year gameweeks are upon us. Gameweek 19 – or at least eight of the fixtures played in gameweek 19 will decide the Manager of the Month award. West Brom, Everton, Sunderland and Manchester City all play on January 1st. Something to think about if you want to make a bid for the monthly award. At least I think that’s how they work it out. I’ll be honest – I don’t know how they work it out. I’ll leave you to decide whether you risk removing your City players for the sake of a stab at the monthly prize. Spurs and Everton play twice in gameweek 20 – riots permitting. More reason to look at that cheap Spurs back line. Note that the rescheduled game isn’t until the 11th January, after FA Cup week. Also note that the transfer window wildcard comes into effect as from New Years Day, and lasts till the end of the month. And the African Nations Cup looms ever closer. Goodbye to Ba, the Toure’s, Tiote, Taraabt, Gervinho, Kalou, Drogba, Traore, Diame, Chamakh and possibly a few others. Nigeria, Egypt, Cameroon and South Africa didn’t qualify.

  • Player of the week – Dimitar Berbatov. One last week of power scoring from the lazy get.
  • Bargain of the week – Jack Colback. He’s a ginger Mackem. You can’t get much more unlucky than that.
  • Donkey of the week – Connor Sammon. Undeservedly sent off, but nice to have a striker win the donkey award for a change.

Goal o’t week

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9fqS0ZG8Ko

Gareth Bale. Slicing through the Norwich defence like an ape through butter

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