Manager of the week – FC Caligula – 79 points
I told you they were the ones to watch. As predicted they played their free hit – and with some success. Other free hit scores by other managers have been higher across the season, but Caligula’s was perhaps better timed and sees them climb into second place, marginally closing the gap on The VPs to 50 points. Is that too big a gap to overcome? It will all depend on their GW37 teams and captains. The only real disappointments for Cailgula were James Milner’s 1 point when they may have expected a clean sheet, Ilkay Gundogan’s virtual blank in among Man City’s five goal thrashing of Swansea and the in-form Wilf Zaha having a week off diving about the Watford penalty area. They will return to their GW34 team already containing thirteen GW37 double gameweekers. The VPs have eight and some big decisions to make. And lets give an honorable mention to Edgbaston, who also had their Free Hit in storage and picked up 71 points to move into fourth. They will proceed next week with 10 GW37 double gameweekers and a triple captain up their sleeve.
Player of the week – Alexandre Lacazette – 13 points
Those free hit scores were low-ish for a reason. Obviously, it being a reduced gameweek – although remember what happened in GW31. And despite four and five goal matches at Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester City, the points were spread around a host of players. Lacazette was the only player to bag a brace and is having a strong end of season – as Arsenal always tend to do. Maybe with extra incentive of giving their manager a good send off. Arsenal have two very winnable fixtures to finish the season but with the Europa League in mind, rotation could play a part. The only player I’d say guaranteed a start – although that didn’t happen at the weekend – is Pierre Aubameyang. He’s cup tied in the Europa, so should, in theory, be first name on the team sheet.
Bargain of the week – Wayne Hennessey – 10 points
I suppose you’ve got to totally ignore what I said about Wayne Hennessey last week. I guess they were due a clean sheet – as were Watford. Hennessey picked up top bonus and an extra save point. And just to completely back track – his run of fixtures don’t look too scary, so maybe there’ll be another clean sheet to celebrate before the end of the season.
Twat of the week – Martin Olsson – -1 points
Poor Swansea. City were due to give someone a pasting and with the title won it was inevitable that this gameweek’s opponents were the most likely to be on the receiving end. I doubt the defeat will effect Swansea too much, but the goals conceded might be a problem. Olsson is this week’s worst for picking up a yellow to go with the drubbing.
Goal of the week – Kevin De Bruyne. Screamer. 4m40s