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By ESPN Staff

Premier Showdown - Jan 2-4

Another set shock of results meant a low-scoring round to bring in the New Year. But Tommy Smyth still managed to get five right to clock up his second set of back to back victories of the season. Tommy, of course, has struggled to live up to his tag of reigning champion - or maybe the corner has finally been turned? Representing the Rest of the World is Nicklas Andreasson who comes from Gothenburg in Sweden and is a long time reader, first time caller. "Hi ShowDowners, My name is Nicklas," said Nicklas. "And I am working as a system developer here in Sweden. My favourite team is Chelsea and I think they will complete this season in a superb fashion, winning all the possible trophies left. "Since I first discovered Soccernet in 1997 there hasn't passed many weeks without me checking in on the latest news from this excellent site. Now the time has come for me to show that the last 15 years of extensive Premier League studies has produced some pinpoint skills in predicting the results. Remember, I told you so..." 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.

Dale holds on to his lead to take the points and close the gap to the ROTW.

Table after Round 20
Rest of the World: 27
Dale: 21
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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