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Laurens: Pastore matures for PSG

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By ESPN Staff
Dec 12, 2005

Premier Showdown - Dec 10-12

The days of the Rest of the World team blazing a trail at the top of the table now seem to be a thing of the past. Following their one solitary week clear at the top of the table Dale Johnson has produced a hat-trick of victories to leave his rivals quaking.

The real worry concerns Tommy Smyth, who has suffered a drastic dip in form after looking like a real contender for the coveted title. Rock on, Tommy.

This weekend our challenger is Ziad Bastami .

We're making what we believe to be our first ever trip to Egypt for Premier Showdown. Ziad is actually from Lebanon and works as an architect.

He's a liverpool fan, but believes that chelsea have a strong squad, Arsenal have improved and Manchester United are on the up.

Ziad says: 'England will be one of the teams to beat at the World Cup. They have the fabulous four in the middle, and the amazing two up front. The defence is not bad... a final with Brazil seems to be a nice match up... but beware of the Netherlands!'

Each week one of our readers, or an ESPNSoccernet Press Pass viewer, will get the chance to challenge our two experts. They, along with the challenger, will cast their eyes over weekend's top flight fixtures in England and predict how they think each game will turn out.

Soccernet's Premiership Editor, Dale Johnson, and Press Pass pundit Tommy Smyth take up the challenge from our team.

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 result has been worked out, the winning pundit will receive three points for their season's total. Should the challenger win, the total will be added to the 'Rest of the World's' tally. In the case of a draw, the points will be shared between those level on points.

    Matches
    Dale's prediction
    Tommy says
    Ziad's pick
    Result
    Liverpool v Middlesbrough
    2 - 0
    2 - 1
    2 - 1
    2 - 0
    Birmingham v Fulham
    2 - 1
    1 - 1
    0 - 0
    1 - 0
    Blackburn v West Ham
    1 - 0
    1 - 0
    2 - 2
    3 - 2
    Bolton v Aston Villa
    2 - 0
    1 - 2
    0 - 1
    1 - 1
    Charlton v Sunderland
    2 - 0
    2 - 2
    2 - 3
    2 - 0
    Chelsea v Wigan
    4 - 0
    4 - 0
    4 - 1
    1 - 0
    West Brom v Man City
    2 - 1
    1 - 2
    0 - 3
    2 - 0
    Newcastle v Arsenal
    1 - 2
    1 - 2
    1 - 2
    1 - 0
    Man Utd v Everton
    1 - 1
    2 - 1
    3 - 2
    1 - 1
    Tottenham v Portsmouth
    3 - 0
    2 - 0
    1 - 0
    3 - 1
    POINTS TOTAL >>>
    14
    4
    3

    Ahem. Was it even a competition this week? Dale made it four wins on the bounce with two games to spare - and then promptly went and rubbed salt into the wounds by getting the correct scoreline at Sold Trafford. A haul of 14 points is the PB for the season - eclipsing scores of 12 by himself, Tommy and the ROTW (x2). Come on, make a game of it!

    Overall score after 16 rounds:
    Dale: 24
    Rest of the World: 15
    Tommy: 9

    You can tune in to ESPNSoccernet Press Pass every Friday to see the picks revealed, and the previous week's results analysed. They will also be displayed here at Soccernet.

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

    Send us your picks for next weekend's fixtures, along with your name and a few details about yourself. We'll select one person each week to take on our experts for the right to be crowned the weekly winner!

    Then log on to Soccernet on Sunday evening to find out who's taken the points.

    Submit your entry for Premier Showdown:
    Name: 
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