IKTS Week 5: At Everton.

Arsenal left it late to punish Manchester United. The visitors were dominated for the best of 25 minutes but scored on a counter with a great strike by Rashford and took the advantage for 33 seconds, the time that was needed for Odegaard to score himself with a very good shot. A spot kick was awarded to Arsenal but taken back for very mysterious reasons. Saka missed a wonderful opportunity to score. The visitors had started to monopolize the ball in their own half, and waited patiently until a long pass found Garnacho who scored but VAR showed that he was offside by the length of his hair flocks while big Gabriel shifted enough to allow Garnacho's hair line to be offside. Deep in extra time, a Saka corner landed beyond the fast post near Rice who blasted the ball in the net via a small deflection by Evans. Deeper in extra time, Vieira sent Jesus through who sat Dalot on his arse then scored around Onana. The best team won without even playing their best football. This is the first win by more than one goal for the Gunners this season.

Scores for the week:

Ray from Norfolk 16 (3)
Seidman 11 (1)
skinnejay11 (0)
Purple & Proud 10 (1)
hansdampf 10 (0)
ben from portsmouth 9 (2)
Geaux_HR 9 (2)
Sonny from Suffolk 9 (0)
billvacation 8 (1)
ClevelandJames 8 (1)

Stars of the week: Ray from Norfolk is first on 16 points (and three correct IKTS predictions) with Seidman in second on 11 points (and one correct IKTS prediction) while skinnejay is in third also on 11 points (but no correct IKTS predictions) though Purple & Proud and hansdampf are right behind.

Clever pick of the week: Only Ray from Norfolk had an exact prediction for Liverpool versus Aston Villa. And only Geaux_HR had a correct prediction for Brentford versus Bournemouth while only billvacation had a bulls eye for Sheffield United versus Everton. There were also two exact predictions for Arsenal versus Manchester United. Finally, there were four correct predictions for Luton versus West Ham.

Crisis pick of the week: A collective crisis as nobody predicted a loss for Chelsea at home to Nottingham Forest. Also, all the participants predicted Arsenal to win, except two who favored a tie.

Standings after Week 4:

Ray from Norfolk 45 (7)
ben from portsmouth 43 (7)
Geaux_HR 41 (5)
skinnejay 41 (4)
billvacation 35 (5)
Seidman 35 (3)
hansdampf 35 (1)
Sonny from Suffolk 35 (1)
Purple & Proud 34 (4)
ClevelandJames 30 (3)

After Week 4, Ray from Norfolk leads ben from portsmouth by two points.

Upcoming schedule: Saturday September 16, Sunday September 17, and Monday September 18:

Wolverhampton - Liverpool

Aston Villa - Crystal Palace

Fulham - Luton

Manchester United - Brighton

Tottenham - Sheffield United

West Ham - Manchester City

Newcastle - Brentford

Bournemouth - Chelsea

Everton - Arsenal

Nottingham Forest - Burnley