Gameweek 7 results and September manager of the month

1  up Perfidious Albion
Andrew Swift
73 501
2  down But Da Pitch Ain’t 1
Trev Reams
68 497
3  up Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
73 459
4  down King raggg
Steven Darling
61 452
5  up SLABHEAD FC
Adam Burnett
65 450
6  up Cookie fc
Peter Cook
78 445
7  up Thelma and Luiz
Trevor Gordon
99 439
8  down Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
50 437
9  down The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
54 435
10  down FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
52 433
11  same Need son luck
Matt Jarvis
67 431
12  up Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
61 420
13  up Bielsa Ringing
Alan Hardy
61 419
14  same Deeney in a Bottle
Stephanie Cripps
56 418
15  down The Big Lewandowski
Paul Callaghan
55 417
16  down Mour Salt and Pep
Noel Driver
45 411
17  up Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
62 409
18  up Musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
68 409
19  up PenshawPerformers
david bruce
64 403
20  down RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
39 401
21  up Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
81 397
22  down Frostee Rucker
Paul Bentz
41 396
23  down Hoose Reus
James Whitfield
54 395
24  same Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
55 388
25  same Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
51 387
26  down QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
37 386
27  down CAS Vampire Slayers
Mustafa khan
51 386
28  up Aribo Haribo
Paul Hawkins
52 379
29  up romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
60 379
30  down FTM
Stu Smith
44 375
31  up Pique Blinders
Colin Goulding
63 375
32  up Bakerlona
Stuart Baker
64 374
33  down Crazy Leg XI
David Caldicott
39 371
34  down Morningblues
Jeff Morning
44 366
35  up Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
78 361
36  same Fake Madrid
Andrew Wade
44 357
37  down Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
46 356
38  down ClipityKlopptotitle
tanya thursby
35 355
39  up Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
54 355
40  up Dinamo Spinks
David Spinks
59 355
41  down Dropit like its Hart
Jason Earwicker
34 349
42  down Greeeenteeam
adam greenwood
43 347
43  up El Loco No Joko
Paul Murray
84 344
44  down Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
42 342
45  down Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
53 341
46  down It’s coming home
scott mcgow
51 332
47  down Hemel Hotspurs
Paul Jarvis
38 327
48  down Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
48 326
49  up Salah Buffoon!!!
Jitesh Lakhani
65 315
50  down The Mindless Morons
John Seacroft
36 312
51  down Puddle Splash Van
Ian Williams
51 308
52  down Ross’s champions
darren frankland
48 305


September manager of the month – But Da Pitch Ain’t 1 – Trev Reams – 286 points

BDPA1 and Perfidious Albion continue their nip and tuck battle at the top of the table. Albion earned more points this week to snatch the overall lead back, but it wasn’t quite enough to claim the September monthly prize. Only four points separate the two teams at the top and both find themselves in the top 6,000 worldwide. I’m not sure we’ve had two better starters. Third place are almost 40 more points back. Despite that, we’re doing better as a league as a whole. Last season at this stage twelve teams had passed the 400 point stage. This season twenty teams have passed that mark. This season’s top 10 are all 30+ points better off than last season’s equivalent teams.

1  same But Da Pitch Ain’t 1
Trev Reams
68 286
2  same Perfidious Albion
Andrew Swift
73 277
3  same SLABHEAD FC
Adam Burnett
65 266
4  up Thelma and Luiz
Trevor Gordon
99 257
5  up Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
73 252
6  up Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
81 251

 

Manager of the week – Thelma And Luiz – Trevor Gordon – 99 points

Serial prize botherers and winners of this season’s best team name, if such a thing existed, Thelma And Luiz (Thelma is presumably Gary Cahill’s real name), are this week’s highest climbers and posters of the most impressive wildcard total to date. After making a squillion changes, their near century total came about by dispensing of the services of the price tumbling Salah and Mendy among others and bringing in double figure scoring form horses Matt Doherty, Harry Kane, Johann Berg Gudmunsson and Raheem Sterling. They’ve achieved a top 2,000 worldwide weekly score and rose almost 700,000 places overall – that’s 15 places in Bucketsworld.

Player of the week – Harry Maguire – Leicester City – 18 points

We’ve a couple of whipping boy teams developing. Cardiff, Huddersfield and Newcastle were all on the receiving end of yet another defeat, all conceding two. Newcastle allowed Harry Maguire a clean sweep – goal, assist, clean sheet and top bonus…

Bargain of the week – Johann Berg Gudmunsson – Burnley – 13 points

…while Cardiff almost afforded the same luxury to Johann Berg Gudmunsson. They scored a goal to deprive him of the clean sheet point. He moves onto four assists for the season, becoming the highest assisting midfielder in the game as Burnley’s season continues on it’s now upward trajectory.

