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Ledley's Talking Points: Cup Final Fallouts, New Chapters and Hat-Trick Heroes

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Winners

27 players got all seven of their predictions correct this weekend, with Mick_Hines taking pole position in the weekly individual competition,

It was Game of Throw-Ins who took top spot in the weekly team competition.

The weekend's results mean there are now 359 players level on one in the race for the £1,000 end of season prize for most full-houses, while 30 players are ahead on two, but out in the lead, it is still Andy120 and Southy-SWFC, with three each. Ledley scored a fair 19 points this week.

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Ledley King's Talking Points

It was a disappointing weekend for Spurs with a 2-1 defeat at Burnley jeopardising the season’s title hopes. Now we must bounce back with three big performances in the crucial upcoming period, with the North London derby and trips to Stamford Bridge and Dortmund up next.

Manchester City were the only winners in Man United’s clash with Liverpool, with a goalless draw meaning City are now just a point behind the league leaders. Solskjaer is now 10 games unbeaten in the league as United manager, and his tally of 26 points is the best ever for a new PL manager.

Man City retained the Carabao Cup after beating Chelsea on penalties. With the game 0-0 after 120 minutes, the biggest talking point was Kepa’s refusal to come off when Sarri wanted to bring on penalty specialist Caballero. Despite a solid performance from Chelsea, the drama highlighted the mess currently unfolding at Chelsea.

Claude Puel has been sacked by Leicester in the wake of a 4-1 loss to Crystal Palace on Saturday. The 16-month tenure has come to an end after the Foxes suffered six defeats in their last seven matches, including an FA Cup loss to League Two Newport. Brendan Rodgers has been tipped as favourite to take over.

Championship leaders Norwich came from behind twice to beat an in-form Bristol City 3-2 at Carrow Road. Great goals were on the menu as Kenny McLean netted two impressive strikes, and City’s Callum O’Dowda scored with a stunning solo effort.

Said Benrahma scored a superb hat-trick as Brentford put five past Hull City. The Algerian winger also set up Kamohelo Mokotjo for Brentford’s equaliser, making him the Championship’s hero of the day.

Paul Scholes’ Oldham lost for the second time in a week after leading for most of their tie at second-placed Bury. It took three goals in the last 18 minutes for Bury to take all the points.

Stats

Most Popular Bankers 

Arsenal 2-0
Rangers 5-0
Leeds 2-1
Boro 2-0
Aberdeen 2-0
Arbroath 3-2

Popular Draws 

Man Utd 0-0
Newcastle 2-0
Leicester 1-4
Millwall 1-3
Norwich 3-2
Reading 1-1 

Bonus Points

Brentford 5-1
Plymouth 5-1
Rangers 5-0

Matchweek 31 opens at 10am on Thursday. Good luck!