1  same Hornets
Andrew Wade
69 461
2  same The winnings R mine
david bruce
65 442
3  up Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
69 428
4  down The Vinegar Pissers
P Hawkins
62 427
5  up INIT FC
Mustafa khan
82 424
6  up Fun Lovren Criminals
Paul Callaghan
71 415
7  up Gotta Light?
Andrew Swift
72 408
8  up Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
90 406
9  down Crazylegs XI
David Caldicott
39 403
10  up King Dunlap
Paul Bentz
64 402
11  down Klopp of the Pochs
Jason Earwicker
52 402
12  down Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
56 401
13  up Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
78 401
14  same It’sOnlyAGameFarke!
David Spinks
66 399
15  down Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
49 396
16  up Rico united
JASON REACHER
64 389
17  up Despicable Mee
Trevor Gordon
68 387
18  down Brexiter City
Colin Goulding
61 387
19  up Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
69 386
20  same musttryharder FC
Paul Telford
71 386
21  up FTM
Stu Smith
91 383
22  down Queen of the north
DORINE REACHER
48 382
23  up Flying squad
Matt Jarvis
63 378
24  up The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
65 377
25  up Bakerlona FC
Stuart Baker
77 372
26  down Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
49 371
27  same greenyteamy
adam greenwood
53 367
28  down Aquamar 1564
Noel Driver
48 367
29  up Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
61 365
30  up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
58 360
31  up Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
69 357
32  down Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
39 356
33  up We are Ayling
Paul Murray
71 354
34  down romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
36 353
35  down Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
48 353
36  up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
73 352
37  down Game of Throw-Ins
Ryan Garoghan
46 351
38  up Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
66 350
39  down Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
55 349
40  down To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
54 344
41  down mrs mcgoo
laura barrett
26 340
41  up Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
65 340
43  down Pure Buffoonery!
Jitesh Lakhani
41 339
44  down cookster fc
Peter Cook
31 333
45  down disco dancer
darren frankland
52 333
46  up Emergency Gap Jumper
Ian Williams
50 316
47  up Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
53 311
48  down iamgroot
scott mcgow
33 310
49  same blakes11
Steven Darling
63 297
50  same Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
28 241

Manager of the month – Dean Cripps – Kompany & Co – 289 points

The Vinegar Pissers lead the way going into the weekend but it’s Kompany & Co that take the prize. They also switched places – 3rd and 4th – in the overall league. Kompany’s key player was Nacho Monreal. The Arsenal defender added 15 points to their score. And you probably hadn’t noticed, but that’s four shut-outs on the spin now from Wenger’s team.

Manager of the week – Stu Smith – FTM – 91 points

FTM were probably hoping for a few goals from Harry Kane, a clean sheet from Phil Jones, another dominant Man City display and maybe a piece of magic from Philippe Coutinho to amass a healthy score this week. They got all those things, but the 16 ridiculous points picked up by Marouanne Fellaini probably wasn’t expected, and it’s what pushed them to the top of the weekly charts just ahead of Neil Madrid, who gave us the first glimpse of the potential power of the fee hit.

Player of the week – Marouane Fellaini – 16 points.

This will never happen again. Not even Marouane Fellaini has Marouane Fellaini in his fantasy team.

Bargain of the week – Stephen Ward – 12 points

Second in the bonus charts for defenders and third in the bonus charts overall, Ward and the Burnley back line look the best of the cheap options in that area of the park at the moment.

Twat of the week – Tommy Smith – 0 points

It’s hard to believe that still no Palace players have landed at the bottom of the weekly charts given the amount of goals they’re shipping. Luckily for them there’s always someone slightly more expensive shipping as many goals each week. Palace players are so uninvolved they’re not even getting sent off.

Goal of the week – Philippe Coutinho.

