Ledley's Talking Points: Seven Goal Hoards, Unwanted Records and Unhappy Returns
7 Talking Points
Tony Pulis is the latest manager to be sacked after another defeat made it just two wins out of 23 in the Premier League. His defensive approach had suited West Brom in previous seasons as they ground out results and performed beyond their resources, but that defensive brand of football loses all purpose when you concede this many goals.
Leicester were beaten 2-0 by Man City at the King Power Stadium, a fixture that saw the Foxes take a 4-2 victory just two seasons ago. That game was crucial in Leicester’s incredible title-winning story, but this time Leicester are 21 points behind this season’s likeliest champions. The Foxes didn’t play bad and could have had a result against any other team, but this season Man City aren’t any old team.
Burnley keep the pace with Arsenal and Liverpool, and are just one point behind Spurs after another win at Turf Moor. “We’ve just got to stay grounded and aim for that 40-point mark,” said Jack Cork, who scored one of the Clarets' two goals against Swansea. The season is still young and Sean Dyche and co clearly don’t want to get ahead of themselves, but if they continue to earn results at their current rate they will be closer to 70 points come the end of the season.
Arsenal were the victors in the North London derby, giving Wenger the local bragging rights over Pochettino for the first time. Poch said: “It’s true that we wanted to do more against Manchester United and Arsenal. Unfortunately, we couldn’t do that so now it’s important to have a run of victories because we need to keep our place at the top.”
Garry Monk returned to Elland Road at the weekend to see his side lose 2-1 at the hands of his former club. Monk left Leeds in controversial circumstances in the summer, to join a Boro side that was going to “smash the league” according to owner Steve Gibson. Leeds are now level on points with Middlesbrough, with both trailing league leaders Wolves by 12 points.
Sunderland earned another draw at the Stadium of Light, meaning they are now the first team in English football history to fail to win in 20 successive home games in all competitions. They’ve drawn eight of their 17 Championship matches so far this term, winning just one. Chris Coleman is the new man at the helm and he begins his new job from rock bottom in the table and five points from safety.
Luton Town scored seven goals for the third time this season. Danny Hylton’s hat-trick took his tally to 11, making him the top scorer in League 2, while the Hatters are second in the table, two points behind Notts County. Luton have now scored more goals than any club in the league, while only one club (Coventry) have conceded fewer.
What a week we have had at 7OTB. 100 players found 7 correct results with a further 302 managed six correct predictions. But the winner, taking the cash in the individual league table was Wardy1 with 31 points! Three of his winners (Luton, Chelsea and Wycombe) won by four or more goals giving him four bonus points, which made the difference.
The Legends gathered an impressive 95 points this week, putting them in 15th place for the week. Paul Robinson bagged 22 points, while Ledley and Titus Bramble bagged 20 and 19 points respectively.
The Challengers were just behind in 17th place with 94 points.
Top 6 Selected Wins
Man City (won 2-0)
Liverpool (won 3-0)
Man United (won 4-1)
Chelsea (won 4-0)
Rangers (lost 0-2)
Cardiff (won 2-0)
Bournemouth 4-0 Huddersfield
Watford 2-0 West Ham
Palace 2-2 Everton
Leeds 2-1 Boro
Burnley 2-0 Swansea
QPR 1-2 Aston Villa
Luton 7-0 (2 points)
Bournemouth 4-0 (1 point)
Chelsea 4-0 (1 point)
Oxford U 4-0 (1 point)
Wycombe 4-0 (1 point)
You can now make your selections for matchweek 17. Good luck!