2018 World Cup Prediction Game. Last Updated After: Iran v Spain

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2018 World Cup Prediction Game. Last Updated After: Iran v Spain

Postby Phil LUFC » Sat Jun 02, 2018 2:31 pm

Latest Table
After: Iran v Spain

PositionPlayerPointsDefenceMidfieldAttack
1AmarinderBedi12Iceland (-2)Uruguay (6)Spain (8)
2sunshine whites9Sweden (0)England (3)Belgium (6)
3Phil LUFC8Japan (-2)Uruguay (6)France (4)
4MightyWhite8Russia (-2)Uruguay (6)France (4)
5metalsmurf7Iceland (-2)England (3)Belgium (6)
6AndyPaul6Sweden (0)Uruguay (6)Germany (0)
7Colonel White6Serbia (0)Uruguay (6)Germany (0)
8topbin6Egypt (-8)Uruguay (6)Spain (8)
9dublin white 695Germany (-2)Sweden (3)Croatia (4)
10Kummel5Uruguay (0)Senegal (3)Brazil (2)
11OWETB5Sweden (0)Mexico (3)Argentina (2)
12Ponte4England (-2)Russia (6)Germany (0)
13ChairmanMeaow4Belgium (0)Tunisia (0)England (4)
14portadown white3England (-2)Japan (3)Argentina (2)
15barry white3England (-2)Senegal (3)Brazil (2)
16Wing Wizard3Iceland (-2)Denmark (3)Argentina (2)
17Proud to be Leeds2Uruguay (0)Nigeria (0)Brazil (2)
18jackos2Senegal (-2)Germany (0)England (4)
19Andymac-472Germany (-2)Costa Rica (0)England (4)
20Eddies Boots2Uruguay (0)Egypt (0)Brazil (2)
21Devi1Russia (-2)England (3)Germany (0)
22mi.mic.mick.mick jones1Germany (-2)England (3)South Korea (0)
23the flying pig0Russia (-2)Colombia (0)Brazil (2)
24welshwhite-1Switzerland (-2)Iceland (1)Germany (0)
25Vampire-2Russia (-2)Peru (0)Germany (0)
26SimonB-2England (-2)Costa Rica (0)Germany (0)
27Ballgirl-3Egypt (-8)England (3)Brazil (2)

League of Nations

PositionNationPointsDefenceMidfieldAttack
1Russia20-2616
2Uruguay10064
3Belgium9036
4Croatia7034
5Portugal6-648
6Spain6-648
7Denmark5032
8England5-234
9France5-234
10Japan5-234
11Mexico5032
12Senegal5-234
13Serbia5032
14Sweden5032
15Iran3-232
16Argentina1-212
17Brazil1-212
18Iceland1-212
19Switzerland1-212
20Australia-2-402
21Colombia-2-402
22Costa Rica-2-200
23Germany-2-200
24Peru-2-200
25Poland-2-402
26South Korea-2-200
27Tunisia-2-402
28Morocco-4-400
29Nigeria-4-400
30Egypt-6-802
31Panama-6-600
32Saudi Arabia-12-1200


Rules

Pick 3 teams:
One for your Defence who will score -2 for every goal conceded.
One for your Midfield who will score +1 for a draw and +3 for a win. Knock out games going to penalties will be deemed a draw.
One for your Attack who will score +2 for every goal scored.

New rules:
1. You will score an additional +2 for every game each of your nations play beyond the group stages with the exception of the 3rd place play off (and -2 per game missed in the highly unlikely event a team be booted out in the group stages, along with forfeiting games 3-0*, only really relevant if they're your defence).
2. You must have no more than 1 team from the top 8 seeds (as per the FIFA Ranking at the time of the official draw, not current rankings) and must have at least 1 from the 16 lowest seeds by the same measure. (You are welcome to avoid the top 8 altogether or have all 3 from the bottom 16 if you wish).

You can decide individually whether you'd rather PM me your picks or just post them in the thread, as in previous years I'll publish score updates at the end of each round of games and only reveal chosen nations when they've been eliminated, unless you make them public from the off.

Finally, the tie breaker will be total number of goals for the tournament so please predict that too.

