Chelsea weren’t the only ones celebrating this weekend as Thomas Cliff took the Predikta crown in a thrilling finale with 464 points for the season.
Thomas Cliff wins Predikta
Thomas scored 11 points in the final week, five more than his nearest rival Rob Hopkins to finish top overall and win a signed Harry Kane England shirt.
Rob’s efforts didn’t go unrewarded, though, as he won a shirt of his choice for finishing runner-up, while Sandy Rudman landed the same prize for finishing in third place thanks to a 16-point return from week 41. James Shepherd was the unlucky man to miss out on a top-three spot after scoring just eight points.
There was double cause for celebration for John Baxter, too, because not only did he win week 41, he also romped to victory by seven points in the monthly standings to win a shirt of his choice, while Abington Legends beat Fat Boy Plus 5 in a helter-skelter battle in the League of Leagues to win a tour of Wembley. Congratulations to all of our weekly, monthly and overall winners!
John scored 21 points from Sunday’s 10 games which included an impressive five correct scorelines from the games at Arsenal, Burnley, Manchester United and Swansea, plus a banker from Liverpool’s 3-0 victory over Middlesbrough.
Just 12% correctly forecast the Gunners’ 3-1 win over Everton, 8% were on West Ham’s 2-1 win at Burrnley, 14.5% nailed Manchester United’s 2-0 victory against Crystal Palace and a decent 24% nailed Swansea’s 2-1 win against West Brom.
Liverpool’s 3-0 win against Middlesbrough was very popular with the Predikta crowd at 31%, although the most popular prediction at 39.5% for that game was a 2-0 victory. The most popular prediction of the weekend? Chelsea to beat Sunderland 3-0 had 45% support in the final week.
Perfect 10 from Christopher
Christopher Bowers had a brilliant week, correctly predicting the results of all 10 games to finish runner-up on the Separata rules with 20 points. He correctly forecast three scorelines, including the 1-1 draw between Leicester and Bournemouth which had support from 14.5% of players.
A fitting send off for Wasyl! 👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/hJWk78n8QC
— Leicester City (@LCFC) May 21, 2017
Mark Goldsborough and Steven Bailey shared third spot with nine correct predictions and 20 points overall. Mark’s only blemish was that Southampton failed to get a point against Stoke, while Burnley were the only team to let down Steven. Mark also finished top of Smiv’s Predikta League this week, although Kevin Doherty was the overall champion for that league with 442 points, six more than Benny Banks.
Thomas Bernstein and Mark Stafford also nailed nine correctly results to share fifth place with 19 points. Thomas was also one of the 21 players to predict Stoke’s 1-0 win at Southampton.
30 – Chelsea have become the first top-flight team in history to win 30 games in a 38-game season. Elite. pic.twitter.com/oZ7JCRHco4
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 21, 2017
However, only three players had the foresight to pick out Chelsea’s 5-1 victory over Sunderland which was interrupted in the 26th minute with a staged substitution of John Terry, who got a guard of honour for what was his final game at Stamford Bridge. Aww!
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 21, 2017
As you’d expect, no-one called Tottenham’s Harry Kane-inspired 7-1 victory at Hull – although one player went close at 6-1 – nor did anyone stick their neck out on Manchester City’s impressive 5-0 win at Watford.
Jason Parker had a good finish to the season with 14 points from the final week which guaranteed him fourth place in the overall table. No prize, Jason, but a great season.
Wembley Way awaits Abington Legends
— Wembley Stadium (@wembleystadium) May 19, 2017
Arsenal and Chelsea are on their way to Wembley for Saturday’s FA Cup final – and so are Abington Legends! They trailed by 1.4 points heading into the final week, but were fourth with an average of 11.4 points from their members to pip Fat Boy Plus 5 by 1.7 overall. A tour of Wembley Stadium awaits Abington Legends. Enjoy your day out guys!
And that folks is where are journey ends for this season. Thanks very much to everyone who took part and congratulations to all of you who won prizes, especially Thomas Cliff. See you all next season!