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Week #32 - 'Magic Eight Balls' Win Golden Boot Cup Final

Published: 3 May 2024

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INTRODUCTION

One thing we always like to keep an eye on here at the Golden Boot Game is the actual race for the Golden Boot. It’s not all about making sure you have the most regular scorers in your team, either. Often the battle to be top goal scorer in a Premier League season can be more exciting than the battle to be champions. This season’s Golden Boot seems quite close, certainly compared with last season. Although Haaland leads the way, he probably won’t get as much game time as those chasing him. Palmer and Isak have missed games earlier in the season but are unlikely to from now on. For Watkins there is the added complication of European matches while Isak may have to play in a less attacking role now Wilson is fit. One good thing about the Golden Boot is that there can be joint winners and that might well be the final outcome. I wouldn’t like to guess how many, though, let alone who they might be.

GOLDEN BOOT CUP FINAL REVIEW

We now need to congratulate Magic Eight Balls on their victory in the Golden Boot Cup Final. While both finalists had gone heavily with Spurs and Chelsea strikers it was Isak and Haaland who gave Magic Eight Balls the advantage. Each Isak goal was two points better for the winners. In addition, Magic Eight Balls had Haaland’s goal while Alabangers chose other Man City strikers, doubling their deficit. They did reduce the deficit with the Week’s final goal, having Jackson in a higher scoring position, but it was too little, too late. We should not forget, though, that Alabangers receive 25 prize tokens as losing finalists and for that they deserve a share of our congratulations. It is Magic Eight Balls who take the lion’s share of the plaudits as the final winners of the Golden Boot Cup. They have the first leg of the double in the bag and in the next three Weeks we will see if they can also add the final Golden Boot Game title to their extensive list of triumphs.

REVIEW OF WEEK #32

Son had most selections (nineteen) among this Week’s twelve strikers who scored Golden Boot Game points. He would have provided the most points too if Isak had not scored twice for the sixteen teams who selected him. Saka and Haaland appeared for fourteen and twelve teams respectively. Three strikers, Jackson, Havertz and Bowen, each had five selections while the other five scorers had three or less. This Week every team got at least one goal, so no team missed out.

All New Goal Monkeys Deluxe had goals from their top four selections for 31 points to lead the Week’s scoring. Imperial Boozeboys were the only team with six goals giving them the next best return ahead of Cheshire Town who matched their 28 points. Bury Wanderer were just a point behind on 27 while Magic Eight Balls scored 26 in winning the Cup Final.

There was just one non-mover among the top eight this Week. Magic Eight Balls returned to top spot and now have an eight point lead over Upforthecup. Team Of The Weak remain in third place nineteen points off the lead and the same margin ahead of Weakenders who move up to fourth, exchanging places with Sofy. There are now 25 teams who have reached a century of goals this season. I have high hopes of at least another couple reaching three figures over the final three Weeks of the season.

THE FINAL FINAL FIVE GAME

After the second Week of the Final Final Five Game it looks much more like a two-horse race. PJ Auxerre had a below average Week which allowed Cheshire Town to take a three point lead. They posted the second best points total for the second Week running, which is exactly the type of consistency needed to win Hot Spot Games. OneunitedfanTrev remain in third place at the head of a tightly bunched chasing pack. The good news is that their gap to the leaders has reduced from 22 points to eighteen. The bad news is that they were just twelve points behind Cheshire Town and are now eighteen. If Cheshire Town can close a ten-point gap in a Week, it stands to reason that any one of the chasing pack up to thirty points behind could still win with three Weeks to go. The key is, of course, consistently high scoring. My gut feeling is it’s a two-horse race but I’ve been wrong about Hot Spot Games more than once this season.

COMING UP IN WEEK #33

Week #33 has the usual ten Premier League fixtures scheduled with each of the twenty Premier League clubs having one match. The Week starts with the final Friday night match of the season between Luton and Everton. This means the Week #33 selection deadline for the Golden Boot Game is at 19:00 (7 pm) on Friday 3rd May.

There are five matches being played on Saturday, followed by three more on Sunday afternoon. The Week’s tenth and final match is on Monday evening when Crystal Palace play Man Utd. As usual, we will be updating our website shortly after the final whistle at Selhurst Park.

We will publish our next weblog on Wednesday 8th May. It will have the usual updates from the Golden Boot Game as we close in on the end of the season. We will also have the latest from the Final Final Five Game as it moves past the halfway point. There may also be some more news about how we will be handling the end of our final Golden Boot Game season.


Recent Web Logs Available

  • 17/04/2024 - Week #30 - 'BF Giants' Leave It Late To Win Total Goals Game
  • 26/04/2024 - Week #31 - 'PJ Auxerre' Take Big Lead In Final Five Game
  • 03/05/2024 - Week #32 - 'Magic Eight Balls' Win Golden Boot Cup Final
  • 08/05/2024 - Week #33 - 'All New Goal Monkeys Deluxe' Repeat Win
  • 16/05/2024 - Week #34 - 'Magic Eight Balls' Close In On Historic Double

Comments From Our Players

From: Bury Wanderer

at: 11:10 on 18 April 2024

Congratulations to BF Giants, what a finish, hope liverpool fc can do the same

From: Weakenders

at: 18:36 on 19 May 2024

Congratulations to Magic 8 Balls for winning this season along with all other prize winners .
I'm going to miss this game next season .
In keeping with a comment posted earlier this season I'm going to donate my 2 x £5 highest weekly score wins to the controller as a small thank you for running the game for so long

From: CONTROLLER

at: 19:31 on 19 May 2024

THE FINAL RESULTS ARE IN

CHAMPIONS - 'Magic Eight Balls'
2nd PRIZE - 'Upforthecup'
3rd PRIZE - 'Team Of The Weak'

FINAL FIVE WINNER - 'Cheshire Town'

Congratulations to all these prize winners.

From: M1

at: 19:35 on 19 May 2024

Brilliant winning season for Magic Eight Balls in taking the first and only and last Double with league and cup wins. Big congratulations indeed. Many thanks to the controllers for all the pleasure you have given us all over many seasons..

From: Magic Eght Balls

at: 23:14 on 19 May 2024

Thanks guys, I'm chuffed to get it over the line after a tough battle. Congrats to the other prize winners. I'm gonna miss this game a lot. Huge thanks to the controllers for running this for so long, I've had great fun and some trips to beautiful Cornwall out of this game which, if it wasnt for it, I may never have seen.

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