Thursday, 22 March 2012

Gameweek 29 Summary

Pre-Summary Note (dedicated to Fabrice Muamba):

We wish you a speedy recovery Fabrice.

Often we take for granted the superb health and fitness of Premier League footballers, as we presume them to be naturally fit athletes.  Yet like us they are humans and can also be suddenly struck with unexpected health issues.  This was unfortunately the case for Fabrice Muamba who suddenly collapsed in a FA Cup match during this Gameweek at White Hart Lane.

Many media outlets have reported that he was in an extremely dire condition in the early phases following his collapse.  Yet remarkably in a matter of days, through medical attention, will power and prayer he is making a steady recovery.  We wish him and his family all the best.

Credit to those on pitch side who initially treated him and to his doctors.  It is also heart warming to see the outpouring of support that he has received from across the football world from as far as Gary Cahill to Leo Messi. 

Get well soon Fabrice. 

Let this be a reminder to us that when it comes to matters of life and death:
the game of football is insignificant.

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Gameweek 29 Summary:

So that's why mums go to Iceland!

Following their surprise victory against Man City, Swansea continued their good run of form by upsetting Fulham at Craven Cottage, 0-3.  This was courtesy of Iceland international Sigurdsson's brace, his 5th goal in 9 league matches.

Brunt force only enough for stalemate

West Brom failed to add another victory to their impressive away form this season after being held to a 1-1 draw against Wigan.  McArthur gave Wigan hope of a rare win before a Brunt assist produced an equaliser from Scharner.

Feeble Wolves humbled by a Little Pea

Wolves continued their abysmal league form towards oblivion by losing 0-5 at home to Manchester United.  Zubar's red card effectively opened up the floodgates for a United cricket score as Hernandez scored twice and Evans scored his first ever goal for United.

Magpies flap past Canaries

Cisse scored the sole goal for Newcastle United as they moved a step closer to securing a Europa League spot.  The Canaries failed to repeat the same form that led them to defeat United earlier in the season and will probably now settle for a mid-table finish.

Who needs Roy of the Rovers when you have Steve Kean!

The fans and media wrote him off months ago, as did I.  Yet somehow he keeps on defying the odds.  Blackburn Rovers recorded a second consecutive win and clean sheet, after beating Wolves and then Sunderland.  It means that within the space of two Gameweeks Blackburn have somehow jumped out of the relegation zone with a 5 point cushion also at hand.

Tevez inspires stunning City revival

What a difference 6 months can make.  From self-exile and golf to assisting a vital match winner.  Having lost top spot the previous week and then 0-1 down this week v Chelsea, Mancini was in deep trouble and looking at the bottom of a barrel.  Yet the Argentine came off the bench and made an instant impact that has allowed City to remain in the hunt for their maiden Premier League title.

Saved by the Bale

Tottenham were hoping to end their recent winless streak in the league in their match versus Stoke but it wasn't to be.  Jerome scored a surprise opener for Stoke before Bale assisted Van der Vaart with a last gasp equaliser.  Failure to obtain three points has led to Tottenham losing third spot to their North London rivals.

Vermed their way out

Arsenal's recent stunning form continued courtesy of Thomas Vermaelen's goal at Goodison Park.  To think that there was talk of them failing to finish fourth only a few weeks back and now they have dislodged Tottenham from third spot.  All this without Van Persie scoring, whilst Everton succumbed to a second consecutive league defeat.

Super-Hoops-Go-Ballistic, Reds-Are-Atrocious!

And finally... with 13 minutes to go and with a 0-2 lead you would expect Liverpool to park the bus and wrap things up against a team in the relegation zone?  Not so, as QPR scored three late goals to not only ensure a famous victory but also a temporary move out of the relegation zone.  Liverpool will be ruing their missed chances of not netting more as Mark Hughes's men show fight to the end.

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I may not have scored more points than my last GW score and was well short of my 80+ GW target, but my 60+ score is well above the GW average.  I had the good fortune of placing Sigurdsson as my first sub as R Taylor failed to play which ensures that I obtained his points.  On top of that Evans' first ever goal put me in good stead, despite my recommended player for Gameweek 29 only assisting.

I was dissapointed that Suarez failed to score and on Spurs' failure to keep a clean sheet v Stoke at home, as this may have ultimately robbed me off obtaining 80 + points for this GW.  With two free transfers at hand I must think carefully on how to use one or both of them.  Russell Martin could be marked for the axe after his failure of not starting in Norwich's last two matches, despite his high FPL score.

Bolton's Miyaichi is on my transfer radar though transferring him in would mean that I would have to sell Scholes or McClean.  Vermaelen is also up for potential consideration.  I will upload my recommended player for Gameweek 30 in due course, until then Ciao!