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Rewind to Boxing Day 1963

Barclays Premier League
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By ESPN Staff

Premier Showdown - Aug 11/12

We're back! Yes, here for another season and ready to take on the Rest of the World will be both Dale Johnson and Tommy Smyth.

Dale is still smarting from the last-day defeat he suffered back in May, meaning the ROTW managed to hold on to their crown for a second successive season! There was furniture all over the office at 5pm that Sunday, let me tell you!

So with the new season upon us, who is the first challenger of 2007/08?

We're welcoming, with open arms, Ian Johnston into Soccernet Towers. Ian is a Sales Executive who has lived in Melbourne, Australia since 1973 also he follows Carlton AFL.

Ian, 61 and a Manchester United fan, tells us: 'I was born in Glasgow and played football most of my life though am recently retired. The Premier League is the best in world, but I follow all European League competitions with interest.

'I was born 40 years too soon, and I would love to be playing now. No prima donnas in my day!'

Game on!

Each week one of our readers, or an ESPNSoccernet Press Pass viewer, has the chance to challenge our two experts.

Soccernet's Premier League Editor, Dale Johnson, and Press Pass pundit Tommy Smyth take up the test.

They, along with the challenger, cast their eyes over weekend's top flight fixtures in England and predict how they think each game will turn out.

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 receives three points for their season's total. Should the challenger win, the total is added to the 'Rest of the World's' tally. In the case of a draw, the points are shared between those level on points.

Dale's prediction
Tommy says
Ian's pick
Result
Sunderland v Tottenham
1 - 1
2 - 2
1 - 1
1 - 0
Bolton v Newcastle
0 - 2
1 - 2
1 - 2
1 - 3
Derby v Portsmouth
1 - 1
1 - 1
0 - 1
2 - 2
Everton v Wigan
2 - 0
2 - 0
2 - 0
2 - 1
Middlesbrough v Blackburn
0 - 1
2 - 2
1 - 1
1 - 2
West Ham v Man City
2 - 1
1 - 2
0 - 1
0 - 2
Aston Villa v Liverpool
1 - 1
2 - 2
1 - 1
1 - 2
Arsenal v Fulham
2 - 0
2 - 1
2 - 0
2 - 1
Chelsea v Birmingham
2 - 0
2 - 0
3 - 0
3 - 2
Man Utd v Reading
2 - 0
3 - 1
3 - 1
0 - 0
POINTS TOTAL >>>
6
8
5

Take a screen grab of this folks! It's not something we've ever seen before! Yes, Tommy is indeed top of the table after the first round of games. His correct scoreline at the Emirates secured the victory. Now can it last?

Table after Round 1:
Tommy: 3
Dale: 0
Rest of the World: 0

FINAL TABLE 2006/07:
Rest of the World: 47.5
Dale: 46
Tommy: 20.5

You can tune in to ESPNSoccernet Press Pass every Monday and Thursday.

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

Send us your picks for the 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 Monday morning to find out who's taken the points.

Submit your entry for Premier Showdown:
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