Ledley's Talking Points: Champions, Goal-Scoring Records and Negative Spirals
After the high-scoring rounds of the past two weeks, football does what it always does and goes back to being unpredictable. Only one person got seven correct this week, while just 15 got six.
7 Talking Points
Manchester City have wrapped the Premier League up with five games to spare after United’s stunning defeat to West Brom. It’s never easy to compare the football sides of different eras, but Pep’s City will surely go down as one of the greatest to grace English football. With 87 points and five games to play, all against teams in the bottom half, it’s possible City could become the first team to break the 100 point mark.
Huddersfield pinched all the points at the John Smith’s stadium with an injury-time winner and their first shot on target against Watford. Against all the odds the Terriers have edged closer to Premier League survival. If they’re lucky it could already be enough, but one more win should confirm their status in the top flight, permitting Southampton or Stoke don’t make a dramatic late surge.
Mo Salah has broken the 30-goal-mark with four games to spare in what has become a very special season at Liverpool. Salah needs just one more goal to equal the record for most goals scored in a 38 game season, and at his current rate of conversion, is not out of reach of Alan Shearer’s record of 34 goals scored in the original 42 fixture Premier League.
Giroud scored his 19th goal as a substitute in the PL to secure a dramatic comeback for Chelsea at St Mary’s. The Blues scored three goals in eight minutes to turn the tables, with Giroud netting two of those on either side of Hazard’s. Only Jermain Defoe has scored more goals as a sub (24) in the Premier League.
Newcastle beat Arsenal at St James' Park for the first time since 2005. It confirmed safety for the Magpies but was a worrying display for Wenger who described the result as "the story of our season." It means the Gunners have failed to earn a single point on the road in 2018. "Once you’re in a negative spiral like this it is very hard to get out of," he said.
Wolves secured promotion to the top flight after Fulham failed to beat Brentford on Saturday evening. It’s been six years since Wolves were last in the PL, and since then they have had six different managers, been relegated to League One and changed owners. The current squad is surely one of the best to be assembled in the second tier though, and have proved to be worthy of the top tier all season.
Sunderland could be relegated to League One next Saturday if Bolton or Birmingham get a better result than the Black Cats. Sunderland let three points slip through their fingers as Reading pulled the score back to 2-2 on Saturday, leaving the Wearside club rock bottom after Burton Albion’s win over Derby.
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The legends scored just 59 points this week in a tough round, with none of the team breaking the 14 point mark.
6 Most popular Bankers
Man U (Lost 0-1) 22%
Liverpool (Won 3-0) 20%
Fulham (1-1 ) 10%
Wigan (0-0) 6%
Dunfermline (Won 4-0) 5%
Raith (Won 2-0) 5%
6 Top Draw Selections
Palace 3-2 Brighton 8%
Swansea 1-1 Everton 8%
Huddersfield 1-0 Watford 5%
Newcastle 2-1 Arsenal 5%
Barnsley 2-2 Bolton 4%
Notts Forest 2-1 Ipswich 4%
You can now make your selections for matchweek 38.