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1 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 57 2,175
2 Pescara Rangers Stewart Pope 45 2,123
3 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 33 2,114
4 NaboombuDirtyYellows Andrew Swift 57 2,112
5 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 36 2,061
6 RayCrawfordsCrackers Rob Hewer 44 2,051
7 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 63 2,049
8 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 45 2,045
9 Gaalatcticos Colin Goulding 53 2,039
10 * Your Ad Here * Matthew Hopkins 44 2,037
11 Van Damme United P Hawkins 42 2,021
12 Paris Spinks Germain David Spinks 52 2,003
13 Upper Bullens Andy Taylor 26 1,993
14 Ciderheads Darren Pope 33 1,966
15 Who R U DEAN CRIPPS 45 1,953
16 Accrington Rudyard Ian Williams 41 1,939
17 Pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 47 1,903
18 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 50 1,901
19 Biscuitmen Chris Morton 33 1,881
20 The Mindless Morons John Seacroft 59 1,876
21 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 47 1,837
22 Get to the choppa Mark Bromham 40 1,834
23 Real Jorvik FC Simon Brown 45 1,830
24 Release The Hounds Paul Mitchell 45 1,788
25 Luxembourg United Simon Smallbone 32 1,758
26 No Recognized Plan Paul Bentz 41 1,744
27 Sportingabiggerwig Alex Ritchie 39 1,723
28 Crazylegs XI David Caldicott 32 1,617
29 Jordie’s Giants Jordan Raper 21 1,357

 

A  typically ridiculous last day of the season. Some teams scored lots of goals. Some players scored lots of points, most of whom are nowhere near anyone’s fantasy squads. Of the players who made the weekly dream team line up, only Santi Cazorla appears among the season’s top points scorers. The last Arsenal payer you want scoring a hat trick is Theo Walcott – but he did – and from warming the bench and the treatment table all season has potentially played himself into contention for an FA Cup final start.

Our last weekly winners are Bermie United. Fittingly, their 63 points also secured the May manager of the month award. They didn’t make any transfers this week – they didn’t need to – they’ve been on a steady rise for the last couple of weeks. They’ve climbed 200,000 places in the overall game since gameweek 34, and finish in 7th overall.

1 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 63 279
2 Paris Spinks Germain David Spinks 52 263
3 NaboombuDirtyYellows Andrew Swift 57 262
4 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 57 235
5 Release The Hounds Paul Mitchell 45 231
6 Gaalatcticos Colin Goulding 53 229

 

In the race for the title, Neil Madrid hit a steady 57 points to secure the trophy with room to spare. The battle for the runners up spot went to Pescara who leapfrogged Hedgehog Corpse. Hedgehog nearly slipped to fourth behind Naboombu’s, who would have pinched third had they made Moussa Sissoko or Phil Jones their captain. But who in their right mind would have done that?

Player of the week – Theo Walcott – 20 points. Only his fourth start of the season

Bargain of the week – Mame Biram Diouf – 16 points. Finishes as Stoke’s top scoring player.

Donkey of the week – Marouane Fellaini – -2 points. Trying his hardest to keep Hull up.

Goal of the week – Jack Wilshere. Screamer. 1m46s.

 

 

Eden Hazard finishes as top player. He played every game, and pretty much every minute, scoring more bonus points than anybody else by some distance, yet interestingly never picked up a player of the week award. The best bargain player by some distance was Harry Kane. He’ll still only set you back £6 million. It did get as high as £6.5 but has dropped after a quiet few weeks. Burnley keeper, Tom Heaton, is the best value for money player. Ten clean sheets might be unprecedented by a relegated keeper. This includes three in his last three games – since they were relegated. Heaton is also one of six keepers to have saved more than one penalty this season. He also comes in at fourth in the overall saves table behind Fabianski, Adrian and Rob Green. Proving again that the more shots you’re likely to have to save – the better fantasy keeper you are.

Alexis Sanchez’s value increased the most over the season – by £1.1 million. Harry Kane’s had got to a £1.5 million increase before his recent slump. Hazard’s had increased to £1.4 million only two weeks ago. He played at the weekend, but most managers had shipped him out after reading the reports of his wonky wisdom teeth. Nathaniel Clyne and Stewart Downing had both increased in value by £1.2 million at various points of the season. Southampton, on the whole, offered up the best value for money players. Had you ignored the early season pundit predictions that they’d struggle, and picked three of Clyne, Ryan Bertrand, Jose Fonte, Fraser Forster or Graziano Pelle, you’d have got off to a blinding start. Don’t expect them to be so cheap next season.

