Premier Showdown - Aug 25/26

August 26, 2007

Dale Johnson is buoyant after recording back-to-back victories - which means he heads the table from Tommy Smyth after the first three rounds of this season's competition.

It's been a shocking start for the Rest of the World team as they look to defend their crown and make it three championships on the bounce. Pointless so far - they really need to get something on the board and quick!

We're off to Nairobi, Kenya for our latest challenge, welcoming Simon Thuku to the site!

Simon, 27, tells us: 'I am a young dedicated footballer and recently I quit playing to concentrate with coaching, currently I am coaching a young club that is participating in the Nairobi provincial league and in the matches that I've been on the technical bench, they've done very well.

'I do admire the Premier League so much that I wish to be part of it, my favourite team is Arsenal and i've been supporting them since 1993 when I came to learn about the English league - but in those days they were not known so much here in Kenya like the way they are currently.'

Game on!

Each week one of our readers, or an ESPNSoccernet Press Pass viewer, has the chance to challenge our two experts.

Soccernet's Premier League Editor, Dale Johnson, and Press Pass pundit Tommy Smyth take up the test.

They, along with the challenger, cast their eyes over weekend's top flight fixtures in England and predict how they think each game will turn out.

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 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's' tally. In the case of a draw, the points are shared between those level on points.

Dale's prediction
Tommy says
Simon's pick
Result
Sunderland v Liverpool
0 - 2
0 - 1
1 - 2
0 - 2
Arsenal v Man City
1 - 1
2 - 1
2 - 1
1 - 0
Aston Villa v Fulham
1 - 1
2 - 0
2 - 0
2 - 1
Bolton v Reading
1 - 2
1 - 1
1 - 3
3 - 0
Chelsea v Portsmouth
2 - 0
2 - 0
2 - 2
1 - 0
Derby v Birmingham
1 - 1
1 - 1
1 - 2
1 - 2
West Ham v Wigan
2 - 0
0 - 1
1 - 0
1 - 1
Everton v Blackburn
1 - 1
2 - 1
1 - 1
1 - 1
Middlesbrough v Newcastle
0 - 0
1 - 2
0 - 3
2 - 2
Man Utd v Tottenham
1 - 0
2 - 1
3 - 1
1 - 0
POINTS TOTAL >>>
11
5
10

It's a hat-trick for Dale in two respects - three victories on the bounce mirrored by a treble of correct scorelines. It was those correct scorelines which enable Dale to sneak home in front of the ROTW. So, so close! The ROTW left with a great deal of work to do.

Table after Round 4:
Dale: 9
Tommy: 3
Rest of the World: 0

FINAL TABLE 2006/07:
Rest of the World: 47.5
Dale: 46
Tommy: 20.5

You can tune in to ESPNSoccernet Press Pass every Monday and Thursday.

So do you think you can beat the best of the best? Now is your chance to find out!

Send us your picks for the weekend's fixtures, along with your name and a few details about yourself. We'll select one person each week to take on our experts for the right to be crowned the weekly winner!

Then log on to Soccernet on Monday morning to find out who's taken the points.

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