IKTS Week 36: At home to Brighton/

Arsenal prevailed against the Newcastle rugby team, scoring through Odegaard on a simple feed by Jorginho then adding a second goal involving a Swiss player. No, it was not Xhaka, but rather Schar scoring an own goal on a beautiful action involving Martinelli. A clean sheet beckoned as Ramsdale was able to deal masterfully with all the attempts by the delusional opponents who pulled a Tartuffe by accusing the Gunners of time wasting.

Bournemouth lost 1-3 at home to Chelsea as the West London outfit avenged their home loss to the South coast opponents. Manchester City scored two via Gundogan and then were awarded a spot kick that Haaland was supposed to dispatch. The Nordic giant decided to give Gundogan a shot at a hat trick but the whole thing fell apart as the penalty was missed to the dismay of Pep Guardiola. A goal for Leeds made for a 2-1 score and a not so comfortable end to the game for the reining champions. The other three fixtures on Sunday all finished one-nil for the home teams: the noisy neighbors at home to Crystal Palace, Wolverhampton at home to Aston Villa, and Liverpool at home to Brentford. On Sunday, West Ham went one-nil over Manchester United. After 13 goals in seven games for the weekend fixtures, Monday saw 23 goals in three games: Fulham winning 5-3 against Leicester, Brighton losing surprisingly at home against Everton, and Nottingham Forest edging (4-3) Southampton and essentially relegating the Saints.

Overall, the nine active participants combined for 60 points (for an average of 6 and 6/9 points or 6 and 2/3 points per active participant) and there were only 3 correct IKTS predictions. The ten games for the Week ended up with seven wins for home teams versus three wins by visiting teams and there were no draws. Overall, 34 goals were scored for an average of 3 and 4/10 goals per game.

Scores for the week:

ben from portsmouth 8 (1)
Geaux_HR 8 (1)
billvacation 8 (0)
Ray from Norfolk 8 (0)
ClevelandJames 7 (0)
Seidman 7 (0)
skinnejay 5 (1)
hansdampf 5 (0)
Purple & Proud 4 (0)

Stars of the week: ben from portsmouth and Geaux_HR are first on 8 points (and one correct IKTS prediction each) with billvacation and Ray from Norfolk in third also on 8 points (but no correct IKTS predictions) while ClevelandJames and Seidman are right behind with 7 points each.

Clever pick of the week: Only ben from portsmouth had the exact score for Manchester City versus Leeds. There were also two correct predictions for Tottenham versus Crystal Palace.

Crisis pick of the week: billvacation and skinnejay were the only participants to believe that Arsenal would not win at Newcastle. There was also a collective crisis due to the outcome of the fixture opposing West Ham to Manchester United.

Standings after week 35:

Ray from Norfolk 288 (34)
skinnejay 276 (39)
ClevelandJames 273 (27)
Purple & Proud 270 (33)
Geaux_HR 262 (34)
hansdampf 259 (34)
Seidman 254 (30)
billvacation 247 (27)
ben from portsmouth 241 (25)
Sonny from Suffolk 236 (25)
luismamontes 220 (28)
rswansont 209 (22)
AsemBuckets 154 (13)
Mulz 113 (16)
DustyGooner 9 (2)

After week 35, Ray from Norfolk leads skinnejay by twelve points while ClevelandJames is fifteen points off the pace.

Upcoming schedule: Saturday May 13, Sunday May 14, Monday May 15, and Thursday May 18:

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