Gameweek 30 and Gameweek 31 cancelled

Buckets Cup Final decision – for the benefit of me and Mister D

It was meant to be the Buckets Cup final this weekend. I have decided that this will be played out in the first gameweek in which any fixtures take place – which at the moment is going to be GW32 commencing on April 4th.
There is every chance that this could change again and the restart of the season could be put back even further. If this happens we’ll keep going until we get to a gameweek in which a fixture is played.
I guess there’s a possibility we might get a heavily reduced gameweek in which, perhaps, only one or two games are played and if that’s the case then that WILL count. Those scores will be added to your overall league score – so they will also go towards the cup final score.

March Manager of the Month

We’ve had one week of March fixtures. We’re not having any more until April, so as it stands, FC Caligula have been crowned March Manager of the Month.

1
FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
0 80
2
Perfidious Albion
Andrew Swift
0 78
2
Hemel Hotspur
Paul Jarvis
0 78
4
Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
0 78
5
king ragg
Steven Darling
0 77
6
Cook Pass Babtridge
Marcus Baker
0 76

June and July fixtures?

Might there be games played in June – and even July?? I haven’t budgeted for either.
So, IF we have June and July fixtures…
My understanding is that a GW39, GW40 etc WILL NOT be created. What will happen is that GW38 will become some kind of mega-gameweek including all remaining fixtures that haven’t been played by that point. So – yes – possibilities of triple, even quadruple gameweeks for some teams perhaps?
I think that the best course of action at the moment is to award the final manager of the month prize to whoever wins May + June + July + etc….
It’s worth noting that at the moment, only two weeks have been cancelled and there are two remaining weekends in May left after the original final weekend of the season. There is also a possibility that the FA Cup, Champions League, Europa League and Internationals will be cancelled completely, which opens up vacant dates to complete league fixtures. So, all remaining fixtures could yet be finished by the end of May.

No games in April?

In the case of a whole month’s worth of fixtures being cancelled and the season still finishing in May, then I could add the £30 April prize to the May prize fund. May might end up being some mega-month worthy of the increased prize pot. If June fixtures happen, I’ll simply create a June manager of the month prize and use the April prize pot. July fixtures would result in a June/July combined £30 prize.

Last Man Standing

We’ve lost two gameweeks. This screws up how the Last Man Standing competition works. So, if we commence in GW32, I’ll be eliminating the lowest scoring 6 teams. That’s 2 for GW30, 2 for GW31 and 2 for GW32. If we don’t get started again in GW32, I’ll rethink this. But for now, this is how we’ll progress.

Complete cancellation

All money refunded or held onto to pay for entry into next season’s competition. No winnings paid out.

 

My gut feeling is that the season will not commence in GW32, but that every effort will be made to get it restarted – and finished. I also think it’s unlikely that it will finish in May.
I’m not sure the Euros are going to happen – so the summer opens up to accommodate the completion of the Premier League, although I’ve also heard that we’re likely to hit our virus peak in 3 months time – which is mid June. Too close to the planned start of next season?
Lots of people have lots of different theories as to what could or should happen – cancelling other tournaments, cups etc and playing two games a week through the summer. But no-one knows. These are just my hunches.
It’s a very changeable situation – and remember, ultimately, Boris Johnson is in charge of this.
So yeah, we’re doomed.

There have been interesting developments regarding how the game is going to play out over the next few weeks. Rather than just freezing the game, it’s actually active.
So – if you took a hit before the Coronavirus announcement, you’ve scored -4 this week. If you do the same next week, it’s another -4.
If you had two free transfers for GW30, you could have made them. They’d have been activated. You effectively had four free transfers to pay with ahead of GW32. You could have made two before the GW30 deadline – with a chance of making two more before GW32’s deadline. It’s a mini wildcard.
If you had one free transfer, you will now have two for GW31. Make them. They’re free.

How FPL transfers and chips will be affected by coronavirus suspension

This article on Fantasy Football Scout explains a few other things regards chips, wildcards, head to head leagues and the FPL Cup.

