View from the BaDMaN Boot Room - GW 26

Friday, February 8 2019

 

No surprise that Man United centre-back Phil Jones signed a new contract this week. Except perhaps that it was with Man United…

No doubt he arrived a little late for his meeting and clattered into the back of the club secretary, throwing his hands into the air and looking pleadingly to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

He has signed until 2023, with the option of another year. I’d suggest 1999.

Oops, there it is.

Goalkeeper

Total Pts

GW 25 Pts

Alisson (LIV)

112

2

Defenders

 

 

Robertson (LIV)

133

2

Alonso (CHE)

126

6

van Dijk (LIV)

121

2

Luis (CHE)

118

13

Midfielders

 

 

Salah (LIV)

181

2

Hazard (CHE)

163

15

Sterling (MC)

155

1

Mane (LIV)

132

8

Forwards

 

 

Aubameyang (ARS)

150

2

Aguero (MC)

132

2

 

Just two changes to tell you about this week, pop-pickers. One in midfield and one up top…

Re rewind…

The crowd says ‘No, select… tion changes?’ No, doesn’t work. Oh well.

The usual suspects fill the line up again. The only movement of note comes in the alternative back four (that is, five to eight). Laporte (MC), Doherty (WOL), Azpilicueta (CHE) and Pereira (LEI) all strengthened their cases. But not quite enough.

Red letter day…

Just a single digit change in our midfield four. Sane (MC) slips out and Mane (LIV) steps up, thanks to three in his last three. Salah and Hazard light (never gets old) the way. Only 20% of the FPL universe remain uninterested by the deadly duo. 

A late Serg…

After a languid spell – including injury – Aguero (MC) has darted into the Top Two, following his hat-trick v Arsenal. With Kane (TOT) still crocked and top gun Aubameyang (ARS) a slight doubt, the squat one might be ready for a surge-io.

In other news, lone wolf hhhhimenez (WOL) looks more like the subject of frenzied transfer speculation at the end of the season with every match.  

The Watch List: A bench of five.

If you haven’t got, or can’t get, or don’t fancy any of the above – this lot are handy alternatives. 

GK: Foster (WAT) – is my pick this weekend. Crouch or no Crouch. 
DEF: Doherty (WOL) – a frustrating brace in the wrong competition in midweek. Eyes roll.
DEF: Laporte (MC) – has even added goals to his game. Well, one. 
FOR: Rashford (MU) – is it me, or has he suddenly all grown up?  
FOR: Jimenez (WOL) – wonder what the Mexican restaurants are like in the Black Country.  

That’s how it looks from here.

Matt Nesbitt

View from the BaDMaN Boot Room - GW 25

Friday, February 1 2019

 

Remember when Transfer Deadline Day was exciting…?

Harry Redknapp being interviewed in the front seat of his Vauxhall Cavalier, on his way to the airport with a heavily tranquilised Benjani in the boot and a cheque for £10 million in his top pocket…

Peter Odemwingie tooting his horn long into the night outside the locked QPR player’s car park gates… 

Man United swooping to snatch Tottenham’s best player at five to eleven, every year…

Purple dildos in Sky reporter’s ears…

Now what do we get? Peter Crouch going to Burnley. Jeeez, can’t wait for that podcast.

Eyes down…

Goalkeeper

Total Pts

GW 24 Pts

Alisson (LIV)

110

2

Defenders

 

 

Robertson (LIV)

131

2

Alonso (CHE)

120

0

van Dijk (LIV)

119

2

Luis (CHE)

105

0

Midfielders

 

 

Salah (LIV)

179

2

Hazard (CHE)

148

2

Sterling (MC)

144

1

Sane (MC)

129

2

Forwards

 

 

Aubameyang (ARS)

148

12

Kane (TOT)

132

0

 

I said last time that GW 23 may have already given us as many as nine of the FPL Dream Team X1. But it seems I was selling it short.

For the first time this season, there are no changes – and today’s team includes two sets of fixtures. 

Not vintage Red…

Not the best couple of weeks for Liverpool’s back five – Palace matched the total number of goals fished out of Alisson’s Anfield net all season last weekend. And one was enough to poop on the party in midweek. 

But Robertson and van Dijk keep their places alongside Chelsea’s Alonso and Luis, who have endured an even worse week. Neither managed a point – like Chelsea in his last two on the road – and shipping six goals makes you wonder if their problems are confined to the opposite end. They remain the only four defenders in the 100pt club though.

An easy day’s night…

In Midfield a measly 7pts shared between the four was enough to keep them fab. Salah (LIV) and Hazard (CHE) are the Paul and John, Sterling and Sane (MC) the George and Ringo. 

Liverpool’s Mane (Yoko) out-pointed all of them on Wednesday night but just misses out.

Whoa black betty, Aubameyang!

While cats Kane (TOT) and Wilson (BOU) have been away, Arsenal’s top… erm… mouse Aubameyang has been left to play. His way into a 16pt lead at the top of the Forwards pile. In the process he has avoided a Hazard and is now more valuable than Sterling in the overall list. So is now second only to Salah.

Jimenez (WOL) was the week’s big climber, drawing level on points with Aguero (MC) but available at less than half the price. 

The Watch List: A bench of fives.

If you haven’t got, or can’t get, or don’t fancy any of the above – this lot are handy alternatives. 

GK: Patricio (WOL) – Everton, Newcastle, Bournemouth, Huddersfield & Cardiff. Just saying.
DEF: Doherty (WOL) – See above.
MID: Fraser (BOU) – I’m not dropping him now. £6.1m folks. £6.1m!
MID: Mane (MU) – Keeps scoring, so can’t be overlooked.
FOR: Jimenez (WOL) – See three above.  

Yeah?

Matt Nesbitt

Keeping the Wolves from the physio's door

Saturday, January 26 2019

 

Injuries had a “significant influence” on team performance in professional football an 11-year UEFA Champions League study concluded back in 2012. The main finding was a correlation between low season injury rates and increased performance domestically.

Wolverhampton Wanderers had been tipped for a top half finish in the Premier League following an impressive 2017/18 Championship campaign. A season which saw Nuno Espírito Santo benefit from a squad largely unaffected by injury.

"We do a full screen on all the players when they come back from pre-season," Head of Medical Phil Hayward explained during a behind-the-scenes tour undertaken by 5 Live Sport in 2018. "We'll get a clear picture of how each player moves, what happens to each of their joints, and according to that we'll have a clearer idea of areas which may be exposed to certain injuries. We'll then put some programmes in place to help prevent those injuries."

And a quick look at the injury table tells you everything you need to know about how the squad is faring currently. Wolves boast a clean bill of health and haven’t reported any fresh absences for over six weeks – Diogo Jota (hamstring) in December being the last.

They have suffered only 4 significant injuries (9+ days) this term, the fewest of any top-flight side and almost a third of the next best. To give some perspective - Manchester United have eight-times as many reported problems (32) although they are involved in European competition which has resulted in five additional competitive games.

Increased exposure to game play = higher risk of injury incidence.

A valid point, until you consider that United suffer on average 1 injury for every game played compared to that of Wolves which is around 1 in every 607 minutes.

Of those four injuries, one was muscular – hamstring – and another occurred whilst on international duty – Jonny MCL knee. Having lost 76 days in total to injury, Wolves not only suffer less, but those sidelined return to play quicker on average (19 days) - almost a week faster than their league counterparts (25.7 days).

In recognition of their success during 2017/18, Wolverhampton Wanderers were awarded the ‘Medicine and Performance Team Award’ by the Football Medicine and Performance Association. An accolade which could be bestowed upon them once again come May.

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