Gameweek 37 results

1  same The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
43 2388
2  same But Da Pitch Ain’t 1
Trev Reams
43 2347
3  same Perfidious Albion
Andrew Swift
41 2326
4  same Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
39 2286
5  same Bielsa Ringing
Alan Hardy
53 2272
6  same FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
72 2264
7  same INIT FC
Mustafa khan
44 2198
8  same Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
65 2194
9  up Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
53 2178
10  down Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
31 2157
11  same Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
50 2149
12  same FTM
Stu Smith
27 2123
13  same Aribo Haribo
Paul Hawkins
31 2115
14  same Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
38 2099
15  up Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
68 2095
16  up Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
63 2085
17  down Frostee Rucker
Paul Bentz
36 2084
18  same King raggg
Steven Darling
54 2076
19  down Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
49 2071
20  up Salah Buffoon!!!
Jitesh Lakhani
49 2062
21  down Deeney in a Bottle
Stephanie Cripps
33 2055
22  same Mour Salt and Pep
Noel Driver
48 2050
23  up Cookie fc
Peter Cook
76 2046
24  down Dinamo Spinks
David Spinks
32 2029
25  up Crazy Leg XI
David Caldicott
58 2012
26  same Musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
51 2007
27  down RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
41 1999
28  up Need son luck
Matt Jarvis
56 1998
29  down Fake Madrid
Andrew Wade
43 1995
30  down PenshawPerformers
david bruce
46 1992
31  same SLABHEAD FC
Adam Burnett
45 1983
32  same Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
44 1974
33  same Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
45 1968
34  same Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
53 1949
35  same The Big Lewandowski
Paul Callaghan
56 1948
36  up Dropit like its Hart
Jason Earwicker
55 1934
37  down Hemel Hotspurs
Paul Jarvis
53 1932
38  up Greeeenteeam
adam greenwood
78 1911
39  up Puddle Splash Van
Ian Williams
62 1907
40  down Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
39 1905
41  up QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
75 1902
42  down El Loco No Joko
Paul Murray
36 1901
43  up It’s coming home
scott mcgow
65 1893
44  down Pique Blinders
Colin Goulding
50 1874
45  down Hoose Reus
James Whitfield
47 1872
46  same Morningblues
Jeff Morning
28 1843
47  same romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
23 1821
48  same ClipityKlopptotitle
tanya thursby
77 1813
49  same The Mindless Morons
John Seacroft
68 1740
50  same Ross’s champions
darren frankland
47 1654

 

Top of the league – The Craggy Islanders – Adrian Roche – 2388 points

Nothing has changed at the top. The Islanders and Da Pitch equaled each others totals – with below average scores – and so remain 41 points apart. The Islanders still have the triple captain to play and it’s difficult to see that lead being overturned. Albion also posted a below average score but should be safe in 3rd given Madrid’s inability to close the gap. If anything is going to change in the prize money positions it’s a possible usurping of Madrid by Bielsa Ringing or Caligula who are now just 14 and 22 points behind respectively.

Manager of the week – Greeenteeam – Adrian Greenwood – 78 points

All of the top six suffered as a result of Son Heung-Min’s uncharacteristic red card. Caligula had the right back up in the shape of a Laporte, Doherty, TAA triple double figure defence, and more tellingly, a captain that delivered. It was a damp squib of a week for the majority of the league and it was only those, like Caligula, who veered away from captaining City or Liverpool that really excelled. You have to travel to the depths of the league to find those 70+ totals that really moved managers up the rankings. Greeenteeam performed best, also captaining Hazard, but also by remembering they still had a bench boost and claiming 12 extra points.

Player of the week – David Luiz – Chelsea – 15 points

The most popular captain choice this week was Sergio Aguero – the majority swayed by the fact he’d contributed goal and/or assist points at every home game he’d started this season. It was, however, a week in which defenders ruled and not just through clean sheet keeping but for their additional goal scoring and assist making exploits. David Luiz came out on top against a Watford team clearly saving themselves for Wembley. His clean sheet and goal take him to his highest season total to date.

