Ledley's Talking Points: More Goal Scoring Records, Emotional Wins, and Rare Routs
7 Talking Points
Man City were again sensational at the Etihad on Saturday, scoring four goals for the sixth time in the Premier League this season. The result means we’re no closer to finding out how Pep’s side can be stopped, City now the first team to ever beat Liverpool, Arsenal, Man Utd, Chelsea and Spurs before the New Year in Premier League history!
Manchester United, by normal standards, are having a great season under Mourinho. Their point tally of 41 is just one less than the Invincibles had managed after 18 games, and two less than Chelsea earned at this stage in their record-breaking season. But their performance against a West Brom side that hasn’t won in 16 games was completely uninspired, and the United faithful demand good football, not just good results. Right now they may be jealous of their Manchester rivals.
Liverpool became the first team in English top-flight history to have won four consecutive away games by a margin of at least three goals on Sunday, with another rampant display at Bournemouth. Coutinho, Lovren, Firmino and Salah were all on target to fire the Reds back into the top four. Mo Salah is the first Premier League player to reach 20 goals in all competitions this season, and the first Liverpool player to do so before Christmas since Ian Rush in 1986!
Birmingham City hit rock bottom in the championship after their 2-1 home defeat to QPR, and Burton Albion’s crucially important 1-0 win over fellow strugglers Bolton. QPR has not won on the Road since February, when they also tasted victory at St Andrew's. And they did so through an unlikely goal scorer in Jack Robinson, who had never scored a professional goal but found the net twice on Saturday.
Bristol City Made sure they remained firmly in third place in the Championship with an emotional 2-1 win over Nottingham Forest. The club dedicated the win to the family of eight-year-old Robins fan Ben Pritchard, who died from a brain tumour last month. "Sometimes football does not seem the most important thing in the world,” said assistant Head Coach Dean Holden. City are four points behind second-place Cardiff.
Luton’s fine form continued in League Two with another victory that saw the Hatters go two points clear at the summit. Forest Green Rovers couldn't contain the 10-men of Luton and sunk down to the bottom of the table. The Hatters have now scored 51 goals this season, the only club besides Man City to have broken the half-century mark in English football. With goals always on the menu, Luton are now 10 games unbeaten in all competitions.
The Legends scored 79 points this week, coming in at 68th place in the weekly team table. Ledley grabbed a solid 19 points, while Shaun Wright-Phillips followed closely on 17. Tutus Bramble and Paul Robinson both struggled, while Peter Crouch, Robbie Keane and Jermaine Jenas took very average hoards of 14 and 15 points.
The Challengers scored 84 points, putting them in 49th position for the week.
Top 6 Selected wins
Arsenal (won 1-0)
Liverpool (won 4-0)
Chelsea (won 1-0)
Luton (won 2-0)
Man City (won 4-1)
Rangers (lost 1-3)
Top 6 selected draws
Birmingham 1-2 QPR
Brighton 0-0 Burnley
Derby 2-0 Aston Villa
Preston 1-0 Sheff Utd
Stoke 0-3 West Ham
Watford 1-4 Huddersfield Town
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