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Forget the World Cup, the predictions league is back (UPDATE)

October 20, 2009

TUESDAY UPDATE:

The scores are in and it hasn’t been quite as bad a week as usual for most of the Reuters Panel. Still, we’re not tearing up any trees, as the big man would have said, so still plenty of chance to make us look like fools. Here’s the updated table:

Reuters Soccer Blog panel: Patrick Johnston 89, Paul Radford 77, Simon Evans 71 (shocker), Kevin Fylan 65, Mike Collett 64 (outstanding performance), Mitch Phillips 62 (another shocker), Miles Evans 60, Julien Pretot 57, Neil Maidment 43, Mark Meadows 42, Justin Palmer 36, Asia Sports Desk 35, Martyn Herman 7

Don’t forget to let us know your scores in the comments section, if you haven’t done so already. Remember: five points for getting the score on the nose; one point for the right result but wrong score.

Kevin Fylan

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If you are suffering a post-World Cup qualification hangover then fear not, the Reuters Soccer Blog Premier League predictions contest is back!

While Diego Maradona was sliding on his belly, our panel of so called experts were licking their wounds after a distinctly average few weeks with one notable exception.

Patrick Johnston had a stormer last time out to jump to the top of the standings. But like everything in football, controversy is never far away.

His stunning performance prompted Asia Sports Desk to sign Patrick in a multi-million pound transfer, leaving the predictions league referees with a real quandary.

When he goes off to work in Singapore, do we allow him to continue as an individual panel member or should he be consumed by Asia Sports Desk’s combined team?

Bottom side Asia are hoping they can steal his points but as yet no decision has been taken.

With some tough matches to call this weekend, Asia could well find themselves further adrift although bonus points will be awarded if their prediction that Burnley will have two players sent off in Sunday’s derby at Blackburn Rovers comes true.

Former contest leader Simon Evans and I are from East Lancashire and we know how niggly a Blackburn-Burnley derby can get…on and off the pitch.

So while maid streaks ahead among our outside contributors, here are the running scores for the panel with this weekend’s matches and predictions underneath. Please have a go yourself in the comments and let us know how you are doing.

Reuters Soccer Blog panel: Patrick Johnston 76, Simon Evans 68, Paul Radford 63, Mitch Phillips 59, Kevin Fylan 56, Mike Collett 50, Julien Pretot 48, Miles Evans 47, Neil Maidment 43, Mark Meadows 38, Justin Palmer 36, Asia Sports Desk 28

Saturday
Aston Villa v Chelsea: Patrick Johnston 1-1, Simon Evans 1-1, Paul Radford 1-2, Mitch Phillips 1-2, Kevin Fylan 1-2, Mike Collett 0-2, Julien Pretot 1-3, Miles Evans 1-2, Neil Maidment, Mark Meadows 0-1, Justin Palmer, Asia Sports Desk 1-1, Martyn Herman (very late new entrant) 1-2

Arsenal v Birmingham City: Patrick Johnston 3-1, Simon Evans 3-0, Paul Radford 4-0, Mitch Phillips 1-1, Kevin Fylan 3-0, Mike Collett 3-1, Julien Pretot 3-0, Miles Evans 2-0, Neil Maidment, Mark Meadows 3-0, Justin Palmer, Asia Sports Desk 4-1, Martyn Herman 4-0

Everton v Wolverhampton Wanderers: Patrick Johnston 3-1, Simon Evans 2-0, Paul Radford 2-0, Mitch Phillips 1-0, Kevin Fylan 2-0, Mike Collett 2-0, Julien Pretot 1-0, Miles Evans 4-0, Neil Maidment, Mark Meadows 1-0, Justin Palmer, Asia Sports Desk 2-0, Martyn Herman 1-0

Manchester United v Bolton Wanderers: Patrick Johnston 2-1, Simon Evans 3-1, Paul Radford 2-0, Mitch Phillips 1-1, Kevin Fylan 2-1, Mike Collett 3-0, Julien Pretot 4-1, Miles Evans 1-0, Neil Maidment, Mark Meadows 1-0, Justin Palmer, Asia Sports Desk 4-0, Martyn Herman 3-1

Portsmouth v Tottenham Hotspur: Patrick Johnston 2-1, Simon Evans 1-1, Paul Radford 1-2, Mitch Phillips 0-2, Kevin Fylan 0-2, Mike Collett 0-1, Julien Pretot 1-2, Miles Evans 2-2, Neil Maidment, Mark Meadows 1-3, Justin Palmer, Asia Sports Desk 0-1, Martyn Herman 1-1

