Fantasy Football League IV

Pear Tree Productions up to Second as Rock Ridge Raiders Reclaim Top Spot

Nani Celebrates After Scoring Against Chelsea

Pear Tree Productions were GameWeek 5’s top performers with 63 points. In the lowest scoring GameWeek of the season so far (154 points less than last week). Pear Tree Productions can look to three goal scoring midfielder’s for the bulk of their points. New signing Royston Drenthe scored on his début against Wigan and Joey Barton and Danny Murphy also found the net in their games.

The Rock Ridge Raiders can look again to their star man Sergio Aguero as he scored a brace against Fulham to take his seasons total to 67 points. Aguero wasn’t their best performer however, as two other players were in the top five weekly performers. Nani scored a thunderbolt and got an assist, appearance and win bonus in the 3-1 win against Chelsea, Scott Sinclair scored the same amount of points (16) as Swansea were 3-0 victors against West Brom

Seeing Red

Red cards were aplenty in GameWeek 5 with Liverpool contributing to most of them. Charlie Adam saw red for two bookable offences against Spurs and Martin Skrtel also saw red in the Red’s 4-0 defeat.

Ivan Klasnic saw red on his debut for Team Skin and cost his manager -4 points in the process.

Arsene Wenger fielded four of his summer signings for the trip to Ewood Park. Gervinho (The Wait is Over) and Mikel Arteta (ABCDE FC Beerbelly) both found the net against Blackburn but the performances of a back-four containing Per Mertersacker (Team Skin) and Andre Santos led to the Gunners undoing in the 4-3 loss. Arsenal hardly helped themselves with two own goals and a host of missed chances, but it’s twelve goals conceded in two games on the road now. Bolton, Sunderland and Stoke all roll up to the Emirates in the next four gameweeks and Wenger will be desperate for a swift home response.

Black Cats Find Form

Against the odds, Sunderland dismantled a Stoke defence which had previously kept three clean sheets in four matches. Steve Bruce’s side shared the goals around, with Seb Larsson and Craig Gardner living up to their mid-price potential with strikes – Larsson in particular, has emerged as a clear prospect in the Black Cats’ midfield. Stephane Sessegnon came away with an assist, a disappointment given the extent of this win and his overall goal threat so far this season. A trip to Norwich and a home clash with West Brom offers room for further optimism however; Sessegnon’s suitors may well look to hold firm for those matches following another decent showing here. Having changed his midfield for Saturday’s game, both David Vaughan and Ahmed Elmohamady would seem set to hold their starting roles after strong contributions to the cause.

Oh, Fernando

With a healthy run of fixtures approaching, some of the Fantasy faithful had perhaps been swayed by the performance of Fernando Torres (Team Skin) yesterday afternoon. Until that miss. Torres definitely looked sharp and displayed an appetite sorely lacking for much of his time at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea are starting to up their tempo and seemed to tailor their game to the Spaniard’s qualities- he had plenty of opportunities, culminating in a brilliantly taken second half goal. Indeed, the away side created far more chances and can feel somewhat aggrieved with the scoreline. Frank Lampard’s (The Wait is Over) ineffective first half performance led to his substitution for the second half where Chelsea looked more cohesive and more like a team, could this be the beginning of the end for Frank Lampard?

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