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Week #34 - 'Weakenders' Looking For Record Victory

Published: 20 May 2022

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INTRODUCTION

We have made it to the final ten matches of the Premier League season. That sometimes seemed unlikely at various stages of the season. In this blog we look at the prospects for the final Week. Who might win the Golden Boot trophy, which Golden Boot Game prizes are still up for grabs and which teams might win them.

GOLDEN BOOT

At one point the race for this season’s Golden Boot looked all but over with Salah clearly out in front and the only challenge coming from his teammates Jota and Mane. In recent Weeks, however, Salah’s scoring rate has dropped off while Son Heung-Min has consistently reduced the gap. Going into the final Week of the season only one goal separates these two strikers. While I don’t wish to jinx Son, it is likely that he will play close to the full ninety minutes of the final Spurs match whereas Salah may not get on the pitch for Liverpool. If Salah can get a goal, though, and Son gets a brace we will have the highest scoring tie in Premier League history on 23 goals. Currently Salah already shares this record on 22 goals with Aubameyang and Mane. Of course, any tie will at least equal that mark. With Norwich as opponents, you would think Son has a good chance of at least sharing the trophy. He may never get a better chance, can he take it?

Ronaldo, in third place, needs four goals in his final match of the season to have any hope of sharing the prize. While there have been much less talented strikers for poorer teams who have scored four goals on the last day of the Premier League season, I don’t think it will happen for Ronaldo. This is partly because, if Man Utd do suddenly find some free scoring form, they have several other strikers who will be keen to get on the score sheet. No other striker can influence this season’s Golden Boot trophy without breaking the Premier League scoring record for a single match. While I’m sure Harry Kane would like to score the six goals he needs to retain a share of the trophy he won last season, I really think he would rather set up his teammate for a couple. They do say that all the best strikers need a ruthless streak but in this case that works both ways. Kane is not going to be scoring six without Son setting up some of them. I think the Korean might just prefer having a shot himself.

REVIEW OF WEEK #34

Just nine of the 51 strikers selected in Week #34 scored points for the Golden Boot Game. Six of them scored twice, however, three from Leicester, two from Everton and Bowen of West Ham. For the second Week running Kane provided points for eighteen of our teams. His 118 points was only beaten by Richarlison and Vardy among the two goal strikers. Unfortunately, two teams failed to find a goal this Week.

No team managed more than four scorers in Week #34 and only Alabangers had all four scoring twice. However, their eight goals brought only the Week’s third best total, forty points. The top scorers were OneunitedfanTrev with 42 points from seven goals. I’m not sure if they were helped to the Week’s prize tokens by United not playing. M1 had only six goals from their four scorers but reached 41 points thanks to Richalison and Calvert-Lewin providing a maximum thirty. The only other team with doubles from their top two strikers were Magic Eight Balls but they could only add five more points from Watkins. They were joined on 35 points by runaway leaders Weakenders, who had six goals this Week.

Weakenders stretched their lead to 73 points with one Week to go. The only question now is can they beat the record winning margin which currently stands at 78 points. The race for the other prizes is where the drama will be going into the final Week. Team Of The Weak have moved up to second place, five points ahead of Cheshire Town who drop to third. Just two points adrift of the prize places are fdringo in fourth. They could easily close the seven point gap to snatch second place in the final Week.

At this stage we have only nineteen teams with a hundred goals for the season. I think the season’s fixture disruption has contributed to this. A normal Week with ten matches and every team playing has been a rare thing this season. There is still a chance that we can get a twentieth team into three figures, though both OneunitedfanTrev and Annoyed Grandpa’s Eight need five goals in the final Week to make that happen. Had OneunitedfanTrev started in Week #1 they would easily have reached their century by now and reaching that mark would be fitting end to a season where their efforts have been consistently undervalued. Leading the goal scoring by thirteen are, unsurprisingly, Weakenders who reached 150 goals this Week. Team Of The Weak lead the 8-point goals by two with 27. That is another gap that could be closed in the final Week.

FINAL FIVE GAME

After a second successive Week when they were unable to find a single goal scorer (nine multiple goal scorers, 21 goals and bags of kudos), Alabangers have jumped from third to first ahead of the final Week of the Final Five Game. Weakenders retain second spot just four points behind the leaders but only Upforthecup of the other teams in last Week’s congested top five still retain an interest. They have gained a place but slipped eleven points behind the new leaders. Level on points in fourth are M1 who continue their late charge. This Week’s top scorers, OneunitedfanTrev have moved into fifth but at twenty points behind the leaders they are probably too far back to mount a challenge.

Realistically there are four teams in it going into Week #35 with the top two as heavy favourites. Should Weakenders retain the Final Five Game as well as the Golden Boot Game they will become the first team to complete this double in consecutive seasons. In the interest of sharing our prizes around, we are hoping that Alabangers can hang on or that M1 can snatch victory. It could be a very close run thing.

COMING UP IN WEEK #35

Week #35 is the final Week of the Premier League season and consequently the final Week of the Golden Boot Game season. For the final set of Premier League matches all twenty clubs kick-off at the same time, 16:00 on Sunday. This puts the selection deadline for the Golden Boot Game at 15:00 (3 pm) on Sunday 22nd May. We will be updating our web site shortly after the final whistle has blown in the final match of the season. I anticipate this will be shortly after 18:00 on Sunday.

Our first action, once the results are in and checked, will be to congratulate all our prize winners starting with the champions. As well as the three prize winners in the Golden Boot Game, we will confirm and congratulate the winners of the Final Five Game. Our next web log will be published on Wednesday 25th May. It will mostly be a round up of the events of the final Week of the season with congratulations to those who won prizes and commiserations to those who just missed out.


Player Comments on the Blog

From: Noboots

at: 21:34 on 2 May 2022

Fantastic selection by Eight Wizards to win the Golden Boot Cup!!!! Congratulations.....

From: Upforthecup

at: 21:50 on 2 May 2022

Worthy winners of the the Golden Boot Cup.
Well played Eight Wizards...

From: Eight Wizards

at: 18:48 on 3 May 2022

Well played Upforthecup. I was unbelievably lucky all the way through. Thanks to all teams, and to the controller for a great competition. Best luck to all.

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