Gameweek 20 results

December 31, 2012

1 A Pint of Fuller’s P Hawkins 62 1,079
2 Pescara Rangers Stewart Pope 35 1,069
3 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 54 1,064
4 Les Canaris David Spinks 47 1,045
5 Pimp My Side Jordan Raper 37 1,042
6 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 51 1,041
7 (Your Ad Here) Matthew Hopkins 38 1,030
8 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 53 1,027
9 A Few Good Men Darren Pope 31 1,011
10 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 72 994
11 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 49 988
12 None Of The Above Jonny Mabbutt 45 981
13 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 49 966
14 Doing the 91 Colin Goulding 48 966
15 Fancy a brouhaha? Ian Williams 44 944
16 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 47 943
17 Borussia HairBack Alex Ritchie 51 940
18 Body Issues FC Arron Fellows 20 940
19 goodbutnosigurdsson Rob Hewer 50 926
20 Upper Bullens Scouse Mouse 26 920
21 Release The Hounds 5 Paul Mitchell 56 914
22 Pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 29 901
23 Moxie XI Luke O’Shea 29 895
24 Inter Ealing Paul Bentz 29 888
25 Crazy Legs XI David Caldicott 40 884
26 Real Jorvik Simon Brown 34 861
27 Lothersdale FC Simon Rider 24 852

Silly season has claimed a lot of victims. All teams had to rely on their benches this week as big names were left out and some unexpected injuries led to a lot of none starters. A lot of teams were floundering after Saturday’s matches. Crazylegs, for example, finished Saturday with a measly 3 points. Thanks to QPR’s weekly butchering, this time at the hands of Luis Suarez and Liverpool, and a couple of substitutions, they managed to pick up 37 more points giving them a respectable, and just slightly below average score of 40. Our team of the week really benefitted from enforced substitutions. But for the promotion of Russell Martin and Raheem Sterling into the squad, and of Luis Suarez to captain to replace the non-playing Tevez, they’d have finished the gameweek with 43 points. Those three players gained Panza Grande another 29 points to finish with with 72. It’s a score which puts them back in the top 10.

Manager of the month is A Pint Of Fullers. It was never going to be anyone else frankly. They had another great week, posting the second highest score of 62 points, and are now top of the overall league aswell.

1 A Pint of Fuller’s P Hawkins 62 361
2 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 49 340
3 (Your Ad Here) Matthew Hopkins 38 336
4 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 54 329
5 Pescara Rangers Stewart Pope 35 323
6 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 53 322

Gareth Bale got himself suspended for picking up his 5th booking, all of which have been for diving. Unfortunately for those who like Bale in their fantasy squad you have to put up with the 1 in 4 game chance he’ll get himself carded. From hat trick hero to one point zero in the space of a few days. And I thought he’d follow up that match winning performance with another. Nice captaincy work Gareth. You cheating twat.

Proof this week that all of Stoke’s defensive solidity comes from the suspended pair of Ryan Shawcross and Geoff Cameron. Stoke shipped 3 goals – the first time they’ve conceded more than one since the middle of October. Robert Huth contributed towards one of Southamptons goals by shanking it off he’s own crossbar and setting up an easy knock in for Jay Rodriguez. Andy Wilkinson went one better and put it straight into his own net. Ironically it was the defensive replacements that rescued them at the other end of the pitch. Ryan Shotton (assist) and Matthew Upson (a goal?!) scraped them a draw. Cameron Jerome, for good measure, scored the goal of the week. Defensive frailties creeping in – or Christmas fatigue? Hopefully the latter. They’re still the only steady defensive option in the league at the moment.

It’s the start of the January transfer window. Some deals are being whispered about already. Newcastle fans will welcome the news that Mathieu Debuchy looks set to join. If ever a team needed a defensive shake up it’s Newcastle. 14 clean sheets last season is a distant memory. They’ve conceded 15  in 5 games. Thank God for Aston Villa. Who are only marginally worse, having conceded 16 in the same amount of time. Newcastle fans will not welcome the news that Demba Ba looks eager to activate that ridiculous clause in his contract. Chelsea the front-runners apparently. Lets hope that a) he has a similar second half to this season than he had last – and forgets where the net is, and b) that so-called ticking time-bomb of a knee injury flares up big time, and he spends the majority of it in the treatment room. Not bitter. In all seriousness, if the move happens, will he play as much, and as a result will he be as prolific in front of goal? And will Papiss Cisse take up that mantle again? It won’t be the only transfer related headache for fantasy managers. Best playing that new wild card you get at the end of the window, unless you’re basement dwellers Lothersdale FC. Who, for the record, also compete in another league called “2 Horse Race” – and are….3rd. Oh dear!

  • Player of the week – Theo Walcott – 26 points. Highest individual score of the year thus far
  • Bargain of the week – Edin Dzeko – 16 points. Always seems to score big when he starts.
  • Donkey of the week – Samir Nasri – -2 points. The leagues biggest wimp gets himself sent off.

Goal of the weekend

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUo3fRoXJto

Cameron Jerome, of all people, scores the goal of the season so far

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