Stoke City v West Ham United: Patrick Johnston 1-0, Simon Evans 2-2, Paul Radford 2-1, Mitch Phillips 1-0, Kevin Fylan 2-0, Mike Collett 2-1, Julien Pretot 1-0, Miles Evans 1-0, Neil Maidment, Mark Meadows 1-2, Justin Palmer, Asia Sports Desk 2-0, Martyn Herman 2-1

Sunderland v Liverpool: Patrick Johnston 1-1, Simon Evans 0-2, Paul Radford 2-0, Mitch Phillips 0-2, Kevin Fylan 3-0, Mike Collett 0-0, Julien Pretot 2-3, Miles Evans 1-1, Neil Maidment, Mark Meadows 1-1, Justin Palmer, Asia Sports Desk 1-2, Martyn Herman 0-1

Sunday
Blackburn Rovers v Burnley: Patrick Johnston 2-1, Simon Evans 1-2, Paul Radford 1-1, Mitch Phillips 1-1, Kevin Fylan 0-0, Mike Collett 2-0, Julien Pretot 2-0, Miles Evans 1-3, Neil Maidment, Mark Meadows 1-1, Justin Palmer, Asia Sports Desk 2-0 (Burnley down to nine men), Martyn Herman 2-2

Wigan Athletic v Manchester City: Patrick Johnston 1-3, Simon Evans 0-1, Paul Radford 1-3, Mitch Phillips 1-0, Kevin Fylan 2-0, Mike Collett 1-1, Julien Pretot 1-2, Miles Evans 1-1, Neil Maidment, Mark Meadows 0-2, Justin Palmer, Asia Sports Desk 2-2, Martyn Herman 0-2

Monday
Fulham v Hull City: Patrick Johnston 3-0, Simon Evans 3-0, Paul Radford 1-0, Mitch Phillips 1-0, Kevin Fylan, Mike Collett 2-1, Julien Pretot 1-1, Miles Evans 2-0, Neil Maidment, Mark Meadows 1-0, Justin Palmer, Asia Sports Desk 3-1, Martyn Herman 0-0

PHOTO: A fan sits in the stands at Turf Moor stadium ahead of the English Premier League soccer match between Burnley and Everton in Burnley August 23, 2009. REUTERS/Nigel Roddis

Comments

Arsenal v Birmingham, 4.1
Aston Villa v Chelsea, 0.2
Blackburn v Burnley, 1.1
Everton v Wolverhampton 2.1
Fulham v Hull, 2.0
Man Utd v Bolton, 2.1
Portsmouth v Tottenham, 1.2
Stoke v West Ham, 0.1
Sunderland v Liverpool 1.2
Wigan v Man City, 0.2

Posted by sean | Report as abusive
 

Arsenal v Birmingham, 15:00 3-0
Aston Villa v Chelsea, 15:00 0-2
Blackburn v Burnley, 15:00 1-1
Everton v Wolverhampton, 15:00 2-1
Fulham v Hull, 15:00 2-1
Man Utd v Bolton, 15:00 3-1
Portsmouth v Tottenham, 15:00 0-2
Stoke v West Ham, 15:00 1-2
Sunderland v Liverpool, 15:00 1-3
Wigan v Man City, 15:00 1-2

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Arsenal v Birmingham 3-1
Aston Villa v Chelsea 2-2
Everton v Wolverhampton 1-0
Man Utd v Bolton 3-0
Portsmouth v Tottenham 1-2
Stoke v West Ham 1-1
Sunderland v Liverpool 0-1
Blackburn v Burnley 1-1
Wigan v Man City, 1-0
Fulham v Hull 1-2

Posted by UTV | Report as abusive
 

Greetings from the top of the prediction tree.
There has been a lot of talk, mainly from J.Pretot, about me having to give up my scores and amalgamate with Asia Sports desk. Let me assure all my supporters around the world, and office, that this will not be happening and should anyone force me to stoop to the lower echelons of the predictions table I will appeal the decision with CAS.
Maid, Chipking your both very quiet, are you struggling to keep up with me?

Posted by Patrick | Report as abusive
 

going to make a change on my liverpool score to a final result of 2-2

Posted by sean | Report as abusive
 

Arsenal 3 Birmingham 0
Man United 2 Bolton 0
Aston Villa 0 Chelsea 2
Everton 2 Wolves 1
Portsmouth 1 Tottenham 2
Stoke 1 West Ham 1
Blackburn 3 Burnley 1
Sunderland 2 Liverpool 4
Wigan 0 Man City 1
Fulham 3 Hull 1

Posted by Zoran | Report as abusive
 

this are my predictions:

Arsenal 1 Birmingham 0
Man United 2 Bolton 0
Aston Villa 0 Chelsea 1
Everton 2 Wolves 1
Portsmouth 1 Tottenham 2
Stoke 0 West Ham 1
Blackburn 1 Burnley 1
Sunderland 2 Liverpool 4
Wigan 0 Man City 2 (TEVES SCORE)
Fulham 3 Hull 1

 

I missed getting my predictions last time and am out and about again this week but determined to get back in the points. Will get them in first thong tomorrow.

