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.
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.
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
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”
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
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”
Here’s Tottenham’s preview. They’ve finished between 4th and 6th for each of the last six seasons and it would be a surprise to see them finish outside of those places this time.
Providing this preview is Sean Leahy, who also designed some of the website. So I definitely owe him a beer or two.
Club: Tottenham Hotspur
Name: Sean Leahy
GSC player since: 2011/12
Best GSC performance: 4th in Euro 2012 edition, highest hat-trick picker in GSC history (6)
First-choice line-up: Lloris; Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Bentaleb, Mason; Eriksen, Chadli, Lamela; Kane (of the current squad), but I’m hoping Pritchard and Alli get a good run-out this season.
Predicted finishing position: Forever 5th.
Predicted top scorer: Harry Kane. Continue reading “GSC 2015/16 previews: Tottenham Hotspur”
Next up are Swansea, who keep defying expectations and showing impressive stability among a number of managerial changes. They lost Wilfried Bony last year and somehow it didn’t seem to affect them; they’ll probably do well this season too.
Name: Paul Blackaby
GSC player since: 2014/15
Best GSC performance: 13 goals in 2014/15, 287th position
First-choice line-up: Always tricky in pre-season without knowing how well the new signings will fit into the team but I’d go with:
Fabianski; Tabanou, Fernandez, Williams, Naughton; Ki, Montero, Cork; Sigurdsson, Ayew; Gomis
Predicted finishing position: Should be top half, probably 7th. If the signings pay off then 6th is not beyond the realms of possibility. Continue reading “GSC 2015/16 previews: Swansea”
Time for Sunderland now. Having just about escaped relegation in successive seasons they’ll be hoping to carry over their good form from the end of last season.
Rob Lynch did this one – he generally picks more Sunderland players than everyone else put together so he’s the ideal man for this preview.
Name: Rob Lynch
GSC player since: 2013/14
Best GSC performance: 9 goals in 2013/14
First-choice line-up: Pantilimon; Van Aanholt, Kaboul, Coates, Jones; Cattermole, Larsson, Giaccherini; Wickham, Fletcher, Defoe.
Predicted finishing position: 13th. Continue reading “GSC 2015/16 previews: Sunderland”