BPFL Gameweek 23 Wrap: Two-Horse Race?

Co-commissioner MGlo is here with a recap of Gameweek 23, in which the Top 2 stretched their lead, fifth-place El Nino suffered a stomach-punch loss, and Giorgio Chinaglia flew the BPFL flag in Cup play:

Here’s a helpful hint: do not wait until the last minute to make your changes. I found this out the hard way when I began to make substitutions and a transfer somewhere around the 2:25 EDT mark. Of course the site froze on me and so I didn’t get to make any transfers and some of my tactical changes didn’t go through either. Yet because of injuries I actually had all 3 subs come into my team. The one regret was not being able to transfer in Sunderland’s Stephane Sessegnon for the injured Nani, which of course would have won me my match. And that’s not even mentioning the 130th minute Chelsea goal which denied me clean sheet points from two Swansea players, and actually cost me 2 points because my Swans defender Neil Taylor was saddled with an own goal, which was a joke to say the least.

But enough of my rambling. Let’s look at the top of the table, where coloradokeeper continues to maintain his 2-point lead over second-place Dynasty of FC Hammer. The Top 2 have pulled slightly away from the rest of the pack as third-place Herk City is now 6 points further back. Giorgio Chinaglia’s fourth straight win is keeping him 2 points behind City, in fourth, while El nino’s tough 61-60 loss to second-place Hammer dropped him into the fifth spot. Ahmad Haziq Hashim remained sixth, while both the DisgruntledNumpties (undefeated in their last five) and The Xerez’s Team (winners of eight of their last nine) moved up a spot each to seventh and eighth place, respectively. Lildweaver’s second straight loss dropped them down two spots to ninth place while Bryan 04 Leverkusen’s second consecutive win moved them into 10th place on point differential.

Performance of The Week: Afrikan Letsatsi earned this week’s honor with an 84-point haul, thanks to an explosive midfield. Captain Gareth Bale led the way with 30 points after scoring two goals and netting 3 Bonus points. The aforementioned Sessegnon pulled in 10 points from a goal and 2 Bonus points, as did Fulham’s Clint Dempsey. Letsatsi’s defense also helped in the cause, as both Chris Smalling and Danny Simpson posted clean sheets, with the latter also earning 2 Bonus points. Tim Krul’s 3 saves earned an extra point, but it was the penalty save that gave him 12 points for the week to go with the Magpies clean sheet.

Unlucky Loser: El nino was the ‘winner’ of this week’s gong, as their 60 points were enough to beat 32 other squads.

Cup: “There’s only one Giorgio Chinaglia, there’s only one Giorgio Chinaglia.” Since Herk City and El nino were both knocked out of the Cup this past week, the only team left to fly the flag for the Backpost League is the one named after the New York Cosmos legend. Buona Fotuna! Said the Chinaglia manager: “Unlike the current New York team, I don’t rest my starters for Cup matches.”

Matches of the Week Ahead: Two matches stand out this week as four of the top 10 teams face off. Third-place Herk City will be hoping to keep pace with the leaders as they travel to 10th-place Bryan 04 Leverkusen, who will be looking to keep their momentum going. The other match sees sixth-place Ahmad Haziq Hashim host fifth-place El nino, with just 3 points separating the two clubs.

Thanks, commish. A new Gameweek starts tomorrow morning. Be sure to set your lineups tonight, and good luck.

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