RayCrawfordsCrackers unsurprisingly tinkered their way to the most manager of the week awards this season. They finished the week with the highest score six times, one less that the record they set last year. Shoelace were the only team to take more than one monthly award, winning the prize in October and March. The player of the week awards were much more evenly spread than last year. I’d be surprised if anyone beat Luis Suarez’s record of five from last season. Harry Kane finished as the highest scorer on three occassions.

Yannick Bolasie hit the highest weekly score of 24 points in gameweek 32 – a hat trick, an assist and all bonus marks against Sunderland. In gamweek 31 Christian Beneteke equalled the highest score up until that point with 23 points – a total that had already been achieved by Dusan Tadic in gameweek 8 – also against Sunderland. Also in gameweek 31, Charlie Austin bagged 21 points – our highest bargain player score. Unsurprisingly, gameweek 31produced our highest team score – 119 points by Pescara – who had both Benteke (c) and Austin in their team. Sergio Aguero and Sadio Mane, in gameweeks 36 and 37 respectively also posted 23 point weekly scores.

Sunderland’s Santiago Vergini hit the depths with a -4 weekly score in their 8-0 drubbing at the hands of Southampton. This included a cracking og that would easily be up for goal of the season, had it not been for the fact he volleyed it into the roof of his own net. Hull and Everton served up the most donkeys with four each. Kyle Naughton was our only double donkey this season whilst playing for Spurs. He now plays for Swansea.

Team of the season

  • GK – Lukasz Fabianski – Swansea City – 151 points
  • DR – Branislav Ivanovic – Chelsea – 171 points
  • DL – Ryan Bertrand – Southampton – 140 points
  • DC – John Terry – Chelsea – 170 points
  • DC – Phil Jagielka – Everton – 142 points
  • MR – Alexis Sanchez – Arsenal – 207 points
  • ML – Eden Hazard – Chelsea – 233 points
  • CM – David Silva – Manchester City – 191 points
  • CM – Santi Cazorla – Arsenal – 168 points
  • AT – Sergio Aguero – Manchester City – 216 points
  • AT – Harry Kane – Tottenham Hotspur – 191 points

Bargains of the season (with season starting value)

  • GK – Tom Heaton – Burnley – 150 points – £4.5 million
  • DR – Nathaniel Clyne – Southampton – 142 points – £5 million
  • DL – Neil Taylor – Swansea City – 109 points – £4.5 million
  • DC – Joleon Lescott – West Bromwich Albion – 127 points – £5 million
  • DC – Ashley Williams – Swansea City – 118 points – £5 million
  • MR – Nacer Chadli – Tottenham Hotspur – 160 points – £6 million
  • ML – Stewart Downing – West Ham United – 160 points – £5.5 million
  • MC – Gylfi Sigurdsson – Swansea City – 154 points – £6 million
  • MC – Ki Sung-Yeung – Swansea City – 129 points – £5 million
  • AT – Charlie Austin –  Queens Park Rangers – 176 points – £6 million
  • AT – Graziano Pelle – Southampton – 149 points – £7.5 million

 

That’s it. Seventy odd days till we start again. Check the Roll of Honour and Prize Money links for full season breakdown. I’ll be in touch with the winners regarding payment of prize money over the next few days.

Well done everyone.

