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Matchweek 18 Roundup: Smash & Grabs, Fluffed Lines, and Symbolic Victories

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Winners

A late Crystal Palace equaliser against Man City blew 94% of the weekend's bankers, and that meant nobody correctly predicted a full-house this weekend.

The best player of the week with 22 points was Tony Wallis, so £100 cash is on its way to you Tony.

Wimbledon Wildcats were the highest-scoring team with 104 points, in the second week of four in the race for the next £700 team prize. That wasn't enough to knock Pints For Christmas from their perch, so they still lead the way on 109 points with two more weeks to play.

Ledley King scored 12 points this week, which was the average score across the board in Matchweek 18.

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Goals from Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah earned Liverpool a 2-0 win over Man United, putting the Reds 30 (thirty!) points ahead of their rivals in the Premier League table. After dominating English football for so many years under Sir Alex Ferguson, this results showed just how far things have turned the opposite way, with "we're going to win the league' ringing around Anfield.

Newcastle pulled off a smash and grab against Chelsea with Isaac Hayden’s 94th-minute goal clinching three points for Steve Bruce’s side. Chelsea had almost 70% of the ball, but Newcastle made possession look overrated as they moved seven points clear of relegation.

Pep Guardiola will be scratching his head after a 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace. The result means City have lost five and drawn three already this season, and sit 16 points behind Liverpool who have a game in hand.

Wolves came from two behind to beat Southampton 3-2 at St Mary's, with Raul Jimenez completing the comeback in the 76th minute.  Adama Traore was unstoppable again, this time in a central role for Wolves, tying the Southampton defence in knots.

Leeds fluffed their lines and dropped more points in a crucial period of the season, with a 1-0 defeat to QPR. Patrick Bamford missed a penalty meaning Nahki Wells scored the only goal of the game, putting Leeds’ automatic promotion spot in jeopardy with the gap reduced to just four points.

Nottingham Forest earned victory against Luton to boost their promotion hopes. Joe Lolley’s brace and a late penalty from Lewis Grabban secured victory for Forest, who now sit in fifth place, five points outside the top two.

On-loan Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster helped Swansea move up and into the play-offs in their 2-1 victory against Wigan. Brewster bagged his first goal for the Swans after joining earlier in the month.

 

Stats

Top 6 Selected Bankers
Man City 2-2
Liverpool 2-0
Chelsea 0-1
Notts Forest 3-1
Preston 2-1
Northampton 4-1


Top 6 Selected Draws
Arsenal 1-1
Brighton 1-1
Norwich 1-0
West Ham 1-1
Derby 1-0
Millwall 2-0

Bonus Points
1 point:
Blackburn 5-0
Stevenage 4-0

Matchweek 19 is now open! You can make your selections by clicking here. Good luck!