September 12th & 13th - The new season finally kicked off, a few weeks later than usual. The most attractive looking game on the fixture list was Leeds United's trip to Anfield to face the champions Liverpool. The game certainly didn't fail to disappoint with Liverpool coming out on top in a seven goal thriller. Liverpool were ahead three times only for the newly promoted side to peg them back each time. Mo Salah opened the scoring in the first five minutes. Jack Harrison then equalised. Virgil van Dijk then headed the hosts back in front before gifting an equaliser to Patrick Bamford. Salah, the one season wonder, then put Liverpool three-two up at half time. Mateusz Klich's fine strike looked to have earned Marco Bielsa's side a point but Salah had the last word, firing home the winner from the spot in the 88th minute. A winning start for Jurgen Klopp's side in their title defence but the defensive errors will be a cause for concern.

The honour of scoring the first goal of the season went to Alexandre Lacazette in their three-nil win at Fulham. He was joined on the scoresheet by debutant Gabriel and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang as Mikel Arteta's side carried their good form from the end of last season into this.

Crystal Palace also got off to a winning start - Wilfried Zaha scored the only goal at Selhurst Park as they beat Southampton by a goal to nil. The game at the London Stadium saw two of the favourites in our sack race meet. Steve Bruce's (13 votes) Newcastle came out on top by two goals to nil against David Moyes' (14 votes) West Ham. Two debutants scored for the Toon Army on their debut - Callum Wilson and Jeff Hendrick - in the second half to secure the points.

Sunday's games saw Leicester fast out of the tracks too. They scored three without reply at West Brom to get their campaign off to a fine start. Jamie Vardy, selected by 19 people as a bonus point choice, started his season with a two goal haul. Timothy Castagne had opened the scoring earlier on in that one. The final game on Sunday saw a surprise result in London as Everton went to Tottenham and came away with all three points. The only goal of the game came just before the hour mark as Dominic Calvert-Lewin headed home the winner. Four people voted for Jose Mourinho in the sack race - maybe his chances of regaining the trophy he won in 2007-08 aren't too bad at all....

Newcomer George McGettigan heads the first leaderboard of the season. His score of 41 points included three ten-pointers from the first six games. Brian Prendergast is in second place eight points behind. The early top five is completed by Gerry Moore, Niall Carroll and Ralph Goodwin - all one point further back on 32. Full details below:
 


September 19th & 20th - There were goals galore on the second weekend of the season with three games producing seven goals. Everton went top of the table with two wins from two after a five-two win at home to West Brom. The Toffees topped the table for the first time since 1987 after that one. Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored a hat trick with Michael Kean and James Rodriguez also on the scoresheet. The Baggies had been ahead early on but red cards for Kieran Gibbs and manager Slaven Bilic meant it would be two three-goal defeats for the newly promoted side to start the season.

Leeds got their first win of the season. After last week's defeat at Anfield, this time they were on the right side of a four-three scoreline at home to Fulham. Marco Bielsa's side found the net through Helder Costa (2), Mateusz Klich and Patrick Bamford. They held on for the win despite a late fightback from Fulham with Aleksander Mitrovic scoring twice for the visitors.

Man United's belated start to the season kicked off with defeat at home to Crystal Palace. Andros Townsend opened the scoring after seven minutes but the real drama came in the second half. A twice taken dodgy penalty was converted by Wilfried Zaha before Donny van den Beek scored on his debut for the Reds. However, that man Zaha had the final word adding a third late on. The comedy didn't end there as Sky Sports were then forced to issue a sombre apology after studio guest Patrice Evra suggested Zaha had left Old Trafford a few years ago following a romantic, ahem liaison with then manager David Moyes's daughter. Lovely stuff....

Arsenal had to battle hard to make it two wins from two also. They needed a goal from Eddie Nkeiteh five minutes from time to beat West Ham. The Gunners had lead early through Alexandre Lacazette but Michail Antonio's goal had the sides level and heading for a point before that late winner. Their North London rivals Tottenham picked up a great win on the road. Despite playing away in Bulgaria on Thursday, they scored five at Southampton. Heung-min Son scored four of those with Harry Kane also on the scoresheet. Danny Ings scored twice for the hosts in return.

The away wins continued on Sunday afternoon. Brighton bounced back from their defeat at home to Chelsea on Monday night with a three-nil win at Newcastle. Neal Maupay scored twice with Irish fans happy to see Aaron Connolly add the gloss with a third ahead of next month's playoff against Slovakia. Liverpool laid down a statement of their intent with a two-nil win at Chelsea. Once Andreas Christensen was sent off it was one-way traffic with Sadio Mane scoring twice in the first ten minutes of the second half. The 57 people that picked Alisson in the goalkeeper bonus category were happy to see him save Jorginho's penalty late on and preserve both a clean sheet and two bonus points.

