View from the BaDMaN Boot Room - GW 31

Saturday, March 16 2019

 

Be honest… Were you actually surprised that Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick to take Juventus through to the Champions League quarters v Atletico Madrid?

It’s what he does. I would’ve been more surprised if he hadn’t.  

Met him once, y’know. Taller and nicer than you think. And smelt lovely. 

Anyway…

Goalkeeper

Total Pts

GW 30 Pts

Alisson (LIV)

143

0

Defenders

 

 

Robertson (LIV)

169

1

van Dijk (LIV)

163

1

Alonso (CHE)

134

0

Luis (CHE)

124

2

Midfielders

 

 

Salah (LIV)

203

5

Sterling (MC)

198

21

Hazard (CHE)

182

10

Mane (LIV)

173

14

Forwards

 

 

Aguero (MC)

165

5

Aubameyang (ARS)

164

7

 

While we’re on the subject of all too predictable outcomes…

There’s no change in the Dream Team. But at least the front six could be bothered to register a few points.

Raheem Sterling’s hat-trick and a brace from Sadio Mane was enough to put the deadly duo top of the class, although rumours are rife that the latter may miss out this weekend due to injury. The Senegalese star stole the show in Munich to help Liverpool progress to the quarter-final stages of the Champions League.

However, Mane appeared to suffer an ankle knock late on, and his absence from training on Friday sent the fantasy community into meltdown. With a restricted five-game slate, the Reds are the standout pick away at Fulham who are shipping goals for fun, and Mane is the go-to having scored 11 times in his last eleven appearances (all competitions). The in-form African is over £3m cheaper than his club team-mate Mohamed Salah and has averaged more than 9pts per game over the previous five fixtures.

There was no mention of a problem as part of Jurgen Klopp’s pre-match media briefing, although having arrived back late from Germany, those involved were given Thursday off and assessments would be carried out after the press conference on Friday afternoon. But, it isn’t unusual for players to be given an additional recovery day, especially during a busy fixture period and hopefully, this will be the case with Mane who could be working on an individualised programme away from the main group. 

And finally, Harry Kane has hit the ground running following his return from an ankle ligament injury. The Tottenham talisman is back in scoring form (three in four) which puts him on the verge of a return up top having closed the gap on a stuttering Aubameyang who has found the net just four times domestically in 2019.

Nothing more to say except to wish me a happy birthday for Saturday.

Cheers.

Matt Nesbitt

 


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View from the BaDMaN Boot Room - GW 30

Friday, March 8 2019

 

A couple of managers getting rough treatment this week…

Nathan Blake and Danny Gabbidon have both administered a size nine into Cardiff manager Neil Warnock this week. Suggesting that players have lost faith in him following three defeats on the spin.

I wonder what losing the opening five matches of the season did for Warnock’s faith in his players. And the nine in 13 in between. And if you think that’s rich…

The talk is that Ole Gunnar Solsljaer is finally going to get the gig at Man United. On half the money that Jose Mourinho was on. Yes, half. 

Eyes down, ladies.

Goalkeeper

Total Pts

GW 29 Pts

Alisson (LIV)

143

8

Defenders

 

 

Robertson (LIV)

168

5

van Dijk (LIV)

162

8

Alonso (CHE)

134

0

Luis (CHE)

122

0

Midfielders

 

 

Salah (LIV)

198

3

Sterling (MC)

177

3

Hazard (CHE)

172

6

Mane (LIV)

159

3

Forwards

 

 

Aguero (MC)

160

2

Aubameyang (ARS)

157

-1

 

Lookey, lookey. Same, same. Well, not quite. But very similar…

Hero two zero…

Chelsea defenders Alonso and Luis don’t even have to score to keep their places in the back four. Although zip wasn’t the lowest score last weekend…

Van Dijk was top man with 8pts. Doing his chances of landing the PFA Player of the Year award no harm at all.

Pog no longer the Mane man…

Pogba has missed all the fun this week. Suspended from the Champions League miracle in midweek and pushed out of our selection by Mane. He’s looked like Norman Wisdom (look him up, eyes roll…) in the last few I’ve watched, but you can’t argue with six goals in seven, I s’pose. 

An AA meeting up top…

Up top it’s an A+ for Aguero, taking top spot after eight in six. And an A minus for Aubameyang, who managed to register in the negative in the north London derby last weekend. Cor blimey.

The Watch List: I got five on it

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

GK: Ederson (MC) – this ugly bleeder is back in the picture. 
DEF: Alexander-Arnold (LIV) – creeping up on the Chelsea pair.
MID: Pogba (MU) – will be back in the thick of it at Arsenal.
FOR: Rashford (MU) – Has come of age in the last few months. Bless.
FOR: Kane (TOT) – The man in midweek. And most likely this weekend.  

That’s how it looks from here.

Matt Nesbitt


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