Gameweek 10 results and October Manager of the Month

1  same But Da Pitch Ain’t 1
Trev Reams
61 682
2  same Perfidious Albion
Andrew Swift
68 666
3  up Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
86 635
4  up Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
91 626
5  down Cookie fc
Peter Cook
51 613
6  up Deeney in a Bottle
Stephanie Cripps
75 608
7  up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
71 602
8  up The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
77 599
9  down Thelma and Luiz
Trevor Gordon
64 599
10  up Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
69 598
11  up Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
87 595
12  down SLABHEAD FC
Adam Burnett
45 590
13  up Bielsa Ringing
Alan Hardy
66 578
14  down RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
51 575
15  down Need son luck
Matt Jarvis
58 571
16  up Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
85 570
17  down King raggg
Steven Darling
43 566
18  same Mour Salt and Pep
Noel Driver
62 558
19  down Musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
60 556
20  up Frostee Rucker
Paul Bentz
69 553
21  up Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
71 552
22  up FTM
Stu Smith
70 551
23  up CAS Vampire Slayers
Mustafa khan
72 549
24  up Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
78 547
25  up Hoose Reus
James Whitfield
78 546
26  up romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
74 543
27  down Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
44 535
27  down PenshawPerformers
david bruce
44 535
29  up Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
84 530
30  up Aribo Haribo
Paul Hawkins
71 527
31  up Morningblues
Jeff Morning
72 523
32  up Fake Madrid
Andrew Wade
68 523
33  same Dinamo Spinks
David Spinks
65 522
34  down Pique Blinders
Colin Goulding
54 520
35  up El Loco No Joko
Paul Murray
70 517
36  down The Big Lewandowski
Paul Callaghan
24 516
37  up Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
66 512
38  down Crazy Leg XI
David Caldicott
45 510
39  down QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
55 506
40  down Dropit like its Hart
Jason Earwicker
46 501
41  up Salah Buffoon!!!
Jitesh Lakhani
52 497
42  up Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
47 486
43  up ClipityKlopptotitle
tanya thursby
40 479
44  up Greeeenteeam
adam greenwood
46 475
45  up It’s coming home
scott mcgow
52 466
45  up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
48 466
47  up Hemel Hotspurs
Paul Jarvis
47 460
48  up Puddle Splash Van
Ian Williams
49 459
49  down Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
40 454
50  up Ross’s champions
darren frankland
51 435
51  up The Mindless Morons
John Seacroft
43 428

 

October Manager of the Month – Game of Stones – Ryan Garoghan – 198 points

It was Salah Buffoon!!!’s to lose – and they did. They had a 10 point lead over their nearest challenger after last week and a 22 point lead over Game of Stones. The 34 point swing meant that even if the Buffoons actually had Salah in their team, and as captain, they still wouldn’t have held onto top spot. Game of Stones have been no lower than 8th since the beginning of the season and their victory means that each of the manager of the month prizes so far have gone to our current top three in the league.

1  up Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
86 198
2  up Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
78 195
3  up Deeney in a Bottle
Stephanie Cripps
75 190
4  up Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
87 186
5  down Salah Buffoon!!!
Jitesh Lakhani
52 186
6  down But Da Pitch Ain’t 1
Trev Reams
61 185

 

Manager of the week – Neil Madrid – Neil Strong – 91 points

Banking on Liverpool scoring a bagful against Cardiff and Bournemouth doing likewise against Fulham guaranteed Neil Madrid their week winning score. Sadio Mane contributed 30 points as captain and a combination of Ryan Fraser and Callum Wilson, who is now the game’s highest scoring striker, added 24 points between them. Madrid move up into fourth, and along with Game of Stones, have managed to claw back a little on the two runaway leaders.

Player of the week – Ross Barkley – Chelsea – 17 points

From out of nowhere and getting back to the player he looked like he could be in his earlier days at Everton. This is Barkley’s second double figure score in three, his third consecutive scoring gameweek, and is offering ridiculous value in this form at £5.8 million. You just know the minute you bring him in he’ll be rotated.

Bargain of the week – Callum Wilson – Bournemouth – 13 points

It’s his second appearance on the roll of honour in the last three weeks as Bournemouth’s impressive free scoring start to the season continues. Wilson’s totals are being helped by Josh King’s absence. He’s the single focal point of the attack and is on (and scoring) penalties. Another current must-have in great form and becoming almost fixture proof with Bournemouth’s reliability at finding the back of the net.

