IKTS Week 8: At home to Crystal Palace.

A goalless draw at Brighton can be viewed as a deception, or as an acceptable annoyance, especially since Brighton appeared to be collectively competent. Manchester United conceded a goal (and two points to other top four contenders) by drawing at home 1-1 to Everton. Chelsea started slow but finished off Southampton to the tune of 3-1. Leeds scored only once, but it was all they needed to beat Watford. Wolverhampton confirmed their resurgence at home by beating Newcastle 2-1 with the noisy neighbors doing exactly that against Aston Villa. Crystal Palace and Leicester scored a pair of goals each for a final score of 2-2. West Ham lost at home 1-2 to Brentford at the death. Finally, Liverpool had twice the advantage over Manchester City, but the match ended 2-2. The eight participants combined for 64 points, or exactly 8 points per participant, and we had a record 12 correct IKTS predictions for the week.

Scores for the week:

skinnejay 14 (4)
hansdampf 11 (3)
Sonny from Suffolk 10 (2)
Geaux_HR 8 (1)
Ray from Norfolk 8 (1)
ben from portsmouth 5 (1)
ClevelandJames 5 (0)
inthekcmix 3 (0)

Stars of the week: skinnejay is first on 14 points (and four correct IKTS predictions) with hansdampf in second on 11 points (and three correct IKTS predictions) and Sonny from Suffolk in third on 10 points (and two correct IKTS predictions) with Geaux_HR and Ray from Norfolk not too far behind.

Clever pick of the week: Only skinnejay predicted the exact scores for Manchester United-Everton, Crystal Palace-Leicester and WestHam-Brentford and only hansdampf predicted the correct scores for Chelsea-Southampton and Wolverhampton-Newcastle while only Sonny from Suffolk predicted the exact score for Tottenham-Aston Villa. Otherwise, there were two exact score predictions for each of Leeds-Watford, Burnley-Norwich, and Liverpool-Manchester City.

Crisis pick of the week: A collective crisis as nobody predicted that Arsenal would not win at Brighton.

Standings after week 7:

ClevelandJames 61 (8)
Sonny from Suffolk 59 (7)
Geaux_HR 57 (7)
hansdampf 56 (8)
skinnejay 51 (10)
Ray from Norfolk 47 (2)
ben from portsmouth 42 (4)
inthekcmix 39 (3)

After Week 7, ClevelandJames leads Sonny from Suffolk by 2 points and Geaux_HR by 4 points.

Cup game: No game this week.

Cup standings:

ben from portsmouth 4 (1)
ClevelandJames 2 (0)
Geaux_HR 2 (0)
hansdampf 2 (0)
skinnejay 2 (0)
Sonny from Suffolk 2 (0)
inthekcmix 1 (0)
Ray from Norfolk 1 (0)

Upcoming schedule:

Week 8: Saturday October16, Sunday October 17, and Monday October 18:

Watford - Liverpool
Aston Villa - Wolverhampton
Leicester - Manchester United
Manchester City - Burnley
Norwich - Brighton
Southampton - Leeds
Brentford - Chelsea
Everton - West Ham
Newcastle - Tottenham
Arsenal - Crystal Palace