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Ledley's Talking Points: Perfect Starts, Tense Finales and Futile Records

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Winners

Just four players found a full-house this week as Chelsea, the most popular banker selection of the weekend, failed to beat West Ham. Francophile was the best player in the country, earning 29 points, while Kill Complexity topped the team table with 104 points. 

Ledley King scored a respectable 23 points, putting him in the top 30 for the week. Well done to the rest of our winners who finished in the top 30, as well as our wildcard winners Clueless Club II and Shameside.

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Ledley King's Talking Points

Liverpool maintained their winning start with a 3-0 victory over Southampton, as Mo Salah got back on the scoresheet with his first goal after a three-game goalless ‘drought’. It was a big week for Klopp’s men, who are looking like genuine title contenders this season.

Jorginho set a new record for the most passes attempted in a Premier League game, averaging one every 30 seconds for the 90 minutes on Sunday. But it was a futile statistic in the end as Chelsea failed to break through against West Ham, losing their 100% record with a goalless draw at the London Stadium. 

Burnley finally got their first win of the season in emphatic style with a 4-0 romp against Bournemouth on Saturday. The Cherries had started the season well while the Clarets were rock bottom at the start of the day, but it was Sean Dyche’s side who had all the fun, earning their first win in 10 league games.

Huddersfield, Newcastle and Cardiff make up the bottom three of the PL after six games, with each still searching for their first victory of the season. It will be a long season for all three if that first win doesn’t come very soon, while at least one will be likely to go down.

Birmingham inflicted a first league defeat on Leeds under Marcelo Bielsa, with two first-half goals from Che Adams. Leeds fought back with a goal in the 85th minute, and 8 minutes of added time made for a tense final period for Birmingham, but they held on to secure their first win of the season. 

Blackburn enjoyed a 3-0 lead against Stoke for 33 minutes at the Britannia, but their comfortable lead was turned into a tense finale when Saido Berahino and Tom Ince scored two goals in as many minutes towards the end of the match. Things got more stressful for Blackburn fans when Stoke were awarded a stoppage-time penalty, but Berahino’s spot kick struck the bar. 

Lincoln scored in the depths of injury time to steal a win and move three points clear at the top of League Two. Jason Shackell’s 95th-minute winner against MK Dons means the Imps maintained their lead above Newport and Exeter, with the latter also relying on two late goals to earn three points at the weekend.

Stats

Top 6 Selected Bankers

Chelsea 0-0
Man City 5-0
WBA  2-0
Arsenal  2-0
Spurs  2-1
Liverpool 3-0

Top 6 Selected Draws

Burnley 4-0
Palace  0-0
Derby  3-1
Ipswich  0-0
QPR  0-1
Stoke  2-3

Bonus Points

Man C 5-0
Burnley 4-0 
Solihull Moors 5-0 
Rangers 5-1

Good luck with your selections in Matchweek 9!