Ledley's Talking Points: Family Dismissals, Feuds and Slip-Ups
7 Talking Points
Crystal Palace are the unlikely lads to put an end to Manchester City’s winning streak as they held on for a 0-0 draw on new years eve. The Eagles have had a change in fortune since Roy Hodgson took over, and have now lost just one of their previous 10. Six of those have been draws, but it has been enough to lift Palace out of the relegation zone for the New Year.
Liverpool took six points in two days with a last minute winner against Burnley at Turf Moor. Ragner Klaven’s goal means the Premier League has now seen goals from 97 different nationalities, with Estonia being the latest addition to the list. Liverpool are now unbeaten in 16 games in all competitions, trailing Chelsea by just a point in the Premier League.
Mourinho has had a dig at Paul Scholes for criticising Paul Pogba after United’s 0-0 draw with Southampton. "He doesn't look like a player who will win you games - that's what you pay £90m for,” said Scholes, before Mourinho bit back after their 2-0 victory over Everton: “The only thing Scholes does is criticise… Scholes will be in history as a phenomenal player. Not as a pundit."
Burnley are now five games without a win in the league after their defeat to Klopp’s men plus draws at Old Trafford and The John Smith’s Stadium over Christmas. The Clarets have made a brilliant start to the season and have been the best side outside the big six, but will need to get their season back on track with a win against Crystal Palace next weekend.
Cardiff have also slipped out of form, losing four games on the bounce to fall out of the automatic spots in the Championship. The Bluebirds suffered a 2-1 defeat to QPR on New Year's Day with Paul Smyth somersaulting in celebration after scoring the winner on his QPR debut. Neil Warnock is searching for his eighth promotion as a manager, but his campaign has been dented over Christmas.
Aston Villa thrashed promotion rivals Bristol City 5-0, their biggest win since April 2013 to move within three points of the Robins. City boss Lee Johnson took a swipe at Villa after the defeat, saying: "It was interesting to hear the Villa fans mocking us, Bruce flicking the ball all over the gaffe - we're still three points above them. Let's see where we are at the end. We've got to use that as ammunition."
Forest Green Rovers were beaten 2-1 at the Lawn by Wycombe, and suffered a father and son double sending off. Charlie Cooper was sent off after 39 minutes for stamping on a Wonderer’s player. His manager and father Mark was then sent to the stands for protesting the decision. The defeat means they’re now eight games without a win and sit bottom of League Two.
The Legends finished 46th in the weekly team table this week with a very average 65 points. Ledley bagged 17 points while Bramble and Crouch could only manage 17 between them.
Top 6 picked win selections
Man City (0-0)
Chelsea (won 5-0)
Man Utd (0-0)
Sheff Utd (lost 0-1)
Ayr (lost 2-3)
Top 6 picked draw selections
Huddersfield 0-0 Burnley
Newcastle 0-0 Brighton
Bristol C 1-2 Wolves
Ipswich 1-2 Derby
Boro 0-1 Aston Villa
Swindon 1-0 Notts County
Port Vale (4-0)
You can now make your selections for matchweek 23!