The final menu
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portugoal pulled away from the pack this weekend and enters the final matchday of McDonald’s FIFA World Cup Predictor with a comfortable 204-points' cushion on his closest challlenger ilirqorri. The no2 suffered his worst return of the season (57 points) and will have to make some risky predictions on the final menu if he plans to clinch the Grand Prize - a trip for two to the 2010 FIFA World Cup™!

The maximum possible return for Matchday 17 is 528 points (this includes bonus points) and, despite the commanding lead, portugoal could still be beaten at the finish line. Third-placed RMORGAN is 223 points off the pace, while fourth-placed diegojuva is 224 points behind the leader. The remaining predictors in the Top 20 are all between 254 and 435 points behind the frontrunner.

An honourable mention goes to mcnary this round. The American predictor was the top performer in Matchday 16, predicting with 90 per cent accuracy and snagging bonus points to bring home a 480-point return, a fantastic display!

Matchday highlights
Mozambique’s shock 1-0 win in Maputo denied Tunisia an audience at the 2010 FIFA World Cup much to the delight of Nigerians the world over. The upset returned a massive 90 points for backers. The goalless between Greece and Ukraine provided the second highest returns (66 points). Favourites France and Uruguay just managed to scrape by their respective opponents with slim 1-0 results. Each result returned in the low 50s.

The final menu (18 November)
Ukraine-Greece
Bosnia-HerzegovinaPortugal
Slovenia-Russia
France-Republic of Ireland
Uruguay-Costa Rica

Matchday 17 deadline: 00:00 (GMT), 18 November 2009