 

Gameweek 8 results

October 21, 2014

1 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 84 477
2 Sportingabiggerwig Alex Ritchie 60 434
3 NaboombuDirtyYellows Andrew Swift 52 432
4 * Your Ad Here * Matthew Hopkins 65 432
5 Upper Bullens Andy Taylor 61 420
6 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 56 418
7 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 45 410
8 Gaalatcticos Colin Goulding 47 409
9 RayCrawfordsCrackers Rob Hewer 72 408
10 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 70 405
11 Ciderheads Darren Pope 72 402
12 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 65 397
13 Paris Spinks Germain David Spinks 63 395
14 Pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 58 390
15 Pescara Rangers Stewart Pope 85 388
16 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 75 383
17 Crazylegs XI David Caldicott 52 368
18 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 68 366
19 Biscuitmen Chris Morton 31 357
20 Get to the choppa Mark Bromham 47 349
21 The Mindless Morons John Seacroft 73 348
22 No Recognized Plan Paul Bentz 49 346
23 Luxembourg United Simon Smallbone 63 345
24 Release The Hounds Paul Mitchell 54 344
25 Van Damme United P Hawkins 36 341
26 Who R U DEAN CRIPPS 55 339
27 Real Jorvik FC Simon Brown 37 331
28 Accrington Rudyard Ian Williams 54 330
29 Jordie’s Giants Jordan Raper 15 276

 

Twice champs Pescara win their first manager of the week award for over a season with 85 points. Uriah’s finished on a point less than Pescara this week with 84 points and are in pole position in the race for the October award. It will be their second consecutive manager of the month. Here’s how it stands…

1 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 84 143
2 Pescara Rangers Stewart Pope 85 135
3 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 68 132
4 Sportingabiggerwig Alex Ritchie 60 130
5 Ciderheads Darren Pope 72 129

 

Both teams, and many others benefitted from Southampton’s incredible 8-0 hammering of Sunderland. Most of the 60 plus scores can be attributed to a combo of Southampton players, with Dusan Tadic, Graziano Pelle, Nathaniel Clyne, Ryan Bertrand and Morgan Schneiderlin contributing healthy totals to the top two. In fact, only Shane Long of the Saints starting XI failed to score anything other than their basic appearance points.

It takes some performance to grab the player of the week award from a another scoring four goals in one game. Sergio Aguero’s single handed blitzing of Spurs wasn’t enough to earn him the accolade ahead of Tadic, who assisted four and scored one in the 8-0er.

Aguero’s performance was a reminder of how valuable a fantasy player he can be. That’s his sixth consecutive start and his fourth full 90 minutes. Is that enough to convince that those niggling injuries are behind him? And because of that, is it now worth considering swapping Diego Costa for him? Costa sat out this weekend and these continuing rumours about his long term fitness are a worry. If you were a manager and you had the choice of buying one of them, who would you opt for? Aguero every time isn’t it?

Liverpool continue to be a bit of an FPL enigma so far this season. Daniel Sturridge is much further away from a return than was reported before the weekend’s games, and they need him back quickly, because Mario Balotelli offers absolutely nothing. And he’s holding back the Liverpool players you want in your team. The fact they won the game with two own goals from QPR this weekend says it all. It’s unusual to win a game scoring three goals and for your top performing player to only pick up 7 points.

It’s been another weekend in which it’s become evidently clear you cannot rely on any defenders, no matter who they play for. There were nine defenders and one keeper on minus scores at the end of this week. Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal, United and City just don’t keep clean sheets regularly enough. Last season’s best value keeper, Vito Mannone, was at fault for at least all eight of Southampton’s goals. I feel for anyone with any of the Sunderland defence, particularly Santiago Vergini, who scored a cracking own goal to set Southampton on their way. Richard Dunne has scored more Premier League own goals than any other player – a tally he added to at the weekend. And despite conceding more goals than anyone else other than QPR, Everton have three defenders sat in the top ten. How is this possible? Defenders – they just can’t be trusted.

 

Player of the week – Dusan Tadic – 23 points. £7.5 million before the weekend – could be up towards the £8 million mark by the next set of fictures.

Bargain of the week – Diafra Sakho – 12 points. Finally gets a place on the roll of honour. Four goals in four games.

Donkey of the week – Santiago Vergini – -4 points. The joint lowest ever weekly total. Well done son.

