Gameweek 34 results

April 17, 2014

1 Romeo’s-honda-van Rob Hewer 64 2,126
2 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 63 2,052
3 The Magico Rob Buttaci 63 2,033
4 Shakin’ Stephens P Hawkins 55 2,024
5 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 69 2,011
6 Sportingoffensivewig Alex Ritchie 38 2,009
7 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 79 1,974
8 Ciderheads Darren Pope 48 1,953
9 {Your Ad Here} Matthew Hopkins 45 1,945
10 NaboombuDirtyYellows Andrew Swift 59 1,938
11 Crazylegs Xi David Caldicott 39 1,932
12 Have a little dink Ian Williams 74 1,904
13 pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 57 1,883
14 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 42 1,877
15 Upper Bullens Scouse Mouse 41 1,866
16 Kedah FA David Spinks 74 1,843
17 Mid-Season Blip Paul Bentz 44 1,816
18 Rien Toulouse Colin Goulding 48 1,812
19 Biscuitmen Chris Morton 73 1,801
20 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 65 1,788
21 The Mindless Morons John Seacroft 40 1,776
22 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 49 1,769
23 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 53 1,766
24 Release the Hounds Paul Mitchell 54 1,760
25 Real Jorvik Simon Brown 37 1,704
26 Inter Minan Jordan Raper 44 1,603

 

It’s been a pivotal week in the race for the Premier League title, and the battle to avoid relegation. In the Buckets League – it hasn’t. Nothing’s really changed, and that’s largely due to a damp squib of a double gameweek in which all those expected to rack up the points didn’t really deliver. Most managers seemed to go with either Yaya Toure or Romelu Lukaku as captain. Toure lasted 18 minutes of the defeat by Liverpool and so finished the week on a single point. Lukaku completed both his games but contributed nothing. The player of the week was Jason Puncheon. He scored 23 points – a weekly total only bettered by Toure and Luis Suarez this season. Palace’s two victories virtually ensure Premier League football at Selhurst next season. Puncheon has achieved three successive double figure match scores, and it’s three successive matches in which he’s achieved three bonus points.

The best bargain buy turned out to be Connor Wickham. If the defeat to Liverpool merely dented Manchester City’s title hopes, the unexpected draw at home to Sunderland took them outside, kicked the shit out of them and left them bleeding and unconscious in a ditch. Something like that. And Liverpool and Chelsea have Wickham to thank for that. He appears in 0.1% of FPL teams and absolutely no Buckets teams, yet he scored twice and got full bonus marks in a game that Sunderland really should have held on to win.

Rip Roaring Reds chose David Silva as captain. Not a bad choice – and enough to help in posting the highest weekly score. Frustratingly, the 12 points picked up in the Liverpool defeat were all that Silva could contribute. He was ruled out of the Sunderland game with an injury. Other notable double gameweek contributions from Kevin Mirallas, Ross Barkley and Scott Dann held off challenges from Have A Little Dink, Kedah FA and Biscuitmen, all of whom had Puncheon – just not as captain.

So, Romeo’s maintain their lead. Their 64 points keeps them well ahead of Panza. Neil Madrid and Shakin’ Stephens leapfrog Sporting, who had a terrible week managing only 38 points. Another week like that and they’ll be out of the running for a top four prize.

Player of the week – Jason Puncheon – 23 points. Up to number 10 on the midfielders list.

Bargain of the week – Connor Wickham – 15 points. Poyet giving him a deserved chance – 8 months too late.

Donkey of the week – Chico Flores – -2 points. Unlucky to be sent off.

Goal of the week – Olivier Giroud. …does Bergkamp.

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