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By winning 8-0, Chelsea made the end of the Premier League season a faily clear-cut affair but the finish to our Predictions League went right to the last kick.
Paul Radford had long since wrapped up the championship but second spot was up for grabs with Patrick Johnston and Mitch Phillips neck and neck on 301. Phillips scored a high 13 points in the finale but Johnston pulled off a 14-pointer to steal the glory.
Arguments have already begun about the legitimacy of Johnston’s last entry and his very existence in the competition after moving to the relegated Asia Sports Desk during the season.
However, a Predictions League commission, hoping to clear up the confusion quicker than a British election, has ruled in Johnston’s favour.
It’s safe to say Paul Radford has been deservedly crowned our Predictions League champion 2009/10 but what about the Premier League?
Could there be a sting in the tail for leaders Chelsea in their last game at home to Wigan on Sunday?
Liverpool will not be keen on helping Manchester United in their title bid but a victory over Chelsea on Sunday could push the Reds closer to that fourth Champions League spot.
Such is the dominance of our predictions league leader that many on the Reuters soccer blog terraces are chanting – ”Are you Messi in disguise?”
The Barcelona forward produced a mesmeric four-goal display against Arsenal just days after predictions league leader Paul Radford racked up four perfect guesses on last weekend’s Premier League fixtures.
While the kids are looking for Easter Eggs, the Reuters soccer blog panel will be desperately seeking some points to close the gap on leader Paul Radford.
The competition is open to everyone so if you fancy predicting this weekend’s Premier League scores then put your guesses in the comments.
The Premier League run-in is becoming so exciting that even stylish Italians like the usually calm Roberto Mancini are getting hot under the collar and wrestling opposition managers for the ball.
Our Premier League predictions competition needs a panel member to show similar passion or else Paul Radford will have wrapped up the title in a matter of weeks.
Chelsea have a rather big home match against Inter Milan looming on Tuesday but a juicy London derby at Stamford Bridge against West Ham means the Premier League title contenders are unlikely to be stepping off the gas this Saturday.
Manchester United lead the table but Chelsea have a game in hand and ex-Hammers Frank Lampard and Joe Cole certainly won’t want to slip further behind at the weekend, especially with rampant United following the humbling of AC Milan with a home game against Europa League-weary Fulham.
Now all that Winter Sports malarkey is out of the way, we can cast all thoughts of the Couver out of our minds and get back to the serious business: the title race run-in, and the predictions league tussle that goes along with it.
Chelsea are the weekend’s main absentees, as they toil on in the FA Cup against a stoked City, so could we see another great leap forward from Arsenal?
The weekend’s Premier League action was overshadowed by the terrible injury to Arsenal’s teenage Wales international Aaron Ramsey at Stoke. We wish him all the best for his recovery.
Arsene Wenger’s shocked players managed to turn their minds back to the match and their 3-1 victory moved them to within three points of leaders Chelsea and two shy of second-placed Manchester United, who again had the prolific Wayne Rooney to thank for Sunday’s 2-1 League Cup victory over Aston Villa.
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.