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November 23, 2009

Monday morning update 2: Mike Collett claims, with some justification it must be said, to have altered his predictions on Friday afternoon. I do indeed have an email from Mike asking me to change them, so I guess we’ll have to give him credit for getting Liverpool v Man City, the double pointer, bang on at 2-2. OK, Mike … but next time, one shot please.

I also decided to give Mitch a one-point bonus for his 5-0 prediction in the Spurs game (closer than anyone else), making him one of the week’s big winners with 18 points. Martyn Herman would have got 20, including a two-point bonus for being the only person to predict an Arsenal defeat, but I docked him two for trying to sneak in a 2-2 prediction on the Anfield game … after the final whistle.

So here’s the latest table here at Reuters Soccer Blog Towers. Let us know how you are doing. Just to recap, it’s a point for the right result, or five points for the correct score. Double points on Liverpool. A two-point bonus if you got Arsenal losing. More bonus points for style if you make a convincing argument in the comments.   

Reuters Soccer Blog panel: Patrick Johnston 129, Mitch Phillips 111, Paul Radford 106,  Mike Collett 101, Simon Evans 89, Kevin Fylan 88, Mark Meadows 87, Miles Evans 86, Neil Maidment 81, Julien Pretot 74, Asia Sports Desk 68, Martyn Herman 46, Justin Palmer 38, Sonia Oxley 29

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Original post: Tired of Thierry? Had enough of Henry? Exhausted at the attempts of headline writers around the world to come up with a catchy way of describing Ireland’s unfortunate World Cup exit? (The Hand of God II, Le Hand of God, La Main de Dieu, Thierrygate … and that’s just us on Reuters Soccer Blog).

If so, we have just the thing for you, as our predictions game is back with a bang following that pesky World Cup break.

Remember the name Rafa? The big big man is back, quite possibly with Sir Steven Gerrard, as the Premier League returns with a belter: Liverpool v Man City at Anfield, 1245 Saturday.

Elsewhere, Man Utd need to put the Chelsea defeat behind them at home to Everton, while Wigan Athletic will have to watch out for the angriest striker in the Premier League, Ireland frontman Robbie Keane, when they face Spurs.

For those new to our score predictions game, you get one point for getting the right result, but make that five points if you get the score exactly right. Pit your wits against us here at the Reuters Soccer Blog panel and just see how quickly you overtake us. Here’s the state of play at the moment.

Reuters Soccer Blog panel: Patrick Johnston 117, Paul Radford 102, Mitch Phillips 93, Mike Collett 88, Miles Evans 86, Simon Evans 85, Kevin Fylan 78, Mark Meadows 77, Julien Pretot 74, Neil Maidment 67, Asia Sports Desk 55, Justin Palmer 38, Martyn Herman 28, Sonia Oxley 26

Rest of the world: Keep your score and let us know in the comments. From next week I’ll try to keep tabs on how you’re doing and add you to the table.

Without further ado, here are this weekend’s matches … and your double pointer is Liverpool v Man City. They couldn’t lose again, could they?

Liverpool v Manchester City: Patrick Johnston 1-1, Paul Radford 2-1 (Gerrard winner), Mitch Phillips 3-0, Mike Collett 1-1, Miles Evans , Simon Evans 2-1, Kevin Fylan 1-2, Mark Meadows 1-0, Julien Pretot , Neil Maidment 2-1, Asia Sports Desk 2-1, Justin Palmer , Martyn Herman 2-2 (came in after match had finished, so points surely to be deducted), Sonia Oxley 1-2

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

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

Chelsea v Wolverhampton Wanderers: Patrick Johnston 4-0, Paul Radford 3-0, Mitch Phillips 4-1, Mike Collett 3-1, Miles Evans , Simon Evans 3-0, Kevin Fylan 4-1, Mark Meadows 3-0, Julien Pretot , Neil Maidment 4-0, Asia Sports Desk 4-0, Justin Palmer , Martyn Herman 5-0, Sonia Oxley 3-1

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

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

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

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

Tottenham Hotspur v Wigan Athletic: Patrick Johnston 4-1, Paul Radford 3-1, Mitch Phillips 5-0, Mike Collett 1-1, Miles Evans , Simon Evans 2-0, Kevin Fylan 2-0, Mark Meadows 3-0, Julien Pretot , Neil Maidment 2-1, Asia Sports Desk 2-1, Justin Palmer , Martyn Herman 2-1, Sonia Oxley 3-2

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

Comments

Have put this up as a skeleton post, as I kept getting distracted. Will add in the missing predictions (including my own) as soon as I get some time.

Posted by Kevin Fylan | Report as abusive
 

For the sake of “FAIR PLAY”, the match between France / Ireland should be replayed. This is what the majority of supporters in Ireland and France wish.FIFA are just a bunch of “political” bureaucrats !!!How dare such an organization put themselves above the wishes of both supporters, and footballers and sportsmen all over the world.As an Irishman and like most Irish supporters, we are not angry with Henry. He just had too much passion and wanted his national team to win.But these “MATCH OFFICIAL :-( (” should never walk on a football pitch– 2 hand balls + 2 offside !!!!

