Ledley's Talking Points: Superb Spurs, Instant Impacts and Derby Thrillers
Six players correctly predicted all seven results this weekend to take a joint lead in the race for the £1million jackpot, as well as the battle for the £1,000 end of season prize for most full-houses. It was left to goal difference to decide our weekly winner, with Andy120 taking top spot with a goal difference of +15 to beat Giovanni in second on +14.
In the weekly team competition, it was St Neots who clinched top spot with 98 points. Ledley scored 17 points.
Ledley King's Talking Points
Spurs ended Chelsea’s unbeaten start to the season to leapfrog them into third place with an outstanding performance at Wembley. Spurs outplayed Chelsea for 90 minutes in their best performance since the same result against Real Madrid a year ago. Now the focus turns to consistently reaching those heights as we enter a big week. “Playing like this, we can do big things,” acknowledge Pochettino.
Claudio Ranieri has had an instant impact on Fulham, as his side earned a 3-2 victory over Southampton on Saturday. Aleksandar Mitrovic was back among the goals with a brace, to help Fulham to their first win in three months.
An Aaron Mooy double lifted Huddersfield out of the bottom three, with just their second win of the season. The 2-0 victory over Wolves is the first time they have scored more than one goal in 23 games.
Man United struggled against Crystal Palace in a 0-0 bore draw at Old Trafford on Saturday. Mourinho identified a lack of intensity and heart was the problem: “What’s the solution? You cannot change players’ natures dramatically. The solution is that probably I have to make certain choices based on heart.”
Aston Villa were victors in a thrilling 6-goal Second City derby. Villa came from behind to win 4-2, their third straight win lifting them to eighth in the Championship. Birmingham have failed to win any of the last 13 meetings in the derby.
Sheffield United hit a hurdle in the Championship promotion race after a dramatic derby at Rotherham. Chris Basham thought he had earned the Blades all three points with his 85th-minute strike, but Jamie Proctor hit the back of the net in stoppage time to earn the hosts a draw.
Norwich extended their winning run to six league games, with an emphatic 4-1 win at Swansea. The Canaries are now two points ahead of second-place Boro, but head coach Daniel Farke isn’t getting too excited yet: “We have such a young squad. We're keeping our feet on the ground."
Top 6 Selected Bankers
Man Utd 0-0
Man City 4-0
Man City 4-0
Matchweek 18 opens at 10am on Thursday!