Monday, 24 October 2011

Who Got The Bonus Points? GW8

Here is the "team of the week" for GW8 based sheerly on the PPI scores for that week:

Foster {25}
Samba {44} Martin {38} Terry {32}
Eagles {53} Pilkington {46} Brunt {37} Walters {32} Johnson A {32}
Van Persie {43} Balotelli {37}

So the "team of the week" looks pretty representative of GW8, with Foster earning a clean sheet in goal for West Brom, while all three of the defenders {Samba, Martin, Terry} conceded - would they be anywhere near the bonus points if not for the goals they scored? In the attacking half it was clear to anyone not on Mars that weekend that, Eagles, Pilkington, Balotelli and Johnson were worthy of their bonus points in spite of their assist / goal contributions. Brunt's first goal in open play in months, and misclassified Walters' goal earned them a high score also. Van Persie's inclusion following his dazzling display and brace is self explanatory.

Looking at the other end of the scale the aptly-named Lowe {15} received 1 bonus point for Blackburn earning the same PPI score as Defoe, Cech, Shawcross, Olsson and Song - most of which were not very close to earning bonus points in the pecking order of this system in their respective games. Funnily enough they were all out PPIed by players like Ameobi {goal}, Graham {goal}, Morison {assist}, Mata {assist}, Vellios {goal}, and Adebayor {2 assists}.

Adebayor's 2 assists in a 2-2 draw were not good enough to earn bonus due to no fewer than 3 players sharing a PPI score of 22 - Ba, Taylor and Van der Vaart - all receiving 3 bonus points. Nobody else received these supplementary points for this game, that is to say nobody has 1 or 2 bonus points. That PPI score was shared with players from other games - including Bolton's Mulumbu and Robinson who were not awarded with any bonus. Neither were team-mates Reo Coker {28}, Ngog {27} and Petrov {25} who clearly outscored them. The logic is there but it comes across rather formulaic and messy.

The system is going to stir many a debate this season. I'm sure many people scratch their head when the likes of  Davies {missed a penalty}, Larsson and Diame {both on the losing side} earned bonus points. Especially the latter who was on the Wigan side that lost 3-1 to Bolton {see above}. There were also a few players who did score highly on the PPI scale and came away with nothing - two examples would be goalscorers Milner {28} and Ramires {27}.


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