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 6 results

September 24, 2018

1  up But Da Pitch Ain’t 1
Trev Reams
71 429
2  down Perfidious Albion
Andrew Swift
65 428
3  up King raggg
Steven Darling
76 395
4  up Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
61 387
5  up Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
61 386
6  same SLABHEAD FC
Adam Burnett
59 385
7  down The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
58 385
8  down FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
54 381
9  down Cookie fc
Peter Cook
40 367
10  up Mour Salt and Pep
Noel Driver
72 366
11  up Need son luck
Matt Jarvis
70 364
12  up RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
65 362
13  down The Big Lewandowski
Paul Callaghan
53 362
14  down Deeney in a Bottle
Stephanie Cripps
50 362
15  down Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
58 359
16  up Bielsa Ringing
Alan Hardy
71 358
17  down Frostee Rucker
Paul Bentz
35 355
18  down QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
48 349
19  down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
53 347
20  down Hoose Reus
James Whitfield
48 345
21  up Musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
59 341
22  same Thelma and Luiz
Trevor Gordon
54 340
23  down PenshawPerformers
david bruce
46 339
24  down Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
50 337
25  down Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
48 336
26  same CAS Vampire Slayers
Mustafa khan
58 335
27  same Crazy Leg XI
David Caldicott
56 332
28  same FTM
Stu Smith
60 331
29  up Aribo Haribo
Paul Hawkins
68 327
30  same Morningblues
Jeff Morning
58 322
31  up ClipityKlopptotitle
tanya thursby
65 320
32  down romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
61 319
33  up Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
62 316
34  down Dropit like its Hart
Jason Earwicker
53 315
35  down Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
58 314
36  up Fake Madrid
Andrew Wade
61 313
37  down Pique Blinders
Colin Goulding
49 312
38  down Bakerlona
Stuart Baker
58 310
39  up Greeeenteeam
adam greenwood
77 304
39  same Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
54 304
41  up Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
79 301
42  down Dinamo Spinks
David Spinks
59 296
43  down Hemel Hotspurs
Paul Jarvis
52 289
44  up Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
63 288
45  up It’s coming home
scott mcgow
72 285
46  down Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
48 283
47  down Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
50 278
48  down The Mindless Morons
John Seacroft
57 276
49  up Ross’s champions
darren frankland
60 265
50  down Puddle Splash Van
Ian Williams
48 261
51  down El Loco No Joko
Paul Murray
44 260
52  same Salah Buffoon!!!
Jitesh Lakhani
54 254

 

 

Top of the league – But Da Pitch Ain’t 1 – Trev Reams – 429 points

Da battle for supremacy between Da Pitch and Perfidious continues with both cruising past da 400 point mark way ahead of anyone else, but it’s da former who have a slender one point advantage after outscoring their rivals this gameweek. Both sit in the top 10,000 overall and both lead the way in the battle for the September manager of the month.

1  same But Da Pitch Ain’t 1
Trev Reams
71 218
2  up Perfidious Albion
Andrew Swift
65 204
3  same SLABHEAD FC
Adam Burnett
59 201
4  up King raggg
Steven Darling
76 193
5  up Greeeenteeam
adam greenwood
77 188

However, both have wildcarded, as have Slabhead. Could someone from further back steal ahead and claim the September prize?

Manager of the week – Jaime Nash – Nashton Villa – 79 points

A welcome change in fortunes for last season’s runner up who has jumped almost a million places in the overall game. Disappointingly it only equates to three Buckets positions, but it’s a step in the right direction after having spent the opening weeks struggling to get over average scores and gaining no real boost from an early wildcard in gameweek 3. Villa took an 8 point hit for transfers and two of the three new boys returned 9 points – Joe Hart and James Maddison. Goals from Salah (c), Kane and Aguero, and clean sheets and bonuses from double-barreled full backs topped the total up nicely.

Player of the week – Joel Matip – Liverpool – 15 points

It wasn’t Ryan Fraser, the most transferred in player. He continued that curse by winding up on the end of a 4-0 thumping at the hands of the league’s bottom club. Thanks Ryan. After a few near misses a Liverpool player has finally found their place on the honours board. Matip completed a near clean sweep of defensive points. He was only missing the assist. And you can bag him for less than £5 million.

Bargain of the week – Ashley Barnes – Burnley – 12 points

Burnley finally have a win on the board and a second clean sheet to add to the one they picked up in gameweek 1. Their season appears to have started now the international break has passed and their European adventure has come to a premature end. A lot of their players suffered price drops through those opening weeks, Barnes being one of them. If their season is going to pick up, maybe he and one or two others will come on to our radar. It was his scoring prowess off the bench last season that eventually earned him more starts and he became a useful third striker to own.

