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Ledley's Talking Points: Spygate, First Senior Goals and Flying Tigers

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Winners

It was another tight round this weekend, with just five players finding seven correct predictions. Jeff Tot was the top player with 27 points, and also moves into the leading pack in the race for the £1,000 end of season prize for most full-houses, joining the other eight players on two:

Jeff Tot
Kentstripe 
Fullers Pride
MacPhisto
Andy120
EFC Connor
Ruszinho
ScottPF88
Sotv

There are now a total of 218 players just behind on one, with plenty more chances for everyone else to catch-up and move into the lead.

Team Dream/USA came out on top this week in the weekly team table, with 94 points. Ledley scored 13.

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Declan Rice scored his first West Ham goal to dent Arsenal's top four hopes. Samir Nasri was the provider, making his first start for West Ham, to grab an assist against his former club and help the Hammers move up to eighth.

Man United capitalised on Arsenal’s defeat to move level on points with the Gunners after a 1-0 win over Spurs. Tottenham piled on the pressure in the second half but a man of the match performance from De Gea kept the scoreline 1-0. “After four and a half years, the second half was the best performance I have seen Tottenham play,” said Poch.

Newcastle slipped into the bottom three after suffering a 2-1 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Hazard grabbed his 10th assist of the season when setting up Willian, joining Lionel Messi as the only player from Europe’s top five leagues to have reached both 10 assists and 10 goals. 

Leeds extended their lead at the top of the Championship to four points after their 2-0 win over Derby, but it wasn't without controversy as Bielsa admitted sending a member of his staff to watch Derby train on Thursday. "I'm a big fan from afar of Bielsa, I've got his book at home in my front room, but that's slightly clouded it for me today,” said Lampard.

Sheffield United moved into second place on goal difference, after edging past QPR thanks to a David McGoldrick header. The Blades took advantage of Norwich City's draw against West Brom to leapfrog the Canaries into the automatic spots.

Reading earned a first win in 11 games against managerless Nottingham Forest, who ended the day with nine men. A miserable afternoon for Forest was capped off when Jack Robinson put the ball into his own net with three minutes to go. It ended 2-0 at the Madejski.

Hull City earned their sixth win in a row with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Sheffield Wednesday at the KCOM. After a slow start to the season, the Tigers are now the Championship’s in-form team, now just four points outside the playoffs.

Stats

Top 6 Selected Bankers

Liverpool 1-0
Chelsea 2-1
Arbroath 4-1
Sunderland 1-1
Pompey 0-1
W.B.A  1-1

Top 6 Selected Draws

Birmingham 1-2
Spurs 0-1
Burnley 2-1
Leicester 1-2
Ipswich  1-0
Coventry 1-1

Bonus Points 

Q.O.S  4-0

Matchweek 25 opens on Thursday at 10am. Good luck!