Thursday, 12 April 2012

Gameweek 33 Summary

Sublime Toffees stick four past Sunderland

Moyes may have rested Baines and Jelavic (with a view to their FA Cup match over the weekend), but that didn't stop Everton winning in style. They have rarely scored more than a goal per match this season, yet victory over Sunderland ensured that they recorded their third win from their last four league matches.

Who needs Messi when you have "Bessi" bolting away!

Ben Arfa ("Bessi!") helped secure three more points for the Geordies and continued to show his class with a "Maradonnesque" wonder goal. This was complimented by Cisse scoring his eight consecutive goal from five. It means that Bolton are back in the relegation zone, where as Newcastle have now won their last five league matches and are now on equal points with Tottenham.

Bennett's bullet makes Spurs "Sick as a Parrot"

Spurs did their Champions League hopes no favours with a shock home defeat to Norwich. Redknapp may have rested players like Moyes due to the FA Cup Semi Finals but it back fired for Tottenham with a pointless loss. It's amazing to think that they were shock title challengers as recently as early March, but have only won one in their last eight.

Draw at Villa Park - Huth have thought it?

With a mid-table match up it was not surprising that this fixture would end up as a draw. Huth scored his second goal in as many games before Weimann equalised for Villa. The match had no impact on the Premier League as a whole, but Villa would hope to gain a few more points so as to avoid being last minute relegation candidates.

Dempsey equalises late against Chelsea and becomes Captain Planet!

I keep on calling him "Captain America", but how else could you describe an American player that regularly saves the day for a mediocre Premier League team? "Captain Planet" perhaps? Lampard put Chelsea in front before Dempsey scored his 16th Premier League goal of the season. Such was its significance that it has impacted on Chelsea's Champions League hopes with them now trailing Newcastle and Tottenham by two points.

Five Goal Thriller at Ewood Park goes against Rovers

Liverpool took a quick 0-2 lead in this match courtesy of Maxi Rodriguez. But that was only the start of things to come. Doni got himself sent off as Yakubu missed a penalty. Yakubu then made up for the miss by scoring two goals to level things up. With 90 minutes on the clock and the match deep into injury time it should have finished 2-2. Unfortunately Carroll didn't read the script and scored a much needed winner for Liverpool and plunged Rovers back into the relegation zone.

Tevez inspires City Slickers to victory against West Brom

With City trailing United by 8 points, this match appeared to be an exhibition match at best on paper. But it wasn't so as City hammered four past West Brom, courtesy of Tevez starting his first City match of 2012. Not only did he start, he scored, along with Aguero and Silva. The win proved to be crucial following the outcome of United's surprise result against Wigan...

Malaysian Born Scotsman's goal gives Latics famous victory over United

He may not have started for Wigan for the majority of this season and it's a surprise to think why. Shaun Maloney scored a life line of a goal that enabled Wigan to jump out of the relegation zone. The goal also reactivated the title race, by reducing United's lead to 5 points His winner came against a United team that won eight league matches in a row. But the Latics are a team on form with a credible three wins out of four, despite their league positioning.

Arsenal gun down 10-man Wolves

Van Persie scored his first goal in four matches to ensure that Arsenal further secured their hold of third spot. Walcott and Benayoun also got on the score sheet as Arsenal pummeled Wolves to their seventh consecutive league defeat and put them nine points away from safety.

Super Hoops score three for much needed win

QPR secured a crucial victory against visitors Swansea in a match they could not afford to lose. The win was their third in five matches and gives them a two point cushion from the dreaded 18th place. The defeat on the other hand was Brendan Rodgers fourth defeat in a row and is a far cry from the Swans' fantastic form from earlier in the season.

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On two fronts I had a relatively good Gameweek, but that was about it really. My recommended player of GW 33 did well, as did my captain (Robin Van Persie). But I believe it could have been so much better had Gibbs not picked up a knock (a clean sheet lost as Arsenal didn't concede), if Suarez wasn't rested (Liverpool scored 3) and if Wigan didn't score (de Gea in goal and Evans in defence). The aforementioned hiccups led me to lose approximately 20ish points, but on the upside at least it could have been far worse as 8 of my players (after auto-subs) scored 2 points or less

It was a good call by me to sell Walcott for Bale, as Bale only scored 2 points and would have been a disaster for me had I kept him. Looking at the truncated GW 34 I have already made a transfer to ensure that I do not get hit by the lack of fixtures. I am even willing to take my first -4 hit since December provided I can justify a long-term transfer from GW 34 onwards. But this is not the time to panic buy or panic sell. I will post my recommended player for GW 34 shortly. Until next time, adios!