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UPDATE: Controversial Champions League gives way to Predictions League!
Well the fight for fourth spot in the Premier League looks like being one of the most intriguing battles in Europe as we near the latter stages of the season. Tottenham and Aston Villa won but Manchester City drew 0-0 with Liverpool in a drab game to leave it all as close as an Olympic downhill.
The Bundesliga and La Liga get more exciting thanks to Bayer Leverkusen and Cristiano Ronaldo while Inter’s lead being cut to five points has made Serie A less clear cut.
The same can not be said for our predictions league where leader Paul Radford was again joint-top scorer with 13 (full five points for Arsenal 2-0 Sunderland and Fulham 2-1 Birmingham) to streak 18 clear. But let’s not give up.
Remember one of the best manager cliches – it’s a marathon not a sprint!
Updated Reuters Soccer blog panel scores: Paul Radford 242, Patrick Johnston 224, Mitch Phillips 216, Neil Maidment 204, Mark Meadows 180, Simon Evans 176, Kevin Fylan 167, Mike Collett 159, Julien Pretot 151 , Asia Sports Desk 142, Martyn Herman 133, Miles Evans 108, Sonia Oxley 99
THURSDAY’S ORIGINAL POST: So what do you make of Wednesday’s Champions League controversies?
Even Bayern Munich boss Louis van Gaal admitted Miroslav Klose was offside for their winner in a 2-1 first leg victory over Fiorentina.
Porto’s second goal in their 2-1 home win over Arsenal prompted even more debate. Should the referee have allowed the quick indirect free kick in the box? Did Sol Campbell even touch the ball for the backpass? Will Arsenal keeper Lukasz Fabianski ever get over those two howlers?
The Reuters Soccer Blog Predictions League is just as controversial. Should previous leader Patrick Johnston have kept his points when he moved to join Asia Desk? Should be allowed to post his predictions five minutes before kick off?
Don’t miss out on all the intrigue. Join the Reuters Sport journalists in our panel and play our weekly Premier League predictions competition. A correct score brings five points, a correct result gets you one point and we trust you to total up your own scores! Post your guesses or views on the Champions League in the comments below.
Here’s how our panel stands and this weekend’s fixtures. Outside contributor maid must surely still be ahead of all of us….
Reuters Soccer blog panel: Paul Radford 229, Patrick Johnston 217, Mitch Phillips 207, Neil Maidment 198, Mark Meadows 169, Simon Evans 168, Kevin Fylan 162, , Julien Pretot 151, Mike Collett 152, Asia Sports Desk 131, Martyn Herman 120, Miles Evans 108, Sonia Oxley 91
Everton v Manchester United
Arsenal v Sunderland
West Ham United v Hull City
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Chelsea
Portsmouth v Stoke City
Blackburn Rovers v Bolton Wanderers
Aston Villa v Burnley
Fulham v Birmingham City
Manchester City v Liverpool
Wigan Athletic v Tottenham Hotspur
PHOTO: Arsenal’s Cesc Fabregas (L) and Nicklas Bendtner react after Porto’s second goal during their Champions League soccer match in Porto February 17, 2010. REUTERS/Miguel Vidal