Tuesday, 4 February 2014

The Rearview Mirror: Gameweek 24 in Review

Well, the gameweek started off kinda whacky with many fearing a scary low gameweek average.  After all was said and done, however, the gameweek average of 45 ended up to be pretty much, well, average.  Gameweeks 2-7 were a long time ago, but during that span, the gameweek averages were 45, 44, 47, 47, 44 and 36 (just to put things into perspective).

So, whether you ended up on the right or wrong side of the 45 average (and I hope you exceeded it), here's a quick little synopsis of a gameweek that had its fair share of excitement, intrigue, and notable headlines/memories.

Newcastle 0 - 3 Sunderland
Sunderland travel the 15 miles to St. James Park on a tidal wave of confidence
Adam Johnson continues his astonishing scoring run in the 3-0 victory
Sunderland supporters send the top tier rocking during another exciting Tyne-Wear Derby

West Ham 2 - 0 Swansea
Andy Carroll proudly walks onto Upton Park pitch donning coveted #JackInTheBox armband
Carroll to Nolan!!!  TWICE!!! (Walt's feeling smug)
Chico does his best (and equally embarrassing) Jordi Alba impersonation - Carroll tossed

Stoke City 2 - 1 Manchester United
Charlie Adam deflects ambitious 40-yard free kick off Carrick's knee and into DeGea's net
RVP equalizes for United and earns a tiny bit of that 13.6m FPL price tag
Adam master strike sends United slumping to 8th defeat of season

Everton 2 - 1 Aston Villa
Villa strike first as Bacuna nutmegs Howard in 33rd
Tension builds, but Naismith equalizes in 74th to calm the Goodison nerves
Mirallas brings instant home-side jubilation to Everton faithful and leaves Martinez beaming

Hull City 1 - 1 Tottenham
Jelavic and Long form daunting new front line for Bruce's Bombers and prove it in 12th min
Paulinho powers past McGregor to knot things at 1
Fixture ends in 1-1 draw and man, those Hull players REALLY look like Tigers!

Fulham 0 - 3 Southampton
Fulham begin post-Berbatov /Taarabt part of season hosting Saints
Lallana, Lambert and Rodriguez add to Rene's woes
Will Premier League tickets be sold at Craven Cottage next season? 14 fixtures will tell.

Cardiff City 2 - 1 Norwich City
The brilliant, popular and highly respected Vincent Tan is on hand to survey his geniusnessness
Robert Snodgrass quickly dashes the hopes of all Mannone/Marshall FPL rotaters
Cardiff roars back through Bellamy and Jones then hold off surge after surge for 3 pts

West Brom 1 - 1 Liverpool
SAS strike first as Suarez threads needle to Sturridge for tap-in
Kolo Toure - I'm not even sure I can type this - poor Kolo
Everyone on the planet but Brendan Rodgers blames Kolo for the draw

Arsenal 2 - 0 Crystal Palace
Arsenal start slowly in front of a quiet Emirates crowd
Palace prove tough to break down and hold strong until shortly after the break
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain makes his 28.458 FPL owners scream "YAYE"!!!!

Manchester City 0 - 1 Chelsea
Jose arrives at Etihad with a surprise or two
Ivanovic slams brilliant left-footed strike into corner while Hazard and Matic shine
Chelsea hold on to hand City a rare scoreless defeat at home

Well, by now you've all either used your January wildcard or are cursing yourself for forgetting to do so, and we all enter the rest of the 14-fixture season with the teams that will get us through to the very end (unless, of course, you are my hero and have held onto the "wild" wildcard, in which case I give you a standing ovation and pray you're not in my mini-league).

The rest of the season is going to be AWESOME.  With so many viable FPL prospects out there and new faces that will surely play a big part in their new squad's ultimate success, combined with so many knowing that this is their last chance to impress national team managers, we are all in for a very long, very bumpy, extremely exciting ride.  I can't wait and know that you're looking forward to it too.

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