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Matchweek 17 Roundup: Record Breakers, Late Dramas and a Resurgence

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Winners

14 players pulled it out of the bag with seven correct selections this week, with results going right for Man City, Chelsea and Man Utd who were all popular picks. The best player of the week was Efilnikufesin, so £100 cash is going their way.

In the first week of four for the next £700 team prize, the team setting the pace is Pints For Christmas with 109 points. That is the score to beat over the next three weeks in the contest for the next £700 cash prize.

Ledley King scored 13 points this week.

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Ledley King's Talking Points

Liverpool have now made the best-ever start to a season by a club in Europe's top-five leagues, winning 20 and drawing the other of their opening 21 games. The title will surely be heading to Merseyside in May, but Klopp insists: “When someone gives you a trophy it is done but until then you need to fight.”

Aston Villa dropped into the bottom three after being demolished by Manchester City at Villa Park. Sergio Aguero grabbed three goals, meaning he now has more Premier League hat-tricks than any other player in history with 12, and will go down as one of the PL’s greatest ever strikers.

Watford moved out of the bottom three for the first time this season after a convincing 3-0 win over Bournemouth. The Hornets have now collected 13 points from six Premier League matches since Nigel Pearson's appointment last month.

Southampton boss Ralph Hassenhuttl explained his team wanted to show how much they have "developed", following their 2-1 win over Leicester. The performance was worlds apart from that of their 9-0 defeat to the Foxes just three months ago.

West Brom reclaimed top spot in the Championship after coming from behind twice against Charlton at the Valley. The result was a mirror of the reverse fixture at the Hawthornes, where Charlton came from behind twice to earn a 2-2 draw.

Brentford earned a sixth straight home victory after dismantling QPR on Saturday. The 3-1 win puts them six points behind second-place Leeds, and with Bielsa’s side winning just one of their last five, the Bees have to go down as genuine promotion contenders.

Ben Watson's 96th-minute volley appeared to have earned Nottingham Forest a dramatic victory deep into stoppage time against Reading. The scoreboard read 1-0 in the 96th minute, but one minute later the ball was in the back of Forest’s net courtest of a Figueiredo own goal.

Stats

Top 6 Selected Bankers
Man City 6-1
Chelsea 3-0
Man Utd 4-0
Leeds 0-2
Leicester 1-2
Pompey 2-1


Top 6 Selected Draws
Bournemouth 0-3
Spurs 0-1
Charlton 2-2
Luton 1-2
Blackburn 1-1
Middlesbrough 2-2

Bonus Points
1 point:
Man City 6–1
Man Utd 4-0
Sunderland 4-0

Matchweek 18 is now open! You can make your selections by clicking here. Good luck!