The goals continued on Sunday night. Leicester beat Burnley four-two to end Everton's 32 hour reign of terror at the top of the table. Surprisingly enough, Jamie Vardy wasn't among the scorers - Barnes, Pieters (og), Justin and Praet scored for Brendan Rodgers' side. Chris Wood has fired Burnley into the lead but a second from Jimmy Dunne proved to be only a consolation.

Liam Geraghty's haul of 37 points sees him move into top spot after the second weekend. Some consolation for seeing his Chelsea side lose to Liverpool hopefully. Second place is shared by three people with Liam Keohan, Ralph Goodwin and Richard Johnston hovering like Sadio Mane just three points back. Last week's leader, George McGettigan is in fifth place. Victoria Reid was this week's top scorer with 41 points. There are also top ten appearances this week for Joseph Kavanagh and Gary McGurk. Full details below:
 



September 26th & 27th - Leicester City put in a stunning performance at Man City to maintain their 100% start to the season. City were ahead early on when Riyad Mahrez scored against his former club. After that, Jamie Vardy took over, scoring a hat-trick (inlcuding two penalties) to move onto five for the season already. James Maddison made it four before Nathan Ake pulled one back for the hosts. However, Leicester's third penalty of the game was converted late on by Youri Tielemans. With that goal the Foxes became the first Premier League side to convert three spot kicks in the one game.

Brendan Rodgers' side was joined on nine points by Everton. They picked up another three points winning two-one at Crystal Palace. Dominic Calvert-Lewin's opener was cancelled out by Kouyate but Richarlison's penalty saw the three points on their way back to Merseyside with Roy Hodgson left fwuming over the penalty award. Liverpool and Arsenal will be looking to join both teams on nine points when they meet on Monday night.

Chelsea's defensive shortcomings were on full view again at the Hawthorns where West Brom raced to a three-goal half time lead. That included a brace from Callum Robinson. However, Frank Lampard's side fought back to earn a point with strikes from Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Tammy Abraham. There was also late drama on the south coast where it finished Brighton two Man United two. However, United set a new record of becoming the first team to win a match after the final whistle sounded when Bruno Fernandes netted a 100th minute penalty.

Elsewhere this weekend, Danny Ings scored the winner as Southampton won one-nil at Burnley. There was also late controversy at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium where a late Callum Wilson penalty earned Newcastle a point. Jose Mourinho was unavailable for comment after that one!

Patrick Bamford, still deciding if he's Irish or English, scored a late winner for Leeds in the Yorkshire Derby at Sheffield United. That's three in three for the striker at the start of the season. Sunday's action completed with West Ham recording their first victory of the season. They scored four without reply at home to Wolves. The Hammers were the only home side to record a victory in the eight games played so far this weekend.

With a sense of deja-vu, Jonathan Fox has moved to the top of the monthly leaderboard with just two games on Monday night to go. Derek Brady has climbed to second place with Richard Johnston in third. Last week's leader, Liam Geraghty, is fourth with newcomer Patrick Mifsud, sending in his predictions from Australia no less, completing the top five. Full details below:
 


September 28th - Two games on Monday night brought our first monthly competition of the season to an end. Aston Villa made it two wins from two with a three-nil win at Fulham. Jack Grealish, Conor Hourihane and Tyrone Mings scored the goals as Dean Smith made a mockery of his pre-season sack race favourite status on Block 102!

Liverpool made it three wins from three with victory over Arsenal. Alexandre Lacazette opened the scoring for the visitors. Howver, goals from Sadio Mane and Andy Robertson had the Reds ahead at half time. Lacazette missed a great chance to equalise before Diogo Jota sealed the win with a goal on his debut.

That goal from the ex-Wolves man was enough to earn a ten-pointer for Derek Brady which ensured a two-point victory in the September competition. Until that late goal it looked like more honours for Jonathan Fox. Richard Johnston finished in third with fourth place shared by Liam Geraghty and Patrick Mifsud. Final details for September below:

Premier League 2020-2021 - September Leaderboard
No.
Lst Chg
Name
Team Name
Pts
Lst
Chg
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1
2
1
Derek Brady
Liverpool
117
105
12






