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.
Friday’s preview highlighted the rising stock of the Chelsea team and I don’t know why I didn’t take my own advice. Their fifth consecutive clean sheet and their fifth consecutive victory. They were the only team to keep a clean sheet this weekend. Only 11 defenders collected anything but their appearance points and four of them play for Chelsea. Eden Hazard scored his fifth goal in four games and registered the highest score of the week. His overall performance merited much more than the 19 points he achieved. He’s an absolutely essential buy at the moment.
So, it’s just typical that a two week international break should come along. Although it does give you plenty of time to figure out exactly how to wedge him into your team. But with each passing day there’s the danger that his value will edge higher and higher. It had already jumped from £9.8 to £10 million over the two gameweeks before the Everton game. There’s every chance it’ll increase by the same amount, or maybe more, come the gameweek 12 deadline. And the same goes for absolutely everybody else in the Chelsea starting XI at the moment from Courtois to Costa.
No less impressive were Liverpool, hammering six past Watford. Their front four all returned double figure scores. It was Philippe Coutinho’s fourth – a feat only matched by Hazard and Alexis Sanchez. Mane, Lallana and Firmino have all managed three each. They occupy four of the top twelve scorers overall – four of the top eight midfielders. If you’ve still got a wildcard, gameweek 12 looks like a perfect opportunity to play it. At whose expense might be better looked at in the preview in a fortnights time. A few injuries to Arsenal, Spurs and City players over the international break will make that decision a bit easier. Here’s hoping.
Racing Club Skegness were far and away our highest scorers of the week with 87 points. There were only two other managers in the 70’s. Greenyteamy opted for Firmino as captain. He contributed 30 of their 77 points. Cooksters 74 points came with a 38 point contribution from Hazard as captain. Skegness also went with Hazard, but also benefited from Coutinho’s contribution, a resurgence from Wayne Rooney on his recall to the Manchester United squad and Sam Vokes’ 11 point return, which puts him at the top of the budget striker picks. His current form is bettered only by that of Costa and Romelu Lukaku.
Player of the week – Eden Hazard – 19 points. Goal of the week too.
Bargain of the week – Robert Snodgrass – 14 points. Back with immediate effect.
Donkey of the week – Jose Holebas – -2 points. A lot of managers won’t be happy with him – a form budget defender in a lot of teams. Picked up a ban too.
Goal of the week – Eden Hazard. His second goal from a slightly odd angle.