Captain Fantastic

A full compliment of weekend fixtures gives Neil Sherwin plenty to mull over after a solid Gamweek 2 performance.

AC Milan v Chelsea FC

Thank you Frank Lampard. A goal and three bonus points for the Chelsea man justified the decision in sticking with him as captain after a poor opening performance against Hull last weekend.

His 20 point haul provided more than a third of Ruining Football’s 52 point total.

Birmingham City’s win against Portsmouth also contributed greatly, with Joe Hart keeping a clean sheet and James McFadden netting the game’s only score from the spot.

Darren Bent’s second successive goal scoring game meant six handy points.

On the flip side, Manchester United’s shock 1-0 defeat at Burnley would have undone a lot of people, though that isn’t much consolation as my defence had both John O’Shea and Patrice Evra.

Peter Crouch and Ryan Shawcross managed a stunning one point between as the latter lived up to my prediction that he would concede four as soon as I put him in the team.

Currently we’re sitting in 85,171st place out of a total of 1,810,684 players.

So on to this week.


The first big decision came in the form of who to choose as captain. While Lampard performed well midweek, I see Fulham as a potential banana skin, particularly at Craven Cottage. The other obvious candidate for the armband was Andrei Arshavin. Arsenal will be firm favourites and home to Portsmouth, and no there’s no doubt that the Russian will have a big say in proceedings, but I’ve decided to go for something a little bit bolder.

Gareth Barry is going to be one of the key figures in Manchester City’s season, and he looked excellent last week against Blackburn. His ability to get forward and score goals is well known, and he is also dangerous from set pieces. City generally dominate at home and I’m hoping that will be the case at home to Wolves today.

I’ve also decided not to use my transfer this week, instead I’ll allow it to roll to the next gameweek. Peter Crouch is a dead man walking thanks to Harry Redknapp. There was of course a temptation to swap him for Defoe as there is money in the bank but I’m not sure how he will get on away to West Ham.

I also fear a serious backlash from Manchester United at the JJB Stadium so my two Wigan players have been dropped to the bench in anticipation of conceding goals.

Birmingham have impressed me so far, and the points tally from Hart and McFadden during the week sees them keep their place in the side with a home fixture against Stoke a decent prospect for more high scoring.

There is also potential for Darren Bent to make it three goals from three games at home to Blackburn so he continues to lead the line up front.

Team for Gameweek 3 –


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Neil Sherwin
Neil Sherwin

Co-editor of Writes mostly on Premier League and A-League with contributions to other sites including TheFootballSack, InBedWithMaradona and Bloomberg's BSports. Has featured on The Guardian's Football Weekly.

2 thoughts on “Captain Fantastic

  1. Seems City may be playing Barry in a more holding role. He always blows hot and cold with Villa and England (was rubbish against Holland recently). Not a fan so dumped him after week 1. Would choose Ireland over Barry any day.

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