GW 19 – Review

WOW! What a breathtaking weekend of football we’ve just witnessed, the goals were absolutely flying in across all of our chosen leagues in gameweek 19. We had a plethora of high scorers, a massive ‘Perfect 7’ score and a whole host of dramatics up for analysis. Ready? Let’s go!

As ever, we’ll start at the summit of the Global League table for this week. Sat at the very top of the pile was John Weaver who, after a quiet start to his ladder of multipliers with Elgin City and Harrogate Town scoring a goal apiece, followed that up with something quite extraordinary! 4 goals each for Barrow (13 picks), Leeds Utd (31) and Celtic (71) on x4, x6 and x8 respectively gave John a mighty 72 points (not even half of his final score!), with voluminous contributions from 5 goal Rangers (74 picks) on x5 and 7 goal Brentford (just 3 selections!!) on x7, which left our table topper with a whopping 151 points! Well done John.

This week’s avalanche of goals has given our bouncers at Club 100 quite the task in trying to manage an incredible 41 of you who descended there this week, the joint highest number this season! Well done to a massive 31% (yes 31%!) of you who hit three figures! The average score this week was a very healthy 55, the second highest this season by 1 point, with 52% of you scoring higher than that total, but anything less than a ton probably felt like something of an anti-climax being as there were so many visitors to Club 100! The painfully elusive ‘Perfect 7’ score was an extraordinary 198 and it’s no surprise which team makes the x8 spot there, Brentford’s 7-0 obliteration of Luton Town would have instantly caught the eyes of any attentive TUG player! Another surprising scoreline was Annan Athletic’s (0 picks!!) 6-1 drubbing of Cove Rangers (10 picks – very low for a normally popular side) and it’s Annan who therefore figure on x7 of the P7. Any of the various 5 goal teams would have sufficed on the x2-x6 multipliers.

Speaking of such teams, some extraordinary scores across the leagues included Bristol City’s (0 picks) 5-2 demolition of Huddersfield Town, while Leeds Utd smashed Middlesbrough 4-0 at Elland Road. Stockport County leapfrogged opponents Torquay Utd in the National League courtesy of a thumping 5-1 away win over The Gulls, whilst the biggest FA Cup scoreline was Tranmere Rovers (47 picks) comfortably seeing off Isthmian League South East Division Chichester City 5-1, although the non-league outfit put up a valiant display and didn’t concede until the 63rd minute. Another 5-1 mauling came at East End Park, where Dunfermline Athletic thrashed Partick Thistle. Goals galore!!

Popular choices in GW 19 included usual suspects Manchester City (58 picks) and Liverpool (100 on the nose!), while Leicester City’s current winning form saw them chosen 35 times. Great to see plenty of you mixing it up as well though; selections like 42 times chosen Blackpool (who netted 3 against Maidstone Utd in the FA Cup), Peterborough Utd(47), who recorded a 3-0 win versus Dover Athletic in the same competition, and Portsmouth’s 2-1 FA Cup win over Altrincham, with Pompey being heavily backed to the tune of 78 picks!

As is so often the case, the plentiful goalscoring action gameweek 19 had to offer had to be balanced out, in this case by a sorry 21 minus scores, made up of 19 minus 20s, a minus 40 and a heart-wrenching minus 80! With so many goals to take advantage of, it was an extremely bad week to be propping up the table! The Premier League is generally a great source of goals for many players, but it does throw up its share of shock results and it came to the fore here, as Chelsea (49 picks) suffered a disappointing 1-0 home loss against an out of form West Ham United. 1 goal for The Blues and we’d have been talking record numbers of players dining at Club 100, but as it was the result gave many of you the blues of a different kind!

That’s it for this week’s review. Look out for the Ultimate Goals November review later this week and be sure to follow us on social media so you don’t miss a thing! Early fixtures in GW 20 include a Merseyside visit for Chelsea as they take on a troubled Everton side (how many of you will take a punt on Frank Lampard’s lads after last weekend’s result?), while Huddersfield Town host a very much in-form Leeds Utd in a Yorkshire derby. Don’t forget to leave a comment below on how you did this week and your predictions for next week and, as ever, good luck with your scoring!

– Samuel Wilkinson