Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Gameweek 27 Summary (Special Edition)

Defeat to WB? Arrivederci AVB!

Chelsea's poor form continued with a last-minute goal defeat to a resurgent West Brom.  The defeat meant that Chelsea failed to win 6 of their last 9 league matches and has put them out of Champions' League contention.  Crucially, Abramovich's patience was ruffled once again as he said arrivedci to manager number 8, since 2003
 
Let's Get Physical


Newcastle United salvaged a draw in the Tyne-Wear derby, in a match cluttered with yellow cards, late tackles and fouls galore.  Sessegnon was sent off during the match, where as Cattermole saw red after the final whistle.  It was the ever present utility player Shola Ameobi who scored the dramatic equaliser, making up for Ba's earlier penalty miss.

It's a Kop Out!

Liverpool may have won the League Cup last week, but their unbeaten home league form finally came to an end as Arsenal's goal machine (Robin Van Persie) added two more to his season's tally in a 1-2 victory.  It means that Arsenal are able to maintain 4th place, as Liverpool's league performance raises more questions for their team.
 
The No Show at the Etihad


Man City comfortably won 2-0 at home with many notable first-team absences (Aguero and Silva on bench duty and Richards not even in the match squad!).  The victory ensures that City's impressive 100% home record and title challenge continues, as Bolton look to the abyss.

Dunn In The Nick of Time

Blackburn and Aston Villa met at Ewood Park to play out a 1-1 draw.  N'Zogbia's opener gave Villa fans hope for an away win, but this was not to be.  Dunn's 85th minute equaliser led to the match ending in a stalemate.

Stoking the Canaries

Etherington's winner at the Britannia ensured that Stoke won their second consecutive league match with a 1-0 win over Norwich.  In turn it meant that the Canaries suffered a second consecutive league defeat, as both teams hover around the mid-table mark.

Bobby Dazzler

Everton's match at Loftus Road ended in a 1-1 draw against a QPR team still in danger of relegation.  Royston Drenthe gave the visitors a 0-1 lead, before ex-Fulham striker Bobby Zamora drew QPR back level in the match.

Sig-ah-Sig-ah!

Wigan's poor home record worsened against a Swansea team that has not done well on their travels.  Two goals from Gylfi Sigurdsson ensured that Swansea won their first league match in three, as Wigan held on to the Premier League's wooden spoon for another Gameweek.

Captain America and the Russian Cosmonaut

On-loan Pogrebnyak put Fulham fans into orbit courtesy of his sensational hat-trick at Craven Cottage.  This was well-supported with the brace scored by my recommended player of the game week as Wolves conceded five goals and subsequently consigned themselves to the relegation zone.

Too Young at 65?

Finally, in a week full of braces - England star Ashley Young scored two goals in a much needed win against Tottenham as Harry Rednkapp's birthday celebrations (officially now an OAP) were dampened with a 1-3 defeat at home.  It means that United remain hot on the heals of City, as Spurs' surprise title challenge has finally come to an end for the season.

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So folks, I ended up with a very decent 71 points from the Gameweek courtesy of  braces from Dempsey (my vice-captain), Sigurdsson and Van Persie aiding my gameweek tally.  The high accumulation of points ensured that I attained my highest overall rank in FPL thus far (Top 0.11% in the world).  However, apart from Vorm's clean sheet, the other 7 players only managed to clobber 7 points between them (including Sess's -2).  I suppose in some ways I got lucky with my captain Aguero not playing which ensured that my vice-captain scored an impressive 30 points for me.  Though with Silva and Richards also not playing it led to me conclude that wholesale changes had to be made for the next gameweek, but more importantly with view of all fixtures to the end of the season.  As a result, I decided to activate my wild card for GW 28 and will provide an update of my wild card team before the start of the gameweek.  Until then, in the native tongue of the caretaker Chelsea manager Arrivederci!