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!
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.
3. Look ahead
There are 46 gameweeks in GoalScorer Challenge 2016/17. 38 Premier League, 4 FA Cup and 4 internationals. I’m not advocating planning 46 picks right now, but don’t go and pick Edin Dzeko against Stoke the week before Bosnia & Herzegovina v San Marino (bad example as he’s not in the league anymore but I’m sure you follow).
International gameweeks tend to run from Thursday to Saturday, so it’s easy to miss the deadlines. I’m trying to set up a google calendar for you to subscribe to, but in the meantime I’d recommend keeping an eye on the deadlines in the Submit Picks page of www.goalscorerchallenge.co.uk
4. Create and join minileagues
With hundreds of people playing each season, unless you’re in the title fight there’s not necessarily going to be something in it for everyone right until the end. So make sure you set up and join plenty of minileagues with friends and work colleagues to keep that competition going throughout the season.
Chris Hazel (www.twitter.com/titterchazel) is running a big £10 league this season with monthly and overall prizes. Contact him if you’re interested.
Or do what some other people do; a head-to-head league with £x per goal.
5. Website hints
A few things you might not be aware of:
- on the Submit Picks page, hover your mouse over the main body and it’ll automatically scroll down to the latest gameweek. If you’re on a smartphone, just tap the screen once for the same effect
- in Standings, click on someone’s name to see their pick history this season. Or click History to see their finishing places in previous seasons
- on the Account section (top right) you can change your email subscription settings or add a twitter ID. This will help me tag you in tweets when your pick scores. If you’re not on twitter, sign up! I can’t guarantee as many emails this season so twitter’s a much easier way of following the game
I’m sure there’s loads more I’ve forgotten but please send this on to anyone you think might enjoy the game. Cheers!