Bargain of the week – Ryan Fredericks – West Ham United – 14 points

Fredericks would have equaled the Chelsea man had he picked up top bonus. West Ham were comfortable victors in their last home game of the season – a factor always worth considering in these final two gameweeks. Six of the home outfits managed a victory to nil this week.

Twat of the week – Son Heung-Min – Tottenham Hotspur – -2 points

Who else? He was in a lot of teams given Spurs’ double gameweek possibilities and probably the final nail in the coffin for so many. Those owners may take some consolation in a hefty chunk of money readily available for a last week transfer punt

Goal of the week – Vincent Kompany.

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Gameweek 33 results

1  same The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
85 2086
2  same Perfidious Albion
Andrew Swift
77 2066
3  same But Da Pitch Ain’t 1
Trev Reams
78 2052
4  same Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
90 2018
5  same Bielsa Ringing
Alan Hardy
69 1974
6  same Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
70 1958
7  same FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
64 1930
8  same INIT FC
Mustafa khan
72 1913
9  up FTM
Stu Smith
72 1895
10  same Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
60 1888
11  down Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
49 1886
12  same Aribo Haribo
Paul Hawkins
60 1861
13  up Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
75 1858
14  same Deeney in a Bottle
Stephanie Cripps
42 1842
15  same Frostee Rucker
Paul Bentz
46 1835
16  down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
20 1825
17  up Cookie fc
Peter Cook
59 1813
18  up King raggg
Steven Darling
61 1801
19  up Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
73 1800
20  down Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
41 1793
21  up Dinamo Spinks
David Spinks
51 1787
22  up Mour Salt and Pep
Noel Driver
88 1780
23  down Salah Buffoon!!!
Jitesh Lakhani
47 1780
24  down RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
14 1773
25  up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
87 1762
26  up Crazy Leg XI
David Caldicott
51 1744
27  down SLABHEAD FC
Adam Burnett
34 1740
28  down Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
8 1738
29  up Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
62 1737
30  down Fake Madrid
Andrew Wade
29 1736
31  up PenshawPerformers
david bruce
64 1726
32  up Need son luck
Matt Jarvis
74 1726
33  down Musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
25 1715
34  same Hemel Hotspurs
Paul Jarvis
59 1694
35  up Dropit like its Hart
Jason Earwicker
68 1683
36  up Greeeenteeam
adam greenwood
61 1682
37  down El Loco No Joko
Paul Murray
19 1665
38  down Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
28 1664
39  down Morningblues
Jeff Morning
20 1653
40  down The Big Lewandowski
Paul Callaghan
22 1653
41  down Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
30 1650
42  up Pique Blinders
Colin Goulding
33 1640
43  down QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
14 1638
44  same romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
19 1619
45  same Puddle Splash Van
Ian Williams
33 1617
46  same Hoose Reus
James Whitfield
42 1613
47  up ClipityKlopptotitle
tanya thursby
27 1567
48  down It’s coming home
scott mcgow
21 1565
49  same The Mindless Morons
John Seacroft
26 1489
50  same Ross’s champions
darren frankland
14 1418

 

League leaders – The Craggy Islanders – Adrian Roche – 2086 points

As we get to the arse end of the season we’ll take a gameweekly look at how the title race is panning out. It looks like one of three teams for the top prize. All have undertaken a slightly different end of season strategy regarding their chips and wildcards. Of the three it’s the Islanders that appear to be in the strongest position with a wildcard, bench boost and triple captain remaining. I predict a wildcard in the coming gameweek with a bench boost following in GW35. That leaves their triple captain possibly for the last week when the scores can go crazy, form definitely goes out the window, all defences tend to go on holiday and strikers fill their boots. Albion have the highest accumulative score over the last three weeks but only have their free hit remaining. Watch out for that being played in GW35. Da Pitch have dropped back slightly, being the least successful of the three at negotiating the last three weeks, but with two more double gameweeks remaining and their triple captain and bench boost chips untouched, they could force their way back into the reckoning. Maybe we’ll see a brave punt on a GW34 Lewis Dunk triple captain?

