With their loss to Aston Villa, Newcastle United disappointed more than just the Toon Army this weekend, ultimately costing runner-up mamboul a signed FIFA World Cup™ winner's jersey. Meanwhile, the battle for the overall FIFA World Leagues Predictor prize is set to go down to the wire.
Castren emerged victorious in Round 36, albeit by a mere 18 points. Eight of the Finn's ten predictions proved correct, including draws in the Palmeiras-Sao Paulo, Colorado Rapids-Seattle Sounders and Jeonbuk Motors-Incheon United games which earned him 73, 77 and 81 points respectively.
jhonasaquino and mamboul shared second place, both making nine accurate predictions. The former, however, failed to make a scoreline attempt, which potentially cost him top honours this round. Had Newcastle tasted victory at Villa Park, the round would have belonged to mamboul by virtue of a superior overall points score.
kammer returned only 81 points, and the German will now only take a 102-point lead into the final round. This is due to runner-up Saururrex's impressive 291-point performance.
Another strong contender for the 2008/09 FIFA World Leagues Predictor crown is mimonis. He climbed from sixth to third with an incredible 529 points. The Colombian is now just 243 shy of the frontrunner.
So, what are the top predictors playing for in Round 37? The overall winner of the FIFA World Leagues Predictor will travel to the FIFA World Player Gala 2009 with a partner of their choice, and spend an evening in the company of many of the world's brightest football stars. For everyone else, it's never too late to play and win. Enter your predictions and you could claim a signed FIFA World Cup winner's jersey.
Round 37 (30 & 31 May)
Mlada Boleslav-Sparta Prague (Czech Republic)
New England Revolution-DC United (USA)
Rampla Juniors-Juventud (Uruguay)
Sporting Gijon-Recreativo Huelva (Spain)
Boca Juniors-San Martin (Argentina)
Fiorentina-AC Milan (Italy)
Jurmala-Liepajas Metalurgs (Latvia)