Gameweek 21 results

It was another week in which benches played an important part. Jamie Vardy missed out again and now has a yellow flag next to his name amid rumours of a calf problem. Given it’s FA Cup weekend, there’s plenty of time for a recovery and it’s not time to panic. Most of us lucked out in one way or another in his absence. Commonplace was either Todd Cantwell or Jack Grealish coming into play from the bench – or a Liverpool midfielder being promoted to captain – OR BOTH. Game of Stones’ score improved by 18 points as a result of both Mane and Cantwell contributing more than expected.

1
Locky Bauer Bowyer
Paul Hawkins
45 1266
2
Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
60 1238
3
Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
59 1232
4
Sterling Silva
DEAN CRIPPS
53 1230
5
FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
62 1230
6
Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
73 1213
7
musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
62 1209
8
Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
57 1200
9
Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
69 1199
10
Soup-or-Boom.
Ian Driver
59 1196

Edgbaston won the week with 73 points. They benefited from a Sadio Mane vice captain pick while taking a standard Martin Kelly two-pointer to fill Vardy’s place. They had also held their wildcard until the final possible week and decided to jump on the Watford bandwagon now Nigel Pearson has got them playing. Christian Kabasele’s sending off and -1 point score didn’t matter too much alongside Gerard Deulefeu’s 12 point haul, supplementing other double figure totals from the aforementioned Mane and Cantwell, as well as Mo Salah.

Manager of the week – Edgbaston – Micheal Dinneen – 73 points

Player of the week – Mark Noble – West Ham United – 14 points

Bargain of the week – Sokratis Papastathopoulos – Arsenal – 13 points

Twat of the week – Diego Rico – Bournemouth – -1 points

Goal of the week – Hamza Choudhury. 2m31s.

Gameweek 21 results

1  up But Da Pitch Ain’t 1
Trev Reams
62 1295
2  down Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
56 1291
3  same Perfidious Albion
Andrew Swift
62 1290
4  same The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
59 1285
5  same Thelma and Luiz
Trevor Gordon
53 1243
6  up Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
68 1231
7  up FTM
Stu Smith
72 1229
8  down Bielsa Ringing
Alan Hardy
53 1226
9  same Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
58 1222
10  down Frostee Rucker
Paul Bentz
53 1217
11  down SLABHEAD FC
Adam Burnett
46 1215
12  down FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
56 1215
13  same King raggg
Steven Darling
69 1206
14  up INIT FC
Mustafa khan
62 1195
15  up Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
60 1184
16  down Deeney in a Bottle
Stephanie Cripps
49 1183
17  up Aribo Haribo
Paul Hawkins
70 1162
18  same Cookie fc
Peter Cook
57 1157
19  up RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
77 1157
20  up Mour Salt and Pep
Noel Driver
76 1154
21  down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
39 1146
22  up Fake Madrid
Andrew Wade
68 1138
23  down Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
45 1135
24  down Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
47 1133
25  down PenshawPerformers
david bruce
51 1132
26  down Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
49 1128
27  up Dinamo Spinks
David Spinks
63 1126
28  up romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
86 1123
29  up Musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
71 1118
30  down Morningblues
Jeff Morning
60 1116
31  down Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
60 1115
32  down Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
40 1111
33  up Crazy Leg XI
David Caldicott
53 1092
34  down Need son luck
Matt Jarvis
41 1090
35  up Hoose Reus
James Whitfield
80 1082
36  down Dropit like its Hart
Jason Earwicker
36 1079
37  down Salah Buffoon!!!
Jitesh Lakhani
47 1077
38  down El Loco No Joko
Paul Murray
54 1076
39  down QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
56 1075
40  down Hemel Hotspurs
Paul Jarvis
55 1068
41  up Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
46 1047
42  up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
47 1043
43  same ClipityKlopptotitle
tanya thursby
40 1036
44  down The Big Lewandowski
Paul Callaghan
37 1035
45  up Pique Blinders
Colin Goulding
62 1028
46  down It’s coming home
scott mcgow
33 1009
47  same Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
59 1006
48  same Greeeenteeam
adam greenwood
41 987
49  same Puddle Splash Van
Ian Williams
46 973
50  same The Mindless Morons
John Seacroft
44 958
51  same Ross’s champions
darren frankland
55 913
51  same Ross’s champions
darren frankland
55 913

 

Top of the table – But Da Pitch Ain’t 1 – Trev Reams – 1295 points

Only three teams have lead Buckets this season and each have found themselves at the top over the festive fixtures. Da Pitch have regained top spot following their performance over New Year. Neil Madrid had climbed back to the top after the weekend’s fixtures, claiming the lead back from Perfidious Albion, who’d risen back to the summit after the Boxing Day games. They form a breakaway top four with The Craggy Islanders, separated by 10 points and just over 40 points clear of the chasing pack.

