View from the BaDMaN Boot Room - GW 36

Friday, April 26 2019

 

Getting good now, isn’t it? The Premier League I mean. 

Mostly I’m enjoying the fact that Liverpool could get 97pts and finish runners-up. In which case Klopp will have to go. 

But I happen to think that his job could be saved by Sean Dyche and Burnley. I reckon they will wrestle a draw out of Man City, which will decide the title. 

There. I said it.

Goalkeeper

Total Pts

GW 35 Pts

Alisson (LIV)

162

6

Defenders

 

 

Robertson (LIV)

192

6

van Dijk (LIV)

188

7

Alexander-Arnold (LIV)

150

11

Laporte (MC)

148

15

Midfielders

 

 

Salah (LIV)

230

6

Hazard (CHE)

224

7

Sterling (MC)

223

8

Mane (LIV)

201

3

Forwards

 

 

Aguero (MC)

184

7

Aubameyang (ARS)

182

7

 

Then suddenly, there is a change…

As New York taxi driver Travis Bickle once said. The change he was referring to was in his mental state. He later went on a shooting spree. I, on the other hand, am talking about Fantasy League defenders.

You talkin’ to me…? 

Terrance Trent Alexander-Arnold and Aymeric ‘shut the back’ Laporte have both made a late bolt for the Dream Team finish line. Racking up 26pts between them to boot out the Chelsea trio of Luis, Azpilicueta and Alonso. (I know there were only two places available and that’s three players, but those in the know will be aware they have chopped and changed over the last couple of weeks. So trio it is, right?)

You talkin’ to me…?

But that’s as choppy and changey as it has got this week. Nothing will change in the midfield – Pogba is fifth on the list, a full 26pts behind Mane. And his head seems to already be in Madrid or Barcelona. Makes a change from up his own arse though.

And the double A-cup duo of Aguero and Aubameyang only need a goal or two more to be sharing the Dream Team bra come final day. 

Then who the hell else are you talkin’ to?

Matt Nesbitt


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View from the BaDMaN Boot Room - GW 35

Thursday, April 18 2019

 

This week I’ve watched a couple of Under The Cosh podcasts, ‘starring’ Jon Parkin, Chris Brown and Chris Brown.

If those names are not immediately familiar, allow me…

Parkin was a journeyman centre-forward for mainly northern based clubs, scoring over 200 goals in more than 650 appearances. 

Likewise Chris Brown, but with fewer goals and appearances. He identifies himself from the other Chris Brown involved by calling himself ‘Browny’. The other Chris Brown calls himself a comedian and writer. 

There are three series, each featuring 12 episodes totalling some 30+ hours of listening time. But if that seems like too much of daunting task, I can condense the experience for you…

Jon Parkin: ‘Ah wunt the quickest’ ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. Ah seeeh, ah wunt the quickest ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. I laaark a drink and me grub, thoor ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha but ah wunt the quickest ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha’. 

Saved you a bit of time.

Goalkeeper

Total Pts

GW 34 Pts

Alisson (LIV)

156

7

Defenders

 

 

Robertson (LIV)

186

5

van Dijk (LIV)

181

12

Azpilicueta (CHE)

140

0

Luis (CHE)

140

1

Midfielders

 

 

Salah (LIV)

224

8

Hazard (CHE)

217

2

Sterling (MC)

215

14

Mane (LIV)

198

9

Forwards

 

 

Aguero (MC)

177

2

Aubameyang (ARS)

175

6

 

Nine of the eleven above are nailed on to be in the end of season Dream Team. 

The two wobblers are Chelsea defenders Azpilicueta and Luis. Each could be replaced by team-mate Alonso, who is currently bubbling under on 139pts. That after leading the way for defenders for much of the season. And leading all seasons for a bit of it.

The four in midfield could yet shuffle about a bit, depending on the goal-scoring exploits of Salah, Sterling and Hazard between now and the final day. But there’s an 18pt gap south of Mane – and Pogba is not going to make up that ground.

Likewise, forwards Aguero and Aubameyang have got enough to play for to keep them duking it out for to gun. Jimenez is next, but his progress has been steady rather than spectacular. And Kane is after him. Whose race may already be run. Unless Tottenham make it to the Champions League Final of course.

Happy chocolate baby Jesus rabbit day, or whatever it is.

