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  1. Gameweek 27 Update - Return of the Pat What a way to mark your “return from loan debut”. Score one, make the other, and inject at least a bit of hope into the non-believers. Derby are left wondering why the were so keen to get rid, as our Jamie can only look north and laugh at their impending points deduction. His mother would be proud. What a lad. What a specimen. What a player. None of us picked him. Ah well, there were clean sheets galore, and plenty of Captain Fams to the rescue, resulting in a pretty high scoring week: Reverse semi-finals (first leg): @jrt55555 31 - 33 @Dogbert: Eliasson the difference maker to give Dogbert a slight advantage heading into the second leg. With a clean sheet and a captain Diédhiou apiece, Nagy could only contribute a 1 point cameo for jrt. @citywest30 31 - 24 @Chessels Chick: Again, Eliasson the difference maker, but this time in the wrong way, as Chessels’ decision to give him the armband instead of Diédhiou has left citywest with the largest (though not insurmountable) lead of all the semi-finals. Fine margins. Semi-finals (first leg): @Oubliette23 33 - 30 @RedYoshi: we know each other’s games inside out, and on this occasion my evidently better half has nudged just in front. I had backed a previously absent midfielder starting with a P to have a stormer, but Palmer was the wrong one to go for, and Brownhill’s injury left me with no midfielder at all. Thus, yet again, Eliasson was the pivotal pick. @Chivs 13 - 10 @bissellredhead: the two lowest scorers of the week, handily drawn against each other to give us yet another tight semi-final. The only players not to pick Diédhiou, and the only match in which Eliasson wasn’t involved. It was still the midfield battle where the match was won though, Chivs’ 3-point Smith beating bissell’s unfortunate captain choice of Massengo. Still, lowest scorer of the week or not, bissell received the greatest prize of us all. Welcome Robyn! Good luck in the second legs today, but just like City, let’s concentrate on the league: @Dogbert‘s joint week-leading score has seen them leapfrog @bissellredhead and start pressuring the top 4, while @Oubliette23 continues to maintain the gap at the top. Time to hit the road & get to Bristol - see ya there! GW27 Points Breakdown Diédhiou 12 Paterson 11 Dasilva 6 Hunt 6 Williams 6 Baker 5 Eliasson 3 Smith 3 Weimann 2 Massengo 1 Nagy 1 Rowe 1 Watkins 1
  2. PEU v Barnsley @jrt55555 - cannot select Dasilva @citywest30, @Dogbert &@RedYoshi - cannot select Diédhiou @Chessels Chick - cannot select Eliasson Update later or tomorrow morning - the semi finals are very close, so all to play for in this second leg! Final has obviously been postponed ‘til the QPR match, but we won’t dwell on why.
  3. DEF: Hunt vc (Dasilva) MID: Palmer (Brownhill) FWD: Diédhiou (C) (Weimann)
  4. According to a Fulham friend, it’s doubtful they’d sell as they have no other LBs. “Can’t even drop him when he’s shit”.
  5. I’m with @PHILINFRANCE - what happened with the girl, @Negan?
  6. Thought about this a bit more, and - assuming they’re just reversing the xG for all the shots they’ve faced - surely it’s completely irrelevant for keepers? xG is judging the likelihood of scoring before the player takes a shot - i.e. how likely it is that they will produce a shot capable of beating the keeper. If we’re judging how likely it is for the keeper to concede, though, the outcome of the xG calculation is already known, and thus xS (expected save) would need to be calculated separately.
  7. PEU v Wigan @Oubliette23 - cannot select Dasilva @citywest30, @jrt55555 & @RedYoshi - cannot select Eliasson @bissellredhead - cannot select Diédhiou @Dogbert - cannot select Brownhill A bit unnerving being completely up to date this far in advance...
  8. Haven’t studied xG in any massive depth, but from what I know this feels like an attempt to reverse engineer it and apply it to individual goalkeepers when that’s not really it’s intention. As I understand it, xG is calculated mainly on the location & type of shot. So if someone scores a 40 yarder, xG will suggest they “overperformed” - which is probably true. But apply that to a goalkeeper and it will look like they’ve let in a shot that they should have saved 98% of the time. Off the top of my head, Blackburn’s first goal against us, and Brentford (A), are both goals that wouldn’t lead to many of us saying “Bentley should’ve saved that”. But xG is probably going to suggest he should’ve. As with all stats, it’s a part of the whole, but pretty useless on its own.
