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AI Fantasy Football 2013/14 - Week 22 Newsletter


1 message Goodwin Jack <Jack.Goodwin@networkrail.co.uk> 22 January 2014 09:36

FirstlyThe AIFF New Years Tournament is over, and we have our Champion!

This weeks newsletter is sponsored by the cast of one of the most powerful pieces of film ever recorded, as we gather the stars from the action comedy for one last time we are humbled and privileged to announce this weeks AIFF sponsor.the cast of Spice World They dont just sing!

In this weeks newsletter we have:

The AIFF League Table. The weekend results. AIFF Star Performers. Dream Team. The Week in Review.

The Week in Review.

And we have a winner!

Congratulations to this years AIFF New Years Tournament

Nick Gill

After leaving the points so close and down to the Monday Night game between Everton and West Brom; Nicks choice of keeper was enough to edge away from Steve Duncans defender. Nick ending the game week with 60 points saw off Steves valiant 58, and like we discussed yesterday much could have changed had decisions on transfers gone a little differently.

Nicks journey to the become Champion was long, and tough, and somewhat controversial:

After easily beating David Ryle in round one; Nick went on to the second round to face Stewart Graham. When controversially awarded the win, Stewart

progressed leaving Nick OUT of the tournament. After video-replays it was ruled that Nick actually progressed through and went on to face Imran Simjee (who had already seen off 2 of the top 4 AIFF managers in the Quarter Finals). Unfortunately Imran had a shocker, allowing Nick to slip into the Semi-Finals. Here he met James Boulby who he cruised past, booking his place in this years final. Here, he was matched against Steve Duncan; Steve had already beaten myself (just, lucky), Martin Day, Cliff Wade and Mark Stevens on his route to the finals. The final was undecided, and after the first attempt ended in a draw! Both were raring to go for the replay which ended up with Nick winning with a 2 point margin due to Seamus Coleman being outscored by Nicks Tim Howard.

Congratulations Nick! Well deserved!

The AIFF has awarded Nick a fantastic bottle of Champagne and a certificate for his victory enjoy! Unfortunately Nick isnt around to collect his prize this week, but rest assured its waiting for you when you return on Friday.

The next tournament officially has a concept, AND a title. We will again have a qualification round with the lowest scorer in a gameweek eliminated from the tournament, leaving 32 entrants. These 32 will be (as with the world cup) randomly drawn into 8 pots of 4 teams each will play each other once and will be awarded 3 points for the win and 1 for a draw. The top two will then progress to the first knockout round drawn again out of a pot randomly where there will be two legs to play. After two legs in each of the quarter and semi finals the actual final will be on the final game week of the Premier League!!

Timed perfectly, this is how the tournament will run:

GW 28 GW 29 GW 30 GW 31 GW 32 GW 33

Qualifying Round group stage 1 group stage 2 group stage 3 last 16 first leg last 16 second leg

01-Mar

08-Mar

15-Mar

22-Mar

29-Mar

05-Apr

GW 34 GW 35 GW 36 GW 37

Quarter final first leg Quarter final second leg semi final first leg semi final second leg

12-Apr

19-Apr

26-Apr

03-May

GW 38

Final

11-May

So we are 5 weeks away from the start of this next tournament, and I hope you all enjoy the concept and look forward to it as much as I am!

Introducing the upcoming tournament known purely as:

Heres the breakdown of the weekends results;


Saturday (3pm kick off unless stated)
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Sunderland 2 2 Southampton (Borini, Johnson) (Rodriguez, Lovren) Johnson once again in-form, but still not enough for the three points.

Arsenal 2 - 0 Fulham (Cazorla 2) Cazorla stole the show here; Fulham are looking to be relegated if they dont turn their form around dramatically.

Crystal Palace 1 - 0 Stoke (Puncheon) A great 3 points at home for Palace, these are the games they NEED to w in!

Man City 4 - 2 Cardiff (Dzeko, Navas, Toure, Aguero) (Noone, Campbell) Fair play, Cardiff got 2 goals! But City w ere unbeatable.

Norwich 1 - 0 Hull (Bennett) Norw ich w ere the team w ho snatched 3 points here, close game w ith little action.

West Ham 1 - 3 Newcastle (Williamson OG) (Cabaye 2, Remy) Cabaye show ed w hy his name is all over the transfer gossip pages, New castle just behind United!

Liverpool 2 - 2 Aston Villa (Sturridge, Gerrard) (Weimann, Benteke) Suarez w as extremely quiet, for once! Sturridge stole the show , but Villa held on.

Sunday Swansea 1 - 3 Tottenham (Bony) (Adebayor 2, Chico OG) Adebayor is shining, leaving Soldado is the dark! Sw ansea, at home, looked very bad.

