Ledley's Talking Points: Bragging Rights, Stubborn Tacticians and Young Lions
7 Talking Points
Jurgen Klopp earned the bragging rights over his best friend David Wagner, as Liverpool netted three goals and took all three points against Huddersfield. The Terriers stifled Liverpool’s creative efforts in a frustrating first half for Klopp, but they were a different prospect in the second half and goals from Sturridge, Coutinho and Wijnaldum made it a comfortable victory.
Mourinho showed us that he is right to stick to his principles after another clean sheet and another late goal. Jose has ignored all criticism and stuck with his approach of wearing down the opponent and exploiting their mistakes. It might be a risky strategy, with 43% of United’s goals in the Premier League this season coming in the final 10 minutes, but they are yet to concede at home.
Everton might have a new manager, but little has changed on the pitch as another defeat makes it their worst defensive start to a Premier League season in 23 years. It’s now nine defeats in 13 games for the Toffees as they find themselves stuck in 18th place and showing little sign of how they will turn their season around.
England have added the U17 World Cup to their impressive hoard of international youth trophies in 2017, after Under-20 World Cup and Under-19 European Championship triumphs. The young Lions came from two goals behind to beat Spain 5-2, including goals from Man City’s Phil Foden and tournament top scorer Rhian Brewster.
Sheffield United are the surprise leaders of the Championship after their 2-1 win at Elland Road on Friday night. United snatched an 81st-minute winner over their Yorkshire rivals to go top, but the expectation was they would be knocked off their perch by Wolves or Cardiff come Saturday afternoon. But neither could grab three points, leaving the Blades in pole position.
Keiran Dowell bagged a hat-trick to help Nottingham Forest to a 3-2 victory at Hull. The England Under-20 international opened from range before a well-timed half-volley and a penalty earned victory for Forest. Hull have now won just four of their opening 14 league games this season.
Forest Green Rovers won their third game on the bounce to move out of the relegation zone in League Two. Marsh-Brown opened the score after 31 minutes before Laird’s free-kick found the back of the net just after the hour mark. Shrimps' replacement keeper Daniel Nizic's first duty was picking that ball out of the net, after coming on for Roche, who had collided with his post.
11 players found a full house this week but it was Shippo who topped the pile with a superior goal difference of +11. Fishandchips came in a close second with goal difference of +10.
Team Dream/USA took the prize in the team competition this week with 93 points. They edged out Will Palace Ever Score on 92 points, just one extra correct selection separating the two. Compers and Claret United Naughty Tinkers followed with 91 points apiece.
The legends scored 84 points this week, finishing 16th in the weekly league table. They are now 3rd overall in the season-long team table, behind Game of Throw-Ins and league leaders The Pars Club.
The Challengers finished in 46th place with 76 points.
Top 6 selected wins
Chelsea 1-0 (won)
Arsenal 2-1 (won)
Liverpool 3-0 (won)
Man City 3-2 (won)
Aberdeen 2-1 (won)
Top 6 Selected Draws
Birmingham 0-0 Aston Villa
Brighton 1-1 Southampton
Palace 2-2 West Ham
Leicester 2-0 Everton
Norwich 1-2 Derby County
Reading 0-2 Boro
You can now make your selections for matchweek 14. Good luck!