IKTS Week 20: Arsenal idle due to outbreak amongst Wolves!

Arsenal gunned down a bunch of yellow birds, scoring five goals, and conceding none. Saka, Tierney, Lacazette, Martinelli, and Odegaard were in rich form, with the rest of the team playing good collective football, and not needing to use any high gears to annihilate the Canaries. Of course, we also had the obligatory late goal from super sub Emile Smith Rowe. There were 30 goals in the seven games for the game day, as there were three postponed fixtures due to the pandemic. Making vaccination obligatory is the only sensible way to deal with this issue. Nine (9) of the aforementioned 30 goals were scored in a single fixture, as Manchester City scored 4 unanswered goals against Leicester, who in turn scored 3 unanswered goals in the second half, only to concede 2 goals after their "remontada" failed, but one of the penalties given (the first one) may not have been given if it were an Arsenal player being fouled. Tottenham dominated Crystal Palace as Zaha foolishly claimed two yellow cards. In a very interesting game, West Ham equalized twice against Southampton, but the Saints ended up winning by scoring a third goal. Aston Villa scored first through a James own goal, but visiting Chelsea scored three unanswered goals to win easily. Brighton beat Brentford 2-0 logically. Finally, the only game after Boxing Day saw Newcastle score early, but concede in the second half, as they dominated (and should have beaten) Manchester United. Overall, the eight participants hauled 44 points (for an average of 5 and 1/2 per participant) but there were only two correct IKTS predictions.

Scores for the week:

ben from portsmouth 8 (1)
ClevelandJames 8 (1)
Geaux_HR 6 (0)
hansdampf 5 (0)
Ray from Norfolk 5 (0)
skinnejay 5 (0)
Sonny from Suffolk 4 (0)
inthekcmix 3 (0)

Stars of the week: ben from portsmouth and ClevelandJames are first on 8 points (and one correct IKTS prediction each) with Geaux_HR in third on 6 points (but no correct IKTS predictions) but hansdampf, Ray from Norfolk, and skinnejay are right behind.

Clever pick of the week: Only ben from portsmouth predicted the exact score for Newcastle versus Manchester United. Also, only ClevelandJames predicted the correct score for Aston Villa versus Chelsea.

Crisis pick of the week: Another collective crisis as none of the participants predicted a win for Southampton at West Ham. In addition, all the participants expected Manchester United to win at Newcastle, except for ben from portsmouth.

Standings after week 19:

ClevelandJames 155 (19)
skinnejay 148 (23)
Sonny from Suffolk 145 (18)
Ray from Norfolk 139 (11)
Geaux_HR 133 (14)
hansdampf 127 (11)
ben from portsmouth 123 (14)
inthekcmix 106 (6)

After Week 19, ClevelandJames leads skinnejay by seven points and Sonny from Suffolk by ten points.

Cup game: No game.

Cup standings:

Geaux_HR 7 (1)
ClevelandJames 6 (0)
ben from portsmouth 5 (1)
hansdampf 5 (0)
Sonny from Suffolk 4 (0)
Ray from Norfolk 3 (0)
skinnejay 3 (0)
inthekcmix 2 (0)

In the Cup standings, Geaux_HR leads ClevelandJames by a single point.

Upcoming schedule:

Week 20: Tuesday December 27, Wednesday December 28, and Thursday December 29:

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

With Arsenal's game postponed, all I can say is:

Come On You Saints!