IKTS Week 34: At home to Chelsea/

After squandering four points in the fixtures at West Ham and at home to Southampton, Arsenal lost to a Manchester City team in top form. The midfield was nowhere to be seen and Ramsdale conceded avoidable goals to KDB but repelled many goal worthy attempts. The goal by Stones before halftime was offside, but must not be viewed as an alibi for the capitulation at the reigning champions. A consolation goal by Holding was followed by a Haaland strike for a 4-1 final score.

Wolverhampton won 2-0 at home against Crystal Palace. Aston Villa went one nil at home to Fulham. Leeds and Leicester shared the spoils at 1-1 but both teams are still at risk of being relegated. The surprise of the week came at Nottingham Forest who won 3-1 at home against Brighton. Chelsea continues a nightmare season with a 0-2 loss at home to Brentford. West Ham lost 1-2 at home to Liverpool who continue to progress upwards in the table. Everton was humiliated at home 1-4 by Newcastle. Southampton lost by a single goal and could not score against Bournemouth, making their relegation quasi certain. Finally, the noisy neighbors snatched a point at home after going down 0-2 to Manchester United but goals by Porro and Son gave them a 2-2 draw.

Overall, the eleven active participants combined for 62 points (for an average of 5 and 7/11 points per active participant) and there were 6 correct IKTS predictions. The ten games for the Week ended up with four wins for home teams versus four wins by visiting teams along with two draws. Overall, 29 goals were scored for an average of 2.9 goals per game.

Scores for the week:

hansdampf 9 (2)
billvacation 9 (1)
Geaux_HR 7 (1)
Ray from Norfolk 7 (1)
skinnejay 7 (0)
Seidman 6 (1)
Sonny from Suffolk 5 (0)
ClevelandJames 4 (0)
Purple & Proud 3 (0)
rswansont 3 (0)
ben from portsmouth 2 (0)

Stars of the week: hansdampf is in first on 9 points (and two correct IKTS predictions) with billvacation in second also on 9 points (but only one correct IKTS prediction) while Geaux_HR and Ray from Norfolk are in third on 7 points (and one correct IKTS prediction each) but skinnejay is also on 7 points, albeit without any correct IKTS predictions.

Clever pick of the week: hansdampf had the exact score for Chelsea versus Brentford while billvacation had the correct score for Tottenham versus Manchester United and Ray from Norfolk got a bulls eye for Leeds versus Leicester. There were also three correct predictions for West Ham versus Liverpool.

Crisis pick of the week: A collective crisis as all the participants expected Brighton to win at Nottingham Forest.

Standings after week 33:

Ray from Norfolk 265 (32)
Purple & Proud 253 (32)
skinnejay 252 (34)
ClevelandJames 247 (25)
hansdampf 242 (33)
Geaux_HR 240 (31)
Seidman 235 (30)
Sonny from Suffolk 232 (24)
billvacation 226 (26)
luismamontes 220 (28)
ben from portsmouth 220 (24)
rswansont 209 (22)
AsemBuckets 154 (13)
Mulz 113 (16)
DustyGooner 9 (2)

After week 33, Ray from Norfolk leads Purple & Proud by twelve points and skinnejay by thirteen points.

Upcoming schedule: Saturday April 29, Sunday April 30, Monday May 1, Tuesday May 2, Wednesday May 3, and Thursday May 4:

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