Gameweek 25 results

February 10, 2014

1 Romeo’s-honda-van Rob Hewer 59 1,514
2 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 53 1,470
3 The Magico Rob Buttaci 52 1,461
4 Sportingoffensivewig Alex Ritchie 46 1,449
5 Shakin’ Stephens P Hawkins 74 1,442
6 NaboombuDirtyYellows Andrew Swift 44 1,430
7 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 43 1,424
8 {Your Ad Here} Matthew Hopkins 65 1,416
9 Ciderheads Darren Pope 47 1,415
10 Crazylegs Xi David Caldicott 41 1,413
11 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 49 1,411
12 Upper Bullens Scouse Mouse 57 1,397
13 pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 36 1,353
14 Kedah FA David Spinks 55 1,339
15 Rien Toulouse Colin Goulding 49 1,335
16 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 53 1,335
17 Have a little dink Ian Williams 41 1,324
18 Mid-Season Blip Paul Bentz 28 1,301
19 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 83 1,293
20 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 66 1,278
21 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 37 1,270
22 Release the Hounds Paul Mitchell 50 1,267
23 The Mindless Morons John Seacroft 34 1,245
24 Biscuitmen Chris Morton 61 1,228
25 Real Jorvik Simon Brown 43 1,218
26 Inter Minan Jordan Raper 41 1,135

 

Team of the week, and scoring way more than anyone else are Shoelace Untied with 83 points. They were the only team to have player of the week and goal of the week winner Eden Hazard as their captain. Half of that 83 point total is attributed to Hazard, who has moved to the top of the midfielder scoring charts, and second overall behind Luis Saurez. It’s Hazard’s 7th double figure score for the season and his Newcastle-destroying hat trick takes him into double figures for goals too. And as the title race takes another twist – in as much as it’s now arguably Chelsea’s to lose – maybe the emphasis has also switched in fantasy terms. City drew a blank for the second successive game. And in the 12 remaining gameweeks, Chelsea play 9 teams battling relegation. Shoelace also receive their bye into the first round proper of the Buckets Cup.

I’m certain City will get back on the goalscoring trail pretty quickly, but look at Liverpool. Only five goals behind City’s total after putting five past Arsenal. Luis Suarez’s goal drought need not be a concern as Danny Sturridge scores in every game, and there’s plenty of input from elsewhere, with Skrtel and Sterling netting two each in the victory. A victory which must have been a major setback for those relying on Arsenal’s defensive strengths. And if the title were to go to goal difference, the five between themselves and Chelsea could be significant.

Elsewhere in Buckets, last year’s champs Shakin’ Stephens have been moving up of late. They bagged the second highest score of the week with 74 points, and now occupy fifth spot. Romeo’s still lead the way, and stretched a little further after posting slightly higher than the chasing pack. They’re still favourites, but should be aware of Stephens’ progress. Of the other top 12, most maintained their positions, and they’re the teams looking the most likely to play for the four league prizes.

Player of the week – Eden Hazard – 21 points. Including two brilliant goals.

Bargain of the week – Wayne Routledge – 14 points. Swansea rule South Wales.

Donkey of the week – Wes Brown – -3 points. Lasted four minutes and ruined his teams recent good run.

Goal of the week – Eden Hazard. Here’s all three. You choose. Even the penalty’s class.

 

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Gameweek 25 preview

February 6, 2014

08 Feb 12:45 Liverpool v Arsenal
08 Feb 15:00 Aston Villa v West Ham
08 Feb 15:00 Chelsea v Newcastle
08 Feb 15:00 Crystal Palace v West Brom
08 Feb 15:00 Norwich v Man City
08 Feb 15:00 Southampton v Stoke City
08 Feb 15:00 Sunderland v Hull City
08 Feb 17:30 Swansea v Cardiff City
09 Feb 13:30 Tottenham v Everton
09 Feb 16:00 Man Utd v Fulham

 

The second most potent attack comes up against the second stingiest defence in the game of the weekend. Last week City against Chelsea produced one goal and a victory for the Chelsea defenders, with none of City’s attacking flair players picking up any worthwhile scores. If this Liverpool v Arsenal game follows a similar pattern, it’ll be the Arsenal defenders adding to your score over the Suarez and Sturridge partnership.

