Tuesday, 14 January 2014

The Rearview Mirror: FPL GW21 Wrap-Up

I didn't realize it at the time, but when my daughter beat me 2-0 in Chutes 'n Ladders on Thursday night I probably should have taken it as a premonition of some sort.  Being American, I have become fascinated with the emphasis on gambling and betting that I see plastered all over the FPL Twittersphere, and I can't help but wonder what the odds were for 6 of 10 GW21 fixtures to finish with a 2-0 result.  Maybe if I lived in England my bank account would be as parched and thirsty as my FPL points total so far this season.

Anyway, I hope the 282,802 of you who activated your January wildcard then planned, plotted, predicted, estimated and guessed your way through the 10-day window between GW20 and 21 got what you were looking for, because GW21 is done and dusted; and in its wake are the following memorable headlines/observations:

Hull City 0 -2 Chelsea
Hazard continues wicked form, puts Blues ahead
'Nando makes it 2
Chelsea kill off a match and make Jose joyful while briefly snagging tabletop

Cardiff City 0 - 2 West Ham
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer takes charge of Bluebirds for first time
Carton Cole and Mark Noble score on Andy Carroll's return
Big Sam is spared - but for how long?

Everton 2 - 0 Norwich
Gareth Barry puts hosts ahead with left footed stunner
Baines sets up Mirallas free kick special with textbook marauding run
Goodison rocks and Roberto revels in recent successes

Fulham 1 - 4 Sunderland
Dempsey returns just in time for relegation zone "6-pointer"
It's Adam Johnson Day at Craven Cottage - get your bobblehead later
When's the last time Sunderland scored 4 in the EPL?  A: Jan 3, 2012 v Wigan

Southampton 1 - 0 West Brom
Pochettino celebrates a year in charge as Boruc returns
Lallana lets his feet do the talking this week with nice strike beneath Foster
Is the Southampton clean sheet train gonna start rolling again?

Tottenham 2 - 0 Crystal Palace
Jason Puncheon - OH MY! - does Lloris get pk save points for THAT!?!
Eriksen starts to make a habit of scoring - notches Tottenham's first
Toronto-bound Defoe gives Spurs a going away present with nice finish

Man Utd 2 - 0 Swansea
Januzaj shines again
Valencia, Welbeck score
Evil Kagawa gets on the score sheet as Moyes takes a deep, deep breath

Newcastle 0 - 2 Man City
Dzeko opens the scoring early with a 4-point gift for his FPL owners
Pardew left steaming after Tiote robbed of potential Goal-of-the-Year nominee
Negredo continues fine form and justifies himself as worthy FPL replacement for Rooney

Stoke City 3 - 5 Liverpool
This match had a little bit of everything
Suarez bags 2 more and earns more bragging rights for those who own (and Captain) him
Sturridge scores on his long-awaited return and Gerrard slots a PK home

Aston Villa 1 - 2 Arsenal
Arsenal ensures disaster doesn't strike twice (remember Opening Day?)
Wilshire and Giroud find the goal for injury-laden Gunners
Back to the top for Arsene and the troops

Stay tuned as the week unfolds; I'm anxious to see how many thousands of FPL managers decide that GW21/22 is the right time to cash in that most valuable of FPL commodities - the January wildcard.  As for me, you couldn't pry it out of my hands with a crowbar.

Cheers everyone!