The time has finally come. In one short week champions will be crowned and, as the lesser among us look on in admiration of their skill, we will try to figure out just how they managed to rack up all those fantasy points. Oh, and there will be some soccer going on as well. Wouldn't want to miss that.
With one week left to play the model decided to show us a glimmer of its old stuff, with fully 12 of the 20 teams within 0.75 points of the prediction. Added to that, the two teams picked out for offensive value combined for 5 goals. Not a bad showing! Will the same be said of this Saturday's games? It remains to be seen. Predictions below!
As always, and for a final time, the numbers in parentheses denote how the predicted score differs from the team's average. I bold the stand-out teams, but be sure to take note of which number is bolded, as that changes the interpretation.
West Brom 1.29 (+0.07) -v- Arsenal 1.53 (-0.41)
Everton 1.35 (+0.08) -v- Newcastle 0.93 (-0.58)
Man City 3.41 (+1.01) -v- QPR 0.49 (-0.25)
Norwich 1.63 (+0.22) -v- Aston Villa 1.10 (+0.07)
Stoke 1.55 (+0.65) -v- Bolton 0.99 (-0.26)
Sunderland 0.98 (-0.23) -v- Man United 1.69 (-0.65)
Wigan 2.04 (+0.92) -v- Wolves 1.05 (-0.05)
Swansea 0.96 (-0.19) -v- Liverpool 0.95 (-0.24)
Chelsea 2.87 (+1.21) -v- Blackburn 0.92 (-0.39)
Tottenham 1.97 (+0.25) -v- Fulham 0.82 (-0.40)
Some great options all along the pay scale this week. You have to think Bolton will try to give stoke a run for their money, and that could perhaps liven up the game offensively for both teams. Given the mountain QPR have to climb even to nab a draw, Bolton have to have hope. It's hard to say what to expect from Chelsea, given that they are stuck firmly in 6th place and have much bigger fish to fry the following week, not to mention today's performance. And of course Man City will look to put as emphatic a stamp on the season as possible. Good luck with your last round of picks this season!