Manager of the week – Romeoshondavan – Rob Hewer – 86 points

A couple of big hitters offered up good captain choices this week. Romeo’s could have gone with either Kane, PEA or Sane and they’d still have posted a decent score and climbed the league. They opted for Son, who was their highest scorer – and why wouldn’t he have been?  He’s outscored everyone else over the last six weeks by some distance. Shame he’s buggering off to the Asian Cup, although I guess we should be grateful that he had his departure delayed. So we get one more gameweek out of him. If you haven’t got him now, there’s probably not much point in going there.

Player of the week – Troy Deeney – Watford – 15 points

It played out like a basketball game for a period in the first half, then everyone got bored of that and started hacking lumps out of each other. Bournemouth, despite having what seems like a good season, really can’t defend for toffee. Only Burnley, Cardiff and Fulham have conceded more. Even Huddersfield scored against them. They let in four and five in their last two games and now three against Watford and two to Deeney.

Bargain of the week – Angus Gunn – Southampton – 11 points

Surprisingly drafted in ahead of Alex McCarthy who I wouldn’t say has been in bad form of late. If anything he’s been the reason that Southampton have kept some defeats looking semi-respectable. However, I’m all for an even cheaper goalkeeper getting a run of starts. Check also Vicente Guaita’s promotion to Palace number one and David Button’s temporary residence as the Brighton keeper of choice.

Twat of the week – Christopher Schindler – Huddersfield Town – -3 points

Huddersfield’s season looks doomed. Luckily the game Schindler will miss as a resulkt of this sending off is the FA Cup game at thew weekend. He’s arguably been their best source of points and that’s really pushing it. Only four of their players top the £5 million barrier and still no-one wants them.

Goal of the week – Sergio Aguero. 

Gameweek 21 results – December manager of the month

1  same Hornets
Andrew Wade
46 1258
2  same Gotta Light?
Andrew Swift
46 1229
3  up Despicable Mee
Trevor Gordon
70 1221
4  same Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
54 1208
5  down greenyteamy
adam greenwood
53 1207
6  same The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
59 1206
7  same Fun Lovren Criminals
Paul Callaghan
62 1200
8  same Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
66 1195
9  same The winnings R mine
david bruce
61 1194
10  up Brexiter City
Colin Goulding
68 1192
11  down The Vinegar Pissers
P Hawkins
62 1189
12  same INIT FC
Mustafa khan
47 1172
13  up Crazylegs XI
David Caldicott
77 1161
14  up Game of Throw-Ins
Ryan Garoghan
76 1161
15  down Queen of the north
DORINE REACHER
53 1157
16  down It’sOnlyAGameFarke!
David Spinks
64 1152
17  up Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
68 1142
18  up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
56 1141
19  down We are Ayling
Paul Murray
48 1140
20  up Rico united
JASON REACHER
59 1140
21  down Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
50 1136
22  up Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
58 1134
23  up Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
83 1134
24  down Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
44 1127
25  up Flying squad
Matt Jarvis
68 1119
26  down Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
40 1117
27  down King Dunlap
Paul Bentz
32 1117
28  up Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
73 1117
29  down Emergency Gap Jumper
Ian Williams
52 1108
30  same Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
57 1100
31  down Aquamar 1564
Noel Driver
45 1098
32  up Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
80 1096
33  down musttryharder FC
Paul Telford
48 1087
34  same Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
53 1087
35  down Pure Buffoonery!
Jitesh Lakhani
47 1085
36  down Klopp of the Pochs
Jason Earwicker
39 1058
37  same Bakerlona FC
Stuart Baker
42 1055
38  up To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
45 1055
39  up romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
75 1050
40  up mrs mcgoo
laura barrett
56 1037
41  down Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
31 1033
42  down cookster fc
Peter Cook
21 1033
43  down FTM
Stu Smith
33 1030
44  same blakes11
Steven Darling
49 1026
45  up Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
43 1011
46  down Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
25 1001
47  same Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
36 990
48  same iamgroot
scott mcgow
49 987
49  same disco dancer
darren frankland
58 949
50  same Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
45 818

 

December manager of the month AND manager of the week – Shoelace Untied – Caroline Strong – 477 points AND 83 points

It might be the biggest manager of the month total ever. It’s the biggest monthly prize ever and it goes to Shoelace, who seemingly piled every effort into winning it much like they did with the Buckets Cup last season. To make extra sure, although it wasn’t needed, they played their bench boost in the last gameweek. That did guarantee them of the manager of the week prize and should earn them a bye into the first round proper of the cup. They took an almighty risk with a 16 point hit, particularly as the five players that came in only scored 11 points between them. A poor week for We Are Ayling, Shoelace’s nearest challengers and long time leaders of the December table, meant that net loss didn’t matter either.