Top 8 seeds (Alphabetically):
Argentina
Belgium
Brazil
France
Germany
Poland
Portugal
Spain

Next 8:
Colombia
Croatia
Denmark
England
Mexico
Peru
Switzerland
Uruguay

Remaining 16:
Australia
Costa Rica
Egypt
Iceland
Iran
Japan
Morocco
Nigeria
Panama
Russia
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Serbia
South Korea
Sweden
Tunisia

*I assume that's how it works but even if not, if its good enough for UEFA its good enough for this game.

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Re: 2018 World Cup Prediction Game

Postby OWETB » Sat Jun 02, 2018 2:50 pm

You've missed out Scotland and Wales mate.

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Re: 2018 World Cup Prediction Game

Postby welshwhite » Sat Jun 02, 2018 4:35 pm

OWETB wrote:You've missed out Scotland and Wales mate.


:D Cunt!. We're burnt out after getting to the semi's of the Euros :thumbl:

Iceland :lol:

Nice fishing, by the way :salute:

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Re: 2018 World Cup Prediction Game

Postby AndyPaul » Sat Jun 02, 2018 7:35 pm

Like the new rules. Makes it a bit more interesting and less likely people pick the same 3 teams. I’ll PM my choices.

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Re: 2018 World Cup Prediction Game

Postby the flying pig » Sat Jun 02, 2018 8:02 pm

yeah, this requires some real thought, won't just be 20-odd permutations of france/germany/brazil. i'll post my picks publicly within the next week or so.

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Re: 2018 World Cup Prediction Game

Postby Phil LUFC » Sat Jun 02, 2018 8:08 pm

the flying pig wrote:yeah, this requires some real thought, won't just be 20-odd permutations of france/germany/brazil. i'll post my picks publicly within the next week or so.

Please to see that's going down well then. I was going to go with official draw pots but that's put Spain in pot 2 so every cunt would have them somewhere. Pulling Russia out of it via FIFA rankings fixed that nicely, I don't think there's a single obvious standout pick in any of the 3 groups above.

Anyway, I've made my choices and sent them to Ponte (he was first to send me his choices). So far, from those 2 entries, 6 different nations are in play.

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Re: 2018 World Cup Prediction Game

Postby the flying pig » Sat Jun 02, 2018 8:26 pm

Phil LUFC wrote:... I don't think there's a single obvious standout pick in any of the 3 groups above...


I'll definitely think about picking Russia in one category, they're rubbish but have a tidy draw and are presumably well placed to benefit from a few favourable refereeing decisions... though the defence/midfield/attack system might, I suppose, not favour them...

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Re: 2018 World Cup Prediction Game

Postby Phil LUFC » Sat Jun 02, 2018 8:28 pm

the flying pig wrote:
Phil LUFC wrote:... I don't think there's a single obvious standout pick in any of the 3 groups above...


I'll definitely think about picking Russia in one category, they're rubbish but have a tidy draw and are presumably well placed to benefit from a few favourable refereeing decisions... though the defence/midfield/attack system might, I suppose, not favour them...

Personally, I think home advantage and favourable draw (being in pot 1 as much as anything) is almost entirely wiped out by them being the lowest ranked team in the tournament (at the time the draw was made, haven't checked current).

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Re: 2018 World Cup Prediction Game

Postby the flying pig » Sat Jun 02, 2018 8:32 pm

If anyone's interested in a sweepstake I'd be happy to arrange again. Maybe give a (cancer?) charity a share of the proceeds, I didn't like to say e.g. a year ago given what was going on then but I was never certain that, after taking our brass, Gary remembered to give us our sponsorship of a leeds ladies player (though I'm sure he did :tongue:) ???

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Re: 2018 World Cup Prediction Game

Postby Phil LUFC » Sat Jun 02, 2018 8:43 pm

the flying pig wrote:If anyone's interested in a sweepstake I'd be happy to arrange again. Maybe give a (cancer?) charity a share of the proceeds, I didn't like to say e.g. a year ago given what was going on then but I was never certain that, after taking our brass, Gary remembered to give us our sponsorship of a leeds ladies player (though I'm sure he did :tongue:) ???

Yeah, I'm up for that.

And yeah, wrong thread but: The player sponsorship thing got me free entry for a couple of years (before I sponsored a player outright) if nothing else :thumbl: . There was a banner made which got hung up at every game listing names of sponsors and whatnot (TSB was on it), by Gary's last season as chairman there were fairly regular facebook posts for individual players/sponsors and that seems to still happen now from the Juniors account (the first team have been merged into the main LUFC accounts and therefore are now crap). The accusations over that money appear to be part of the mud slinging rather than actually based on fact. Aside from that, it was purely about getting money into the club coffers, some players were sponsored 3x over.

