IKTS Week 14: A visit to Everton.

Questionable decisions about the lineup and substitutions cost at least a point to Arsenal, in a game that was oddly officiated, and why did Maguire escape a penalty as far as his intervention on Tomiyasu is a mystery; actually, it is not, as Martin Atkinson was in charge. ESR scored at a point Arsenal were dominating, and the goal was perfectly valid. I also question why a red card card is not brandished for fouling the defenseless goalkeeper (de Gea) on a corner? Never mind, it was by a teammate, Fred, that went from zero to hero upon extracting a penalty from Odegaard who went from hero to zero having equalized earlier, and he is not the player to blame for Arsenal, but rather others who failed to rise to the occasion, in a game that saw us win one to nil last season. Regrets, as they were beatable. Newcastle versus Norwich and West Ham versus Brighton both ended 1-1, and there were two other ties (2-2) for Southampton versus Leicester and (0-0) Wolverhampton versus Burnley. Watford lost at home (1-2) to Chelsea, and Aston Villa did as well at home to Manchester City, by the same score. Liverpool strolled at Everton, scoring four (including several amazing strikes) while only conceding one. Finally, the noisy neighbors won at home 2-0 against a very toothless Brentford team. The eight participants combined for 74 points (or 9 and 1/4 per participant) and there was a grand total of seven correct IKTS predictions.

Scores for the week:

skinnejay 12 (2)
Sonny from Norfolk 12 (2)
ben from portsmouth 11 (2)
ClevelandJames 9 (0)
inthekcmix 9 (0)
Ray from Norfolk 9 (0)
Geaux_HR 6 (1)
hansdampf 6 (0)
Stars of the week: skinnejay and Sonny from Suffolk are tied in first on 12 points (and two correct IKTS predictions each) with ben from portsmouth in third on 11 points (and two correct IKTS predictions) but ClevelandJames, inthekcmix, and Ray from Norfolk are right behind.

Clever pick of the week: Only ben from portsmouth had the exact score for Manchester United versus Arsenal and only Geaux_HR had the correct score for Everton versus Liverpool while only Sonny from Suffolk hit the jackpot for Aston Villa versus Manchester City. There were also two correct predictions apiece for Newcastle versus Norwich and Tottenham versus Brentford.

Crisis pick of the week: A collective crisis as all the participants expected West Ham to beat Brighton.

Standings after week 14:

skinnejay 122 (21)
ClevelandJames 118 (13)
Sonny from Suffolk 113 (14)
Geaux_HR 108 (13)
Ray from Norfolk 103 (7)
hansdampf 97 (10)
ben from portsmouth 87 (9)
inthekcmix 85 (5)

After Week 14, skinnejay leads ClevelandJames by four 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 15: Saturday December 4, Sunday December 5, and Monday December 6:

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