Whipping boys Fulham play champions Manchester United. How will the best front three in the country (Moyes’ words, not mine) cope with the worst defence in the league – any league. You’d expect better than they did against Stoke last weekend. Surely Mata, Van Persie and Rooney will be among the contenders for player of the week this week against a side who were dumped out of the FA Cup by a League two relegation candidate on Tuesday. Even with the likely inclusion of their big money deadline day singing, Konstantinos Mitroglou.

For clean sheet action, look to the North East again. Sunderland face a Hull side who haven’t scored an away goal for nearly two months. Not only are Sunderland keeping clean sheets, but they’re obviously having to work to do so. Vito Mannone is picking up plenty of save points, and their defenders are weighing in with plenty of bonuses too. And Chelsea should keep a blank against a demoralised looking Newcastle, who are still without Loic Remy. It’s six clean sheets in eight for Chelsea. Azpilicueta and Cahill both come in at under £6 million and are getting plenty of game time. Cahill, in particular, in recent weeks, has also contributed five bonus points and a couple of assists.

Gameweek 25 results

February 4, 2013

1 A Pint of Fuller’s P Hawkins 61 1,405
2 Pescara Rangers Stewart Pope 67 1,399
3 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 57 1,385
4 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 50 1,357
5 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 53 1,332
6 Les Canaris David Spinks 53 1,330
7 (Your Ad Here) Matthew Hopkins 54 1,326
8 Pimp My Side Jordan Raper 30 1,304
9 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 33 1,304
10 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 56 1,292
11 A Few Good Men Darren Pope 50 1,279
12 None Of The Above Jonny Mabbutt 51 1,273
13 Doing the 91 Colin Goulding 58 1,265
14 goodbutnosigurdsson Rob Hewer 47 1,256
15 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 54 1,250
16 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 76 1,217
17 Borussia HairBack Alex Ritchie 52 1,205
18 Release The Hounds 5 Paul Mitchell 59 1,199
19 Fancy a brouhaha? Ian Williams 44 1,191
20 Body Issues FC Arron Fellows 58 1,179
21 Pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 48 1,168
22 Upper Bullens Scouse Mouse 42 1,167
23 Moxie XI Luke O’Shea 24 1,136
24 Crazy Legs XI David Caldicott 49 1,124
25 Lothersdale FC Simon Rider 49 1,102
26 Real Jorvik Simon Brown 24 1,083
27 Inter Ealing Paul Bentz 29 1,076

Bermie United win gameweek 25 with 76 points. A good start to the month. It’ a short game month and it puts them in pole position for the February award. It would be their second manager of the month award – and they’d be the first team to manage that this season. Their big scoring players were in amongst the points for the first time in weeks. West Ham have been on a bit of a slide in recent weeks, but a welcome 1-0 win against Swansea accumulated 18 points for Bermie. Marouane Fellaini scored a brace, his first goals in 10 weeks. Laurent Koscielny has been in and out of the Arsenal squad all season. This was only the 3rd time he scored more than 2 points – and Bermie had him also, alongside Chris Samba, who got his first of many (Harry hopes) clean sheets for QPR. That’s 4 clean sheets in 5 now for Rangers. Bottom of the league, yet the form defensive side.

The league hasn’t changed much. Note that 10 of the top 12 teams have stayed exactly where they were. The gap has closed slightly on A Pint Of Fullers. Pescara and Hedgehog Corpse seem to swapping places on a weekly basis. Uriah Rennie aren’t yo-yoing as much as they were and are pretty safe in 4th. It’s going to take an inspired captain choice or a calculated risk on a player coming in to form for the teams below to penetrate this top 4.

Goodbutnosigurdsson’s meteoric rise was halted somewhat this week. They’ve dropped back a place, but it could have been so different had they not left Jimmy Kebe and Mark Bunn on the bench. Our player and bargain of the week would have scored a combined total of 26 points. They would have gained an extra 24 points for Goodbutnosigurdsson. This would have put them in 11th place, and given them a great start to the month with 71 points. It’s probably the first tactical error they’ve made since the early part of the season.