Gameweek 30 and Buckets Cup final results

1  same The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
74 1871
2  same But Da Pitch Ain’t 1
Trev Reams
74 1865
3  same Perfidious Albion
Andrew Swift
61 1843
4  same Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
53 1806
5  up Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
90 1777
6  down Bielsa Ringing
Alan Hardy
32 1757
7  up INIT FC
Mustafa khan
57 1736
8  up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
73 1732
9  down FTM
Stu Smith
40 1721
10  same Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
65 1707
11  up Aribo Haribo
Paul Hawkins
72 1681
12  down Frostee Rucker
Paul Bentz
37 1677
13  same Deeney in a Bottle
Stephanie Cripps
54 1676
14  same King raggg
Steven Darling
59 1676
15  down Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
42 1672
16  same Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
64 1666
17  up Cookie fc
Peter Cook
77 1637
18  same Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
41 1632
19  down Fake Madrid
Andrew Wade
37 1630
20  down RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
45 1630
21  up Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
60 1624
22  down SLABHEAD FC
Adam Burnett
41 1623
23  up Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
62 1615
24  up Salah Buffoon!!!
Jitesh Lakhani
81 1613
25  up Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
61 1612
26  down Dinamo Spinks
David Spinks
38 1604
27  down Mour Salt and Pep
Noel Driver
27 1587
28  up PenshawPerformers
david bruce
62 1581
29  down Musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
42 1576
30  up Need son luck
Matt Jarvis
76 1575
31  down Crazy Leg XI
David Caldicott
53 1574
32  down Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
59 1566
33  up The Big Lewandowski
Paul Callaghan
50 1549
34  up Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
55 1548
35  same Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
53 1546
36  up QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
55 1543
37  same El Loco No Joko
Paul Murray
49 1542
38  down Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
39 1540
39  up Hemel Hotspurs
Paul Jarvis
64 1534
40  down Pique Blinders
Colin Goulding
43 1525
41  same romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
53 1522
42  down Morningblues
Jeff Morning
44 1521
43  up Greeeenteeam
adam greenwood
61 1518
44  down Dropit like its Hart
Jason Earwicker
48 1512
45  same Hoose Reus
James Whitfield
46 1498
46  same ClipityKlopptotitle
tanya thursby
24 1470
47  up Puddle Splash Van
Ian Williams
88 1466
48  down It’s coming home
scott mcgow
47 1452
49  same The Mindless Morons
John Seacroft
43 1381
50  same Ross’s champions
darren frankland
53 1347

 

Buckets Cup Final

The first silverware of the season has been won by The Craggy Islanders, who triumphed in the Buckets Cup by 74-53 over Neil Madrid. It’s the Islanders’ first cup success to add to their league title win of two seasons ago. Their weekly total enabled them to hold onto their lead at the top of the table and keeps them on course for the double. They built up a healthy lead on the Saturday with double figure returns from Ryan Fraser and Jamie Vardy and that lead was extended further with two more doubles from Sadio Mane and captain, Mo Salah. Neil Madrid, despite having Raheem Sterling in their ranks, couldn’t match that scoring. A Liverpool clean sheet and a contribution from Gonzalo Higuain was needed but wasn’t forthcoming. Congratulations to the Islanders

Manager of the week – Shoelace Untied – Caroline Strong – 90 points

Shoelace bag their second weekly high of the season and are firmly in contention for the top four, sitting just 29 points off Neil Madrid in the prize winning spots. Their 90 points came without a contribution from Raheem Sterling. but did include a canny captain punt on Jamie Vardy, as well as a fifth double figure haul from arguably the most reliable dead ball specialist in the league, Luca Milivojevic.

Player of the week – Raheem Sterling – Manchester City – 21 points

Raheem Sterling is the first player to post three weekly highs with his second hat trick of the season. He sits just five points behind Mo Salah now in the highest scoring player charts and whereas the Liverpool man may have been the favourite for most manager’s triple captain choice, his drastic drop in form and the recent swing in favour back towards City in the title race might force a change of tack.

