IKTS Week 12: A visit to Anfield.

Arsenal should have won easily, but a missed penalty and heroics by the Watford keeper resulted into (only) a one nil to The Arsenal, with Emile Smith-Rowe scoring in what Ranieri considers to be dubious circumstances, but the way Watford fouled our players left and right with relative impunity makes the victory far from being reprehensible, and in fact quite delicious. Does Ranieri even remember how Arsenal beat his Leicester side twice the year they won the title in mysterious circumstances, while Arsenal players were being fouled left and right with impunity the whole season, with no other team beating the Foxes in the other 36 games they played? In the Manchester Derby, City won at United thanks to an own goal and another fluky goal, without ever going full gear. Brentford lost shockingly at home to Norwich who were winless until then. Another surprise came from West London, as Burnley snatched a 1-1 tie at Chelsea despite going down early on. An identical score and a similar scenario for Brighton at home to Newcastle. Crystal Palace, after a win away versus City at The Etihad, beat Wolverhampton, this time at home. The soporific game between Everton and the noisy neighbors ended scoreless. A very entertaining Leeds versus Leicester ended up 1-1. Finally, a couple of mistakes by Alison gifted West Ham a 3-2 victory in London. Overall, the 8 participants combined for only 44 points, or 5 1/2 per participant, and there was only one correct IKTS prediction.

Scores for the week:

skinnejay 10 (1)
Geaux_HR 7 (0)
hansdampf 7 (0)
Ray from Norfolk 5 (0)
ClevlandJames 4 (0)
inthekcmix 4 (0)
Sonny from Suffolk 4 (0)
ben from portsmouth 3 (0)

Stars of the week: skinnejay is first on 10 points (and one correct IKTS prediction) with Geaux_HR and hamdsampf in second on 7 points (but no correct IKTS predictions) while Ray from Norfolk is in third place on 5 points (also without any correct IKTS predictions) but the others are not too far behind.

Clever pick of the week: Only one exact IKTS prediction as skinnejay submitted the correct score for Brighton versus Newcastle.

Crisis pick of the week: A collective crisis due in great part to the Chelsea-Burnley and Liverpool-West Ham scores.

Standings after week 11:

ClevelandJames 92 (11)
skinnejay 92 (16)
Geaux_HR 89 (11)
Sonny from Suffolk 83 (9)
hansdampf 82 (10)
Ray from Norfolk 75 (5)
ben from portsmouth 61 (7)
inthekcmix 59 (4)

After Week 11, skinnejay and ClevelandJames are tied on 92 points, but skinnejay leads based on the tie breaker, with 16 versus 11 exact IKTS predictions. Geaux_HR is third, 3 points behind.

Cup game: No 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 the lead.

Upcoming schedule:

Week 11: Saturday November 20, and Sunday November 21:

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