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Happy Cup 2017/18 Quarter-finals - Deadline Saturday January 27th 15.00
at 22:01 17 Jan 2018

After the high scoring group stages, the winners and runners-up from those groups have produced the following draw for the quarter-finals.

(1) TheHappyGooner v gerry_us

(2) durham_exile v BFG

(3) medicine_man v Gate16

(4) RSCOSWORTH v Sector4


These are one off games, NO REPLAYS. The usual tie-breaker rules will apply, most 3 pointers and then the first to post. No more than four predictions the same as your opponent please.

The semi-finals will be:-
Winners of game 1 v Winners of game 4
Winners of game 2 v Winners of game 3

Quarter-final Fixtures

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN v BIRMINGHAM CITY
HULL CITY v NOTTINGHAM FOREST
MIDDLESBROUGH v BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION
MILLWALL v ROCHDALE
MILTON KEYNES DONS v COVENTRY CITY
NOTTS COUNTY v SWANSEA CITY
SHEFFIELD UNITED v PRESTON NORTH END
SOUTHAMPTON v WATFORD
WIGAN ATHLETIC v WEST HAM UNITED
NEWPORT COUNTY v TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR (17.30)

Good luck everybody.

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Happy League 2017/18 Week 24 (of 38) - Deadline Saturday 15.00
at 21:08 13 Jan 2018

Week 23 Results

CHELSEA 0 LEICESTER 0

Chelsea have drawn three consecutive games 0-0 in all competitions for the first time in their history, as they fail to beat 10-man Leicester. Nobody got this spot-on, but 3 did have the outcome. Not surprisingly 18 predicted a win for Chelsea.

WATFORD 2 SOUTHAMPTON 2
Watford get a 90th minute "hand of god" equaliser, as they came from 2-0 down. Just the 2 had this spot-on, and 2 also got the outcome. There were 13 who predicted a win for Watford, with 8 going for a 2-1, in what was the weeks most predicted result.

BLACKBURN 3 SHREWSBURY 1
Blackburn have now gone 15 undefeated in the league, as the end Shrewsbury's 10 match unbeaten run. Nobody got this spot-on, though 14 did have the outcome.

MK DONS 0 AFC WIMBLEDON 0
The bitter rivals have to make do with a bore draw. Well done to Blue4U2 for being the only one to have this spot-on, and 6 more got the outcome.

EXETER 1 COVENTRY 0
An early goal wins it for Exeter. There were 3 who got this spot-on, and another 6 had the outcome.

LINCOLN 2 NOTTS COUNTY 2
Notts County came from behind to get a draw, after initially taking the lead. Well done to eagledares for being the only one to have this spot-on, and 3 more got the outcome.

Another tough week with four of the games ending in draws, but none ending 1-1, as this result continues to struggle to have an impact this season. In fact we have only had one game finish 1-1 in the last seven weeks. So just seven 3 pointers overall, but for the second week running durham_exile was the only one to get two of them, the Watford 2-2 and the Exeter 1-0, and with one outcome, he is the weeks top scorer with a decent 7 points. Best of those who had one 3 pointer was Gate16, with the Watford 2-2 spot-on, and three outcomes giving him a very good 6 points.

In the Premier We have a new leader as the decent run of 3 pointers for thrillseeker finally gets its reward. Even though his eight week run of getting at least one 3 pointer comes to an end, two outcomes were enough to take him to the summit. The 13 point lead that noah4x4 held after Week 17 has finally been eroded away, as his struggle for 3 pointers has come back to haunt him again, with just one in the last seven weeks. A struggle for 3 pointers is holding back mfb_cufc as well, as the four he got in Week 19 are the only ones he has got in the last seven weeks. The only ones to get a 3 pointer in this division were gsy163 and Gate16, and they have each closed the gap to a Charity Shield spot by 6 points over the last two weeks. Another missed week, and no 3 pointers for the last seven weeks, has made things difficult for Sector4 to avoid the final relegation spot.

In Division One Despite firing a blank for the second time in three weeks BFG clings onto the lead. It is back down to one point as the top scoring effort from durham_exile takes him up two places, and into the other automatic spot. Just losing out on the most 3 pointer rule is gerry_us, as one point separates the top three. In what continues to be probably be the tightest league in Happy League history, it is still realistically any two from six for those automatic spots.

THE TABLES (166 out of 280 played)
(Tie-breaker: Most 3 pointers, and then the first to post)



Week 24 Fixtures

ARSENAL v CRYSTAL PALACE
BURNLEY v MANCHESTER UNITED
NORWICH CITY v SHEFFIELD UNITED
ROCHDALE v SOUTHEND UNITED
ROTHERHAM UNITED v PORTSMOUTH
FOREST GREEN ROVERS v CAMBRIDGE UNITED

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Happy Cup 2017/18 Group stage final tables
at 19:46 7 Jan 2018

Round 3 Results

BOLTON WANDERERS 1 HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 2
BRENTFORD 0 NOTTS COUNTY 1
COVENTRY CITY 2 STOKE CITY 1
EXETER CITY 0 WEST BROMICH ALBION 2
FULHAM 0 SOUTHAMPTON 1
MANCHESTER UNITED 2 DERBY COUNTY 0
NEWCASTLE UNITED 3 LUTON TOWN 1
STEVENAGE 0 READING 0
WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS 0 SWANSEA CITY 0
WYCOMBE WANDERERS 1 PRESTON NORTH END 5


After the high scoring in the first two rounds of fixtures, the final round of games produced enough surprise results to make it difficult for those looking for a decent score to make a late bid for the quarter-finals. In fact in the end the eight qualifiers after the second round of games all held their ground and therefore made the quarter-finals.

