Arsenal v Everton Burnley v West Ham Chelsea v Sunderland Hull v Spurs Leicester v Bournemouth Liverpool v Middlesbrough Man Utd v Crystal Palace Southampton v Stoke Swansea v West Brom Watford v Man City
We’ve made it to the final week of the season. The race for this year’s Buckets title is between three teams. When Harry Met Alli lead The Craggy Islanders by two points. Long time leaders, Aquamar, are 30 or so points back in third. WHMA have their All Out Attack chip remaining, and given the crazy goalfests you often get in gameweek 38, it might be the best time to play it. It might be what gets them over the line ahead of their rivals.
Five other teams go into the week with a realistic chance of finishing fourth. Kebab Eaters United have their All Out Attack remaining. Hedgehog Corpse have a triple captain to play, and they have Gabriel Jesus and Alexis Sanchez in their squad. Manchester City and Arsenal are two of the three teams left with something to play for and those two players were two of the top five scorers from last week’s mega double gameweek. That’s not to rule out last week’s high scorers, Edgbaston, last year’s champs, FC Caligula, and double manager of the month, Rico United. It’s the creme de la creme.
The other team with something to fight for are Liverpool, who, due to their lack of action in double gameweeks, have fallen off the fantasy radar a little. Their rout of West Ham last week, and the fact they take on a relegated Middlesbrough at home this week, should turn your attention to that elite midfield bunch of theirs for one last time this season. Philippe Coutinho seems the obvious choice and would only cost £8.6 million. They’ve also finally figured out how to defend with four clean sheets in their last five. Joel Matip leads the way in their defence with three two point bonus performances in that run.
Everton v Watford West Brom v Chelsea Man City v Leicester Bournemouth v Burnley Middlesbrough v Southampton Sunderland v Swansea Stoke v Arsenal Crystal Palace v Hull West Ham v Liverpool Spurs v Man Utd Chelsea v Watford Arsenal v Sunderland Man City v West Brom Southampton v Man Utd Leicester v Spurs
Here it is. The gameweek that will probably decide so much. The title chase could take a dramatic turn this week. It’s a three horse race. Aquamar have been at the top since February 2nd. They built a lead, but over the last few weeks, The Craggy Islanders and When Harry Met Alli have chipped away. Aquamar go into this double gameweek with 12 players potentially playing twice, as do WHMA. Both have played their bench boost. The Craggy Islanders haven’t. They have 13 players lined up for a double appearance and their bench boost chip remaining. They’ve two free transfers this week. Expect 15 double gameweekers and put your money on The Craggy Islanders for the trophy.
The race for fourth should be as keenly contested. Rico, Hedgehogs, Kebab Eaters, Edgbaston and Caligula are separated by 38 points. Rico are in the box seat at the moment but have no wildcards or chips remaining. Hedgehogs are somehow still sat on their bench boost AND triple captain. Kebab Eaters have a wildcard left, and both Edgbaston and Caligula have their bench boost to play. I’m predicting a bench boost bonanza this week. How well that chip is played will probably determine our fourth place finisher.
Release The Hounds are the current holders of the highest weekly score. It’s 108 points, and they managed that in GW21. That’s got to go this week. If When Harry Met Alli can get a triple figure score from a double gameweek in which only two teams played twice, imagine what could be achieved this week. Ten teams take to the pitch for a second time, and that includes five of the top six. That’s 21 of the top 30 available players POTENTIALLY playing twice.
But only potentially. Chelsea could have the league wrapped up by this evening. If that happens, with the FA Cup final on the horizon, expect rotation for the Watford game. John Terry is bound to get a run out. Cesc Fabregas and Willian deserve more than a few more cameo appearances and will also probably start. We need a West Brom result – with a few Chelsea goals. That would keep Spurs going too. There’s less chance of rotation at the Lane, mainly because there’s not really anyone to rotate to, but how demoralised might they be come Sunday knowing they came so close for a second consecutive year? Surely Harry Kane’s pursuit of the golden boot should keep him motivated. It’s tricky. With something to play for, Arsenal and Manchester City are much better placed for this gameweek. If you’ve a wildcard kicking around – lucky you.
We’re getting to the business end of the season. A mad dash to make the most of Manchester City’s double gameweek was complimented by a flurry of triple captaining and bench boosting. The jury is out on whether it’s been worth it. First of all, sacrifices had to be made to accommodate the inclusion of Aguero, Sterling, Sane and company, and with next week in mind, it was Chelsea, Spurs, Manchester United and Arsenal’s big guns that took the hit. Be smug if you decided to see the back of Sanchez and/or Ibrahimovic. Wince a little if you decided to give Kane, Alli, Costa or Hazard the boot. In the case of the Chelsea and Spurs players, sticking instead of twisting would have been as beneficial.
