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Week #27 - The One Where Iheanacho Makes The Difference

Published: 14 April 2021

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INTRODUCTION

I always feel that the Golden Boot Game is deceptively difficult. Which is why I count our players, especially those who are still with us in these straightened times, among the finest fantasy football players anywhere. I do sometimes wonder if I am misjudging the situation, though. Maybe sometimes our players over think things. Salah was selected in fourteen teams last Week (seventeen this Week), so surely leaving him out of your Cup team was the risky play. Given his record over the past few seasons, selecting him was quite easy. This is where I insert a famous quote about form and class. It occurs to me, though, that this is just another difficulty thrown up by the Golden Boot Game that our players have to navigate a way through. Do you select on current form or stick with proven strikers. The ten selections for Vardy to two for Iheanacho seems to indicate how most of our players feel. I will be mentioning the two teams who picked Iheanacho (and coincidentally not Salah) in the next section, though. So, one Week the class option makes all the difference and the next the form option is the key. I told you it was difficult.

WEEK #27 REVIEW

Until Lacazette added the final two Golden Boot Game scores of Week #27, Salah’s goal was providing more than half of the total points. Salah’s was the only contribution that affected more than half our teams, the next best being Lingard’s double which had seven takers. In a way this was a typical Week of this era of the Golden Boot Game. There were as many unselected strikers on our list who scored as there were selected ones. Surely with more teams some of these (perhaps Pulisic and Pereira, maybe even Benteke) would have been favoured. In the end two teams were unfortunately pointless and the Week #27 average score was down at 9.1 points.

Two teams, Alabangers and Ingleborough Diamonds, scored 25 points from five goals this Week, both without Salah. Alabangers won the Week with fourteen points from Iheanacho to their rivals’ twelve. The best score from Salah selectors was sixteen by both Weakenders and Lancashire Rover, the former getting maximum Salah points. Thirteen points from Magic Eight Balls was the fifth best score of the Week and another five teams also reached double figures.

M1 retained their position at the top of the overall classification but their lead has been cut to three points. Weakenders have snatched second place from Team Of The Weak though the teams are level on points. Their season leading goals total making the difference. The gap back to Bury Wanderer in fourth place has stretched to 27 points. It now looks like we will have a three horse race for the two prizes, but at least it will be a close one. Week #27 is the third time that Alabangers have had the Week’s best score in the last six Weeks. This is more than the three leading teams combined as Team Of The Weak have yet to be team of the Week.

HALF AND HALF GAME

Ingleborough Diamonds were easily the leading scorers this Week with their 29 points based on four goals from their top half strikers. The only other team to reach the twenty points mark were Lancashire Rover whose entire score was made up of three top half goals. Only two other teams could manage more than one top half goal, Alabangers with seventeen points and fdringo with fourteen. Ingleborough Diamonds have joined Cheshire Town at the top of the standings by closing the 22 point gap to the leaders. Lancashire Rover in third are now just a point behind with M1 dropping to fourth just four points behind the joint leaders.

With next Week’s top half goals worth eight points, there are four more teams within a single goal of top spot going into the final Week of the contest. Having said that, the top three teams are so close that goals from their bottom half strikers could be the decisive factor in the final Week. We shouldn’t forget, though, that Ingleborough Diamonds closed a gap of 22 points in the penultimate Week of the contest to reach top spot. If they can do it, I’m sure another team could repeat the feat. On that basis, the top fifteen are still in contention, even more if you factor in eight point goals as against the seven pointers for this Week. I know we deliberately designed the game that way but we could be in for an exciting finish, especially given the way the fixtures are spread out through the Week.

COMING UP IN WEEK #28

There are Premier League matches every day in Week #28 as part of eleven consecutive days with at least one fixture. This includes a Friday night match between Everton and Spurs. For the second Week running, then, the selection deadline will be 19:00 (7 pm) on Friday, 16th April. There are ten matches being played in Week #28 but Crystal Palace do not have a match, while Spurs play both home and away, Saturday and Sunday both have two Premier League matches, then Monday and Tuesday have one each. This leaves three more matches, the first two of which are on Wednesday. The final match of the Week, on Thursday night, has Leicester hosting West Brom. We will be updating our web site shortly after the final whistle at the King Power.

The next web log will be published on Friday23rd April. As always after a Thursday night finish we will be rushing to get it ready by lunchtime. We will include a review of how the Half and Half Game was won and a preview of our last Hot Spot Game of the season, the Final Five Game. We will also take a look ahead to the Final of the Golden Boot Players’ Cup as well as a brief look at the Week’s events in the Golden Boot Game.


Player Comments on the Blog

From: M1

at: 19:18 on 19 March 2021

The draw for the Semi-Final of the Players' Cup has thrown up a possible cup and league double for Team OF The Weak or M1...... But maybe both teams will do a Leeds United!!! Tis a tasty draw indeed.....

From: M1

at: 19:17 on 25 March 2021

The controllers have come up with ground breaking changes for next season. The shake up for more chances to be rewarded for weekly scores will benefit so many more players in the Golden Boot.... Prize tokens are very inventive and a bold and welcome innovation to the game... A big pat on the back for the controllers. Good to see the sponsors Arrowvean Cottage also returning...

From: Bury Wanderer

at: 14:19 on 29 March 2021

Agree with everything M1 as said.

From: Team Of The Weak

at: 18:19 on 9 April 2021

Well played MI in our cup semi-final game. It was the bold selection of Salah (who hadn't scored in his previous 5 games) at position 3 that won it for them .

From: M1

at: 16:35 on 10 April 2021

Thanks Team Of The Weak, it was always going to be a close call and yes down to one player in the end!!! Could have gone either way this tie and I guess I got lucky on the day..... I'm sure your challange for the main event is now firmly in your sights... I will be more than happy just to win the Players' Cup this season, but Oxford Orange will be quite a tough challange indeed!

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