GW 2 Review

Ally: Well what a weekend that was! It hasn’t taken very long for a gameweek that encapsulates both the joy but also the frustration of the Ultimate Goals to arrive has it? With a high number of much fancied teams among the goals it really was an opportunity to register a big score early in the season.

On Saturday lunchtime Celtic got the scoreboard rolling for many players with a 3-1 victory at Partick Thistle in the Scottish League Cup, in complete contrast to week 1 where they did quite the opposite! Later in the afternoon many other popular selections saw scores soar, as the likes of Leeds United and Raith Rovers (2 goals each), Tottenham Hotspur (3), Portsmouth, Aberdeen and one of my top tips Fylde (4) all in the thick of the goals. Add into the mix a rampant West Bromich Albion, who managed to put 7 goals past hapless QPR, and you have the recipe for some very big scores.

Of course many players were then waiting on the Sunday afternoon Premier League fixtures, particularly the one featuring champions Manchester City in their first home game of the season. They were facing one of the relegation favourites Huddersfield Town and were always going to be heavily backed by in terms of picks. While the first goal may have taken 25 minutes to arrive, the proverbial floodgates opened thereafter as City went on to hit their opponents for six. The remaining Sunday games saw more popular picks Manchester United (2), Rangers and Hibernian (both 3) on the scoresheet to further boost scores.

To that end we saw no fewer than 60 out of our 175 players hit three figures and book a seat at ‘Club 100’, topped by Paul Horsley with a superb 157 points. Another 16 players saw their scores into the 90s, with a total of 88 players scoring 80 or more points in the gameweek. That is some going and given we’re only in the second week of the season the bar has just been massively raised!!

It really was a week not to miss out on a big score, but as nearly always happens a number of players felt the sheer frustration that this game can throw at you courtesy of a blank. Chief culprits here were Barnsley, who went into the weekend perched on top of the League One table, with 6 goals to their name from their opening two matches, but who proceeded to play out a drab 0-0 home draw with AFC Wimbledon. Just to add to the sense of irritation, as I write this Barnsley have this evening (Tuesday) just won their next next league game with a thumping 4-0 win at Rochdale – a typical ‘if only’ scenario that all players will experience over time!!

Good luck with your selections for GW3!