Posted by Kevin Fylan | Report as abusive
 

Ah prediction time has come again, Patrick, Patrick when will you learn gloating gets you nothing extra in life and nothing extra in this game :-) as the old saying goes ” form is temporary, class is permanent” so we will see come the end of the season and then the gloating will be justified! Enjoy your week at the top cos i have my eyes set on the top place now. But saying that i reckon Maid is still the one to beat as i think he is onto 88 now and the 100 points could well be broken this week!

You were right i did struggle last time out but after a healthy 2 week break i am back feeling refreshed and ready to mount a serious score this week, currently on 68 but want or shall i say need to be pushing past the 80 barrier by the end of this gameweek. Good Luck

Arsenal v Birmingham 4-0
Aston Villa v Chelsea 0-1
Blackburn v Burnley 2-1
Everton v Wolverhampton 2-0
Fulham v Hull 3-0
Man Utd v Bolton 2-0
Portsmouth v Tottenham 0-2
Stoke v West Ham 1-1
Sunderland v Liverpool 1-2
Wigan v Man City 0-2

Posted by Chipking | Report as abusive
 

Patrick, Patrick when will you learn gloating gets you nothing extra in life and nothing extra in this game :-) as the old saying goes ” form is temporary, class is permanent” so we will see come the end of the season and then the gloating will be justified! Enjoy your week at the top cos i have my eyes set on the top place now. But saying that i reckon Maid is still the one to beat as i think he is onto 88 now and the 100 points could well be broken this week!

You were right i did struggle last time out but after a healthy 2 week break i am back feeling refreshed and ready to mount a serious score this week, currently on 68 but want or shall i say need to be pushing past the 80 barrier by the end of this gameweek. Good Luck

Arsenal v Birmingham 4-0
Aston Villa v Chelsea 0-1
Blackburn v Burnley 2-1
Everton v Wolverhampton 2-0
Fulham v Hull 3-0
Man Utd v Bolton 2-0
Portsmouth v Tottenham 0-2
Stoke v West Ham 1-1
Sunderland v Liverpool 1-2
Wigan v Man City 0-2

Posted by Chipking | Report as abusive
 

I got mine in this week… and there’ll be no gloating from me, as I have no confidence in any of them … aprt from Sunderland beating Liverpool.

Posted by Kevin Fylan | Report as abusive
 

88 points, are you quite sure????

Posted by Patrick | Report as abusive
 

I can confirm that maid has 88 points. However, it doesnt look like he’s played this week yet!

Posted by Mark | Report as abusive
 

Yep checked them again was on 80 before the last lot of games and got 8 from those makin 88!!!. Just spoke to him and here are his predictions, said he cannot get onto the internet:

Arsenal v Birmingham 3-0
Aston Villa v Chelsea 1-2
Blackburn v Burnley 2-1
Everton v Wolverhampton 2-0
Fulham v Hull 1-1
Man Utd v Bolton 4-1
Portsmouth v Tottenham 2-2
Stoke v West Ham 0-1
Sunderland v Liverpool 1-2
Wigan v Man City 1-0

Posted by Chipking | Report as abusive
 

back at work this week so will be blogging away as per usual, although im not sure i will be shouting about my score of 3 so far this week.. dream team and fixtures have taken a back seat last 2 weeks perhaps i was getting abit complacent but no more, going to be upto my neck in stats this week to make sure i get back to my old ways next weekend!

Posted by maid | Report as abusive
 

Like Maid a terrible week for myself 5 points is nothing to get excited about, the pressure appears to be getting to me and i am falling behind the early pace setters! Moved onto 73 now, bring on next week need to go back to the drawing board to find my inner peace and the prediction guru i know is somewhere inside me!

Posted by Chipking | Report as abusive
 

are there links on these blog

Posted by g | Report as abusive
 

3rd week involved for me on the predictions, and with this week with some unexpected scores, ive managed to pull out a result of 16 with 3 perfects. so looking forward to next weeks games now.

Posted by sean | Report as abusive
 

hi canadian stakes. Here is our story from Sep 29 when FIFA announced there would be seedings…http://uk.reuters.com/article/i dUKTRE58S6HD20090929

Posted by Mark | Report as abusive
 

is this prediction league still going? it would be great to get somethign going after the midweek Euro Free Bets internationals have finished.

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