IKTS Week 36: At home to Leeds then away for the NLD.

Arsenal won thanks to two goals from the center halves, Holding and Gabriel, conceding only once, but the whole team including Saka, Nketiah, and Martinelli played significant roles. Liverpool went one-nil at Newcastle in a tight game. Aston Villa officially relegated Norwich 2-0. Southampton lost 1-2 at home to Crystal Palace, and so did Watford upon facing a resurgent Burnley. Wolverhampton had a very bad day at home, 0-3 in favor of Brighton. Leeds held for a while but eventually lost 0-4 against Manchester City who forgot to save a goal for their game in Madrid, LOL. Everton went one-nil over Chelsea to try to avoid relegation. The noisy neighbors won 3-1 against a weakened Leicester. Finally, Manchester United produced a more coherent game, beating Brentford 3-0. The seven active participants combined for 70 points (for an average of 10 points per participant) and there was a grand total of 9 correct IKTS predictions.

Stars of the week: ClevelandJames is first on 16 points (and four correct IKTS predictions) with Sonny from Suffolk in second on 11 points (and one correct IKTS prediction) while ben from portsmouth and skinnejay are in third on 10 points (and one correct IKTS prediction each) but Ray from Norfolk is right behind.

Clever pick of the week: Only ClevelandJames predicted the exact score for West Ham versus Arsenal and Southampton versus Crystal Palace. Also, Sonny from Suffolk was the only participant to predict the correct score for Tottenham versus Leicester while Geaux_HR was the only participant to guess correctly for Leeds versus Manchester City. The were also two correct predictions for Aston Villa versus Norwich and another three for Watford versus Burnley.

Crisis pick of the week: A collective crisis due to the outcome of Everton versus Chelsea. Also, many thanks to Geaux_HR for the reverse karma effect when predicting for the Arsenal games.

Standings after week 35:

ClevelandJames 292 (32)
Sonny from Suffolk 278 (32)
skinnejay 262 (39)
Ray from Norfolk 260 (23)
Geaux_HR 256 (30)
hansdampf 253 (22)
ben from portsmouth 245 (25)
inthekcmix 152 (12)

After week 35, ClevelandJames leads Sonny from Suffolk by 14 points with skinnejay now in third place ahead of Ray from Norfolk by two points.

Cup games: The second legs of the semi finals of the three European competitions were contested this week. What a game in Madrid with the good guys beating the bad guys in phantasmagoric fashion. Magic! The seven active participants (six minus ClevelandJames who forgot to post predictions) combined for 37 points (for an average of 6 and 1/6 points per participant) and there was a grand total of 5 correct IKTS predictions.

Scores for the week:

Geaux_HR 8 (2)
ben from portsmouth 8 (1)
Ray from Norfolk 6 (1)
hansdampf 6 (0)
skinnejay 5 (1)
Sonny from Suffolk 4 (0)
ClevelandJames N/A

A good week for Geaux_HR and ben from portsmouth with Ray from Norfolk completing the podium.

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 has taken the lead and is ahead of skinnejay by a single point and Sonny from Suffolk by six points.

Upcoming schedule:

Week 36: Saturday May 5 through Thursday May 12:

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