  9. Don’t worry @bissellredhead, only league games anyway, so your rushed team was in vain I’m afraid..! Have a unicorn for your efforts. And while the “real” cup brought a disappointing result, our fantasy (and clearly far more important) version still holds some hope of success... Gameweek 26 Update - Crappy New Year (#NYCR1) No goals, four conceded, and a red card. That’s a hefty New Year hangover. Or, perhaps, they were all still drunk. Either way, it results in very few fantasy fireworks. Unlucky 13 was the highest score of the week, one of only two double digit scores, and the first round of our cup descended into a battle of “who’s got the least bad total?”. Despite this, the beauty of a fantasy cup is that there are still four triumphant players, and we all receive at least some points - which is more than our real team can say this year. So without further ado... New Year Cup R1 Results: @Oubliette23 5 - 2 @jrt55555: with both choosing Dasilva and Weimann (C), this became the battle of Brownhill and Eliasson... and Brownhill won simply by playing for more than 27 minutes. Two bonus points gives a flattering gloss to the victory, much like two late goals... @citywest30 7 - 13 @Chivs: they weren’t even ready to play each other, and yet it was the highest scoring match of the round. Captain Diédhiou got them both to double figures, but then Williams dragged the higher placed citywest30 down and we have our first cup “upset”. @RedYoshi 10 - 9 @Dogbert: the tightest of tight ties. While I relied entirely on Cap’n Fam (Eliasson and Dasilva cancelling each other out), Dogbert had actually picked the two highest scorers (Diédhiou and Brownhill as skipper) for what could have been a match-winning 13 points. But yep, you guessed it: experienced, reliable, what-a-signing Williams ensured that 13 was unlucky. @Chessels Chick 3 - 7 @bissellredhead: amazingly, Chessels was the only person other than Chivs to not choose a player with a negative score. Meanwhile, bissellredhead was the only person to captain a player with a negative score. Logic out the window; ripping up the form-book; magic of the cup. Congratulations and commiserations! Our semi-finals therefore (two legs, across GW27 & 28 - Wigan & Barnsley): @Oubliette23 v @RedYoshi @Chivs v @bissellredhead But the rest of you, don’t fear, for this is a fantasy cup, and therefore we can bend rules, break boundaries, and generally make s*** up. So welcome to your “reverse semi-finals”: @jrt55555 v @Dogbert @citywest30 v @Chessels Chick These will also be over two legs, and will then lead on to a 5th/6th and a 7th/8th place playoff. Wouldn’t want anyone to feel left out now, would we Kasey? Anyway, now the cupdate’s done, we can concentrate on the league: Low-scoring week, so pretty much as you were. Here’s to better things in Wigan GW26 Points Breakdown Diédhiou 5 Brownhill 4 Smith 2 Watkins 2 Eliasson 1 Kalas 1 Moore 1 Nagy 1 Rodri 1 Weimann 1 Hunt 0 Dasilva -1 Williams -4
  10. Mods! Mods! @ExiledAjax is threatening to interrobang me!
  11. I’d ask @ExiledAjax for clarification on the alleged omitted apostrophe before any self-flagellation, dear Chappers. And perhaps a citation for the advice to not start a sentence with a conjunction...
  12. Loving the tactics / pre-match mind games, @Chivs & @citywest30 - but sorry to inform you that your match up has already taken place! Waited to see who entered teams v Brentford before confirming the draw, apologies for the confusion. Waiting on VAR to confirm bonus points and will then reveal those through to the semi-finals. Just to confirm as well, FA Cup matches are not included - will mess up my spreadsheet as much as anything else... Also, to extend the #HashtagNYC throughout the whole of January, the semis will be two-legged affairs (v Wigan & Barnsley) before the final v Reading.
  13. New Year Cup Round 1 (Quarter-Finals) @Oubliette23 v @jrt55555 @citywest30 v @Chivs @RedYoshi v @Dogbert @Chessels Chick v @bissellredhead In the event of a tie, the team with the highest scoring substitutes will progress. If still tied, the team (excluding subs) with the highest ratings on WhoScored will progress. Subs included if this still doesn’t separate the teams. Good luck!
  14. DEF: Dasilva (Hunt) MID: Eliasson vc (Brownhill) FWD: Diédhiou (C) (Weimann)
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