Hemang Mody and Ryan had the Midas touch this weekend with five correct scorelines to finish joint top with 19 points, two clear of nearest rival Stuart Knight.
We’re not sure whether Hemang and Ryan have telepathic powers but strangely they were spot on with the same five matches, calling the games at Bournemouth, Leicester, Crystal Palace Liverpool and playing their bankers on Manchester United’s 2-0 victory over Huddersfield – the most popular prediction of the weekend at 42%. Excellent work guys!
Week 26 started with eight players at the top of the table following Burnley’s clash with Premier League leaders Manchester City.
Dean Tanner, Gary Collins, Gordon Spragg, Justin Cernis, Miles Keeble, Paul McCarthy, La Mouffette and Ronnie Preiskel all picked up three points from the 1-1 draw at Turf Moor.
— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) February 3, 2018
La Moufette topped the table alongside Roger Bevan with 12 points after Saturday’s 3pm matches, although Hemang, Kacper Kloc, Jay Ajayi, Paul McCarthy and Ryan all had the same score.
The majority of you were on the money for Bournemouth’s 2-1 win against Stoke and of course United’s win, but only two of you nailed Brighton’s 3-1 victory over West Ham, and not a soul was on Southampton’s rollercoaster 3-2 triumph at West Brom. Most went for 1-1 draws at the Amex Stadium and The Hawthorns.
Not a soul predicted Arsenal’s impressive 5-1 rout of Everton in the late game, but La Moufette went for a result other than a Gunners victory which meant he dropped off the top of the leaderboard to leave Roger ahead of the pack with 13 points via the Separata rules.
4 – Arsenal are only the second team to lead by 4+ goals at half-time in consecutive Premier League home games, after Man Utd in November 1997 (vs Barnsley and Sheffield Wednesday). Rout.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 3, 2018
However, it was Hemang and Ryan all the way from Sunday onwards as they both hit the bull’s-eye at Anfield and Selhurst Park to take a one-point lead over Craig Scott-Gordon, who predicted four correct scorelines this week just like Sammy Fish, Trevor Morris, Steve Cutler and probably a few others.
Interestingly, the 2-2 draw between Liverpool and Tottenham was the most popular prediction for that match. Not often we get a high-scoring draw as the top pick.
12 – Jurgen Klopp is unbeaten in his last 12 home Premier League meetings against the ‘big six’ (W6 D6) since a 1-0 defeat to Man Utd in January 2016. Occasion.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 4, 2018
Only 15 players forecast a Watford win against Chelsea and as you can imagine no-one got anywhere near the 4-1 scoreline which meant the leaderboard was completely unchanged from Sunday night.
— Watford FC (@WatfordFC) February 5, 2018
Dan Varnaseri stretched his lead in the overall standings by four points after scoring 10 this week. Crue Elliott returned to form with 11 points and is now Dan’s nearest rival at 10 points behind. Daniel Martin dropped to third with a six-point return in a week which saw just one new admission to the top 10 – Eliot Coxon who climbed six places into 10th at the expense of the Lion of Surbiton.
In the Football Manager Community League, Rebecca Sweeney and Warren Barner shared top spot with 14 points. Rebecca picked up six points from playing her banker on a 1-1 draw between Crystal Palace and Newcastle! There must be easier ways to score a six, but well played nevertheless.
Carl Weeks’ lead has been cut from 10 points to eight by main rival Dan Jordan, but Mike Rudman is now just one point off second spot after an excellent return of 13 points.
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 4, 2018
Week 26 prediktions
Burnley 1-1 Manchester City (Eight correct predictions)
Bournemouth 2-1 Stoke (30%)
Brighton 3-1 West Ham (Two correct predictions)
Leicester 1-1 Swansea (12%)
Manchester United 2-0 Huddersfield (42%)
West Brom 2-3 Southampton (No correct predictions)
Arsenal 5-1 Everton (No correct predictions)
Crystal Palace 1-1 Newcastle (17%)
Liverpool 2-2 Tottenham (25%)
West Brom 4-1 Chelsea (No correct predictions)
Seven correct results
Five correct scorelines
Hemang Mody and Ryan
Ten or less spot-on prediktions
2 – Brighton 3-1 West Ham – Peter Henshaw and Syafiq Rahman
8 – Burnley 1-1 Manchester City – Dean Tanner, Gary Collins, Gordon Spragg, Justin Cernis, Miles Keeble, Paul McCarthy, La Mouffette and Ronnie Preiskel
Top five prediktions of week 26
Manchester United 2-0 Huddersfield (42%)
Burnley 0-2 Manchester City (39%)
Manchester United 3-0 Huddersfield (37%)
Watford 0-2 Chelsea (35%)
Arsenal 2-1 Everton (35%)
Top five scores this season
24 points – Steve Hayes
22 points – Emil Carboni, Mark Wright, Nigel Doggett, James Shepherd and Dan Varnaseri
Week 27 has a classic at Saturday lunchtime when Tottenham take on Arsenal at Wembley and we’ll have a preview of the north London derby and the rest of the games later in the week.
If you can’t wait until then make your predictions now by clicking on the blue banner below. You can always edit them any time before kick-off and between matches. Best of luck to everyone!