Posted by Brian Mc Mullen | Report as abusive
 

also egyptian football team were terrorized by the algerian team who played a very unfair and violent game .the algerians brought criminals with daggers and knives who attacked the egyptian fans after the match.The fifa are closing their eyes towards this massacr.if fifa pretends they want fair play they should disqualify Algeria,otherwise fifa will be protecting violence and foul play. with this in mind Ireland should ply again.

Posted by m.salah | Report as abusive
 

Yet again another poor showing last time from myself so need at least 12 or more to close the gap to the top!Birmingham v Fulham 0-2Bolton v Blackburn 2-0Burnley v Aston Villa 1-1Chelsea v Wolverhampton 4-0Hull v West Ham 1-3Liverpool v Man City 1-2Man Utd v Everton 3-1Stoke v Portsmouth 2-1Sunderland v Arsenal 0-2Tottenham v Wigan 3-1Also not sure when theese are played next week but:Fulham v Blackburn 2-0Hull v Everton 1-2

Posted by Chipking | Report as abusive
 

These are Maids predictions asked me to put them up as doesnt wanna lose touch with those who have now overtaken him at the top of the pile!!Birmingham v Fulham 2-0Bolton v Blackburn 1-1Burnley v Aston Villa 0-2Chelsea v Wolverhampton 4-1Hull v West Ham 1-2Liverpool v Man City 3-2Man Utd v Everton 3-1Stoke v Portsmouth 2-0Sunderland v Arsenal 0-2Tottenham v Wigan 1-0

Posted by Chipking | Report as abusive
 

Just had a quick recount of all my scores whilst bored at work and i reckon im onto 83 now which is not as good as i was hoping for! At least its a long season enabling me enough time to claw back the 34 points(Well hopefully anyway) i am currently behind our leader!

Posted by Chipking | Report as abusive
 

This is what the Ireland manager should have done.Some years ago, Sheffield United went to Highbury for a cup match against Arsenal. An Arsenal player went to ground injured and one of the Sheffield United players kicked the ball out of play to enable him to get treatment.Now, to the uninformed on these matters, in football, there is what’s best described as a “gentleman’s agreement” that, if an opponent kicks the ball out of play for an one of your players to get treatment, you return the ball back to your opponent, you know, to say ‘thanks guys’.Arsenal didn’t kick it back afterwards. They threw the ball to one of their players from the throw-in, ran up the pitch and scored.What did the manager of Sheffield United, then Steve Bruce, do? Ordered his players off the pitch immediately and refused to play on.If only Trappatoni had done the same.“Right boys, that’s enough. We don’t play against cheats. Off you come. Sorry Mr Fourth Official, we’re not playing on.” What a scene that would have created.And guess what it got Mr Bruce and Sheffield United? A replay.Do you agree?!! Check out my bloghttp://anirishdaddy.blogspot.com/200 9/11/luck-of-irish.html

 

lets see if i can do aswell as last weeks predictionsBirmingham v Fulham 2.1Bolton v Blackburn 1-1Burnley v Aston Villa 1.2Chelsea v Wolverhampton 4-0Hull v West Ham 2.0Liverpool v Man City 3.1Man Utd v Everton 2.0Stoke v Portsmouth 1-0Sunderland v Arsenal 1.3Tottenham v Wigan 2.1

Posted by sean | Report as abusive
 

OK… here’s mine… “jonny on the ball”Liverpool 1 : Man City 0Birmingham 2 : Fulham 1Burnley 0 : Aston Villa 2Chelsea 2 : Wolves 0Hull 2 : West Ham 1Sunderland 1 : Arsenal 2Man U 2 : Everton 0Bolton 2: Blackburn 1Tottenham 2: Wigan 1Stoke 2: Portsmouth 0http://jonnyontheball.blogspot.com/

 

having flunked math most semesters i could be wrong here but struggling to work out how my mighy 18 points added to 102 (or 112?) give me a mere 111 this week. i can’t stand on one leg for the next six days kev, help me out here.

Posted by mitch | Report as abusive
 

I did toy with putting 9-1, I really did…

Posted by Mark | Report as abusive
 

Glad you spotted my little deliberate mistake there, mitch. Sadly for you, it was a mistake in the old total, which was actually 93, and not the actual one.

Posted by Kevin Fylan | Report as abusive
 

Happy as managed more than i wanted with a pretty respectable 13 considering my poor form of recent weeks puts me nearer that elusive 100 barrier so onto 96 now with still 2 games left of this gameweek.Reckon of the outside contributors I must be 2nd at least as sean cannot have caught me yet and maid I think is well ahead even if he had a poor showing this week.

Posted by Chipking | Report as abusive
 

im not to far behind you now chipking, as after this week has point me on to 82 point overall, with to games left to go.so here are my midweek predictionsFulham v Blackburn 1-2Hull v Everton 1-2

Posted by sean | Report as abusive
 

What,s the problem with the Irish as they had two games ,home and away to settle the score and get to the world cup next year .Earlier on in June this year the British Lions were in South africa to play the Springboks and that great Irish centre Brian o,Driscoll took out Danie Rossouw the Springbok loose forward in a crude tackle that concussed the big man,no yellow card no citing ,no coment from the media ,so what goes around comes around ,sorry hypocrites?

Posted by Samuel | Report as abusive
 

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