Twat of the week – Victor Lindelof – Manchester United – -2 points

Most of the players don’t like the manager and the manager doesn’t like most of the players. And the ones he’s left with are shit at fantasy league.

Goal of the week – Daniel Sturridge.

At 3.30s

 

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Season preview

1 FC Caligula Ajay Supeda 48 2,261
2 The Kolarov Mané Trevor Gordon 76 2,245
3 Your Ad Here Matthew Hopkins 37 2,234
4 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 57 2,215
5 Edgbaston Micheal Dinneen 64 2,210
6 Rocky Ba Bauer P Hawkins 38 2,190
7 Game of Throw ins Darren Lavelle 42 2,162
8 Golden Boys Stephanie Cripps 41 2,158
9 Init fc Mustafa khan 65 2,149
10 Walking with Memphis Noel Driver 86 2,148
11 Atlético Chappers Richard Chapman 55 2,124
12 Sergio Five O DEAN CRIPPS 55 2,101
13 JonniestaRedmondinho David Spinks 39 2,086
14 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 59 2,082
15 Bicuitmen Chris Morton 35 2,074
16 4 Lime Jellies Ian Williams 41 2,068
17 SS3 FC Paul Murray 44 2,055
18 scotty2hotty scott mcgow 47 2,054
19 The Craggy Islanders Adrian Roche 52 2,053
20 Howayman Mark Bromham 38 2,052
21 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 38 2,036
22 Gaalacticos Colin Goulding 41 2,024
23 Grievous AngelRangel Andrew Swift 37 2,016
24 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 42 2,005
25 Pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 26 1,993
26 Romeo’s Honda Van Rob Hewer 15 1,990
27 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 32 1,983
28 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 47 1,957
29 Below Par Paul Bentz 32 1,945
30 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 36 1,943
31 RICO UNITED JASON REACHER 54 1,936
32 greensmeansbusiness adam greenwood 16 1,928
33 The Mindless Morons John Seacroft 29 1,905
34 The Hardy Boys Alan Hardy 42 1,902
35 Release The Hounds Paul Mitchell 49 1,883
36 Upper Bullens Andy Taylor 47 1,872
37 Sweet Cherry Pie Jason Earwicker 21 1,870
38 Go Buffoons Go!!! Jitesh Lakhani 39 1,801
39 Crazy Legs XI David Caldicott 27 1,792
40 Ciderheads Darren Pope 56 1,783
41 Baker Bum Boys Lewis Baker 27 1,781
42 Bish Bosh Goal Simon Purnell 31 1,578
43 REAL JORVIK Simon Brown 45 1,553
44 BrussiaHairbach Alex Ritchie 38 1,439

 

There’s your end of season table. FC Caligula are champions. Congratulations to them. Not only that – they’re also cup winners. They’re the first team to achieve a Buckets league and cup double. Add to that the fact that they’re a Leicester fan, and you might be forgiven for wanting to smash their face in. Much like Leicester, they started well, and basically got better. They never sank lower than eight place, rising to the summit in week 24 and staying there for all but one other week. In total they collect £405 in prize money, the highest in Buckets history.

At the half way point, The Kolarov Mane were 21st and had been rattling around in mid table for most of the first half of the season. Their rise began around gameweek 23 when they jumped 10 places from 14th to 4th. After a slight dip into the lower reaches of the top 10, they climbed gradually again up until week 34 when they hit 190 points in the first double gameweek and cemented their place in among the challengers for the league. That 190 points is another record. No team has scored more than that in one week in Buckets history. It’ll take some beating. If anything, it was their below average performance in double gameweek 37 that put them just out of reach of a title challenge, although they bounced back to post the second highest score of the last gameweek to clinch second.

Your Ad Here were third. The former cup winners went one place higher than their previous best performance, but will be disappointed not to have finished second – a position which they had held since gameweek 26. They’d also briefly held top spot in gameweek 25. A bad week 38, which saw only ten of their players take the field (in their flip flops) saw them give way to The Kolarov Mane.

Completing the top four are Shoelace, finishing in the prize money spots for the first time. It was another late charge following a slow start and a sluggish middle period. They were outside the top ten as recently as gameweek 29 and only appeared in the top four for the first time last week.

An honourable mention must go to the Golden Boys who eventually finished 8th. They never sank any lower than that position all season having taken the lead in gameweek 10 and holding it for 14 weeks. Unfortunately they go away empty handed having not managed to pinch a monthly prize. In fact they only won one weekly prize despite their early season dominance.