2
1
-1
Jonathan Fox
Kilppety Klopp All The Way To The Top
115
110
5
3
3
0
Richard Johnston
The Corporation Lads FC
110
105
5
4
4
0
Liam Geraghty
Is There Any Hope?
108
103
5
5
5
0
Patrick Mifsud
Red & Black Brigade
108
98
10
6
10
4
Liam Keohan
Invincibles
104
94
10
7
6
-1
Gary McGurk
This Is Our Year
101
96
5
8
12
4
George McGettigan
Right Up The Jimmy
101
91
10
9
15
6
Lionel Knott
Red Abbey Reds
101
89
12
10
21
11
David Lavelle
Gers Abu
100
85
15
11
17
6
Kev Dalton
Show Me De Mane
100
88
12
12
9
-3
Ralph Goodwin
Sky Blue Champions
100
95
5
13
11
-2
Niall Cannon
TAA Very Much
99
94
5
14
30
16
Anastas Popov
Strong Saints
97
82
15
15
23
8
Caroline Carroll
Prince
96
84
12
16
7
-9
Phil Doyle
FC Muertos Errantes
96
96
0
17
8
-9
Alan White
Al White XI
95
95
0
18
27
9
Dean White
Armchair 11
95
83
12
19
28
9
Javier Suarez
Hendo's Boys
95
83
12
20
14
-6
Victoria Reid
Tristan's Titans
95
90
5
21
40
19
Sean O'Mairtin
Creweless
94
79
15
22
26
4
Calvin McGettigan
Average Joe 1.0
93
83
10
23
31
8
Brian Haughton
Klopp's Achievers
92
82
10
24
32
8
Con McSweeney
Dowtcha_Boys
92
82
10
25
33
8
Joseph Kavanagh
Joey's Invincibles
92
82
10
26
34
8
Eamon Fox
Goals Very Important In Life
91
81
10
27
35
8
Graham Goodwin
2021 Pls
91
81
10
28
18
-10
Kris Stainton
Da Love Be Beek
91
86
5
29
19
-10
Christina Morgan
Return of the Red Dwarf
90
85
5
30
20
-10
Ciaran Nelson
Nelson Utd
90
85
5
31
37
6
Gareth Pierpoint
Alisson Wonderland
90
80
10
32
13
-19
Gerry Moore
Mikel's Maestros
90
90
0
33
29
-4
Niall Carroll
19
90
83
7
34
22
-12
Aidan Scanlon
Kilflynn Santos
89
84
5
35
46
11
Callum Dunne
The Keita Success
89
74
15
36
24
-12
Gavin Goodwin
Gorey United
89
84
5
37
16
-21
Micheal Joyce
Pure Whites
89
89
0
38
25
-13
Philip Jordan
Frankie's Army
89
84
5
39
41
2
Joe Turner
#blocklivesmatter
87
77
10
40
42
2
Kevin Philpott
Phillys Phylers
87
77
10
41
38
-3
Trevor Byrne
Noddy's 11
87
80
7
42
52
10
Frank McSweeney
Poolabu
86
71
15
43
36
-7
Brian Prendergast
Mista Dobalina
85
80
5
44
44
0
Paul Moore
Bobby Dazzler
85
75
10
45
39
-6
Michael Kenaney
Expected Toulouse
84
79
5
46
58
12
Fiachra O'Brolachain
Tallacticos
83
68
15
47
50
3
Bobby Hynes
Born To Run
82
72
10
48
53
5
Joe Behan
MT-09
81
71
10
49
43
-6
Brian Mullen
Mothers Milk
80
75
5
50
55
5
Craig Calvert
Proper FC
80
70
10
51
49
-2
Gavin Morgan
Bristol Fashion
80
73
7
52
45
-7
Ben Creasey
#1
79
74
5
53
48
-5
Gerry Draper
Everton10
79
74
5
54
59
5
Gary Fitzpatrick
Timo Werner Is A Hurensohn
77
67
10
55
51
-4
Davy Doyle
FC Twente Benson
76
71
5
56
62
6
Gerard McCluskey
Breffni Blues
75
65
10
57
64
7
David Cooney
Frank's Silvalinings
74
64
10
58
47
-11
Eoghan Farrelly
Last Chance Saloon
74
74
0
59
57
-2
Robert Hynes
Charlton
74
69
5
60
54
-6
Brendan Maguire
Cantthinkofone
72
70
2
61
60
-1
Paul Prendergast
The Untouchables
72
67
5
62
61
-1
Cathal Thornton
Horse's Heroes
71
66
5
63
65
2
Aidan White
Saved By A Goalline Technology Failure
70
63
7
64
66
2
Andy Dunne
Peter Crouch Rangers
70
63
7
65
56
-9
Niall Murray
Book Ake
70
70
0
66
67
1
Wayne Donovan
Sixth Senseless
70
60
10
67
68
1
Gary Donnelly
Audrey's + 1
65
55
10
68
69
1
John O'Driscoll
The Botchments
65
55
10
69
70
1
Robert Manley
Alisson Wonderland
65
55
10
70
63
-7
Ciaran O'Hart
Riverchapel Plate
64
64
0
71
71
0
Roisin Joyce
Roisin Joyce
60
55
5
72
72
0
Darragh Kenny
The Sporting Wing
59
54
5
73
73
0
David McGinley
Reservoir Dubs
58
53
5
74
75
1
Drew Armstrong
Army's All Stars
51
41
10
75
74
-1
John Brophy
Carrig United
48
43
5