Bring your A-game, boys. We're turning it all the way up to 11 and seeing who can hang on for the ride.
This is the last week of the contest. I'm going to make sure it's memorable and you either love me until the end of time or hate me for everything I'm worth. Spoilers: I'm not worth much.
Anyways, you're going to have a possible 40 points to pick up through fixtures this week, with an undetermined amount available via bonuses. That's a lot of delicious points ready to be claimed. This means that anyone and everyone is still alive and can snatch a spot in the Top Four at the last moment.
Don't hate the player. Hate the game. :)
It bears mentioning that there are eight Premier League matches this week, due to Sunderland's match with West Bromwich Albion being postponed and the Manchester clubs not having matches this weekend either.
So, because of this, you will have a mixture of twenty matches from the Premier League, La Liga, Ligue 1, Serie A, and the Bundesliga.
PREMIER LEAGUE MATCHES:
Stoke City vs. Le Arse
LA LIGA MATCHES:
Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid
Villarreal vs Real Betis
Sevilla vs. Real Sociedad
LIGUE 1 MATCHES:
Sochaux v Bordeaux
Paris Saint-Germain v Marseille
Lyon vs. Montpellier
Bayer Leverkusen v Mainz
FC Augsburg v Hannover 96
Werder Bremen v Hamburg SV
SERIE A MATCHES:
AS Roma vs. Internazionale
AC Milan vs. Juventus
Fiorentina vs. Lazio
I wanted to try and do something special for the bonuses in the final week, and I thought about combining all of the bonuses from before and doing them here, but with twenty matches to select, that's just asking for trouble.
So, there's not going to be a limit on the bonuses you can get, and here's why:
You're going to select players based on the criteria that I select. You can select any player you want, but they have to be in any of the fixtures listed above.
Now here's where it gets interesting.
I'm going to let you select three field players and one goal keeper. Again, any player from those fixtures. I don't care what criteria you decide on. Based on their performances is how you're going to score in the end. Here's your list:
+2 for every goal scored
+1 for every assist
+1 for every foul drawn
+1/2 for every shot on target
-1 point for every foul caused
-1 point for a yellow card (stacks with the foul, so you lose two)
-2 if you get a red card (stacks with the foul, so you lose three)
+1 for every save
-1 for every goal conceded
+5 for a clean sheet
(Fouls and disciplines will not apply to keepers.)
Remember how earlier I said I didn't want the bonus to be the combination of the last three things we've done? Yeah, you probably saw this coming, but I saved it for this. We have three tiebreakers that will be utilized in the case of any of the top four spots being occupied by two or more people. Whether or not you're in a placing position, I want everyone to give an answer for each of the following:
Total number of goals scored across all 20 fixtures.
Total number of disciplines across all 20 fixtures.
Total number of substitutions across all 20 fixtures.
Hopefully everyone has it. If you do have any questions, don't hesitate to ask in the comments section. Once again, if you have no posted up your selections by kickoff of the first match (Looking like 9:30 AM EDT Saturday) your selections will not be counted.
Good luck everyone!