IKTS Week 28: At home to Crystal Palace.

Arsenal took a 3-0 lead at the break and never looked back. The goals (by Gabriel, Martinelli, and Odegaard) were all assisted by Trossard, and it could have been worse for Fulham had Leno not made a couple of decent saves. On Saturday, the early game ended is a surprising 1-0 win for Bournemouth against a Liverpool team that had just trashed Manchester United 7-0, but it is a relative surprise, especially considering how Bournemouth had lead by two goals at the Emirates before Arsenal scored three. Everton stuck to a Dyche plan and went one nil over Brentford. Leeds versus Brighton ended up 2-2 in a watchable game. Leicester lost 1-3 to an improved Chelsea team. The noisy neighbors easily beat Nottingham Forest 3-1 at home. Crystal Palace stayed in the game against Manchester City until late but Olise fouled Gundogan in the surface and Haaland converted from the charity spot. On Sunday, Manchester suffered another Casemiro red card and the game against Southampton ended scoreless. West Ham conceded once but scored once against Aston Villa in a game featuring two previous Arsenal goalkeepers. Newcastle beat Wolverhampton 2-1 after taking the advantage then being pegged back but Almiron settled the tie thanks to a Willock assist. In the Wednesday games, Brighton went one nil over Crystal Palace. Finally, Southampton could not score against Brentford, losing 0-2, with Toney scoring the first and assisting the other.

Overall, the twelve active participants combined for 116 points (for an average of 9 and 8/12 points per active participant) and there were 13 correct IKTS predictions. The twelve games for the Week ended up with five wins for home teams versus four wins by visiting teams along with three draws. Overall, 26 goals were scored for an average of 2 and 2/12 goals per game.

Scores for the week:

billvacation 13 (2)
luismamontes 13 (1)
Ray from Norfolk 11 (2)
skinnejay 11 (1)
ben from portsmouth 10 (2)
ClevelandJames 10 (1)
rswansont 10 (1)
Seidman 10 (1)
Sonny from Suffolk 8 (1)
hansdampf 8 (0)
Purple & Proud 7 (1)
Geaux_HR 5 (0)

Stars of the week: billvacation is in first on 13 points (and two correct IKTS predictions) with luismamontes in second also on 13 points (but only one correct IKTS prediction) followed by Ray from Norfolk in third on 11 points (and two correct IKTS predictions) but skinnejay is also on 11 points, albeit with only one correct IKTS prediction.

Clever pick of the week: Only rswansont had the exact score for Fulham versus Arsenal and only ben from portsmouth had the correct score for Leicester versus Chelsea. Also, only luismamontes had the exact score for Everton versus Brentford while only Seidman had the correct score for Tottenham versus Nottingham Forest. There were also two bulls eye predictions for Southampton versus Brenford and three more for Newcastle versus Wolverhampton as well as another four for West Ham versus Aston Villa.

Crisis pick of the week: A collective crisis due to the outcome of the Manchester United versus Southampton game as all the active participants predicted a win for the home team with a combined score line of 29-4.

Standings after week 27:

Ray from Norfolk 220 (24)
Purple & Proud 205 (26)
skinnejay 204 (29)
ClevelandJames 199 (18)
Geaux_HR 198 (27)
luismamontes 197 (25)
hansdampf 193 (24)
ben from portsmouth 190 (20)
Seidman 189 (23)
Sonny from Suffolk 188 (21)
rswansont 187 (20)
billvacation 177 (20)
AsemBuckets 154 (13)
Mulz 113 (16)
DustyGooner 9 (2)

After week 27, Ray from Norfolk leads Purple & Proud by fifteen points and skinnejay by sixteen points.

Upcoming schedule: Friday March 17, Saturday March 18, and Sunday March 19:

Nottingham Forest - Newcastle
Aston Villa - Bournemouth
Brentford - Leicester
Southampton - Tottenham
Wolverhampton - Leeds
Chelsea - Everton
Arsenal - Crystal Palace