Short on The Baggies

Tony Pulis is undoubtedly a great manager with an enviable track record of never being relegated in his life. However, once Pulis’s teams reach that magic 40 points, they seem to take their foot off the gas. This season, The Baggies hit 40 points in gameweek 26 when they beat Bournemouth 2-1. Since then they’ve lost to Palace, Everton, Watford, Southampton and Liverpool and, incredibly, the only two games that they’ve taken points in has been the draw at Old Trafford and beating Arsenal.

In his Premier League career, Pulis has been in charge of 41 games after his teams have reached the magic 40 points target and yet he’s only won 6 of them. In that Premier League career, he’s ended up with 45, 47, 46, 42, 43 and 43 points. He’s currently on 44 points and sits in eighth place with five games to go. Could he beat 50 for the first time ever? The stats don’t say so and maybe it’s time to ditch the Baggies players from your teams?

Don’t forget that Gameweek 37 is the big one with no less than 10 teams having a double gameweek and is the best opportunity to use your Triple Captain Chip, but remember that time is running out to use your others and you should start using the Bench Boost and All Out Attack Chips now. You can only use one chip per week.

The teams with double gameweeks in week 37 are as follows:

Arsenal

Chelsea

City

Leicester

ManU

Southampton

Spurs

Sunderland

Watford

WBA

Agency names please

Will those who are in with a chance of winning something this season please note the agency names rule and that means changing your team name to include that of your agency. Otherwise, you could be any old Tom, Dick or Harry from outside recruitment and we wouldn’t know. No agency name, no prize, sorry.

In our league, the Top 10 are as follows:

Jay Egersdorff, ESP

Marc Cohen

Jonathan Sweasey, PDA Search and Selection

Mark Mayall

Neil Arnold, Barker Munro Recruitment

Stuart Burton, FuturaRec2Rec

Marcus Francis

Oli Ottey, GM

Adam Kaye

Ashley Morris

Manager of the Week

Sam Bisgrove.......

With 96 points on the week, ManU fan Sam must be dancing a jig after last night’s wonderful flat back ten defensive performance from his real team and also because he bagged 17 points from De Gea’s two clean sheets in the gameweek. Isn’t it a shame that it looks like the United goalie won’t be in Manchester next season as his palatial mansion in footballer ghetto, Hale is now up for sale? Does a return to Madrid beckon?

Very well done Matt. Who are you going to swap out Ibra for mate?

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Neil Moore......

Back in gameweek 15, GM’s Neil Moore won this award and was in 76th place. Now some 19 games later, he’s dropped to 81st, but what a week he’s had this week with 98 points! Neil is an Arsenal fan who is so unconfident of his team that he hasn’t got a single Gunner in it and instead has filled it up with Spurs, ManU and Chelsea players. What’s the world coming to?

We hope next year is a little better at The Emirates Neil.

The Best of the Rest

James Metcalf.....

With a huge 94 points in 112th place we find a newbie to this newsletter, James Metcalfe. City fan James, is another one with not a single player in his FL team from his real team and we have to point out that 56 of his 94 points have come from just 2 players; his triple captain, Benteke on 42 points and Charlie Daniels with 14.

What a week, James!

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

Gareth McAuley…….

This 37-year-old Northern Ireland international is the Baggies player with the most points, mainly due to his goal scoring rather than his clean sheets. He’s bagged 6 this season and that’s three times as many as he normally scores so don’t expect many more. He’s the FL’s 7th best defender and second in the Value / Season table for defenders, however he’s had just one clean sheet in the last nine games but is still owned by 30% of managers. Can you afford to hang onto him? Maybe you should just ….

Get him binned!

One to watch..........

Andros Townsend………

Big Sam has brilliantly transformed Palace who, since the 25th of February, they’ve only lost twice (to Southampton and Spurs) and have beaten Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool into the bargain. They’re now safe as houses and Andros Townsend is doing his bit at knocking in the crosses for Benteke to terrorise the opposition defence. With a goal and 3 assists in the last 5 games, a 3.3% ownership and a price tag of just £5.8m it really is a ……….

No Brainer!

Team of the Week

This week we’re going to look at our old friend Knut Hebaek’s team. Knut is top of the overall league, is a Liverpool fan from Norway and has scored a very respectable 80 points this week to bring him to a total of 2,162.

So, what’s his team?

Forster

Alonso

Walker

Monreal

Zaha

Eriksen

Coutinho

Walcott

Benteke

Lukaku

Kane

His subs were 

Valdes, Redmond, Stones, Ake

Not bad eh?

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Team names please

The reason we ask for your agency name as part of your team name is because it’s the only way we can ensure that we are paying the prizes out to the correct managers and that those managers are genuinely in the recruitment industry.

With the latest hacking of our league from semi-professional FL-ers, its even more important. Please help us manage the league better by doing this.

However, those of you who aren’t putting in your team names are missing out on some great publicity for your agency and, as recruiters tend to be competitive creatures, isn’t it better to beat you rivals in business AND in the fantasy league?

 

“Natasha recently placed me in my role at Robert Walters. From the first telephone call between Natasha and I, she listened well and fully understood what I wanted. Natasha throughout the process always went the extra- miles and was professional and friendly. Within 2 weeks, Natasha had arranged many interviews for myself and secured me a fantastic new job in a great company with a payrise! I would highly recommend Natasha to friends and companies. I can honestly say after all the long phone calls and dedication to finding me the right role within the right company Natasha is a friend as well as business acquaintance. Thanks Tash!”

Alannah Maggs - Associate Consultant