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UPDATE – The painful art of score prediction — round 10
So it was an even worse week than usual. Ok, there were some surprise results but generally it was pitiful, some panelists only picked up one point and even most of our outside contributors struggled despite showing us up in recent weeks.
On behalf of all of us, I’d like to point out that the Premier League is more evenly balanced than it has been for a while (see Kevin’s blog) so we have a slight excuse….
Mitch Phillips was the only one to come out of the weekend with any credit, leaping into second spot after getting two scores bang on including West Ham 2-2 Arsenal, which sadly for the rest of us was a double-pointer.
To avoid a plethora of emails from Mitch and to keep it tight at the top, we will let his prediction of a draw in Wolves v Villa stand despite him sending in his entry after the match had started!
Here are the updated scores:
Reuters Soccer Blog panel: Patrick Johnston 92, Mitch Phillips 81, Paul Radford 79, Simon Evans 71, Mike Collett 70, Kevin Fylan 66, Miles Evans 63, Julien Pretot 59, Mark Meadows 50, Asia Sports Desk 48, Neil Maidment 44, Justin Palmer 36, Martyn Herman 10, Soxley (newbie) 2
Kevin’s post from Oct 23:
Can you hear that? A trouserly whoosh through the air, a dull thud and a sharp shriek?
Yes, it’s the sound of Reuters Soccer Blog panellists kicking themselves at their latest failed attempts to demonstrate they actually know something about the game they report on.
With a couple of honourable exceptions (step forward Mr. Michael Collett with 19 points last weekend) it was another case of the blind leading the blind here at Canary Wharf.
Remindingly, you get five points if you get a score prediction spot on, or one point if you get the right result but the wrong score. That means there are at least 50 points at stake, always bearing in mind that if you can predict scores that well you should be making money off the bookmakers, not frittering away your time here.
Here are the scores as they stand:
Reuters Soccer Blog panel: Patrick Johnston 89, Paul Radford 77, Simon Evans 71, Mike Collett 69, Kevin Fylan 65, Mitch Phillips 62, Miles Evans 60, Julien Pretot 57, Neil Maidment 43, Mark Meadows 42, Justin Palmer 36, Asia Sports Desk 35, Martyn Herman 7, Soxley (newbie)
Rest of the world: Maid leads on at least 91, by my reckoning, Chipking 73, and Sean got 16 last week alone, so he must be well up there. Can’t immediately find up to date numbers on anyone else. Remember, you keep your own score in this game (we trust you…) so just let us know in the comments if you’d like to be in the table. You can join any time … just see how quickly you’ll catch us up!
Without further ado, here are this week’s games. Double points this week on West Ham v Arsenal, and remember there are bonus points for style (entirely at my whim and discretion). So have at it!
Wolves v Aston Villa: Patrick Johnston 2-1, Paul Radford 0-1, Simon Evans , Mike Collett 1-3, Kevin Fylan 0-2, Mitch Phillips 0-0*, Miles Evans 1-2, Julien Pretot 1-2, Neil Maidment 0-2, Mark Meadows 0-2, JustinPalmer , Asia Sports Desk 1-1, Martyn Herman 0-1; Soxley 2-1
*Birmingham v Sunderland: Patrick Johnston 0-1, Paul Radford 0-0, Simon Evans , Mike Collett 0-1, Kevin Fylan 1-2, Mitch Phillips 2-0, Miles Evans 1-1, Julien Pretot 1-2, Neil Maidment 1-2, Mark Meadows 0-0, Justin Palmer , Asia Sports Desk 2-1, Martyn Herman 1-1; Soxley 1-2
Burnley v Wigan: Patrick Johnston 3-1, Paul Radford 3-1, Simon Evans , Mike Collett 2-2, Kevin Fylan 1-0, Mitch Phillips 0-1, Miles Evans 0-1, Julien Pretot 2-0, Neil Maidment 1-0, Mark Meadows 2-1, Justin Palmer , Asia Sports Desk 1-2, Martyn Herman 0-3; Soxley 2-0
Hull City v Portsmouth: Patrick Johnston 0-1, Paul Radford 1-0, Simon Evans , Mike Collett 0-2, Kevin Fylan 2-1, Mitch Phillips 2-0, Miles Evans 1-1, Julien Pretot 1-0, Neil Maidment 1-2, Mark Meadows 1-1, Justin Palmer , Asia Sports Desk 1-0, Martyn Herman 0-2; Soxley 1-1
Tottenham v Stoke City: Patrick Johnston 3-0 (two for Crouch), Paul Radford 1-1, Simon Evans , Mike Collett 2-0, Kevin Fylan 3-2, Mitch Phillips 3-1, Miles Evans 2-0, Julien Pretot 2-2, Neil Maidment 3-1, Mark Meadows 3-0, Justin Palmer , Asia Sports Desk 4-0, Martyn Herman 3-0; Soxley 5-1
Chelsea v Blackburn Rovers: Patrick Johnston 3-1, Paul Radford 3-0, Simon Evans , Mike Collett 3-1, Kevin Fylan 3-0, Mitch Phillips 2-0, Miles Evans 2-0, Julien Pretot 3-0, Neil Maidment 3-1, Mark Meadows 3-0, Justin Palmer , Asia Sports Desk 3-2, Martyn Herman 2-0; Soxley 3-0
Bolton v Everton: Patrick Johnston 2-1, Paul Radford 2-1, Simon Evans , Mike Collett 1-1, Kevin Fylan 2-2, Mitch Phillips 1-1, Miles Evans 1-2, Julien Pretot 2-2, Neil Maidment 1-1, Mark Meadows 2-1, Justin Palmer , Asia Sports Desk 2-0, Martyn Herman 2-1; Soxley 1-2
Liverpool v Manchester United: Patrick Johnston 2-1 (after five minutes injury time), Paul Radford 0-1, Simon Evans , Mike Collett 1-1, Kevin Fylan 0-3, Mitch Phillips 1-1, Miles Evans 2-2, Julien Pretot 2-1 (Mascherano, Kuyt), Neil Maidment 0-1, Mark Meadows 0-1, Justin Palmer , Asia Sports Desk 1-3, Martyn Herman 1-1; Soxley 1-3
Manchester City v Fulham: Patrick Johnston 2-0, Paul Radford 3-1, Simon Evans , Mike Collett 1-2, Kevin Fylan 3-0, Mitch Phillips 2-2, Miles Evans 3-0, Julien Pretot 2-0, Neil Maidment 2-0, Mark Meadows 2-2, Justin Palmer , Asia Sports Desk 3-0, Martyn Herman 2-0; Soxley 2-0
West Ham v Arsenal: Patrick Johnston 1-2 (Van Persie, Diaby), Paul Radford 1-3, Simon Evans , Mike Collett 0-4, Kevin Fylan 1-3, Mitch Phillips 2-2, Miles Evans 1-5, Julien Pretot 0-3, Neil Maidment 1-3, Mark Meadows 1-3, Justin Palmer , Asia Sports Desk 1-2, Martyn Herman 0-4; Soxley 0-1
PHOTO: Rubin Kazan’s Vital Kaleshin can’t believe he only got three points from last weekend’s games. REUTERS/Albert Gea