As unseasonably warm weather swept across the country, Man City certainly made hay while the sun shone scoring 8 against the hapless Watford. That adds up to 16 scoring actions in one game so it was rather surprising that Agüero (9) and Sterling (0) only were involved in 2 of them. Agsy with a goal and another assist while dear old Raheem had to do with the role of chief benchwarmer as Pep roulette hit us again and the wee man was given a much talked about rest. Flip side is hopefully that’s him rested between now and the next international break. Right? For many of his captains it turned out to be a Beautiful Day however as many had the Vice on the Kevin. Yup KDB (17) continued  his great form with another goal and a couple of assists. The big surprise however had to be the Lil Bernardo (19) from El’ Portugal. A hatty thank you very much. We all held on to him right? The only news bigger than City scoring 8 goals perhaps was that a certain Benji Mendy (1) started. Hooked at half time by Pep to keep his cleanie points just below the radar. We all know what to do. 

Pope(6) Saves Us. Burnley finally kept it clean at the back whilst leaving it to their big Wood (13) upfront to do the scoring. The Clarets were hotly tipped by our very own Justin McCarthy in the recent cup draw.

In other news, Everton continue to be the purest of horse manure conceding 2 to a Sheffield Utd team that up until now couldn’t hit a cows arse with a banjo.

Their gift that is Johnny Lundy (12) coming up with another assist, max bonus and a cleanie for 12 beautiful points. He wasn’t on your bench was he?

A load of players scored in Leicester v Spurs but I can’t really remember because VAR ruled them all out. Oh and the shy introverted rogue that that is James Madison (10) finally ended his personal drought. 

On to Sunday and with many Vice Captains coming into play, all eyes were on wee Mo as Liverpool went in search of a 6th win in a row. Before that Ole took his boys to West Ham and duly conceded twice to ensure anyone with their defensive assets were once again questioning what on earth were they thinking? A suspected groin injury to Marcus Rashford (2) has seen him become the 2nd most transferred out player this GW with 150k moving on to different options. As per the graphic below, the majority of teams are swapping him out for Aguero or Firmino

Arsenal continue  to entertain their fans, winning 3-2 against Aston Villa, Auba (5) left it late but got on the score-sheet again. Just the 5 point haul but important nonetheless as  he was the 3rd most captained player this week. It was Maitland- Niles (-3) who was the real Villain though as he received his marching orders for a 2nd yellow. The highest owned arsenal defender (6.9%) is also high on the transfers out list despite the fact his suspension will be spent on by the Carabao Cup fixture in midweek. 

On to Frank Lampard’s Chelsea. I was personally very excited to see Mr Salah (5) rob dear Mane (2) of an assist with his cheeky back heel for TAA (7) who curled a beauty into the top corner. With both players in my team and Mo as my vice, perhaps I could recover from my 3rd Sterling captain fail in a row. That was to be Mo’s last involvement (literally) however and I, like many would have to make do with 10 points form my vice. Liverpool weren’t finished however. Chelsea didn’t seem to think it was important to pick up the Liverpool striker as dear old Robbo (8) whipped a free kick in. Dear Frank, I’ll give you a hint, if they have a No.9 on their jersey, they’re usually worth marking. Chelsea would have the final say with dear old Kante (8) stepping up with a neat dribble and excellent finish to ensure Liverpool have still only managed 1 shut out this season. Although as long as they keep winning I don’t think any of the Liverpool fans really care. As was testament to the happy faces on fellow ffukers, Justin McCarthy and Adam Vardy whom I had the pleasure of watching this game with on a scouting mission for the next FFUK meet up (see poster at bottom of this review for more info)

Speaking of clean sheets, DiegoJota (9), remember him? popped up in the 96th minute to ensure Crystal Palace wouldn’t get one either. 6 clean sheets this week, just 1 more than GW5 continuing to indicate that we are better advised to pool our funds into Mids & Fwd’s. If any of you ffukers are feeling hard done by on the clean sheet stakes. You are not alone, even the bookies didn’t see this coming as the graph below demonstrates.

So what does this all mean for FFUK? It means we have a new leader at the top of the table. Well done Allan Tomkins (1st) who despite having Sterling and Zinchenko (0) been rested, he  benefited from Pep roulette as Lundy came of his bench for 12 points.

Special mention to Chris Norman (10th) who climbs 141 places into the top 10 thanks to a tasty 109 points. 68 of which came from KDB ©, BSilva & Otamendi(15). Yup that’s more than my entire team achieved. His meteoric rise was also reflected in overall rank. Just outside the 2m mark after GW5 he now sits just outside the top 100k. There is hope for us all. 

Other honourable mentions include John Harper (90pts) up 107 places and Liz Colman, (88 pts) rising 103 places.

Transfer wise, it’s interesting to see where the market is trending as per diagrams below:

Last but not least it’s a conts update. With 16 of the 42 teams selecting Sterling captain, a poor vice would certainly come in to play. The two lowest scores this week are Tom Stacey (24) & Nick Hardie, (35) after a -4 hit. As hits don’t count in the cruel world of conts though, Nick lives to fight another week and it’s Danny Finnigan who gets the shaft. 38 points not enough to save his bacon. We are already down to the last 40.

That’s all folks,

Damien O’Neill

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