Wishful thinking wins the day
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Olival dodged the odds and danced her way to a FIFA World Cup™ winner's jersey.

Central to the Portuguese's success were a trio of remarkable draws: NAC Breda earned their first away point in four games in a 2-2 thriller at PSV (87 points), Nacional held Sporting to a 1-1 draw (83 points), and Malaga failed to overcome Atletico Madrid in front of a home crowd (81 points). Olival also predicted two major upsets, the most notable of which was Moroka Swallows' victory over Ajax Cape Town (90 points).

Second-placed lavagancia managed eight correct predictions but a rookie error cost him dearly. The Argentinian failed to play his joker thus squandering a chance to earn bonus points, which are almost always decisive in declaring a winner.

loleto2008 finished third, just five points shy of second. The Spaniard played against the odds in South America to his detriment. Unexpected results in Italy and South Africa further dented an otherwise solid attempt.

Lead dwindles as challengers close in
In the overall standings, second-placed Zizo10 and third-placed AGUEVO applied some intense pressure on the leader. Zizo10 scored 327 points off just four correct predictions, while AGUEVO put in an even more inspiring performance: the American scored 373 points and gained 166 points on Saururrex.

kammer's iron resolve seems to have finally cracked; the German logged this third lowest score this season and slid into fourth. reduardo rounded off the top five. The Mexican has moved erratically since breaking into the top ten in Round 14 and will be keen to find solid ground in the top five.

With matches like Liverpool-Chelsea forming part of Round 21, predictors are once again faced with some tough decisions to make. The deadline for Round 21 is midnight on Friday (GMT). 

Round 21 (31 January & 1 February)
Dinamo Tirana-SK Tirane (Albania)
Borussia Dortmund-Bayer Leverkusen (Germany)
Rennes-Toulouse (France)
Liverpool-Chelsea (England)
Deportivo La Coruna-Villarreal (Spain)
Aragua-Deportivo Anzoategui (Venezuela)
Olympique Beja-Monastir (Tunisia)
Lazio-AC Milan (Italy)
Toluca-Pumas UNAM (Mexico)
Perez Zeledon-Brujas (Costa Rica)

Ready for more fantasy football action? Play our McDonald's FIFA World Cup Predictor and World Cup Fantasy games. The deadline for Matchday 6 is 0:00 GMT on 11 February.