All the results are now in for May and we have a tie! George and I both scored 11 points with Gino scoring 9. It must be mentioned that Gino was the only one to correctly predict the relegated teams from the Premier League. The only results that we all completely failed on were Udinese taking the Serie A Champions League spot (we had all gone for Napoli) and Fernando Alonso leading the F1 Championship - we had all gone for Vettel. Between us we all predicted the correct play-off winners with Gino getting West Ham, both George and Gino getting Huddersfield and George getting Crewe. I was the only one that saw York winning the Conference match. Perhaps the most interesting one was predicting which Premier League manager would be the next to either be sacked or resign. George and Gino were both right with Alex McLeish and I had said Kenny Dalglish - and he was gone just 24 hours later!
As the regular season is just about to end, for May we have made a series of broader predictions. We made these on the night that we recorded Podcast #15 so before any of them were decided. In fact with some we did not even know for sure which teams would be automatically promoted, going into or making the play-offs. The options shown are obviously not all of the options in some of the cases. 2 points will be awarded for each correct outcome and with some of the questions posed there are two possibilities (eg - the relegation from the Premier League and the La Liga Champions League spots) hence we have all given two answers. It was also amazing that when we were selecting our choices for the Premier League Champions League spots that we had already assumed that Arsenal were virtually there. We also did not bank on Newcastle destroying Chelsea leaving them realistically with the only way of qualifying via winning this seasons Champions League - that leaves George in a little bit of a quandary as he has backed Bayern to win the cup yet backed Chelsea to still qualify.
We have a new champion for April with George taking top spot after a solid second half of the month. There were just a handful of points between all three of us going into the last two games that have just been played tonight as I write this which we sat and watched together. Gino went a little crazy when Newcastle scored a second at Chelsea in the 94th minute to deny a 3 point bonus; however it would still not have been enough to catch this months champion.
This weeks scores:- George 7, Gino 3, Graham 3 (we all did badly this week!)
APRIL'S FINAL TABLE:- George 38, Graham 33, Gino 31
With the regular season coming to a close, for May we are going to do something a little bit different and that next post with our predictions will be posted here very soon.