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Matchweek 1 Roundup: Emphatic Wins, Millimetre Judgements and Clean Sheets

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Winners

15 players earned a full-house on the opening weekend of the 7OTB season, with Samdmylon taking top spot in the weekly individual competition with superior goal difference to Scottcairns51. There was just one goal in it but Samdmylon is our first prize winner of the season, taking home £100 cash.

The best team score was 123 from the Balotellitubbies. That's the score to beat over the next three weeks in the race for the first £700 team prize of the season.

Ledley King kicked off the seasons with a respectable 24 points.

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Man City scored five goals in 18 minutes against Watford in a rampant performance that sent a message after their humbling defeat to Norwich last weekend. The scoreline read 8-0 at the final whistle, Pep Guardiola's side biggest league win since he took charge in 2016.

Goals from Trent Alexander-Arnold and Firmino helped Liverpool to restore a five-point lead over City. Matip was arguably the best player on the pitch but it was VAR that took the spotlight, canceling out Mason Mount's goal, quickly leading to a goal at the other end. 

There was more VAR controversy at the Kingpower Stadium as Serge Aurier's goal was disallowed after a VAR review because Son was judged to have been offside by millimetres in the buildup. It would have made the score 2-0 to Spurs after Harry Kane's brilliant opener, but instead Leicester equalised a couple of minutes later, and James Maddison's late strike gave the Foxes all three points.

“I was sacked, I probably deserved to be sacked because I was responsible as the manager, but the sad reality is that they are worse than before," said Mourinho of Manchester Utd. West Ham earned their third straight clean sheet with a 2-0 win against Solskjaer's side. 

Preston took all the points against Birmingham to close the gap on the top two, Leeds and Swansea who both drew at the weekend. Sean Maguire scored with the game's first effort on target, following up with a rebound from Paul Gallagher's free-kick.

Ipswich return to the top of League One after a 1-0 win against Gillingham after summer signing Vincent-Young's header. The Tractor Boys have conceded just four goals in their opening nine games, keeping five consecutive clean sheets.

Jermain Defoe bagged two late goals to help Rangers coast past St Johnstone with a 4-0 win. Steven Gerrard's side have lost just one of their opening six to keep within touching distance of Celtic, who have made a perfect start.

Stats

6 Most Popular Bankers

Man City 8-0
Arsenal 3-2
Celtic 3-1
Sunderland 1-1
WBA 4-2
Rangers 4-0

6 Most Popular Draws

Palace 1-1
Birmingham 0-1
Bristol C 0-0
Chelsea 1-2
Newcastle 0-0
Cardiff 1-0

Bonus Points 

2 Points:
Man City 8-0
Oxford UTD 6-0

1 Point:
Boreham wood 4-0
Sutton 4-0
Rangers 4-0

Matchweek 2 is now open! You can make your selections by clicking here. Good luck!