As we reach Gameweek 25, the Premier League is beginning to take shape and the approach of the tail end of the season signals that managers need to be at the top of their game to please the man upstairs, with teams and tactics chopping and changing in a bid to get that extra edge as we enter the “business end” of another footballing instalment.
Louie’s Longball United, as Big Sam labelled them, had to rely on the height and strength of Chris Smalling to claim all three points against an impressive Burnely at Old Trafford. The headed brace from the England defender saw him gain the title of Dream Team Top Player with 17 points after also accumulating three bonus points for a match-winning performance that also pushed Louie’s boys into third place.
Smalling was not alone, however, in putting in a solid display for his club with Manchester City startlet Samir Nasri popping up with 13 points for putting the ball past a sorry Begovic between the sticks for Stoke, assisting another and bagging three bonus points, as Manchester City completed
their revenge for their defeat in the previous meeting with the biggest scoreline of the week. The French international’s shift on the pitch also enabled Sergio Aguero to get in on the act, earning 11 points at the Britannia Stadium.
Other players who raised eyebrows were England hopeful Harry Kane for netting and assisting against Liverpool in their 3-2 defeat against Liverpool, earning the man-of-the-moment 11 points, and Hull City striker Dame N’Doye with 12 points for his goal and assist and three bonus points against strugglers Aston Villa.
The inclusion of Aguero as team captain and the hot prospect Kane in his starting 11 gave Crabby Joe’s The Spleef Queens a week to remember as his team came out victorious on this particular Fantasy League Gameweek. Other members of the team who put in a good effort for Crabby Joe were Southampton defender Nathaniel Clyne, mustering eight points and Man United winger Ángel Di María with a solid seven to show for the victory against Burnley.
After having to stubbornly wait for the Premier League to return after its FA Cup hiatus, this weeks fixtures will be somewhat telling come the end of the seasonto say the least.
Gameweek 26 boasts a London derby as West Ham entertain a Tottenham side chasing Champions League qualification and a ding-dong battle is sure to draw eyes on Sunday when Liverpool travel to the Southampton as the race for fourth heats up.