Happy New Year folks! Predikta turns Father Christmas in the season of goodwill as we dish out presents galore to our selection box of weekly and monthly winners.
Congratulations go to Geeta Hira for being our first weekly winner of 2017, but she was not the only one to enjoy a great start to the year. Mark Goldsborough won a Nike Premier League football for finishing top of Smiv’s Predikta League in week 21 and Dylan Inglis is the proud owner of a football shirt of his choice for scoring more points in December in our most popular league.
You can still join Smiv’s Predikta League and get the chance to win weekly and monthly prizes by clicking on the cog in the top right corner and then selecting Join League. Simply type in Smivs predikta league and wait to be accepted! Get others involved too, the more the merrier.
Sweet success for Fat Boy Plus 5
Celebrations are also in order for the heroes of Fat Boy Plus 5 because their quality was streets above the rest in the League of Leagues in December. Their members have won a stadium tour thanks to a table-topping 53.5 points this month. Well played to all our winners and bad luck to those who just missed out. There’s always next week and next month!
Geeta topped the table with 20 points and was one of four players inside the top 10 to predict nine correct results this week. Only Burnley let down Geeta for the perfect 10 results, but even the nine she predicted correctly would have paid out 900/1 in an accumulator.
Benjamin Conway and Kerri Howard were both denied by Southampton, but the nine results they got right produced odds of 350/1, while Dave Smith just needed a draw between Swansea and Bournemouth to complete the perfect set. Dave’s nine correct results would have generated a 750/1 pay-out. You can try one of several accumulator options immediately after making your predictions every week. Looks like it was worth it this week.
No-one actually foresaw Burnley’s 4-1 win against Sunderland or Tottenham’s 4-1 success at Watford, but one person actually predicted Chelsea’s 4-2 victory over Stoke. Not only did 2FC get the right scoreline, he also played his banker on it! Some effort that, considering Chelsea had kept 10 clean sheets in their previous 11 matches.
— 2FC (@2FtBallsCombo) December 31, 2016
Others took a more prediktable route with their bankers. Geeta picked up six points on Manchester United’s 2-1 win against Middlesbrough, while second-placed Kerri played a banker on Arsenal’s 2-0 win against Crystal Palace, as did Ka Hei Choi, Liane, Dave Ormesher, Sandy Rudman and countless others. At 36%, the Gunners’ 2-0 win was the third most popular prediction of the weekend behind 2-0 victories for United (49%) and Chelsea (45%).
Some did not even need a successful banker to make the top 10 such as joint runner-up Benjamin Conway who correctly predicted three scorelines. Ben was one of just 32 players to go for Liverpool to beat Manchester City which was a meeting between two sides with a reputation for goals. He was also on Leicester and United.
Jim Scoular tied for seventh this week with three correct results, including West Brom’s 2-1 win at Southampton, while Sandy Rudman was one of just 39 players to predict a goalless draw between Brentford and Norwich. Excellent Championship knowledge there, Sandy.
Alastair leads Predikta in 2016
Amid the fog of Christmas and New Year celebrations, Alastair Archbold leads the overall Predikta competition at half-time by 15 points, although Gerry Flynn has trimmed his advantage by one point. Alastair also finished top of the monthly standings with 66 points, one more than Ben Richmond and David Still.
The overall top 10 changed little as we moved into 2017, but Rob Hopkins moved up three places into fifth with 16 points from week 21. Georgios Samaras and Terry Downes are back in the top 10 at the expense of Neil Millichip and Sam Polak who scored eight and seven points respectively. Dave Ormesher is bubbling under, climbing 14 places into 12th with his 17-point return this week.
Fat Boy Plus 5 were the best collective league for the second week in a row with a 13-point average and they have now moved into second place, just 0.7 behind Abington Legends who were eighth this week. Isn’t it? you know, marvellous are now third after scoring the same 10.5 points as Abington Legends.
Everyone’s favourite round of the FA Cup
Yip, it’s that time of year when the thrills and spills of the FA Cup third round takes over and we are glued to TV screens and radios looking out for a sniff of a shock. We’ve selected 10 matches all containing at least one Premier League team, but will there be many upsets in our assortment of ties? Only you can decide. The action kicks off on Friday night when West Ham take on Manchester City at the London Stadium so make sure you get your predictions in nice and early.
Immediately after making your predictions have a go at one of the accumulators offered by Ladbrokes. Below is an example of what you could win on x4 £2 lines in a custom akka using your most popular predictions at this early stage.
That’s all for now folks. We hope you have a great 2017 and for those of you who have not had a great first half on Predikta, there is still plenty of time to catch up. Click on the blue bar below and predict away in the first full round of the year. Best of luck to you all!