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Tuesday, 28 October 2008

Prediction Panel - Round 8 Commentary

Just catching up after a short break so there will be a commentary on rounds 8 and 9; before the predictions for round 10 (which is midweek) are published today and tomorrow. This is round 8 where wins for the big four eased the prediction predicaments somewhat as they were widely backed; Arsenal beating Everton 3-1, Liverpool beating Wigan 3-2, Manchester United beating West Brom 4-0 and Chelsea winning 5-0 at Middlesbrough. So, unsurprisingly, only three panelists got less than 5 correct results out of 10.

Round 8 Correct Score Percentages

Bolton fan, Dave Blackburn was the top score picker this week with Manchester United's 4-0 win, Hull's 1-0 win and Stoke's 2-1 win over Juande Ramos's Spurs all hit on the head; with four other scores just a goal wrong. A number of pundits got 2 out of 10 in a week where overall 11% of scores were picked correctly. Of the eighteen, only five pundits failed to pick a single correct score.

30 Dave Blackburn
20 Antony Melvin (sqF)
20 Bill Urban (sqF)
20 Mark Williams
20 Peter Rendle
20 Tony Bellew
10 Tony Ratton
10 Andy Wakeman
10 Paul Grech (sqF)
10 Peter Lee
10 Colin Illingworth (sqF)
10 Dan Taylor
10 Hugh Larkin (sqF)
0 Isaac Williams
0 Don McMahon
0 Chris Goodwin
0 Stephen Orford (sqF)
0 Sue Gardener

Round 8 Correct Result Percentages

A high scoring week again for Squarefootball's Bill Urban and he is setting a heady pace since his return to the panel in round 7, again picking 8 from 10 results; only Villa's failure to beat Portsmouth and Manchester City doing likewise at Newcastle stopped our US correspondent from sweeping the board. Two other pundits kept pace on 8 out of 10, Dan Taylor (let down by Bolton and Manchester City) and Peter Rendle (let down by Bolton and Tottenham). A cluster of Squarefootball writers propped up the table, Paul Grech (3/10), Stephen Orford (4/10), Hugh Larkin (5/10) and Antony Melvin (5/10) will be expecting better in coming weeks!

80 Bill Urban (sqF)
80 Dan Taylor
80 Peter Rendle
70 Dave Blackburn
60 Don McMahon
60 Chris Goodwin
60 Colin Illingworth (sqF)
60 Andy Wakeman
60 Isaac Williams
60 Mark Williams
50 Tony Bellew
50 Tony Ratton
50 Peter Lee
50 Antony Melvin (sqF)
50 Hugh Larkin (sqF)
40 Stephen Orford (sqF)
40 Sue Gardener
30 Paul Grech (sqF)

Overall Correct Score Percentages (after round 8)

Squarefootball's Bill Urban tops the correct score pundits picking 2 out of every 10 scores correctly; Squarefootball's Paul Grech is a close second on 16% with Peter Rendle and Squarefootball's Hugh Larkin on 15%. Only 4 pundits are below the par score of 10% and the overall average is a touch over 11%.

20 Bill Urban (sqF)
16 Paul Grech (sqF)
15 Peter Rendle
15 Hugh Larkin (sqF)
14 Sue Gardener
14 Mark Williams
12 Peter Lee
12 Tony Bellew
12 Isaac Williams
12 Dan Taylor
12 Dave Blackburn
12 Andy Wakeman
12 Antony Melvin (sqF)
10 Stephen Orford (sqF)
8 Tony Ratton
6 Colin Illingworth (sqF)
5 Chris Goodwin
4 Don McMahon

Overall Correct Result Percentages (after round 8)

Again Squarefootball's Bill Urban has opened up a significant lead at the top, picking 15 out of every 20 results correctly - consult his thoughts before you fill out that fixed odds form guys! Dan Taylor and Isaac Williams are in joint second place on 52%. The accepted par score of 50% has been achieved by seven of the eighteen pundits, with the overall average up to 46%.

75 Bill Urban (sqF)
52 Dan Taylor
52 Isaac Williams
50 Peter Rendle
50 Dave Blackburn
50 Andy Wakeman
50 Antony Melvin (sqF)
48 Peter Lee
46 Sue Gardener
46 Mark Williams
46 Paul Grech (sqF)
44 Colin Illingworth (sqF)
42 Chris Goodwin
42 Stephen Orford (sqF)
40 Tony Ratton
40 Hugh Larkin (sqF)
38 Don McMahon
30 Tony Bellew

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