It’s Thursday and for FIFA Match Predictors that means two things: Getting your predictions in before the midnight deadline and, of course, our weekly interview with one of our recent round winners!
“I’m a retired teacher with a lot of time to enjoy the exciting world of football and the internet!” Says mariula. The Round 18 winner for FIFA Match Predictor hails from Cordoba, Argentina where she enjoys spending her time indulging her new hobby. "I've discovered online games and I've became addicted to them!" says mariula. We chatted to our Round 18 champion after her winning performance.
FIFA.com: So mariula, have you been a football fan your whole life?
mariula: Basically since my son started playing at an early age. I like international club football, but I prefer, above all, the national team of Argentina.
Which team do you support?
I have never decided between the two giants of Argentina. The love at home is divided between Boca Juniors and River Plate. I choose to be neutral to avoid disputes! At international club level I like Juventus and Barcelona.
You won Round 18 by just two points! Was it a nervous weekend for you watching the games?
Honestly, I did not suffer much when I realized the great day I was having after the Palermo-Napoli match. The end was very close and it's the first time I scored with the wildcard. This year Predictor is getting more difficult than usual. I'm quite far down the table in the private leagues I play in. In the 'battle' with my daughter-in-law and my son I'm in last place, but this result allows me to approach them. This victory, nobody can take away from me!
You predicted quite a few draws in Round 18. For you personally, what factors influence your decision to back a draw over a win/lose result?
As a good teacher, I like statistics. I study all the possible factors: position of the teams in the table, total victories at home and away, goals scored and conceded. When I see some parity, I choose a draw result.
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