IKTS Week 126: At home to Bournemouth.

Arsenal should have won by a much clearer margin at Leicester but a one nil final score thanks to a Trossard pass leading to a Martinelli goal was enough for three points. A day earlier, Fulham versus Wolverhampton ended 1-1, with the Cottagers missing out on progressing closer to the upper end of the table. Everton lost 0-2 to a visiting Aston Villa team recovering from their loss at home to Arsenal. Leeds went one nil over Southampton who appear headed for the Championship. West Ham had their best offensive display of the season, scoring four without conceding against Nottingham Forest. Bournemouth shipped four goals to Manchester City before scoring a single consolation goal at home. Crystal Palace versus Liverpool ended scoreless. The noisy neighbors controlled Chelsea, scoring twice without conceding. Liverpool exacted revenge by beating Wolverhampton 2-0 having lost the away fixture. Finally, Arsenal took care of Everton thanks to goals from Saka assisted by Zinchenko, Martinelli assisted by Saka, Odegaard assisted by Trossard, and Martinelli for the brace with an assist by Nketiah.

Overall, the twelve active participants combined for 109 points (for an average of 9 and 1/12 points per active participant) and there were 8 correct IKTS predictions. The ten games for the Week ended up with five home wins versus three wins by visiting teams and there were two draws. Overall, 23 goals were scored for an average of 2.3 goals per game.

Scores for the week:

Geaux_HR 11 (1)
hansdampf 11 (1)
Seidman 10 (2)
ben from portsmouth 10 (1)
Purple & Proud 10 (1)
ClevelandJames 10 (0)
Sonny from Suffolk 10 (0)
Ray from Norfolk 9 (0)
rswansont 9 (0)
billvacation 7 (1)
skinnejay 6 (1)
luismamontes 6 (0)

Stars of the week: Geaux_HR and hansdampf are in first on 11 points (and one IKTS prediction each) with Seidman in third on 10 points (and two correct IKTS predictions) followed in fourth by ben from portsmouth and Purple & Proud who are also on 10 points (but with only one correct IKTS prediction each as compared to Seidman) but ClevelandJames and Sonny from Suffolk are on 10 points as well, but without any correct IKTS predictions.

Clever pick of the week: Only Geaux_HR had the exact score for Leeds versus Southampton while only Purple & Proud had the correct score for Bournemouth versus Manchester City. Otherwise, there were three exact predictions for two games: Fulham versus Wolverhampton and Liverpool versus Wolverhampton.

Crisis pick of the week: billvacation gets a double bagel for his predictions involving the two Arsenal games.

Standings after week 25:

Ray from Norfolk 197 (22)
Geaux_HR 188 (27)
luismamontes 184 (24)
Purple & Proud 184 (24)
skinnejay 182 (27)
hansdampf 180 (24)
ClevelandJames 178 (17)
Sonny from Suffolk 176 (20)
ben from portsmouth 174 (18)
Seidman 172 (21)
rswansont 172 (19)
billvacation 157 (18)
AsemBuckets 154 (13)
Mulz 113 (16)
DustyGooner 9 (2)

After week 25, Ray from Norfolk leads Geaux_HR by nine points.

Upcoming schedule: Saturday March 4, Sunday March 5, and Monday March 6:

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