MATCH WEEK 8 - EXPERIMENTALS SET NEW SEASON HIGH
It's been a topsy-turvy season to date for The Experimentals. A decent start saw them spend Match Weeks 2 and 3 in the top 10 before crashing from 7th to 31st in the following two weeks. Another two weeks in the bottom six, though, are followed by a record-breaking haul of 152 points in Match Week 8. As well as being the best score so far this season, it's a massive 52 points more than the week's second best. With a squad full of players from the 'big six' - although no Man City boys at present - Cameron Patrick's Starting 11 this week was made up of five Tottenham, three Arsenal and three Man United players. Captain Diogo Dalot was a cracking choice, 23 points doubled up to 46, although Emerson Royal (28) would have been even better. De Gea (21), Dier (13), Romero (15) and Fernandes (15) also hit huge scores. 152 is a big total to try to top, though with perfect selection from Experimentals' squad of 16 they could have scored 173.
ARMY ON THE MARCH?
Al's Army were one of our top Nightmare Teams of last season - spending 15 weeks at the top of the overall table and earning more Team-of-the-Week awards than any other Nightmare Squad (5), before eventually finishing 3rd. Alex Metzger's boys have found life hard in the early weeks of this season though, not helped by some shocking Captain choices along the way. Despite working hard on their Squad, Army's best overall position this season is 17th on Week 1. Until this week. Although way behind Experimentals, Army hit an excellent 100 point total for MW8, enough to take them to a new high of 16th. Alex also had Dalot (23=46) as Captain, a couple of Fulham defenders (24 between them) and is the only manager to have kept Nightmare faith with Ivan Toney... rewarded with 11 points this week. Alex is also the only one to have £13m man Ilan Meslier (having been last season's top Nightmare) in his ranks - but suffered with a -4 point showing from the Leeds keeper this week. Good squad management too from Alex - he chose to leave his two Leicester men as his last two subs, clearly foreseeing the upturn in fortunes that would see the Foxes climb off the bottom of the Premier League table.
OHH WILL YOU FANDANGO
Our overall leaders may be nowhere near the top of the weekly leaderboard with 56 points, but they score more points than their nearest rivals yet again, with The Halibut Founderers, well, floundering with a miserable 22 points. David Metzger's boys have been creaking a little lately but this week is more huge cracks than creaks. It's the third-worst score in the entire competition. While Fandango, who were way down the weekly table before Monday night saw them gain some respectability with two 11-point Forest defenders, increase their lead to a massive 128 points, Flounderers must have a seriously dodgy neck from looking over their shoulder... Slippery Slimy Pineapple are now just 17 behind David's boys. 2nd last season, Champions the season before, Eloise Willingham's boys' season so far: 22nd, 31st, 24th, 24th, 14th, 14th, 6th, 3rd... a team on the rise. After a miserable start to the season Pineapple's 141 deficit to Fandango may seem an awful lot, but they have reduced the gap between the two by half of that in the last four weeks...

Long way to go... get your Captain choice right first and foremost everyone...
INJURIES, SUSPENSIONS AND THE LIKE...
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TOP TEAMS - this week
TeamManagerPoints
The ExperiMentalsCameron Patrick152
Al's ArmyAlex Metzger100
‘Cos I’m Feline GoodFrodo Willingham98
U Kante Beat Me Luke Andrews86
Z's ElevenRosalie Pearson82
   
TOP NIGHTMARES - this week
PlayerTeamPoints
Emerson RoyalTOTTENHAM28
Nathaniel ChalobahFULHAM24
Diogo DalotMAN UNITED23
Lisandro MartinezMAN UNITED23
David De GeaMAN UNITED21
Luis SinisterraLEEDS21
   
LEAGUE TABLES
DivisionLeadersManagerPointsThis
Nightmare Premier LeagueThe Halibut flounderersDavid Metzger53022
Nightmare ChampionshipClem FandangoMatt Woodmansey65856
Nightmare League OneAyew Burning the Digne?Paul Willingham47874
Nightmare League TwoThe MuppetsRichard Hancy49569
TOP NIGHTMARES
PlayerTeamPointsThis
Scott McKennaNOTT'M FOREST7915
Danny WardLEICESTER78-3
Jonny EvansLEICESTER70-3
Neco WilliamsNOTT'M FOREST6611
Wilfred NdidiLEICESTER640
James JustinLEICESTER64-3
Jefferson LermaBOURNEMOUTH624
Chris MephamBOURNEMOUTH58-4
Steve CookNOTT'M FOREST5613
Mohammed SalisuS'HAMPTON55
Lucas DigneASTON V.55
David De GeaMAN UNITED5521
Diogo DalotMAN UNITED5523
   
WORST NIGHTMARES
PlayerTeamPointsThis
Erling HaalandMAN CITY-41-11
Mads RoerslevBRENTFORD-3
Anthony MartialMAN UNITED-3-5
Craig DawsonWEST HAM-3-3
Pierre-Emerick AubameyangCHELSEA-2-2
AntonyMAN UNITED-20
TOP NIGHTMARES - BY RATING
PlayerTeamAve. rating
Conor GallagherCHELSEA4.67
FredMAN UNITED5.00
Kostas TsimikasLIVERPOOL5.00
Marcos SenesiBOURNEMOUTH5.25
Ben JohnsonWEST HAM5.33
Edouard MendyCHELSEA5.33
Luke ShawMAN UNITED5.33
   
WORST NIGHTMARES - BY RATING
PlayerTeamAve. rating
Kevin De BruyneMAN CITY8.14
Erling HaalandMAN CITY8.13
Jack GrealishMAN CITY7.75
Gabriel JesusARSENAL7.75
Ilkay GundoganMAN CITY7.57
Bernardo SilvaMAN CITY7.57

Players must have played 23 minutes or more in at least three matches to appear in the Player Ratings charts.
LEAGUE FORMAT + EUROPE
We are starting the season with four divisions - each with nine teams. It's three-up-three-down, with the top four in each division qualifying for next season's Champions' League... everyone else goes in the Eur'opeless League.

This season's Champions' League will include Nightmare Teams that finished in the top six of our three Divisions last season. With two of these having resigned, that leaves us with 16 teams that will be randomly allocated to four groups of four.

Our other 20 Teams will enter this season's Eur'opeless League. I don't intend to start the European competitions very early in the season (maybe after the World Cup break), and any new Teams that join us between now and then will also be in the Eur'opeless League.
LAST SEASON
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