A week is a long time in football. This has felt like a very, very long week.
The 11 game winning streak came to an ungraceful end in midweek and, even though I know it wouldn’t last forever, a roaring success came to an end with a whimper. Togga has a habit of kicking while you’re down and, as if one loss wasn’t enough, this weekend brought another, meaning a commanding nine point lead at the top of Togga’s League Of Champions has been cut to a slender three.
Works For The Skrtels champion Tim was the first to dish out the punishment that the whole league had been waiting for since mid-August with a narrow 94.75-84.25 success.
As a Liverpool fan and as someone facing Romelu Lukaku in two separate Togga match ups in Gameweek 14, the FA’s failure to ban him for two blatant kicks against Brighton left me feeling doubly hard done by. The 16 points he accrued away at Watford proved costly in this one but he’s not the arch nemesis in this match up.
That role has been claimed by Pablo Zabaleta who managed to put up a stinking minus 10 (ten). Awful. It was a last minute choice between the Argentine, who hasn’t scored badly this season despite playing for a very poor football team, and Bournemouth stalwart Steve Cook. Going with the latter would have turned this loss into a success by three points. Fair to say Zabaleta is now firmly on the blacklist.
Losing to a score below 100 is always bitterly disappointing but congratulations must be extended to Tim who achieved what no one else had for three months and fully deserved to defeat me on the day.
In my last title success I managed to avoid two successive defeats for the whole season so was very excited to get back to winning ways straight away. Yeah…
It was always going to be an uphill battle against Cody Lavigne who owns arguably Man City’s three main assets (bar Leroy Sane) as they hosted West Ham. I predicted a monster score for Cody before the week even started and (sadly) I was right as he put up a whopping 134.5 against my extremely average 94.75.
Like London buses, these losses were extremely irritating. Getting back to winning ways this weekend is an absolute must.
Jack Butland GK – 4
Maybe Butland hadn’t completely recovered from his broken finger? No one concedes against Swansea. Stoke themselves have looked like a very poor outfit and their narrow success over the strugglers demonstrates that they could easily find themselves down at the wrong end of the league table come May. Butland will almost certainly lose his place in my team ahead of their visit to Tottenham this gameweek.
Pablo Zabaleta DEF–
Just kidding. Never. Again.
Laurent Koscielny DEF– -0.25
Arsenal looked shellshocked when United took the hand brake off their bus at the weekend. Koscielny and co looked like rabbits caught in the headlights and two quick goals put paid to any hopes of a decent return from the Frenchman in GW15. A yellow card didn’t help matters but he’s still a very solid part of my team.
Ben Davies DEF– 1.75
Tottenham aren’t playing well at the moment and neither is Ben Davies. That marauding left back that dominated fantasy football in every format in the first month of the season looks like a thing of the past and he must be desperate for Danny Rose to complete his move to Manchester United. Two tackles, one aerial and no key passes represent a very poor day’s work.
Antonio Rüdiger DEF– 4.75
Rüdiger was very close to dragging us through Gameweek 14 thanks to a goal and a clean sheet against Swansea City, meaning he kept his place. But Marcos Alonso’s defensive frailties (once again) cancelled out the clean sheet early on against Newcastle United, meaning Rüdiger faced an uphill battle to get any points from this one. My opponent also had the double assisting Victor Moses. Of course.
Wilfried Zaha MID – 7.5
Zaha’s performance fits the team’s performance as a whole. Average. Crystal Palace and West Brom were never going to play out a classic but the Ivorian was the one player on the pitch who you’d expect to bring some sort of quality. Unfortunately, two dribbles and two crosses were Zaha’s only attacking contributions. Not good enough.
Leroy Sane MID – 15
Sane put in his first notable performance for a little while following his exclusion from the gameweek 14 lineup through illness. An impressive 15 didn’t include a goal or assist but the stats suggest that he was, once again, at the thick of a lot of the good things City produced in another narrow win. I wouldn’t be surprised if he puts in a good performance in this weekend’s highly anticipated Manchester Derby.
Xherdan Shaqiri MID– 16
Another goal for the Swiss dynamo as his purple patch continues. Shaqiri could easily be this year’s Sigurdsson; in other words, the only player of genuine quality in a very poor team. A crucial goal in the battle with Swansea along with three key passes represented another good game for him. Shame about the yellow card.
Demarai Gray MID– 12.5
The youngster put his body on the line to score the only goal of the game for Leicester against Burnley. Gray is yet to reach the heights of his virtuoso display against Everton in gameweek 10 but this goal should do wonders for his confidence. His score of 12.5 is, however, slightly disappointing considering is included an early goal.
Sofiane Boufal MID– 17
For the second time this season, Sofiane Boufal showed that he could be an extremely valuable player in the Togga format. The advanced scoring system is perfect for the Moroccan who completed seven successful dribbles against Bournemouth. Boufal looks to have finally secured his place in the Southampton lineup and I fully intend to keep hold of his for at least the next few weeks.
Alexis Sanchez FOR– 10
There’s only two words (or is it three) to explain why Alexis didn’t achieve another big score in this one: David de Gea. Five key passes and two shots on target could have totalled up to a much bigger score had the Spanish stopper not stopped everything that came near him in a ridiculous display.
Troy Deeney FOR – 6.5
I (hilariously) drafted Troy Deeney in the second round of a draft this year thanks to the severe striker shortage in this season’s PL. He’s no longer a part of that particular squad but may be worth hanging on to (or acquiring in your own league) if the Everton transfer rumours turn out to be true. Deeney + Allardyce = lots of headers and goals. Yes please.
This wasn’t the most enjoyable article I’ve ever written. I’m not even going to entertain the thought of writing a similar piece next week!
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