Goal of the week – Marouane Fellaini. Seriously.

Season review

May 27, 2013

Team of the season

Ignore all other teams of the season. This is based on Fantasy League performance. There is no better indicator – in other words NO FUCKING MICHAEL CARRICK. It’s a classic 4-4-2 formation with a defensive midfielder (ie with Yaya Toure).

GK. Joe Hart

In all fairness, no one keeper stood out this season. De Gea made the PFA team, but Hart kept more clean sheets. De Gea kept only 2 clean sheets in his first 20 games. He had an impressive run of 8 in 10 from February through to April – which probably won United the title, but Hart’s 18 overall were spread evenly across the season. His best run came in January. He didn’t concede during the whole month. So unspectacular, yet effective.

RB. Glen Johnson

Kept more clean sheets than any other defender this season with 16, and played virtually every minute, but for a two game absence in the autumn. Contributed well with 5 assists.

LB. Leighton Baines

5 goals and 7 assists reads more like a decent midfielder, but add to that the 11 clean sheets and 24 bonus points, and you have England’s best defender. What Everton lack in clean sheet reliability, Baines more than makes up for in attacking threat and being an all round bloody good footballer.

CB. Branislav Ivanovic

Chelsea’s best defender. Not a racist. Or a publicity whore. Or a maverick. Or Gary Cahill. Just a defender. Scored 5 and kept 12 clean sheets. Finihsed week 1 with 24 points – the 2nd highest weekly total of the season.

CB. Jan Vertonghen

Tottenham’s failure this year may be put down to the amount of clean sheets they kept. 9 in total is 5 less than both Arsenal and Chelsea. Vertonghen played all but 4 of Spurs’ games, and in all 9 of the clean sheet games. His 136 point total was nicely topped up by the regular bonus marks, 5 goals and 3 assists.

DM. Yaya Toure

Who else? He’s at an advantage in that he’s bumped forward every so often. Like many of the City players, he didn’t seem to have as spectacular a season as last time, but he scored as many goals, scored more bonus points and bettered his overall points total. He only failed to match his assist total. And where’s Michael Carrick? Labouring on 101 points with a third of the bonus marks and a lesser value than he started off with.

LM. Gareth Bale

Second highest scorer behind RVP and 3rd on the goalscoring charts behind RVP and Suarez. He scored more bonus points than any other player and his value increased more than any other player – from 9.5 to 11.1 million. Bale achieved double figures in 13 gameweeks – a third of the season. In 12 of his last 17 appearances of the season since the turn of the year, Bale either scored or assisted – and invariably bagged the big bonus points aswell. And everyone had him in their team.

CM. Santi Cazorla

The highest scoring newcomer to the Premiership. Double figures for goals and assists and a healthy bonus points haul. It’s a total you can imagine he’ll improve on next season as Arsenal’s new creative lynch pin.

RM. Juan Mata

Like Cazorla, Mata adapted easily to playing in England last season, and followed those impressive totals with an even better showing this time round. Was used relatively sparingly, and had a few dry patches during the seaosn, but nevertheless, amassed more assists than any other player, and hit 11 goals.

CF. Robin Van Persie

The league’s top scorer and only 1 point behind Bale in the bonus charts. RVP contributed something pointsworthy to all but 9 of the 38 games, and effectively won the title for United. Went on a 10 week run of scoring goals, assists or bonuses from Novemeber through to January, and scored the goal of the season to boot – the one that confirmed the title, against Villa, on the 22nd April.

CF. Luis Suarez

Picked up 3 bookings in his first 4 games, which saw him being booted out of a lot of teams early doors. And to infuriate those that picked him even further, he goes and scores a hat trick in week 6. He was pretty unstoppable from that week on, particularly at the start of 2013. If it hadn’t been for his suspensions, which amounted to 5 games, he may have ended up as the league’s top goalscorer. He won’t be playing until week 6 next season either.

Bargain team of the season

That team above would never have been affordable. Here are the players you’d never heard of last August.

