Javier Hernandez's "offside" goal proved the difference for Tommy Smyth last week as he edged the round from the Rest of the World, and he equalled the top score of the season to boot.
Dale Johnson and the ROTW are in danger of being cut adrift unless they buck up their ideas, and representing our team of challengers in this round will be Joseph Esemogie who comes from Lagos in Nigeria.
"I'm a management consultant," Joseph tells us. "I am 50 years old and a supporter of Manchester United in England and Real Madrid in Spain. The Gunners have not been able to handle United for a while now, while Everton's game with Fulham look evenly matched. Norwich have streched themselves in midweek and can't cope with Stoke's physical side. Swansea can be spoilers, same with Wigan at Spurs. Man City won't have problems. But QPR will nick their first win here. Newcastle to shock the Scousers."
For each round of matches we invite someone to represent the Rest of the World and take on Press Pass' Tommy Smyth and ESPN journalist Dale Johnson in our predictions game.
Points are then awarded as follows:
• Three points for a correct result and scoreline
• One point for a correct result
After the weekend's scores are in and the Showdown result has been worked out, the winning pundit receives three points for their season's total. Should the challenger win, the total is added to the Rest of the World tally. In the case of a draw, the points are shared.
Dale just sneaks home to pick up his third victory of the season - and he goes above the Rest of the World.
Table after Round Nine
Rest of the World: 7.5
Best week's total of season: 11, Neil Thomson, Tommy Smyth
Final table 2011-12
Rest of the World: 41
Best week's total of season: 13, Dale Johnson