IKTS Week 10: At home to Liverpool.

Arsenal dominated their noisy neighbors from the start, scoring via a strike from outside the surface by Partey, who finally shows how good his missiles can be having saved his best one for this opportunity. The lead did not last too long as a Saliba pass to Xhaka in the surface was poorly controlled, leading to an interception by Richarlison who was fouled by Gabriel, and Kane converted the ensuing penalty easily. The second half saw a hungrier Arsenal, and a strike by Saka was poorly handled by Lloris with Romero also gifting the ball to Jesus who dug out the ball with his right foot and tapped in with his left foot. Emerson Royal then planted his studs in Martinelli's lower leg leading to an obvious red card. Luckily, our young forward escaped injury, but this is good for the noisy neighbors as they get to play younger players in that position. Finally, Partey drove up the field to give the ball to Martinelli who passed the ball to Xhaka. The Swiss captain took a touch to get rid of two central defenders (including a Maguire imitating Dier) and precisely shot the ball with his left foot in the bottom corner that Lloris could not reach. Game over and there were nine substitutions in about 20 minutes to rest various players on both sides.

Bournemouth versus Brentford went scoreless. Crystal Palace lost 1-2 at the death to Chelsea. Fulham got reduced to ten men and lost 1-4 to Newcastle. Liverpool went down 0-2 then went up 3-2 thanks to a Firmino brace and an own goal but Trossard completed his phenomenal hat trick for the final score of 3-3. Southampton lost 1-2 to Everton despite scoring first. West Ham won 2-0 against Wolverhampton, as the visitors failed to convert several chances, a result that resulted in the sacking of Bruno Lage. Sunday saw a ridiculous offensive display by Manchester City who beat Manchester United 6-3 with two hat tricks (by Haaland and Foden) in a game that was not even remotely close. Leeds versus Aston Villa ended up scoreless. Finally, on Monday, Leicester got their first win of the season by beating Nottingham Forest 4-0 with Maddison scoring two and assisting one.

Overall, the 14 active participants combined for 108 points, for an average of 7 and 5/7 points per active participant, and we had a grand total of 11 correct IKTS predictions.

Scores for the week:

hansdampf 11 (2)
Sonny from Suffolk 11 (2)
ben from portsmouth 10 (1)
ClevelandJames 10 (1)
rswansont 10 (1)
billvacation 9 (1)
Geaux_HR 9 (1)
luismamontes 8 (0)
Ray from Norfolk 8 (0)
Seidman 6 (0)
Mulz 5 (1)
skinnejay 4 (1)
AsemBuckets 4 (0)
Purple & Proud 3 (0)

Stars of the week: hansdampf and Sonny from Suffolk are in first on 11 points (and two correct IKTS predictions each) with ben from portsmouth, ClevelandJmes, and rswansont in third place on 10 points (and one correct IKTS prediction each) while billvacation and Geaux_HR are in sixth place with 9 points (and one correct IKTS prediction each) but leader skinnejay had an unusually bad day.

Clever pick of the week: Only hansdampf had the exact score for Arsenal versus Tottenham. There were two exact predictions for Southampton versus Everton and another three for West Ham versus Wolverhampton. Finally, there were five correct predictions for Crystal Palace versus Chelsea. A shout for Seidman for most figuratively accurate score prediction for Arsenal versus Tottenham.

Crisis pick of the week: Only billvacation did not predict a win for The Almighty Arsenal at home to the noisy neighbors, and will thus suffer a tummy ache until Emerson Royal serves his three game suspension, while all the other participants scored points, including hansdampf who guessed the exact 3-1 score line and pocketed 3 points.

Scores after week 9:

luismamontes 69 (10)
skinnejay 68 (12)
Sonny from Suffolk 68 (11)
Geaux_HR 65 (9)
Mulz 64 (10)
Ray from Norfolk 64 (6)
hansdampf 60 (5)
rswansont 58 (5)
AsemBuckets 57 (5)
ben from portsmouth 55 (4)
ClevelandJames 54 (4)
billvacation 52 (7)
Purple & Proud 52 (7)
Seidman 47 (6)
DustyGooner 9 (2)

After week 9, luismamontes leads skinnejay and Sonny from Suffolk by a single point and Geaux_HR by four points.

Upcoming schedule: Saturday October 8, Sunday October 9, and Monday October 10:

Bournemouth - Leicester
Chelsea - Wolverhampton
Manchester City - Southampton
Newcastle - Brentford
Brighton - Tottenham
Crystal Palace - Leeds
West Ham - Fulham
Arsenal - Liverpool
Everton - Manchester United
Nottingham Forest - Aston Villa