GK. Asmir Begovic

The game’s leading goalkeeper up until Christmas. Had kept the most clean sheets, and had only conceded more than 2 goals in a game twice. The Stoke’s season collapsed. Begovic only kept 3 more clean sheets all season, but he had built up such a points lead over most other keepers, that he finished the season as the joint 2nd highest points scoring keeper. His value reached 5.9 million at one point – 1.4 million more than his starting price.

RB. Joey O’Brien

For a 4 million defender, 11 clean sheets, 2 goals, 4 assists and 11 bonus points is a good return. West Ham’s season started well, dipped in the middle and picked up again towards the end, and that matched the pattern of O’Brien’s scoring. His value eventually reached 4.8 million by season end.

LB. Angel Rangel

Rangel’s value actually decreased over the course of the season. Swansea never went on a run of keeping clean sheets, which may explain that, but Rangel reached a respectable 111 points with a 3 goal return and a good haul of 15 bonus points. Also matched Van Persie, Walcott, Tevez and Suarez with 2 player of the week awards.

CB. Ryan Shawcross

Followed the same path as Begovic. Starting at 5 million, Shawcross saw his value increase to 6 million in the space of 8 weeks during the autumn. That took him to Christmas. Cue Stoke collapse. But by that point he’d kept 9 clean sheets, and only 5 other defenders finished the season with more.

CB. Per Mertesacker

And Mertesacker was one of them. Much maligned, but managed to usurp Vermaelen from the Arsenal starting line up, and form a good partnership with Laurent Koscielny. Mertesacker, I suspect, will start higher than 5 million next season. Maybe his reputation went before him. Finished with 3 goals and 14 clean sheets.

DM. Jonathan De Guzman

Ended with 5 goals and 7 assists, although had his best scoring run through the periods of the season when he wasn’t an automatic first choice. De Guzman nailed a starting place down from February onward, but he, like most other Swansea players seemed to put the brakes on a little once they’d secured the League Cup, and European football. Still better that Michael Carrick.

RM. Michu

Swansea were a good team to go to for your bargain buys. Not that Michu ended the season as a bargain. Michu started at 6.5, but had reached 7.1 by week 3. Eventually reached 8.5 million by March, but dropped back to 7.9 by the end, as Swansea slowed down, and an injury threatened to end his season early (it didn’t, despite the papers widely reporting that it had). Possibly the bargain buy of any Premier League season.

CM. Marouane Fellaini

Another whose value peaked and then dropped again as the season wore on. Started with a man of the match winning performance in their first game – a victory over United. Reached gameweek double figures 5 times before Christmas, but lagged behind as silly suspensions were picked up. Was the 5th best bonus scorer in the whole game, and finished with his personal best goals and fantasy points haul.

LM. Robert Snodgrass

Norwich enjoyed a period through October into December where they went 10 games unbeaten, largely due to solid defensive displays which saw them keep 4 clean sheets in 6. When the defence buckled, they simply scored more goals. Snodgrass contributed three double figure gameweeks towards the end of that 10 game run, and then 3 more scoring weeks in the last 3 games of the season to ensure Premier League safety. Was the 5th best bonus scoring midfielder with 23 points.

CF. Rickie Lambert

The second highest scoring Englishman in the game behind Theo Walcott. Many people questioned whether he’d be able to carry his scoring form from lower divisions into the Premier League. He did. He bagged 15 goals in his debut season, with 8 assists and 32 bonus marks.

CF. Christian Benteke 

The other from-out-of-nowhere buy of the season – along with Michu. Looks capable of playing for most teams in the league. Benteke’s debut Premier season produced 19 goals, 14 of which came in the 2nd half of the campaign to (almost single-handedly) save Villa from the Championship.