The final group tables are as follows:-

Group A..........................R3.......3pts......1pt.......Total

TheHappyGooner (Q).....3...........3.........11........20
BFG (Q) ...........................4...........3..........10........19
Tropical_Us......................6...........1..........16........19
noah4x4 ..........................6...........1..........15........18
thrillseeker.......................6...........1..........15........18
jonestones - expelled

After a decent first round score TheHappyGooner has always been strong favourites to qualify from this group, but in the end they do just enough. They were probably fortunate nobody got a 3 pointer in the final round of games. They are joined in the quarter-finals by BFG, who just scraped through on the most 3 pointer rule, in a group that could not have been any tighter.

Group B..........................R3.......3pts.......1pt.......Total

durham_exile (Q)..........9.........6...........12.........30
gerry_us (Q)...................9..........5...........15..........30
concordman...................6..........2...........15..........21
Daniel.............................5..........4............7...........19
eagledares......................8..........2...........13..........19
OhOriOri........................3...........1...........11..........14

The two qualifiers durham_exile and gerry_us have set a scorching pace from the start, and deservedly go through. Getting the Coventry 2-1 spot-on made sure the former held onto top spot by virtue of the most 3 pointers.

Group C.........................R3.......3pts........1pt.......Total

medicine_man (Q)........8.........4............14.........26
Sector4 (Q)....................7..........5.............10.........25
sevebalo.......................11.........4..............6..........18
burnsieespana ..............7..........3..............9..........18
mfb_cufc.......................3..........1.............11 .........14
Pinault_Noir..................2..........0.............11..........11

The two qualifiers from this group medicine_man and Sector4 both leave their poor league form way behind, as they confirm the strong position they made for themselves after the second round of games. A weeks top score for sevebalo was all to no avail.


Group D...........................R3.......3pts........1pt......Total

RSCOSWORTH (Q)..........8...........6............11........29
Gate16 (Q).......................5...........5.............7..........22
gsy163.............................7...........3.............12.........21
Blue4U2...........................6...........1............16.........19
basher2010.....................4............2............12.........18
wessex_exile...................3............2............11.........17

Another decent score for RSCOSWORTH confirms his quarter-final place. He is joined in the last eight by Gate16 thanks to being another to have the Coventry 2-1 spot-on.

The quarter-final draw is :-

(1) TheHappyGooner v gerry_us

(2) durham_exile v BFG

(3) medicine_man v Gate16

(4) RSCOSWORTH v Sector4


The semi-finals will be:-

Winners of game 1 v Winners of game 4

Winners of game 2 v Winners of game 3
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Happy League 2017/18 Week 23 (of 38) - Deadline Saturday 15.00
at 23:06 6 Jan 2018

Week 22 Results

FLEETWOOD 0 LEICESTER 0

With everybody predicting a win for Leicester, nobody got any points from this game.

NORTHAMPTON 3 SOUTHEND 1
Well done to Blue4U2 for being the only one to have this spot-on, though 6 did get the outcome.

CARDIFF 0 MANSFIELD 0
Everybody predicted a win for Cardiff except eagledares, and he gets one point for the outcome.

IPSWICH 0 SHEFFIELD UNITED 1
There were 3 who had this spot-on, and a further 8 got the outcome.

MILLWALL 4 BARNSLEY 1
Nobody got this spot-on, but 18 did have the outcome.

NEWCASTLE 3 LUTON 1
Just the 2 had this spot-on, and 17 more got the outcome.

YEOVIL 2 BRADFORD CITY 0
Another game with no 3 pointers, though 4 did have the outcome. There were 16 who predicted a win for Bradford City.

PLYMOUTH 3 BURY 0
Well done to durham_exile for being the only one to have this spot-on, but 19 did get the outcome.

ACCRINGTON 4 CHESTERFIELD 0
Nobody got this spot-on, though 18 did have the outcome.

COLCHESTER 1 CHELTENHAM 4
Everybody predicted a win for Colchester except OhOriOri, and gets one point for the outcome.

