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By ESPN Staff

Premier Showdown - Dec 30 - Jan 1

There wasn't much Christmas cheer around for our pundits in the last round. Too many shocks made for a low-scoring round - but Tommy Smyth edged it by going for a Spurs win at Norwich. It was a much-needed win for Tommy but he still has a lot of work to do if he is to defend his crown. Looking to get the Rest of the World back on track as we head towards the New Year is Laurentiu Luca. Laurentiu tells us: "I am a 31-year-old Romanian journalist who's been a suffering Villa fan for the better part of the last two decades. I know, a Romanian Villa fan is quite a rarity, most of my compatriots being attracted by the more glamorous clubs like moths by the candle light. "For me, this weekend, a draw for my team would be quite satisfactory, even though we've been playing quite poorly recently and the memory of a 7-1 mauling at the same ground awhile ago is still fresh. With this in mind, I wish everyone at (a site I've been following since the late 90s, almost as long as my career as a Villan) and all your readers a Happy New 2012! Cheers!" Right back at you, Laurentiu. Let's see how our players get on.

For each round of matches we invite someone to represent the Rest of the World and take on Press Pass' Tommy Smyth and ESPNsoccernet journalist Dale Johnson in our predictions game.

Points are then awarded as follows:
• Three points for a correct result and scoreline
• One point for a correct result

After the weekend's scores are in and the Showdown result has been worked out, the winning pundit receives three points for their season's total. Should the challenger win, the total is added to the Rest of the World tally. In the case of a draw, the points are shared.

Another set shock of results means a low-scoring round but it's another win for Tommy as he still managed to get five right.

Table after Round 19
Rest of the World: 27
Dale: 18
Tommy: 12

Best week's total of season: 13, Dale Johnson

Final table 2010-11
Tommy: 46.5
Dale: 45
Rest of the World: 22.5

Best week's total of season: 13, Tommy Smyth (from eight fixtures).

So do you think you can beat the best of the best? Now is your chance to find out!


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