Im sure most triple captainers would have been hopeful of surpassing the 100 point barrier. That’s what you want to happen. Of those that played the chip, all went with Sergio, who again, didn’t quite play up to his price tag. You’d have been mad to do so, but you’d have been better off triple captaining the Stoke defence. The fact that the highest weekly scorer didn’t play for either Manchester City or Stoke tells the same story. There were high scores out there – just not high enough. Our leading three teams – Aquamar, The Craggy Islanders and When Harry Met Alli all took the plunge. Hedgehog Corpse didn’t and ended up jumping into the top three thanks to no transfer hits and five double figure scorers, one of whom was Artur Boruc of all people.
One manager did sneak past 100. Hucking Fell were helped by the 27 points of a triple armbanded Aguero, but the double figure returns of Kane, Alli, Grant and Mane were probably more telling.
Shoelace Untied achieved the second highest score with 97 – a total which carried them through to the semi final of the cup. Shoelace were the most successful bench boosters of the week, earning double figure totals from Caballero and Pieters, as well as Aguero, Alli and Grant. They’ll play Jarvis FC in the semi finals, while Aquamar, who are still on for the league and cup double, will face Rico United.
Player of the week – Dusan Tadic – 16 points.Always has one good week a season – this was it.
Bargain of the week – Erik Pieters – 14 points.The bus was well and truly parked.
Donkey of the week – Andrew Surman – -2 points. Probably should have been Zlatan’s award.
Goal of the week – Harry Kane. Probably time to draft him in again.
Seems the difference between good Liverpool and shit Liverpool is Sadio Mane. In his second start since returning from the AFCON he registered a 16 point haul and was the highest scoring player of the week. And it seems the only manager who knows the difference between good Liverpool and shit Liverpool is Hedgehog Corpse. Handing Mane the armband catapulted the Corpse up to fifth in the League and into third place in the February table.
We’ve only one more February gameweek left. It’s all to play for. In truth, there could be as many as 20 teams in it. Gameweek 26 kicks off in a fortnight after the break for the FA Cup 5th round, and is a reduced gameweek due to the League Cup. Those 5th round results will be worth keeping an eye on as they’ll determine who is in line to play in Gameweek 28. Negotiating the next few weeks is not going to be straightforward, especially if you’re still involved in the Buckets Cup.
The second round match ups are ready to view on the Buckets Cup link. There were some close run things this week – and some surprise results. 4 Fuchs Ake won the Fuchs derby. Racing Club Skegness are the lowest ranked team left in and sprang the biggest surprise, knocking out Greenyteamy. Hedgehogs high score saw off third placed When Harry Met Alli, whilst fourth placed Yeboah’s fell to 31st placed Jarvis FC.
Player of the week – Sadio Mane – 16 points. Just as you got shot of the Liverpool midfield.
Bargain of the week – Alfie Mawson – 15 points. Cheap goalscoring defender alert….
Donkey of the week – Jason Denayer – -2 points. Meanwhile, the Sunderland revival….
Goal of the week – Alfie Mawson. …and one of them was a sweet volley.
Jetty City, for the second consecutive week, win manager of the week. They were the only team to manage a 50+ score during the drab midweek. This weekend they almost hit a century. Had they played their perfect XI or played their bench boost they’d have got past the 100 point mark and achieved the highest weekly score.
They were one of the few teams who went with a Lukaku/Defoe double pronged attack, captaining the Belgian, and picking up 55 points from their strike force along. That’s more points from two players than most teams managed with their full XI – the teams that unluckily had neither striker in their line up. There were plenty of teams carrying Lukaku, most notably our top two, Aquamar and When Harry Met Alli, who both handed him the armband.
Aquamar were involved in the biggest tie of the preliminary round of the Buckets Cup, coming up against sixth placed Kebab Eaters United and triumphing 71-64. It’s unlucky on Kebab Eaters who were the second highest scoring losers of the round. Shoelace crept through scoring only 35 points to Bazza 28 United’s 30. No Fuchs Given and 4 Fuchs Ake’s victories have set up a Fuchs derby in the first round proper, whilst the closest tie of the round saw Hedgehog’s beat Uriah’s on goals scored, 5 to 4 – Lukaku the difference again. All results and revised first round draw are on the Buckets Cup page.
Player of the week – Romelu Lukaku – 21 points. Cue kneejerk Lukaku transferring across the board.
Bargain of the week – Lamine Kone – 13 points. Palace doomed.
Donkey of the week – Jeff Hendrick – -2 points. He lasted six minutes.