Another week where almost every game produced heavy support for one of the teams, but with Leicester, Cardiff, Bradford City and the U's failing to deliver this was our worst 10 game week of the season so far. Hard to find a 3 pointer from the other six games as well, with just the 7 achieved, so it was left to the outcomes again to keep the members points total ticking over. Considering how tough it was to find a 3 pointer this week durham_exile did well to be the only one to get two of them, having the Newcastle 3-1 to go with the Plymouth 3-0, and two other outcomes gave him an excellent 8 points. Not enough to be the weeks top scorer on his own though, as this points total was matched by thrillseeker and BFG, who both had the Sheff Utd 1-0 spot-on, and five outcomes.

In the Premier Five more outcomes are enough to keep noah4x4 at the head of affairs, but with the purple patch for thrillseeker continuing, that's at least one 3 pointer for the last eight weeks now, his lead is down to just a single point. For the second week running there are no changes to this division, though 3 pointers for gsy163 and Gate16 continue to take both further away from the possibility of relegation, and even a late shot at a Charity Shield spot.

In Division One After last weeks failure, the top scoring effort this week was just what the Doctor ordered for BFG, and he establishes a lead at the top again. Five outcomes are all gerry_us required to hold onto the other automatic spot. The four members occupying the play-off spots all completed a century of points for the season this week, and while they continue to cement their play-off places, they will all be looking to go one better in the automatics. Six more outcomes for eagledares leaves him as probably the only one able to break into the top six.

THE TABLES (160 out of 280 played)
(Tie-breaker: Most 3 pointers, and then the first to post)



Week 23 Fixtures

CHELSEA v LEICESTER CITY
WATFORD v SOUTHAMPTON
BLACKBURN ROVERS v SHREWSBURY TOWN
MILTON KEYNES DONS v AFC WIMBLEDON
EXETER CITY v COVENTRY CITY
LINCOLN CITY v NOTTS COUNTY

Good luckeverybody.
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Happy League 2017/18 Week 22 (of 38) - Deadline Saturday 12.45
at 00:04 31 Dec 2017

Week 21 Results

WATFORD 1 SWANSEA 2

Watford have now lost five of their last six in the league after Swansea score two goals in the last four minutes. Nobody got this spot-on, and only Pinault_Noir had the outcome. There were 19 who predicted a win for Watford, with 10 going for a 2-0, in what was the weeks most predicted result.

HULL 2 FULHAM 2
Hull have now gone four games without a win as Fulham came from 2-0 down to get a draw. Again no 3 points for anybody here, though 7 did get the outcome.

BRADFORD CITY 3 OXFORD UNITED 2
Bradford bounce back after two successive defeats, despite ending with 10 men. Another game with nobody getting it spot-on, though 19 did have the outcome.

WALSALL 1 ROTHERHAM 2
Former U's Joe Edwards scores for Walsall, but it is not enough for them to avoid being beat. There were 3 who had this spot-on, and 3 also got the outcome.

CARLISLE 0 COVENTRY 1
Carlisle's three match winning run comes to an end. Well done to noah4x4 for being the only one to get this spot-on, and 3 more had the outcome. There were 14 who predicted a win for Carlisle.

CHELTENHAM 1 NEWPORT 1
Eisa's 10th goal of the season earns Cheltenham a point. Just the 2 had this spot-on, and another 3 got the outcome. 14 also predicted a win for Cheltenham.

After the last two weeks had produced some decent scoring, it was back down to earth with a bump this week, with just the six 3 pointers achieved. It was left to one of the weeks "good things" Bradford City to produce more than half the total outcomes, and give some sort of respectability to the week. The six 3 pointers were shared by six members, of which just two managed to get two other outcomes, they were wessex_exile, who had the Rotherham win spot-on, and medicine_man, who got 3 points for the Cheltenham draw, and they share the honour of being the weeks top scorer with a good 5 points each.

It was not a good week for those looking to make a late bid in qualifying for the Champions League. So the 12 qualifiers remain the same as the previous week, with gsy163 occupying the final qualifying spot with his 89 points. All details of the qualifiers and rules can be found on the U'sual Champions League thread.

A reminder that the final round of fixtures for the Happy Cup group stage take place next Saturday. Again all details can be found on the Happy Cup thread.

In the Premier It is as you were at the top with noah4x4 finding his 3 pointer boots again, and thrillseeker taking his good run of 3 pointers to at least one in that last seven weeks, with the Rotherham 2-1. In fact with so few points scored it is as you were for the rest of this of this division as well. The only other member to get a 3 pointer was burnsieespana, with the Rotherham 2-1 giving him his first one for five weeks.

In Division One Despite firing a blank, BFG clings onto top spot by virtue of more 3 pointers from gerry_us. This league has become very condensed at the top again, with just two points separating the top three, after TheHappyGooner got another vital 3 pointer thanks to the Cheltenham 1-1. Further down this league the top scoring effort from wessex_exile will have him ruing the missed weeks, to give him a chance of being in his Champions League, and the one for medicine_man improves his chances of avoiding the wooden spoon in his first season.

THE TABLES (150 out of 280 played)
(Tie-breaker: Most 3 pointers, and then the first to post)



Week 22 Fixtures Picked by this weeks guest gerry_us. DON'T FORGET THIS WEEKS DEADLINE IS 12.45.

