Ledley's Talking Points: Goalfests, Underdog Stories and Sideline Chuckles
7 Talking Points
Man City annihilated a previously unbeaten Watford side to go top of the Premier League. Sergio Aguero took home the match ball after his 6th Premier League hat-trick – the same amount as Wayne Rooney – achieved in 278 fewer games than Wayne. Watford could have gone top of the table if they had won, but Pep’s men picked them apart and showed no mercy.
Man Utd are completely level with Man City at the top, separated only by alphabetical order after scoring and conceding the same number of goals. United thrashed Everton 4-0 with a flurry of goals from Mkhitaryan, Lukaku and Martial in the final 10 minutes. Everton have now lost four games on the bounce without managing to score a single goal.
Newcastle won their third successive Premier League game after Captain Jamaal Lascelles scored his second goal in as many games to help the Mags beat Stoke 2-1. It’s the first time since 2000 that Newcastle have won three of their opening five Premier League games. That season they finished 11th, but right now Rafa’s men have taken an early step into the top four.
Chelsea and Arsenal couldn’t find the net in their Sunday clash at Stamford Bridge. Arsenal had lost their previous five trips to Chelsea and the draw will feel more like a victory to them. More questions will be raised about Sanchez’ commitment to the club though, after he was seen smiling on the sidelines while the rest of the bench despaired at Lacazette’s miss from four yards.
Birmingham sacked Harry Redknapp after his 6th straight defeat. The former Spurs and Portsmouth boss was brought in with just three games to play last season, winning two to help Birmingham to safety on the final day. “Due to the poor start to the campaign which sees the club second from bottom of the Championship, we are left with no choice,” said the board.
Burton Albion were the shock winners in their tie with Fulham. Stephen Warnock's scored his first goal in 99 games and over three years while, a controversial penalty was awarded for the winner after some pushing in the box from a corner. “The penalty is strange, but I don't want to complain about things like that," said Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic.
Shrewsbury kept their impressive start to the season in full flight with a 2-1 win over Oldham at Boundary Park. The Shrews were relegation favourites before the season began but they’re now 5 points clear and unbeaten at the top after 8 games.
JoePillar topped the table this week with 24 points. Nobody managed a perfect 7 with the likes of Liverpool, Spurs and Aberdeen failing to win, who were all popular selections this week. Joe only signed up on Saturday morning, and collects £250 as a result.
BNY7OTB took the prize in the team competition with 94 points, beating the Magnificent Se7en by a single point.
The Legends finished 37th in the team competition with 73 points. Peter Crouch and Titus Bramble both scored 17 points while Robbie Keane had an off week, collecting just 7 points.
The Challengers scored 67 points coming in at 60th in the weekly team competition.
Top 6 picked wins
Man City (won 6-0)
Man Utd (4-0)
Top 6 picked draws
Barnsley 0-3 Aston Villa
Bristol City 4-1 Derby County
Chelsea 0-0 Arsenal
Huddersfield 1-1 Leicester
Newcastle 2-1 Stoke
W.B.A 0-0 West Ham
Man City 6-0 (2 points)
Dover 4-0 (1 point)
Stranraer 4-0 (1 point)
Arbroath 5-0 (1 point)
Raith 5-0 (1 point)
Man Utd 4-0 (1 point)
You can now make your selections for matchweek 8. Good luck!