Gameweek 29 results and a Gameweek 30 preview

March 23, 2012

1 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 59 1,622
2 Romeo’s-honda-van Rob Hewer 49 1,582
3 none of the above Jonny Mabbutt 57 1,566
4 Crazylegs XI David Caldicott 40 1,534
5 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 49 1,525
6 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 52 1,491
7 Overpaid Pillocks Ian Williams 45 1,491
8 Release The Hounds 4 Paul Mitchell 37 1,481
9 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 54 1,464
10 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 57 1,460
11 Mustard Strike FC Arron Fellows 24 1,442
12 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 51 1,439
13 (Your Ad Here) Matthew Hopkins 41 1,436
14 Doing the 91 Colin Goulding 58 1,423
15 Pescara Rangers Stewart Pope 57 1,422
16 KAYS FC Tom Rogerson 45 1,402
17 Pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 53 1,393
18 ErectileFullfunction Alex Ritchie 48 1,365
19 Benson & Wedgies P Hawkins 34 1,316
20 magnificent fifteen stephen kennerson 41 1,308
21 Inter Ealing Paul Bentz 48 1,304
22 Real Jorvik Simon Brown 51 1,270
23 Cant think of a name mark molloy 37 1,266
24 TheBellsAreRinging Damon Brown 29 1,237
25 Running On Empty Mk3 Dave Heighington 28 1,138
26 DIMBETWEENERS dmitri wychrij 16 1,133
27 SHADWELL TOWN Ed Carter 51 1,040

Neil Madrid, with 59 points, win the gameweek – their second consecutive weekly triumph. The gap between NM and second placed Romeo’s has widened to 40 points. There are now only four other teams within 100 points of the leaders. At a stretch, teams down to Pescara have a chance of finishing in the top four, providing you pick the right captain every week and don’t tinker too much. Probably sounds easier said than done, but check out Uriah Rennie. They were mid table languishers for the most part –  until the last few weeks. From 15th in February, to 9th this week. This run of form has seen them reach the semi finals of the Buckets Cup, and lead the way for the March Manager of the Month award. They’re 70 points from fourth placed Crazylegs in the overall league, yet lead fourth placed Crazylegs by 65 points in the March Manager of the Month table. I think that means that it can be done?!

The other teams through to the semi finals of the cup are Neil Madrid, Rip Roaring Reds and None of the Above. NOTA won the top of the table clash with Romeo’s. Rip Roaring Reds had an easy week against TheBellsAreRinging – and will have to do better to stop NOTA reaching the Buckets Cup final. Neil Madrid saw off a valiant effort from 22nd placed Real Jorvik. Uriah Rennie had the narrowest of quarter-final victories against a resurgent Shadwell Town. Shadwell are still in with an outside chance of the March Manager of the Month award, and had they (or Real Jorvik) come up against Rip Roaring Reds, they would have made it through to the last four. Unlucky.

It’s gameweek 30 – there are 9 gameweeks left. It’s the final quarter of the season. And Manchester United are the team to beat. Again. They were devastating at the start of the season, slipped into a lower gear for the winter, and have woken up again with the good weather. Doesn’t that happen every season? Should be another victory, and probably another clean sheet this weekend against Fulham. They spanked Wolves 5-0, and as you’d expect their players dominate the weekly high score charts. Who’d have thought Jonny Evans would become a must have player. A goal and a clean sheet, plus some bonus points giving him double figures for the gameweek. And still under 5 million. Arsenal have moved ahead of Spurs in the league with a sixth straight win. That should stretch to seven this weekend. Villa should prove no match. Spurs had an incredible run through the winter, culminating in the 5-0 slaughtering of Newcastle. Since then it’s been four without a victory, and that probably won’t change against Chelsea this weekend. Those once reliable Spurs defenders have started slipping out of teams. Probably replaced by the more consistent, and at long last, settled, Arsenal back line. Swings and roundabouts.

Blackburn – bloody Blackburn?!??!? – have two consecutive clean sheets. I wouldn’t go piling Blackburn defenders in there just yet, but Yakubu and Hoilett are definitely worth a second look. How will Bolton fare against them this weekend? Difficult to say given what’s happened. I’ve no doubt Blackburn will score. Even without the Muamba incident, I’m sure they’d earmarked this game as a must win six pointer. If they do win, it would stretch their lead over their neighbours to nine points. Possibly enough to save them – and condemn Bolton. And lovely Swansea. Suffered a bit of a dip earlier in the year, but the clean sheets keep coming. There are no Swansea players above 6 million pounds. You’d fancy them at home against anyone – and Everton this weekend looks very winnable.

Liverpool have Wigan this weekend. I expected them to turn QPR over last gameweek, and that didn’t happen. I’ll persevere with my Liverpool defenders for one more week, but given last weeks capitulation, anything’s possible. Like a reserve defender scoring a thunderbolt overhead acrobatic somersault scissors volley kick with topspin, side swipe, dip and bend to win goal of the week.

  • Player of the week – Gylfi Sigurdsson. Nine matches, five goals, three assists. Cheap.
  • Bargain of the week – Jonny Evans. Better than Rio, Smalling and Phil Jones?!
  • Donkey of the week – Ronald Zubar. Ee-aw!

Goal o’t week

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zj9umu0H5hI

Sebastian Coates (pronounced Qua-tez). Not Coats. That would make him sound distictly less Uruguayan, and unable to score goals like this. Probably goal of the season.

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