Gameweek 15 results

December 10, 2013

1 Sportingoffensivewig Alex Ritchie 54 927
2 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 65 908
3 Romeo’s-honda-van Rob Hewer 74 906
4 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 67 897
5 Crazylegs Xi David Caldicott 59 895
6 Ciderheads Darren Pope 66 895
7 The Magico Rob Buttaci 69 885
8 {Your Ad Here} Matthew Hopkins 59 867
9 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 65 862
10 NaboombuDirtyYellows Andrew Swift 54 852
11 Shakin’ Stephens P Hawkins 49 848
12 Upper Bullens Scouse Mouse 43 845
13 Rien Toulouse Colin Goulding 60 833
14 Have a little dink Ian Williams 58 824
15 Mid-Season Blip Paul Bentz 45 821
16 Kedah FA David Spinks 45 821
17 Release the Hounds Paul Mitchell 65 813
18 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 58 805
19 pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 55 795
20 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 40 783
21 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 27 778
22 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 51 722
23 The Mindless Morons John Seacroft 26 710
24 Real Jorvik Simon Brown 34 706
25 Inter Minan Jordan Raper 24 683
26 Biscuitmen Chris Morton 36 682


It’s Romeo’s-Honda-Van again. The form team of the Buckets league post the highest weekly score for the second consecutive week. It’s their third weekly award. Last season their manager picked up six weekly awards – a record. They’re half way to equaling that, and we’re less than half way through the season. Could it be another record breaking year?

They don’t seem to be tinkering as much with only 24 transfers made, an average of less than two per week. At this point last season they’d made 32,098,742,387,407,423,075 transfers, which is great for picking the form team, but gets you nowhere in the league. And it was Romeo’s transfers that edged them ahead of the rest of the title chasing teams. In came Sergio Aguero, but also Marouane Chamakh and Danny Gabbidon. Palace are one of the form teams at the moment. Tony Pulis has shored up their defence with four clean sheets in five games, and now the strikers are starting to score the odd goal. After looking like he was nothing more than Morroccan Conference standard for the last two seasons, Chamakh has two goals in two games, and all six available bonus points. Inspired transfers – or was it just that Romeo’s needed someone cheap so that they could wedge in Aguero?

You’ve got more chance of getting clean sheet points with Palace players than you have with most of the top eight teams at the moment. All of their regular back four are in the top 10 form defenders.The only other teams that give you multiple options of form defenders are Everton and Arsenal. Ignore Liverpool, Chelsea, United – and now Spurs and Southampton too. For the time being in seems inevitable that they will concede at least one goal a game. Liverpool, and in particular Martin Skrtel, are the most frustrating. Battering teams at one end, but letting in silly goals at the other – mostly scored by themselves – mostly scored by Skrtel.

We had 27 goals this weekend. Not quite the goal glut of midweek, but still a healthy return. Maybe the defence should largely be ignored at the moment. Go for a 3-4-3. Get the most out of the attacking players in your team. This weekend their were four clean sheets. Two from two of the bottom three – Fulham and Palace. One from Norwich, who have conceded five and seven in recent weeks. And the other by Newcastle – at Old Trafford – where they hadn’t won for 2,897,645,985,649,436 years.

Is that enough numbers for you?

Player of the week – Andre Schurrle – 15 points. Breaks the City/Liverpool monopoly for the layer of the week.

Bargain of the week – Steve Sidwell – 11 points. Fulham win at last.

Donkey of the week – Guy Demel – -3 points. Own goal, yellow card and four conceded. Doesn’t get much worse than that.

Goal of the week – Dani Osvaldo. A pearler.



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