GW 3 – Review

After last week’s electrifying drama and goalmouth action, it’s fair to say gameweek 3 was ever so slightly more subdued, but habitually exciting nonetheless! First off, huge congratulations to Heather Roome on topping the weekly table, with 5 goal Tranmere Rovers in the x7 spot the best of a solid line-up, propelling her into the illustrious Club 100 – the only player to do so this weekend, in stark contrast to GW 3!! So why was that exactly?

With plenty of players still scoring well into the 90’s, it’s clear that Manchester City’s third goal against Tottenham Hotspur was crucial to reaching three figures. Unfortunately for said players, Jesus’ strike was controversially ruled out by VAR! I don’t think that’s the last time you’ll hear those words this season!! Agony for some of the 76 players who chose the Citizens, but relief for Spurs fans everywhere of course! However, the antics at the Etihad were far from the only talking points this weekend, in particular at Carrow Road where Norwich’s fantastic Finn Teemu Pukki bagged a hat-trick against Steve Bruce’s dejected Newcastle – again proving that he is taking the step up from the Championship in his stride. Yet only 6 players (including myself!) backed the Canaries to score, despite their hugely impressive attacking play at Anfield last week. There’s some food for thought……

Another big GW 3 factor was the Scottish League Cup, which unsurprisingly drew a considerable amount of attention given the fixtures on offer. Whilst the majority of the 56 of you who selected them reaped the rewards of Hibernian’s goals in their 3-3 draw with Greenock Morton, there was a major shock in Glasgow where Celtic scored just once against Championship outfit Dunfermline to disappoint 117 players (far and away the most popular choice of the gameweek), especially the 41 of you hoping for a high points pay out by putting them on x8! This game never fails to surprise!

Despite the depleted membership of Club 100, the average score this week was a more than respectable 56 points. Nine minus scores were recorded though and unfortunately for Graham Hawkes, his calamitous combination of goalless Bristol Rovers, Leyton Orient and Boreham Wood condemned him to the bottom of the pile with a harrowing minus 60! Better luck next week Graham!

GW 4 is ready and waiting for you, so get plotting your tactics for what is sure to be another entertaining weekend of Ultimate Goals action!

– Samuel Wilkinson