|1||Pescara Rangers||Stewart Pope||84||897|
|2||Les Canaris||David Spinks||55||869|
|3||Hedgehog Corpse FC||Nick Smith||53||859|
|4||A Few Good Men||Darren Pope||72||851|
|5||Pimp My Side||Jordan Raper||61||846|
|6||A Pint of Fuller’s||P Hawkins||61||842|
|7||Shoelace Untied||Caroline Strong||68||832|
|8||Uriah Rennie 2nd XI||Neil Greenwood||52||819|
|9||(Your Ad Here)||Matthew Hopkins||60||806|
|10||None Of The Above||Jonny Mabbutt||66||800|
|11||Body Issues FC||Arron Fellows||53||796|
|12||Fancy a brouhaha?||Ian Williams||72||793|
|13||Doing the 91||Colin Goulding||58||793|
|14||Neil Madrid||Neil Strong||79||790|
|15||Rip Roaring Reds||Sean Whyton||51||789|
|16||Panza Grande XI||Stuart Baker||54||785|
|17||Bermie Utd||Glen Davies||51||784|
|18||Upper Bullens||Scouse Mouse||50||779|
|19||Moxie XI||Luke O’Shea||29||742|
|20||Borussia HairBack||Alex Ritchie||51||736|
|22||Crazy Legs XI||David Caldicott||51||732|
|22||Release The Hounds 5||Paul Mitchell||35||732|
|24||Pretty Schitty City||Alex Michaluk||56||727|
|25||Lothersdale FC||Simon Rider||65||723|
|26||Inter Ealing||Paul Bentz||62||720|
|27||Real Jorvik||Simon Brown||75||700|
Due to having a dose of manflu so severe I can barely walk, and being about as prepared and organised for Christmas as Man City are for last minute free kicks, I’m combining last weeks results with the coming weeks fixture preview. This might happen again over the coming weeks. I only hope I can keep up with the gameweeks and not miss anything. Although I do hope some of you are so stuffed/pissed/embedded with family that you forget your managerial duties and let me climb a few more places. Thanks.
Not too many people – hardly anyone in fact – thought there’d be much advantage in drafting in Sunderland and Reading players this week – and they’d be half right. Reading didn’t offer anything. They didn’t score and conceded 4. Only Adam Federici, who picked up 2 extra points for the saves he made, scored anything other than their basic appearance points. Sunderland, by virtue of the convincing win over Reading, did have a good week. Their defeat to Chelsea was maybe expected, but they did score a goal courtesy of Adam Johnson. He also picked up a bonus point out of that game. James McLean was credited with the assist. McLean also scored against Reading, assisted by Johnson. Carlos Cuellar assisted and kept a clean sheet. John O’Shea and Simon Mignolet were the other clean sheet keepers. Sessegnon and Fletcher were the other goal scorers, with Danny Rose grabbing the last assist. Across those players there were plenty of points to be had, particularly with McLean, Johnson and Cuellar, who all nothced double figures. Giving McLean the captaincy would have bagged you 32 points. This was enough to make McLean the overall player of the week.
And after all that, Pescara Rangers win the gameweek with 84 points, and not a Reading or Sunderland player in sight. There were lots of goals around this week. Even Fernando Torres found the net twice, as did Michu, as usual, Arteta, twice from the penalty spot, James McCarthy and Wayne Rooney. Pescara bravely handed Torres the captaincy, scoring 32 points. Van Persie, Michu, Yaya, Tevez and Jason Puncheon all added goals or assists.
A word on the Manc derby – Rio’s been asking for that for years. All that hurtling forward 90 yards to celebrate goals he had nothing to do with, kissing his badge and thrusting his hair lip in the faces of the opposition fans. Wanker.
|15 Dec 12:45||Newcastle||v||Man City|
|15 Dec 15:00||Liverpool||v||Aston Villa|
|15 Dec 15:00||Man Utd||v||Sunderland|
|15 Dec 15:00||Norwich||v||Wigan|
|15 Dec 15:00||QPR||v||Fulham|
|15 Dec 15:00||Stoke City||v||Everton|
|16 Dec 13:30||Tottenham||v||Swansea|
|16 Dec 16:00||West Brom||v||West Ham|
|17 Dec 20:00||Reading||v||Arsenal|
As for next week, well, Torres won’t be adding to his tally. Chelsea don’t play. Their opponents would have been Southampton, so Jason Puncheon can’t add to that run of form either. A few teams will have decisions to make on what to do with their Chelsea and/or Saints players. Both teams have winnable home fixtures in week 18, so providing your not going to be left with only 10 men, just leave it for a week. You pick up two free subs along the way. Then there’s the quick switch option. Kicking Torres out for a week to bring in a striker purposely for this weeks fixtures could work. How many could Van Persie or Rooney get against Sunderland? Suarez could have as good week against Villa. Defoe against Swansea? Tevez or Aguero against Newcastle? Sebastian Bassong against Wigan even? You read that right. Three goals in four games for the Norwich centre half, and three consecutive clean sheets before that. Whose to say he won’t score and keep a clean sheet this weekend. Not bad for a player who has suffered 3 relegations in the last 5 seasons, and was probably expecting another one in this.
- Player of the week – James McLean – 16 points. Had to be a player from one of the teams that played twice
- Bargain of the week – James McCarthy – 15 points. Should also have been from one of the teams that played twice.
- Donkey of the week – Ashley Williams – -1 points. Torn apart by Norwich.
Goal of the weekend
Glen Johnson v West Ham