The first season of the FIFA World Leagues Predictor has proved a topsy-turvy, up-and-down affair. Frontrunners emerged, fell from grace and then clawed their way back over the course of 30 rounds.
Now just two weekends and 20 matches remains, and everything is on the line heading into the penultimate slate of fixtures. Canada's MPear11 has amassed a sizable lead heading into the home stretch, a full 297 points in front of second-place DanielOlaf of Mexico and 515 more than third man Javy1409 of the United States.
It may seem like a foregone conclusion that the man from Canada will win the grand prize of a trip for two to the FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010™. However, as with football, the Predictor is unpredictable and a load of points are once again on offer.
As they say, the ball is round and anything can happen. The penultimate week of action fittingly concludes with a series of mouth-watering contests including an East Coast-West Coast MLS battle between New York Red Bulls and LA Galaxy and a South African classic between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.
Round 30 - 10 & 11 May
Tottenham Hotspur-Liverpool (England)
Atletico Madrid-Deportivo la Coruna (Spain)
Estudiantes-Boca Juniors (Argentina)
Internacional-Vasco da Gama (Brazil)
Shimizu S-Pulse-Kashima Antlers (Japan)
Kaizer Chiefs-Orlando Pirates (South Africa)
LA Galaxy-New York Red Bulls (MLS)
Schalke 04-Eintracht Frankfurt (Germany)
As always, the winner for the round picks up a signed jersey of the FIFA World Cup™ winner of his choosing and the top picker at the end of the season will be on his way to a FIFA World Cup group game in South Africa in the summer of 2010.
Even if you missed out on the opening rounds, sign up now and join the fun! Prove that you have got what it takes to challenge Mpear11, pick yourself up some hot prizes in the process, and get a jump on preparations for the second season of the FIFA World Leagues Predictor.
The selection deadline for the penultimate round is Friday midnight GMT.
- An error was previously made, indicating the Predictor finish on 11 May. It will in fact conclude on 18 May.