Crystal Palace fan Carl Weeks enjoyed a pillar to post victory in a remarkable penultimate round of Predikta in which five members of the top 10 predicted all the results correctly.
Chelsea’s 1-0 win at West Brom not only clinched the Premier League title, but it also gave Carl six points which went a long way to winning week 40 by one point from Jord Keogh, who nailed five scorelines but crucially the one he really needed wasn’t his banker.
Tina Whickman and Sam Bell went through the card in finishing third and fourth respectively with 20 points, while Edward Hill also scored the perfect 10 which only proved good enough for sixth place.
And with just one week to go before the end of the Predikta season, it now looks to be a straight shoot-out between Thomas Cliff and Rob Hopkins with just one point separating the two players.
Chelsea win Premier League
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 14, 2017
Carl’s weekend could not have got off to a better start as he was in the 12% to call Everton’s 1-0 win against Watford and he was in good company in playing his banker on the Blues’ 1-0 victory at The Hawthorns to give him nine points from Friday night’s games, one more than Marek Vaygelt, Richard Waterer and Ryan Howe. Just 6% of players were on that scoreline, while a 2-0 win was the most popular prediction of week 40 at just over 50%!
— Kevin De Bruyne (@DeBruyneKev) May 13, 2017
Carl followed that up by nailing Manchester City’s 2-1 victory over Leicester which was called by 31% of the Predikta crowd, the most popular prediction for that game. Despite the most perfect of starts he still only had a one-point lead over Paul Ballard and Richard Waterer.
What a weekend! 🙌
Thank you for your incredible support, Jack Army! 👏 pic.twitter.com/IBEOS2Ac1o
— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) May 14, 2017
Jord Keogh jumped into contention by correctly predicting all three of Saturday’s 3pm games to sit two points behind Carl. Nearly 24% of you were on Bournemouth’s 2-1 victory over Burnley, 16% nailed Southampton’s 2-1 win at Middlesbrough and 9% were on the money with Swansea’s 2-0 win at relegated Sunderland
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 14, 2017
No-one predicted Arsenal’s impressive 4-1 victory at Stoke, but Jord, Kofi Sekyere, Ryan Howe, Belinda Spragg and Glynnis Keir were snapping at Carl’s heels at two points behind.
Only one brave player went for Crystal Palace to secure a 4-0 win against Hull, who were relegated as a result, but not one soul forsaw Liverpool’s 4-0 win at West Ham which meant Carl retained his two-point lead going into Tottenham’s final ever game at White Hart Lane.
Tottenham 2 Manchester United 1
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 15, 2017
It was the perfect send-off for both Spurs and the majority of Predikta players as Mauricio Pochettino’s side went through the season unbeaten at home with a 2-1 victory over Manchester United, which at 30% was the most popular prediction for that game.
Jord nailed his fifth correct scoreline to reach 21 points, one less than Carl, while Tina Whickman sealed third spot by picking up three points. Willie Woods booked a top-10 spot by playing his banker on a 2-1 victory.
Cliff or Hopkins to win overall title?
Thomas Cliff now leads the overall standings by one point from Rob Hopkins heading into next week’s finale after they scored 14 and 15 points respectively. They have been the Real Madrid and Barcelona of Predikta this season. Which team would you compare yourself to?
John Baxter is our monthly leader with 33 points, two more than Niall Brannigan, while Alpha Males dominated the League of Leagues this week with an average of 13.5 points from their members, 0.4 more than We all hate Man United!
Abington Legends’ lead lasted just one week as Fat Boy Plus 5 returned to the top of the overall standings with a 1.4 point advantage over their rivals. Who’s going to win that stadium tour? Find out next week!
Final week of Predikta
Next week is the final round of Predikta and all 10 matches take place at 3pm on Sunday. The action will centre on the race for a top-four spot, with Liverpool, Manchester City and Arsenal all fighting it out for two Champions League places, but don’t be surprised if you see Manchester United there too courtesy of the Europa League.
Arsenal host Everton in the pick of the games and it’s a fixture they have not lost in over 20 years. With so much potentially hanging on this game, don’t expect them to break that habit!
That wraps up our review of week 40 so we’d just like to say thanks to everyone for playing Predikta this season and for making it such an exciting game. Best of luck to Thomas Cliff, Rob Hopkins, Fat Boy Plus 5 and Abington Legends, and to all of you competing in your own leagues. There’s still plenty at stake! Now jump on the blue bar for one last time!