Premier Showdown - Apr 12-14

April 14, 2008

Dale Johnson celebrated his first title in years with a resounding victory last weekend. In fact, he was so far in the clear that he scored almost double to total score of Tommy and the ROTW put together! Hammered!

So the battle for the wooden spoon goes on. And after another win for Dale there's even fewer points up for grabs as the ROTW aim to catch Tommy in second place. But Tommy is in excellent form!

Representing the ROTW this weekend is Liam Rutherford who comes from Palmerston North in New Zealand.

He tells us: 'I have just finished my teaching degree and am now looking at classroom research. I am looking forward to getting out into the classroom next year.

'I am 22 years old and support Man Utd, my dream is to go over and watch a game, but that will have to wait for now. I think that the Man Utd team that we have got now is top class. The squad looks like it will be strong for years to come judging by some of the players in the youth team.

'I often make the mistake of assuming that anyone from England is obsessed with football, so anytime i see someone in New Zealand from there I launch into questions of who they support and current transfers!

'I was never any good at playing football at school , so just spent time! I guess those that can, do! And those that can't, teach!'

Or write...

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
Liam's pick
Result
Birmingham v Everton
1 - 2
1 - 1
2 - 2
1 - 1
Bolton v West Ham
2 - 0
1 - 2
2 - 0
1 - 0
Derby v Aston Villa
0 - 2
0 - 2
1 - 2
0 - 6
Reading v Fulham
2 - 0
2 - 1
1 - 0
0 - 2
Sunderland v Man City
2 - 0
1 - 1
0 - 2
1 - 2
Tottenham v Middlesbrough
2 - 2
2 - 0
3 - 2
1 - 1
Portsmouth v Newcastle
2 - 0
2 - 2
1 - 0
0 - 0
Liverpool v Blackburn
2 - 0
2 - 0
3 - 0
3 - 1
Man Utd v Arsenal
2 - 0
2 - 1
2 - 1
2 - 1
Chelsea v Wigan
2 - 0
2 - 0
3 - 0
1 - 1
POINTS TOTAL >>>
5
9
8

So Tommy holds on for the victory which puts him almost home and hosed for second place. What a sorry, sorry season for the ROTW.

Table after Round 34:
Dale: 52
Tommy: 29.5
Rest of the World: 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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