Ledley's Talking Points: Thrilling Derbies, Goalscorer Disputes and Problematic Burgers
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Ledley King's Talking Points
Manchester City didn’t realise their dream of clinching the Premier League title at the Etihad, after a thrilling Manchester Derby ended 3-2. Paul Pogba was the centre of attention before kick-off with his light blue hair, and took centre stage in the second half when he netted twice in two minutes to make it 2-2. Chris Smalling’s volley completed the dramatic comeback for United, who have now beaten every side in the Premier League this season.
Harry Kane was eager to let Eriksen know that the goal was his when the ball rippled the net for Spurs’ second at Stoke. The Premier League disagreed, denying Kane of his 25th goal of the season. But there’s no doubting that Harry will join Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry as the third player to score 25+ goals in three consecutive Premier League seasons.
Burnley have European football firmly in their sights after their 2-1 win at Watford on Saturday. Unless Southampton win the FA Cup, the seventh-placed team in the Premier League will qualify for the Europa League at the end of the season, and Sean Dyche’s side are six points clear of Leicester with a six-pointer against the Foxes this coming Saturday.
Danny Welbeck scored twice as Arsenal came from behind to beat relegation-battling Southampton at the Emirates on Sunday. Welbeck missed a sitter in the second half but redeemed himself with the match winner moments later. "I’m personally very happy and pleased for him because this guy has gone through some difficult times,” said Wenger.
Fulham put the pressure on Cardiff in the race for automatic promotion from the Championship after Aleksandar Mitrovic scored his ninth goal in as many games. Fulham are now just two points behind Cardiff after their 1-0 defeat to Wolves on Friday night, but the Bluebirds do have a game in hand. Whether Cardiff win or not at Villa tomorrow night, it will be a tense run-in at the top.
Millwall won their eighth game in ten to continue their surge towards the Championship playoffs, but wins for Boro and Derby mean they are still sat outside the top six. The Lions leapfrogged Bristol City with their 2-0 win at the Den, and travel to Bolton tomorrow.
Accrington Stanley boss Andy Holt has been told that he cannot buy burgers for his team when they win, because the club did not declare it as part of their bonus schedule at the start of the season. The EFL demanded an explanation, stating that he can only continue to buy burgers for his team if he does so when they win, lose or draw. “You have to wonder what these folk would do with their lives if it wasn’t for my errors of judgement,” said Holt.
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The Legends scored low with 77 points this weekend, finishing outside the top 30. Ledley grabbed 18 points while Jermain Jenas bagged 16 and both Paul Robinson and Shaun Wright-Phillps got 15.
Top Selected Bankers
Arsenal 25% (Won 3-2)
Chelsea 12% (1-1)
Spurs 12% (Won 2-1)
Blackburn 5% (Won 1-0)
Wigan 5% (Won 5-1)
St Mirren 4% (Won 1-0)
Top Selected Draws
Bournemouth 2-2 12%
Watford 1-2 Burnley 10%
W.B.A 1-1 Swansea 10%
Man C 2-3 Man U 8%
Brighton 1-1 Huddersfield 5%
Leicester 1-2 Newcastle 5%
You can now make your selections for matchweek 37.