FLEETWOOD TOWN v LEICESTER CITY (FA Cup 12.45)
NORTHAMPTON TOWN v SOUTHEND UNITED (14.00)
CARDIFF CITY v MANSFIELD TOWN (FA Cup)
IPSWICH TOWN v SHEFFIELD UNITED (FA Cup)
MILLWALL v BARNSLEY (FA Cup)
NEWCASTLE UNITED v LUTON TOWN (FA Cup)
YEOVIL TOWN v BRADFORD CITY (FA Cup)
PLYMOUTH ARGYLE v BURY
ACCRINGTON STANLEY v CHESTERFIELD
COLCHESTER UNITED v CHELTENHAM TOWN

A Happy New Year and good luck everybody.
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Happy League 2017/18 Week 21 (of 38) - Deadline Saturday 15.00
at 23:47 23 Dec 2017

Week 20 Results

MANCHESTER CITY 4 BOURNEMOUTH 0

City are the first English top-flight team to score 100 goals in a calendar year since Liverpool in 1982. Everybody predicted a win for City, with 4 getting it spot-on.

WEST HAM 2 NEWCASTLE 3
Newcastle end a run of nine league games without a win. Well done to OhOriOri for being the only one to predict a win for Newcastle, and he got it spot-on. There were 16 who predicted a win for the Hammers.

DERBY 3 MILLWALL 0
Derby scored three goals in five first-half minutes, to make it six wins in their last seven games. Everybody predicted a win for Derby, and well done gerry_us for being the only one to get it spot-on.

SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY 1 MIDDLESBROUGH 2
Middlesbrough came from behind to beat a Wednesday team who take their winless run to seven games. Just the 2 (gerry_us and durham_exile) had this spot-on, and 3 more got the outcome.

PLYMOUTH 4 OLDHAM 1
Plymouth move out of the relegation zone with their biggest win of the season. Nobody got this spot-on, but 15 did have the outcome.

SCUNTHORPE 3 SOUTHEND 1
Scunthorpe came from behind to make it 14 games since they last lost at home to Southend. Only 2 (BFG and Blue4U2) had this spot-on, though 17 did get the outcome.

ACCRINGTON 2 CRAWLEY 3
Crawley almost blow a three goal lead as they claim this shock win. Nobody got any points from this game, with 19 predicting a win for Accrington.

MANSFIELD 2 MORECAMBE 1
An 88th minute for Mansfield as they get their first win in four games. Their were 4 who had this spot-on, and a further 14 got the outcome.

After last weeks bonanza there were gifts to be had again this week, with seven of the eight home teams receiving strong support to confirm that. Even though West Ham and Accrington played scrooge, the other five guaranteed plenty of points for everybody. Though with plenty of goals the 3 pointers were not so easy to find, but the 86 outcomes made up for that. The honour of being the weeks top scorer was shared with sevebalo (having the Man City and Mansfield wins spot-on), and durham_exile (getting 3 points for the Man City and Middlesbrough wins), with both having four other outcomes on the way to an excellent 10 points. The only other member to get two spot-on was gerry_us, as mentioned above, to give him a very decent 9 points.

There is just one week, and six games, left to decide who will be qualifying for this seasons Champions League. With mfb_cufc qualifying as holder, the other eleven spots will be occupied by the highest points scorers over the two divisions. The member currently in that eleventh spot is gsy163 with his 87 points.

A reminder that the final round of fixtures for the group stage of the Happy Cup are available for predicting on the separate Happy Cup thread.

In the Premier Despite going a third week in a row without a 3 pointer, noah4x4 still gets five more outcomes to maintain his four point lead. By getting the Man City win spot-on, thrillseeker has now had at least one 3 pointer for the last six weeks, and he reclaims the runners-up spot he lost last week. That was the only change in this division, though the top scoring effort from sevebalo puts daylight between him and the final relegation spot.

In Division One The consistency of getting one 3 pointer in each of the last four weeks, keeps BFG at the summit. Though it is a reduced lead, as the decent week for gerry_us, moves him into the other automatic spot. The top scoring effort from durham_exile takes him back into the play-off positions. There is suddenly a big gap back to the seventh, due to the very unfortunate missed weeks for eagledares and Pinault_Noir.

THE TABLES (144 out of 280 played)
(Tie-breaker: Most 3 pointers, and then the first to post)



Week 21 Fixtures

WATFORD v SWANSEA CITY
HULL CITY v FULHAM
BRADFORD CITY v OXFORD UNITED
WALSALL v ROTHERHAM UNITED
CARLISLE UNITED v COVENTRY CITY
CHELTENHAM TOWN v NEWPORT COUNTY

Merry Christmas and good luck for the rest of the season to you all.





