Ledley's Talking Points: Emery's Relief, Misery For Stoke and a First Defeat For Gerrard
Five players found all six wins and a draw prediction at the weekend, earning 27 points apiece and moving on to step two of the journey to £1,000,000. It was Jonathan Cuffe who took the top prize on goal difference, while Swanselona won the weekly team competition with 95 points. This week's wildcard teams are The Green Dragons and Manunitd Cats. Well done to the rest of our winners who finished in the top 30 in the weekly individual league.
It was a mediocre week for Ledley King who scored 16 points. Read his key takeaways from Matchweek 5 below.
Ledley King's Talking Points
It was Watford who maintained their 100% start at Vicarage Road, with headers from Troy Deeney and Craig Cathcart securing a 2-1 against Spurs. Pochettino warned his players not to get drawn in after beating United 3-0, and he admitted the boys were too relaxed. "We conceded two goals that if you want to be a contender you cannot concede," he said.
Arsenal edged past Cardiff in a five-goal thriller that saw the Bluebirds equalise twice, before Lacazette found a winner for the Gunners in the 81st minute. It was a sigh of relief for Unai Emery at the full-time whistle, while Neil Warnock can take solace in the fact his side are off the mark in the goal scoring department.
Romelu Lukaku fired two past Burnley to ease the pressure on Mourinho and grant Man United their first away victory of the season. Pogba missed a penalty and Rashford received a straight red, but the only thing that will matter to Jose is the three points that he left Turf Moor with. Lukaku has now scored as many PL goals as Drogba, with 104.
Steven Gerrard suffered his first league defeat as boss of Rangers, with Celtic prevailing 1-0 winners in the Old Firm derby. It was a big confidence booster for the boys in green who had failed to qualify for the Champions League group stages and were worried that Rangers might be closing the gap to end Celtic’s dominance.
Stoke’s disappointing start to the Championship season continued with a 2-1 defeat at the hands of West Brom. The Potters have won only one of their opening six games and Gary Rowett admitted his side “are being a little bit dopey” and it’s costing them dearly. Stoke are now 17th in the table.
Reading’s misery continued with a 2-1 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday who have now won three on the bounce. The Royals lie bottom of the table with two points from a possible 18, and face fellow strugglers Preston next.
Peterborough were the last remaining side in the football league with a 100% record, but it came to an end in a 1-1 draw with Doncaster on Saturday. Both Posh manager Steve Evans and his assistant Paul Raynor were sent to the stands late on, but they remain top of League One on goal difference, with Portsmouth hot on their heels.
Top 6 Selected Bankers
Man City 2-1
Top 6 Selected Draws
It's the international break this weekend but there are still prizes up for grabs at 7OTB. Matchweek 6 opens on Thursday at 10am.