Twat of the week – Mark Noble – West Ham United – -2 points

Can be a reliable asset when you’re lucky enough to have him in and West Ham get a penalty. He’s always cheap enough to occupy a bench spot with a guaranteed start. On the other hand he’s also one of those players almost guaranteed to land himself in the twat book at least once a season.

Goal of the week – Granit Xhaka. The latest in a run of long-range-top-corner blinders.

 

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Gameweek 37 results

1  same The Vinegar Pissers
P Hawkins
67 2209
2  up Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
88 2188
3  up Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
89 2184
4  up Despicable Mee
Trevor Gordon
93 2183
5  same FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
81 2167
6  down The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
51 2155
7  same Hornets
Andrew Wade
70 2139
8  same Brexiter City
Colin Goulding
62 2132
9  same INIT FC
Mustafa khan
72 2119
10  up Fun Lovren Criminals
Paul Callaghan
108 2104
11  up It’sOnlyAGameFarke!
David Spinks
116 2094
12  same greenyteamy
adam greenwood
60 2088
13  down Rico united
JASON REACHER
63 2084
14  same The winnings R mine
david bruce
57 2077
15  down Emergency Gap Jumper
Ian Williams
59 2075
16  down Queen of the north
DORINE REACHER
50 2070
17  same Game of Throw-Ins
Ryan Garoghan
60 2060
18  down Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
59 2056
19  up Pure Buffoonery!
Jitesh Lakhani
116 2049
20  same Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
76 2040
21  down Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
48 2030
22  down We are Ayling
Paul Murray
74 2027
23  up Klopp of the Pochs
Jason Earwicker
102 2024
24  down Gotta Light?
Andrew Swift
80 2023
25  down Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
102 2018
26  up Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
92 2006
27  up Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
83 1997
28  down To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
69 1996
29  down Aquamar 1564
Noel Driver
87 1992
30  down Flying squad
Matt Jarvis
49 1985
31  up Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
80 1981
32  up Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
103 1980
33  down mrs mcgoo
laura barrett
75 1978
34  down King Dunlap
Paul Bentz
66 1974
35  down Crazylegs XI
David Caldicott
82 1964
36  up blakes11
Steven Darling
86 1944
37  up musttryharder FC
Paul Telford
75 1943
38  down Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
46 1925
39  down FTM
Stu Smith
47 1925
40  up iamgroot
scott mcgow
61 1847
41  up cookster fc
Peter Cook
61 1845
42  up Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
71 1833
43  down romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
32 1832
44  same Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
57 1827
45  same disco dancer
darren frankland
54 1818
46  same Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
72 1796
47  same Bakerlona FC
Stuart Baker
58 1770
48  same Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
96 1749
49  same Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
59 1702
50  same Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
69 1582

 

Manager of the week – Pure Buffoonery! – Jitesh Lakhani – 116 points

The gameweek which should probably have yielded the highest weekly score – didn’t. We did get a handful of managers passing the century barrier and all can consider themselves in with a good chance of picking up the last manager of the month award. Best team this week were Pure Buffoonery! who equaled It’sOnlyAGameFarke!’s 116 point total, but scored more goals – five to three. Both of these teams were bench boosted, and both had our player of the week. Although neither captained him. Had they, or any of the others with Pierre Emerick Aubameyang in their teams done so, they’d be looking at our highest weekly score and May Manager of the month prize. They’d be out of sight with a triple captain punt. We almost entirely went with either Harry Kane or a Manchester City player. And that’s why we were all just bubbling under the 100 point mark rather than cruising past it.

And so we enter our final gameweek. Any of the top four could probably finish top. Any of the top six could probably finish top four. This unfortunately rules out Hornets who were top for so long. For a debut season in the game as a whole, not just in our league, it’s a fantastic effort. Only Chelsea and Liverpool have something to play for in the last gameweek. Southampton could still theoretically go down if they suffer a pasting at the hands of Manchester City, which in October I wouldn’t have ruled out. But even this season’s champions look like they’ve had enough for now and are winding down ahead of the World Cup. I’d expect as many full strength teams as possible, teams going bananas, lots of goalfests, and as a result maybe a few twists and turns as our Buckets season comes to a close.

