Only six rounds still to be played, and Tommy Smyth has opened up a 7.5-point gap at the top of the table. With just 18 points still up for grabs, Dale Johnson faces a stuggle to hold on to his Showdown crown. The bookies have almost stopped taking bets on a first ever title for Tommy. And if Tommy wins the next two rounds the virtual trophy will be headed his way. The Rest of the World have been playing for pride for some time, and this week that honour falls to Muhammad Sani Fagge who is from Nigeria. Muhammad says: "I am a Nigerian of Katsina/Kano states origin. I am about 56-57 years of age and work as a banker in one of the Leading Banks in Nigeria. I could not get a pricise date of birth as there was no written record from my unelightened parents then. People here got to know their birth dates mostly through memories of notable events, eg. the demise of a King, the death of a rich man or the strike of a famine. "I grew up to love playing football at the early age of eight or thereabouts, and then played at the college. I came to have my interest in the Premier leaque around 1994 when I joined a friend of mine, Mustapha, to follow Manchester United. Five of my six children are now fans of United. The other one is a fan of Liverpool!"
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.
Dirk Kuyt's penalty means Tommy Smyth wins the round again and victory is in sight: 10.5 points clear with only 15 left on the table.
Table after Round 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!