IKTS Wek 4: At home to Norwich.

Arsenal slumped to a dismal loss by five goals at Manchester City. The reigning champions had an early lead, with Gundogan outjumping much taller Arsenal defenders. Then, a non red card for an elbow to Chambers' face allowed a second goal to stand. The officials earned their petrodollars when Xhaka was red carded for an offense that would have resulted in a yellow card (or no card at all, along with praise from the pundits) if he were to play for Burnley. Granit is right to say that he is a red card magnet, and he could change his modus operandi, but I believe that the officials have an anti Arsenal bias. What bothers me more about Xhaka is that he declined to be vaccinated for COVID-19, which is really odd, but I do watch Swiss TV, and I understand the fact that it is definitely acceptable to decline the vaccine in Switzerland. This game marks the third game in a row with major refereeing decisions against Arsenal, but they are just hitting us while we are down, and the outcome of all three games thus season would have been the same, the only difference could have the goal difference, which should be 2-8 rather than 0-9. Aston Villa-Brentford ended up 1-1, as did Liverpool-Chelsea and Burnely-Leeds, a game that saw two Burnley players (and possibly one Leeds player) escape with only a yellow card when a red card appeared appropriate. Brighton played well, but defensive errors meant Everton scored two goals while conceding none. Newcastle could not beat Southampton, and a late goal settled the game, with a 2-2 score. West Ham versus Crystal Palace also ended up 2-2. Leicester were able to overcome Norwich after the game looked it was heading to a 1-1 conclusion. The noisy neighbors took care of Watford by the score of 1-0, the third such win for them so far this season, and they are top of the table. Finally, Wolverhampton lost by a single goal to Manchester United despite playing well, and probably deserving a scoreless tie. Overall, the eight participants scored a total of 63 points for an average of 7.875 per participant, and there were only 6 correct IKTS predictions.

Scores for the week:

skinnejay 13 (2)
Geaux_HR 13 (1)
hansdampf 8 (1)
inthekcmix 8 (1)
Sonny from Suffolk 7 (0)
Ray from Norfolk 6 (1)
ben from portsmouth 4 (0)
ClevelandJames 4 (0)

Stars of the week: skinnejay is first on 13 points (and two correct IKTS predictions) with Geaux_HR in second also on 13 points (but only one correct IKTS prediction) while hansdampf and inthekcmix are tied for third on 8 points (and one correct IKTS prediction each) while Sonny from Suffolk is right behind.

Clever pick of the week: Only skinnejay predicted the exact score for Tottenham-Watford and only hansdampf predicted the correct score score for Burnley-Leeds. There were also two correct predictions for Norwich-Leicester and another two for Aston Villa-Brentford.

Crisis pick of the week: Only Ray from Norfolk predicted a tie for the Wolverhampton versus Manchester United game; the other participants all knew better, and scored easy points.
IKTS standings after week 3:

skinnejay 28 (4)
ClevelandJames 25 (2)
Sonny from Suffolk 24 (1)
hansdampf 23 (3)
ben from portsmouth 22 (2)
Geaux_HR 20 (2)
Ray from Norfolk 20 (1)
inthekcmix 14 (1)

After Week 3, skinnejay leads ClevelandJmaes by 3 points and Sonny from Suffolk by 4 points.

Cup game: No game this week.

Cup standings:

ben from portsmouth 1 (0)
ClevelandJames 1 (0)
Geaux_HR 1 (0)
hansdampf 1 (0)
skinnejay 1 (0)
Sonny from Portsmouth 1 (0)
inthekcmix 0 (0)
Ray from Norfolk 0 (0)

Upcoming schedule:

Week 4: Saturday September 11, Sunday September 12, and Monday September 13:

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