Manager of the week – Neil Madrid – Neil Strong – 90 points

Virtually the same team that failed in blank gameweek 31 came through this reduced gameweek to spectacular effect. Backing any striker worth his salt against Huddersfield seems to be the sensible way forward at the moment – step forward Jamie Vardy. Eden Hazard would have been as effective a captain choice. They were the players of choice for the top nine teams in the league. Having both, as many teams did given the smaller pool of players to pick from, guaranteed you a score somewhere in the 70’s or above. Youri Tielemans may have been the player making the difference for Madrid, tipping the score out of the 80’s. The young Belgian has a goal or assist in each of the last six games. It’s a shame and a bit of a headache given his (and Vardy’s) form that Leicester don’t appear in either double gameweek.

Player of the week – Jamie Vardy – Leicester City – 16 points

Two goals and an assist against a Huddersfield team now totally devoid of any fight was as obvious a captain choice as there’s been all season. Especially for a striker in a rich vein of form – Vardy has eight in eight. I’m not in sure you need to be a striker in form to get something against Huddersfield. Harry Kane faces up to that defence next week. In his quest for the golden boot, it could be brutal.

Bargain of the week – Phil Jagielka – Everton – 15 points

In gameweek 1 he was sent off after 39 minutes, collected -3 points, and looked likely to never play again. He did – two more performances amassed 7 more points to put him back in the black. A warm up injury to Michael Keane promoted him to the starting line up this weekend and he quadrupled his total for the season in the space of 90 minutes.

Twat of the week – Nathaniel Clyne – Bournemouth – -1 points

Hooked at half time having already conceded two and been booked. Bournemouth aren’t the most dependable when looking for clean sheet points and Clyne hasn’t provided any attacking full back assists as it was hoped he might since his loan move.

Goal of the week – Eden Hazard (1st goal).

 

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

Gameweek 29 results

1  up The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
49 1797
2  down But Da Pitch Ain’t 1
Trev Reams
45 1795
3  same Perfidious Albion
Andrew Swift
44 1782
4  same Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
58 1753
5  same Bielsa Ringing
Alan Hardy
44 1725
6  up Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
52 1687
7  same FTM
Stu Smith
40 1681
8  down INIT FC
Mustafa khan
32 1679
9  up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
63 1659
10  down Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
42 1642
11  up Frostee Rucker
Paul Bentz
52 1640
12  up Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
51 1630
13  same Deeney in a Bottle
Stephanie Cripps
34 1622
14  down King raggg
Steven Darling
35 1621
15  up Aribo Haribo
Paul Hawkins
57 1609
16  up Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
61 1602
17  up Fake Madrid
Andrew Wade
42 1593
18  down Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
31 1591
19  same RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
36 1585
20  down SLABHEAD FC
Adam Burnett
29 1582
21  up Dinamo Spinks
David Spinks
43 1566
22  same Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
40 1564
23  up Cookie fc
Peter Cook
50 1560
24  down Mour Salt and Pep
Noel Driver
22 1560
25  up Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
57 1553
26  down Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
48 1551
27  same Musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
45 1534
28  same Salah Buffoon!!!
Jitesh Lakhani
57 1532
29  up Crazy Leg XI
David Caldicott
61 1521
30  up PenshawPerformers
david bruce
51 1519
31  same Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
45 1511
32  down Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
35 1505
33  up Need son luck
Matt Jarvis
47 1503
34  down The Big Lewandowski
Paul Callaghan
30 1499
35  down Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
27 1497
36  down Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
31 1493
37  up El Loco No Joko
Paul Murray
39 1493
38  down QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
32 1488
39  up Pique Blinders
Colin Goulding
59 1482
40  down Morningblues
Jeff Morning
32 1477
41  same romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
48 1477
42  down Hemel Hotspurs
Paul Jarvis
30 1470
43  up Dropit like its Hart
Jason Earwicker
70 1464
44  up Greeeenteeam
adam greenwood
60 1457
45  down Hoose Reus
James Whitfield
47 1452
46  down ClipityKlopptotitle
tanya thursby
27 1446
47  same It’s coming home
scott mcgow
22 1405
48  same Puddle Splash Van
Ian Williams
51 1378
49  same The Mindless Morons
John Seacroft
43 1338
50  same Ross’s champions
darren frankland
53 1294

Buckets Cup semi finals

The 2019 Buckets Cup final will be contested by The Craggy Islanders and Neil Madrid. Both are previous league winners and losing cup finalists, so whoever wins will become just the third team to have won both a Buckets Cup and a Buckets League title. We could even see another double with the Islanders taking their place at the top of the league this week and Neil Madrid closing the gap in fourth place.

