Defenders run the game

Ronald Koeman still holds the record for the world's highest goal scoring defender in top class football. It's therefore fitting that Gael Clichy who hadn't scored a Premier League goal since the 2008/09 season scored yesterday when City increased Southampton's goals against tally by 50% at St Mary's. Glen Johnson used to score 3 a season but Liverpool soon battered that out of him and he hasn't scored for 2 seasons until Saturday. Brenda will probably drop him for that. Chris Smalling's goal scoring chart looks to be in binary 1-0-1-0-0-0 but he got one on Saturday when Manchester United played the seriously unambitious Hull City and West Ham's Aaron Cresswell scored the first Premiership goal of his career to earn a fantastic 15 points in their 1-0 defeat of Newcastle. Cresswell is now third in the Defenders Form table and is owned by just 1% of managers. Food for thought there guys.

In our league, Neil Kane has moved up into 2nd whilst the ominous presence of last year’s winner, Jay Egersdorff continues to worry all of us as he moves up into 5th place. Last week’s Manager of the Week, Bartley Hilliam has joined the Top 10 as has Gideon Radivan and Cody Royle. Welcome to the real rough and tumble guys.

The top 10 are as follows:

Oli Ottey – Goodman Masson

Neil Kane

Ryan Roberts

Adam Eld

Jay Egersdorff

Sam Bisgrove

Gideon Radivan

Martin Scrivens

Cody Royle

Bartley Hilliam

Manager of the Week

Gideon Radivan first came to our attention in week 10 when he slipped into the Top 10. Well, 3 weeks on and he’s back again with a Manager of the Week performance and a very impressive 59 points helped by a 5 man defence and Aguero as his captain. City fan Gideon is also in the Fircroft league but he’s only 17th in that one. They must be good at this game at Fircroft eh?

Another great week Gideon.

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What sort of manager picks Christian Eriksen as his captain? A very intuitive manager, we’d say because he’s bagged him 18 points this week. We think that it’s fair to say that Eriksen doesn’t always produce the goods. He’s only been in double figures 3 times all season and in 8 of his 13 games he’s scored 3 points or less. So it looks like an even better choice by Spurs fan Wes Scott who lies in 71st place.

Any chance of picking us a winner in today’s 1410 at Plumton Wes?

The Best of the Rest

John Chaplin’s had one of those weeks scoring a massive 64 points whilst lying in 125th place. John’s one of those guys who doesn’t believe in messing about with his team too often. In fact, he’s only made one transfer all season and his wildcard is still intact. You can see that by his selection that includes Daniel Sturridge who hasn’t kicked a ball since August, Geoff Cameron who only started getting a game at the end of October and Ashley Young who has missed half of Manchester United’s games. However, there are some weeks when all of the planets line up and this is John’s turn.

Excellent work John. See if you can make it through the season without bothering with any more of those pesky transfers mate.

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

Graziano Pelle..........

Owned by over a quarter of all FPL managers, Pelle started off like a train and scored 6 goals in a 6 match run but he has been firing blanks now for 5 games on the trot. The 6’-4 Italian has got great form scoring 50 goals in 57 games for his previous club, Feyenoord but the Eredivisie ain’t the Prem and we think that defences have now sussed him out. At £8.3m he’s just too dear compared with cheaper and more in-form forwards such as QPR’s Charlie Austin. We also like the look and form of Wilfried Bony who’s scored 6 in 7 at Swansea and who’s the same price as Pelle.

Don’t forget

This next week is a midweek gameweek with team changes needing to be in by 1930 on Tuesday.

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