Matchweek 3 Roundup: Dream Debuts, On Form Forwards and Shock Results
After last week's high scoring full-house feast, big scores were scarce on the ground in Matchweek 3. Shock defeats for Man City, Celtic and Swansea put most players' hopes in tatters. But despite the shocks, two players got all 7 selections correct, and one player Smokey, has done so two weeks in a row to move within two steps of the £1,000,000 jackpot. Smokey also leads the £1,000 competition for the most full houses over the season.
The weekly individual winner was Maxey with 28 points, one more than Smokey.
The best team score was 121 from the Wimbledon Wildcats. That means last week's high score of 137 from The Tarantino 7 is still the best in the race for the first £700 team prize of the season. With only one week left before we start again, that is the score to beat with a difficult Matchweek Four ahead. With International week taking the spotlight, there is only League 1, League 2 and the National League to choose from.
Ledley scored 10 points this weekend, which was the average score for the week, reflecting a round of upsets.
Ledley King's Talking Points
Spurs failed to bounce back from their Champions League defeat to Bayern, with another defeat, conceding three goals to Brighton. It is a low point of Pochettino's reign as Spurs boss, but as Eric Dier said after the game, "We all have to be together and push through it.”
Man United's poor form continued with a 1-0 defeat to Newcastle at St James' Park. 19-year-old Matty Longstaff made his Premier League debut alongside his older brother in the Newcastle midfield, stunning Man Utd with a 25-yard strike in the 72nd minute. The result lifted Newcastle out of the bottom three, while United slumped to 12th.
Adama Traore had scored just one goal in 72 Premier League appearances before he stepped onto the Etihad pitch on Saturday. But the Spaniard scored twice in the final 10 minutes, as Wolves won in the top flight at Man City for the first time since 1979.
Chelsea scored three goals away from home for the third consecutive time, the first time the blues have done so since 2009. Tammy Abraham made the scoresheet again, now with eight Premier League goals and nine in total this season.
West Brom climbed to the Championship summit after slotting four past Cardiff. The Baggies had to hold off a late Cardiff comeback, with the scoreboard reading 3-2 after 86 minutes, but Romaine Sawyers added a fourth for Albion in stoppage time to seal the win.
Preston dismantled second-bottom Barnsley 5-1 to move into third spot in the Championship. The Lilywhites are now unbeaten in eight league games, while Barnsley have still not won since the opening day of the season.
Huddersfield earned back to back wins with a 3-0 defeat of Hull taking them out of the bottom three. The Terriers had made a very shaky start to the new season after being relegated from the Premier League, but new manager Danny Cowley has now won two of his four games in charge.
6 Most Popular Bankers
Man C 0-2
Man U 0-1
6 Most Popular Draws
Fleetwood town 0-1
Notts Forest 1-0
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