 

1  same Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
83 477
2  same We are Ayling
Paul Murray
48 456
3  up The winnings R mine
david bruce
61 452
4  down Emergency Gap Jumper
Ian Williams
52 451
5  up Game of Throw-Ins
Ryan Garoghan
76 450
6  down Queen of the north
DORINE REACHER
53 449
7  down The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
59 448
8  up Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
66 442
9  down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
53 440
10  down Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
54 436

 

Player of the week – Willian – 17 points

A bad week for Hazard holders was exacerbated by the fact that Willian ended as the week’s top scorer whilst the Belgian warmed the bench. Those opting for Hazard as captain might have had better luck elsewhere as he didn’t even take to the field. I doubt that’d be much consolation as Chelsea ripped through a poor Stoke team with Willian claiming a goal and two assists. Hazard is bound to have been in among the points – guaranteed in fact – as Willian’s goal was from the penalty spot.

Bargain of the week – Ryan Fraser – 15 points

Popped up with two goals to claim Bournemouth’s first win since Gameweek 12. Bournemouth aren’t offering much this season. The fact that Asmir Begovic is their top scorer with 69 points says a lot. He comes out on top only by virtue of having played every minute and not by the countless clean sheets he’s kept (4). The goals and assists seem to be being spread around a much changing team. Fraser wasn’t able to follow up this brace due to picking up an injury, but hardly any team have escaped the punishing festive schedule, no matter how hard they’ve tried to rotate, without picking up injuries to key players. Salah, Silva, De Bruyne, Kane, Lukaku and Coutinho are all doubtful for the first fixtures of the new year.

Twat of the week – James McLean – -1 points

McLean is surprisingly low on twat awards over the years. This might be his first. He’s easily one of the most wind-up-able players in the league and likes a tasty meaningless challenge. His crime this time was to come on with 18 minutes of the game remaining, pick up his obligatory yellow, then score an own goal.

Goal of the week – Danny Drinkwater. £35 million apparently. 59s in.

 

Gameweek 21 results

same The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
78 1211
up Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
93 1202
down Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
63 1186
same When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
89 1166
same Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
87 1161
up Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
83 1134
up greenyteamy
adam greenwood
93 1132
up Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
71 1129
down Cooksters
Peter Cook
60 1126
10  down Uriah Rennie 2nd XI
Neil Greenwood
47 1120
11  down INIT FC
Mustafa khan
54 1119
12  up Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
77 1117
13  same 4 Fuchs Ake
Jason Earwicker
67 1116
14  down Go Buffoons Go
Jitesh Lakhani
57 1111
15  up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
78 1110
16  up To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
78 1106
17  down Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
48 1103
18  down QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
50 1095
19  down 30:19
Darren Lavelle
58 1092
20  up Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
82 1092
21  up RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
83 1080
22  up Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
71 1078
23  up Joey Bosa
Paul Bentz
68 1075
24  up romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
93 1074
25  down Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
58 1069
26  down nO fucHs given
Paul Callaghan
54 1066
27  up Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
84 1053
28  up Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
91 1049
29  down Jeff Lamp’s Porsche
David Spinks
74 1049
30  down Hucking Fell
P Hawkins
60 1047
31  down Jarvis FC
Matt Jarvis
76 1045
32  same Crazy Legs XI
David Caldicott
67 1026
33  up Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
108 1023
34  down Ciderheads
Darren Pope
57 1022
35  up RG XV
Ryan Garoghan
74 1008
36  down Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
54 1005
37  down FTM
Stu Smith
43 1000
38  same I am not Zlatan
Colin Goulding
73 993
39  up Have a little dink
Ian Williams
60 979
40  down Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
50 969
41  down Pepe Le Blue
DEAN CRIPPS
45 969
42  same Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
53 950
43  up Bakerlona
Stuart Baker
72 940
44  up Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
87 939
45  up Dj daz
darren frankland
89 934
46  down Big White Chiefs
david frankland
49 933
47  down jetty city
scott mcgow
44 925
48  same bazza 28 united
laura barrett
69 902
49  same Bermie Utd
Glen Davies
66 893
50  same DJ’s Trail Blazers
Danian Jones
52 873
51  same Racing Club Skegness
Andrew Swift
32 847
52  same Bish Bosh Goal
Simon Purnell
55 845
53  same Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
51 819