Bargain of the week – Ayoze Perez – Newcastle United – 16 points

About this time last season Ayoze Perez went on a scoring run that helped lift Newcastle away from the relegation battle ahead of schedule – and saw them clamber up into 10th place. That might be about to happen again. Newcastle play next week’s blank and look likely to feature in one of the doubles – probably GW35.

Twat of the week – Jamaal Lascelles – Newcastle United – -1 points

A good week for Perez and Newcastle was a bad week for Jamaal Lascelles. Hooked at half time with an injury and a booking and therefore playing no part in the comeback from 2-0 down to 3-2.

Goal oftnhe week – Anthony Knockaert. At 3m50s

Gameweek 30 results

1  up Brexiter City
Colin Goulding
43 1748
2  down Hornets
Andrew Wade
23 1745
3  same The Vinegar Pissers
P Hawkins
48 1744
4  up The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
49 1724
5  up Despicable Mee
Trevor Gordon
59 1710
6  same Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
37 1705
7  up Game of Throw-Ins
Ryan Garoghan
48 1700
8  same Fun Lovren Criminals
Paul Callaghan
47 1699
9  down The winnings R mine
david bruce
31 1698
10  down Gotta Light?
Andrew Swift
14 1697
11  same greenyteamy
adam greenwood
41 1687
12  up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
64 1687
13  down Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
42 1672
14  same INIT FC
Mustafa khan
47 1668
15  up Queen of the north
DORINE REACHER
52 1662
16  up Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
62 1655
17  down It’sOnlyAGameFarke!
David Spinks
36 1655
18  same Emergency Gap Jumper
Ian Williams
53 1654
19  down Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
31 1651
20  down Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
38 1638
21  down Rico united
JASON REACHER
42 1638
22  same We are Ayling
Paul Murray
37 1629
23  same Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
45 1626
24  same Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
46 1616
25  up Crazylegs XI
David Caldicott
72 1609
26  same Aquamar 1564
Noel Driver
37 1599
27  down Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
24 1597
28  up Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
54 1594
29  same Flying squad
Matt Jarvis
47 1591
30  down Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
25 1587
31  down Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
33 1585
32  down musttryharder FC
Paul Telford
28 1570
33  up Pure Buffoonery!
Jitesh Lakhani
47 1569
34  same King Dunlap
Paul Bentz
34 1565
35  up To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
45 1564
36  down Klopp of the Pochs
Jason Earwicker
20 1564
37  down blakes11
Steven Darling
37 1553
38  same Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
31 1547
39  same mrs mcgoo
laura barrett
69 1530
40  same cookster fc
Peter Cook
54 1510
41  up FTM
Stu Smith
45 1484
42  up Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
56 1475
43  down Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
25 1474
44  same romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
48 1471
45  down Bakerlona FC
Stuart Baker
23 1470
46  down iamgroot
scott mcgow
50 1469
47  same disco dancer
darren frankland
24 1416
48  same Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
39 1408
49  same Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
42 1389
50  same Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
57 1268

 

Buckets Cup semi finals

The final of the 2018 Buckets Cup will be between Game Of Throw Ins and Emergency Gap Jumper. GOTI beat Hornets, who had the unluckiest of gameweeks. As well as semi final defeat, they also lost their lead at the top of the table, no thanks to their strike force accumulating -1 points from 43 minutes of football played between them. They weren’t the only team to suffer from the Jordan Ayew sending off and the Harry Kane injury. Most of us had Harry Kane as captain. Emergecy Gap jumper were one of the few to continue with Mo Salah. In truth, had both EGJ and their opponents, Atletico Chappers, chose Kane, the result wouldn’t have been any different, but following that rare blank from the Egyptian, a single goal from the Spurs striker would have seen Chappers progress at EGJ’s expense. And now we’re wondering whether he’s out for the season.

