Suarez or Aguero?

You may have noticed that Match of the Day conducted a viewer poll this weekend on who is the better striker between Aguero and Suarez. Suarez won hands down with 77% of the vote but let's examine the stats from an FL viewpoint. Aguero has had 20% more minutes played so far but Suarez missed the first five games of the season through suspension. City also have a tendency to rest Aguero once a game is won to help him recover for a Champions' League game in the week, which of course Liverpool don't have to worry about. There is also the added issue of the size of the squad and whereas City can bring on another striker Liverpool aren't quite so fortunate. Suarez is undoubtedly going to get more game time than Aguero and therefore has more chance of picking up extra points however Gary Neville on last night's MNF made the point that City's team will provide more opportunities for Aguero who has scored 12 goals so far with Suarez on 2 more at 14. Compare this with Aguero's best season (2011/12) when he bagged 23 and Suarez's (last season) where he also bagged 23 and you can see that both strikers are well in line for beating those records. Aguero is slightly ahead on assists so far (8 v 7) and they were both about the same in the previous record seasons. Aguero is just above Aguero in the overall points table but when it comes to the form table, he's miles ahead. Overall, you've got to say that the Match of the Day viewers got it just right but the solution for FL managers is easy. Get them both.

In our league, Pari Passu’s Bernie Wilcox was knocked off the top spot he only held for half a week by 2nd placed Jay Egersdorff. Jay had Lukaku and Ozil to thank for his score this week. Phu Ngoc had another week of pure luck with 71 points. Previous leader, Lewis McKenny slumped even further to 8th place in a superb imitation of David Moyes. Share a thought for Matt Beedle who we hadn’t seen in the Top 10 since week 5 and until Flores performance for Swansea last night, looked like had come back. Alas, his place in the Top 10 has been taken by the man in form, last weeks MOTW Eddie Dowling with a wonderful 77 points.

The top 10 are as follows: 

Jay Egersdorff

Bernie Wilcox, Pari Passu

Lee Mitchell

Sachin Ruparella

Lawrence Chilver

Andrew Midgely

Phu Ngoc

Lewis McKenny

Dan Ryan

Eddie Dowling

Manager of the Week

Last week, Eddie Dowling first came to our notice when he smashed the MOTW crown with a massive 119 points. He’s at it again this week with 77 points helped tremendously by Flores 9 points in the Swansea Hull clash last night. Eddie must have been the only manager who still had something to play for last night and his additional 9 points gained him a foothold in the Top 10. If anyone still has a wildcard to play we’d suggest copying Eddie’s team ASAP.

Well done yet again, Eddie.

Page 2 Pacesetter

At 63rd place and 73 points we find the sponsor’s MD, FuturaRec2Rec’s Tim Goodwin. It must have broken Tim’s Everton heart to have to put Suarez in his team but the Uruguayan along with Ruddy in goal (who on earth picks Ruddy in goal????) and Cabaye got Tim a nice little earner this week.

Any ambitions for Page 1 yet Tim? 

Taxi for...........

Michael Dawson

There was a time when Spurs had the 2nd best defence in the league spoiled only by that strange mullering at the hands of West Ham but they’ve gone right down the pan now. Michael Dawson was the bargain in the Spurs defence and he’s still in nearly 15% of teams. Whereas he’s amassed a respectable 55 overall points when you look at the form table he’s at the bottom of page 3. This is definitely the time to ship him out and go for a bright young thing like Joel Ward at Palace at a cost of £4.0m or one of his unfashionable colleagues at the Selhurst New World Order.

BTW, don’t forget Stephen Gerrard could be out for upto 6 weeks with a hamstring injury.

The Dream Team

The Dreamteam is the best combination of players that you can pick that week. It’s always a good clue to up and coming players that few managers have picked which is important for those of you not in the top ten because you’re never going to make it by picking the same players as the top managers. Looking for value in unpopular but high performing players is essential if you’re going to make progress.

What a difference a change of manager makes? Tony Pulis takes over at Palace and they suddenly become the best defenders in the world. Not only that, but they nick the odd goal as well. Could it be the same for the Dutchman with the best Manc accent in the world, Rene Meulensteen at Fulham? You can see why David Moyes didn’t want him hanging around Stretford! Last week we talked about Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling and whether or not he’d get a place with Sturridge injured. Well, with Gerrard looking like he’s out for 6 weeks young Raheem could be a bit of a bargain.

 

Name

Team

Points

Times in the DT

Price

% of

Managers Chosen By

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ruddy

Norwich

10

1

£4.9

1%

Sakho

Liverpool

10

2

£5.2

1%

Riether

Fulham

8

2

£5.0

1%

Chico

Swansea

9

2

£5.0

2%

Schurrle

Chelsea

15

2

£7.1

1%

Fer

Norwich

14

1

£5.8

1%

Sidwell

Fulham

11

2

£5.0

2%

Cabaye

Newcastle

10

1

£6.5

7%

Paulinho

Spurs

10

2

£6.7

8%

Suarez

Liverpool

15

5

£12.7

41%

Chamakh

Palace

9

2

£4.7

3%

 

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