GSC gameweek 14

I can’t seem to send emails in bulk, so here is what it would have said:

This week’s deadline is 19:30 tonight! Please tell anyone who may not have realised. The list below should be complete, but for the avoidance of doubt, any full internationals between the deadline and the end of Saturday will apply. Good luck!

9 Nov 19:45 Croatia v Greece
9 Nov 19:45 Northern Ireland v Switzerland
10 Nov 19:45 Sweden v Italy
11 Nov 19:45 Ireland v Denmark
10 Nov 17:00 South Africa v Senegal
10 Nov 19:30 Algeria v Nigeria
11 Nov 13:00 Zambia v Cameroon
11 Nov 14:30 Gabon v Mali
11 Nov 17:30 Cote d’Ivoire v Morocco
11 Nov 17:30 DR Congo v Guinea
11 Nov 17:30 Tunisia v Libya
10 Nov 22:00 Honduras v Australia
11 Nov 03:15 New Zealand v Peru
9 Nov 19:45 Scotland v Netherlands
10 Nov 11:15 China v Serbia
10 Nov 11:00 South Korea v Colombia
10 Nov 13:00 Georgia v Cyprus
10 Nov 17:00 Ukraine v Slovakia
10 Nov 18:00 France v Wales
10 Nov 18:45 Belgium v Mexico
10 Nov 19:00 England v Germany
10 Nov 19:45 Poland v Uruguay
10 Nov 19:45 Portugal v Saudi Arabia
10 Nov 20:00 Japan v Brazil
11 Nov ??:?? Macedonia v Norway
11 Nov ??:?? Comoros v Madagascar
11 Nov 13:00 Russia v Argentina
11 Nov 14:00 Namibia v Zimbabwe
11 Nov 16:30 Qatar v Czech Republic
11 Nov 20:30 Spain v Costa Rica

GoalScorer Challenge: Hints and Tips

Last season we did full previews for each team, with predicted line-ups, set-piece takers and some GSC tips. I won’t ask those guys to go through all that again, so instead here are some more general GoalScorer Challenge hints and tips. Hopefully new players in particular will find these useful but there should be something for everyone. Let me know if you’ve got any others and I’ll update this.


1. Have your own strategy
GoalScorer Challenge is a simple game. No need to worry about rotating goalkeepers or the order of your subs bench. Just pick one player each week and hope he scores. This inherent simplicity means that there’s something in it for everyone; you can pick week-to-week and do well with a bit of luck, or you can meticulously plan out 10 weeks in advance and see your players sent off, miss penalties and break legs.

So it’s entirely up to you how you want to play the game. Decided one team is terrible? Pick their opponent’s striker each week. Or go for someone who scored twice last week, or look for the obscure picks that no-one else has thought of to go for the one-pick title.

Alternatively, you might want to go for the most obvious pick each week. It’s entirely up to you!


2. Placeholders!
There’s not much worse than forgetting to pick. Mitigate against this possibility by putting a placeholder in for next week when you pick for this week.

The dilemma here is often that when it comes to the next gameweek, you don’t want to change. If you switch and your original player scores, you’re going to feel like a bit of a tit. My solution to this is to put a placeholder in that you wouldn’t normally pick as one of your 46 picks. Someone like, oh I don’t know, let’s say Mark Noble. If you leave him as your placeholder, he’s got a chance of a goal, but you won’t feel too bad about switching away from him.

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GSC all-time stats

Congratulations to Oliver Chapman, the winner of GoalScorer Challenge 2015/16! With 31 goals, he was a more than deserved winner. Here are the final standings:


We’ve now had five seasons of Premier League GSC so it’s probably a decent time to have a look at the all-time stats. So here we go! Sorry it doesn’t look very pretty; aesthetics are not really a strength of mine. I can’t guarantee 100% accuracy either so let me know if something looks odd. Continue reading “GSC all-time stats”

Gameweek 5 – international week!

I’m hoping you’re all aware of this already, but just in case here is a reminder that GoalScorer Challenge features international weeks alongside the usual domestic rounds. Gameweek 5 is one of those, with a deadline of Thursday at 19:30. It’s annoying having to have the deadlines on Thursday but it’s the easiest way of getting all the teams playing once without having to wait for the Sunday-Tuesday games.

This is the first of four international gameweeks over the course of the 2015/16 season. The others fall in gameweeks 10, 15 and 38. Historically international weeks have more goals than any others so it’s not a good one to miss. Please remind any of your mates who you think might miss it! Continue reading “Gameweek 5 – international week!”

GSC 2015/16: Gameweek 1 fixtures

Here we go! GoalScorer Challenge kicks off on Saturday with a 12:30 deadline and here’s a preview of the fixtures.

Firstly, a reminder that GSC 2015/16 will pay £1,000 to the winner! To be eligible for this prize all you have to do is register on i-Pools, who are sponsoring the game. When you do so you’ll receive £5 of free bets so why not enter the new GSC Last Longest game on their site? You have to be over 18 and with a UK or Ireland address.

Please tell all your friends about the game. Set up minileagues, email out the details to mates, colleagues or teammates. The more people playing this year, the more likely we can keep giving out decent prizes in future seasons.

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2015/16 prizes and new i-Pools Last Longest game

I have two exciting GoalScorer Challenge announcements thanks to a new affiliation with i-Pools!

i-POOLs is a pools betting exchange. They offer simple and fun pool-based online betting games to play with the community or just with your mates so you play against each other, not the house. The sum of the players’ entry fees (minus a small administration fee) is paid out in prizes.


Prizes for GSC 2015/16

Thanks to i-Pools, I’m now in a position to offer some decent cash prizes finally! You must be registered on i-Pools to be eligible for prizes, which are as follows:

GoalScorer Challenge 2015/16 winner: £1,000
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GSC 2015/16 previews: West Bromwich Albion

Last up is West Brom. Yes, they should have been before West Ham. Yes I do know my alphabet.

Cheers to Adam and thanks again to all 20 previewers. I hope you’ve enjoyed these, hopefully they prove pretty useful, particularly for new players.


Club: West Bromwich Albion
Name: Adam Baylis
Twitter: @adbaylis
GSC player since: 2013/14
Best GSC performance: No comment

First-choice line-up: No doubt we’ll sign a new starting XI an hour before the window closes but as it currently stands:
Foster; Dawson, McCauley, Lescott, Brunt; McManaman, Fletcher, Yacob, Morrison, Sessegnon; Berahino

Predicted finishing position: 13th. Continue reading “GSC 2015/16 previews: West Bromwich Albion”

GSC 2015/16 previews: West Ham

The penultimate preview is for West Ham. Is Slaven Bilic the man to take them to the next level after Allardici’s sacking?

Thanks to Chris for this one; he ran a GSC money minileague last year but that won’t be needed this time as the winner of the main game will get a decent prize (to be announced in the next couple of days).


Club: West Ham
Name: Chris Hazel
Twitter: @titterchazel
GSC player since: 2012/13
Best GSC performance: 22 goals & 9th (2012/13), 23 goals & 10th (2013/14)
First-choice line-up: There will be a lot of rotation this season assuming we get to the group stage of the Europa League. Let’s go with:
Adrian; Jenkinson, Cresswell, Ogbonna, Reid; Noble, Kouyate, Obiang; Valencia, Payet; Sakho
Carroll will be useful if ever fit and no space sadly for Tomkins or captain Kevin Nolan in a fully fit team.

Predicted finishing position: I’d take top 10 although my prediction is 12th and a few cup runs. As long as we stay up this season I’m happy. Continue reading “GSC 2015/16 previews: West Ham”