Gameweek 1 results

August 22, 2013

1 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 97 97
2 The Mindless Morons John Seacroft 92 92
3 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 91 91
4 The Magico Rob Buttaci 90 90
5 Crazylegs Xi David Caldicott 88 88
6 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 87 87
7 {Your Ad Here} Matthew Hopkins 80 80
8 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 76 76
8 pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 76 76
10 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 74 74
11 Kedah FA David Spinks 72 72
13 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 70 70
14 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 69 69
15 Shakin’ Stephens P Hawkins 68 68
16 NaboombuDirtyYellows Andrew Swift 67 67
17 Romeo’s-honda-van Rob Hewer 65 65
18 Have a little dink Ian Williams 62 62
18 Upper Bullens Scouse Mouse 62 62
18 Sportingoffensivewig Alex Ritchie 62 62
21 Mid-Season Blip Paul Bentz 60 60
22 Release the Hounds Paul Mitchell 57 57
23 Inter Minan Jordan Raper 56 56
23 Biscuitmen Chris Morton 56 56
25 Ciderheads Darren Pope 52 52
26 Real Jorvik Simon Brown 48 48
27 Rien Toulouse Colin Goulding 44 44

It was all down to having the right combination of Chelsea, and if you were brave enough, Villa players for this first week. As expected Chelsea scored big. Six players managed double figures – the same six all picked up bonus marks across their two games. They kept one clean sheet and scored four goals, with Ivanovic their top scoring player. The was less expectation of Villa players to get anything out of their two games – away to Arsenal and Chelsea. Most managers avoided picking three Villa players, and especially avoided their defenders, which was probably the right thing to do given they conceded in both games, and that there were other similar priced defenders in other teams that kept clean sheets – the likes of West Ham, Fulham and Southampton. Antonio Luna scored in the defeat of Arsenal but was unlucky to net an own goal in the Chelsea match. Christian Benteke was the popular Villa choice. Across the two games he bagged three goals and six bonus points, although the two bookings he picked up could be a worry. That’s almost half way to a suspension. Agbonlahor and Weimann’s assist points also benefited some Buckets teams.

Elsewhere, RVP and Welbeck justified their starting places in the United forward line with two each against Swansea. Liverpool and City kept cleans sheets against Stoke and a woeful Newcastle, who contributed 11 contenders for donkey of the week, an award which was won impressively by Steven Taylor. Scoring -4 isn’t that easy to do, so congratulations to him for managing it in the first week of the season.

So the first week sees Neil Madrid rise to the top of the charts. They went all out Villa and Chelsea, picking Hazard, Cole, Ramires, Luna, Weimann and Beneteke – all of whom played all 180 minutes. Only Ramires contributed nothing but his appearance points. They key now for Neil Madrid is working out who, how and when to drop those that won’t be playing in gameweek 3. The 97 points scored puts them in with a good chance, even this early, of picking up the prize for the highest gameweek score. Last year 103 points would have won that award. At the other end, Rien Toulouse made good Chelsea choices, but were let down by the players around them, with only RVP and Kolo Toure picking up extra points. The other 6 players contributed a mixture of nothing and not very much.

Player of the week – Christian Benteke – 18 points. Could these opening performances tempt a team into a bid?

Bargain of the week – Luke Shaw – 12 points. Clean sheet and assist for the Saints good young left back.

Donkey of the week – Steven Taylor – -4 points. Probably made the right decision to get out of there at half time for stroking Sergio Aguero’s face.

Goal of the week – Robin Van Persie. His second against Swansea. Starts at 1m33s


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