Gameweek 13 results and Gameweek 14 preview

December 2, 2013

1 Sportingoffensivewig Alex Ritchie 52 791
2 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 74 755
3 Crazylegs Xi David Caldicott 60 750
4 The Magico Rob Buttaci 52 734
5 Mid-Season Blip Paul Bentz 86 731
6 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 58 729
7 Ciderheads Darren Pope 60 727
8 Romeo’s-honda-van Rob Hewer 68 726
9 Upper Bullens Scouse Mouse 80 724
10 {Your Ad Here} Matthew Hopkins 54 722
11 Shakin’ Stephens P Hawkins 33 715
12 Kedah FA David Spinks 62 708
13 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 50 704
14 NaboombuDirtyYellows Andrew Swift 55 700
15 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 75 690
16 pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 68 686
17 Rien Toulouse Colin Goulding 57 682
18 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 33 676
19 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 54 672
20 Have a little dink Ian Williams 46 663
21 Release the Hounds Paul Mitchell 70 658
22 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 50 640
23 The Mindless Morons John Seacroft 70 635
24 Real Jorvik Simon Brown 52 634
25 Inter Minan Jordan Raper 46 597
26 Biscuitmen Chris Morton 65 593


Nosebleed time for Mid Season Blip. It’s their second manager of the week award. And their 86 points lifts them eight places into the top five. Probably for the first time ever. They also win their first manager of the month award, finishing November with 264 points. They pipped Ciderheads by four points. There were similar big scoring late surges by Panza Grande and Upper Bullens, but neither could outscore Mid Season Blip. As we finish the 13th gameweek – and enter the mid season – it’ll be downhill all the way. Here’s the monthly table…

1 Mid-Season Blip Paul Bentz 86 264
2 Ciderheads Darren Pope 60 260
3 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 74 257
4 Upper Bullens Scouse Mouse 80 257


And in the week I was blathering on about stopping Sporting, who managed a comparatively measly 52 points, and Sergio Aguero, who did nothing but get booked, it was another in form City man that finished as top the top scoring player. Samir Nasri, who I’m not sure too many teams have, moves into the top 10 scoring midfielders. His two goals and top bonus score netted him 16 points. City were convincing winners, as expected, but the most profitable team of the week were Everton. Which explains Upper Bullens’ good week. Mid Season Blip and Panza were also amongst those to benefit from high scoring performances by Seamus Coleman in particular. In my panic to try and figure out how to put myself in with a chance of the manager of the month award last week, I forgot to mention that there had been one or two significant injuries since the last round of matches. One of those injured players is Leighton Baines, who will be out for six weeks with a toe injury. Baines’ replacement was Bryan Oviedo. Everton fans needn’t have worried. Despite having only played 39 minutes all season he had the perfect game – a goal, an assist, a clean sheet and all top bonus points. He’s almost as cheap as you can get for a midfielder, and on this performance alone, has probably earned himself a starting berth until Baines returns.

Also freshly injured, and out until the new year, is Daniel Sturridge. Although many would have expected Liverpool to have beaten Hull, with or without their (2nd) main man. Luis Suarez didn’t contribute either. And it’ll be a rare week that neither Suarez or Aguero score more than just their appearance points. Some managers (ME!) may have looked at Liverpool’s run of fixtures and seen three potential clean sheets against Hull, Norwich and West Ham. Phase one didn’t go to plan. They conceded three – including a Martin Skrtel own goal (Anyone else have Skrtel? No. Just ME!). He got a massive deflection on the first Hull goal too. I suppose I should be grateful that was awarded to Jake Livermore. Regardless, I should have checked the facts – Liverpool just don’t keep clean sheets.

But a clean sheet against Norwich at home looks much more likely…doesn’t it? We’ve only a few days to find out. Yes – we have a midweek bonanza. A full programme this Tuesday and Wednesday. Nine of the matches are on the Wednesday. Any transfers however, will need to be made before the kick off of the single game taking place on Tuesday night, in which West Ham travel to Crystal Palace. It’s the start of December. We’ve got to battle through six gameweeks to the next manager of the month prize. The final three gameweeks are crammed into an eight day period around Christmas. There’ll be squad rotation, injuries and maybe a few postponements. The Buckets League could look very different by 2014. As demonstrated by Mid Season Blip’s big climb this week, any big score by any team down as far as mid table could see them jump lots of places and into immediate contention for prize money. Check also Shakin’ Stephens’ fall from 3rd to 11th this week. December could be brutal. Good luck.

As for this week, Arsenal look well positioned for a clean sheet. It’s four shut-outs in five games for the Gunners, and they should make a better job of keeping Hull at bay than Liverpool did. The league leaders have trickier games to come, and so we could see some rotation this week. Might Wenger fancy starting the likes of Walcott, Vermaelen, Monreal or Rosicky? Their December fixtures are tough – Everton, City, Chelsea and Newcastle. Bearing those fixtures in mind, will they still be top come the new year?

The wheels may have come off the Southampton clean sheet machine. It’s none in four now. And two consecutive defeats, albeit against Arsenal and Chelsea, may have knocked their confidence. Artur Boruc picked up an injury against Chelsea and looks unlikely to feature in their game against Aston Villa on Wednesday. It doesn’t get any easier thereafter for the Saints. They face City, Newcastle and Spurs in their next three games. Might it be time to edge out the likes of Jose Fonte and Dejan Lovren? Remember Stoke last season? By Christmas Asmir Begovic was the top keeper in the fantasy league until a run of tricky fixtures and a series of defeats by two and three goal deficits. I think they only managed another two or three shut outs all season. And they play in red and white.

Player of the week – Samir Nasri – 16 points. Back in form and a first on the team sheet.

Bargain of the week – Bryan Oviedo – 14 points. Super cheap and looks a nailed on starter for at least another few weeks.

Donkey of the week – Martin Skrtel – -1 point. Ruined my weekend.

Goal of the weekend – Sandro. But for the net, would probably still be travelling.








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