Ledley's Talking Points: Bouncing Back, Derby Wins and the Stadium of Plight
7 Talking Points
Man City have been fantastic to watch this season and their 5-0 thrashing of Crystal Palace came as a shock to no one. Aguero and Sterling have been amongst the goals but David Silva has perhaps been key, pulling the strings in midfield and claiming six assists so far this season. He has created 23 chances in his opening six Premier League games.
Alvaro Morata showed us that he knows how to score a goal with his feet too, this weekend, bagging a hat-trick against Stoke. It makes the race for the Golden Boot an exciting affair this season, with Aguero, Lukaku and Harry Kane also in predictably insatiable form. Who will have the most come the end of the season is anyone’s guess at this stage.
Everton bounced back from their tough string of fixtures with a 2-1 victory over Bournemouth. Koeman’s side had faced Man City, Chelsea, Spurs and Man Utd in their previous four PL ties, taking just one point from a possible 12. But with that hardest of spells out of the way, Everton can now gather some momentum and make their push for the top 6.
Sunderland are sat in the Championship relegation zone after taking just one point from seven games. The Black Cats’ latest defeat came at the hands of Cardiff City in front of a half-empty Stadium of Light. A mood of doom and gloom has swept in as Sunderland have now failed to win any of their last 15 games at their home ground.
Sheff United were the victors in the Sheffield derby, scoring four goals at Hillsborough for the first time ever. John Fleck opened the scoring with a wonderful free-kick routine, smashing the ball into the bottom corner after John Brooks rolled the ball backwards into his path. The game concluded with the visiting fans sang Happy Birthday to their manager Chris Wilder, who turned 50 on Saturday.
Bolton are still searching for that elusive first win of the season after suffering a 3-0 defeat to Brentford – the only remaining team in the EFL without a victory. The Trotters sit at the bottom of the Championship with just two points from their opening 9 games. They travel to Bristol City on Tuesday night in further search.
Shrewsbury are now the only unbeaten side in the EFL after being held to a 1-1 draw with Blackburn on Saturday. The Shrews were favourites for relegation from League One before the season began but now sit pretty at the top of the league after 9 games, with a 3 point cushion over Peterborough and Bradford.
77 players correctly predicted all 7 results this weekend, putting each of them one step closer to that £1,000,000 prize. A further 341 players just missed out with 6 correct predictions, but the winner with a goal difference of 18 was Hector. Leenol also had a GD of 18 and both were matched on goals scored, so agonizingly for him, the time stamp rule was used to decide the winner. Hector was the first to get his selections in, so took the £250 cash prize!
The Legends scored 66 points this week - a relatively low hoard in a high scoring week - just a point over half of this week's winners' total score. Jermaine Jenas and Robbie Keane both earned 17 points, while Ledley closed the gap on Paul Robinson's lead with 22 points.
Ledley's Challengers scored 97 points, leaving them in 44th spot.
Top 6 picked wins
Man City (won 5-0)
Chelsea (won 4-0)
Man U (won 1-0)
Wolves (won 2-1)
Everton (won 2-1)
Top 6 picked draws
Sheff W 2-4
Man City (5-0)
You can now make your selections for matchweek 9. Good luck!