Week 8 results
LEEDS UNITED 1 WEST HAM UNITED 2
Michail Antonio's 90th-minute winner left Leeds still searching for a first Premier League win of the season. This is only the second time in Leeds' history that they have failed to win any of their first six games of a top-flight campaign - it last happened in 1935-36. That late winner was good news for the 8 who got this spot-on, and the 3 who had the outcome.
LEICESTER CITY 2 BURNLEY 2
Jamie Vardy scored twice - as well as an own goal - as Leicester came from behind to deny Burnley a first Premier League win of the season. Nobody had this spot-on, and only basher2010 got the outcome. The other 27 predicted a win for Leicester with a massive 16 going for a 2-0 in what was the weeks most predicted score.
BLACKBURN ROVERS 5 CARDIFF CITY 1
Ben Brereton Diaz led the way with a hat-trick as Blackburn ran riot. Cardiff have now lost three games in a row for the first time under Mick McCarthy. No surprise that nobody got this spot-on, but 17 did have the outcome.
FOREST GREEN ROVERS 0 TRANMERE ROVERS 0
Forest Green maintained pole position at the top of League Two, in game that had 40 shots, but no goals. Another game with no 3 pointer, and only durham_exile got the outcome. 25 predicted a win for Forest Green.
HARROGATE TOWN 0 STEVENAGE 0
Stevenage kept their first clean sheet in nine winless matches with this bore draw. Well done to Pinault_Noir for being the only one to get this spot-on, and just 2 more had the outcome. 24 predicted a win for Harrogate.
HARTLEPOOL UNITED 1 EXETER CITY 1
Hartlepool dropped their first home points of the season as they were pegged back by Exeter, who have now gone seven games undefeated. A sublime 5 had this spot-on, and another 2 got the outcome.
The word shortage is becoming more prevalent every day in this country, and for the fourth week running it is a word that best descibes the number of points in the Happy League. In his prediction post this week noah4x4 said "Struggling to get going this season. Incredible number of draws. My tactic of never forecasting draws is backfiring". He is not the only one to use that strategy, and their cause was not helped again this week either, with another four games ending as draws. Though out of them it was only the Hartlepool 1-1 that was much use to anybody. There was almost a fifth one at Leeds, before the late West Ham winner. Three members did well to have two 3 pointers, they were RSCOSWORTH, blueeagle and thrillseeker. They each had that West Ham 2-1 and Hartlepool 1-1, and the Blackburn outcome, to give them all a decent 7 points, and a three-way share of being the weeks top scorer. Best of those to have one 3 pointer was GOSBTS who had the West Ham 2-1 and two outcomes to give him a solid 5 points.
Indeed there has been an incredible number of draws so far this season, with the 4 today making it 23 that have ended that way. There have been 18 home wins, and the other 15 being away wins. There is a three-way tie for the top result with the 0-0, 1-0 and 1-1 all on 8.
Something to think about for the future. The heavy support for Leicester to win 2-0 today was the third time this season that score has had incredible numbers. There has also been many occasions with double figure support for that score as well. Despite that we have yet to have one game end 2-0 this season, and only one end 0-2. In fact it has been something that has surprised me in my time of administrating the Happy League, that only a small number of games end in either of those two scores.
Happy Midweek League Cup Just to say a final reminder that the next round of games take place next Tuesday 28th September. All details on the separate thread.
In the Premier The top scoring performance from RSCOSWORTH means he continues to increase his lead, that now stands at an impressive 12 points. Having the West Ham 2-1 spot-on helps to keep sevebalo in second place. Three outcomes for basher2010 were enough to move him up a place into third. Just one outcome for unitedwhites has him dropping a place into the final Super Cup spot. The only other member to get a 3 pointer in this division was mfb_cufc, the West ham 2-1, and he moves up a place to fifth. Three outcomes also for Daniel, and he moves up a place to sixth. With all these draws doing him no favours noah4x4 fires a second blank this season, but he remains out of the relegation zone, as the bottom three continue their search for a first 3 pointer this season.
In Division One It is all change at the top, as the top scoring performance from blueeagle continued his rapid rise, that has taken him from 14th after Week 3, to the summit this week. Having the Hartlepool 1-1 spot-on, moved Tropical_Us up a place, and back into the automatics again. One outcome for last weeks leader medicine_man, means he has to settle for third this week. Mr Consistency gerry_us remains fourth for the fifth week running, after getting the West Ham 2-1 spot-on. He is a place ahead of MrHappy2, after he fired a blank. Finally making it into the final play-off place is Pinault_Noir, after narrowly missing out the last two weeks. Another to benefit from having the West Ham 2-1 spot-on, was burnsieespana, and he moves up a place. The big mover in this league was thrillseeker, after his top scoring performance took him up a big six places. The only other member in the + column was GOSBTS, with his solid week moving him up a couple of places.
THE TABLES (56 out of 280 played)
(Tie-breaker: Most 3 pointers, and then the first to post)
Week 9 Fixtures
CHELSEA v SOUTHAMPTON
LUTON TOWN v HUDDERSFIELD TOWN
PETERBOROUGH UNITED v BRISTOL CITY
CREWE ALEXANDRA v CAMBRIDGE UNITED
GILLINGHAM v WIGAN ATHLETIC
NEWPORT COUNTY v SCUNTHORPE UNITED
Good luck everybody.