IKTS Week 27: At Fulham.

Arsenal should have been awarded countless penalties but VAR officials were only busy napping when a kickoff routine with several Bournemouth players infringing resulted in a goal that should have been chalked off. But the seven odd penalties that were not awarded would have (if they had taken place at Anfield for the visitors) resulted in a 7-7 score line, assuming they had hypothetically been converted, a very improbable eventuality. LOL. Arsenal conceded a second goal before the hour mark but scored through Thomas Partey and equalized through Ben White for his first goal ever for Arsenal. The rest is just madness, as Reiss Nelson scored a true screamer using his left foot to avoid an onrushing defender. This is the stuff legends are made of, and Reiss Nelson is MOTM as he also assisted White's goal while ESR (NOT erythrocyte sedimentation rate) assisted Partey's goal.

Earlier, Manchester City routinely beat Newcastle 2-0 in a boring game. Aston Villa versus Crystal Palace, Chelsea versus Leeds, and Southampton versus Leicester all finished 1-0, as well as Wolverhampton versus the noisy neighbors. Brighton punished West Ham 4-0 and Moyes is back at the top of the potential sack list. Sunday, Nottingham Forest produced a 2-2 draw against Everton in a watchable game. Then, a hilarious and historical 7-0 resounding beating administered by Liverpool to a bunch of dunces from Manchester United. LOL. Finally, Monday saw Brentford win 3-2 versus Fulham in the derby opposing the top two teams from West London.

Overall, the eleven active participants combined for 87 points (for an average of 7 and 10/11 points per active participant) and there were only 4 correct IKTS predictions. The ten games for the Week ended up with nine wins for home teams versus none by visiting teams and there was a single draw. Overall, 31 goals were scored for an average of 3.1 goals per game.

Scores for the week:

Purple & Proud 14 (1)
Ray from Norfolk 12 (1)
skinnejay 11 (1)
ClevelandJames 11 (0)
Seidman 7 (1)
billvacation 7 (0)
ben from portsmouth 6 (0)
Geaux_HR 5 (0)
hansdampf 5 (0)
rswansont 5 (0)
Sonny from Suffolk 4 (0)

Stars of the week: Purple & Proud is in first on 14 points (and one IKTS prediction) with Ray from Norfolk in second on 12 points (and one correct IKTS prediction) followed by skinnejay in third on 11 points (and one correct IKTS prediction) but ClevelandJames is also on 11 points, albeit without any correct IKTS predictions.

Clever pick of the week: Only Ray from Norfolk had the exact score for Manchester City versus Newcastle while only Seidman had the correct score for Chelsea versus Leeds. There were also two bulls eye predictions for Southampton versus Leicester, courtesy of Purple & Proud and skinnejay.

Crisis pick of the week: Only billvacation predicted a 2-2 score for Arsenal versus Bournemouth. The other participants haul a point each for Arsenal's resounding victory while billvacation gets a rancid onion ring courtesy of Reiss Nelson.

Standings after week 26:

Ray from Norfolk 209 (23)
Purple & Proud 198 (25)
skinnejay 193 (28)
Geaux_HR 193 (27)
ClevelandJames 189 (17)
hansdampf 185 (24)
luismamontes 184 (24)
Sonny from Suffolk 180 (20)
ben from portsmouth 180 (18)
Seidman 179 (22)
rswansont 177 (19)
billvacation 164 (18)
AsemBuckets 154 (13)
Mulz 113 (16)
DustyGooner 9 (2)

After week 26, Ray from Norfolk leads Purple & Proud by eleven points.

Upcoming schedule: Saturday March 11, Sunday March 12, and Wednesday March 15:

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