Player of the week – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 23 points

Arsenal’s form has been so up and down with still no away win since the new year that their players were virtually ignored for this gameweek. And maybe rightly so given the 3-1 defeat to Leicester. Yet, maybe we should have all taken into consideration the last home game of the Wenger reign. A 5-0 thumping of Burnley produced four double figure scorers. Aubameyang finished the week – scoring their single reply against Leicester as well – with his 9th goal in thirteen games. One to watch from the off next season.

Bargain of the week – Adrian – 19 points

The big scores came from some unexpected places this week. Adrian kept two clean sheets, made a hatful of saves and picked up four bonus marks to finish as the second highest scorer. Of the bottom half teams playing twice managers tended to favour Swansea assets over the likes of Brighton, Huddersfield and West Ham. Wrong choice. Swansea are down. The Hammers, Terriers and the Seagulls are safe.

Twat of the week – James Tarkowski – -1 points

Burnley have done all that was expected of them and more this season by qualifying for Europe, so maybe their foot was off the gas a little. That combined with the last Wenger home game factor and an Arsenal win was kind of inevitable. Burnley will be disappointed to have conceded five, as will those stuck with Burnely defenders following their previous double gameweek appearance and no chips left to get rid of them.

Goal of the week – Mark Noble. 

 

 

Gameweek 37 preview

07 May 12:45 Norwich v Man Utd
07 May 15:00 Aston Villa v Newcastle
07 May 15:00 Bournemouth v West Brom
07 May 15:00 Crystal Palace v Stoke
07 May 15:00 Sunderland v Chelsea
07 May 15:00 West Ham v Swansea
07 May 17:30 Leicester v Everton
08 May 13:30 Spurs v Southampton
08 May 16:00 Liverpool v Watford
08 May 16:00 Man City v Arsenal
10 May 19:45 West Ham v Man Utd
11 May 19:45 Norwich v Watford
11 May 19:45 Sunderland v Everton
11 May 20:00 Liverpool v Chelsea

 

The penultimate week of the season and the week that could decide the title. A double gameweek almost as epic as the last one with eight teams playing twice, and arguably five of those teams with something to play for. These final two weeks also make up the quick sprint that is the race to be May manager of the month.

Gameweek 34 produced 31 scores of 100 points or more, including the highest ever Buckets League weekly score. It’ll take a lot to beat the 190 points posted by The Kolarov Mane. If you think you need a triple captain to achieve that, think again. TKM used their bench boost and still outscored the rest of us. I’m not sure there are too many triple captain holders left. It’s certainly the chip that promises the most points, but as TKM proved, first and foremost, you need the right combo of double gameweek players.

FC Caligula, however, are one team yet to use their triple captain chip. If they get that right, and I’m guessing this is the week it’s going to be played, then the title is surely theirs. The obvious choices for the armband don’t appear as cut and dried as they did in gameweek 34. West Ham offer up the most in form players of those playing twice. Andy Carroll has scored six in six games, while Mark Noble as four in his last two.

Daniel Sturridge is starting much more regularly now for Liverpool following Divock Origi’s injury and Jurgen Klopp clearly not liking the Benteke option too much. Although he may opt for the Belgian if he think’s Sturridge’s European exploits have been too much for him in midweek. Klopp rotated the team completely for last weeks defeat at Swansea, resting almost every first teamer for their European semi final. Whether the first team turn out for both of these league games will probably depend on progression through to the Europa League final. As I write it’s 1-1 on aggregate.

The leading form defender is Antonio Valencia, who appears to have jumped ahead of Matteo Darmian and Tim Fosu-Mensah as Manchester United’s first choice right back. I’m not sure he’s guaranteed the start, but if he does line up in both games, he’s good for assists as well as clean sheet points.

The real risk would be to plump for Eden Hazard. Remember him? His three goals in his last two games, including the one that ended Spurs’ title hopes have earned him 24 points – almost a quarter of his entire season’s haul. Hazard has scored 233, 202 and 190 in his three Premier League seasons, yet he may not even pass 100 in this. He’s currently sat on 90. Games against Sunderland and Liverpool might help him past that total. He’s not guaranteed a start – he didn’t start against Spurs – but his performance in the second half changed the game. The risk is dare you part with £10.8 million for him?

