Thursday, 22 December 2011

Gameweek 17 Summary

Manchester City have ended up as the team on top of the Premier League before the boxing day sales with a 0-3 victory against Stoke City, as Blackburn were consigned to 20th after suffering defeat to relegation comrades Bolton.  Newcastle suffered a disappointing 2-3 loss at home to West Brom - Interestingly they haven't won a single home match after St James' Park was renamed the Sports Direct Arena!  Manchester United won 0-5 at Craven Cottage as Arsenal fumbled to victory at Villa Park.  Liverpool could only obtain a draw against Wigan, as Tottenham and Chelsea could only manage an even scoreline against each other.  Everton won at home and kept a long awaited clean sheet, as Sunderland gained three crucial away points at Loftus Road.  Finally, Wolves and Norwich couldn't outscore one another as they drew 2-2.

The gameweek also saw two records of note achieved as Aston Villa's Marc Albrighton scored the 20,000th Premier League goal.  In addition, the legend that is Ryan Giggs continued his sensational run of scoring in every edition of the Premier League.  On the face of it I have had a fairly good gameweek as my midfielders and strikers shared a respectable 5 goals / 4 assists between them.  However, apart from Enrique (who kept a clean sheet), my defence let me down as Richards was subbed off on the 59th minute (robbing me of his clean sheet points!) and Jones hobbled off injured (again lost clean sheet points).  As a result of Jones' injury I have decided to sell him with a cheaper United defender to release funds and avoid the risk of losing a player long-term on the sidelines.  I am toying with the idea of also signing a Mata or Silva type midfielder but may not do so yet.  I will keep faith with Hatem Ben Arfa for the Bolton match in the hope that he will build on his assist and also start the match.

Aside from the above stay tuned for my recommended player for gameweek 18 article which I will post shortly.  Ciao!