Matt Nesbitt

P.S. 'Wunt the quickest' Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. That Jon Parkin.


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View from the BaDMaN Boot Room - GW 34

Friday, April 12 2019

 

So, we know how to stop Lionel Messi now…

The great man didn’t fancy it after the right-hander from Chris Smalling on Wednesday night, did he?

To be fair to Smalling, he was arguably the best of an average-to-poor lot in the drab-to-shit United v Barca first leg.

But you get the feeling that Lionel might have plans for him in the second leg.

Eyes down…

 

Goalkeeper

Total Pts

GW 33 Pts

Alisson (LIV)

149

2

Defenders

 

 

Robertson (LIV)

180

1

van Dijk (LIV)

169

2

Azpilicueta (CHE)

140

1

Alonso (CHE)

139

0

Midfielders

 

 

Salah (LIV)

216

6

Hazard (CHE)

215

14

Sterling (MC)

201

0

Mane (LIV)

189

1

Forwards

 

 

Aguero (MC)

175

0

Aubameyang (ARS)

169

1

 

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before…

Nothing much to report, once again. Azpilicueta this… Sterling that… Hazard the other.

Hazard warning. He’s off to Madrid…

In fact, the form of Chelsea’s wizard is the only noteworthy development. It seems he is keen on the proposed Real Madrid move this summer. His 30pts over the last two weekends has put him to within a point of Mo Salah at the top of the FPL pile.

And his two-goal 14pt total v West Ham earned him as many points as the rest of the so-called Dream Team put together.

Hopefully there’ll be a bit more to say next week. If not, I’ll make something up. How’s that?

Matt Nesbitt


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View from the BaDMaN Boot Room - GW 33

Friday, April 5 2019

 

Some amazing numbers coming out of Tottenham this week. They celebrated moving into their new home by posting a world record £113m post-tax profit last season. 

Their annual income climbed from £310m to £380m and match-day income doubled from £19m to over £42m thanks mainly to their Wembley crowds. And they managed to do it all while keeping their wage bill roughly half that of Top Four rivals Man United!

An admirably and truly astonishing achievement.

That’s if Kane, Alli, Erickson, Alderweireld, Tripper and Son don’t all leave in the summer for bigger contracts.

Eyes down… 

Goalkeeper

Total Pts

GW 32 Pts

Alisson (LIV)

147

3

Defenders

 

 

Robertson (LIV)

179

10

van Dijk (LIV)

167

4

Alonso (CHE)

139

5

Azpilicueta (CHE)

139

5

Midfielders

 

 

Salah (LIV)

210

7

Sterling (MC)

       201

3

Hazard (CHE)

201

15

Mane (LIV)

188

5

Forwards

 

 

Aguero (MC)

175

10

Aubameyang (ARS)

168

4

 

Entering the final furlong of the season on Grand National day, it is fair to say that the final places are all but decided. And there’ll be no Devon Loch here (look it up, Millennials. Eyes roll). 

We have had a change though…

He came, he scored, he conquered…

Cesar Azpilicueta’s goal-scoring exploits at Cardiff and a clean sheet at home to Brighton means he elbows his Chelsea team-mate David Luis out of the back four. 

But otherwise it’s as you were. Although we should tip our hats (that means fist-pump, Millennials. Eyes roll) to Palace’s Patrick van Aanholt for clambering up to 8th place in the FPL defensive rankings. The only one of the eight not representing Liverpool, Man City or Chelsea player. A good effort.

Cool Raul steps up…

Likewise, Wolves’ Raul Jimenez has grown in swagger all season. And is only 3pts behind the A-class AA strike force of Aguero and Aubameyang. A+ that man (that’s a very good mark at school, Millenials. Eyes roll). 

Scuttling back into midfield for a second, all matters are settled - with a massive 33pts between the Fab Four* and the rest. Paul Pogba taking the role of Pete Best**.

Notes for Millennials:

*This is a reference to the Beatles***

** Pete Best was the drummer that got replaced by Ringo Starr**** so didn’t make the final line-up.

*** The Beatles were a popular four-piece pop group in the 1960s.

**** Ringo Starr was the drummer. Who went on to achieve worldwide critical acclaim for his portrayal of a fictional steam locomotive.

Yeah yeah yeah, 

Matt Nesbitt


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