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  1. Since it's my D2D turn, I might as well lay my cards on the table sooner rather than later too: Week 37A Premier League Manchester City 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur West Ham United 2-2 Leicester City Championship Birmingham City 1-1 Derby County Bolton Wanderers 0-4 Aston Villa League Two Mansfield Town 2-1 Morecambe Newport County 1-0 Bury National League Dover Athletic 3-0 Aldershot Town Gateshead 1-3 Chesterfield Scottish Premiership Hearts 0-0 Rangers Kilmarnock 1-2 Aberdeen Week 37B Premier League Cardiff City 0-2 Liverpool Championship Ipswich Town 1-2 Swansea City Reading 2-2 West Bromwich Albion League One Peterborough United 1-1 Sunderland Wycombe Wanderers 2-0 Walsall League Two Forest Green Rovers 1-0 Cambridge United Yeovil Town 2-1 Colchester United National League Braintree Town 0-3 Dagenham & Redbridge Halifax Town 0-0 Wrexham Second Bundesliga Dynamo Dresden w/me 3-1 Köln
  2. I'm sure this was an honest guess, but I'm afraid the prediction is void since the match was already at half time (and goalless) when you posted that. Fair warning: if you pick that late this coming round, you'll miss 8 of the 20 matches. The following week you'd only miss one, but you're in the FPL Cup semi-final then and probably won't want to cede any advantage. The poll is now closed and not everyone took the chance to vote. A significant minority want to move to bookmaker-style 'score after 90 minutes only' rules, but the consensus appears to be in favour of no change to the present scoring system. As Rory noted, he got his D2D bet right and everyone else disagreed with him (even if some plumped for a draw rather than a completely wrong home win) so he gets a whole bunch of bonus points that move him clear of last place in the table. Without them, he'd have been joint worst performer alongside me yet again, and Vegeta would've been top scorer as the only participant into double figure. The only other player to get more than one exact score was Briefcase, who still leads by a solid dozen. The average score was a fairly high 9.08 this time out. Away from the Lebanon, two wins for the visitors in the German matches proved fruitful, whilst a pair of easy victories for the favourites in the Scottish Cup also generally turned out good for at least one-pointers. Important triumphs in the title race for Man City and Liverpool on Sunday yielded at least a point for most too, but a rare success for Fulham, plus bad reverses for Wolves and Saints, were tougher to foresee. This is being written up a day early because a new set of 20 is going into the opening post soon, including 6 Good Friday clashes.
  3. Premier League Brighton & Hove Albion 2-1 Bournemouth Crystal Palace 0-2 Manchester City Fulham 1-3 Everton Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea Southampton 0-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers Scottish Cup semi-finals (at Hampden Park) Aberdeen 1-2 Celtic Hearts 2-0 Inverness Caledonian Thistle German Bundesliga Fortuna Düsseldorf 0-3 Bayern Munich VfB Stuttgart 1-0 Bayer Leverkusen Lebanese Premier League Tripoli SC 2-2 Salam Zgharta w/RoryFice
  4. Okay, that's fair. You're quite correct that 'berated' was way too strong a word to use and I take it back. I'm not sure if threads from that long ago (that didn't end up in Gold – and this one-star thread is hardly on its way there) have been lost or not. Either way, a more accurate recollection is that you gently took the mick out of someone to remind them that a knockout game couldn't end in a draw before the deadline to make their picks, so you were actually trying to help them. I might be misremembering though, and perhaps you put more thought into the rules for that kind of match than I realised. The rule you describe is exactly the one I've been using for the past decade and a bit. The key development since then is that FA Cup 5th and 6th round replays have been scrapped, so it's more important than ever that the rule is seen to be clear, and not unjust or applied unevenly. I'm glad you had your right of reply anyway. That's why I tagged you in the first place.
  5. The results went into the first post on Sunday night and the table was updated shortly after that. Stinky Dad got his D2D bet right, and it was worth going against the odds as 11 of the other 12 participants wrongly disagreed with him. That means he moves up 2 places and well away from the bottom duo, and is also this week's top scorer. Without the bonuses, the best performer would've been Briefcase, who was also the only player with more than one exact score. He now leads by a full dozen, with the sole other movement seeing TildeGuy overtake Glenryck in third spot. In a low-scoring round with an average of just 6 points, AdamTH17 was the lowest scorer on a mere 2. Wins for Man City, Barça and Leicester proved fruitful, but the other scorelines all turned out to be much more difficult to foresee, especially Watford's comeback, rare home defeats for Bournemouth and Newcastle, and bad away reverses for Arsenal and Valencia. As noted above, it's come to my attention that there's been some lack of clarity over the rules on matches that can go to extra time and penalties on the day. Twice this season a long-standing player has tried, whilst a newcomer PMed me to ask for further details about whether we're picking based purely on the initial 90 minutes. I've tried giving long-winded versions of the rules at the start of the season in previous years, but that only seems to add to the confusion, whilst the short explanation ("penalty shootouts are ignored") doesn't seem to cut it. Eleven years ago, just before I took over the running of the FPL, my predecessor @seph started to introduce straight knockout cup games, and I recall him berating someone for predicting a draw. I thought it was unfair for a draw not to be an option, so I decided to implement a system that would allow for everyone to bet on a draw even for games that can go to penalties, but I now realise I might've picked the wrong one. Anyway, long story short: I've set up a poll so that people can choose what to do about this. It closes on Saturday afternoon. Any change to the rules would only take effect next season.