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Re: 2018 World Cup Prediction Game

Postby the flying pig » Sat Jun 02, 2018 8:45 pm

Phil LUFC wrote:
the flying pig wrote:
Phil LUFC wrote:... I don't think there's a single obvious standout pick in any of the 3 groups above...


I'll definitely think about picking Russia in one category, they're rubbish but have a tidy draw and are presumably well placed to benefit from a few favourable refereeing decisions... though the defence/midfield/attack system might, I suppose, not favour them...

Personally, I think home advantage and favourable draw (being in pot 1 as much as anything) is almost entirely wiped out by them being the lowest ranked team in the tournament (at the time the draw was made, haven't checked current).


Yeah, I don't know, they are, to the best of my knowledge, an awful team, but I wouldn't put it past fifa refs to make sure they at least don't concede against Saudi & Egypt (though I suppose this may be difficult to sustain if Salah is on form), and then, who knows, with presumably six points in the bag already, Uruguay may well rest players & therefore probably not 'run riot'.

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Re: 2018 World Cup Prediction Game

Postby eric olthwaite » Sat Jun 02, 2018 9:11 pm

Isn’t Salah out?

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Re: 2018 World Cup Prediction Game

Postby Phil LUFC » Sat Jun 02, 2018 9:20 pm

eric olthwaite wrote:Isn’t Salah out?

Should be fit in "no more than 3 weeks" apparently which means he should be ready just in time to face Russia.

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Re: 2018 World Cup Prediction Game

Postby the flying pig » Sat Jun 02, 2018 9:25 pm

Phil LUFC wrote:
eric olthwaite wrote:Isn’t Salah out?

Should be fit in "no more than 3 weeks" apparently which means he should be ready just in time to face Russia.


yeah, dislocated shoulder sounds serious to me but i suppose maybe when you're as good as he is, no team [especially an international team going into a world cup]'s going to feel able to give you any longer than the bare minimum amount of time to recover. It'll probably end up causing him pain & whatnot for the rest of his life but, hey, he's worth it.

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Re: 2018 World Cup Prediction Game

Postby Phil LUFC » Sat Jun 02, 2018 9:44 pm

the flying pig wrote:
Phil LUFC wrote:
eric olthwaite wrote:Isn’t Salah out?

Should be fit in "no more than 3 weeks" apparently which means he should be ready just in time to face Russia.


yeah, dislocated shoulder sounds serious to me but i suppose maybe when you're as good as he is, no team [especially an international team going into a world cup]'s going to feel able to give you any longer than the bare minimum amount of time to recover. It'll probably end up causing him pain & whatnot for the rest of his life but, hey, he's worth it.

Can't be all that serious, Sam Sodje popped his back in and carried on playing :thumbl: .

More seriously, the NHS say:
"You can stop wearing the sling after a few days, but it takes about 12 to 16 weeks to completely recover from a dislocated shoulder. You'll usually be able to resume most activities within two weeks, but should avoid heavy lifting and sports involving shoulder movements for between six weeks and three months."

Given he's had the season of his life and they might not qualify again during his career, he'd probably consider it worth the pain/risk of a repeat injury. If he's properly back for the Saudi game they might even get past the group. Big if obviously but if that happens he'll look back on it as a career/life highlight.

If he hadn't had this injury if have considered them amongst my 3 teams.

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Re: 2018 World Cup Prediction Game

Postby AndyPaul » Sun Jun 03, 2018 7:04 am

My predictions are in!

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Re: 2018 World Cup Prediction Game

Postby portadown white » Sun Jun 03, 2018 11:06 pm

Cheers Phil. I'm not shy so happy to post:

Defence - England
Midfield - Japan
Attack - Argentina

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Phil LUFC
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Re: 2018 World Cup Prediction Game

Postby Phil LUFC » Mon Jun 04, 2018 6:15 am

And your tie breaker?

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Re: 2018 World Cup Prediction Game

Postby topbin » Mon Jun 04, 2018 8:09 am

Alright, mine's in Phil. Thanks for organising! New rules made it a much trickier decision.

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Re: 2018 World Cup Prediction Game

Postby SimonB » Mon Jun 04, 2018 11:39 am

Mines in too mate
We had a meeting at work today and I was asked what steps I would take in the event of a fire. Apparently "fucking big ones" wasn't the right answer


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