IKTS Week 14: Away to Manchester United.

Saka and Martinelli were the scorers in a much improved second half display against Newcastle. The younger players compensated for unremarkable performances by the more senior players, and Ramsdale had his usual top shelf save against a Doctor Evil lookalike. Steven Gerrard continues an excellent run with a win away against Patrick Vieira, as Crystal Palace lost 1-2 at home to Aston Villa. Liverpool annihilated Southampton. Norwich versus Wolverhampton and Brighton versus Leeds ended without any goals. Brentford won 1-0 at home to Everton to pile further misery on Benitez. The game at Burnley was postponed due to excessive snow. Leicester beat Watford 4-2 as Ranieri visited the grounds where he won an unlikely title a few years ago. Manchester City dominated West Ham but for an amazing goal by Lanzini to reduce the score to 2-1. Finally, Manchester United opportunistically scored once, and only conceded once (on a penalty kick) to surprisingly share the spoils (1-1) at Chelsea. Overall, the eight participants combined for 64 points (or exactly 8 points per participant) and there were 7 exact IKTS predictions.

Scores for the week:

Ray from Norfolk 13 (1)
Sonny from Suffolk 11 (2)
ClevelandJames 10 (1)
inthekcmix 9 (1)
skinnejay 8 (2)
ben from portsmouth 7 (0)
Geaux_HR 3 (0)
hansdampf 3 (0)

Stars of the week: Ray from Norfolk is first on 13 points (and one correct IKTS prediction) with Sonny from Suffolk in second on 11 points (and two correct IKTS predictions) and ClevelandJames in third on 10 points (and one correct IKTS prediction) but inthekcmix is right behind.

Clever pick of the week: Only Sonny from Suffolk had the exact score for Crystal Palace versus Aston Villa. There were also two correct predictions apiece for Arsenal versus Newcastle, Liverpool versus Southampton, and Brentford versus Everton.

Crisis pick of the week: A collective crisis due to the outcome of Chelsea versus Manchester United.

Standings after week 13:

skinnejay 110 (19)
ClevelandJames 109 (13)
Geaux_HR 102 (12)
Sonny from Suffolk 101 (12)
Ray from Norfolk 94 (7)
hansdampf 91 (10)
ben from portsmouth 76 (7)
inthekcmix 76 (5)

After Week 13, skinnejay leads ClevelandJames by a single points.

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, Geaux_HR has the lead ahead of ben from portsmouth and ClevelandJames.

Upcoming schedule:

Week 14: Tuesday November 30, Wednesday December 1, and Thursday December 2:

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