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Happy League 2017/18 - The Results so far
at 21:00 20 Dec 2017

We have just had Week 19, and therefore are now halfway through the season, so I thought it was time to have a look at the results so far. Of the 136 games played 67 (49%) have ended in a home win, 43 (32%) in an away win, and just 26 (19%) as a draw. In the three years I have been administrating the Happy League the 1-1 draw has always come out on top. As can be seen from the breakdown below the 1-0 home win is well on its way to taking that crown this season. Not only is the 1-1 down on previous seasons, but so is the 2-2, though the bore draw is holding up well. Those figures are not really a surprise, as a lot more fixtures this season have not been as close looking, compared to the ones in past seasons. So the home win has been the way to go, and backing every game to end 1-0 would have got you 109 points, every game 2-0 gets you 95 points, and every game 2-1 will have got 93 points. Whereas backing every game to end 1-1 would only get you 52 points.

The full breakdown of the results are as follows:-

1-0...21 (15.44%) Helped by 5 of these in Week 19. Now only 4 short of last seasons total.
2-0...14 (10.29%)
1-1...13 (9.56%) Well down on previous seasons. Will probably need more close looking fixtures to recover.
2-1...13
0-1...12 (8.82%)
0-0....9 (6.62%)
1-3....8 (5.88%) Above expectations. Already 2 more of these than the whole of last season.
1-2....7 (5.12%) Below expectations. Expect more in the second-half of the season.
0-2....6 (4.41%) A popular score for an away win, but rarely delivers.
4-1....6 Another one above expectations. Already more of these than in any of the last three seasons.
0-3....5 (3.68%)
2-2....3 (2.21%) Just like the 1-1 well down on previous seasons. Not one to obviously recover.
3-1....3 Would have expected more of these, but not certain to do better.
3-0....2 (1.48%) With half the games being home wins, should have been more of these.
3-2....2 There have been 6 of these in each of the last three seasons. So expect 4 more in the second-half of this season.
2-3....2 This score usually beats expectations, but not this season so far.
4-2....2
4-0....2
3-3....1 (0.74%)
1-4....1
0-4....1
3-4....1
7-1....1
7-2....1
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Happy League 2017/18 Week 20 (of 38) - Deadline Saturday 15.00
at 23:55 16 Dec 2017

Week 19 Results

ARSENAL 1 NEWCASTLE 0

Nine league games without a victory for Newcastle after this latest defeat. Well done to gsy163 for being the only one to get this spot-on, though 19 did have the outcome.

CHELSEA 1 SOUTHAMPTON 0
An Alonso free-kick wins it for Chelsea. There were 2 who had this spot-on, and a further 18 got the outcome.

BRISTOL CITY 2 NOTTINGHAM FOREST 1
A fourth successive league win for City. There was a big 6 who got this spot-on, and another 11 had the outcome.

PORTSMOUTH 1 BURY 0
Bury remain bottom-of-the-table after this latest defeat. Just the 2 had this spot-on, though 17 got the outcome.

ROCHDALE 0 OXFORD UNITED 0
Rochdale drop into the relegation zone after this bore draw. Nobody got this spot-on, but 5 did have the outcome.

SHREWSBURY 1 BLACKPOOL 0
Shrewsbury win it with their only shot on target. There were 3 who had this spot-on, and another 11 got the outcome.

LINCOLN 2 ACCRINGTON 0
A goal in each half gives Lincoln victory against 10-man Accrington. Again 3 got this spot-on, and 9 more had the outcome.

NOTTS COUNTY 0 GRIMSBY 0
Grimsby have the better of this bore draw, as County fail to have a shot on target. No 3 pointer for anybody, and only 2 got the outcome. There were 18 who predicted a win for County.

MANCHESTER CITY 4 TOTTENHAM 1
City make it 16 successive league wins, after another comprehensive performance. There were 2 who did well to get this spot-on, and a further 14 had the outcome.

CARDIFF 1 HULL 0
Cardiff are still unbeaten at home after this narrow victory. Again there was 2 who had this spot-on, and another 17 got the outcome, with 9 going for a 2-0, in what was the weeks most predicted result.

WOW! What a week this was. Nine games had heavy support for the home teams, and with eight of them winning, we had the highest scoring week of the season so far. With five of those wins being 1-0, it takes that result to 21 for the season, 7 more than the next best 2-0. Those eight home wins produced a 3 pointers total of 21, but it was the 123 outcomes that gave almost all members a very good score. Finally mfb_cufc turned his many outcomes into 3 pointers this week, and he had four of them, the wins for Chelsea, Bristol City, Portsmouth and Shrewsbury, and with four other outcomes, he is this weeks top scorer with a magnificent 16 points. Other performances of merit on this high scoring week came from gerry_us, who had the wins for Lincoln and Man City spot-on, and six other outcomes to on his way to a brilliant 12 points. From gsy163, who had the 1-0 wins for Arsenal, Portsmouth and Cardiff with his blind picks, to give him an excellent 11 points, and thrillseeker, who achieved the same points total by having the wins for Bristol City and Shrewsbury spot-on. And finally for Gate16, who had just the win for Bristol City spot-on, but eight other outcomes gave him an excellent 11 points. A special mention for medicine_man for having nine outcomes.

