The 2018/19 Premier League season is over and so is our Premier Predictions game for another year – that’s eight seasons completed now.
- Top of the Table: Champion to Fourth
- Minor Prizes: Tenth and Twentieth
- Manager of the Month: April and May
- One Round Wonder: Fifteen Points
- Twenty Point Jackpot: Next Season
- Time for a Break: Overdue
Top of the Table: Champion to Fourth
Game 02 of the 2018/19 season was one for players in their debut season of Premier Predictions – in fact three of the top four were playing in their debut Premier Predictions season – Gary Alcroft, Neale Ray and Scott Symonds.
Scott ran away with the title in the end, finishing eight points clear of Simon Allen in second place and collecting the £78.30 prize. It’s fair to say that Simon definitely wasn’t playing in his debut season – his last prize winning finish was Runner-up in Game 01 of the 2016/17 season.
Gary eventually secured third spot (and £39.15) with 138 points, six points off second place. Fourth spot had to be decided on most Exact Predictions. Neale Ray and Martin Gayton both finished on 135 points, but Neales 24 Exact Predictions to Martin’s 20, means Neale nicked fourth spot and collects £39.15.
In his post-victory comments, Scott was pretty modest… “Thanks for letting me join your league and although it was my debut season I never expected to achieve what I did and am very happy with my performance and hope to keep it going into next season”.
Although it was my debut season, I never expected to achieve what I did and am very happy with my performance.– Scott Symonds, Premier Predictions Champion Game 02 2018/19
Minor Prizes: Tenth and Twentieth
Jason Brown was the clear cut “winner” of the Tenth Place prize (£39.15). He scored 127 points which included 17 Exact Predictions.
Twentieth position wasn’t quite as straightforward. Alex Bridges and Cynthia West both ended the season on 115 points, but one would be disappointed as they would be placed in 19th and miss out on the prize for the coveted(!) twentieth place.
The unlucky player was Cynth, as her 15 Exact Predictions was one more than Alex’s 14, so Alex (rather sheepishly perhaps!) walks away with the £19.58.
Manager of the Month: April and May
Scott capped an excellent Game by topping the final Player-of-the-Month table for the season. His score of 59 points (0.881 per match) was one better than Jason Brown (0.857) in second place. Scott also won the final Player-of-the-Month prize at the end of Game 01 – a (debut) game in which Scott finished ninth overall. Neale Ray was a distant third on 50 points (0.747).
One Round Wonder: Fifteen Points
Interestingly, Scott’s highest Round score was just 12 points – an amount he scored in Rounds 11 and 13. This was pretty indicative of a generally low scoring Game, a game in which 15 points was enough to grab top spot in the One Round Wonder table.
Martin Hayman set that 15 point target in Round 7 of the game. Martin repeated that feat again in Round 11. Gary Alcroft was unlucky to also score 15 points just one round after Martin. As well as Martin scoring 15 points in Round 11, so did Gareth Bridges and Simon Allen. Take a look at the One Round Wonder table.
Twenty Point Jackpot: Next Season
Nobody managed to get the elusive twenty point Round during the 2018/19 season. As a result the Twenty Point Jackpot will start at £38 for Round 01 of the 2019/20 Premier Predictions season. Don’t forget it will increase by £1 for every round it remains unclaimed.
Time for a Break: Overdue
This will be the first break I’ve had from organising games since July 2017 – the last time there wasn’t a major international football tournament.
The 2019/20 season fixtures will be published at 9am on 13th June – so the break will be about three weeks before preparing for next season’s Premier Predictions game. The season will kick-off on 10th August.