IKTS Week 23: At home to Burnley.

Arsenal's visit to the noisy neighbors (along with Burnley versus Watford and Burnley versus Leicester) suffered legitimate pandemic (+) related postponement. Brighton versus Crystal Palace ended up with a 1-1 score line. Manchester City defeated Chelsea 1-0 with Chelsea unable to score despite a couple of decent chances. Newcastle went up by a single goal but Watford equalized late on. Norwich defeated Everton 2-1 leading to the prompt sacking of Rafa Benitez. In the battle of the Hamptons, Wolverhampton dominated Southampton 3-1 without really being challenged. Aston Villa scored two goals late in the game by Jacob Ramsey and Philippe Coutinho to draw 2-2 a Manchester United team without Cristiano Ronaldo, but with Bruno Fernandes scoring a brace. Liverpool took care of Brentford 3-0 without going out of second gear. West Ham lost 2-3 at home to a Leeds team that featured Jack Harrison with a hat trick. Brighton had their second consecutive 1-1 home result against another London team, Chelsea in this occurrence. Leicester were up 2-1 but the noisy neighbors scored twice deep in injury time, with some players (they will not be named) on the Leicester side guilty of atrociously bad situational football. Finally, Brentford decided to start flirting with the relegation zone by losing at home 1-3 to Manchester United. Overall, eleven games were played, three postponed, and the eight participants combined for 68 points (or 8.5 points per participant) with a grand total of nine correct IKTS predictions.

Scores for the week:

inthekcmix 14 (3)
Ray from Norfolk 11 (1)
Sonny from Suffolk 10 (2)
hansdampf 9 (2)
ClevelandJames 9 (1)
Geaux_HR 7 (0)
ben from portsmouth 4 (0)
skinnejay 4 (0)

Stars of the week: inthekcmix is first on an amazing haul of 14 points (and a grand total of three correct IKTS predictions) with Ray from Norfolk in second on 11 points (and one correct IKTS prediction) and Sonny from Suffolk in third on 10 points (and two correct IKTS predictions) but hansdampf and ClevelandJames are right behind.

Clever pick of the week: Only inthekcmix and Sonny from Suffolk predicted the exact score for Brentford versus Manchester United and only Ray from Norfolk and ClevelandJames predicted the correct score for Liverpool versus Brentford while only inthekcmix and hansdampf predicted the exact score for Aston Villa versus Manchester United. There were also three correct predictions for Newcastle versus Watford.

Crisis pick of the week: Another collective crisis as none of the participants would dare predict a win for Norwich at home against Everton.

Standings after week 22:

ClevelandJames 178 (20)
skinnejay 167 (26)
Sonny from Suffolk 166 (20)
Ray from Norfolk 160 (12)
Geaux_HR 155 (16)
hansdampf 150 (14)
ben from portsmouth 138 (14)
inthekcmix 131 (9)

After Week 21, ClevelandJames leads skinnejay by eleven points and Sonny from Suffolk by twelve points.

Cup game: Arsenal lost 0-2 at home to Liverpool and Partey (as a substitute) got two yellow cards in record time that will prevent him from playing against Burnley. Sonny from Suffolk and hansdampf get two points each (for guessing the correct outcome and correct goal difference, but not the exact score) while ben from portsmouth and skinnejay get a point each (for guessing the correct outcome, but neither the correct score nor the correct goal difference) but the other four participants will only get a rancid bagel each.

Cup standings:

ben from portsmouth 8 (1)
Geaux_HR 7 (1)
hansdampf 7 (0)
ClevelandJames 6 (0)
Sonny from Suffolk 6 (0)
inthekcmix 4 (0)
skinnejay 4 (0)
Ray from Norfolk 3 (0)

In the Cup standings, ben from portsmouth leads Geaux_HR and handsampf by a single point. There will be a poll about the Cup competition.

Upcoming schedule:

Week 23: Friday January 21, Saturday January 22:

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


Poll: Please vote "YEA" or "NAY" to add the EFL final as well as the FA Cup games and European Cup games from the quarters to the final. The reason is that this year's Cup offerings were minimal, and this will help provide some sense of competition.