Buckets League Winners

A Pint of Fuller’s – P Hawkins – 2194 points

Champions League Qualifiers

Hedgehog’s Corpse – Nick Smith – 2120 points

Pescara Rangers – Stewart Pope – 2113 points

(Your Ad Here) – Matthew Hopkins – 2072 points

Buckets Cup Winners

(Your Ad Here) –  Matthew Hopkins

Highest weekly score

Panza Grande – Stuart Baker – 103 points – GW34

Highest monthly score

A Pint of Fuller’s – P Hawkins – 361 points – December

Most manager of the week awards

Goodbutnosigurdsson – Robert Hewer – 6 winning gameweeks

Most manager of the month awards

Goodbutnosigurdsson – Robert Hewer – 2 winning game months

Bermie United – Glen Davies – 2 winning game months

Highest scoring player

Robin Van Persie – Manchester United – 262 points

Highest scoring goalkeeper

Joe Hart – Manchester City – 158 points

Highest scoring defender

Leighton Baines – Everton – 177 points

Highest scoring midfielder

Gareth Bale – Tottenham Hotspur – 249 points

Highest scoring attacker

Robin Van Persie – Manchester United – 262 points

Most goals

Robin Van Persie – Manchester United – 26 goals

Most assists

Juan Mata – Chelsea – 18 assists

Most clean sheets

Joe Hart – Manchester City – 18 clean sheets

Most bonus points

Gareth Bale – Tottenham Hotspur – 50 bonus points

Highest value increase

Gareth Bale – Tottenham Hotspur – 1.6 million

Highest weekly score (player)

Theo Walcott – Arsenal – 26 points

Most player of the week awards

Carlos Tevez – Manchester City – 2

Robin Van Persie –  Manchester United – 2

Luis Suarez – Liverpool – 2

Theo Walcott – Arsenal – 2

Angel Rangel – Swansea City – 2

Most player of the week awards (team)

Arsenal and Liverpool – 6

Most donkey of the week awards (team)

QPR – 4

Most goal of the season nominations

Adel Taraabt – QPR – 3

Most goal of the season nominations (team)

Manchester United, QPR, Everton – 4

Goal of the season

1. Robin Van Persie – Manchester United v Aston Villa – GW34

2. Matthew Lowton – Aston Villa v Stoke City – GW32

3. Cameron Jerome – Stoke City v Southampton – GW20

Gameweek 21 preview

December 31, 2012

01 Jan 12:45 West Brom West Brom v Fulham Fulham
01 Jan 15:00 Man City Man City v Stoke City Stoke City
01 Jan 15:00 Swansea Swansea v Aston Villa Aston Villa
01 Jan 15:00 Tottenham Tottenham v Reading Reading
01 Jan 15:00 West Ham West Ham v Norwich Norwich
01 Jan 15:00 Wigan Wigan v Man Utd Man Utd
01 Jan 17:30 Southampton Southampton v Arsenal Arsenal
02 Jan 19:45 Chelsea Chelsea v QPR QPR
02 Jan 19:45 Liverpool Liverpool v Sunderland Sunderland
02 Jan 20:00 Newcastle Newcastle v Everton Everton

 

It’s the second half of the season. Your January transfer window wildcard is operational after this weekend’s fixtures. Use it wisely. The January Manager of the Month race starts here. There are 4 gameweeks to tackle to win the prize.

It’s the first round of the FA Cup at the weekend, so after these New Year fixtures we’ve got a week and half off to catch our breath after the non-stop Christmas fixture pile up. There have been some ludicrous results and some surprising fantasy scorers. The Premier managers haven’t made it easy for us with some of their team selections, and that may continue into this gameweek. Bale is suspended. Fellaini is back. Michu might be. And Theo Walcott is a centre forward all of a sudden. Chelsea could score another 8. Arsenal could score another 7. They got 6 first time round. Dzeko fired a hat trick replacing the misfiring Tevez which may keep him in the line up for another week. Suarez might have a partner up front in Danny Sturridge by kick off if the reputed deal goes through quickly, and Demba Ba looks unlikely to be wearing black and white for much longer. If a deal is in the offing, he may not be making any more appearances, scoring his weekly goal, until he signs for his new club.

I wished you all Happy New Year too early. I’ll do it again. Happy New Year.

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