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Ledley's Talking Points: The Sturridge Dance is Back, Leeds Start Strong and 84 Players Move A Step Closer to £1million

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Winners

84 players got all 7 selections correct this weekend and move onto the second leg on the road to £1,000,000. The top player in the country was Ashsarbutt, who only joined on Saturday but earned a better goal difference than the other 67 players who got 28 points.

The top team this week were last season's runners-up Game of Throw-ins with 130 points. Our wild card winners, chosen at random to win a £10 free bet for each player, are Owlsonline B and St Neots.

Ledley King is slow off the mark this season, scoring just 14 points, so he'll be looking for a big hoard this coming weekend.

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Ledley's Talking Points

Daniel Sturridge scored with his first touch in a Liverpool shirt since December 2017, his 49th Premier League goal for the club. It took him just 10 seconds to make it 4-0 against West Ham, earning a perfect start for Klopp, who warned that the Reds face an "unbelievably hard season".

Unai Emery's first Premier League match as Gunners boss ended in defeat as Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva fired Man City to a 2-0 win at the Emirates. "Day by day we will get better and better," said Guardiola after the game, as he begins his campaign to become the first manager to win back to back titles in the PL since Alex Ferguson in 2009.

Wolves welcomed Everton in their return to the Premier League, and the sides shared the points after an action packed game at Molineux. Questions were raised when Everton forked out £40m for Richarlison in the summer, but the Brazilian's double gave us a glimpse of his eye for goal. “He's a fantastic talent and he's showed he can score at any moment,” said Marco Silva.

Fulham are the first promoted club to spend £100m in the transfer window, but Slavisa Jokanovic admitted they were “up against more power, more speed and more quality,” as they faced Crystal Palace. It was an early sign of how unforgiving the Premier League can be for newly promoted sides.

Leeds continued their impressive start to the season with a 4-1 rout at Derby. Bielsa’s side looked relentless, playing with energy and attacking quickly when in possession. Leeds are now the bookies’ early favourites for promotion from the Championship. 

West Brom got their season up and running with a dramatic 4-3 victory over Norwich on Saturday. Jay Rodriguez was a transfer target for Burnley over the summer, but remained with the Baggies and netted his first two goals of the season at Carrow Road. He could prove to be a key man in their push for promotion.

Joey Barton celebrated his first win as Fleetwood boss, with Ched Evans and Paddy Madden firing home against Oxford. It was another miserable afternoon for the U’s as they still search for their first goal after a 4-0 drubbing to Barnsley last weekend. 

Stats

Top Selected Wins

Liverpool 4-0
Rangers 2-0
Chelsea 3-0
Boro 1-0
Man City 2-0
Villa 3-2

Top Selected Draws

Fulham 0-2
Wolves  2-2
Watford 2-0
Bournemouth 2-0
Norwich 3-4
Derby 1-4

Bonus points

Liverpool 4-0

Good luck with your selections for matchweek 3!