It’s pure coincidence that the final has been drawn to be played in the reduced GW31. It’ll be interesting to see how our finalists play it. As it stands both teams have six potential starters and a remaining wildcard. Game Of Throw Ins have two free transfers. Arguably, they’re also in with a chance of league victory, sitting just 41 points behind our top team. EGJ are 94 points back from first and 70 points adrift from fourth. There’s an outside chance of league money, but that’s a lot less likely than their opponents. Of the eight teams that are playing, there’s not an awful lot to choose from. I guarantee three Liverpool players in both teams, but after that you’re picking and choosing from a pretty woeful bunch, bar maybe Xherdan Shaqiri. Only four players appear in the top 30 overall scorers. Where’s it going to leave you by the time GW32 comes round?

Manager of the week – David Caldicott – Crazylegs XI – 72 points

Classic ghostship material. Here we all are trying to negotiate the choppy waters ahead leading into GW31 and from out of nowhere comes Crazylegs, who lost interest around Christmas, captained by David Silva. They’ve been captained by David Silva since November. All the way through the time he was out and back in Spain for family reasons. They took eight points from the bench from two replacement players. They picked up six points from the first Arsenal clean sheet since the days of John Lukic and leapt eight places above a clutch of teams who I guarantee spent all week agonising over their team picks. Bastards.

Player of the week – Kenedy – 16 points

A double that did for Mauricio Pellegrino and yo-yo’d Newcastle back up to mid table in this crazy relegation race. The Brazilian has been a regular starter since his loan move, will cost you only £4.7 million and is averaging 6 points a game. Newcastle have a double gameweek on the horizon and he must be a consideration for a bench boost squad.

Bargain of the week – Chris Wood – 15 points

Back after a long injury lay off and has 20 points in two weeks. However, both totals were amassed from substitute appearances and it’ll be tough to dislodge Ashley Barnes from the Burnley central striker role given the form that he is also in at the moment. Having said that Sean Dyche has brought Wood on in both matches to partner Barnes, so whose to say he wouldn’t consider starting them both.

Twat of the week – Jordan Ayew – -2 points

Now you’ve got to start searching for a new third striker. There aren’t many out there. Ayew was fulfilling that role quite nicely until the 10th minute of Swansea’s game against Huddersfield on Saturday. Imagine having him alongside Kane and Aguero for the weekend. Three players not even completing a half of football. Imagine.

Goal of the week – Jamie Vardy. 

Definite GOTS contender – 27s in.

 

Gameweek 30 results

same Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
47 1705
same When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
53 1665
same Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
37 1639
same The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
43 1633
up RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
58 1622
up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
55 1618
down Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
39 1615
down FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
44 1607
same To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
42 1599
10  up Joey Bosa
Paul Bentz
64 1595
11  down Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
52 1593
12  down Uriah Rennie 2nd XI
Neil Greenwood
40 1580
13  up Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
56 1575
14  down Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
49 1575
15  up 4 Fuchs Ake
Jason Earwicker
67 1574
16  down Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
49 1569
17  up INIT FC
Mustafa khan
59 1568
18  up Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
52 1566
19  down Go Buffoons Go
Jitesh Lakhani
45 1562
20  same Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
45 1559
21  down Cooksters
Peter Cook
40 1555
22  down greenyteamy
adam greenwood
38 1554
23  down Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
37 1553
24  up QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
61 1516
25  same Jeff Lamp’s Porsche
David Spinks
41 1507
26  up nO fucHs given
Paul Callaghan
51 1506
27  up Jarvis FC
Matt Jarvis
64 1500
28  down romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
31 1500
29  down Have a little dink
Ian Williams
42 1499
30  up Hucking Fell
P Hawkins
77 1486
31  down RG XV
Ryan Garoghan
36 1482
32  down 30:19
Darren Lavelle
45 1480
33  down Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
58 1479
34  down Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
47 1464
35  same Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
37 1443
36  up I am not Zlatan
Colin Goulding
52 1442
37  down jetty city
scott mcgow
34 1435
38  up FTM
Stu Smith
74 1430
39  down Ciderheads
Darren Pope
22 1407
40  down Crazy Legs XI
David Caldicott
28 1400
41  same Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
39 1398
42  same Bakerlona
Stuart Baker
30 1369
43  same Dj daz
darren frankland
38 1359
44  up Pepe Le Blue
DEAN CRIPPS
50 1340
45  down Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
38 1333
46  same Big White Chiefs
david frankland
41 1330
47  same Bermie Utd
Glen Davies
34 1302
48  up Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
60 1278
49  down bazza 28 united
laura barrett
28 1268
50  same Bish Bosh Goal
Simon Purnell
47 1256
51  up Racing Club Skegness
Andrew Swift
61 1202
52  down Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
48 1190
53  same DJ’s Trail Blazers
Danian Jones
37 1148

