Gameweek 21 results

January 4, 2013

1 A Pint of Fuller’s P Hawkins 61 1,140
2 Pimp My Side Jordan Raper 77 1,119
3 Pescara Rangers Stewart Pope 50 1,119
4 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 50 1,114
5 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 61 1,102
6 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 71 1,098
7 Les Canaris David Spinks 52 1,097
8 (Your Ad Here) Matthew Hopkins 40 1,066
9 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 81 1,065
10 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 69 1,063
11 A Few Good Men Darren Pope 37 1,048
12 None Of The Above Jonny Mabbutt 67 1,048
13 Doing the 91 Colin Goulding 79 1,045
14 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 71 1,014
15 Fancy a brouhaha? Ian Williams 64 1,008
16 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 44 1,006
17 Borussia HairBack Alex Ritchie 65 1,005
18 Body Issues FC Arron Fellows 56 996
19 goodbutnosigurdsson Rob Hewer 74 992
20 Pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 87 988
21 Release The Hounds 5 Paul Mitchell 52 966
22 Moxie XI Luke O’Shea 67 962
23 Upper Bullens Scouse Mouse 36 956
24 Crazy Legs XI David Caldicott 66 950
25 Inter Ealing Paul Bentz 33 921
26 Real Jorvik Simon Brown 41 902
27 Lothersdale FC Simon Rider 36 888

Part of the key to this year’s league is to guess when not to have Robin Van Persie as your captain. He’s more than capable of top scoring every week. He’s managed double figures on 5 occasions  He’s contributed with either a goal or an assist in each of the last 8 weeks. He’s a pretty safe bet to get you 10+ points if you hand him the captaincy whoever United play. When they play Wigan – it’s a shoe in. Having said all that – he’s not player of the week. Luis Suarez matched Van Persie’s stats, and as he’s the cheaper player, so he wins the player of the week award. Suarez is in a rich vein of form also. That’s 4 consecutive scoring weeks for him – the second in a row in which he’s hit double figures. Matching both Suarez and Van Persie stat for stat, but for one less bonus point, was Javier Hernandez. If you can guess the weeks that Fergie’s going to plump for the Mexican, again, you’re almost certainly on for a high score. This week he managed 15 points. He’s played a full 90 minutes on 4 other occasions this season. He’s scored more than 9 points in 3 of those games. Until Rooney returns, you suspect he’ll keep his place. Fergie may even try to accommodate all three – as he did against West Ham some weeks back – although that only ended in a 1-0 victory. Too many cocks…I mean cooks.

And so the big Buckets scorers this week had a combination of two of these brace scoring strikers. No team was lucky enough to have all three. Pretty Schitty City had Van Persie and Hernandez – and top scored with 87 points. Neil Madrid also had RVP and Hernandez. Goodbutnosigurdsson and Pimp My Side had Suarez and RVP – which bodes well for them for the coming weeks, given the form that both are in. Shoe-horning Van Persie in is probably impossible without having to sell 3 or 4 other players – and it’s becoming increasingly more difficult to do it with Suarez too, as his value increases again week on week.

There are hints of a few changes in fortune for various players and teams. Stoke conceded 3 for the second consecutive week, and Liverpool look a lot more attractive a proposition as they scored 3 and kept a clean sheet for the second consecutive week. Skrtel, Agger and Johnson are all in the top 10 scoring defenders, not so much for their defensive play, but for their goals, assists and bonus scoring. The same can be said for Patrice Evra, who assisted again this week, to add to the 2 goals he scored in weeks 18 and 19. Pablo Zabaleta is City’s go to defender at the moment. Another not keeping as many clean sheets as you’d want him too, but very capable of chipping in with a goal and assist every couple of weeks. Zabaleta’s place in the team looks nailed on for a good few weeks to come yet with both Richards and Maicon injured, and only at a price of 5.9 million. Liverpool’s upturn in form has coincided not only with Suarez’s latest scoring burst, but Steven Gerrard seems to have woken up aswell. It’s 5 consecutive scoring games for him now. It might not have looked likekly at the start of the season, but as the new year starts, Liverpool might be the go to team for affordable players, at the expense of the likes of Stoke, Norwich and Swansea, whose form has all waned slightly. It’s been 4 gameweeks since a Michu goal.

  • Player of the week – Luis Suarez – 16 points. On for a 30 goal season?
  • Bargain of the week – Joey O’Brien – 15 points. Subbed before West Ham conceded.
  • Donkey of the week – Robert Huth – 0 points. Time to change the defence?

Goal of the week

Weedy bloke. Thunderous free kick.

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