Twat of the week – Wesley Hoedt – Southampton – -1 points

It probably should be a Cardiff player who are now shipping goals as we expected them to – four last week and five in this. Wesley Hoedt decided he’d score an own goal in a 3-0 defeat, which doesn’t do much for your fantasy cred.

Goal of the week – Joao Moutinho.

Gameweek 5 results

September 18, 2018

1  same Perfidious Albion
Andrew Swift
75 363
2  up But Da Pitch Ain’t 1
Trev Reams
91 358
3  up Cookie fc
Peter Cook
68 327
4  down FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
56 327
5  down The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
63 327
6  up Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
64 326
6  up SLABHEAD FC
Adam Burnett
90 326
8  up Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
68 325
9  down King raggg
Steven Darling
68 323
10  up Frostee Rucker
Paul Bentz
90 320
11  down Deeney in a Bottle
Stephanie Cripps
50 312
12  up The Big Lewandowski
Paul Callaghan
58 309
13  up QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
66 301
14  up Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
65 301
15  down Mour Salt and Pep
Noel Driver
45 298
16  up RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
59 297
17  down Hoose Reus
James Whitfield
45 297
18  down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
50 294
18  down Need son luck
Matt Jarvis
53 294
20  down PenshawPerformers
david bruce
41 293
21  up Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
61 291
22  up Thelma and Luiz
Trevor Gordon
55 290
23  down Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
52 288
24  down Bielsa Ringing
Alan Hardy
38 287
25  down Musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
42 282
26  up CAS Vampire Slayers
Mustafa khan
52 281
27  down Crazy Leg XI
David Caldicott
31 276
28  down FTM
Stu Smith
45 271
29  same romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
40 266
30  same Morningblues
Jeff Morning
40 264
31  up Pique Blinders
Colin Goulding
56 263
32  up Dropit like its Hart
Jason Earwicker
48 262
33  down Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
45 260
34  up Aribo Haribo
Paul Hawkins
50 259
35  up ClipityKlopptotitle
tanya thursby
62 255
36  up Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
56 254
37  down Fake Madrid
Andrew Wade
39 252
37  down Bakerlona
Stuart Baker
34 252
39  down Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
39 250
40  same Dinamo Spinks
David Spinks
42 241
41  down Hemel Hotspurs
Paul Jarvis
42 237
42  up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
50 236
43  down Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
29 235
44  up Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
47 230
45  up Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
63 229
46  up Greeeenteeam
adam greenwood
66 227
47  up The Mindless Morons
John Seacroft
50 219
48  down It’s coming home
scott mcgow
37 217
49  down Puddle Splash Van
Ian Williams
41 217
50  down El Loco No Joko
Paul Murray
31 216
51  down Ross’s champions
darren frankland
41 213
52  down Salah Buffoon!!!
Jitesh Lakhani
36 208

 

Manager of the week – Trev Reams – But Da Pitch Ain’t 1 – 91 points

Our leading rookie team finally have their name on the honour board hitting another 90+ score to narrow the lead at the top. There were two other 90+ teams this week, both of whom had Eden Hazard as captain. BDPA1 settled on Aguero as their skipper, but also picked up double figure returns from Hazard, Matt Doherty, David Silva and a cheeky substitution involving Pierre Hojbjerg coming in for Benjamin Mendy. That unexpected Mendy injury hit a lot of teams. By 5pm it didn’t matter. Most of us had the same sub waiting in the wings – Aaron Wan Bissaka – who was promoted from the bench with a lovely bonus filled 9 points.

Player of the week – Eden Hazard – 20 points

Cue first selection headache of the season. Dropping Salah for Hazard? The Liverpool man isn’t exactly having a bad season, positioned as the sixth highest scoring midfielder, but he’s someway behind the Chelsea skipper. Affording both is possible, but probably at the expense of another elite player in better form. Liverpool have a tasty home fixture against Southampton up next whereas Chelsea must travel to West Ham – and then the two teams face each other. Neither team’s fixtures ease up necessarily after that, but Hazard’s form in comparison to Salah’s is way more impressive and we may even see a price drop if the current trend of abandoning the game’s most expensive player in favour of cheaper options continues.

Bargain of the week – Ryan Fraser – 18 points

This has been in the offing. Certain underlying stats have suggested Ryan Fraser would get in among the goals and assists after two blank weeks. In total it’s three goals and two assists in five games. This is already more than half way to bettering last season’s totals and Bournemouth’s current run of form and upcoming stretch of fixtures promises more. Only Sadio Mane and Marcos Alonso better him for bonus points as well this season.

