GW 35 – Review

Now THAT’S more like it! International breaks don’t halt proceedings here at The Ultimate Goals and thank heavens for that – Gameweek 35 was comfortably one of the best we’ve had in 2021. Club 100 was busy and bustling at long last and the average score reached a much more respectable total. Let’s see what happened.

Kicking things off at the top of the Weekly Global League table with Dale Bayford’s second appearance on top of the podium in just six gameweeks, I think the correct phrase is “smashing it!” Dale’s commendable compilation of teams included 7 goal Peterborough Utd on x7 and 3 goal Wrexham (6 picks) on x8 to reel in 73 precious points, with other 1, 2 and 3 goal sides filling in his lower multipliers. At 114, Dale’s safely seated at the head of the table in Club 100, where he was joined by 15 other players in ‘the green’.

Not only was there an impressive average score of 50, 58% of players managed to beat that thanks to some smart selections and decent scorelines. Peterborough Utd pulled in 54 of you to reap the rewards of their 7-0 battering of Accrington Stanley, a scoreline that saw Posh top the Perfect 7 table on x8, while Queen’s Park (an impressive 87 selections for The Spiders, the most this gameweek), Hearts (65) and Falkirk (58) each bagged two for their backers. Notts County were strongly fancied (69 picks) against Non-League Premier side Hornchurch in the Semi-Final of the FA Trophy and scored 3 goals, before their shock exit from the competition on penalties. Another 3 goals came from Yeovil Town (49), while Sunderland (50) and Chesterfield (40) were also popular, each bagging 1-0 wins to keep some scores climbing. 

Mel Hallworth was the only player to back 4 goal Partick Thistle, who joined Peterborough Utd at the business end of the P7 matrix as the only other named side in the table, meaning any 3 goal side in the remaining positions would have seen you net 144 points and that £7,777 jackpot!

The most picked side, Queen’s Park, were your clear favourites to go big on the goals front, as they occupied the major ‘points earner’ spots (x7 and x8) in the most picked matrix this week. Hearts and Sunderland were the more popular ‘banker’ sides on x2 and x3, while Yeovil Town, Falkirk and Peterborough Utd were seen as the rungs to climb the ladder to those more lucrative multipliers.

With only 14 minus scores to report in what was a pretty productive gameweek for most of you, that just about wraps up the review for another week.

Easter weekend is next up and we have a flurry of TUG activity, with two quickfire gameweeks across five days of footballing action. It all starts on Good Friday, so please take note of the Friday 14:55 deadline, 24 hours earlier than normal. This will be a three-day gameweek and quickly followed by our traditional ‘Bank Holiday Bonus’ on Monday and Tuesday. Let’s hope April doesn’t make a fool of us here! Good luck.

-Sam Brooke-Wilkinson