Week 22 FA Cup third-round review

Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa - The Emirates FA Cup Third Round

Cameron Swansson won a tightly-contested FA Cup third round on Predikta in which four players finished with a weekly high of 17 points. Samuel Robinson was leading Connor Greenough with 15 points after the conclusion of Sunday’s 3pm matches, but Son Heung-min’s 80th-minute strike gave Spurs a 2-0 win against Aston Villa and caused a massive shake-up on the leaderboard in which Cameron pipped three other players via the Separata rules thanks to more correct results than his rivals.

David Silva celebrates putting Manchester City ahead at the London Stadium.

David Silva celebrates putting Manchester City ahead at the London Stadium.

 

Friday night got off to an incredible start with Manchester City’s 5-0 win at West Ham which nobody predicted, although one player went close at 4-0. It meant our leaderboard was packed with players on two points from playing their bankers on a City win.

Wayne Rooney equals Bobby Charlton's record of 249 goals for Manchester United with the opener against Reading.

Wayne Rooney equals Sir Bobby Charlton’s record of 249 goals for Manchester United by scoring the opener in a 4-0 victory against Reading in the third round of the FA Cup.

 

Adam Bishop, Craig Davis, Kiwi05, PJ Stevens, Rik Barbier, Samuel Robinson and Scott Walker all shared the lead with seven points after playing their bankers on Manchester United’s 4-0 win against Reading, popular with just 38 players, although 97.5% of you were on a Red Devils victory in the lunchtime kick-off.

After Saturday’s 3pm matches, the lead was shared by just two players, Samuel and Louis Luhar topping the table with 11 points. Samuel was in the 5% to predict correctly Leicester’s 2-1 win at Everton. The first five in this week’s top 10 forecast Hull’s 2-0 win against Swansea, but only Connor Greenough picked up six points for playing his banker on that scoreline.

A mere 15 players called Norwich’s 2-2 draw against Southampton and 36 were spot-on with a goalless draw between Sunderland and Burnley, including Neil Lumsden who tied for eighth this week.

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Olivier Giroud just after scoring Arsenal’s late winner against Preston in the FA Cup third round.

 

Connor Greenough jumped to the top of the leaderboard with 13 points as part of the 8% to predict Arsenal’s 2-1 win at Preston in the tea-time game. Cam Lynka, tied for second this week, and Trevor Morris were also on that scoreline, but Samuel went for a 6-0 win to the Gunners! Most of you (31%) went for a 2-0 win followed closely by 3-0 (28%). At this stage James Clince was in second with 12 points, but he went on to score just another two points from Sunday’s games and finished outside the top 10.

Liverpool defender Joe Gomez (R) goes up for a header with Plymouth striker Jake Jervis

Liverpool defender Joe Gomez (R) goes up for a header with Plymouth striker Jake Jervis

 

Chelsea’s 4-1 win against Peterborough was predicted by 39 members of the Predikta community, but just five of you nailed the goalless draw between Liverpool and Plymouth. Did any of you change your predictions when you saw the Reds’ starting line-up an hour before kick-off? I wish I had. That was a wasted banker!

It all came down to the outcome of Spurs’ clash with Aston Villa and Samuel looked to be heading for gold at 1-0 up with 10 minutes to go, but Son’s strike gave Cameron three points and top spot in our weekly table. Well played to Cameron, who also won a Nike Premier League football for finishing top of Smiv’s Predikta League this week.

Cam and Michael share runners-up spot

Michael Gruetzner finished in a share of the runners-up spot with a spot-on scoreline from White Hart Lane, but Cam Lynka played his banker on 2-0 to move into the top 10 and a tie for second. Neil Lumsden and Trevor Morris all put their Bs on Spurs for six-pointers to secure top-10 finishes, while Fin The Master and Alex Lucas also nailed the 2-0 scoreline, the most popular prediction for this match at 30%.

Alastair Archbold retained his overall 15-point lead with a 10-point return from the weekend, but Rob Hopkins moved up two places to join Gerry Flynn in second place on 249 points for the season. In a largely unchanged top 10 Jason Parker replaced Tim Brandwood in 10th spot with 10 points from the weekend.

In the League of Leagues, Lads 123 were the cream of our collectives with a weekly best average of 10.6 points from their members, 0.2 better than 2015-6 champions Sandy Lodge F*gs, who have now moved up to fifth overall. Abington Legends still lead the standings, but their advantage has been trimmed by Fat Boy Plus 5 from 0.7 points to 0.4 overall.

Old Trafford hosts north-west classic

Anthony Martial secured a 3-1 for Manchester United against Liverpool last season.

Anthony Martial secured a 3-1 for Manchester United against Liverpool last season.

 

The Premier League returns for week 23 when the pick of the games is undoubtedly the clash between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon. The Red Devils had won the last four meetings between the sides before this season’s goalless draw at Anfield, so the advantage looks to be with the red half of Manchester, who have also won six of the last seven contests between the teams at Old Trafford.

United have won their last six Premier League matches, while the Merseysiders are unbeaten in their previous six, winning four and drawing two. It promises to be a cracking encounter and a win for United would leave them just two points behind their north-west rivals.

Tottenham get week 23 under way at 12.30 on Saturday with a home test against West Brom, so make sure you make your predictions before then. Dozens of you forgot about the Friday night kick-off at West Ham and we don’t want anyone to miss out on a potential points bonanza!

Immediately after making your predictions jump on board one of the great accumulator options Ladbrokes has to offer. This week looks pretty tough, so we recommend getting involved in one of the safety net akkas. Check out below what you could win using your most popular predictions for week 23 at this stage.

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That’s just about all folks, so click on the blue bar below to get week 23 under way – you can always make amendments should Jurgen Klopp decide to play the youngsters again! Have a great week and best of luck for your next set of predictions.

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