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IKTS Week 2: At home to Chelsea, then at West Bromwich Albion for the League Cup.


Defensive howlers and a lack of cutting edge in attack cost Arsenal the opener against newly promoted Brentford. Arteta was outcoached by Danish coach Thomas Frank, who did not serve pastries, if you consider Danish a pastry, which would be a huge promotion for a rather insipid load of carbs. Saka's introduction could have turned the game around, but the absence of experienced strikers was felt, while the referee was fine but not consistent. Manchester United destroyed Leeds 5-1, with the same ease they destroyed them 6-2 last season, with Fernandes scoring three and Pogba assisting four. Burnley scored once but was outdone 1-2 by Brighton in the battle of the ginger Mourinho versus the fictional child magician's real distant cousin. Chelsea had no problem taking care of Crystal Palace by the score of 3-0. Everton conceded once then scored three goals (including a wonder strike by Doucoure assisted by Iwobi) for a final score of 3-1. Leicester beat Wolverhampton 1-0 thanks to a goal by the inevitable Vardy. Watford edged a Grealish-less Aston Villa 3-2. Norwich succumbed at home 0-3 to Liverpool with Salah assisting the first two and scoring the third. Newcastle lost 2-4 at home to West Ham, but will fare better once Willock resumes play for them. Finally, Kane-less Tottenham held a Grealish-enhanced Manchester City for a long time before Son scored the only goal of the game. Quite a few goals (34) and no draws for the game day with 7 home wins and 3 home defeats. Overall, the seven participants (welcome skinnejay but Geaux_HR has not resumed this season) scored a grand total of 49 points (for an average of 7 points per participant) and there were only 4 exact IKTS scores.


Scores for the week:

ClevelandJames 11 (1)
Sonny from Suffolk 9 (1)
ben from portsmouth 7 (1)
hansdampf 6 (1)
Ray from Norfolk 6 (0)
skinnejay 6 (0)
inthekcmix 4 (0)

Stars of the week: ClevelandJames is first on 11 points (and one correct IKTS prediction) followed by Sonny from Suffolk on 9 points (and one correct IKTS prediction) and ben from portsmouth on 7 points (and one correct IKTS prediction) but it is early in the season and anything can happen.

Clever pick of the week: Only ClevelandJames predicted the exact score of 3-0 for Chelsea at home to Crystal Palace. The other correct IKTS predictions were courtesy of the Norwich 0-3 loss at home to Liverpool, with Sonny from Suffolk, ben from portsmouth, and handsampf all getting the exact score.

Crisis pick of the week: Only hansdampf and skinnejay failed to predict a home win for Everton against Southampton, while the other participants knew better about Rafa Benitez, thus scoring points.

Standings after week 1:

ClevelandJames 11 (1)
Sonny from Suffolk 9 (1)
ben from portsmouth 7 (1)
hansdampf 6 (1)
Ray from Norfolk 6 (0)
skinnejay 6 (0)
inthekcmix 4 (0)

Upcoming schedule:

Week 2: Saturday August 21, Sunday August 22, and Monday August 23:

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

League Cup: Wednesday August 25:

West Bromwich Albion - Arsenal

COYG!