IKTS Week 10: A visit to Leicester.

A team effort resulted in a convincing win for Arsenal, with Emile Smith-Rowe stealing the show while others (Partey, Aubameyang, Lacazette, and Tavares) were also quite impressive, but Aston Villa scored a consolation goal late on. Chelsea punished Norwich 7-0 without Lukaku, and several other usual starters, with Mount scoring a hat trick. Crystal Palace versus Newcastle finished 1-1, and so did Leeds versus Wolverhampton. Everton was ahead 2-1 against Watford but imploded, allowing 4 additional goals to the Hornets, for a final score of 2-5, with Joshua King scoring a hat trick. Southampton versus Burnley ended up 2-2 when less goals would have been expected. Brighton lost 1-4 to Manchester City despite a good second half. Despite playing on the front foot, Brenford fell short again at home, this time losing 1-2 to Leicester. West Ham won 1-0 versus the noisy neighbors. Finally, Manchester United had to live a day of infinite infamy, losing 0-5 to Liverpool. with Salah scoring the third hat trick of the week. Overall, the participants scored 70 points, for an average of 8 and 3/4 points per participant, and there were 9 correct IKTS predictions.

Scores for the week:

skinnejay 15 (3)
Geaux_HR 13 (3)
hansdampf 9 (2)
ClevelandJames 9 (1)
inthekcmix 8 (0)
Ray from Norfolk 7 (0)
Sonny from Suffolk 6 (0)
ben from portsmouth 3 (0)

Stars of the week: skinnejay is first on 15 points (and three correct IKTS predictions) with Geaux_HR in second on 13 points (and three correct IKTS predictions) while hansdampf is in third place on 9 points (but two correct IKTS predictions) but ClevelandJames is also on 9 points, albeit with only one correct IKTS prediction.

Clever pick of the week: Only skinnejay and hansdampf predicted the correct score for Arsenal versus Aston Villa and only skinnejay and Geaux_HR predicted the exact score for Crystal Palace versus Newcastle, while Geaux_HR and hansdampf got a bulls eye for Southampton versus Burnley. Otherwise, there were three exact score predictions by skinnejay, Geaux_HR, and ClevelandJames for Brentford versus Leicester.

Crisis pick of the week: Only ben from portsmouth failed to foresee the demolition of Manchester United at home by Liverpool, but the other participants only score a point each as nobody could predict the score line of 0-5, made even more remarkable by the fact that Liverpool took it easy for the last half hour of the game.

Standings after week 9:

ClevelandJames 76 (9)
skinnejay 74 (14)
Geaux_HR 74 (10)
Sonny from Suffolk 71 (7)
hansdampf 70 (10)
Ray from Norfolk 60 (2)
ben from portsmouth 55 (6)
inthekcmix 52 (4)

After Week 9, ClevelandJames leads skinnejay and Geaux_HR by 2 points, with the latter having hauled 10 exact IKTS predictions versus skinnejay's haul of 14 exact IKTS predictions. Sonny from Suffolk and hansdampf are not far behind.

Cup game: Only Geaux_HR predicted the exact score for Arsenal's win against Leeds, hauling 3 points and one correct IKTS prediction. ClevelandJames and handsampf get 2 points each for a correct outcome and goal difference, but not an exact score. Ray from Norfolk and Sonny from Suffolk score a point each for a correct outcome, but incorrect goal difference. Finally, ben from portsmouth overestimated Leeds, while inthekcmix and skinnejay forgot to post any predictions for this game.

Cup standings:

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

In the Cup standings, ClevelandJames has taken the lead.

Upcoming schedule:

Week 9: Saturday October 30, Sunday October 31, and Monday November 1:

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