 

Hucking Fell make the best start to the six gameweek slog through April picking up 77 points. Our 2013 champs were one of only two teams to get above 70 points in one of those rare weeks in which defences ruled. Just over half of Hucking Fell’s points came from their back five. Their front six scored four goals between them but only picked up two bonus points.

Crystal Palace alerted managers to their potential usefulness in the upcoming double week with a surprise win over Chelsea, who have now gone seven gameweeks without a clean sheet. The odd manager has started the slow draft in of Palace and Boro players. Wilfried Zaha appeared to be the most popular and he was instrumental in the victory picking up 11 points. Boro also reminded us that their defence offers good cheap points with a goalless draw at Swansea. Against their relegation rivals they don’t concede too many and in between now and the end of the double gameweek they face Hull, Burnley, Bournemouth and Sunderland.

 

Player of the week – Miguel Britos – 15 points. The first Watford player of the week this season

Bargain of the week – Craig Cathcart – 11 points. And only their second bargain winner.

Donkey of the week – Harry Arter – -1 points. The ball is still rising.

Goal of the week – Wilfried Ndidi. They’ll be champions next season at this rate.

Gameweek 30 preview

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

The Buckets Cup has been won and we’ve got the last international break out of the way. It’s a clear run through to the end of the season. Nine more gameweeks to determine our champion. Two more game months – April and May – the first of which is a six week megamonth. And within that six weeks we’ve had the first of the expected end of season double gameweeks announced. Gameweek 34 sees Manchester United, Middlesbrough and Crystal Palace play twice.

And that, by my calculations, leaves the following fixtures left for rescheduling – Arsenal v Sunderland, Chelsea v Watford, Leicester v Spurs, Manchester City v West Brom, Southampton v Manchester United and Southampton v Arsenal. Two outstanding fixtures for Arsenal and Southampton suggests there will be two more double gameweeks – or could we even get a triple header? Apparently we will find out ahead of GW34 as to when those remaining fixtures will take place, so hopefully we should be able to plan exactly when we want to play our remaining wildcards and chips.

How to play the next nine weeks will be key to anyone catching our league leaders, Aquamar, who presently hold a 46 point lead over their nearest rivals and still have their last wildcard, and for what it’s worth, their all out attack chip. They have, however, played both their bench boost and triple captain, leaving the door open for anyone in the chasing pack still holding those assets.

As for this week, we’ve the usual worries over internationalitis to consider. Air miles have been accumulated and niggles and knocks have been picked up. Seamus Coleman broke his leg – in Dublin. Lots of managers will need to consider defensive replacements for him. Arsenal and City play each other on Sunday. That’s surely too important a game for either Sanchez or Aguero to be benched.

Crystal Palace’s upturn in form, which has seen them keep three consecutive clean sheets, will be tested at Cheslea, who haven’t kept one since GW22. They, and many managers will be hoping they can arrest that slide. It’ll be interesting to see if Palace do extend that record further with their double gameweek prospects in mind. The acquisition of Mamadou Sakho looks to be working, and at only £4.7 million, is definitely one to watch. Maybe he’s your Coleman replacement? As are Leicester – remember them – the champions. Finally (just about) justifying their mammoth price tags are Jamie Vardy and Riyadh Mahrez, both sitting high in the form tables.