Chelsea 3 1 Man United (Etoo 3) (Hernandez) Chelsea proved that they are different class, w orries around Old Trafford at the moment!

Monday West Brom 1 - 1 Everton (Lugano) (Mirallas) West Brom deserved a point here; Coleman injured is a w orry but Everton gained a point aw ay from home.

TWENTY TWO weeks in and the complete table is as follows:

Keeping the top spot still is Chrys Christophorou holding a slightly larger lead than last week, now with a 11 point gap over second placed Rob How , and 14 ahead of third placed Donovan Cox. Theres still just over 50 points separating the top 5 in the league at the moment, with Stephen Duncan and Nick Gill holding 4th and 5th respectively.

Spice World lead star Sporty Spice has sent the top 5 this very motivating message: Word up guys, its me that girl you all fancied in the 90s who wore mens tracksuit bottoms and crop tops. Ive been told this league is pretty tough? Try arm wrestling a fuzzy haired man looking lady whose ACTUAL name is scary Spice. We being the spice girls we like spicy things, just the other day I ate a chicken tikka masala (medium) and added a few pipette droplets of Tabasco sauce (original). Youve held your own up at the top, even with the other 28 managers snapping at your heels like a tiny annoying little baby (spice). You deserve your spots up top and Im sure come the end of the season youll all be fighting for the title! We as the Spice Girls will try to make it to your final day if you are all going for drinks, I think Ginger wants an excuse to wear that horrible dress which makes her look like a overfilled Union-Jack sack of potatoes with a wig on. Anyway, congrats all, and Donovan I like your dreadlocks, lets go and grab a couple of ham sandwiches together!

Andy Peacock and Karl Butler-Garnham have battled away from the relegation zone and are looking a little safer now; unfortunately Ade Abimbola (last, 33rd), Donald Meldrum (32nd), and Rowan Allingham (31st) all hold their spots deservedly at the base of the table.

The highest climber this week was Nathan Chandler, climbing 4 places up the league from 23rd all the way to 19th!

The biggest fall this week was Phil Morris again, dropping another 3 places from 19th to 23rd.

The lowest scoring manager this week was Ade Abimbola , who kept his spot at the bottom with a small score of 32 this week. To be honest Ade, are you playing anymore? Haha! Ades team, Captained by the injured Van Persie also had the injured Paulinho, and two players who didnt even play eithercome on Ade at least try J

Similar to Nick and Steve from the Tournament, I think a lot of us made mistakes on transfers this week!

AIFF Manager of the week

Procuring a nice 69 points, Nathan Chandler and his team Nats Nutters took the manager of the week and highest climber award! His team fronted and captained by none other than the Uruguayan sensation Suarez! Partnered with Lukaku and Negrado up front. Nathan was the lucky man who had Cabaye AND Toure this week, and alongside two Arsenal defenders and Szczesny youve got your winning formula!

Mrs Beckham herself (Posh Spice) has sent Nathan this very nice message: Well well well Mr Chandler, I hear youre rather good at football in fantasy world? Unlucky for you I had babies with a man who is physically good at football so 1-0 Posh Spice. Sorry, off to a bad start, but I tell you this now, if it were you and your fantasy football team v my husband and his ACTUAL team (take your pick from any he has played for) I am confident that my husband, David Beckham, would beat you. Aside from that, it seems you can at least beat your fellow AIFF managers this week, so for that I congratulate you Nathan. Youre an inspiration to many (32

it seems you can at least beat your fellow AIFF managers this week, so for that I congratulate you Nathan. Youre an inspiration to many (32 managers) and a role model to many more (all of Network Rail). If you keep up your above average performances you might do well in the league! As a special pat on the back for you Nathan, I, Posh Spice, am inviting you to meet my husband in person, in Milton Keynes tomorrow. Hes in town signing his new book Im not as dim as you thinks I am by David Beckham and Ill get him to wait for you during the time he is freeso if you could meet him in the middle of Campbell Park at 1.45am tomorrow morning (very early), David will be waiting for you and will answer no more than 3 questions, and he may sign your face too. Enjoy! Posh Spice, out!

Here at the AIFF wed like to thank Mrs Beckham for that slightly angered message, and Nathans chance to meet David is once in a lifetime, enjoy!

Nathan Chandler Manager of Nats Nutters, pictured casually floating in the air above London.

Dream Team

Suarez nowhere to be seen?! This weeks dream team takes a form rarely seen herePalace, West Brom, Norwich, and Sunderland all have a spot in the team this week with the only usual suspect being Yaya Toure. The star man undoubtedly going to hat-trick hero Etoo for Chelsea! Adebayor isnt going away anytime soon it seems and Cabaye keeps justifying the hype surrounding him. Two weeks in a row we have Adam Johnson who again shined for Sunderland.

