IKTS Week 38: Season finale at home to Everton.

Arsenal looked bereft of ideas at Newcastle, with the hosts scoring twice and conceding none, after Tomiyasu pulled out with yet another muscular injury for the Gunners this season. The noisy neighbors went one-nil over Burnley. Aston Villa versus Crystal Palace, Leeds versus Brighton, Wolverhampton versus Norwich, Aston Villa versus Burnley, and Chelsea versus Leicester all ended with identical 1-1 scores. Earlier, Watford capitulated 1-5 to visiting Leicester. West Ham tied Manchester City 2-2, and could have won. Everton lost 2-3 at home to Brentford. Liverpool came from a goal down, scoring twice and winning at Southampton. Finally, Everton did even better by winning 3-2 against Crystal Palace after trailing 0-2 in the first half, securing safety from a relegation battle that will involve Burnley and Leeds at a distance with Burnley more secure thanks to a far superior goal difference. The seven active participants combined for 40 points (for an average of 5 and 5/7 per participant) and we had a grand total of 5 correct IKTS predictions.

Scores for the week:

ben from portsmouth 10 (2)
Geaux_HR 6 (1)
hansdampf 6 (1)
skinnejay 6 (1)
ClevelandJames 5 (0)
Ray from Norfolk 4 (0)
Sonny from Suffolk 3 (0)

Stars of the week: ben from portsmouth is first on 10 points (and two correct IKTS predictions) with Geaux_HR, hansdampf, and skinnejay in second on 6 points (and one correct IKTS prediction each) but ClevelandJames is right behind that trio.

Clever pick of the week: Only Geaux_HR predicted the exact score for Leeds versus Brighton. There were also two correct predictions for Aston Villa versus Crystal Palace and another two for Wolverhampton versus Norwich.

Crisis pick of the week: A collective crisis due to the outcomes of several games, with the overall points tally reflecting this fact.

Standings after week 37:

ClevelandJames 309 (33)
Sonny from Suffolk 290 (33)
skinnejay 286 (43)
Ray from Norfolk 276 (24)
hansdampf 273 (25)
Geaux_HR 269 (31)
ben from portsmouth 265 (28)
inthekcmix 152 (12)

After week 37, ClevelandJames leads Sonny from Suffolk by 19 points and skinnejay by 23 points.

Cup games: Liverpool beat Chelsea in the FA Cup final while Frankfurt beat Rangers in the Europa League final, but both games come down as draws IKTS wise, as they were tied after extra time and were settled through spot kicks. There were no points attributed as none of the participants predicted these outcomes.

Scores for the week: None. Zero. Zilch. Nada.

Cup standings:

Geaux_HR 47 (6)
skinnejay 46 (5)
Sonny from Suffolk 41 (2)
ben from portsmouth 40 (6)
hansdampf 40 (4)
Ray from Norfolk 33 (2)
ClevelandJames 29 (2)
inthekcmix 4 (0)

In the Cup standings, Geaux_HR is ahead of skinnejay by a single point and Sonny from Suffolk by six points.

Upcoming schedule:

Week 38: Sunday May 22:

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