Double game weeks on the horizon. Chip alley
There are just 12 teams playing on the next gameweek with West Ham, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Everton, Watford, Palace and Sunderland all not playing either because they are in the FA Cup or their scheduled rivals are in it. They all have to play these games sometime before the end of April and the ones that get through will have other rearranged games.
On March 9 and 15, Chelsea, City and Arsenal play in the last games of the Round of 16 in the Champions League. Whilst it’s unlikely that Arsenal will progress against Barca, City and Chelsea could well do. The first two weeks of April feature the Quarter Finals and the last week of April and the first week of May feature the Semi’s if our teams are good enough to progress.
In the Europa League, Spurs, United and Liverpool play on March 10 and 17 and whoever gets through that play on the same weeks as the Champions League Quarter Finals and Semi Finals.
Given that UEFA don’t like domestic games being played on European nights and the International Break being over the Easter Weekend on 25th March, there doesn’t look like an awful lot of slots available for double gameweeks. Gameweeks 31 (possibly), 32 and 35 seem the most likely to contain double gameweeks.
These are obviously the games to play your CHIPS in but some of you might not want to wait that long. Tempting isn’t it?
In our league, the Top 10 are as follows:
Luis Cruz, Consol Partners
Ben Wilcox, Bauhaus
Natasha Wilcox, Futura Rec2Rec
Manager of the Week
It’s that Neil Kane man again. He won the MOTW just two weeks ago and he’s back for more with a superb 97 points this week. Every player bar two (Vardy and Ivanovic) scored great points and he could have got a few more if he’d chosen goal scoring defender Alderweireld. Glad he took our tip to include Sigurdsson for a nice 10 points.
Just another 21 points to reach the Top 10 Neil. Go for it!
Page 2 Pacesetter
Rob won this a few weeks ago and we were very impressed that he was one of the first managers on the Firmino bandwagon. He even had him as captain. So this week we’re looking at his team and no Firmino. He swapped him out a few weeks ago for Shaqiri. Now Rob’s a big Liverpool fan and those of us that have Firmino in our teams are getting worried. What does he know that we don’t? Anyway, he’s had a great week with 88 points in 60th place
Keep improving Rob. Page One next.
The Best of the Rest
With a massive 98 points in 122nd place, Tony has had yet another superb week. He actually emailed us last week to claim this prize, but alas he was beaten by somebody better. Not to worry Tony – you’ve surpassed all expectations this week and despite your lowly position (which won’t be for long on this form) you’ve smashed it. 33 points for Aguero alone was great and whilst we think that TC should be played in a double gameweek, if you’re going to play it in a single, then City v Villa at home has to be the one.
At this rate you’ll be on Page One before May!
We’d put the City defender in the taxi before Christmas but a massive 16% of managers still have him in their team. Other than his disastrous appearance in City’s 0-3 defeat by Leicester, he’s not started since January 2nd and with Clichy’s form being good, he’s unlikely to for a while. 186 minutes out of a possible 720 yet costing £6.0m doesn’t seem like a good investment to us.
Get him binned!
One to watch..........
Everton’s most in-form player has scored 4 in the last 5 games and also chipped in with an assist. Who would have thought it? He’s bang on to replicate his best season so far, that of 2012/13 in the FPL and 2008/09 in the EPL when he scored 5 and had one assist, both for Spurs. He’s been around so long that many of us think he’s actually older than his 28 years but he’s still got some juice in the tank.
A midfielder at just £5.6m, 0.9% ownership and an almost guaranteed start he’s got to be of interest to those managers trying to free up some funds for a bigger purchase.
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