Hello again, and sorry for the absence. I was out digging up the most dirt I could find on all the teams and managers in this fine league and I came back with nothing. Well, there was dirt, but not football related. First, the week has been started without me, so let's take a look at the rough table layout with just points updated from the games that have been played. Yes, I can do math. Napoli - 23Fulham - 19AC Milan - 18Hamburg - 13Istanbul BB - 13Benefica - 10Olympique Lyonnais - 8Valencia - 5Liverpool - 3Villarreal - 3 Napoli were able to jump back to the top of the table after playing both of their games this week and picking up two wins. This means Fulham will need a win and a draw to go level with them on points. Will do do that? My prediction is yes, as I expect them to pick up six points in their two games with Liverpool, which will put them back on top of the table. Sorry Reds, but the squad from London are firing on all cylinders. Going back to another Italian squad, AC Milan are the only current L1 side that were relegated from the PL. At the beginning of the season it didn't look to be certain that they could navigate their way back to the top flight, but it seems now that it just might be their destiny to return. So far this week they drew Benefica so it'll be interesting to see if they can get a win in the return leg of the double header. If so, they'll pad their lead in the top three even further. Now onto something a bit more sad, those squads that seem to now face for certain that they will not be gaining promotion. It's not easy to say, but Lyon, Valencia, Liverpool and Villarreal all look to be staying in L1 as they've failed to get their campaigns going. Could one of them do it? Yes. Is it likely? No. So for some it could be onto the role of spoiler and also a fight for pride to finish as far away from the bottom as possible. Ending this week, it's time to discuss Istanbul BB. Everyone's favorite underdog are proving themselves a force to be reckoned with. Is it out of the question they could sneak into third place? Not at all. Am I about to predict it? Not quite yet. With a defensive brand of football that is never easy to break down, they're always a tough match. However, they're showing they're far more than a test for the contenders, they themselves are a contender. More in a few days as this week gets rolling. Apologies again for the long break.