IKTS Week 11: At home to Watford.

Arsenal took advantage of poor defending to score two goals, but Leicester dominated most of the rest of the fixture, only to be denied by the defense with Ramsdale putting in a man of the match (or possibly player of the month) display, particularly on a top shelf save from an extremely dangerous free kick by Maddison. Burnley looked like an attacking powerhouse in their victory by 3-1 against Brentford. Liverpool went up 2-0 against Brighton but lost intensity while Brighton played admirably, responding with two goals of their own, for a final score of 2-2. Manchester City lost at home 0-2 to Crystal Palace, with Laporte picking up a red card for a foul that was almost identical to the one committed by Evans against Aubameyang. Bruce-less Newcastle lost 0-3 to Chelsea. Watford could not score at home against Southampton, who did, in a game that finished nil to one. The noisy neighbors lost at home to Manchester United, and followed this limp display by sacking in class-less fashion their manager. Norwich conceded once, scored promptly, but then succumbed to a second goal by Leeds. Aston Villa equalized after West Ham had scored first, but then conceded three goals for a final score of 1-4. Finally, Wolverhampton beat Everton 2-1, with ex Gunner Iwobi scoring the only goal for the Toffees. Overall, the eight participants scored a total of 57 points, for an average of 7 and 1/8 points, and we had a grand total of 10 correct IKTS predictions.

Scores for the week:

ClevelandJames 12 (2)
Ray from Norfolk 10 (3)
Sonny from Suffolk 8 (2)
Geaux_HR 8 (1)
skinnejay 8 (1)
hansdampf 5 (0)
ben from portsmouth 3 (1)
inthekcmix 3 (0)

Stars of the week: ClevelandJames is first on 12 points (and two correct IKTS predictions) with Ray from Norfolk in second on 10 points (and three correct IKTS predictions) while Sonny from Suffolk is in third place on 8 points (and two correct IKTS predictions) but Geaux_HR and skinnejay are also on 8 points, albeit with only one correct IKTS prediction each.

Clever pick of the week: Only ben from portsmouth predicted the correct score for Leicester versus Arsenal. There were two exact predictions each for Norwich versus Leeds and Wolverhampton versus Everton. Otherwise, there were five (!) correct score predictions for Newcastle versus Chelsea.

Crisis pick of the week: Only ben from portsmouth failed to foresee the demolition of Newcastle at home by Chelsea. A special mention for Sonny from Suffolk who predicted 2-0 for Burnley versus Brentford (good for 2 points) but changed the prediction in favor of Brentford, good for a bagel.

Standings after week 10:

ClevelandJames 88 (11)
skinnejay 82 (15)
Geaux_HR 82 (11)
Sonny from Suffolk 79 (9)
hansdampf 75 (10)
Ray from Norfolk 70 (5)
ben from portsmouth 58 (7)
inthekcmix 55 (4)

After Week 10, ClevelandJames leads skinnejay and Geaux_HR by 6 points, with the latter having hauled 11 exact IKTS predictions versus skinnejay's haul of 15 exact IKTS predictions. Sonny from Suffolk and hansdampf are not far 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: Friday November 5, Saturday November 6, and Sunday November 7:

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