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Week #21 - 'fdringo' Hit The Top & Take Semi-Final Spot

Published: 23 January 2019


INTRODUCTION

Another quiet Week in the January transfer window for our registered strikers. Not sure if it will all kick-off during the last few days but we’ll keep a weather eye open just in case. It seems that more Spurs strikers are getting injured than Golden Boot Game strikers are changing clubs. Interesting to note that despite my warnings Kane and Son had more selections than Llorente and Eriksen in this Week’s teams. As Alli was the only Spurs striker to score points it didn’t really matter but with Dele also out of action for a while it will be interesting to see if next Week’s selections are just as random.

WEEK #20 REVIEW

For the second Week running the majority of points scored in the Golden Boot Game came from Salah. This Week though the majority was slim and took two goals to achieve. A total of eleven other strikers, most notably Rashford and Sterling, contributed a single goal; enough to ensure every team scored points with a healthy average score just shy of twenty. The Week’s two leading teams both had five scorers and six goals, Weakenders just getting the better of Team Of The Weak by 36 points to 34. In total thirteen teams had a maximum sixteen Salah points but only those two had more than half their score from others.

With fdringo posting thirty points we now have our third leaders of the overall classification in as many Weeks. Behind them M1 and Cheshire Town remain locked together after both teams added 25 points from four goals. We do, however, have a new team at the head of the chasing pack as Team Of The Weak move up to fourth, eighteen points behind the prize positions. The race to be the first team to a hundred goals is hotting up with all the top four in the running. I don’t think we’ll get there before February but it could happen.

GOLDEN BOOT CUP QUARTER FINALS

In the top of the table clash both teams scored four goals from their three Liverpool strikers with Cheshire Town getting slightly more points. The key to victory for fdringo, though, was a fifth goal, a 6-pointer from Rashford, which was enough for a five point victory. Erstwhile league leaders M1 were able to hold off the spirited challenge of Vamos Unai despite having only four goals to their opponents five. Salah made all the difference in their 25 – 19 victory scoring just eight points for the losers but a decisive fourteen points for the title challenging victors. The tie between Lancashire Rover and Oxford Orange proved a tight low-scoring affair where both teams scored fourteen Salah points. A point from King was the only other score in the tie and enough to send the Northerners through. J1 and Real Muirfield will have to replay next Week after both getting maximum points from Salah to add to a couple from Firmino. Real Muirfield might consider themselves lucky after leaving Kane in their line up but J1 could not take advantage of the extra man. After matching scores for the last couple of Weeks it may take more than a replay to separate these two teams. Which brings me to a warning; while we have had technology in place to cover a penalty shoot-out situation since the Cup began, this has never been used. If this tie does go all the way we will have to carefully scrutinise the result before the winner is confirmed, so don’t believe what it says on the website until the Controllers confirm the result.

MEDALS TABLE GAME

Week #19 leaders donnyvegas were the only team in the leading group not to add to their tally of gold medals in Week #20. The other four teams who started the Week with five golds all ended it with seven. The new leaders are fdringo who also added a bronze but lead by virtue of their previous haul of four silvers. Bury Wanderer failed to add to their two golds but their total of three silver medals puts them in second place. Weakenders were one of only two teams who added both a silver and a bronze to two golds (the other was Team Of The Weak) and this was enough to put them into third spot with two silver medals while Mixmix complete the group still having just one silver medal to their name. J1 and Real Muirfield remain just one gold medal behind the leading pack with J1 still able to boast more silver medals than the teams above them despite not adding to them this Week. Now there are just three Weeks to go but it is still difficult to rule any team out completely. After all, anyone could have picked Jota as an 8-point striker this Week and a similar opportunity next Week could see a team that is currently mid-table shoot right to the top.

COMING UP IN WEEK #21

The FA Cup matches scheduled for the weekend mean that the ten Premier League fixtures scheduled in Week #21 take place on Tuesday and Wednesday. This means the selection deadline will be delayed until 18:00 (6 pm) on Tuesday 29th January. Each club will play one match with the final fixtures at Anfield and Wembley taking place on Wednesday evening. As usual we will be updating our web sites shortly after the final whistles have sounded in the Liverpool and Spurs matches. The Wednesday evening matches mean that our next web log will be delayed slightly. We would expect to publish it late on Thursday 31st January. The mid-week matches mean we will not be making the draw for the Cup semi-finals until Week #22 so expect more news about that in next Week’s blog. We will also have the usual review of the events in the Golden Boot Game and the Medals Table Game together with news of the Cup quarter final replay between Real Muirfield and J1.


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