So how has all this high scoring affected the qualification for the Champions League?
Well that eleventh and final qualifying spot has gsy163 with his 80 points, just edging out durham_exile by the most 3 pointer rule. With two other members within 4 points of those two, it is still all to play for with 14 fixtures left.

In the Premier, on an average week the seven outcomes achieved by noah4x4 would have maintained his decent lead. But this was no average week, and with mfb_cufc getting the highest score by anybody this season, the reigning champ shows he wont be giving up his title without a fight. Even though he drops a place, the excellent week for thrillseeker moves him closer to obtaining a third title. It was a good week for RSCOSWORTH, and even though he moves a place he loses ground on the top three. Seasons best scores for gsy163, Gate16 and Tropical_Us eases their relegation fears, but they were helped by an unfortunate missed week for Sector4, that drops him into that final relegation place.

In Division One, by getting that Cardiff win spot-on BFG keeps the chasing pack at arms length. His lead is reduced by a point as seasons best scores from TheHappyGooner and gerry_us leaves them vying for the other automatic spot, that the former still holds onto by virtue of more 3 pointers. Another good week for Daniel, and seven outcomes for concordman, keeps them both well in contention for a top two spot. A 3 pointer for the second week running to go with his impressive haul of outcomes, has finally got eaglesdare into the play-off positions for the first time this season. Another unfortunate missed week for wessex_exile hasn't helped his play-off chances, and has probably put paid to his hopes of making his Champions League.

THE TABLES (136 out of 280 played)
(Tie-breaker: Most 3 pointers, and then the first to post)



Week 20 Fixtures This is an eight game week to make up for the two lost games in Week 18.

MANCHESTER CITY v AFC BOURNEMOUTH
WEST HAM UNITED v NEWCASTLE UNITED
DERBY COUNTY v MILLWALL
SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY v MIDDLESBROUGH
PLYMOUTH ARGYLE v OLDHAM ATHLETIC
SCUNTHORPE UNITED v SOUTHEND UNITED
ACCRINGTON STANLEY v CRAWLEY TOWN
MANSFIELD TOWN v MORECAMBE

Good luck everybody.
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Happy League 2017/18 Week 19 (of 38) - Deadline Saturday 15.00
at 22:23 9 Dec 2017

Week 18 Results

HUDDERSFIELD 2 BRIGHTON 0

Record signing Mournie scores twice as Huddersfield end a run of four consecutive defeats. Well done to TheHappyGooner for being the only one to get this spot-on, though 12 did have the outcome.

QPR 1 LEEDS 3
Ex U's loanee Kemar Roofe scored a hat-trick to give Leeds victory. Just 2 (eagledares and OhOriOri) had this spot-on, and 12 again got the outcome, with 8 going for a 2-1, in what was the weeks most predicted result.

BURY v AFC WIMBLEDON - MATCH POSTPONED

PLYMOUTH 2 GILLINGHAM 1

Plymouth get a 90th minute minute winner to take them off the bottom of League 1. There were 4 who got this spot-on, and another 8 had the outcome.

ACCRINGTON v SWINDON - MATCH POSTPONED

CHESTERFIELD 2 BARNET 1

Chesterfield get a 93rd minute winner as they come from behind to beat Barnet, who replace them at the bottom of League 2. There were 5 who had this spot-on, and a further 12 got the outcome.

I managed to find the only two games to be postponed in this weeks fixtures. So that left us with a four game week that produced more points than most six game weeks have done this season. Not for the first time this season late goals made all the difference to the final outcomes, with three of the four games being affected. QPR scored in the 90th minute, that looked to have given the 8 who predicted a 2-1 win for Leeds 3 points, then Leeds got a third in the 94th minute. Then there was the late winners for Plymouth and Chesterfield. They were good news for wessex_exile who had both of them spot-on, and with the two other outcomes, is the weeks top scorer with a very decent 8 points. Another member to have both them spot-on was Tropical_Us, on his way to a decent 7 points.

Week 20 will now be an 8 game week, to make up for the the two fixtures lost this week.

Just three weeks, and 24 games left now, before we find out who has qualified for this seasons Champions League. That vital eleventh qualifying spot is now held by eagledares with his 73 points.

In the Premier that late winner for Chesterfield enabled thrillseeker to reduce the noah4x4 lead by those 3 points. By having all four outcomes mfb_cufc moves back into the final Charity Shield spot, as he takes advantage of burnsieespana firing a blank. Getting that Chesterfield win spot-on keeps RSCOSWORTH well in contention, as this division has suddenly become a two-way split, with five vying for at least a Charity Shield place, and the other five hoping to avoid the one relegation spot left to fill. The decent week for Tropical_us sees him move out of that final relegation place.

In Division One, by having the Plymouth late winner spot-on BFG extends his lead to a useful 6 points. As for the other automatic spot, there is only a rizla (other cigarette papers are available) between three members, with a solid week from TheHappyGooner moving them up three places, and claiming that spot, but only by the most 3 pointer rule. Daniel was another one this week to get all four outcomes, and he remains bang in contention for at least a play-off spot. That late Leeds goal has put eagledares within a point of the play-offs, and the closest he has been to them so far this season. The top scoring effort from wessex_exile has also greatly enhanced his chances of making the play-offs, and at the same time given him hope of making his Champions League.

