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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Prediction League Review

As we reach the half way point of the season, it's time to review how things have been going in the Soccer AM/MW Prediction League so far this term.

The competition covers every Preston, Nottingham Forest, and Boston game throughout the season as the lads look into their crystal balls (hence the picture, and no jokes please.)

Three points are handed out for a right scoreline, and one point for predicting the correct result.

When tied on points, extra weight is given to the correct number of 'spot on' scorelines, and when that's level, the lads are separated by the number of points scored from games not involving their own side.

So, with all that in mind, just how have things have been going in the League this year?

Back in August, when the sun was still shining and optimism still high, it was Nobes who sat pretty at the top of the tree. A blistering start saw him three points clear after just the first two weeks.

It was a position at the summit he held for the first eight weeks of the season. However, a dip in form coincided with Lakes finding it difficult not to predict Preston's results spot-on, and Turls picking up his form.

Week 9 appeared to be crucial, Turls scoring a magnificent seven points to knock Nobes off top spot and the previous leader soon found themselves bottom of the pile after a run of six weeks without a correct scoreline.

Meanwhile, Lakes kept the pressure on Turls at the top and seven points in Week 12 saw him become take over the lead for the first time this season.

The next week was another pivotal moment in the campaign. With Cardiff beating Nottingham Forest 1-0 in a live televised match. Nobes was set to fall a full nine points off the pace and ten off the top until Forest scored a last minute equaliser.

That 1-1 scoreline gave him the full three points and was the start of a closing of the gap. Lakes began to falter and slipped back into third, but if was the defending champion, Turls, who continued to go strong.

Consistently scoring three or four points a week, he's now held top spot for the last five weeks, with Nobes hanging onto his coat-tails in second place as the second half of the season approaches.

So, as 2010 dawns will Turls continue his march towards a second successive title? Can Nobes catch him up and end the season as he started. Or will Lakes, spurred on by the thought of another wooden spoon, surge up the league to claim a surprising win?

Stay tuned to find out.

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