The manager of the week record remains intact – Romeo’s bagged seven two seasons ago. Walking With Memphis and SS3 FC both scooped three weekly awards, with a host of other teams managing a double. We had ten different managers of the month this season. I’m pretty sure we’ve always had one team managing a double or treble of manager awards – but then we’ve never had a 44 team league before.

In the real world Leicester (who else) dominated the player and team awards. They picked up eight player of the week awards across the two categories and only one donkey. Mahrez and Vardy finished first and second in the overall scoring charts. The highest scoring goalkeeper and defender both came from Arsenal – Petr Cech and Hector Bellerin. The Gunners had two other defensive players in the team of the season (jump to the bottom of this page).

Sergio Aguero scored the most single weekly points – 26 in gameweek 34. Several teams triple captained him to a 78 point total. That’s the new highest single gameweek score in Buckets history. Aguero also managed 25 points in gameweek eight, a total which was matched by Georginio Wijnaldum the following week.

Southampton scored seven player of the week awards, with both Manchester City and Sunderland managing six. No one player dominated the player awards. Kane, Aguero, Mahrez, Kevin De Bruyne and the mighty Andy King all picked up two weekly awards.

Chelsea led the way in the donkey race with five – two each for Thibaut Courtois and John Terry. Kyle Naughton was the only player to sink to -4, somewhat unluckily, as he eventually had his red card rescinded.

Leicester also hit six contenders for goal of the season – three each from Vardy and Mahrez. Liverpool equaled that, including two each from Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge. Dele Alli and Andros Townsend also appeared on the goal of the week list twice. Manchester United, incidentally, had no goal of the season contenders. Everyone will have their own favourite. I’ve got a soft spot for the Mahrez goals against Chelsea and Manchester City. The’re still trying to untwist Cesar Azpilicueta. Vardy’s record breaking goal was typical Vardy, but the pass from Christian Fuchs made it a million times better than it first appeared. The Vardy volley against Liverpool and the Alli volley against Palace seem to be the favourites of the pundits, but my choice is Cuco Martina’s bender for Southampton against Arsenal. There’s an angle from behind the strike where you get the full on Roberto Carlos-ness of it. It’s going out for a throw, then it’s in the net. And he can’t fucking believe it can he?

 

 

Team of the Season

  • GK – Petr Cech – Arsenal – 159 points
  • DR – Hector Bellerin – Arsenal – 172 points
  • DC – Toby Alderweireld – Tottenham Hotspur – 166 points
  • DC – Laurent Koscielny – Arsenal – 153 points
  • DL – Nacho Monreal – Arsenal – 152 points
  • DM – Mark Noble – West Ham United – 133 points
  • MR – Christian Eriksen – Tottenham Hotspur – 178 points
  • MC – Mesut Ozil – Arsenal – 200 points
  • ML – Riyad Mahrez – Leicester City – 240 points
  • CF – Jamie Vardy – Leicester City – 211 points
  • CF – Harry Kane – Tottenham Hotspur – 211 points

 

Bargains of the season

  • GK – Heurelho Gomes – Watford – 157 points (starting price – £4.5 million)
  • DR – Craig Dawson – West Bromwich Albion – 124 (£5 million)
  • DL – Christian Fuchs – Leicester City – 150 points (£5million)
  • DC – Wes Morgan – Leicester City – 139 points (£4.5 million)
  • DC – Robert Huth – Leicester City – 140 (£4.5 million)
  • DM – Danny Drinkwater – Leicester City – 129 points (£4.5 million)
  • ML – Marko Arnautovic – Stoke City – 165 points (£6 million)
  • MC – Dele Alli – Tottenham Hotspur – 166 points (£5 million)
  • MR – Michail Antonio – West Ham United – 126 points (£6 million)
  • CF – Odion Ighalo – Watford – 175 points (£5 million)
  • CF – Troy Deeney – Watford – 166 points (£5.5 million)

 

 

 

Gameweek 37 preview

07 May 12:45 Norwich v Man Utd
07 May 15:00 Aston Villa v Newcastle
07 May 15:00 Bournemouth v West Brom
07 May 15:00 Crystal Palace v Stoke
07 May 15:00 Sunderland v Chelsea
07 May 15:00 West Ham v Swansea
07 May 17:30 Leicester v Everton
08 May 13:30 Spurs v Southampton
08 May 16:00 Liverpool v Watford
08 May 16:00 Man City v Arsenal
10 May 19:45 West Ham v Man Utd
11 May 19:45 Norwich v Watford
11 May 19:45 Sunderland v Everton
11 May 20:00 Liverpool v Chelsea

 

The penultimate week of the season and the week that could decide the title. A double gameweek almost as epic as the last one with eight teams playing twice, and arguably five of those teams with something to play for. These final two weeks also make up the quick sprint that is the race to be May manager of the month.

