IKTS Week 16: At Wolverhampton.

Arsenal dominated Chelsea and should have won by more than a single goal but Gabriel Maghalaes did well to convert a Bukayo Saka corner that eluded several Chelsea defenders. Chelsea were subdued and Aubameyang had no impact in this game. The defense was impeccable, Partey controlled the midfield with Xhaka, Odegaard was difficult to mark, and the front three tormented the four Chelsea defenders all game. The only regret is that we could have pulled the same result at Southampton a week earlier.

On Saturday, a topsy-turvy game saw Leeds take an early lead, only to relinquish it, but ending up winning 4-3 against Bournemouth. Manchester City scored early, but a red card to Joao Cancelo that yielded a penalty converted by Andreas Pereira saw the game almost end at 1-1, but a generously awarded penalty in added time allowed Haaland to score his eighteenth goal of the season. Nottingham Forest scored at the death for a 2-2 score line against Brentford. Wolverhampton, as they wait for Lopetegui to take over, lost 2-3 to Brighton. Everton lost 0-2 at home to Leicester with a gem of a missile by Tielemans and another nice goal by Barnes. Aston Villa beat Manchester United 3-1 in Unai Emery's first game in charge. Southampton lost 1-4 to Newcastle, ensuring the sacking of Hasenhuttl. West Ham scored first but lost 1-2 to Crystal Palace with Zaha taking advantage of a defensive mishap and Olise bending a banana shaped shot in the top corner of the goal for the winner. Last, but not least, the noisy neighbors fell to a brace by Salah in the first half, with Kane scoring a consolation goal while the score stayed at 1-2, despite a huge push to equalize.

Overall, the 14 active participants combined for 105 points, for an average of 7 and 1/2 points per active participant, but we only had 5 correct IKTS predictions. A total of 37 goals were scored over 10 games, for an average of 3.7 goals per game. There were only three wins for home teams versus six losses and there was only one draw.

Scores for the week:

Purple & Proud 13 (1)
AsemBuckets 12 (1)
Ray from Norfolk 12 (1)
ClevelandJames 8 (0)
ben from portsmouth 7 (1)
rswansont 7 (1)
billvacation 7 (0)
skinnejay 7 (0)
Mulz 6 (0)
Sonny from Suffolk 6 (0)
Geaux_HR 5 (0)
hansdampf 5 (0)
luismamontes 5 (0)
Seidman 5 (0)

Stars of the week: Purple & Proud is first on 13 points (and one correct IKTS prediction) with AsemBuckets and Ray from Norfolk in second on 12 points (and one correct IKTS prediction each) while ClevelandJames is in fourth place on 9 points (but no correct IKTS predictions) ho edges four participants on 7 points.

Clever pick of the week: Only AsemBuckets had the exact score for Everton versus Leicester while only ben from portsmouth had the correct score for West Ham versus Crystal Palace and rswansont is the only participant on target for Manchester City versus Fulham. There were also two correct predictions for Tottenham versus Liverpool courtesy of Purple & Proud and Ray from Norfolk.

Crisis pick of the week: A collective crisis as nobody predicted a win for Aston Villa at home to Manchester United.

Standings after week 15:

Ray from Norfolk 121 (12)
skinnejay 119 (19)
Geaux_HR 113 (18)
Sonny from Suffolk 113 (15)
luismamontes 109 (13)
Mulz 105 (15)
hansdampf 104 (14)
Purple & Proud 104 (14)
rswansont 104 (11)
ClevelandJames 103 (10)
ben from portsmouth 102 (10)
AsemBuckets 98 (7)
Seidman 90 (10)
billvacation 89 (10)
DustyGooner 9 (2)

After week 15, Ray from Norfolk leads skinnejay by two points while Geaux_HR and Sonny from Suffolk are eight points behind.

Upcoming schedule: Saturday November 12 and Sunday November 13:

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