Another week goes by and another week WHERE THE LEOPARDS ABSOLUTELY SMASHED IT. I predicted 60 points in my GW16 Preview and the Letdowns bettered it, bringing home a massive 64 points!
Artur Boruc. What a result! Bournemouth 1 – 0 Leicester. After the away team smashed Man City last week, I wasn’t sure which Leicester were going to turn up. The shite one of this season that are terrible away from home, or the Leicester of last season capable of beating anyone. It was the former. They were shite, Bournemouth were good and Boruc returned a solid 7 points.
Marcos Alonso continued his fine form and returned the expected clean sheet against Sunderland and even managed to bag an extra bonus point. Go Marcos Alonso! 7 points.
Dejan Lovren returned from injury in time to play a meagre Middlesbrough team that couldn’t score if they were the only rich man in a brothel. I knew it would be easy points if he played and to my surprise he did. 6 points.
Erik Pieters, you little beauty! Stoke were up against it 23 minutes in when they went down to 10 men, but against a Southampton side that can’t score without Charlie Austin in their team, they dug in and wrestled a dogged 0-0. 6 points.
Alexis Sanchez didn’t really do much in the Everton vs Arsenal match, but he did managed to score a wildly deflected free kick. Thank you, Fantasy Football Gods, I’ll continue the sacrifices for next weekend… 7 points.
This weeks saviour though, was the newly transferred in, Christian Eriksen. Tottenham were at home against a Hull so I was hoping for a goal fest, and so it was. Spurs winning comfortably 3-0, with Eriksen scoring 2 and assisting the other. Burnley are up next, so heres hoping he continues this form! 19 points.
I have to mention my bench for this week as it showed that you should always have it filled with players that are guaranteed to play 90 minutes every match. With the injuredEden Hazard laying comfortably in his bed in London, I had Jonny Evans as my first substitute. When the West Brom team was announced I was surprised to see he wasn’t playing and wasn’t even in the squad! His whereabouts are still unknown but the ballet then fell to Victor Anichebe as my 2nd substitute but he wasn’t in the team or the squad either. So it fell to the 3rd sub, a player who can always be counted on to play every match, Glenn Whelan, who came off the bench and returned 3 points! .That’s the most I would ever expect from Whelan, not known for doing anything other than being the hard man of a Stoke midfield, so 2 points for playing the full 90 and a bonus point for a clean sheet and no yellow card is a very welcome sign.
The Letdowns smashed it this week, but there were still some players that didn’t fancy turning up…
Ben Mee. Burnley are shite away from home, but West Ham are shit at home. This had 0-0 all over it as Burnley would defend deep and West Ham wouldn’t have the gile or tenacity to break that defence down. Well, they did, once, winning 1-0 (Bye bye clean sheet) but to make matters worse, Mr Mee also got himself yellow carded to return the lowest points of any player in the team, 1 points. Fuck you Burnley.
After last weeks heroics, Glyfi Sigurdsson, falls into The Bad this week. After smashing Sunderland in GW15 and up against West Brom in GW16, I was hopeful. Swansea need to be picking up points against these sort of teams if they have any chance of survival and Siggy is their key player. Yet he did nothing but return a hugely disappointing 2 points.
Diego Costa. It pains me to see him here. He’s been a main stay in The Good for every week he’s been in the Letdowns but I can’t get past his disappointing return when up against Sunderland. Eden Hazard didn’t play because of injury, and it seemed to have an effect on the team as they scraped a 1-0 win. This was only the third time Costa hasn’t contributed either a goal or an assist in a match all season so far, the only other time coming against Arsenal. Still, there are very tasty fixtures coming up so I’m hoping to see Costa move back into The Good sooner rather than later. 2 points.
And last and certainly least my captain choice for GW16, Mr Harry Kane. I brought Kane into the Letdowns in GW15 precisely for this home match in GW16 against Hull. Spurs won 3-0… and Kane had 1 shot off target in the whole of the 90 minutes. Are you fucking kidding me? Half of the Hull side, a side that lost 3 fucking nill, were rated higher for their performance than Kane. You’re a joke. In a week where Rondon scored a hat trick for West Brom and Zlaten Ibrahimovich picked up more points for Man United, Harry Kane could only managed 1 shot off target against the worst team in the Premier League. That takes a special kind of effort, the type of effort that wins you, the highly coveted BELLEND OF THE WEEK AWARD with his awful return of 2 points (doubled to 4 because of the captains arm band).
I predicted 60 points in the GW16 Preview and the Letdowns performed higher than expected, returning a massive 64 points. This is the 3rd week in a row where we’ve returned a massive score and pushes me within 4 points of 3rd place and takes another 7 points off the leader who is now just 43 points ahead.
The Letdowns are marching on, December has been our month so far, long may it continue!