Alternative Premier League, Gameweek 2
Two weeks down and it seems as if the Premier League was never away, or at least that’s how Manchester City must be feeling.
After taking apart new boys Swansea at home, City followed that game up with an impressive and hard fought win over last week’s big winners Bolton. A persistent Bolton side kept the winning margin to one goal so both teams have scored well for their endeavours, City securing 7.84 points and Bolton 1.73 – a good score for a defeat.
It is Wolves who are snapping at the heels of the Citizens and could prove to be this year’s surprise package. Mick McCarthy has a good team of hard working players at his disposal and they proved against Fulham that last week’s win may not have been a fluke. Fulham never got a look in as goals from Kevin Doyle and Matt Jarvis earned the men in old gold 6.45 points.
With Tottenham and Everton inactive last weekend they took the bottom two places in the APL, a rather unfortunate anomaly that is likely to have affected QPR’s point tally this weekend. Everton are habitual bad starters but it is unlikely that, had they played last week, they would have finished the round of fixtures in last place. But any points right now are good points for Neil Warnock’s men and a total of 6.34 points from that win sees them rise up to tenth in the table.
Arsenal’s start to the season has been riddled with injuries and misfortune, and nothing could have summed that up better then Liverpool’s opening goal on Saturday afternoon. The Reds on the other hand were confident and looked dangerous throughout and a 0-2 away win was the least that they deserved for their display. At 0-1 Liverpool were due to earn 6.85 points, but Luis Suarez’s late goal bumped that up to 7.48 and a position in the top five.
Ryan Taylor’s goal for Newcastle was the difference between a score of 3.72 for a 0-0 draw and the 7.37 points that Newcastle got for the away win – so in essence his goal was worth 3.65 points. At 11.41 points the Toon are very much up with the early season front runners.
Tottenham’s low league position didn’t do Manchester United any favours on Monday night as their 3-0 win only warranted a relatively low 6.02 point return. However this low league position will also be reflected in Manchester City’s score next weekend as they are next up for Spurs – things don’t get any easier for Harry Redknapp’s men!
Top score: Man City 7.84 points
Lowest Score: Everton 1.48 points
Top draw score: Norwich 4.00 points
Alternative Premier League table, Gameweek 2:
And, as promised, here is the table for last season. Please note that it was compiled using a slightly different formula and without the away bonus, but it still gives a pretty good idea of how the league works:
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