Arsenal took care of business. First a farcical situation, as a clear penalty necessitated an eternity to be awarded, but it was eventually expertly dispatched by Martinelli. The next goal came on a corner, with Martinelli slightly altering Saka's delivery, and Nketiah scoring. As half time was looming, poor defending allowed Everton to score. The second half was more exciting, with Cedric scoring (on a corner routine) from a Saka pass, followed by Gabriel, then finally Odegaard for a final score of 5-1. No illusions about the CL, as the noisy neighbors also scored five at Norwich, without conceding. Missing on fourth place goes back to the losses at Everton, at home to Brighton, at Southampton, and other wasted opportunities. Those three games were winnable, but we lost all three of them, mostly due to the fact that we did not have proper finishers. It will be the Europa League next season, a competition we can win. Manchester City came from two goals down to beat Aston Villa 3-2, to the consternation of Liverpool fans, in a game that inexplicably saw Martinez ask Gerrard for a day off. Liverpool, slow to get off the mark, still won 3-1 quite easily. Brentford inexplicably lost at home 1-2 against Leeds, after collecting two red cards, to relegate Burnley (with a far better goal difference as compared to Leeds) who lost at home to Newcastle by the same score. West Ham scored first at Brighton, but Brighton scored thrice, to deny the Europa Conference League bound Hammers a deserved spot at the Europa League. Crystal Palace went one-nil over Manchester United, who will be in the Europa League, despite a goal difference far inferior to West Ham. Chelsea won 2-1 at home against already relegated Watford. Finally, Leicester won easily 4-1 at home, against Southampton. The seven active participants combined for 55 points (for an average of 7 and 6/7 points per participant) and there was a very modest grand total of 4 correct IKTS predictions.
In the Cup standings, Geaux_HR is ahead of skinnejay by a single point and Sonny from Suffolk by six points.