Ledley's Talking Points: Milestones, Shock Leaders and Sackable Offences
7 Talking Points
Harry Kane was free to start scoring again with August out of the way, and he marked his first goal of the season in memorable style in a 3-0 win at Goodison Park. It was his 100th for Spurs, a milestone that took him just 169 games to reach. That’s 12 games fewer than Thierry Henry needed to score 100 for Arsenal, which just shows what an incredible achievement it is.
Crystal Palace became the 4th club to fail to score a single goal in their opening four Premier league games after their 1-0 defeat to Burnley. “You’re getting sacked in the morning,” bellowed around Turf Moor both after Chris Wood’s goal in the 3rd minute and at the end of the 90. And the Burnley fans were right. Frank de Boer was sacked this morning after Palace’s worst start to a season for 92 years.
Brighton are off the mark with their first win of the season – their first ever in the Premier League – thanks largely to a Pascal Gross double. The Seagulls last won a top flight game back in 1983 against Coventry, and this will feel like a historic occasion on the south coast. West Brom have now won only three of 16 games against newly-promoted opposition under Pulis.
Man City walked trough a 10-man Liverpool side to go level with their Manchester rivals at the top of the table. Sadio Mané’s red card was a key moment, but Klopp’s men seemed to crumble too easily. It was another debut to forget for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – his Arsenal debut was the 8-2 defeat to Man Utd in 2011.
Leeds United thrashed Burton Albion 5-0 to move into the top three of the Championship. New arrival Pierre-Michel Lasogga has big boots to fill with Chris Wood netting 30 goals in all competitions last season, but he was off to a flyer with a brace on his debut. The new German number 9 received a standing ovation from Elland Road after his performance.
Shrewsbury Town are the new shock leaders in League One after their 1-0 win over Wigan. The Shrews haven’t played in the 2nd tier in almost 30 years, but if they can keep up their excellent form they will be challenging for a return. The win makes it five wins and a draw from their six league games this season.
Rotherham scored in the last minute via Richie Towell to earn a deserved home victory against Bury. It’s the first back-to-back wins for the Millers in 17 months, and after last year's miserable season in the Championship in which they only won 5 games, that winning feeling couldn't come often enough for Rotherham fans.
9 players managed a full house this week but Smithy took the cash with an extra point for 4+ goal margins. A further 82 players got 6 correct but nobody who got 7 last week managed to repeat the feat this week.
The Magnificent Se7en topped the table in the weekly team competition with an impressive 99 points. Not to be confused with two-time winners The Magnificent Seven, The Magnificent Se7en have been playing the game since early last season.
The Legends scored an average 63 points this week, finishing outside top 30 in the weekly table. They are still 2nd in season league though, after some consistently strong weeks. Paul Robinson has been particularly impressive and leads the team's leaderboard with 101 points for the season. He's followed by Robbie Keane and Ledley in 2nd and 3rd.
Ledley's Challengers scored 66 points and also finished outside of the top 30.
Top 6 picked wins
Arsenal (won 3-0)
Dundee Utd (1-1)
Leeds (won 5-0)
Chelsea (won 2-1)
Rangers (won 4-1)
Man Utd (2-2)
Top 6 picked draws
Brighton 3-1 West Brom
Burnley 1-0 Crystal Palace
Everton 0-3 Spurs
Fulham 1-1 Cardiff City
Q.P.R 2-1 Ipswich Town
Southampton 0-2 Watford
Leeds 5-1 (1 Bonus point)
Crewe 5-1 (1 Bonus point)
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