Following Saturday’s games the scores were split between two distinct groups – those with, and those without. Thankfully there were enough points on offer from Sunday’s games for those without to make up the ground they’d lost – providing of course they had the right players. There have been some big movers in the league this week – up and down.
Up 19 places to number 14 is Romeo’s Honda Van. Triple captaining Sergio scored Romeo’s 75 points. A genius move. Their 126 point total will be hard to beat, even in a double gameweek. Aguero’s 25 points has been bettered in the Buckets era. Theo Walcott hit 26 points in the 2012-13 season following a 7-3 butchering of… Newcastle. Who else? Edin Dzeko also equaled this total in the penultimate week of the 2013-14 season. Other than the 75 points earned by Aguero – a single weekly score record for a Buckets team member – Romeo’s also had Dimitri Payet and Kevin De Bruyne on board. Payet moves to within a point of Riyad Mahrez in the overall player scores. It’s been an impressive start to Premiership life by De Bruyne who is averaging 9 points per gameweek. He’s easily the most reliable City midfielder at the moment. Romeo’s also picked up 21 points from Sunday’s games. 14 points came courtesy of the Arsenal defence and another seven from the in-form Romelu Lukaku. What is most extraordinary is that Romeo’s posted their mega-score with only nine men. Bacary Sagna and Riyad Mahrez were non-players and they’d nothing on the bench in reserve.
It was a weekend in which the old school rose again. There were five 100+ scores – all scored by Buckets veterans. Up 17 places to 19 are Hedgehog Corpse. Hedgehog managed 109 points, with Aguero as captain claiming 50 of them. A further 16 points came from the boot and bonuses of Alexis Sanchez, 13 from Mesut Ozil, 10 from Payet and nine from Odion Ighalo. Sanchez’s season is up and running now with five goals and six bonus points in two games. From nowhere to the fourth best overall score in a fortnight.
Up 11 to tenth go the Biscuitmen. To the 50 points contributed by Aguero, Biscuitmen added 14 points from Graziano Pelle, who became the games highest scoring striker, nine from Jamie Vardy, who scored for the fifth consecutive game and 10 from Yannick Bolasie, whom I have no stat about. Biscuitmen’s defence stood firm contributing 28 points in total.
Up six to sixth go Rocky Ba Bauer with 103 points. Rocky hold the current weekly points record – 165 points in gameweek 31 of 2013-14. Yohan Cabaye, Payet and Vardy were the additional big scorers to Aguero’s 50 points.
Last but not least, Your Ad Here also climb six places to top spot. Our new leaders collected 115 points to build up a 20 point lead. They were another with an Aguero/Sanchez double header, as well as healthy contributions from the Arsenal defence and Andre Ayew.
Of the fallers, Release The Hounds plummeted the furthest. They fell 15 places to 33rd. They picked up a combined total of 9 points from their City and Arsenal contingent – so obviously no Aguero or Sanchez. They relied heavily on Manchester United with Martial as captain, Rooney and Mata – to the tune of just 7 points. It was a bad week compounded by virtually everybody else scoring double their total.
And so on to those who were looking in trouble after Saturday’s games, but were rescued by Sunday’s – most notably 4 Lime Jellies and Pretty Schitty City. The Jellies may not occupy top spot anymore, but will be glad of the 28 points added to their Saturday score. This included nine extra points from Jamie Vardy who defaulted as captain following Riyad Mahrez’s omission. City also picked up nine points from Vardy as vice captain (again in place of Mahrez), plus another 40 points from the players they had playing on Sunday. This included nine from Andre Ayew who was Mahrez’s substitute. City had dropped out of the top 20 on Saturday evening, but found their way back up to fifth 24 hours later.
What a week. Just what we needed – a good shake up before the international break.
Player of the week – Sergio Aguero – 25 points. Inevitably. These goals were always going to come at some point.
Bargain of the week – Yann M’Vila – 10 points. Two assists, but overshadowed by all the bigger scorers elsewhere.
Donkey of the week – Matteo Darmian – -1 points. How is this not a Newcastle player?
Goal of the week – Jeremain Lens. Double award week for Sunderland.