Ledley's Talking Points: Demolition Jobs, Shaky Defences and August Hoodoos
20 of you got all seven selections correct this week, including Johnnyboy who has achieved the feat for the second week in a row and is now just two steps away from £1,000,000. The other 19 players move onto the second leg and are three steps away from the big prize.
This week's top player is Hjarvis1989, who won on goal difference, earning 30 points along with eight others. For Fuchs Sake are the week's team winners with 109 points, while The Anthony Strokes and Make Football Great Again are our Wildcard winners.
Ledley King's Talking Points
Brighton took three points from Man United at the Amex Stadium for the second season running to stun the visitors on Sunday. The Seagulls put three past United in the first half, as Mourinho’s fears that his side would face a difficult season if they did not strengthen their defence materialised. It could be a long season for United if they don’t fix their shaky defence.
The blue side of Manchester had a vastly different Sunday, with Sergio Aguero scoring his 13thMan City hat-trick to help the Skyblues earn an emphatic 6-1 victory against Huddersfield. City don’t face a title contender until mid-October when they travel to Anfield, by which point they could have 21 points.
Marcos Alonso’s late strike against Arsenal continued Sarri’s perfect start for Chelsea in the PL. It was a thrilling game, but a chaotic one with neither side looking like Champions-in-the-making as they adapt to the styles of their new managers. The Gunners have now lost their opening two top-flight fixtures for the first time since 1992.
Harry Kane scored his first PL goal in August on his 15th attempt as Spurs maintain their winning start to the new season. It looked like the curse would continue as Kane hit the bar and had a goal ruled offside against Fulham, but the record was put to bed with 13 minutes play. Pochettino still noted that he was disappointed with how many chances his players had conceded, and a need to be more clinical in attack.
Bolton collected a combined total of just two wins on the road in their two previous Championship seasons, but they have already collected their second away win of this season with a 1-0 at Reading. Yanic Wildschut scored the only goal of the game to keep the Trotter’s unbeaten start in check.
West Brom fired seven goals past QPR with a front four of Matt Phillips, Jay Rodriguez, Dwight Gayle and Harvey Barnes proving to be far too much for Steve McClaren’s visitors to handle. It was the Hoop’s biggest defeat in 30 years.
Havant & Waterlooville scored twice in the dying minutes to beat Braintree in a National League seven-goal thriller. Braintree were leading 3-2 three minutes into injury time, but Nicke Kabamba and Alfie Rutherford scored in the 94th and 96th minutes to secure a dramatic victory.
Top 6 Selected Bankers
Man City 6-1
Man Utd 2-3
Top 6 Selected Draws
West Ham 1-2
Man City 6-1
Good luck with your selections for matchweek 4!