 

There were plenty of big scores around this week thanks to many of our elite players and popular captain choices getting in among the points. Covincing wins for Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs, all with clean sheets, almost guaranteed a good captain score. Unless you’d picked Diego Costa. If you’d plumped for any of the other usual suspects – Hazard, Pedro, Eriksen, Alli, Kane, Sanchez or Ozil – you’d have bagged yourself a good double figure total.

The most profitable of those was Harry Kane, whose patchy form has seen him drop in and out of teams all season. He’s on an upward slope at the moment with six in four. Cue a rush of transfers in ahead of next week, probably in place of Costa – probably ahead of his next dip in form.

Not many Buckets teams are carrying Kane at the moment. Release The Hounds are. They made him captain. They scored 108 points. It moves them up nine places in the league. It also guarantees them a place in the first round proper of the Buckets Cup. But best of all, it puts them in the lead for the highest weekly score, eclipsing The Craggy Islanders’ 104 points from gameweek 14. Congratulations to them. For now. Those double gameweeks aren’t far away.

If only RTH had Marcos Alonso in their defence. I suggested a few weeks ago the possibility of captaining a Chelsea defender. I don’t think anyone has been brave enough to do that yet. Two goals, a clean sheet and top bonus marks equals 21 points as a defender and that equals this seasons highest weekly player score. He’s a dream fanstasy defender, spending most of the time in the opposition’s third, yet racking up the clean sheet points that come largely courtesy of his buddies in the back three. But now at £6.5 million he’s going to be a bit of a squeeze to get in unless you’re willing to sacrifice elsewhere.

 

Player of the week – Marcos Alonso – 21 points. Two goals and a clean sheet>better than a hat trick.

Bargain of the week – Abel Hernandez – 13 points. Hull need this guy to stay fit.

Donkey of the week – Gareth McAuley – -3 points. Should have beena City player.

Goal of thew week – Andy Carroll. The GOTS contenders are coming thick and fast now.

 

Gameweek 21 preview

Spurs v West Brom
Burnley v Southampton
Hull v Bournemouth
Sunderland v Stoke
Swansea v Arsenal
Watford v Middlesbrough
West Ham v Crystal Palace
Leicester v Chelsea
Everton v Man City
Man Utd v Liverpool

Last weekend’s break for the FA Cup reminded me that we’re only a few weeks away from the start of our own cup competition. The Buckets Cup returns in gameweek 24 – that’s the weekend beginning the 4th February. I’ll explain how the draw is going to be made. All the details are on the Buckets Cup link as well.

The deal is that we need 42 teams to play in the preliminary round to create a round of 32 for the first round proper. That means 11 of you get a bye. FC Caligula are in the hat already as last year’s winners. The other ten will be made up of the 10 highest scoring gameweek winners up to and including gameweek 23.

At the moment those lucky 10 teams are The Craggy Islanders, Yeboah’s Right Foot, Joey Bosa, DJ’s Trail Blazers, To Elland Back, Rico United, Racing Club Skegness, Jarvis FC, Upper Bullens and Pudding and Pie. Pudding and Pie are most at risk with the lowest score of the ten. If someone beats their 77 points between now and gameweek 23, they’re in the prelim with all the other dropkicks.

If your cup run takes you as far as gameweek 26, you’ll have the League Cup final to contend with. The semi final first legs were played this week. Manchester United will take a 2-0 lead to Hull for their second leg, while Southampton edged Liverpool 1-0 in their home tie. It’ll probably be difficult for Hull to claw back the two goal deficit, but the other game is still very much in the balance. Anyway, gameweek 26 will be an eight fixture affair whatever happens. A Liverpool/United final would see Manchester City and Leicester also get the week off. If Southampton make it, Arsenal miss a week. Definitely worth keeping those possibilities in mind, especially if the temptation to play your new wildcard gets too much before then. You don’t want to be up League Cup shit creek without any transfer paddles.

As for previewing this week – Watford v Boro will probably be 0-0.