IKTS Week 38: At home to Wolverhampton.

Arsenal conceded a sloppy goal with sterile possession superiority translating in a one nil score for Nottingham Forest, with the hosts claiming safety from relegation with a game to spare. Jesus was yellow carded when a spot kick should have been awarded to the Gunners. The noisy neighbors lost 1-3 at home to Toney-less Brentford. Suspiciously, Toney was banned with two games to go, the second game being against Manchester City, who had suffered their only loss of the season at home to the Bees earlier in the season. Bournemouth lost 0-1 to Manchester United. Fulham versus Crystal Palace (2-2) as well as Liverpool versus Aston Villa (1-1, with bad decisions galore by the officials) and Wolverhampton versus Everton (1-1) all ended square. West Ham punished Leeds 3-1 and Brighton won by the same score against Southampton. Manchester City, already crowned as Champions, went one-nil at home against Chelsea. Newcastle versus Leicester ended scoreless. Brighton should have won, but a fantastic goal by Enciso gave them a 1-1 draw against Manchester City. Finally, Manchester United beat a disinterested bunch of Chelsea players 4-1 to deny Liverpool a chance to try to squeeze in the top four.

Overall, the nine active participants combined for 75 points (for an average of 8 and 3/9 points or 8 and 1/3 points per active participant) and there were only three correct IKTS predictions. The twelve games for the Week ended up with five wins for home teams versus two wins by visiting teams and there were five draws. Overall, 30 goals were scored for an average of 2 and 8/12 goals or 2 and 2/3 goals per game.

Scores for the week:

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

Stars of the week: Geaux_HR is first on 11 points (but no correct IKTS predictions) with hansdampf and Ray from Norfolk in second on 10 points (and one correct IKTS prediction each) to complete the podium but Purple & Proud and Seidman are right behind on 9 points.

Clever pick of the week: Only Ray from Norfolk had the exact score for Brighton versus Southampton. There were also two correct predictions for Fulham versus Crystal Palace, courtesy of hansdampf and Purple & Proud.

Crisis pick of the week: A collective crisis as none of the participants predicted a loss for Arsenal at Nottingham Forest.

Standings after week 37:

Ray from Norfolk 308 (36)
ClevelandJames 293 (30)
skinnejay 292 (41)
Purple & Proud 291 (36)
Geaux_HR 285 (37)
hansdampf 278 (36)
Seidman 272 (32)
billvacation 270 (30)
ben from portsmouth 254 (26)
Sonny from Suffolk 236 (25)
luismamontes 220 (28)
rswansont 209 (22)
AsemBuckets 154 (13)
Mulz 113 (16)
DustyGooner 9 (2)

After week 37, Ray from Norfolk leads ClevelandJames by fifteen points and skinnejay by sixteen points.

Upcoming schedule: Sunday May 28:

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