Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome co-commissioner MGlo. Under that gleaming, silver-domed platter, he holds the BPFL Week 31 wrap-up. Voila:
The Numpties are Disgruntled, City win a Cup, the Dynasty keep Hammering away, and the keeper continues to parry everything that comes his way! Those were the headlines of this past week in the Backpost EPL Fantasy League.
We start with the League Cup Final, and the capacity crowd that watched third-place Herk City take on 16th-place socr_maniac. There was plenty of excitement in the air as the maniac took a 38-37 lead going into the two Sunday matches. Gareth Bale earned 5 points for City, but two Swansea defenders and Tim Krul’s clean sheet helped the maniac increase their lead to 4 points going into the Monday night clash between Blackburn and Manchester United. Herk had Jonny Evans, Antonio Valencia and Wayne Rooney in his squad, while maniac had Patrice Evra, and Rooney as his captain, along with Blackburn’s Yakubu.
It looked good for a long while for the maniac as the teams were scoreless for 80 minutes and Valencia was booked. But things turn quickly in this game (just ask Martin O’Neil’s men), and only five minutes later, Valencia had a goal, an assist and 3 Bonus points to carry Herk City to a famous 64-58 victory.
Congratulations to the 1st Backpost League Cup Champion!
Back in the League, first-place coloradokeeper maintained their 7-point lead at the top, and it looks as if it’s their title to lose. They play no one in the Top 10 to finish out their schedule and have won three of their last four, scoring 205 points in those three wins. Second-place Dynasty of FC Hammer is still plugging away, undefeated in their last four (3-1-0), but play two of the Top 10 in the next few weeks.
Herk City, having won five straight, are just a point back in third place, but have moved 5 points clear of fourth-placed Disgruntled Numpties. City’s 64-42 defeat of the Numpties last week ended the latter’s 12-game unbeaten run. Fortunately for the Numpties, fifth-place Ahmad Haziq Hashim also lost, ending their five-game unbeaten stretch to stay 3 points further back. The two teams meet in three weeks’ time as they battle for the final Champions League place. Sixth-place The Xerex’s Team will be hoping to join that tussle, and with three consecutive victories they will be in a confident mood. However, four of their last seven matches will be against the Top 10 clubs. My Old27m squad has ascended to seventh place, having won five in a row and seven of the last eight. I swapped places with El nino, whose transfer policy leaves something to be desired. They have now lost three straight and still have to face three of the Top 10. Afrikan Letsatsi moved up to the ninth spot with their first victory in four games, while Giorgio Chinaglia—whose legendary namesake passed away this week!— rounded out the Top 10, having won two of their last three.
Performance of the Week: tango took this award for the first time this season with a 71-point haul. Captain Emanuel Adebayor netted 26 points thanks to two goals and 3 Bonus points, while Seb Larsson did the same, only without the armband. Clint Dempsey chipped in 11 with a goal and an assist, while Edzin Dzeko added an assist and Danny Simpson earned a clean sheet.
Unlucky Loser: RayDomPsychicAdvisor won the unfortunate honor this week as he fought valiantly against second-place Dynasty of FC Hammer, losing 55-54. Wrong team, wrong time as 32 other clubs would have been beaten by that score.
Thanks MGlo. Week 32 is under way folks—as of today’s Swansea–Newcastle match (you all have Papiss Cisse right?!).