Milanista (Cluj) defeats Beric (Everton) 83-80
We start with the highest scoring game of the round. Despite Beric enjoying home advantage and a wildcard he could not overcome the might of Cluj. As the clock ticked down in the final game of the weekend, Beric looked safe with a 5 point advantage. However, a second goal conceded for his Zabaleta and a goal for Aguero meant the scores were tied pre bonus. Both teams found themselves smothered with baps, with me emerging victorious courtesy of 17 of the beauties.
TommyTour (Dortmund) defeats ArsieSirGiggsy (Spartak Moscow) 58-55
Another close Group I encounter, albeit a relatively low scoring one. Dortmund’s home advantage proved decisive in getting them off the mark in this season’s competition to leave Spartak as the only team in the group with no points. Giggsy benefitted from Harte coming off the bench for Demel but it was not enough despite Tommy leaving Turner on his bench. Dortmund now face 2 games against Everton which could go some way to deciding one of the qualifiers. Spartak will no doubt be dreading the upcoming double against high flying Cluj.
Pratik (Olympiakos) defeats Green Windmill (Granada) 66-61
Both teams in this tie were without the big haired Belgian beast though still managed to score fairly well. Green Windmill would no doubt have been disappointed to see RVP get 3 baps and reduce the advantage gained from handing the armband to Walcott. Granada also benefitted from Sagna and pre season favourite Maloney. Pratik was able to overcome Windmill’s home advantage through Aguero, Fabio and SuperBunn.
AK (Man City) defeats TorresMagic (Sporting) 70-46
Home advantage sweetened and already comprehensive win for AK. Both teams were missing a high scoring members of the Power 5 this week, with TorresMagic not having Fellaini and AK going without Bale. It was a miserable week for Sporting up front and in defence with Fletcher and Ba and no clean sheets. City were enjoying the returns of Baines and Samba at the back along with Sturridge and Aguero up top.
After two games City top the group with 6 points and now face a double header against pointless Granada. On 3 points apiece, Sporting and Olympiakos now prepare for their clashes.
Dynamic (Shakhtar Donetsk) defeats In Like Flynn (Lille) 77-51
Home advantage couldn’t save Lille here as they were swept aside as a host of players, led by Bale and Fellaini, brought in the points for Shakhtar. ILFs team contained neither double digit scoring mid and saw differentials Silva and Pienaar deliver a disappointing 2 points each. The valorous captaincy pick of Baines did not reward the manager of Lille, who had little to be grateful for other than the Fat Spanish Waiter’s rotation allowing Harte to come off the bench.
Ajay (Malaga) defeats Wild Rover (Stoke) 72-66
Despite handing the armband to Fellaini, Wild Rover’s lack of Mata and Bale, along with the heroics of Ajay’s Bunn, meant that Stoke ended the GW bottom of the group while Malaga joined Lille on 3 points. New signings Davies and Suarez at a cost of 4 points failed to produce for Wild Rover, though he will be expecting that to change in the upcoming DGW. Ajay also brought in Suarez though not taking a hit helped the margin of victory.
Malaga now now face group leaders Shakhtar, who have amassed a goal difference of 39, the highest in the competition so far. Stoke and Lille square off hoping to recover from their defeats.
Fray Bentos (FC Koln) defeats Declan (Getafe) 65-63
One of the few teams not to have RVP, FC Koln were always going to be dangerous in the event of an RVP(c) fail. That has proved the case so far in Europa and Fray Bentos sits proudly on top of the group. Home advantage was needed to beat Declan, who picked up points through Harte, Walcott, Mata, Fellaini and Lambert. Declan’s scorers were not enough to overcome Fray’s Harte, Fabio, Gerrard, Lampard, Sturridge and Rooney(c). Fray’s team is rather different, with Hart, Williams and Dempsey also in the squad.
Giggs Boson (Wigan) defeats FC Borec (Lyon) 69-53
Giggs utilised the wildcard and his heavily publicised decision to sell RVP for Rooney paid dividends as his captain picked up a goal and 2 baps. Wigan also saw returns through Cesar, Bale, Walcott, Mata and Aguero though the manager won’t have been too pleased about benching Sturridge and Bunn. Fellaini aside, it was a frustrating week for Lyon with Walcott, Dawson, Mata and a disappointing RVP(c) their other point scorers.
Wigan now face two games against Koln in a battle of the RVP-less. Lyon and Getafe will be looking to get back to winning ways as they clash in gameweeks 27 and 28.