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

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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.

 

Gameweek 30 results

1 FC Caligula Ajay Supeda 63 1,704
2 Your Ad Here Matthew Hopkins 59 1,682
3 Atlético Chappers Richard Chapman 67 1,634
4 Rocky Ba Bauer P Hawkins 59 1,630
5 Golden Boys Stephanie Cripps 55 1,627
6 The Kolarov Mané Trevor Gordon 68 1,607
7 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 77 1,605
8 Game of Throw ins Darren Lavelle 57 1,600
9 Bicuitmen Chris Morton 41 1,592
10 Sergio Five O DEAN CRIPPS 63 1,589
11 Pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 46 1,588
12 Walking with Memphis Noel Driver 55 1,588
13 Edgbaston Micheal Dinneen 72 1,584
14 SS3 FC Paul Murray 59 1,582
15 4 Lime Jellies Ian Williams 52 1,577
16 Grievous AngelRangel Andrew Swift 46 1,573
17 greensmeansbusiness adam greenwood 53 1,568
18 Gaalacticos Colin Goulding 45 1,558
19 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 55 1,557
20 Romeo’s Honda Van Rob Hewer 45 1,554
21 JonniestaRedmondinho David Spinks 63 1,544
22 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 61 1,543
23 Init fc Mustafa khan 47 1,542
24 scotty2hotty scott mcgow 66 1,542
25 Howayman Mark Bromham 48 1,529
26 The Craggy Islanders Adrian Roche 63 1,518
27 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 59 1,512
28 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 70 1,501
29 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 56 1,499
30 Below Par Paul Bentz 40 1,496
31 The Hardy Boys Alan Hardy 51 1,468
32 Upper Bullens Andy Taylor 52 1,456
33 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 33 1,452
34 RICO UNITED JASON REACHER 88 1,442
35 The Mindless Morons John Seacroft 54 1,431
36 Release The Hounds Paul Mitchell 55 1,420
37 Baker Bum Boys Lewis Baker 43 1,397
38 Sweet Cherry Pie Jason Earwicker 59 1,381
39 Ciderheads Darren Pope 36 1,352
40 Go Buffoons Go!!! Jitesh Lakhani 38 1,345
41 Crazy Legs XI David Caldicott 48 1,319
42 Bish Bosh Goal Simon Purnell 27 1,243
43 REAL JORVIK Simon Brown 26 1,157
44 BrussiaHairbach Alex Ritchie 8 1,106

 

To say it was a reduced gameweek there were some high scores among Buckets teams. Most were able to play a full eleven, and with three of the top four playing and all keeping clean sheets, even those that had one or two players missing were able to post totals in and around the 50 point mark. Some teams probably posted higher scores this week with only ten teams playing than they have done in past weeks with all twenty in action.

The key to a REALLY high score was the captain choice. Vardy and Mahrez were in contention, but it was probably more of a straight pick between Harry Kane and Sergio Aguero. The right choice was Harry Kane. Or should that be the right choice was the best player of the team set to play Aston Villa. As Aguero had done the previous week, Kane didn’t disappoint against them, and netted two goals and took maximum bonus points. Aguero drew another blank as City’s title bid, if hadn’t already, well and truly hit the buffers.

Rico United scored 88 points to take the manager of the week award, triple captaining the Spurs forward. There were three other teams posting 70+ scores this week. All of them opted for Kane over Aguero. Unluckiest of the three were Edgbaston, who despite notching 72 points, saw their cup run come to an end. They were drawn against Rico United. Neil Madrid and Shoelace Untied with 70 and 77 points respectively both progressed. FC Caligula, Your Ad Here, Pretty Schitty City, Upper Bullens and The Craggy Islanders make up the other quarter final teams.

 

Player of the week – Graziano Pelle – 13 points. Forgotten man gets his first goals since November.

Bargain of the week – Modou Barrow – 12 points. Anyone got him?

Donkey of the week – Sadio Mane – -2 points. Unlucky and will probably be rescinded.

Goal of the week – Modou Barrow. Goal at 1m18s.