Ledley's Talking Points: Solid starts, Goal Scoring Records and Seven Goal Thrillers
7 Talking Points
Manchester City have got the Premier League wrapped up before Christmas according to many, after ending United’s 40 game unbeaten run at Old Trafford an extending their Premier League winning streak to 14 games. But perhaps the craziest statistic is that 5th place Arsenal are now closer to the relegation zone than the league-leaders.
Spurs are back to winning ways after brushing aside a helpless looking Stoke City on Saturday. Harry Kane bagged a brace leaving him just three goals short of Alan Shearer’s Premier League record of 36 in a calendar year. And that record is well in sight with Brighton, Man City, Burnley and Southampton still to play before the new year.
Big Sam has got off to a great start at Everton taking a point in the Merseyside derby against a Liverpool side that had scored 12 games in their previous two games. It might not always be pretty, but Allardyce knows there’s only one statistic that matters, and that’s the final score. Wayne Rooney converted his 77th minute penalty taking his tally to 8 for the season – the same as Lukaku.
Chelsea stumbled at the London Stadium as David Moyes clinched a valuable three points for the Hammers on Saturday afternoon. It was Chelsea’s fourth defeat of the season and Conte, the players and the fans will all be frustrated that two sides in an early relegation battle have taken six points from the blues. “If you lose four games in 16 you're not in the race," said Conte.
Bristol City were victors in their clash with Championship playoff rivals Sheffield United on Friday evening, with Aden Flint volleying home in the 91st minute to take a 2-1 lead. The Blades hit the woodwork three times in the first half but it was City who took the lead through Jamie Paterson. Bristol stay in third position while United drop down to sixth.
Nigel Adkins got off to a flying start at Hull after his team came from behind to beat Brentford 3-2 at the KC Stadium. The result puts some much-needed breathing space between the Tigers and the relegation zone as we head into the busy Christmas period. Hull have some tough ties with Cardiff, Leeds, Derby and Fulham to play before the new year, so might be hitting some good form at the right time.
Bradford were eventual winners in their 7 goal thriller with Rochdale at Valley Parade. A dramatic end to the first half saw four goals scored in six minutes, with the Bantams going into the break 3-2 up. Former Bradford striker Steve Davies equalised for Rochdale in the 75th minute but the scoreline read 4-3 at full-time after Tyrell Robinson’s winner.
The Legends scored an average 73 points this weekend, finishing in 38th spot in the team table. Jermaine Jenas bagged a solid 18 points while Robbie Keane followed on 16, and Ledley, Titus Bramble and Peter Crouch all scored 13.
Top 6 selected teams to win
Spurs (won 5-1)
Rangers (won 2-1)
Ayr (won 3-2)
Top 6 selected games to end in a draw
Burnley 1-0 Watford
Palace 2-2 Bournemouth
Huddersfield 2-0 Brighton
Man Utd 1-2 Man City
Newcastle 2-3 Leicester
Swansea 1-0 West Brom
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