10 GWs played. We are halfway to Christmas – well done for making it this far your sanity intact.
For the third month in a row, Lallana Land holds the top spot – holding a 50 point lead at the top after GW 10.
For October, the main prize:
MANAGER OF THE MONTH
Congratulations to Never Say Nevez for beating The Wenger Returns by 19 points in October 2018/19, with a consistently solid 3 GWs ranging from 52 to 65 points and showing you can win this accolade without winning a GW in the month (2nd, 2nd, 3rd).
Karam’s plan of attack in October was attack, attack, attack – with this midfield (74 points) and forwards (46) getting the most out of any team in the league.
Martial and Aubameyang drove him towards manager of the month with an astounding 72 points in the 3 GW month, equalling 41% of Neves Say Neves’ points this month.
Like I said last month, we’ve seen it before. Not only is Lallana Land keeping his position at the top, his lead is increasing as each month goes by. I think someone needs to get M.Burden really drunk on 5th Jan.
There haven’t been very many movers and shakers this month as we all settle in to the league, but still a few things to consider, or firstly, to revisit.
1) The Demise of H.Pankhania
Last month we said Hitesh Pankhania’s world must be crashing down around him, we can now confirm that it has. In September LOST IN THE SAUCE was 3 points below the rest, in just one month he is now 44 points in last place. The rename was apt, this team has no sauce. GW scores of 38, 41 and 20 mean that even his BEST GW didn’t hold a candle to Neves Say Neves’ WORST GW.
The best performing player for H.Pankhania in October was Van Djik with 14 points. To put this in perspective – Richarlison got 15!
2) The Rise of Ravi
They say form is temporary, but class is permanent.
Callum Wilson (28 points), Riyad Mahrez (22 points), Davinson Sanchez (19) gave The Wenger Returns a respectable 69 points to land him second in the race for Manager of the Month, and has elevated the squad from 7th to 3rd.
In the run up to Christmas, we may see 2 heavyweights square up… but to put things in to perspective, there is still a 55 point gap to be closed.
3) Consistently Consistent
Food for thought – if you removed Karam and Ravi from the league, nobody else would have moved position this month. H.Jawanda, L. Mahajan, S. Garcha, R. Mangat, T. Dhaliwal are all moving around the ring and landing jabs, but who is going to throw the first big punch?
At the end of October the middle order of 2nd-8th is separated by 35 points, a lot of money hangs in the balance. Who will take the initiative?
The dinner has been confirmed for SATURDAY 5TH JANUARY.
The cost for the dinner is broken down as follows.
The venue has yet to be confirmed, but we have voted for BYOB. The cost of the dinner will not include booze, but if the food comes under £270, there will be a contribution.