RENNES (Sarnab Wazza) 64 beat LIVERPOOL (Optimus) 56
Sarnab made home advantage pay off as he achieved the first win of his campaign by 8 points. Both managers had RVP and Walcott, but while Sarnab captained RVP, Optimus opted for the current Arsenal man. Mata also appeared in both teams, but after that there were several notable differences, Sarnab lining up with Fellaini and Aguero, and Optimus with Lambert and Jaaskelainen.
HAMBURG (4Vets) 75 beat ATALANTA (ML6987) 56
4Vets didn’t need home advantage as he ran away with this match by 19 points. All his big hitters came off, with Fellaini, Bale, RVP(C), Aguero, Walcott and Mata all scoring well. MJ had all of these players bar the Everton Afroman, whose 15 points proved the difference here. 4Vets climbs to 4k in the overall FPL rankings and finds himself at the top of the Bundesliga Season 2 table, while MJ slips to the bottom in the Serie A table.
All 4 managers are now on 3 points, with 4Vets leading due his superior points difference. As was predicted at the start, this is a very difficult group to predict. The Matchday 3 games are Rennes v Hamburg and Atalanta v Liverpool, and results may come down to who deals better with the Liverpool and Swansea DGW.
SOCHAUX (Chazza) 73 lost to FC TWENTE (Jinswick) 76
The first away win of the competition for Jinswick by 3 points puts him in control of Group B. While both players had Fellaini, Bale, RVP(C), Mata and Walcott, the real difference was Jinswick’s selection of Lambert over Chazza’s Suarez. There were some different choices from the norm in defence, as Jinswick had Harte and Szczesny against Chazza’s Fabio and Dawson. Jinswick is now 906th overall and top of the RoE Season 2 table.
INTER MILAN (Isacki) 80 beat DEPORTIVO LA CORUNA (Boomshakalaka) 50
Isacki used his Wildcard to great effect with what can only be described as a thrashing of Boom. The first thing to mention is the supreme bargain basement (£4.3m) flair pick of Everton’s Victor Anichebe, who brought in 11 points. Isacki also had Fellaini and Baines to take advantage of Villa’s defensive failings. He also had Bale, Walcott and Mata and could afford to leave Mark Bunn on his bench in favour of De Gea. Boom also had RVP(C), Bale, Walcott and Mata, but was just out-boomed this week.
Jinswick tops the table with 2 wins out of 2, while Chazza is already struggling to qualify. He will look to turns things next Matchday in his home tie against Isacki, with the other game sees Boom at home to Jinswick, for whom an away win would surely mean one foot in the next round.
VERONA (Reinaman) 51 beat NICE (Lateriser) 47
Reinaman pulled off a surprise win here, partly thanks to home advantage but also due to his new Transfer Deadline Day defenders, in the form of Arsenal’s Monreal and QPR’s Christopher Samba, both of whom gained clean sheets. Lateriser’s recent rich vein of form came to a stop as he slipped down the FPL rankings to 74th overall.
BARCELONA (TW) 82 beat SWANSEA (Evs) 66
An incredible score for TW here brought him a comprehensive win over Evs, whose score of 66 was enough to lift him to 97th overall. Both managers had Fellaini, Bale, RVP(C) and Walcott, but TW excelled himself with major contributions from Aguero and Bunn to go with Mata, Dawson and Sturridge.
All 4 managers are on 3 points, with Lateriser the leader on points difference. Matchday 3 sees Reinaman at home to TW, but the big matchup is Evs at home to Lateriser in what could be the tie of the whole Group Stage.
PSV (Funkyav) 60 beat Valencia (Old School) 58
Funkyav’s 4 point home advantage proved the key here as he just fended off Old School by 2 points. Both managers had Bale, RVP(C), Walcott and Mata, and while Old School scored well with Lambert, Funky had De Gea in this closely fought contest.
BREST (Shipstontrev) 41 lost to HANNOVER (Canadian Football) 54
An away win for CF, but Shipstontrev made it easy for him by chasing the previous week’s points and expecting Ba to score against his old club. Shipstontrev had RVP(C), Walcott and Mata, but had 1 point each from Ba, Le Fondre and Zabaleta. CF’s differentials of Lambert, Harte and Podolski were more than enough for victory.
CF is top of Group D with two successive wins, while Shipstontrev has his work cut out to win one match. He will not be looking forward to an away game with Funkyav, while the other game sees CF at home to Old School.