SPAPP2020/21 – Game 01: Review

Game 01 of Premier Predictions in the 2020/21 season was a good one for new players, saw our first cup competition and wasn’t as affected by COVID as it might have been.

Overall Table

Champion and Top Four

  • 1st – Ahmed (£104.80)
  • 2nd – Craig Ellis (£78.60)
  • 3rd – Lawrence Sutton (£52.40)
  • 4th – Liam Sutton (£52.40)

The top four places at the end of Game 01 were dominated by new players. Only former champion Craig Ellis (104 points) was able to break the newbies hold on the top positions, by taking the runners-up spot. He four points behind the champion, Ahmed Shahin (108).

The brothers Sutton, Lawrence (104) & Liam (103), showed some decent form to secure third and fourth respectively. Five other players managed to top 100 points and can consider themselves unlucky not to have made the prize positions at the top of the table.

Champions Words

Our newly crowned Champion sent a few words about his first experience in Premier Predictions…

“I followed Simon on Twitter and soon thereafter inquired about entering Game 01. We spoke about FPL [Fantasy Premier League] and the fact that I had never played predictor before last season. I was adamant finishing 3rd on Superbru was probably a one-off (as it turns out I’m ranked about 5,000 this year so it looks like it was 😁).

“On Tuesday 29th December, I thought I was too far away from the title and so just wanted to try to sneak into the top four. It had been a busy couple of weeks. I had just moved into my new place with my partner and we’ve had a brief Covid wedding park photo shoot.

“I realised when the line ups came out that I’d forgotten to do my predictions. Indeed, I missed other FPL deadlines. Luckily, there was still time on SPA Games. I went pretty conservative with my predictions, predicting a 0-0 Southampton v West Ham draw (three points) as well as narrow wins for Burnley and Arsenal (both correct). Similarly, I changed my prediction to 1-1 on 28th December in Leicester v Crystal Palace (another three points) after seeing the line ups, and especially Vardy benched.

“I wasn’t even in the conversation to finish top, I got lucky. Thank you for organising and running this competition, Simon. I have thoroughly enjoyed it and I’ll almost certainly try again in Game 02.”

Tenth & Twentieth

  • 10th – Steve Keay (£52.40)
  • 20th – Marcus Allen (£26.20)

The lucky recipients (although Marcus would probably say skilled) of the lower-down prize paying positions were Steve Keay and Marcus Allen. Steve paired his tenth place with a League Cup win. Marcus was claiming to have been aiming for twentieth place from about the end of November. Regardless of how they came to be in those positions, both players have enough to cover entry into Game 02 of this season.

One Round Wonder

  • 14 points – Liam Sutton (£52.40)

As well as nailing fourth spot Overall in his first game, Liam also managed to secure the One Round Wonder prize. With a score of 14 in a later Game Round, he pockets a total of £104.80. Nice work Liam.

League Cup

  • Winner: Steve Keay (£35.00)
  • Runner-up: Darren Addy (£15.00)

As well as settling on tenth, Steve won the inaugural League Cup, defeating new boy Darren Addy in a low scoring final. To see a round-by-round review of competition, take a look at the League Cup page. SACS sponsored the first League Cup and will continue to do so in Game 02.

Players of the Month

  • September: Steve Keay (£26.20)
  • October: Jamie Cox (£26.20)
  • November: Ian Hodgson (£26.20)
  • December: Simon Allen (£26.20)

So it turns out Game 01 went pretty well for Steve! He started the season by winning the first Player of the Month, and then off course secured tenth spot and the League Cup.

Jamie Cox had a strong start to Game 01. His Player of the Month in October is testament to that. The strong start saw him through to the quarter-final of the League Cup, before losing to the eventual winner 15-11 on aggregate.

November saw Ian Hodgson collect his first Premier Predictions prize win since January 2018. Back then he won just £8.05 in a three way shared Player of the Month.

Simon finished the season strongly finishing in the top ten overall and collecting the December Player of the Month. He’d spent most of the game in the low teen positions before finding some late form.

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