Round 18 proved to be a tough affair as predictors scrambled to outmanoeuvre one another despite three postponements to the menu. 38 predictors finished tie in first place on 389 points, but ultimately mdungel won the tiebreaker thanks to holding the highest overall score amongst the top finishers. As Round 19 rapidly approaches, let’s take a look at some of the most exciting games on this week’s menu.

Match of the week
Tottenham Hotspur-Manchester United (England)
If Spurs still have any serious title aspirations the time to prove it would be on Saturday when they host Manchester United. Spurs trail the current league leaders by eight points with United also carrying a game in hand. The likes of Wenger and Mancini will be hoping Redknapp can mastermind a United downfall, but with the Red Devils undefeated so far this season a Spurs win seems the least statistically likely outcome.

French affair
Olympique Marseille-Girondins Bordeaux (France)
Only FC Sochaux have enjoyed more seasons in France’s top flight than the likes of Marseille and Bordeaux. Marseille host Bordeaux on Sunday with two points separating the pair on the league table. The match is set to be a dramatic one with both teams eager to edge their way into the top four.

La Liga clash
Espanyol face a tough time of it with the sudden news that striker Dani Osvaldo will be out for up to two months after undergoing surgery on his left leg. The striker has netted seven times in 14 games this season helping Espanyol into their current fifth-place. Can the European hopefuls weather the storm or will Sevilla capitalise on the absence up front?

Round 19 fixtures (15 and 16 January)
Sevilla-Espanyol (Spain)
Kilmarnock-St. Johnstone (Scotland)
Hapoel Tel Aviv-Hapoel Akko (Israel)
Perth Glory-Melbourne Heart (Australia)
Lazio-Sampdoria (Italy)
União Leiria-SC Beira-Mar (Portugal)
Tottenham Hotspur-Manchester United (England)
Eintracht Frankfurt-Hannover 96 (Germany)
Vasco da Gama-Supersport United (South Africa)
Olympique Marseille-Girondins Bordeaux (France)