Bonus HBI Shares ++ First Goal Scorer + Correct Score Comp. No 387: EPL - Arsenal v Aston Villa - October 22nd 2021 - 6000 + 6000 Sports Tokens
West Ham cemented their place at the top of Europa League Group H last night with a really solid display as they sent KRC Genk back to Belgium with their 4th straight defeat after a 3-0 thumping.
Dawson got the first on the stroke of half-time and any thoughts of a comeback were dashed as first, Diop and then Jarrod Brown added two more goals in as many minutes as the hour mark approached.
Capped off a very good week for the British clubs with Rangers also getting a 2-0 win over Brondby IF.
Twelfth plays thirteenth, eleven points to ten and it's fair to say that neither team have set the Premier alight this season. Arsenal have been playing in fits and starts, with definitely more fits and Villa have been struggling to get their new-look squad gelling together after the huge loss of Jack Grealish.
Arteta was playing it close to his chest in his presser when asked about Saka and you'd have to suggest he won't be available after getting kicked in Monday's 2-2 draw with Palace unless it's a bit of gamesmanship! HE also mentioned two or three other players were doubtful but again, he wasn't giving much away.
Dean Smith also had very little to say other than he was 'starting to have a fully fit squad again," whatever that means but he will be hoping to continue last seasons run of form against the Gunners when they did the double over them for the first time in their history.
It could easily turn into a very close game between two very mediocre teams.
Prediction: Arsenal 1 : 0 Aston Villa - First goal scorer: Lacazette
Simply write the name of the FIRST GOALSCORER and the CORRECT SCORE as a comment. The competition closes 5 minutes before kick-off which is 20.00 BST
The Small Print
In the first goalscorer competition, own goals do not count. In the correct score competition, it's the score after 90mins. Extra time and penalties do not count and the pot for each competition will roll over if there is no winner. If more than one person chooses the same first goal scorer or correct score, the prize is shared, and everyone gets a little upvote! It seems I also need to add, one entry per person. Don't forget the new rule that only people with a rep of 50 or above are eligible to enter unless they have been approved. The bonus will be added to any winnings ONLY if Leeds United win and/or Man U lose and all pay-outs will never exceed 50% of post-pay-out. Other bonuses are paid out at my discretion.
And the winners were...
Well, well, well. It seems it was also a good night for me as no one got either the correct scoreline or the first goalscorer. The pot of course will rise up and there are 2 x 2 HBI shares going out to @chrisparis and @abimbola753.
That's it for tonight, let's see if we hear from all the Arsenal fans out there! Thanks for playing and stay safe and happy :-)