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Week #26 - 'M1' & 'Oxford Orange' Win Through To Cup Final

Published: 7 April 2021

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INTRODUCTION

The battle for this season’s Premier League Golden Boot seems to be developing into a two horse race. Kane is probably the favourite but Salah is still right in the hunt. With both Spurs and Liverpool chasing a Champions League position for next season it is likely that both strikers will get plenty of Premier League minutes before the end of the season. Whoever prevails will win their third Golden Boot for the same club. They could both do it if they are joint winners. This would put them in some elite company just behind Henry who won four times with Arsenal in the Premier League era and Greaves who won four times with Spurs in the Sixties. For Salah it would be a post-war club record, eclipsing Owen’s two victories in the nineties. Kane would at least go ahead of Bobby Smith who won his two Golden Boots for Spurs exactly forty years before Owen’s for Liverpool.

WEEK #26 REVIEW

Kane’s two goals transformed the scoring in Week #26 of the Golden Boot Game. Over half of our teams received the full sixteen points from his strikes and only six teams failed to get a double figures reward. Salah was also selected by more than half our teams but each Kane goal had more than twice the effect of his strike. In total eleven strikers contributed points and even those teams without Kane got into double figures. However, only one team without Kane got more points than the lowest scorers with Kane. The Week #26 average score was 19.7 points some 57 per cent of which came from the Spurs striker.

There were six who had four different scorers among the seven teams with five goals this Week. These included the Week’s top two scorers Teak Temple with thirty points and Eight Wizards with 28. The next four highest scorers all had only three scorers with M1 getting 25 points while the others: Bury Wanderer, Cheshire Town and the only team with both Kane and Jota, donnyvegasisback, all had 24 points. Just a point further back were Ingleborough Diamonds who had neither Kane nor Salah but still found four scorers and five goals.

It was a Week of very little movement in the overall standings. M1 stretched their lead to seven points over Team Of The Weak. Weakenders are four points further back in third place with a gap of 21 points to Bury Wanderer in fourth. This big gap is closing slowly but it will need to speed up if any but the top three are to have a say in the prizes. On the subject of Weekly prizes (which we weren’t), I want to point out that Tiny Dancer, tailed off last, have as many Week’s best scores this season as leaders M1, namely one each. Not worth anything this season, of course but surely worth signing up again next time.

PLAYERS’ CUP SEMI-FINALS

Going into the final Premier League match of the Week both teams that were behind on the count still had a chance to turn their tie around. Strangely, as the second half began both teams were down to the same last chance, both needing Lingard to get two more goals. But I’m getting ahead of myself here so let’s roll it back and start with the tie between the top two.

Mount gave Team Of The Weak an early three point lead before Salah gave M1 the same advantage by Saturday night. Both teams added sixteen Kane points and both had Watkins, but his goal stretched M1’s advantage to five points. With neither side able to add further, Team Of The Weak went into the final match needing a Lingard hat-trick for a one point win but could only close the gap to three points. So the league leaders and Cup sponsors are through to the final and in prime position for our first double.

Oxford Orange and Upforthecup also both had Kane and Watkins in their teams, with each goal they scored worth two more points for Oxford Orange. This advantage was adding to their goals from Mount and Salah to give them a nine point advantage by Sunday night. Upforthecup still had four strikers in action on Monday, though. Their two Everton selections proved goalless and, although Lingard had got them three points, Antonio was out of the match before half-time. Two more Lingard goals would be enough to force a replay but, as in the other tie, that was as close as it got. Oxford Orange reach their first final just like their opponents. Once again we will have a new name on the Cup.

The final of the Golden Boot Players’ Cup will be played in Week #29, at the end of April with a replay, if necessary, in the following Week at the start of May. If Oxford Orange can win they will join last season’s winners Bury Wanderer by adding a Cup win to their single Championship victory. If M1 prevail they have a chance to join Cheshire Town by winning the Championship after winning the Cup. To do that they would have to complete the double.

HALF AND HALF GAME

Only Teak Temple managed four goals from their top half strikers. Unfortunately their 25 points was not enough to take them into the top half of the table. Cheshire Town scored just nineteen points but this was enough to make them the new leaders with just two more Weeks to go. Last Week’s leaders, Oxford Orange have slipped to second but are only three points behind Cheshire Town. One point further back, in third place, are M1 and Eight Wizards in fourth are still just seven points behind the leaders. Next Week strikers in the top half of your team will score seven points for every goal, so any of those top four has a significant chance of leading going into the final Week of the contest. That’s not to say that teams lower down the standings are out of it. There is plenty of chance to catch the leaders for any team that can put two good Weeks together.

COMING UP IN WEEK #27

We have the usual ten Premier League fixtures in Week #27 with each club playing one match. We open with a Friday night match between Fulham and Wolves. This means the selection deadline will be 19:00 (7 pm) on Friday 9th April. There are three matches on Saturday and four more on Sunday. This leaves the final two matches on Monday night with Brighton hosting Everton in the last match of the Week. We will be updating our web site shortly after the final whistle at the Amex stadium.

The next web log will be published on Wednesday 14h April. It will have all the latest news from the Golden Boot Game together with a look at the standings after the penultimate Week of the Half and Half Game.


Player Comments on the Blog

From: M1

at: 19:18 on 19 March 2021

The draw for the Semi-Final of the Players' Cup has thrown up a possible cup and league double for Team OF The Weak or M1...... But maybe both teams will do a Leeds United!!! Tis a tasty draw indeed.....

From: M1

at: 19:17 on 25 March 2021

The controllers have come up with ground breaking changes for next season. The shake up for more chances to be rewarded for weekly scores will benefit so many more players in the Golden Boot.... Prize tokens are very inventive and a bold and welcome innovation to the game... A big pat on the back for the controllers. Good to see the sponsors Arrowvean Cottage also returning...

From: Bury Wanderer

at: 14:19 on 29 March 2021

Agree with everything M1 as said.

From: Team Of The Weak

at: 18:19 on 9 April 2021

Well played MI in our cup semi-final game. It was the bold selection of Salah (who hadn't scored in his previous 5 games) at position 3 that won it for them .

From: M1

at: 16:35 on 10 April 2021

Thanks Team Of The Weak, it was always going to be a close call and yes down to one player in the end!!! Could have gone either way this tie and I guess I got lucky on the day..... I'm sure your challange for the main event is now firmly in your sights... I will be more than happy just to win the Players' Cup this season, but Oxford Orange will be quite a tough challange indeed!

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