Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Gameweek 28 Summary

Jumping Through Hoops
Bolton were the victors in their important relegation battle match against QPR as they won 2-1. Goals from Pratley and Klasnic ensured that Bolton moved out of the relegation zone and QPR sunk into it.

Villans to Heroes
Aston Villa ended their 5-match winless streak courtesy of Weimann's goal, which denied Fulham a fourth consecutive league win. It means that Villa will not be shock last-minute candidates for the relegation battle and will end the season in the mid-table doldrums.

Does it really Mata?
Rome wasn't built in a day. Nor will Roman's Chelsea. A post-AVB Chelsea secured a glib one-nil home victory, in part due to Mata and Drogba's link up in the solitary goal of the match.

Black Cats feast on Liver Birds
Sunderland got back to winning ways thanks to Bendtner's goal, in another "one-goal" Premier League match of the Gameweek. The win against Liverpool proved to be all the more remarkable as they were missing Club Captain Cattermole and In-house Talisman Sessegnon, due to suspensions.

Wolves Easy Prey for Dogged Rovers
In another match associated with the relegation battle, Blackburn showed their pedigree with a decent 0-2 away victory. This has allowed them to move 3 points away from the bottom three and consigned Wolves to their third defeat in four league matches.

Toffees Blunted Spurs
'Arry's Men may be third in the table, but there is no excuse for them to lose a third consecutive league match against a team that lacks goals. Tottenham are still comfortably secure in a Champions League spot, but will not be happy with their recent poor form.

Roo-tiful United on Song
It's a matter of fact, When Rooney does well, United do well. He often scores in spurts and 7 goals in his last 4 league matches shows that he can score when it matters, at the business end of the season. The victory against WBA has ensured a change at the top of the table...

Swans Soar over the Blue Sky
City's five month hold of the top spot finally came to a crashing end with a sensational defeat at the Liberty Stadium. Swansea's impressive home record and team ethic came up tops against the big spending Citizens. Whether City can pick themselves up and bounce back (with difficult upcoming fixtures) remains to be seen.

Ruddy 'Eck!
Wigan showed some defiance in forcing Norwich's goal keeper to make 6 saves, as they secured a point against the Canaries. Wigan may remain bottom of the table, but they have the peace of mind that they are only 2 points away from the much savoured 17th place.

Late-Late Show at The Emirates
Pardew's "bold" team selection failed despite Ben Arfa's early goal, which was cancelled immediately by an equaliser from Arsenal's "Super Man/Van". United were on course for a respectable draw against the Gunners, until they struck another Premier League injury time winner. It means that Arsenal are now only 1 point behind 3rd placed Tottenham and the Geordies remote Champions League hopes have finally been extinguished.

Merseyside Derby Blues
The match which made this Gameweek a "Double Gameweek" was a one-sided affair. With Everton having an eye on their FA Cup match over the weekend, Moyes (celebrating his 10-year anniversary at the club) fielded a slightly weaker team which ultimately succumbed to a 3-0 defeat. A Gerrard hat-trick and key support act from Suarez enabled the Kop to return to winning ways in the league.

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I have to say that I had a very decent Gameweek.  3 goals and 2 assists from my strikers complemented 3 clean sheets from my defence to ensure that I scored 70+ points for a second consecutive Gameweek.  This has allowed my overall ranking to soar to new heights. My Double Gameweek (DGW) Liverpool players were key to this, by contributing to approximately 50% of my GW score.  This was despite the fact that my four-man midfield could only muster 9 points between them.  My long-term planned wildcard investments paid off for this Gameweek.  Such was their success that I don't intend to carry out any transfers for GW 29.  With only 10 matches remaining for the season you would expect the better players to maintain or regain form.  But if there is a lesson that we have learnt from this season it is that you should never underestimate the underdog(s)!  I will post my recommended player for Gameweek 29 (with confirmation of my captain, vice captain and Gameweek 29 team) in due course.  Until then adios!