Twat of the week – Wes Morgan – -3 points

There aren’t many Morgan owners out there I don’t think. Leicester have only kept one clean sheet so far this season and he didn’t play in that. He won’t be playing in the next game either, so no reason to hastily reject any other Leicetser defenders you may have.

Goal of the week – Wilfried Zaha

No vid?!

1  same Hornets
Andrew Wade
46 1258
2  same Gotta Light?
Andrew Swift
46 1229
3  up Despicable Mee
Trevor Gordon
70 1221
4  same Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
54 1208
5  down greenyteamy
adam greenwood
53 1207
6  same The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
59 1206
7  same Fun Lovren Criminals
Paul Callaghan
62 1200
8  same Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
66 1195
9  same The winnings R mine
david bruce
61 1194
10  up Brexiter City
Colin Goulding
68 1192
11  down The Vinegar Pissers
P Hawkins
62 1189
12  same INIT FC
Mustafa khan
47 1172
13  up Crazylegs XI
David Caldicott
77 1161
14  up Game of Throw-Ins
Ryan Garoghan
76 1161
15  down Queen of the north
DORINE REACHER
53 1157
16  down It’sOnlyAGameFarke!
David Spinks
64 1152
17  up Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
68 1142
18  up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
56 1141
19  down We are Ayling
Paul Murray
48 1140
20  up Rico united
JASON REACHER
59 1140
21  down Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
50 1136
22  up Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
58 1134
23  up Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
83 1134
24  down Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
44 1127
25  up Flying squad
Matt Jarvis
68 1119
26  down Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
40 1117
27  down King Dunlap
Paul Bentz
32 1117
28  up Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
73 1117
29  down Emergency Gap Jumper
Ian Williams
52 1108
30  same Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
57 1100
31  down Aquamar 1564
Noel Driver
45 1098
32  up Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
80 1096
33  down musttryharder FC
Paul Telford
48 1087
34  same Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
53 1087
35  down Pure Buffoonery!
Jitesh Lakhani
47 1085
36  down Klopp of the Pochs
Jason Earwicker
39 1058
37  same Bakerlona FC
Stuart Baker
42 1055
38  up To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
45 1055
39  up romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
75 1050
40  up mrs mcgoo
laura barrett
56 1037
41  down Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
31 1033
42  down cookster fc
Peter Cook
21 1033
43  down FTM
Stu Smith
33 1030
44  same blakes11
Steven Darling
49 1026
45  up Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
43 1011
46  down Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
25 1001
47  same Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
36 990
48  same iamgroot
scott mcgow
49 987
49  same disco dancer
darren frankland
58 949
50  same Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
45 818

 

December manager of the month AND manager of the week – Shoelace Untied – Caroline Strong – 477 points AND 83 points

It might be the biggest manager of the month total ever. It’s the biggest monthly prize ever and it goes to Shoelace, who seemingly piled every effort into winning it much like they did with the Buckets Cup last season. To make extra sure, although it wasn’t needed, they played their bench boost in the last gameweek. That did guarantee them of the manager of the week prize and should earn them a bye into the first round proper of the cup. They took an almighty risk with a 16 point hit, particularly as the five players that came in only scored 11 points between them. A poor week for We Are Ayling, Shoelace’s nearest challengers and long time leaders of the December table, meant that net loss didn’t matter either.

 

1  same Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
83 477
2  same We are Ayling
Paul Murray
48 456
3  up The winnings R mine
david bruce
61 452
4  down Emergency Gap Jumper
Ian Williams
52 451
5  up Game of Throw-Ins
Ryan Garoghan
76 450
6  down Queen of the north
DORINE REACHER
53 449
7  down The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
59 448
8  up Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
66 442
9  down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
53 440
10  down Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
54 436

 

Player of the week – Willian – 17 points

A bad week for Hazard holders was exacerbated by the fact that Willian ended as the week’s top scorer whilst the Belgian warmed the bench. Those opting for Hazard as captain might have had better luck elsewhere as he didn’t even take to the field. I doubt that’d be much consolation as Chelsea ripped through a poor Stoke team with Willian claiming a goal and two assists. Hazard is bound to have been in among the points – guaranteed in fact – as Willian’s goal was from the penalty spot.

