Manager of the week – The Winnings R Mine – David Bruce – 121 points
Maybe it was bound to happen sooner or later. Putting the armband on Harry Kane during one of his hat trick weeks, plus the right combo of free scoring City and/or Liverpool players was going to produce a mega score at some point. And without the aid of a chip, The Winnings R Mine’s 121 points catapults them up the league from 21st to 9th and into position to grab the highest weekly score prize. Often double gameweeks don’t yield that many points. It’ll be tough to beat. It’s worth mentining Marc Albrighton and Ashley Young’s contributions as well as Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta’s double digit hauls. It’s arguably more about the cheaper differential members of your team rather than the players that everybody else has. Honorable mentions to Emergency Gap Jumper and Mrs Magoo who also passed the century mark. The Winnings R Mine and Gap Jumpers’ scores place them in a great position to pinch the December manager of the month prize. The table currently looks like this with one gameweek to play…
|2||We are Ayling
|3||Emergency Gap Jumper
|4||Queen of the north
|5||The winnings R mine
|6||The Craggy Islanders
Bearing in mind that it’s a reduced gameweek in which Tottenham (and Kane) and West Ham don’t play, it’s not going to be a straightforward round of matches to negotiate. Someone could jump from even further down the pack. It’s worth also bearing in mind that the resultant double gameweek is in GW22. Whether your chasing this massive monthly prize or not, the right tactics are crucial so as not to lose pace with whoever it is you don’t want to lose pace with. Oh – and Harry Kane is ill.
Player of the week – Harry Kane – 17 points
For the second consecutive week and his third overall this season. It’s taken until Christmas, but maybe – just maybe – he is going to be indispensable. And even moreso in a double gameweek – if he’s fit enough to play. Illness or no illness, is the 48 hour gap too little even for him to start two consecutive games? Are you considering a triple captain punt? It’ll be a perfect opportunity for him to register his fourth player of the week total. It would be his third in consecutive playing gameweeks – a feat which I don’t think anyone has managed previously.
Bargain of the week – Trent Alexander-Arnold – 14 points
This Liverpool defence are beginning to keep clean sheets. It’s three in their last four. They appear much more reliable against the teams they should be beating, which is encouraging to managers when those kind of fixtures roll round. Particularly seeing as how there are many cheap routes into that Liverpool back line. Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez are rotating the right back berth – with slightly more action for Gomez. Both come in at well under £5 million.
Twat of the week – Marcos Rojo – -1 points
Hooked after 45 minutes at 2-0 down against Burnley at Old Trafford. Maybe the Argentinian defender is not quite back up to full speed yet after a long injury lay-off. His comeback has coincided with a ropy spell at the back for United. Nine clean sheets in their first thirteen has change dramatically into just one in their last seven.
Goal of the week – Philippe Coutinho. His third contender.