Manager of the week – Drop It Like It’s Hart – Jason Earwicker – 70 points

Another relatively low scoring week on the whole. Two missed penalties by PEA and Paul Pogba may have affected some final totals. Bad if you had both. Double bad if you stuck the armband on one of them. Pogba particularly was a popular choice for captain. I don’t think any of us were unlucky enough to chance the triple captain. Drop It’s 70 points contained a 25 point West Ham contribution. Is that part of a strategy working towards the blank in which the Hammers are one of the ten teams with a game?

Player of the week – Declan Rice West Ham United – 15 points

There aren’t many players who have ended the gameweek as the highest scorer on two occasions. Who’d have thought a West Ham defender would achieve that feat, particularly given their shoddy clean sheet record. Rice’s goal, clean sheet and top bonus against Newcastle matches his performance against Arsenal back in GW22. It’s worth noting in the six intervening games he’s only picked up an additional 10 points.

Bargain of the week – Andreas Periera – Manchester United – 12 points

The second best goal in a game full of cracking goals and an assist to one of Romelu Lukaku’s double and, given the lengthy Old Trafford injury list, we have a £4.5 million Manchester United player in with a shout of nailing down a place for the forthcoming double gameweeks.

Twat of the week – Lucas Torriera – Arsenal – -2 points

Not many North London derbies go by without a red card. This time Arsenal’s tenacious Uruguayan midfielder got the early bath – if you can call the 95th minute early. I’m sure most managers will be cursing those penalty misses more.

Goal of the week – Yann Valery

Gameweek 28 results and February Manager of the Month

1  same But Da Pitch Ain’t 1
Trev Reams
54 1750
2  same The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
66 1748
3  same Perfidious Albion
Andrew Swift
78 1738
4  same Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
65 1699
5  same Bielsa Ringing
Alan Hardy
63 1681
6  up INIT FC
Mustafa khan
71 1647
7  same FTM
Stu Smith
58 1641
8  down Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
46 1639
9  same Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
43 1600
10  up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
64 1600
11  down King raggg
Steven Darling
37 1590
12  down Frostee Rucker
Paul Bentz
41 1588
13  down Deeney in a Bottle
Stephanie Cripps
50 1588
14  up Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
62 1579
15  down Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
39 1560
16  same SLABHEAD FC
Adam Burnett
63 1557
17  up Aribo Haribo
Paul Hawkins
49 1552
18  down Fake Madrid
Andrew Wade
46 1551
19  up RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
73 1549
20  same Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
47 1541
21  down Mour Salt and Pep
Noel Driver
43 1538
22  down Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
46 1524
23  same Dinamo Spinks
David Spinks
57 1523
24  same Cookie fc
Peter Cook
50 1510
25  up Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
79 1503
26  down Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
38 1496
27  down Musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
46 1489
28  up Salah Buffoon!!!
Jitesh Lakhani
60 1479
29  same Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
50 1470
30  same Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
50 1470
31  down Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
48 1470
32  up The Big Lewandowski
Paul Callaghan
53 1469
33  down PenshawPerformers
david bruce
52 1468
34  same Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
49 1462
35  up Crazy Leg XI
David Caldicott
70 1460
36  up QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
84 1456
37  down Need son luck
Matt Jarvis
44 1456
38  down El Loco No Joko
Paul Murray
43 1454
39  down Morningblues
Jeff Morning
54 1445
40  down Hemel Hotspurs
Paul Jarvis
35 1440
41  down romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
37 1429
42  same Pique Blinders
Colin Goulding
58 1423
43  down ClipityKlopptotitle
tanya thursby
38 1419
44  up Hoose Reus
James Whitfield
58 1405
45  up Greeeenteeam
adam greenwood
67 1397
46  down Dropit like its Hart
Jason Earwicker
28 1394
47  same It’s coming home
scott mcgow
69 1383
48  same Puddle Splash Van
Ian Williams
53 1327
49  same The Mindless Morons
John Seacroft
51 1295
50  same Ross’s champions
darren frankland
62 1241

