Ledley's Talking Points: Record Starts, Shock Winners and Flawless Performances
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7 Talking Points
Man City have now made the best start to a Premier League season, picking up 43 points in their opening 15 games. It’s also the highest points tally ever accumulated by any of Pep’s sides after 15, and if they win the Manchester derby next weekend they will also break the record for the longest winning streak in Premier League history, with 14 straight victories. 46 points was enough to finish eighth last season!
Spurs have taken just two points from four games after a series of defensive setbacks. Sanchez will miss three matches after his straight red against Watford, but Pochettino has remained unfazed. “I am not going to complain if Sanchez will be out for a few games. That is football. It is about the squad. If he cannot play we will play with another,” he said.
Rooney’s legs might not be as good as they used to be, but last week he showed us that class is permanent with a flawless performance against West Ham. His hat-trick was sensational and he described his final goal as possibly the best he’s ever struck a ball. His performance at the weekend was also admirable, and he’s shown incredible leadership at Everton this season.
Liverpool leapfrogged Arsenal into 4th spot after their fifth win in six games, a resounding 5-1 win over Brighton at the Amex. Mo Salah is the Premier League’s top scorer with 12 goals, and the Brazilian duo Firmino and Coutinho have five and four goals respectively. If they can fix their problems at the back they could be the league’s second best side this season.
Leonid Slutsky has parted company with Hull City by mutual consent after the Tigers went winless in seven games on Saturday with a draw against Sheffield Wednesday. Hull are now just three points clear of the relegation zone, and although Slutsky never lost the players their precarious position needs to change. Hull are now looking for their fourth manager in 18 months and Nigel Adkins appears to be the leading candidate.
Millwall shocked Sheffield United at the Den, coming off the back of a six game winless streak to beat the promotion chasers 3-1. The Blades are now three games without a win and have slipped down to fourth, while Wolves and Cardiff continued their winning runs. Millwall have given themselves some breathing space towards the bottom of the table, now in 17th spot.
Bristol City climbed to third in the table on goal difference after a 2-1 win over Middlesbrough. Next week they travel to Bramall Lane with both sides looking to close the gap on the top two, who currently have a six and seven point cushion in the automatic spots.
The Legends finished 68th in the team competition this week. Robbie Keane bagged an impressive 19 points, while Ledley King and Paul Robinson both managed 16 points apiece.
6 Most Selected Wins
Liverpool 5-1 (won)
Derby 1-0 (won)
Man C 2-1 (won)
Everton 2-0 (won)
Morton 4-1 (won)
6 Most selected draws
Arsenal 1-3 Man Utd
Bournemouth 1-1 Southampton
Ipswich 4-2 Nottingham Forest
Leicester 1-0 Burnley
Stoke 2-1 Swansea
WBA 0-0 Crystal Palace
Liverpool (won 5-1)
You can now make your selections for matchweek 19. Good luck!