Gameweek 36 results

1 FC Caligula Ajay Supeda 41 2,141
2 Your Ad Here Matthew Hopkins 32 2,129
3 Rocky Ba Bauer P Hawkins 54 2,110
4 The Kolarov Mané Trevor Gordon 50 2,108
5 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 78 2,093
6 Golden Boys Stephanie Cripps 43 2,056
7 Edgbaston Micheal Dinneen 48 2,040
8 Game of Throw ins Darren Lavelle 49 2,027
9 Atlético Chappers Richard Chapman 39 2,009
10 Sergio Five O DEAN CRIPPS 31 2,005
11 4 Lime Jellies Ian Williams 32 1,984
12 Walking with Memphis Noel Driver 58 1,983
13 Init fc Mustafa khan 46 1,982
14 Bicuitmen Chris Morton 33 1,974
15 JonniestaRedmondinho David Spinks 43 1,970
16 SS3 FC Paul Murray 46 1,964
17 scotty2hotty scott mcgow 37 1,956
18 Howayman Mark Bromham 48 1,952
19 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 54 1,936
20 The Craggy Islanders Adrian Roche 46 1,933
21 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 30 1,930
22 Pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 41 1,926
23 Romeo’s Honda Van Rob Hewer 37 1,921
24 Grievous AngelRangel Andrew Swift 29 1,917
25 Gaalacticos Colin Goulding 46 1,907
26 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 40 1,899
27 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 35 1,889
28 Below Par Paul Bentz 34 1,860
29 greensmeansbusiness adam greenwood 22 1,860
30 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 43 1,857
31 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 31 1,826
32 The Mindless Morons John Seacroft 46 1,807
33 The Hardy Boys Alan Hardy 37 1,804
34 RICO UNITED JASON REACHER 40 1,803
35 Sweet Cherry Pie Jason Earwicker 51 1,781
36 Upper Bullens Andy Taylor 42 1,781
37 Release The Hounds Paul Mitchell 43 1,771
38 Baker Bum Boys Lewis Baker 30 1,702
39 Go Buffoons Go!!! Jitesh Lakhani 27 1,699
40 Crazy Legs XI David Caldicott 28 1,677
41 Ciderheads Darren Pope 29 1,669
42 Bish Bosh Goal Simon Purnell 29 1,500
43 REAL JORVIK Simon Brown 38 1,476
44 BrussiaHairbach Alex Ritchie 17 1,350

 

The week that Leicester City won the league. Amazing.

Far and away our highest scorers of the week were Shoelace Untied with 78 points. The next highest scoring team didn’t even make it over 60 points. Shoelace now come into real contention for a top four prize and shouldn’t be ruled out of clinching the title given their ascent over recent weeks. The same can be said for The Kolarov Mane, who despite dropping a place this week, take the April Manager of the Month prize.

1 The Kolarov Mané Trevor Gordon 50 424
2 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 78 407
3 Rocky Ba Bauer P Hawkins 54 406
4 Edgbaston Micheal Dinneen 48 375
5 Init fc Mustafa khan 46 371
6 Your Ad Here Matthew Hopkins 32 365

 

No-one could catch them once they’d posted their 190 point total in gameweek 34. It’s telling to see four of the top five in the mix for the April prize, all coming good at the right time and trying to haul Caligula back in. Caligula go into the penultimate week with a re-established 12 point lead. It’s still all to play for.

Shoelace’s outstanding week was helped massively by automatic substitutions and somewhat ironically, Sadio (The Kolarov) Mane. Squad rotation from our European semi finalists did play a part, with mixed results across the league. All three of Shoelace’s subs were used – but most notable was Sergio Aguero being replaced by Mark Noble. The West Ham captain scored two for the second consecutive week and added 16 more points to their total. Mane’s hat trick against Manchester City bagged him the player of the week award. That’s seven goals in six games without too many people realising – a run that’s accumulated 50 points.

 

Player of the week – Sadio Mane – 20 points. Coming up on the rails for Euro qualification

Bargain of the week – Karl Darlow – 15 points. A penalty save that might keep them up

Donkey of the week – Aly Cisshoko – -2 points. This should really be a Spurs player.

Goal of the week – Andros Townsend. Two contenders in four weeks.