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Week 32 - Mixmix Win Third Golden Boot Cup Final

Published: 2 May 2018


GOLDEN BOOT CUP FINAL

Let’s start this Week by congratulating the Coach of Mixmix on their comprehensive victory in the Golden Boot Cup Final sponsored by Arrowvean Cottage in Porthleven, Cornwall. It is fair to say that neither finalist had a brilliant Week and after the first seven Premier League matches a Zaha goal had made the score one all. At this point, though PJ Auxerre had no strikers left who could outscore Mixmix, while they had three options to win the Cup. In the end it was Jesus’s goal that settled the match, before Kane added gloss to the victory margin. It has been a roller coaster cup run for Mixmix with brilliant scores and poor scores along the way. Whatever their score, though, they bettered their opponents in every round and their final total may not look that impressive but was well above the Week 32 average score. It’s over six years since Mixmix won the second of their Hot Spot Game prizes and now they are one of just three teams who have a Cup victory. Well done, indeed!

WEEK 32 REVIEW

We had points contributions from ten strikers this Week but none were able to score more than a single goal. From the top five selections only Kane and Jesus hit the target so teams needed at least one of the less popular scorers to get a decent total. Only one team, M1, had four scorers and they delivered a Week’s best total of 21 points. They had fifteen points from their top two strikers as did londonlads in their nineteen point total and the joint third best teams, Partysanne Gringley and Spartak Gringley, on seventeen points. It must be said, though, that the two Gringley teams had identical selections, so it’s hardly surprising they couldn’t be separated. It looks suspiciously like collusion to me.

The kind of gaps we have between teams in the higher reaches of the overall classification mean it is almost impossible for there to be any changes of position in a low scoring Week and so it proved in Week 32 with the top seven teams maintaining their positions. Leaders fdringo were pegged back slightly but still have over thirty points more than donnyvegas in second. The other gaps among the top five were all increased, however. Third placed Bury Wanderer’s are now sixteen points away from a prize position but have stretched the gap back to Cheshire Town to thirteen points. Lancashire Rover, in fifth place, also fell back and now sit eleven points behind fourth place and forty points away from a prize. The battle for eighth place continues to be the most exciting in the top ten, though, with M1 snatching it back from BF Giants with their Weeks best score. This is like one of those Formula 1 races where the leaders are stretched out but there is an exciting tussle for a meaningless position towards the back of the field. Should we be concentrating on the leaders who are going to take the big prizes or the more exciting battle that has nothing riding on the outcome?

FINAL FIVE GAME

The top five teams in the Final Five Game remain the same as last Week with the fifth placed team, Haxey Hoodlums, remaining some ten points behind the leaders, Something For The Weekend Sir. In between these two there has been something of a shake up, however, with Team of the Weak moving up to second place just two points behind the leaders and a point ahead of third placed Magic Eight Balls. This means that last Week’s second placed team BF Giants have dropped back to fourth place, some six points behind the leaders. Although we have had three Weeks of the Final Five Game we are barely past the half way stage with some 30 matches already played but still 26 matches to come before the season ends. There is still plenty to play for, then, and next Week could be crucial with sixteen matches to be played. It would certainly help a team’s chances if they are in a good position going into the final round of fixtures and Week 33 is the time to make that happen. Remember, unlike the overall standings there are no big gaps to be closed in this game. Two good Weeks and your team will be taking home the prize.

COMING UP IN WEEK 33

The most important thing to remember about Week 33 is that we have a Friday night match which means the selection deadline is at 19:00 (7 pm) on Friday 4th May. It is some Weeks since we have had a Friday night deadline so don’t miss out on this one. There are some sixteen Premier League matches to be played in Week 33 with twelve clubs having two fixtures and the other eight clubs having the normal one match. Chelsea, Leicester and Man City have two home matches while Huddersfield, Man Utd, Newcastle and Southampton have two matches away from home. Arsenal, Brighton, Swansea, Spurs and West Ham have one home match and one away from home. The other eight clubs all have just one fixture to fulfil. Man Utd, who open the Week away at Brighton, visit West Ham in the Week’s final match on Thursday evening. We will have the web sites up to date shortly after the final whistle at the London Stadium. The Thursday night finish means we will be publishing the next web log on Friday 11th May. In it we will have all the latest news from a crucial Week in both the Golden Boot Game and the Final Five Game as we lead into this season’s final round of Premier League matches.


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