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Saturday, 12 May 2012

Predict the Premier League: Blackburn bow out but Rovers top table


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Blackburn Rovers bowed out of the Premier League on Monday night following defeat at home by Wigan Athletic, but supporter Terry Kennedy is fighting until the bitter end. He was our top pundit in the penultimate week of predictions with 14 and has a place in the top four in his grasp. If he carries on like this the Venky's might be in touch!

Fulham's Neil Springate, (12) Manchester United's Peter Lee (12) and Man City's Callum Rothwell (11) joined Blackburn in recording double figures over the past weekend, but Stoke City's Phil Eccleston looks to have the title in the bag.

At the other end of the table it was a bad weekend for QPR's Arjun Swaminathan, as he didn't get his scores in on time, but there's no excuse for Newcastle's Michael Stout, Norwich's Sue Read and Sunderland's Tony Ratton only recording three points.

But where were the points scored over the past seven days? Let's start at the Emirates where only one pundit managed to score a point from Arsenal and Norwich's six-goal classic. Norwich City's Sue Read was the only pundit to predict the Canaries could nick a point from the Gunners and her prediction of 2-2 was as close as they come.

On the Sunday Manchester City took a giant leap towards the title by beating Newcastle United 2-0. Fourteen pundits went for an away win, but nobody came close to the final scoreline.

Aston Villa held Spurs with both teams needing the win for very different reasons. In the end they cancelled each other out in a game that finished 1-1. Six people expected a draw, with five of them getting the score spot on.

Bolton Wanderers had the chance to escape the drop against West Brom and were 2-0 up with minutes remaining. However the Baggies fought back and equalised at the death. This was one of the tightest games to predict last weekend but 12 of them got the result right and Wigan fan Alan Moore and Squarefootball's Birmingham expert Steve Coulter got the final score on the button.

Fulham played host to Sunderland and 20 pundits got the result correct. Eight of them getting their 2-1 predictions right.

QPR's late winner against Stoke City gave the Rs a massive lift going into the final day. The Hoops, who had previously beaten Arsenal, Liverpool and Spurs at home, now have to go to the Etihad on Sunday and get at least a point to secure their safety. However, their 1-0 win over the Potters was predicted by 15 pundits, eight of whom went for one goal to settle it.

Wolves and Everton proved to be another real coupon buster. Everyone expected Everton to wipe the floor with the Wolves. Instead they played out a goalless draw. A result that only Blackburn's Terry Kennedy and Fulham's Neil Springate expected, both going 1-1.

Manchester United had to beat Swansea to take their title fight to the final day and they duly obliged. However, they didn't score the hatful that the majority of our pundits were expected. A total of 29 pundits went for a home win and six of them were rewarded for only predicting a 2-0 win.

Blackburn Rovers lost their top flight status after 11 years following their 1-0 home defeat by Wigan Athletic. Twelve pundits expected the demise of Rovers in this game but only Manchester United's Peter Lee and Leeds United Expert Phil Bundy getting the score right.

Liverpool hosted Chelsea in the league following their FA Cup Final defeat on Saturday and Kenny Dalglish exacted some sort of revenge by smashing the Blues 4-1. It's safe to say that nobody predicted that scoreline although 10 of us did expect a home win.

There were also bonus points up for grabs this week from the FA Cup Final itself. Chelsea won the cup for a seventh time by seeing off Liverpool and 19 pundits were rewarding by getting the outcome correct, 12 of them getting maximum points for predicting a 2-1 win for Chelsea.

Here is a rundown of who scored what this past week.

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To see how these scores have affected the overall table, click here

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