THE TABLES (126 out of 280 played)
(Tie-breaker: Most 3 pointers, and then the first to post)



Week 19 Fixtures picked by this weeks guest TheHappyGooner.

ARSENAL v NEWCASTLE UNITED
CHELSEA v SOUTHAMPTON
BRISTOL CITY v NOTTINGHAM FOREST
PORTSMOUTH v BURY
ROCHDALE v OXFORD UNITED
SHREWSBURY TOWN v BLACKPOOL
LINCOLN CITY v ACCRINGTON STANLEY
NOTTS COUNTY v GRIMSBY TOWN
MANCHESTER CITY v TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR (17.30)
CARDIFF CITY v HULL CITY (17.30)

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Happy Cup 2017/18 Group stage Round 3 (of 3) - Deadline Saturday 6th Jan 15.00
at 21:01 3 Dec 2017

Round 2 Results

BRADFORD CITY 3 PLYMOUTH 1
FLEETWOOD 1 HEREFORD 1
GILLINGHAM 1 CARLISLE 1
MK DONS 4 MAIDSTONE 1
SHREWSBURY 2 MORECAMBE 0
AFC WIMBLEDON 3 CHARLTON 1
GATESHEAD 0 LUTON 5
NEWPORT 2 CAMBRIDGE UNITED 0
WOKING 1 PETERBOROUGH 1
WYCOMBE 3 LEATHERHEAD 1


With the 2nd round fixtures going pretty much to form there was a lot of good scoring again, with twenty-nine 3 pointers achieved overall. Leading the way was Sector4, who had four spot-on in his way to a brilliant 14 points.

Group A.....................R2.......3pts......1pt.....Total

TheHappyGooner......6..........3...........8........17
BFG ...........................13.........3............6........15
Tropical_Us................8...........1...........10.......13
noah4x4 ....................6...........1............9........12
thrillseeker.................8...........1............9........12
jonestones - expelled

A solid score keeps TheHappyGooner in pole position to qualify for the quarter-finals. Favourite to join them is BFG, who reproduced his good league form to get three spot-on, the win for MK Dons and the draws at Fleetwood and Woking on his way to an excellent 13 points. Though with three from the Premier League, including the present top two, still well in contention, this group is far from being cut and dried.

Group B.....................R2.......3pts.......1pt.....Total

durham_exile............8.........4...........9.........21
gerry_us....................11.........4...........9..........21
concordman...............6..........2...........9..........15
Daniel.........................9..........3...........5..........14
eagledares.................7...........1...........8..........11
OhOriOri....................4...........1...........8..........11

Another decent score for durham_exile helps him maintain the scorching pace he has set in this group. But it is only the first to post rule that keeps him ahead of gerry_us, who had the Gillingham draw and the Newport win spot-on to give him a terrific 11 points. Those two are obviously strong favourites for the last eight, but after getting 3 points for the draws at Fleetwood, Gillingham and Woking it is going to take another really decent score from Daniel or from concordman to give them any chance of qualifying.

Group C.....................R2.......3pts........1pt......Total

Sector4....................14.........4............6.........18
medicine_man..........12.........3.............9.........18
burnsieespana...........9..........2.............5.........11
mfb_cufc ...................6..........1.............8.........11
Pinault_Noir...............6..........0.............9 .........9
sevebalo....................0..........2.............1..........7

A brilliant 14 points for Sector4 with four spot-on, the wins for Bradford City, MK Dons, Shrewsbury and Newport, has put him in an almost unassailable position for a quarter-final place. The same applies to medicine_man, who promised a magic potion for the Cup, and he delivered thanks to having the draws for Fleetwood and Woking spot-on to give him a superb 12 points. By getting 3 points for the MK Dons and Wycombe wins burnsieespana recovered from a poor start, but along with current holder mfb_cufc, they have all to do now to qualify.

Group D.....................R2.......3pts........1pt......Total

RSCOSWORTH..........13.........5............6.........21
Gate16.......................7...........5.............4.........17
wessex_exile.............11..........2.............8.........14
gsy163.......................5............2.............8.........14
basher2010...............8............2.............8.........14
Blue4U2....................8............1............10........13

Another excellent performance to comment on from this group with RSCOSWORTH, who had the wins for MK Dons and Shrewsbury and the Gillingham draw spot-on to give him the 13 points that makes him odds on to qualify for the last eight. A solid score from Round 1 leader Gate16 makes him favorite to join him, but if wessex_exile can match his splendid 11 points, that included having the Newport win and the Fleetwood draw spot-on, he would have every chance. The other three members of this group also remain well in contention.

Round 3 Fixtures Don't forget the usual tie-breaker rules will apply if two members end with the same points.

