Even before tonight’s top of the bill clash at the Lane, this is no ordinary gameweek. Wednesday’s avalanche of goals and assists left us breathless at times, as United and City ruthlessly exposed opponents who simply looked out of their depth. And yet, there were cruel barbed surprises packaged amongst the night’s bounty of points.
The goals flowed, with popular Fantasy properties delivering – Nani (The Rock Ridge Raiders), Sergio Aguero (The Rock Ridge Raiders), Robin Van Persie (Escape from Victory), Wayne Rooney (ABCDE FC Beerbelly), Demba Ba (Gordon’s Alive!) all came good. Incredibly, the defenders also got in on the act: clean sheets for City, United, Liverpool and even Everton, brought profits at the back, on a night of handsome attacking hauls.
For some however, the clean sheets were soiled. The jaw injury sustained by Phil Jones (Pear Tree Productions) will have been robbed of rewards from United’s win – a potential absence, with early reports already suggesting six weeks – will perhaps hit harder than the points lost. We await news from today’s x-rays. Ashley Young (The Rock Ridge Raiders) also picked up an injury and is looking at 2-3 weeks on the sidelines.
The withdrawal of Micah Richards (Escape from Victory) on 58 minutes was even more sickening. Feeling the effects of Dean Whitehead’s studs down his calf, the raiding right-back was preserved by Roberto Mancini, just two minutes from claiming his Fantasy owners a clean sheet from City’s oh-so comfortable win.