GW 12 – Review

Now that’s more like it! After a couple of truly disappointing weeks for most players, gameweek 12 provided more than a bit of relief for many of those who have lost points or failed to capitalise on potentially high scores in recent weeks. Football seemed to ‘normalise’ itself somewhat this week, but that’s not to say there weren’t a few surprising score lines to ruffle the feathers. Let’s get into this week’s Ultimate Goals analysis!

Our top scorer for the week had clearly done his research for the FA cup fixtures either side of the border (or used the ‘random’ button to great effect!) Congratulations to George Murphy on topping the global table, as Notts County (a popular choice this week with 63 picks) got the ball rolling for on x2 with a couple of goals against part timers Belper Town. 1 goal Cowdenbeath (x5) were a bit of a letdown, but 3 goal East Kilbride (x6) quickly got his score back on track. The only ‘usual suspect’ in George’s line-up was Celtic (80 picks), hitting 6 against hapless Ross County – if only they were placed against a bigger multiplier than x3! In truth it was the mouth-watering combination of Gateshead (x4), Brora Rangers (x7) and Falkirk (x8) who secured the top spot for George, scoring 5, 7 and 4 goals respectively. With a total of 28 goals scored and 146 points in the bag, this week’s top scorer was well into Club 100!

Speaking of everybody’s favourite Club, it was rather crowded with no fewer than 28 of you ‘in the green’. Well done each and every one of you! The FA Cup fixtures were clear favourites among the top scorers, along with the ever popular Celtic and Manchester City (59 picks) making their regular appearances. GW 12’s average score sat at a respectable, if not spectacular, 42 – quite a strong bounce back from the previous two weeks where we had averages of just 9 and 7! The sheer number of goals that were scored this week meant that the highest possible points tally – AKA the illusive ‘Perfect 7’ – was a whopping 195! Head to the ‘Perfect 7’ page of the website to find out how you can win the current jackpot prize of £1,200!

There were certainly some surprising results across our divisions this weekend, none more so than League One leaders Ipswich falling to a bewildering 2-0 defeat to Accrington Stanley, and Stoke City finally lifting themselves off bottom spot in the Championship thanks to a rousing 2-0 win over an inconsistent Fulham side. Tottenham kept 32 players’ hearts racing, as they left it until the 86th minute to equalise at home to Watford – a goal that even the big screen inside the stadium didn’t think should have stood!! VAR is certainly causing its fair share of controversy this season, but thankfully for those players who backed Spurs the goal stood. However, the cascade of goals fell through some players’ fingers this week, as 26 minus scores were recorded; 19 minus 20s and 6 minus 40s left many of you feeling blue – but Charlie Pearch’s disastrous combination of Salford City, Bristol Rovers, Ipswich Town, Preston and Fulham left him rooted to the bottom of this week’s Global League on -100! Better luck next time Charlie!

That’s it for this week’s round-up of TUG stats and stories. Let us know how you did in the comments below and be sure to get your selections in for gameweek 13. Saturday’s early kick offs include Aston Villa’s visit to the Etihad to face Manchester City (will City top the 100 mark for picks, or will their previous 2-0 home reversal against Wolves put people off i wonder?) while in the Championship Leeds United travel to Sheffield Wednesday in what promises to be a tasty Yorkshire derby. Have a great week and happy scoring!

– Samuel Wilkinson