Hello Folks!

Some ambush marketing coupled with help from my friends has ensured i received a lot of page views over the past week… It also helped that i ended up with what has turned out to be my most fruitful week in terms of performances by my picks. Although the irony is *my* fantasy team endured it’s worst turn ever, with red cards (Ivanovic), own goals (Baines) and injuries (Gervinho)…

BUT my predictions came really good – and i just HAD to show off..

That plus extra posts out there which increase my chances of getting noticed – but mostly bragging rights…

So here goes!

  • Goalkeepers:
  1. Joe Hart – The Englishman kept a clean sheet, with the City defense finally showing glimpses of last season’s defensive solidity. A lapse in judgement and Michu could have made the scoreline different, though…
  2. Tim Krul – A tricky fixture, against an inspired West Brom side could have gone either way for the Toons.. The Dutchman made only 3 saves in the match, with the Baggies having a relatively quite mellow attack.
  3. Asmir Begovic – Quite rightly dubbed as one of the most boring matches of the week gone by, it was hardly surprising that Begovic’s goal was barely threatened… Interestingly, his opposite number – Simon Mignolet – was the star goalkeeper for the day, making vital saves and earning an FPL Bonus Point.
  • Defenders:
  1. Leighton Baines – Baines was *immense* in the Merseyside derby, which is proved by the fact he earned 2 FPL Bonus Points in spite of conceding two goals, one of which was an unfortunate own goal. Corners, free kicks, throw ins – he was pulling the strings for the Toffees throughout… His corner did provide an assist AND he was my Captain.. If only he hadn’t scored the own goal!! ūüė¶
  2. Jan Vertonghen – The Belgian was the busiest of the Spurs defenders, and subsequently the one who conceded most fouls – and ended up with a Yellow Card to show for his efforts.
  3. Ryan Shawcross – It was a typical performance from the Potters’ Captain, and not surprisingly he ended with a clean sheet to add the list of stalemates they’ve strung together this season…
  • Midfielders
  1. Gareth Bale – As i said, that Bale would outclass the uninspired Saints defense was never in doubt. Interestingly, his goal was a header, and not from a tearing run through the middle of the pitch… Heartwarming was his decision to not animatedly celebrate against his boyhood club after scoring… He didn’t make the heart shaped gesture i said he would.. And’s that ALWAYS a good thing.
  2. Samir Nasri – So Nasri did play the whole 90 minutes in City’s match against Swansea. That alone counts as an achievement for the¬†perennial bench warmer… Too bad they don’t hand out Bonus Points for it. :p
  3. ¬†Jobi McAnuff – Reading was part of two highly¬†unpredictable¬†games last week, and a 3-3 draw with Fulham was the “saner” of the two… McAnuff tested Fulham with some early shots on goal, and his¬†perseverance¬†was rewarded as he assisted¬†Mikele Leigertwood score the first goal for Reading.
  • Forwards:
  1. Carlos Tevez – Clearly, he was the difference between the two sides. As Captain Obvious would gladly add – it was his only goal which turned out to be the winner; and THAT’s what matters. Add to that his 3 FPL Bonus Points.¬†Told you so…
  2. Peter Crouch – The better of the two Telephone Poles playing, he played much better than Steven Fletcher – to think he completed *2* dribbles successfully.. Lionel Messi is starting to get worried… ūüėź
  3. Pavel Pogrebnyak – i’ll admit it; he let me down… At the 80th minute, he was taken off for¬†Adam Le Fondre.. Ouch!

So all in all, a pretty impressive haul for the week, ehh?!

Hellloooo….. is my voice echoing in the silences…??!