Gameweek 34 produced 31 scores of 100 points or more, including the highest ever Buckets League weekly score. It’ll take a lot to beat the 190 points posted by The Kolarov Mane. If you think you need a triple captain to achieve that, think again. TKM used their bench boost and still outscored the rest of us. I’m not sure there are too many triple captain holders left. It’s certainly the chip that promises the most points, but as TKM proved, first and foremost, you need the right combo of double gameweek players.

FC Caligula, however, are one team yet to use their triple captain chip. If they get that right, and I’m guessing this is the week it’s going to be played, then the title is surely theirs. The obvious choices for the armband don’t appear as cut and dried as they did in gameweek 34. West Ham offer up the most in form players of those playing twice. Andy Carroll has scored six in six games, while Mark Noble as four in his last two.

Daniel Sturridge is starting much more regularly now for Liverpool following Divock Origi’s injury and Jurgen Klopp clearly not liking the Benteke option too much. Although he may opt for the Belgian if he think’s Sturridge’s European exploits have been too much for him in midweek. Klopp rotated the team completely for last weeks defeat at Swansea, resting almost every first teamer for their European semi final. Whether the first team turn out for both of these league games will probably depend on progression through to the Europa League final. As I write it’s 1-1 on aggregate.

The leading form defender is Antonio Valencia, who appears to have jumped ahead of Matteo Darmian and Tim Fosu-Mensah as Manchester United’s first choice right back. I’m not sure he’s guaranteed the start, but if he does line up in both games, he’s good for assists as well as clean sheet points.

The real risk would be to plump for Eden Hazard. Remember him? His three goals in his last two games, including the one that ended Spurs’ title hopes have earned him 24 points – almost a quarter of his entire season’s haul. Hazard has scored 233, 202 and 190 in his three Premier League seasons, yet he may not even pass 100 in this. He’s currently sat on 90. Games against Sunderland and Liverpool might help him past that total. He’s not guaranteed a start – he didn’t start against Spurs – but his performance in the second half changed the game. The risk is dare you part with £10.8 million for him?

Gameweek 35 results

1 FC Caligula Ajay Supeda 39 2,100
2 Your Ad Here Matthew Hopkins 51 2,097
3 The Kolarov Mané Trevor Gordon 47 2,062
4 Rocky Ba Bauer P Hawkins 48 2,056
5 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 45 2,019
6 Golden Boys Stephanie Cripps 47 2,013
7 Edgbaston Micheal Dinneen 39 1,992
8 Game of Throw ins Darren Lavelle 44 1,982
9 Sergio Five O DEAN CRIPPS 47 1,974
10 Atlético Chappers Richard Chapman 36 1,970
11 4 Lime Jellies Ian Williams 41 1,956
12 Bicuitmen Chris Morton 55 1,945
13 Init fc Mustafa khan 52 1,936
14 JonniestaRedmondinho David Spinks 41 1,931
15 Walking with Memphis Noel Driver 52 1,925
16 scotty2hotty scott mcgow 60 1,919
17 SS3 FC Paul Murray 50 1,918
18 Howayman Mark Bromham 52 1,904
19 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 66 1,900
20 The Craggy Islanders Adrian Roche 31 1,891
21 Grievous AngelRangel Andrew Swift 27 1,888
22 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 38 1,886
23 Pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 41 1,885
24 Romeo’s Honda Van Rob Hewer 40 1,884
25 Gaalacticos Colin Goulding 41 1,865
26 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 50 1,859
27 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 42 1,854
28 greensmeansbusiness adam greenwood 34 1,838
29 Below Par Paul Bentz 51 1,826
30 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 31 1,818
31 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 42 1,795
32 The Hardy Boys Alan Hardy 32 1,767
33 RICO UNITED JASON REACHER 34 1,767
34 The Mindless Morons John Seacroft 40 1,761
35 Upper Bullens Andy Taylor 59 1,739
36 Sweet Cherry Pie Jason Earwicker 21 1,734
37 Release The Hounds Paul Mitchell 44 1,728
38 Go Buffoons Go!!! Jitesh Lakhani 55 1,676
39 Baker Bum Boys Lewis Baker 44 1,672
40 Crazy Legs XI David Caldicott 33 1,649
41 Ciderheads Darren Pope 32 1,640
42 Bish Bosh Goal Simon Purnell 44 1,471
43 REAL JORVIK Simon Brown 31 1,438
44 BrussiaHairbach Alex Ritchie 45 1,333

 

The reduced gameweek. That’s less games – so low scores were somewhat inevitable. Or perhaps they shouldn’t have been given that four teams managed to score four goal victories. But, the worldwide average was only 39 points. Maybe it had something to do with the scorers in those games – Eden Hazard? Or it may have had more to do with the fact that everyone was expecting another Tottenham rout – and that didn’t materialise.