 

Top of the league – But Da Pitch Ain’t 1 – Trev Reams – 1750 points

Da Pitch still hold the lead, but it’s only a slender two points over the surging Craggy Islanders who are on the hunt for the second title. Perfidious sit third and only ten points further back after a resurgent week, and although not completely out of touch and out of contention for the title, Neil Madrid and Bielsa Ringing will need near perfect run-ins to catch those sides ahead of them. And we probably shouldn’t rule out the possibility of INIT, FTM or Shoelace sneaking into fourth place. We’re entering silly season, as the blank and double gameweeks begin to form and chip tactics come into play. We’re faced with only five fixtures in GW31 and the likelihood of a similar figure in GW33, depending on the outcome of the next round of the FA Cup. Already Manchester United have had two of their fixtures rearranged and moved to the middle of gameweeks 32 and 35. Expect the other successful cup teams to see their fixtures moved to the same midweek slots. Of the leading contenders, The Craggy Islanders, Perfidious Albion, Neil Madrid and Bielsa Ringing have all of their chips and their wildcard remaining. Da Pitch just have their chips to play. FTM Have their wildcard but bench-boosted in GW10, whereas INIT have no wildcards or triple captain and Shoelace have no wildcards or free hit. Negotiating the next few weeks could be tricky without at least one of the wildcard or free hit still in the bag. And it shouldn’t all be about the leaders, as a perfectly played strategy of wildcards and chips could hand any team anywhere in the league any of the next three manager of the month awards. It might also be something the semi-finalists of the Buckets Cup want to consider…

Buckets Cup quarter finals

Although maybe not in the case of The Craggy Islanders or Neil Madrid who probably have their eyes on a bigger prize. And that may play into the hands of Fake Madrid and Kebab Eaters who are the other two teams to progress to the last four. The Islanders beat Da Pitch as Madrid saw off FTM in the two top ten clashes. The Islanders will play Fake Madrid, who beat El Loco No Joko, who inexplicably kept Virgil Van Dyk and Sergio Aguero on the bench?!?!?!? Kebab Eaters edged past Mour Salt and Pep to face Neil Madrid. It could be a Madrid derby final.

February manager of the month – Atletico Chappers – Richard Chapman – 309 points

Thanks to their top 2,000 in the world weekly score of GW27 and consolidating with a steady 50 pointer this week, Chappers pinch the February prize. I’m not sure they were really in it at all before hitting the dizzy heights at the weekend. They have Gerard Deulefeu to thank and did so by benching him for their hammering at the hands of Liverpool last night.

Manager of the week – Queen Of The North – Dorine Reacher – 84 points

A week for defenders this week and QOTN lined up two of the big scorers – Schar and Robertson – in their team. They amassed 43 points from those two and their other defender, Ashley Young, who chipped in with a goal, and their keeper, Allison. They wouldn’t be picking up this award however had it not been for a Marko Arnautovic no-show. Although quite what Sadio Mane was doing warming the bench is anyone’s guess given his present run of form of six goals in six games.

Player of the week – Virgil Van Dyk – Liverpool – 20 points

It would have been 51 points had Van Dyk been lined alongside them in a triple up Liverpool defence. It’s not a ludicrous idea given that they’re three of the six highest scoring defenders in the game and that Liverpool have more clean sheets than anyone else so far this season. They could surpass 20 which would be a great achievement. It bodes well for the weeks ahead in which Liverpool play every week. They have no doubles, but they also have no blanks.

Bargain of the week – Fabian Schar – Newcastle United – 15 points

There aren’t many players with two weekly player awards so far this season. Fabian Schar is probably the most unexpected recipient. A clean sheet and a wondergoal always equals top bonus. Newcastle will play the blank gameweek in 31, and have other potential clean sheet matches between now and then.

Twat of the week – Kieran Trippier – Tottenham Hotspur – -1 points

A wonderful own goal that totally wrong footed Hugo Lloris, a World Cup winning captain no less. Tottenham’s meltdown might have started a few weeks earlier this season.

Goal of the week – Fabian Schar.