Gameweek 28 results

March 5, 2013

1 A Pint of Fuller’s P Hawkins 93 1,614
2 Pescara Rangers Stewart Pope 67 1,592
3 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 76 1,590
4 (Your Ad Here) Matthew Hopkins 90 1,550
5 Les Canaris David Spinks 62 1,540
6 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 81 1,527
7 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 65 1,508
8 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 56 1,500
9 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 80 1,493
10 Pimp My Side Jordan Raper 56 1,474
11 Doing the 91 Colin Goulding 52 1,470
12 A Few Good Men Darren Pope 37 1,463
13 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 58 1,438
14 None Of The Above Jonny Mabbutt 55 1,433
15 goodbutnosigurdsson Rob Hewer 56 1,411
16 Borussia HairBack Alex Ritchie 53 1,397
17 Release The Hounds 5 Paul Mitchell 85 1,394
18 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 56 1,376
19 Pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 60 1,370
20 Crazy Legs XI David Caldicott 87 1,368
21 Fancy a brouhaha? Ian Williams 50 1,367
22 Upper Bullens Scouse Mouse 67 1,355
23 Body Issues FC Arron Fellows 56 1,351
24 Moxie XI Luke O’Shea 49 1,274
25 Real Jorvik Simon Brown 67 1,267
26 Lothersdale FC Simon Rider 67 1,267
27 Inter Ealing Paul Bentz 56 1,225

A Pint of Fullers return to the top of the league in impressive style with a massive haul of 93 points, the highest of the week. Coupled with a poor week for Pescara, Fuller’s have now opened up a gap of 22 points over their nearest rival. All 3 of their defenders kept clean sheets. Only Ricky Lambert of their outfield 10 scored anything but their appearance points. They notched 12 bonus points across their team, and scored 5 goals.

They weren’t alone in posting high scores in the 80’s and 90’s. Choosing Luis Suarez as captain was key this week. Convinced that Van Persie wasn’t going to play led a lot of managers to pick Suarez as captain. Van Persie did play, and managed 5 points, which makes it 13 scoring weeks in 14. But Luis Suarez’s hat trick against Wigan accumulated 17 points – doubled to 34. Other potential captain choice Gareth Bale got his customary goal and bonus haul. That’s 5 consecutive double figures gameweeks now for Bale. Is it possible to play the remainder of this fantasy season without Van Persie, Suarez and Bale in your team? Answer – probably not. This is where Pescara slipped up – and it’s a problem they may have to address if they want to maintain their challenge for the title. No Suarez in their team has resulted in a 26 point swing in favour of Fuller’s. Likewise Les Canaris, who, without Bale, could only manage 62 points. A bad choice of captain didn’t help. Although picking Ricky Lambert, who did have the QPR defence to play with this weekend, could have worked. But wasn’t it always more likely that Suarez would tear through the Wigan defence?

(Your Ad Here) are the anomaly. Their Van Persie-less squad managed 90 points this week – the 2nd highest total. Van Persie was transferred out in a mass wildcard cull along with Snodgrass, Walcott and Ivanovic in favour of Rooney, Gerrard (who was swapped back for Walcott the following week), Bale and Mertesacker. And it’s worked. (YAH) have climbed from 6th to 4th in that time, and have scored 50 more points than they would have done had they kept the original players. The question is, will Rooney continue to outscore Van Persie each week? If he does, (Your Ad Here) could be an outside bet for a title challenge.

Shoelace Untied and Uriah Rennie, have dropped off the pace. Neither own Suarez. Uriah Rennie doesn’t have Bale either. They’ve dropped from 3rd in mid January to 8th, and 50 points off 4th place. Suarez and Bale scored 44 points between them for Fuller’s, Hedgehog Corpse and Neil Madrid this week.

The latest round of cup results sees a lot of teams way out of the tile race in to the quarter finals. Fancy A Brouhaha?, Upper Bullens, Borussia HairBack, Real Jorvik and Crazylegs all progress. Cup favourites remain either Fullers or (Your Ad Here), who are on course for meeting in the final. Panza Grande are the other team through, and shouldn’t be discounted.

And, so for all the talk of Bale and Suarez’s exploits in front of goal, this weeks best player was Shinji Kagawa. Despite being well clear at the top of the league, United haven’t had the scoring power in midfield that they have had in past years. It’s their defenders – Rafael and Evans in particular – that have supplemented the attack with extra goals. Valencia and Nani have been in and out of favour, and the treatment room. Kagawa could finish this season strongly.

  • Player of the week – Shinji Kagawa – 21 points. Nobody had him. 
  • Bargain of the week – Jack Collison – 11 points. Or him
  • Donkey of the week – Steven Caldwell – -2 points. Nobody.

Goal of the weekend

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

Don’t reckon much to the knackered defending, but good strike from Rooney

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