  6. Sorry for the late reply. I was dragged to Twickenham over the weekend. Your prediction means you think this afternoon's match will go to penalties. I can switch it to predicting the score after 90 minutes from next season if people would prefer that and find it less confusing. Or else we can just forget about cup ties that aren't first legs and can't go to a replay and find other fixtures instead.
  7. FA Cup semi-finals (@ Wembley) Brighton & Hove Albion 0-3 Manchester City Watford 2-1 Wolves Premier League Bournemouth 1-1 Burnley Everton 1-2 Arsenal Huddersfield Town 0-2 Leicester City Newcastle United 1-0 Crystal Palace La Liga Barcelona 2-2 Atlético Madrid Rayo Vallecano 0-0 Valencia Real Betis 2-0 Villarreal Veikkausliiga RoPS 3-1 Honka w/Stinky Dad
  8. We're only a couple of weeks from Easter, when making your picks early on Saturday really won't be a wise option! Anyway, the results of both the matches and the FPL Cup ties went into the opening post the other night around the time the table was worked out. Briefcase is still on for the double as he was top scorer on a dozen points. Neatly enough, the basement duo were the worst performers and got no exact scores between them. The average score was 8.31 points this week. Wins for Palace, Leicester, Man United and Ajax proved fruitful, as did fortunate but vital late victories for Chelsea and Liverpool on Sunday. Successes for Saints, Burnley and Everton were tougher to foresee for some participants. The stalemate in the Coupe de la Ligue final was a dud. A random draw has been carried out to determine the FPL Cup semi-finals, and is as follows: ultimo the great v Briefcase Vegeta v Grecian Those ties will be contested at the end of the month, in round 38. In the meantime, we'll use the next few weeks to finish off the remaining D2Ds, which all involve the bottom three. The first of those will be in the original post very soon, along with the regular 9 other matches.
  9. Premier League Brighton & Hove Albion 2-2 Southampton Burnley 1-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers Cardiff City 0-3 Chelsea Crystal Palace 0-0 Huddersfield Town Leicester City 2-1 Bournemouth Liverpool 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur Manchester United 2-0 Watford West Ham United 3-1 Everton French League Cup final En Avant Guingamp 1-2 RC Strasbourg (in Villeneuve d'Ascq) Eredivisie Ajax 4-2 PSV Eindhoven
  10. The results of the actual matches went into the opening post on Monday night, and after the table was worked out, the outcomes of the FPL Cup ties went in a couple of hours later. Despite a typically high-scoring international round with an average haul of 10.23 points, there was no movement in the main standings and no outright top scorer. Briefcase leads by 6, and, since The Maestro has dropped out, Rory is adrift by 10. Worst performer this time out was Glenryck on 6 points. In the Cup groups, the order after the penultimate set of matches was confirmed. The top two in Group A were difficult to separate. On head-to-head record, ultimo would finish in front, but Shy Dad scored more in his 7 matches, 64 to 56 (and is also in front on alphabetical order). The quarter-final line-up is therefore as follows: Briefcase v TildeGuy Glenryck Pilchards v ultimo the great Grecian v Stinky Dad Vegeta v Shy Dad As for the games: only the five-goal thriller in Holland seemed to catch people out, with the comfortable home victory for El Salvador also proving less easy to guess beforehand. Nobody managed the exact scoreline from the England win, but successes for Norn Iron, the Republic, Scotland, Wales, Ghana, South Africa and Haiti all proved fruitful in their own way.
  11. Welcome to another season of the FPL! This post will be updated throughout the season, so keep checking back here for the latest results and fixtures. There's also a link to the latest table here. Week 38 fixtures To be announced. All games take place on Saturday and kick off at 3pm unless stated. [placeholder] === Week 37A results Premier League Manchester City 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur West Ham United 2-2 Leicester City Championship Birmingham City 2-2 Derby County Bolton Wanderers 0-2 Aston Villa League Two Mansfield Town 4-0 Morecambe Newport County 3-1 Bury National League Dover Athletic 1-0 Aldershot Town Gateshead 1-0 Chesterfield Scottish Premiership Heart of Midlothian 1-3 Rangers Kilmarnock 0-1 Aberdeen Week 37B results Premier League Cardiff City 0-2 Liverpool Championship Ipswich Town 0-1 Swansea City Reading 0-0 West Bromwich Albion League One Peterborough United 1-1 Sunderland Wycombe Wanderers 1-0 Walsall League Two Forest Green Rovers 2-1 Cambridge United Yeovil Town 1-1 Colchester United National League Braintree Town 2-0 Dagenham & Redbridge Halifax Town 2-1 Wrexham Second Bundesliga Dynamo Dresden w/Fog Dude 3-0 FC Cologne... danke, Dynamo!
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