Ledley's Talking Points: Dream Starts, a First Ever Win and Long Seasons Ahead
7 Talking Points
Jese Rodrguez made a dream start to his Premier League career with a winner against Arsenal just days after signing for Stoke from PSG. Wenger felt his team should have been given a first-half penalty and thought they had equalised when Alexandre Lacazette’s hit the net, but it was ruled offside. Wenger was left frustrated by an all too familiar lack of grit in key areas of the pitch, and if weaknesses aren’t addressed it could be another long season for the Gunners.
Newcastle are another side that could be in for a long season, yet to register a point or score a goal after their 1-0 defeat at Huddersfield. “We do some things well but we must improve,” said Rafa Benitez after the game, acknowledging that his side is a little light up top. Investing in some attacking talent might be the only solution.
Chelsea took the points in Spurs’ first game in their new, temporary home, but it’s not a result Pochettino will lose sleep over. Spurs had two-thirds of possession and twice as many chances as Chelsea, who deserve the credit for keeping us at bay with a blue wall of defiance. It looked like Poch would earn at least a point when Batshuayi headed into his own net, but Marcos Alonso was clinical, scoring from his, and Chelsea’s, second shot on target.
Cardiff City kept their 100% record alive with a win in their top-of-the-table encounter at Wolves. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing bagged his fifth goal in four games to grab the points for Cardiff. The winger is a product of Wolves’ Academy which only adds salt to the wound. The Bluebirds had never won their opening three games of the season until this season, but they have now won four in a row.
Ipswich also remain unbeaten, despite Mick McCarthy playing a mishmash starting 11 that included four full-backs, four strikers a winger and one central midfielder against Brentford. Summer signings Martyn Waghorn and Joe Garner were on target in the 2-0 victory at Portman Road, which sees Ipswich sit 2nd in the league, behind Cardiff only on goal difference.
Forest Green Rovers came from 3-1 down to earn their first ever football league win. Reece Brown hit back on the stroke of half-time to make it 3-2 before Charlie Cooper equalised in the 49th minute after his shot flew through the hands of the keeper. Omar Bugiel completed the turnaround, with 11 minutes remaining after heading home.
Gareth Bale scored Real Madrid’s first La Liga goal of the season for the third year in a row. The Welshman has been the subject of some transfer talk this summer with Jose Mourinho reportedly keen to bring him to Old Trafford. But it looks like he’s staying put and if he can stay fit it could be a big season for him and Madrid.
MVEWBA82 clinched the cash this week - the only player in the country to find a correct 7.
For the 2nd week in a row The Magnificent 7 have topped the weekly team table. Another £700 is on its way to London.
Ledley's Legends finished in 2nd place in the weekly team competition, also for the 2nd week running. Paul Robinson pulled a 22 out of the bag while Ledley, Titus, Jermaine, and Crouchy all registered solid scores.
The Legends are 3rd in the country for the season with 253 points in total.
Ledley's challengers scored a respectable 73 points coming in at 42nd in the country this week, with a notable effort from Paul Spiers who scored 22 points.
Top Picked Wins
Aberdeen (won 2-1)
Coventry (lost 0-1)
Dundee Utd (won 1-0)
Leicester (won 2-0)
Liverpool (won 1-0)
Arsenal (lost 0-1)
Top Picked Draws
Southampton 3-2 West Ham
Burnley 0-1 West Brom
Huddersfield 1-0 Newcastle Utd
Notts Forest 2-1 Boro
Sunderland 0-2 Leeds Utd
Spurs 1-2 Chelsea
The game is now open for matchweek 4!