Ledley's Talking Points: Pitch Invasions, Local Lads, and Seven Goal Thrillers
7 Talking Points
Harry Kane left Wembley on crutches after hobbling off the field in the 34th minute of Spurs’ 4-1 win over Bournemouth on Sunday. Pochettino confirmed the injury was "in his right ankle, possibly ligaments, similar to the injury sustained against Sunderland early last season.” That injury saw Kane side-lined for 10 games, so hopefully the scan will reveal a smaller problem.
West Ham made many of the headlines for the wrong reasons this weekend, with fan protests and pitch invasions taking the attention away from a poor performance on the field. It wasn’t the craziest scene in Europe’s top leagues though, with PAOK and AEK’s match being abandoned in the 89th minute when PAOK owner Ivan Savvidis stormed the field with a gun after the referee disallowed a goal for offside.
Marcus Rashford was the difference in English football’s greatest rivalry, scoring a brace to help United to a 2-1 victory over Liverpool. It was a statement from Rashford, who has some tough competition for a regular first-team spot at United. But the jeers heard around Old Trafford when the local lad was taken off on Saturday say it all.
Jamie Vardy scored a sublime over-the-shoulder volley against West Brom on Saturday, a true goal of the season contender that shows the 31-year-old is anything but a one season wonder. Vardy has scored 14 times this season, and you’d argue it could have been many more if he were at a top six club.
Aston Villa delivered Wolves’ biggest defeat of the season with a 4-1 thrashing at Villa Park. The sides were level at 1-1 after 20 minutes, but two goals in five minutes from James Chester and Lewis Grabban, followed by goal number four from Birkir Bjarnason, meant that Wolves’ lead in the Championship has now been reduced to just three points.
Hull were the victors in a seven-goal thriller at the KC Stadium on Saturday, which saw four penalties awarded and all four converted. James Maddison netted a first-half hat-trick before Abel Hernández scored two penalties as the Tigers clawed back to 3-3. City are now three points clear of the bottom three.
Accrington Stanley took the lead in League Two after a 2-1 win over previous leaders Luton. An injury-time winner from Billy Kee made it seven wins in eight games for Stanley, who are now eight points clear of the playoff spots.
The Legends scored an impressive 100 points this week finishing 12th in the weekly team competition. Titus Bramble and Jermaine Jenas both brought 22 points home while Paul Robinson and Shaun Wright-Phillips contributed 17 points apiece.
Top 6 selected teams to win
Chelsea 2-1 Crystal Palace
Arsenal 3-0 Watford
Boro 3-1 Barnsley
Cardiff 3-2 Birmingham
Newcastle 3-0 Southampton
Top 6 Selected Draws
Villa 4-1 Wolves
WBA 1-4 Leicester City
Huddersfield 0-0 Swansea
Millwall 1-0 Brentford
Sheff W 1-1 Bolton
West Ham 0-3 Burnley
St Johnstone 4-0 (1 point)
Fylde 7-1 (2 points)
Gateshead 7-1 (2 points)
You can make your selections for matchweek 33 now!