Bargain of the week – Ryan Fraser – 15 points

Popped up with two goals to claim Bournemouth’s first win since Gameweek 12. Bournemouth aren’t offering much this season. The fact that Asmir Begovic is their top scorer with 69 points says a lot. He comes out on top only by virtue of having played every minute and not by the countless clean sheets he’s kept (4). The goals and assists seem to be being spread around a much changing team. Fraser wasn’t able to follow up this brace due to picking up an injury, but hardly any team have escaped the punishing festive schedule, no matter how hard they’ve tried to rotate, without picking up injuries to key players. Salah, Silva, De Bruyne, Kane, Lukaku and Coutinho are all doubtful for the first fixtures of the new year.

Twat of the week – James McLean – -1 points

McLean is surprisingly low on twat awards over the years. This might be his first. He’s easily one of the most wind-up-able players in the league and likes a tasty meaningless challenge. His crime this time was to come on with 18 minutes of the game remaining, pick up his obligatory yellow, then score an own goal.

Goal of the week – Danny Drinkwater. £35 million apparently. 59s in.

 

Gameweek 20 results

January 5, 2017

same The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
74 1137
same Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
62 1123
same Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
72 1113
up When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
69 1081
same Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
64 1078
down Uriah Rennie 2nd XI
Neil Greenwood
55 1073
up INIT FC
Mustafa khan
62 1069
up Cooksters
Peter Cook
62 1066
up Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
55 1062
10  same Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
55 1059
11  up Go Buffoons Go
Jitesh Lakhani
59 1054
12  down Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
42 1051
13  down 4 Fuchs Ake
Jason Earwicker
32 1049
14  down QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
38 1045
15  up Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
67 1040
16  down greenyteamy
adam greenwood
45 1039
17  down 30:19
Darren Lavelle
48 1034
18  up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
65 1032
19  up To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
62 1028
20  up Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
67 1019
21  up Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
67 1014
22  up nO fucHs given
Paul Callaghan
66 1012
23  down Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
54 1011
24  down Joey Bosa
Paul Bentz
32 1007
25  down RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
41 997
26  same Hucking Fell
P Hawkins
44 987
27  up romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
62 985
28  down Jeff Lamp’s Porsche
David Spinks
46 979
29  same Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
49 973
30  up Jarvis FC
Matt Jarvis
54 969
31  down Ciderheads
Darren Pope
41 965
32  same Crazy Legs XI
David Caldicott
48 959
33  up Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
57 958
34  down FTM
Stu Smith
52 957
35  same Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
55 951
36  up RG XV
Ryan Garoghan
72 938
37  down Pepe Le Blue
DEAN CRIPPS
43 924
38  up I am not Zlatan
Colin Goulding
48 920
39  down Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
39 919
40  up Have a little dink
Ian Williams
62 919
41  down Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
39 915
42  same Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
60 901
43  same Big White Chiefs
david frankland
52 884
44  up jetty city
scott mcgow
57 881
45  down Bakerlona
Stuart Baker
46 872
46  up Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
77 852
47  up Dj daz
darren frankland
69 849
48  down bazza 28 united
laura barrett
42 833
49  down Bermie Utd
Glen Davies
30 827
50  down DJ’s Trail Blazers
Danian Jones
36 821
51  same Racing Club Skegness
Andrew Swift
43 815
52  same Bish Bosh Goal
Simon Purnell
50 790
53  same Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
34 768

 

There wasn’t a preview. I didn’t have time. And I’m glad of the week off for the 3rd round of the cup. Everybody should have their second wildcards activated and you’ll have noticed the Africans have gone. That is…Sadio Mane has gone.

This gameweek’s highest scorers are Pudding And Pie. Yes…Pudding and Pie. And they’re up to the heady heights of 46th position – a season high. And they did it with three lame ducks on the bench. Ibrahimovic bagged his regular double figure score as captain. Robert Snodgrass and Romelu Lukaku added their own double figure totals and Allen Nyom and Ben Mee scored 15 points between them at the back.

They also had Dele Alli in their midfield. The Spurs man was one of three players to reach 15 points along with Ryan Shawcross, Olivier Giroud and Leighton Baines. Shawcross wins the official player of the week award, but Alli’s double against Chelsea to end their winning run was perhaps the real performance of the gameweek. He’s picked up 53 points over the Christmas period, scoring seven goals in the last four games. He’s the form leader and has joined that never ending list of midfielders we can’t do without.

 

Player of the week – Ryan Shawcross – 15 points. Good old goal and clean sheet combo.

Bargain of the week – Ryan Fraser – 13 points. On 47 points from three starts.

Donkey of the week – Fernandinho – -2 points. His third sending off in six games.

Goal of the week – Lucas Perez.

 

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