Gameweek 33 results

April 23, 2013

1 A Pint of Fuller’s P Hawkins 83 1,950
2 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 86 1,918
3 Pescara Rangers Stewart Pope 82 1,891
4 Les Canaris David Spinks 74 1,869
5 (Your Ad Here) Matthew Hopkins 47 1,849
6 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 103 1,835
7 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 85 1,830
8 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 63 1,811
9 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 83 1,783
10 Pimp My Side Jordan Raper 71 1,778
11 Doing the 91 Colin Goulding 83 1,765
12 A Few Good Men Darren Pope 65 1,760
13 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 37 1,725
14 None Of The Above Jonny Mabbutt 78 1,722
15 goodbutnosigurdsson Rob Hewer 38 1,709
16 Release The Hounds 5 Paul Mitchell 60 1,686
17 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 95 1,685
18 Borussia HairBack Alex Ritchie 85 1,671
19 Fancy a brouhaha? Ian Williams 71 1,670
20 Crazy Legs XI David Caldicott 83 1,649
21 Pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 62 1,637
22 Upper Bullens Scouse Mouse 71 1,599
23 Body Issues FC Arron Fellows 42 1,579
24 Moxie XI Luke O’Shea 66 1,514
25 Inter Ealing Paul Bentz 37 1,497
26 Real Jorvik Simon Brown 34 1,483
27 Lothersdale FC Simon Rider 41 1,467

 

Last week it looked like 1 team from 2 – now it seems 3 other teams have come back into contention. Les Canaris currently sit in 4th on 1869 points. Just 58 points behind in 8th are Uriah Rennie. In 7th are Neil Madrid. In 6th and 5th respectively are Panza Grande and (Your Ad Here). Both teams, with their contrasting weekly scores are the reason the chase for 4th place is back on again.

Panza Grande kept Gareth Bale, and still had Luis Suarez and Robin Van Persie. The big three had their first combined mega scoring week in a while. Both Suarez and Van Persie have had lean-ish spells. Bale had his injury. This week they scored 5 goals between them, managed 2 assists between them and all picked up maximum bonus points. Their scores, combined with a triumvirate of clean sheets, and top contributions from Kevin Nolan and Juan Mata gave Panza Grande a massive 103 points. That’s the highest weekly score of any manager this season. That it’s been achieved in a week where all teams only played once makes it a pretty extraordinary total. And in doing so they’ve jumped from 9th to 6th and within 25 points of some dollar.

(Your Ad Here), on the other hand, are dropping like a stone. After blitzing their way up the league through February and March, they’ve now posted their 3rd consecutive below average weekly score. The one time team-that-looked-most-likely, now look the least likely. The players that played so well for them during this time aren’t picking up those double figured weekly scores anymore. The captain choices aren’t working anymore. They don’t have Gareth Bale. They, like many of us did, shipped him out when he got injured. They don’t have Van Persie. What seemed like an inspired personnel change at the time now looks anything but. His replacement, Wayne Rooney, has scored 36 points during his time in the team, made up from 2 goals, 3 assists and 5 bonus points. Van Persie has amassed 66 points from 6 goals, 4 assists and 13 bonus points. Just goes to show a lean spell for Robin Van Persie is nowhere near as lean as pretty much every other player in English football. So – only 47 points. That’s a 56 point swing in favour of Panza Grande. It’s a 38 point swing in favour of Neil Madrid and a 27 point swing in favour of Les Canaris. Every other player in the top 10 scored 60 plus. The top 3 pulled away all with 80+ scores. Those 3 I’m convinced are battling it out between themselves, but (Your Ad Here)’s jittery April is giving us an exciting finish. If only a European place existed.

And Manchester United won the league. Predictably in convincing fashion. As soon as City lost to Spurs, there was only ever going to be one winner in the United Villa game. And it was all over by half time. And Van Persie got his hat trick. And the second goal was a goal of the season contender. It was probably scripted. I’ll go back to the big three again. They shaped the week just gone. And the whole season. Bale comes back from injury, earlier than people thought he would, and demolishes a tired looking City side whose title defence was almost as bad as Blackburns. Van Persie reminds us he’s the number 1 striker in the league with a hat trick to win the trophy, including a trademark impossivolley. And Suarez bites Branislav Ivanovic’s arm off.

On the plus side it makes it a hell of a lot easier to wedge Gareth Bale back into your team now Suarez is gone. He won’t play again this season.

  • Player of the week – Robin Van Persie – 17 points. Surprisingly only his 2nd player of the week award matching Suarez and Tevez. 
  • Bargain of the week – Peter Crouch – 12 points. The easiest double figures he’ll ever score against a hapless QPR
  • Donkey of the week – Steve Sidwell – -2 points. Sent off against QPR. 3 game ban. 11 minutes into comeback. Sent off again.

Goal of the weekend

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

I scored one of these once

 

 

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