Ledley's Talking Points: Rare Wins, Lucky Beers and Tight Title Races
It was another lively week at 7OTB with 102 players correctly predicting all 7 results. With three players tied at the top on goal difference, it went down to goals scored to separate our winners. Gumbo just edged out Gavinksmith with 15 goals scored to 14, with Jhaisley in 3rd with 13 goals scored. It was just as tight in the team competition, with Preston7 and Gumbos Gems both landing 123 points. Preston7 were the victors with a superior goal difference of +43, compared to Gumbos Gems' +42.
The new £1,000 cash competition for most full houses now has 212 players tied in second-place on 1, and 8 players below all tied at the top with 2:
Ledley scored a disappointing 14 points this week.
Ledley King's Talking Points
Liverpool lead the PL table as we go into the final stretch of the first half of the season. The 3-1 win over United made it The Reds' longest ever unbeaten run in the Premier League, a streak of 18 games that began with a 4-0 win against Brighton on the final day of last season.
Saints fans were given a free beer before their tie with Arsenal on Sunday, with the hope of creating a festive atmosphere at St Mary’s. A 3-2 victory followed, pulling Southampton out of the bottom three. Free beer might be the way to go for the rest of the season: “When it works like this, you have to do it every game,” said Ralph Hasenhüttl.
It has been a very positive week for Spurs, with perseverance paying off at the Nou Camp and on Saturday with a late goal from Eriksen giving Poch his 100th Premier League win. It wasn’t the prettiest of wins, but it's a good sign when you get the result on days you're not at your best, and Spurs are right in the title mix as we approach the halfway mark.
Rangers returned to the top of the Scottish Premiership thanks to a 1-0 win over Hamilton at Ibrox after Celtic’s shock defeat by Hibs earlier in the day. Steven Gerrard’s side took advantage to move a point clear of their Old Firm rivals.
Ipswich tasted victory at Portman Road for the first time since April thanks to Freddie Sears’s second-half winner against Wigan. The Tractor Boys are still bottom of the Championship, five points adrift from safety, but the result is a huge boost.
Hull City recorded their lowest ever attendance at the KCOM in a league game on a chilly Saturday, but were 2-0 victors against Brentford. After a sluggish start to the season, the Tigers have now lost just one of their last eight games in the Championship.
Bradford picked up a rare win in League One on Saturday, demolishing Walsall 4-0 at Valley Parade. The Bantams are now just three points off safety after picking up their fifth win of the season.
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