Monday, 28 October 2013

The Rearview Mirror: GW9 FPL Wrap-up

Well folks, 9 FPL gameweeks are in the books. Although technically just a tad short, most are considering the season to be 1/4 of the way over. It's a good time to check in and see where you stand. Season going the way you hoped/expected? Are you sitting pretty and hoping for the good returns to continue?  Regardless of where you stand, I hope this wrap-up finds you well and enjoying your FPL season so far.

So, the FPL GW9 average was a stout 57 points! This is the second highest gameweek average of the season, being eclipsed only by DGW1 involving Chelsea and Aston Villa. With that in mind, hopefully you notched a nice score this week. I know I've seen a lot of 70s and 80s (even a 90 or two, right Matej?) in the league tables I peruse for fun in my down time ;)

As far as the season as a whole is concerned, given that we are understood to be roughly 1/4 of the way through the season, I thought it an opportune time to give you some benchmark info. If you take the GW average of every GW and total them up, it amounts to 436 points. For what it's worth, this gives you a good idea what an overall "average" score is so far this season.

Okay, on to the GW9 wrap-up. I will bring it to you in my usual format; and away we go:

Crystal Palace 0 - 2 Arsenal
Palace begin anew without the man who led them to promotion
Arteta slots home PK before later seeing red
Arsenal stay top!
Top FPL point earners: Mertesacker 9, Koscielny 9, Sagna 7 and Szczesny 7

Aston Villa 0 - 2 Everton
Howard puts in Herculean performance, deservedly earning crazy FPL points
Battle of the American Keepers is close (but not really)
Lukaku keeps rubbing Jose's face in it, Osman takes over nicely for Barkley
To the victors go the spoils: Howard 14, Osman 10, Lukaku 8

Liverpool 4 - 1 West Brom
Suarez steals the show with dazzling hat trick
Sturridge "chips in" with a beauty of his own
W Brom scored at some point too (questionable PK if you ask me)
Cheers to those with Suarez 17, Sturridge 8, Johnson 7

Manchester United 3 - 2 Stoke City
Tense nerves at Old Trafford as Utd fall behind 2-1
Rooney and Chicharito provide heroics as Man U scrape out 3-2 home victory
Are United losing that subtle edge of invincibility and intimidation?
Happy FPL managers started or captained Rooney 12, RVP 11 and Arnautovic 6

Norwich 0 - 0 Cardiff
Hooper to Pilkington a toenail away from going up in 65th; SO CLOSE!
Scoreless draw provides big clean sheet points all around
v Wolfswinkel and Fer provide excellent example of unsportsmanlike conduct
Marshall 12, Caulker 9, Ruddy 8

Southampton 2 - 0 Fulham
Lambert starts things off in 20th
Rodriguez doubles up in 42nd
Fort Southampton prove impenetrable once again
Lambert 12, Rodriguez 11, Ward-Prowse 9  *(Yes, Ward-Prowse; the one on our benches)

Sunderland 2 - 1 Newcastle
Fletcher rises to the occasion
Debuchy equalizes and does crazy knee-slide
Borini literally brings the fans out of their seats
Emotions/excitement of Tyne-Wear derby indescribable - WOW!
Borini 8, Debuchy 8, Fletcher 7

Chelsea 2 - 1 Manchester City
Torres feeds Schurrle a goal for lunch
Aguero continues scoring run with sublime equalizer
Nastasic to Torres (through/over Hart's onrushing hands) for the winner!
Big FPL points for Torres 9, Schurrle 7, Aguero 6

Swansea 0 - 0 West Ham
European involvement getting the better of the Swans?
Michu owners (including myself) getting a little antsy
Hey, that's Carlton Cole, isn't it!?!
Vorm 9, Williams 9, Jaaskelainen 9

Tottenham 1 - 0 Hull City
Visitors hold tight for 80 minutes
Soldado clutch from the spot
Steve Bruce nicely whispers his disagreement with penalty decision
Vertonghen 12, Soldado 9, Dawson 9

Onwards and upwards, everyone. Gameweeks 10 and beyond await!

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