  • Player of the week – Jimmy Kebe – 15 points. 4.6 million and 34 points in 4 weeks. Mn in form.
  • Bargain of the week – Mark Bunn – 11 points. Penalty save denies QPR much needed points.
  • Donkey of the week – Goran Popov – -2 points. Goran Sentov. Hahahahaha.

Goal of the week

A bumper week. But this should never have gone in. Aguero.

Gameweek 25 preview

February 1, 2013

02 Feb 12:45 QPR QPR v Norwich Norwich
02 Feb 15:00 Arsenal Arsenal v Stoke City Stoke City
02 Feb 15:00 Everton Everton v Aston Villa Aston Villa
02 Feb 15:00 Newcastle Newcastle v Chelsea Chelsea
02 Feb 15:00 Reading Reading v Sunderland Sunderland
02 Feb 15:00 West Ham West Ham v Swansea Swansea
02 Feb 15:00 Wigan Wigan v Southampton Southampton
02 Feb 17:30 Fulham Fulham v Man Utd Man Utd
03 Feb 13:30 West Brom West Brom v Tottenham Tottenham
03 Feb 16:00 Man City Man City v Liverpool Liverpool

It’s February. A short month – only 3 gameweeks. The last of which – gameweek 27 – sees the start of the Buckets Cup. This week is the last chance to use your January transfer window wildcard. When doing so, if you haven’t played it already, it might be worth bearing in mind that next week we have another double gameweek. Liverpool and Swansea play twice.

So the real reason behind this wildcard is to bring in new players. That’s NEW players.

Although, really, you’d be brave to completely revamp your squad with any of the big name buys that came into the league. Even those that changed one Premier club for another may not get straight into the starting XI of their new team. Although, if it’s going to happen anywhere, it’s going to be QPR.

Tony Fernandes found a spare 12.5 million down the back of his couch to splash out on Chris Samba. QPR’s defence, and overall performance, have improved in recent weeks. The addition of Samba will only add to that. It’ll save having to play Tal Ben Haim anyway. Loic Remy scored on his debut, and will be hopeful of more goals when they come up against Norwich this weekend. For the first time all season, QPR players may be viable fantasy options. Peter Odemwingie didn’t make it. He was last seen sat on the steps outside the Springbok pub on South Africa Road waiting for the doors to open. I suspect he won’t be playing much football for the next 5 months.

Norwich’s major buy, Luciano Becchio, follows Bradley Johnson, Johnny Howson and Robert Snodgrass out of Leeds. Can he hack it at Premiership level? Who’s to say. He’d long outgrown the stagnant Leeds team he’s been carrying for the last 3 or 4 seasons. He may not be an instant first choice, but will provide good competition for Holt and Jackson up front.

With Kieron Gibbs injured, and Andre Santos a liability, Arsenal felt the need to buy another left back. Nacho Monreal is likely to go straight in against Stoke. One thing that can be guaranteed in that game is goals. Neither side look capable of keeping a clean sheet, after periods during the early season when they were the teams most likely too. If you must buy Arsenal defence, maybe stick with the safe bet of the established Sagna – who at 5.1 million is 0.4 million cheaper than the new man.

Fulham splashed out on a Bulgarian called Manlove. Aswell as, from Milan, a loan deal for Urby Emanuelson, who may be worth a look – but only in a few weeks once settled. Most of the new French players at Newcastle played last week, with Moussa Sissoko contributing extra points by assisting Cisse’s goal. As it stands he and Yoan Gouffran look the most likely first starters. Although, 7 million for Gouffran would be a risk, particularly when you can still pick up the likes of Lambert, Lukaku and Le Fondre for cheaper.

And will Danny Graham oust Steven Fletcher from the Sunderland line up? Or can they play together? Again, only time will tell. Demba Ba is battling it out with Fernando Torres for the lone starting berth at Chelsea. Rafa doesn’t seem to fancy playing them both together from the start. Interesting to note that, across the game as a whole, both Ba and Torres are being moved out of fantasy teams, rather than in to them.

So in other words, don’t invest in any of them. Yet.

Stick with what you know.

For the moment consider them all Andy Carrolls – maybe a Papiss Cisse will emerge.

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