Tuesday, 18 March 2014

The Rearview Mirror: FPL GW30 in Review

Well, the prelude to the craziness that will be DGW31 has been fun. Matej has nailed the call of all calls in naming David Silva his #CalledIt pick for GW30. The little magician rose head and shoulders above the other 21 players on the pitch to notch a well deserved bucketload of #FPL points, each of which his owners will scoop up and celebrate heartily as the monster that is DGW31 approaches. In other news, FPL made the unique call of backtracking and providing all-important Suarez assist points for the Rafael handball leading to Gerrard's penalty kick the day after the gameweek ended. Instant Monday morning happiness for all Suarez owners, especially those who captained him.

Here's how the rest of the gameweek unfolded:

Aston Villa 1 - 0 Chelsea
Mourinho arrives never having won an EPL fixture at Villa Park
Matic (ugh), Willian (WTF!), Ramires (ouch), Delph (HOLY CRAP!)
Chelsea's title run hits major roadblock as Mourinho leaves Villa Park early and still winless

Sunderland 0 - 0 Crystal Palace
Stadium of Light hosts a nail-biting six-pointer
Crystal Palace line up as if yearning for a single point
No goals here today, chaps; defensive #FPL points all around

Hull City 0 - 2 Manchester City
Captain Kompany gets tossed early; puts City on back foot
David Silva single-handedly puts pressure on Chelsea (and Matej #CalledIt)
City show strength and resolve that will carry forward in title run-in

Everton 2 - 1 Cardiff City
Deulofeu breaches Marshall's fortress in 58th
Cardiff Bluebirds come chirping back through Juan Carla
Super Seamus rocks Goodison with extra-time winner

Swansea 1 - 2 West Brom
Doesn't take long for Lamah to put Swansea ahead
Sessegnon equalizes in 52nd
Michu returns!, but Mulumbu spoils the party

Southampton 4 - 2 Norwich City
Schneiderlin notches one past Ruddy in 5th min
Southampton are cruising 3-0 in 84th; FPL managers factor in clean sheet points
Norwich grab 2 back in the blink of an eye before SOU close it out with a 4th

Stoke City 3 - 1 West Ham
Carroll flicks one off his hairbun in the 4th to give Hammers the lead
Scramble inside the box highlighted by Crouchy's Kung Fu kick levels things
Cue today's hero and everyone's headscratcher; Peter Odemwingie everybody!!

Fulham 1 - 0 Newcastle
Magath's side begin the day with large hill to climb for survival
Dejegah incites "pandemonium" at Craven Cottage
Home side see off Newcastle for 3 HUMONGOUS points

Manchester United 0 - 3 Liverpool
Who doesn't get chills at the prospect of this season-defining rivalry?
Stevie G converts 2 perfect penalties; squanders chance of a third
More trouble for Moyes, and Suarez owners get Monday morning surprise!

Tottenham 0 - 1 Arsenal
Rosicky nails sick finish to give Gunners a valuable lead in NLD
Mertesacker blocks 250 shots with his big giant German body (embellishment)
Arsenal take North London Derby bragging rights

So there you have it; a little pre-GW31 reading to enjoy in between your analysis of the 428 different combinations and permutations of transfer moves you can make between now and the super-mongo double gameweek that has all FPL managers licking their chops.
Stay tuned right here as we walk through the next 8 gameweeks together. Let's push for a strong finish everyone!
Cheers,
Walt