There are few surprises with regards to the top point scorers in attack, as Samuel Eto'o leads the way with 14 points - a gameweek high - following his hat-trick for Chelsea in the
3-1 victory over Manchester United. The Cameroon international, who played for 79 minutes, is starting to find form in the Premier League.

Meanwhile, the rejuvenation of Emmanuel Adebayor continues. The Tottenham striker picked up 10 points after an impressive performance against Swansea City, in which he scored twice on the way to a 3-1 win at the Liberty Stadium. Despite playing for just 28 minutes, Sergio Aguero completes the attack after scoring and assisting in an impressive cameo against Cardiff City as his recovery from injury continues. Aguero, unsurprisingly, is joined by Yaya Toure who picked up 10 points after finding the back of the net and providing an assist of his own in the 4-2 win. In midfield, Santi Cazorla bagged two goals against Fulham which proved enough to earn him a very strong 13-point haul - and a win for Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in the process.
Adam Johnson continued his good run of form with a goal and an assist as Sunderland battled back to draw with Southampton, while rivals Newcastle beat West Ham 3-1 with Yohan Cabaye scoring twice. Norwich pair John Ruddy and Ryan Bennett also scored big after keeping a clean sheet against Hull, with the centre-back earning 12 points after heading in the only goal of the game at Carrow Road. This week's team is completed by two more goal-scoring defenders in Diego Lugano and Dej an Lov ren.

Red cards are never good for Fantasy Football teams, and anyone with Nemanja Vidic or Tom Huddlestone in their side this week will be licking their wounds. Vidic was dismissed late in the defeat to Chelsea and ended up with minus two points, while Huddlestone was given his marching orders against Norwich and finished on minus one for the weekend. Rafael was another Manchester United player to come in for criticism for a tackle on Gary Cahill. The Brazilian was not sent off for the two-footed challenge, but was shown a yellow card and finished the game without a single point to his name. Chelsea may have been victorious at Stamford Bridge, but David Luiz only scored a single point after his yellow card, despite finishing the game.
Similarly, a host of Manchester City players did not score big despite their convincing 4-2 win over Cardiff. Joe Hart,

Vincent Kompany and Martin Demichelis could only

manage a point each, while Aleksandar Kolarov didn't pick up any.

There are two suspensions to consider ahead of gameweek 23, with Vidic ruled out for three games and Huddlestone set to miss just one. Elsewhere, popular choice Seamus Coleman is having a hamstring injury assessed after limping out of Everton's 1-1 draw with West Brom, so it might be time to temporarily drop the attacking full-back.
Swansea midfielder Jonj o Shelv ey is also an injury concern after picking up a knock against Tottenham, while Dej an Lov ren was stretchered off against Sunderland. But, after wasting no time to get back among the goals following an injury, making some room in your team for Sergio Aguero might be wise, though the striker will have to dislodge one of Edin Dzeko or Alv aro Negredo.

MOST NOTABLE Samuel Eto'o, Chelsea Recorded the first hat-trick by a Chelsea player against Manchester United in 60 years. After not playing in two games, the forward has four goals in two matches.

Emmanuel Adebayor, Tottenham The forwards brace gives him five goals and two assists in six matches.

Santi Cazorla, Arsenal A major fantasy disappointment until Saturday, last season's second-highest fantasy midfielder had both of his team's goals, his first since Nov. 2.

Yohan Cabaye, Newcastle The midfielder broke a three-game drought with two goals.

HOT STREAKS Adam Johnson, Sunderland The Manchester City flop is thriving as a Black Cat player! A goal and an assist give him four goals and two assists in his last two games.

Wilfried Bony, Swansea While his team swan dives in the table, the forwards' goal was his third in three matches.

Edin Dzeko, Manchester City A goal -- his team's 100th of the season -- gives the forward three goals in his past four games.

Christian Benteke, Aston Villa After a prolonged slump, the forward has two goals in two games.

Kevin Mirallas, Everton A goal Monday gives him two goals in two games, but he is a ball hog, not passing to wide-open teammates.

Gabriel Agbonlahor, Aston Villa The forward's two assists give him two goals and two assists in four games.

Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool The forward scored a goal, giving him two goals and an assist in his last two matches.

Jack Wilshere, Arsenal An assist gives him three to go along with a goal in his past three games.

Christian Eriksen, Tottenham Another assist gives the midfielder three goals and two assists in five matches.

Romelu Lukaku, Everton Minus his dreadlocks, an assist Monday gives him one goal and two assists in four games.

