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Week #19 - 'BF Giants' Equal Cup Victory Record Margin

Published: 10 February 2021

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INTRODUCTION

It feels good to be writing a Wednesday night weblog after not having done so for a long time. You could almost start to believe that things are getting back to normal. However, I don’t think we have seen the end of late fixture changes yet. One good thing about having no fans at matches is that the stadium approaches don’t have to be cleared of snow. This should mean all next Week’s matches go ahead without problems. So it should only be the draw for the FA Cup quarter-finals that precipitates the next fixture rescheduling frenzy.

WEEK #19 REVIEW

Of the six strikers who were selected for more than ten teams this Week, the top five scored a goal. Of the seven other strikers who contributed points, Calvert-Lewin and Watkins had nine selections though the latter was outscored by Gundogan’s double which had just three takers. Almost half our teams had to wait until the last goal of the Week to know their score by which time every team had some points. The Week #19 average score was a healthy 19.6 points.

Another big Week for Bury Wanderer saw them get goals from their top six strikers for 33 points. Sixteen points from Gundogan helped J1 to 31 points from five scorers. BF Giants needed six scorers for their thirty points. The other teams with six goals, M1 and Weakenders, both got 29 points. It was a rare Week where more goals pretty much guaranteed more points.

After last Week’s scare, Weakenders have opened up a seven point gap on Team Of The Weak in second place. In third place donnyvegasisback have closed the gap to second place to five points. Behind these three, Bury Wanderer have moved up to fourth just a point behind third spot and three ahead of M1 who drop back to fifth. The top five are covered by sixteen points while the gap back to sixth place is fifteen points. There is still time for teams to bridge across to the leaders. When I tell you that top five are all averaging over twenty points a Week, you will get an idea of what will be needed to do that.

MEDALS TABLE GAME

Only eight teams failed to get a gold medal in Week #19, one of which was long time leaders Upforthecup. Only J1 could manage two Gundogan golds and these took their tally to five, just one behind the leaders. Three of the five teams who had four golds last Week, added a fifth this Week. They now find themselves sandwiched between Upforthecup and J1. Team Of The Weak and Bury Wanderer both had a full house of medals while fdringo had only gold and silver. For Team Of The Weak those minor medals were important as a single gold could now be enough to give them top spot. The latest fixture revision means that both the remaining Weeks will have extra matches. It will now be Tuesday 23rd February when the final match is played and the winner is known.

PLAYERS’CUP ROUND 1 REVIEW

Six of the teams through to the quarter finals of the Players’ Cup are in the top eight of the overall classification. They are joined by Oxford Orange who, coming late to the season, seem to be concentrating on the Cup. The tie between Teak Temple and Upforthecup will need to be replayed to determine which of the mid-table teams will make it through. Teak Temple do seem to have been lucky to get eight points from Kane or maybe they knew something we didn’t.

Our hopes of a giant killing were cruelly dashed by BF Giants who equalled the Cup’s record winning margin against Tiny Dancer with a 27 point victory. Most of the other ties were quite narrow victories for the higher ranked teams, although overall leaders Weakenders managed a ten point victory by scoring twice as many goals as Lancashire Rover. Both donnyvegasisback and Team Of The Weak won through by six points against less-experienced opposition. Cheshire Town were the only team to go out with a better than average score, Sterling and Salah making the difference for M1. The two closest ties were also the two lowest scoring. Ard Mhacha Abu were able to go through by just seventeen points to fourteen thanks mainly to more Salah points.

The only tie featuring fewer than thirty points was the draw between Teak Temple and Upforthecup. The replay of that tie will be in Week #20 which now ends on Wednesday 17th February. With these teams being so evenly matched we may need to go to penalties to determine a winner. If that happens it could be a while before we can confirm our last quarter-finalist.

COMING UP IN WEEK #20

We have gained an extra couple of matches in Week #20. Everton are now scheduled to play twice at home while Fulham play two away matches. Burnley and Man City will both play one of each. The other sixteen clubs have one scheduled match, as normal. The first match sees Leicester take on Liverpool on Saturday lunchtime. This means we have a selection deadline at 11:00 am on 13th February. There are three more matches played on Saturday. Sunday has a further four more matches scheduled. Monday has two matches which leaves the two extra matches to be played on Wednesday night. The last match of Week #20 has Everton hosting Man City. We will be updating our web site shortly after the final whistle at Goodison Park.

A Wednesday night finish means the next web log will be a little later than normal. We would hope to get it published sometime on Thursday afternoon. As well as the usual updates from the Golden Boot Game and the Medals Table Game, we will have news of the Round 1 replay in the Golden Boot Players’ Cup and the plan for the quarter-finals draw.


Player Comments on the Blog

From: M1

at: 18:13 on 19 February 2021

What a brilliant draw for the Players' Cup Quarter Finals....

BF Giants v Team Of The Weak

donnyvegasisback v M1

Oxford Orange v Ard Mhacha Abu

Upforthecup v Weakenders

From: Cheshire Town

at: 12:24 on 26 February 2021

congratulations to coach of weakenders

From: Weakenders

at: 8:13 on 27 February 2021

I'd like to thank everyone (especially Upforthecup) for the high level of competition in the last hot spot game which I won by the slenderset margin (one bronze) Will Upforthecup get his revenge in the next round of the Players Cup ?

From: Team Of The Weak

at: 8:22 on 27 February 2021

Good to see both my "weak" teams kept apart in the cup . Two teams per player are allowed as long as they have different email addresses I first did that many seasons ago when there was almost 50 teams playing but I never won anything I'd like the game to go back to those numbers again as I enjoy more competition

From: CONTROLLER

at: 21:33 on 27 February 2021

I think we would all like to see fifty teams competing. We are working on some things which we hope will take us back to those numbers for next season. I hope we will have some positive news before the end of March. It seems that the strategies used by the Coach of the ‘Weak’ teams are suited to this season where the normal timescales are shortened. These teams have obviously coped well with the sudden fixture changes, extra squad rotation and increased injury problems for some clubs. There is still a third of the season to go, though. Anything could happen and probably will

From: Upforthecup

at: 11:02 on 28 February 2021

What a great season the manager of Team Of The Weak and Weakenders are having this season. Should be more success ahead but hopefully not in the the Players' Cup.

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