IKTS Week 37: At Nottingham Forest.

Arsenal lost Martinelli and the game, failing to score, and surrendering three sloppy goals. Leeds versus Newcastle and Chelsea versus Nottingham Forest both ended up 2-2 surprisingly. Aston Villa won 2-1 at home to the noisy neighbors. Crystal Palace versus Bournemouth and Manchester United versus Wolverhampton both ended 2-0 as expected, as did Brentford versus West Ham. A home loss for Southampton 0-2 to visiting Fulham meant relegation for the Saints. Everton got punished 0-3 at home by Manchester City, and an similar outcome and identical score befitted Leicester at home to Liverpool. Finally, the Thursday game saw Newcastle beat a sloppy Brighton team 4-1 to put an end to any hope of top four for the Seagulls.

Overall, the nine active participants combined for 98 points (for an average of 10 and 8/9 points per active participant) and there were 18 correct IKTS predictions. The eleven games for the Week ended up with five wins for home teams versus four wins by visiting teams and there were two draws. Overall, 33 goals were scored for an average of 3 goals per game.

Scores for the week:

billvacation 16 (3)
ClevelandJames 14 (3)
Geaux_HR 12 (3)
Purple & Proud 12 (2)
Ray from Norfolk 10 (1)
Seidman 9 (2)
skinnejay 9 (2)
hansdampf 9 (1)
ben from portsmouth 7 (1)

Stars of the week: billvacation is first on 16 points (and three correct IKTS predictions) with ClevelandJames in second on 14 points (and three correct IKTS predictions) while Geaux_HR is in third on 12 points (and three correct IKTS predictions) but Purple & Proud is also on 12 points, albeit with only two correct IKTS predictions.

Clever pick of the week: Only Geaux_HR had the exact scores for Manchester United versus Wolverhampton and Chelsea versus Nottingham Forest. Also, only ClevelandJames had the correct score for Aston Villa versus Tottenham while only Purple & Proud got a bulls eye for Leicester versus Liverpool. There were also two correct predictions for each of Crystal Palace versus Bournemouth, Southampton versus Fulham, and Brentford versus West Ham. Finally, there were eight exact scores (8 of 9 participants!) for Everton versus Manchester City.

Crisis pick of the week: A collective crisis as none of the participants predicted a loss for Arsenal at home to Brighton.

Standings after week 36:

Ray from Norfolk 298 (35)
ClevelandJames 287 (30)
skinnejay 285 (41)
Purple & Proud 282 (35)
Geaux_HR 274 (37)
hansdampf 268 (35)
Seidman 263 (32)
billvacation 263 (30)
ben from portsmouth 248 (26)
Sonny from Suffolk 236 (25)
luismamontes 220 (28)
rswansont 209 (22)
AsemBuckets 154 (13)
Mulz 113 (16)
DustyGooner 9 (2)

After week 36, Ray from Norfolk leads ClevelandJames by eleven points and skinnejay by thirteen points.

Upcoming schedule: Saturday May 20, Sunday May 21, Monday May 22, Wednesday May 24, and Thursday May 25:

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