UH OH Luis Suarez, Liverpool The game's highest fantasy point-producer had no goals, no assists, and spent the day against Aston Villa whining, writhing, and winning a penalty that came from minimum contact and maximum acting.

Swansea defence The Swans have conceded eight goals in their past three games.

Mesut Ozil, Arsenal In his team's past six games he has missed two with injury and scored zero goals and assists in the other four.

Rickie Lambert, Southampton The forward has no goals and no assists in his past four matches.

Simon Mignolet, Liverpool The goalkeeper has conceded nine goals in his past five games.

CLEAN LINEN Wojciech Szczesny, Arsenal The number one fantasy goalkeeper has four clean sheets in the past six matches.

OPENING THE BOOK Ryan Bennett, Norwich His first goal of the season was a game-winner for the relegation-threatened Canaries.

Craig Noone, Cardiff The midfielder was his teams most active attacker and got his first goal of the season.

Diego Lugano, WBA

The defender's late strike for a draw against Everton was his debut PL goal.

WELCOME BACK Sergio Aguero, Manchester City The forward scored Saturday and had an assist after missing five games with an injury.

Fabio Borini, Sunderland The Liverpool loanee scored for the first time since Oct. 27.

Javier Hernandez, Manchester United His consolation goal against Chelsea was his first since Oct. 26.

Andreas Wiemann, Aston Villa The Austrian forward scored his first goal since Sept. 28.

REVERSAL OF FORTUNE Jason Puncheon, Crystal Palace The midfielder's 18-day, three-game journey from the penthouse to the outhouse and back again included his season's first goal, a penalty miss of comic proportions and a brilliant, game-winning strike on Saturday.

I KNEW IT WOULD HAPPEN Yaya Toure, Manchester City He scores a goal and records an assist after a few games without huge returns, a must have in midfield now?

Next week we will invite the Champion of the AIFF New Years Tournament Nick Gill for and exclusive interview; and get his insight into the league, the tournament and other footballing goodness!

If anybody would like to feature in an article or perhaps include an article of their own to the AIFF newsletter, please contact me so we can make it possible.

51 was the AIFF average game week score, a lot less than last weeks 65, but still past the magic 50 point mark. This upcoming weekend is FA Cup weekend, so the Premier League fixtures have been pushed back to become a mid-week fixture list, starting next Tuesday!

So looking ahead to the next fixtures in a weeks time and watch the FA Cup for any injuries prior to making changes;

Tuesday (7.45 & 8pm kick-offs)


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Man United v Cardiff The United revival starts here, w ill there be a new big signing involved in this game? Dante? Mata? Norwich v Newcastle Both w on their last games, but New castle a LOT more convincing, w ill Cabaye steal the show once again? Southampton v Arsenal Arsenal needs a w in to keep the top spot, but Southampton w ill not be an easy aw ay fixture! Swansea v Fulham Both are looking like relegation contenders; this is certainly a huge match for both teams. Crystal Palace v Hull Palace at home are becoming quite a good outfit; but Hulls new signing could spark like into the Tigers! Liverpool v Everton A HUGE match! Match of the gamew eek; Suarez v Lukaku, Coutinho v Mirallas, a belting game coming up! Unpredictable!

Wednesday (7.45pm kick-offs) Aston Villa v West Brom Villa gained a huge draw at Liverpool, can they take all three to a side w ho also drew to Everton. Chelsea v West Ham A simple 3 pointer for Chelsea, I cant see Andy Carroll doing much at the Bridge. Sunderland v Stoke Adam Johnson continues to shine, can he against Stoke? I bet he can! Tottenham v Man City Another huge match; both teams needing the w in to prove their w orth in the top positions of the league, City too strong maybe?

There is ONE more gameweek left to get your hands on the coveted AIFF Manager of the Month certificate; you could become partially famous for a day in the office like our previous winners (in order); Chrys Christophorou, Ian Saunders, Manny Olawale, Stephen Duncan and Donovan Cox! There are currently around 10 people who can realistically snatch the prize I believe, here are our current January standings, and as you can see Donovan Cox is set to be the first 2-time winner of the prize! Apologies for my result being highlighted J

The cast of Spice World would like to thank their loyal supporters for the past 15 20 years (however long its been) since they were relevant, famous, or of any interest to the general public. Their DVD Spice World is still available from HMV for the affordable, reasonable and fantastic price of 3.

Thanks very much Spice World cast from the past! Great to have them in this weeks newsletter, next week we have more special guests as the AIFF train rolls on to Game Week 23 (this is passing by so fast!).

And finally guys; as I always say

In the FA Cup you always have to expect the unexpectable! Roberto Di Matteo

Jack

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