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By ESPN Staff

Premier Showdown - Feb 26-28

Back-to-back wins for Tommy Smyth have put him within striking distance of Dale Johnson at the top of the table.

There's still plenty of interest for the Rest of the World team, even if hopes are surely slim of a title challenge. The ROTW can still throw a few spanners into the works for our intrepid experts.

Who have we picked to play this weekend? It's Sam Waters who lives not too far down the road from Dale in Croydon - which is south of London.

Sam tells us: "I'm 16 and curently doing my GCSEs and i support Crystal Palace FC. Football is my life, I have grown up with it. I play football on Sundays and I also sell the matchday programmes at Palace."

Let's check out those predictions.

For each round of Premier League action we invite one reader to take on Press Pass pundit 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.

What a performance from Tommy Smyth! He matches the highest score of the season - but does it from only eight matches! A return of 13 points from a possible 24 must be about the best we've ever had in the history of Showdown.

Table after Round 28
Tommy: 34.5
Dale: 33
Rest of the World: 16.5

Best week's total of season so far: 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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