Ledley's Talking Points: Crunch Games, The Battle For Survival and Exciting Finales
In a low scoring week, only two players got seven predictions correct and just 34 more managed to get 6. It's the final week of the 7OTB season next week, with the Croydon Renegades leading the season team table with 3274 points. Just seven points behind them and fighting for the title is Game of Throw-Ins on 3267 points. Steveh is a comfortable 26 points clear in the season individual table, and will surely clinch player of the season so long as he doesn't forget to do his selections this weekend.
Ledley King's Talking Points
Benteke scored his first home goal in over a year to put the cherry on top of Crystal Palace’s 5-0 thrashing of Leicester. The result will surely secure survival for Palace, who were the favourites to be relegated for a few months at the start of the season after losing their opening seven games and failing to score a single goal.
Southampton were winners in their tie with Bournemouth on Saturday, leaving them just one point behind Swansea and three points behind Huddersfield and West Ham with three games to play. Mark Hughes knows all too well about last-gasp survival, as he was part of the Saints side that won their final three games of the season to secure their PL status in 1999.
Darren Moore has taken eight points from his four games in charge of West Brom since taking over as caretaker manager from Pardew. With just two games to play and a five-point gap separating them from safety, survival is unlikely but not out of the question. They will need to win their final two games, hope for a Swansea and Southampton draw with both losing their other remaining games, and Stoke to pick up no more than three more points.
Swansea are now six games without a win, and despite being in a better position than they were when Carlos Carvalhal took over, they need to change up their game plan if they are to stay up. They still have to face Southampton and Stoke in what are must-win games for all. Who will keep their nerve and stay afloat?
Fulham and Cardiff both won at the weekend meaning it will go down to the final game of the season to see who earns automatic promotion. It’s in Cardiff’s hands, who will go straight up with a win against Reading. If the Bluebirds fail to win and Fulham get a better result at Birmingham, it will be the West London club who clinch the second automatic space.
Burton Albion won their crunch game with Bolton to give their Championship survival hopes a boost. With just the final game of the season to play, they need a better result than Barnsley and an equal or better result than Bolton to stay up. Bolton host Forest, while Barnsley travel to Derby and Burton visit Preston.
Grimsby needed a win to cement their place in the football League on Saturday, and were leading Notts County 1-0 through a first-half Nathan Clarke goal. Then in the 90th minute, Notts County equalised before substitute Jamille Matt turned in a corner for the Mariners in the third of five minutes’ stoppage time. It was a dramatic finish, but safety is confirmed for Grimsby.
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The Legends scraped into the top 30 this week with a score of 74 points. With one week to go, the Legends are in 23rd place in the season teams table.
Top Selected Wins
Man City (won 4-1)
Man Utd (won 2-1)
Chelsea (won 1-0)
Top Selected Draws
Palace 5-0 Leicester
Huddersfield 0-2 Everton
Southampton 2-1 Bournemouth
Villa 1-1 Derby
Reading 0-4 Ipswich
Notts Forest 0-0 Bristol City
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