Gameweek 8 results

October 22, 2012

1 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 37 462
2 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 49 452
3 Les Canaris David Spinks 77 444
4 A Few Good Men Darren Pope 39 434
5 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 40 429
6 Pescara Rangers Stewart Pope 53 428
7 A Pint of Fuller’s P Hawkins 66 418
8 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 42 416
9 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 64 408
10 None Of The Above Jonny Mabbutt 46 406
11 Body Issues FC Arron Fellows 44 406
12 Upper Bullens Scouse Mouse 39 402
13 Pimp My Side Jordan Raper 50 398
14 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 37 393
15 Fancy a brouhaha? Ian Williams 45 392
16 Doing the 91 Colin Goulding 59 387
17 Moxie XI Luke O’Shea 56 385
18 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 49 376
19 Real Jorvik Simon Brown 30 373
20 Shadwell Town Ed Carter 28 372
21 (Your Ad Here) Matthew Hopkins 50 371
22 Inter Ealing Paul Bentz 39 362
23 Release The Hounds 5 Paul Mitchell 20 361
24 Crazy Legs XI David Caldicott 46 361
25 Borussia HairBack Alex Ritchie 50 358
26 goodbutnosigurdsson Rob Hewer 31 358
27 Pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 59 356
28 Lothersdale FC Simon Rider 27 343

I ought to stop making predictions. Maybe Les Canaris should write this blog. After a shocking start, they’ve gone from second bottom in gameweek 2 to 3rd by gameweek 8. Not only that, this week’s score of 77 wins the manager of the week award. In the overall game they have climbed 100,000 places in 6 gameweeks. It’s their second consecutive 70+ score. They’re on the brink of winning the October Manager of the month (more of that later) and they’ve risen (almost) into the top 10,000 worldwide. A good week to be a Norwich fan. Aswell as Mata and Van Persie, Raheem Sterling contributed a hefty chunk of the Canaris’ final total. A player who many managers are now realising might play every week. And why not – he’s better than Stewart bloody Downing. Still less than 5 million. Get in quick.

So, who ruined my week this week? Arsenal. The week didn’t start well with two big scoring injuries to work round, but I had two free transfers to play with. Fellani and Gibbs out – Santos (Gibbs’ likely replacement) and the (supposedly) rejuvenated Gervinho in – for Norwich v Arsenal – away banker – Norwich don’t keep clean sheets – Arsenal always score. Until now.

And the Chelsea Tottenham game produced goals and lots of points. Juan Mata was in my team at the start of the season – when he was shit. I ousted him in my week 2 wildcard frenzy. Now he’s good. And Eden Hazard, who I didn’t have, and who came in to replace him – isn’t quite so effective. And Mata wins the player of the week award for almost singlehandedly putting the Spuds to the sword in a great second half display. He’s value is going to start rising again. It had sunk to 8.9 from 9.5 million at start of play on Saturday. It’s not going to be easy to squeeze him back in again without wishing you had another wildcard readily available. Unless you get rid of Hazard – but then you know what’ll happen then…

Still no clean sheets coming out of Manchester. Not for the first time and probably not for the last, City turned up for the last 10 minutes of their game. The sign of Champions some would say. And whereas they still look some way off being convincing, United look like they’re getting their attacking players firing. Which is more than useful when you’ve got a defence like hot butter.

And so next week we will crown the October Manager of the Month. Les Canaris are way out in front, but a poor week could let in a gaggle of teams bubbling under. Voici…

1 Les Canaris David Spinks 77 149
2 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 49 126
3 Pescara Rangers Stewart Pope 53 124
4 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 64 121
5 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 42 115
6 Pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 59 113
7 A Pint of Fuller’s P Hawkins 66 111
  • Player of the week – Juan Mata – 18 points. I’ll let you know when I bring him back in, so you can all transfer him out.
  • Bargain of the week – Chris Baird – 15 points. Normally posts double figures once a season. Here it is.
  • Donkey of the week – James Milner – -2 points. A little unlucky, but rules are rules. Lasted two minutes less than Tiote.

Goal of the weekend

A few to pick from, but you can’t beat an audacious flick from a Wigan defender.


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