Ledley's Talking Points: Record-Breakers, Dramatic Conclusions and Rock Bottoms
7 Talking Points
Man City extended their lead at the top of the Premier League to eight points after another rampant performance at the Etihad. They have now officially made the best ever start to a Premier League campaign and are on course to smash all the scoring records in the history books. Who, if anyone, can stop the only remaining unbeaten side in English football?
Everton took all three points from Watford’s grasp after a dramatic comeback at Goodison Park on Sunday. Watford were leading by two goals after Richarlison and Kabasele both found the net, but within three minutes Niasse had pulled one back and Calvert-Lewin found a leveler 10 minute’s later. Leighton Baines’ 91st minute penalty completed the comeback, while Tom Cleverley missed his 110th minute penalty in a dramatic conclusion.
Chelsea closed the gap on Man United to one point after securing a 1-0 win over Mourinho’s side at Stamford Bridge. Alvaro Morata scored his first goal in six games, while the Blues looked to have recovered from their 3-0 defeat in Rome with a solid defensive performance. Conte had replaced David Luiz with Andreas Christensen, and it will be interesting to see if the Brazilian can reclaim his place in the Chelsea back four!
Sunderland are now rock bottom of the Championship after losing 1-0 at the Riverside Stadium. Boro moved up to 5th while the Back Cats now trail Bolton by a point after the Trotters 2-1 victory over Norwich. Ellis Short, Sunderland’s owner, says his club should be challenging to be one of the top eight teams in the country, but instead they’re drifting towards a second successive relegation.
Nottingham Forest’s emphatic 4-0 victory over QPR set a new Football League record for Ian Holloway’s men – and not a record they would have liked. The hoops have now failed to win in 34 attempts at the City Ground, which is now officially the worst run of form of any Football League side, at any one stadium.
Reading earned back-to-back wins for the first time this season with their shock 4-2 victory at Pride Park. The Royals played without a recognised striker for most of the game, but found themselves 3-0 up after 54 minutes. Another case for the argument that an out-and-out striker is not always necessary in the modern game.
Aberdeen slipped three points behind league-leaders Celtic after failing to beat Hamilton at the Superseal Stadium. The Dons extended their unbeaten away record to 11 games, but have now won at Hamilton just once in six attempts. The draw means Hibs and Rangers both close the gap on the Dons.
69 players found 6 correct results this weekend, but amazingly, just one went one better and completed a full house. Viedel1 was the standalone player taking the cash prize this week!
Meldorado were the weekly winners in the team competition, taking the crown by a one-point margin on 88.
The Legends scored a very average 65 points this week placing them in 64th place for the week. Ledley, Robbie and Jermaine all scored 10 points, while Titus and SWP lead the line with 16 each. Crouchy could only muster 5 points, but rescued his weekend by scoring Stoke's equalizer on Saturday afternoon.
The Challengers came in at 76th with 61 points.
Top 6 selected wins
Man City (won 3-1)
Millwall (lost 0-1)
Rangers (won 3-0)
Spurs (won 1-0)
Sheff Utd (won 4-1)
Liverpool (won 4-1)
Chelsea 1-0 Man Utd
Everton 3-2 Watford
Huddersfield 1-0 West Brom
Newcastle 0-1 Bournemouth
Southampton 0-1 Burnley
Swansea 0-1 Brighton
Notts Forest (4-0)
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