Gameweek 33 results, Gameweek 34 preview

April 13, 2012

1 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 59 1,829
2 none of the above Jonny Mabbutt 57 1,764
3 Romeo’s-honda-van Rob Hewer 48 1,753
4 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 60 1,720
5 Crazylegs XI David Caldicott 43 1,715
6 Overpaid Pillocks Ian Williams 73 1,703
7 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 59 1,692
8 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 52 1,667
9 Doing the 91 Colin Goulding 46 1,652
10 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 55 1,649
11 Release The Hounds 4 Paul Mitchell 23 1,632
12 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 30 1,630
13 Pescara Rangers Stewart Pope 44 1,615
14 Mustard Strike FC Arron Fellows 65 1,613
15 (Your Ad Here) Matthew Hopkins 47 1,593
16 KAYS FC Tom Rogerson 40 1,586
17 Pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 54 1,544
18 ErectileFullfunction Alex Ritchie 49 1,504
19 Inter Ealing Paul Bentz 41 1,502
20 Benson & Wedgies P Hawkins 39 1,492
21 Real Jorvik Simon Brown 38 1,465
22 magnificent fifteen stephen kennerson 46 1,458
23 Cant think of a name mark molloy 50 1,411
24 TheBellsAreRinging Damon Brown 49 1,379
25 Running On Empty Mk3 Dave Heighington 56 1,301
26 DIMBETWEENERS dmitri wychrij 31 1,265
27 SHADWELL TOWN Ed Carter 33 1,236

Overpaid Pillocks win the gameweek with 73 points – their second such success in three weeks. They have moved up to 6th in the table, and are now only 17 points off fourth place. Fourth place, much like the Premier League, is where the action is at the moment. There are still a lot of teams in the chasing pack more than capable of mounting a late challenge. Rip Roaring Reds, buoyed by their cup win currently occupy the last prize winning spot. They overtook Crazylegs this week, who are on the slide. They’ve dropped 120,000 places in the overall league since the beginning of February, and only finished 20th in the March Manager of the Month race. The top three look nailed on for prizes. Still, I believe any team down as far as 14th, with a favourable run of results, could claim the prize.

The next few weeks will sort the wheat from the chaff. We have a reduced gameweek this week. Followed by one extra match in gameweek 35, and four extra matches in 36. If you’re unlucky enough to have a team made up of Spurs, Chelsea, Newcastle, Everton, Liverpool, Stoke, Fulham and/or Bolton players, you’re in for a hard time this week. They don’t play. On the other hand, United, City and Arsenal all do play. So…

Ignore the United defeat to Wigan. They play Villa this week, and should win. A rocket up the arse from Lord Ferg, and a shaky Villa defence made up of  local schoolchildren will see to this. Arsenal entertain Wigan. Can they beat United and Arsenal in two consecutive weeks? Unlikely. City go to Norwich. It’ll be difficult, and may concede, but should score more. There win against West Brom was reminiscent of their performances at the start of the season. An Aguero double makes him this weeks best player. Tevez started – and inevitably scored. Both Nasri and Silva scored their first meaningful points for a while, and they kept a clean sheet. I’d feel a little more confident about bringing City players in than I was two or three weeks back. You don’t have many other options.

For all the recent positive performances of QPR, Wigan and Norwich – do you really want to be stuck with too many of their players for the run in?

Avoid Wolves. They’re down.

So how many Buckets teams will be able to put a full XI out? How many transfers are you willing to make to make up the numbers? Who do you bring in and who do you take out? Do you really want to drop Bale, VDV or Adebayor? Spurs haven’t been great of late, but they do have the easiest run in of the top six. Newcastle and Everton are in great form at present. Surely you’ll be keeping Cisse, Ben Arfa, Simpson, Krul, Jelavic, Pienaar, Howard, Baines and Osman on your bench? Juan Mata and Clint Dempsey must be undroppable. There may be some Stoke and Bolton players in your team who could be exchanged – but for who? You can’t kick out Cameron Jerome and expect to be able to bring in Van Persie. This might be the only week when having those overpriced Liverpool players in your team is a good thing. Kick ’em out. Try and crowbar in the cheaper regulars of the City, United and Arsenal teams – and then hope they get picked. Three games in eight days might mean changes. Good luck. And I haven’t even got started on gameweek 36 yet.

Aston Villa and Bolton both play twice in gameweek 35. You might be able to get away with ignoring this. I mean, who are you going to pick? Both are down to the bare bones. Both look incapable of scoring and keeping a clean sheet. If you have two free transfers this week – do yourself a favour and carry them over. They’ll come in more handy in gameweek 36.

Gameweek 36 – lots of games, including the potential title decider (yes – the title is back on). Managers need to be careful. Any tinkering they may want to do for this weekend may adversely effect them in a fortnight’s time. Note – Newcastle have Wigan and Chelsea have QPR. Then they have each other. Tottenham play two of the bottom five. This would be the perfect wildcard week. Unfortunately, all teams with a shout of the prizes have played their wildcard. I think.

Alternatively, you could just not think about it as much as I do, make whatever transfers you want, and hope for the best.

  • Player of the week – Sergio Aguero. His foot got better.
  • Bargain of the week – Magaye Gueye. Ma-guy-gay. Not Ma-gay-guy.
  • Donkey of the week – Alexander Doni. Expect an emergency loan bid for Mike Hooper or Bob Bolder any day now.

Goal o’t weekend

Well, what did you expect?



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