In fact this could be the weekend that the Premier League title was effectively decided. Any doubts over whether Leicester could cope without Jamie Vardy were answered emphatically as they thumped Swansea (defo on the beach) 4-0. The contrasting form of Leicester and Spurs players over the last few weeks has seen a lot of managers opt to dispense of the likes of Mahrez and Vardy, yet keep hold of Kane, Alli, Eriksen etc. That tactic didn’t pay off this week. Vardy’s replacement, Leonardo Ulloa, proved what a useful asset he is, scoring twice and picking up 13 points for anyone that dared take the punt.

One of whom was Hedgehog Corpse, our highest weekly scorer with 66 points. Ulloa came in alongside Mahrez, who was made captain, and Robert Huth, to contribute 39 points to their overall score.

The top eight are all non-movers this week, although Your Ad Here’s 16 point swing against Caligula moves them closer to the top and further away from the chasing pack. Maybe it is back to that two horse race again.

 

Player of the week – Kelechi Iheanacho – 16 points. Better than Bony and half the price.

Bargain of the week – Ashley Westwood – 15 points. Probably the best Villa performance of the season – and they still got hammered.

Donkey of the week – Ashley Williams – -1 points. Beach.

Goal of the week – Daniel Sturridge. Bit of a dearth this week

 

Gameweek 15 preview

 

05 Dec 12:45 Stoke v Man City
05 Dec 15:00 Arsenal v Sunderland
05 Dec 15:00 Man Utd v West Ham
05 Dec 15:00 Southampton v Aston Villa
05 Dec 15:00 Swansea v Leicester
05 Dec 15:00 Watford v Norwich
05 Dec 15:00 West Brom v Spurs
05 Dec 17:30 Chelsea v Bournemouth
06 Dec 16:00 Newcastle v  Liverpool
07 Dec 20:00 Everton v Crystal Palace

 

December is upon us. It’s the month in which you least want a major injury crisis. Unlucky Arsenal. Alexis Sanchez’s legs have been threatening to give way for a few weeks now and that finally happened last weekend. Add to that the knock suffered early on in their game against Norwich by Laurent Koscielny, and the unexpected news that Santi Cazorla will miss at least the next three months with a knee injury, and it leaves the Gunners with a very depleted squad. Just as well then that they play all of the bottom four in the five December gameweeks. It’s probably worth mentioning the the fifth gameweek is taken up with a home tie against Manchester City. Cazorla and Sanchez’s form hasn’t been the best. Had Mesut Ozil been injured Arsenal fans may view the coming month with a little more trepidation. Ozil will play, and be the man most expected to score big as they welcome Sunderland to the Emirates. Sunderland have never won there in the Premier League, but do come into the game in some kind of form since Big Sam took charge. There’ll probably be no better time to play Arsenal all season.

One player expected to make a long overdue starting return to Premier League action is David Silva. Kevin De Bruyne top scored last week and starred with Silva in taking Hull apart in the League Cup in midweek. His return will compensate for the possible absence again of Sergio Aguero, who is fast becoming too expensive a risk to invest in, much like last season. Silva has started just five league games this season – but contributed six assists. He’s good enough to pick up from where left off despite the five game lay-off. Stoke will have been pleased to see Ryan Shawcross serve his one game ban in their midweek cup tie. Silva’s return won’t guarantee automatic points against the current form defence in the league.

The only game in which Liverpool have failed to score under Jurgen Klopp is his first in charge against Spurs back in mid October. In recent weeks they’ve hit six past Southampton in the cup and four past Manchester City. This does not bode well for Newcastle. There’s even a threat that Daniel Sturridge might play. Sturridge’s injury problems mean his ownership is down to just 1.6% across the whole game. I don’t think any Buckets managers have him in their line ups. Maybe it’s asking a bit much to turn your back on Vardy, Kane, Lukaku or Ighalo, but if you were feeling brave, I’d back Sturridge for at least a double hat trick and three bonus points.