Five weeks ago Nigeria-born Englishman Eyinmisan became the first picker in seven rounds to knock Mexican ace Daniel Gomez (aka DanielOlaf) off the top. As if angered, the Mexican reclaimed pole position the next week and proceeded to hold it for four more consecutive rounds. Now, though, in round 21, Eyinmisan has struck again and knocked Daniel back into second place.
"It is tricky business this predicting of results," Eyinmisan recently told FIFA.com. "One week you can be flying high and the next you can be rubbish and find yourself tumbling down the table."
This was one of the good weeks for the affable youngster who lives in Hull. Picking up 229 points for the round, he took full advantage of DanielOlaf's dreadful haul of 92 (from only two correct picks) to take over top spot. Eyinmisan now has 5272 points, just a slim 40 better than the Mexican and 43 more than third-placed American javy1409.
The round was a tricky one as two of the ten matches in the schedule were thrown out (Genclerbirligi-Besiktas in Turkey took place too early to be counted and Aston Villa-Middlesbrough was postponed due to Boro's involvement in the FA Cup), leaving only eight playable contests for the pickers to choose from. Considering the limitations, the round's top points scorer - cebasonu of Chile - can be best pleased with his massive tally of 571. For his efforts he wins a signed jersey from the FIFA World Cup™-winning player of his choice. With eight out of eight correct picks and a 192-point joker, the haul was nothing short of phenomenal.
In addition to the Chilean's prize of an autographed jersey,
the six best finishers from the week (one from each of FIFA's
six confederations) will each receive the 2006 FIFA World Cup
Germany book entitled 'The Final Day' together with the DVD
'The Grand Finale'. The lucky bunch from round 20 are:
colochos (CONCACAF, Costa Rica),
13572468 (CONMEBOL, Chile)
yourik (UEFA, Estonia),
artgnomb (CAF, Côte d'Ivoire),
huggyoz (AFC, Australia) and
cristiano93 (OFC, Fiji).
As always, next week's slate has some mouth-watering contests on offer. Tottenham Hotspur will be hoping to build on their defeat of West Ham United this week when they travel north to take on Manchester City, while resurgent Deportivo La Coruna welcome La Liga leaders Real Madrid in Spain.
Round 21 games - 15 & 16 March
Manchester City-Tottenham (England)
Deportivo la Coruna-Real Madrid (Spain)
Werder Bremen-Wolfsburg (Germany)
San Lorenzo-Velez Sarsfield (Argentina)
Academica Coimbra-Belenenses (Portugal)
The overall winner of the FIFA World Leagues Predictor will win
a trip for two to the FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010 and two
tickets to one of the group matches.
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 compete with the likes of Eyinmisan and pick yourself up some hot prizes in the process.
* All prizes subject to verification - details in the 'Rules of the Game'