IKTS Week 3: At home to Fulham.

Arsenal beat Crystal Palace by a single goal while keeping a clean sheet. The goal was the result of a quick free kick by Martinelli that Nketiah latched on before being upended by the Crystal Palace goalkeeper, for a spot kick that was dispatched masterfully by Odegaard. Tomiyasu received two yellow cards in quick succession, both deemed soft, even by the not so neutral (in fact previously proven anti Arsenal) pundits. There were two egregious fouls by the opponents that did not result in a yellow card, including a bad foul by Ayew that would have been a second yellow. Arteta made some changes at the end, bringing in big Gabriel, Jorginho, Kiwior, and Zinchenko, to close the game.

Scores for the week:

billvacation 11 (2)
hansdampf 9 (1)
Ray from Norfolk 9 (1)
Geaux_HR 8 (0)
skinnejay 8 (0)
Purple & Proud 7 (1)
ben from portsmouth 7 (0)
Sonny from Suffolk 7 (0)
ClevelandJames 6 (0)
Seidman 5 (0)

Stars of the week: billvacation is first on 11 points (and two correct IKTS predictions) with hansdampf and Ray from Norfolk in second on 9 points (and one correct IKTS prediction each) while Geaux_HR and skinnejay are in fourth on 8 points.

Clever pick of the week: Only billvacation and hansdampf had the exact score for Liverpool versus Bournemouth. And only billvacation, Ray from Norfolk, and Purple & Proud had the correct score for Nottingham Forest versus Sheffield United.

Crisis pick of the week: A collective crisis as only two participants scored points on the Tottenham versus Manchester United and West Ham versus Chelsea fixtures. The other participants collected bagels.

Standings after Week 2:

skinnejay 22 (2)
Geaux_HR 21 (1)
ben from portsmouth 20 (3)
hansdampf 20 (1)
billvacation 19 (3)
Ray from Norfolk 19 (2)
Sonny from Suffolk 17 (1)
Purple & Proud 14 (1)
Seidman 14 (0)
ClevelandJames 11 (0)

After Week 2, skinnejay leads Geaux_HR by a single point.

Upcoming schedule: Friday August 25, Saturday August 26, and Sunday August 27:

Chelsea - Luton

Bournemouth - Tottenham

Arsenal - Fulham

Brentford - Crystal Palace

Everton - Wolverhampton

Manchester United - Nottingham Forest

Brighton - West Ham

Burnley - Aston Villa

Sheffield United - Manchester City

Newcastle - Liverpool