BOLTON WANDERERS v HUDDERSFIELD TOWN
BRENTFORD v NOTTS COUNTY
COVENTRY CITY v STOKE CITY
EXETER CITY v WEST BROMICH ALBION
FULHAM v SOUTHAMPTON
MANCHESTER UNITED v DERBY COUNTY APOLOGIES, ONLY JUST NOTICED, BEING PLAYED FRIDAY See explanation in post below at bottom of page.
NEWCASTLE UNITED v LUTON TOWN
STEVENAGE v READING
WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS v SWANSEA CITY
WYCOMBE WANDERERS v PRESTON NORTH END

Good luck everybody.
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Happy League 2017/18 Week 18 (of 38) - Deadline Saturday 15.00
at 22:22 2 Dec 2017

Week 17 Results

LEICESTER 1 BURNLEY 0

Leicester have now lost just one of their last 10 games in all competitions. Well done durham_exile for being the only one to get this spot-on, though 13 did have the outcome.

BRENTFORD 3 FULHAM 1
Brentford come from behind to beat 10-man Fulham. Nobody had this spot-on, and just 4 got the outcome.

IPSWICH 4 NOTTINGHAM FOREST 2
Ipswich move up to seventh after winning this six-goal thriller. Not surprisingly nobody got this spot-on, but 14 did have the outcome, with 8 going for a 2-1, in what was the weeks most predicted result.

SUNDERLAND 1 READING 3
10-man Sunderland have now gone 21 games without a home win. Another game with no 3 pointers, though 7 did get the outcome.

BRISTOL ROVERS 2 ROTHERHAM 1
Rovers come from behind to beat 10-man Rotherham. There were 4 who got this spot-on, and a further 7 had the outcome.

ARSENAL 1 MANCHESTER UNITED 3
10-man Man Utd become the first team to win a league game at Arsenal since January. Yet another game with nobody getting it spot-on, and only 4 had the outcome.

Another tough six game week for finding those important 3 pointers. With 5 being the worst for the season so far. It was left to the 49 outcome to give most members a respectable score. The Leicester 1-0 was the 16th time we have had that result this season, three more than the next best, the 1-1 draw. Then in joint third place with 12 is 2-0 and 0-1. A full breakdown of results will appear after Week 19, the half-way stage of the season. By being the only one to get 3 points for that Leicester 1-0, and by having two other outcomes, durham_exile got a good 5 points, and shares the honour of the weeks top scorer with Gate16, who had the Bristol Rovers 2-1 spot-on.

Just four weeks left now before we know who has qualified for the Champions League. That vital eleventh qualifying spot is currently being held by Pinault_Noir with his 69 points.

In the Premier, even though his seven week run of getting at least one 3 pointer comes to an end, noah4x4 still got four outcomes to extend his lead by a point. By getting the Bristol Rovers 2-1 spot-on, thrillseeker moves into second, and equals the leader in the way of 3 pointers. It is the 13 outcomes that separates them. The top scoring effort from Gate16 helps ease the threat of relegation. Though there is only one relegation place left to avoid now, as I sadly have to expel another member from all Happy League competitions, after jonestones fails to predict for the fourth week running.

In Division One, by having the Bristol Rovers 2-1 spot-on, BFG also extends his lead by a point. The other automatic spot is still held by concordman, but only by the first to post rule from Daniel. The weeks other top scorer durham_exile moves back into the play-off spots. The prescription medicine_man used two weeks ago has soon worn off, and he finds himself back one off the bottom.

THE TABLES (122 out of 280 played)
(Tie-breaker: Most 3 pointers, and then the first to post)



Week 18 Fixtures

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN v BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION
QUEENS PARK RANGERS v LEEDS UNITED
BURY v AFC WIMBLEDON
PLYMOUTH ARGYLE v GILLINGHAM
ACCRINGTON STANLEY v SWINDON TOWN
CHESTERFIELD v BARNET

Good luck everybody.
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Happy League 2017/18 Week 17 (of 38) - Deadline Saturday 15.00
at 22:54 25 Nov 2017

Week 16 Results

BARNSLEY 0 LEEDS 2

Two first-half goals give Leeds a comfortable victory against their Yorkshire rivals. There were 3 who got this spot-on, and a further 10 had the outcome.

MANSFIELD 2 CHESTERFIELD 2
Improving Chesterfield fail to hold on against their arch rivals after leading twice. Mansfield are now unbeaten in ten. Nobody had this spot-on, and just BFG got the outcome. There were 19 who predicted a win for Mansfield, with a massive 13 going for a 2-0, in what was the weeks most predicted result.

CRYSTAL PALACE 2 STOKE 1
Palace get a 92nd minute winner. This is the first 90th minute winner Palace have scored at home in the Premier League since Ex U's Clinton Morrison against Sheff Wed in 1998. That was good news for the 6 who got this spot-on, and the 7 who had the outcome.

NEWCASTLE 0 WATFORD 3
A fourth straight defeat for Newcastle, as Watford get their biggest away win in the Premier League. Nobody had this spot-on, but 7 did get the outcome.

FLEETWOOD 0 BLACKPOOL 0
A bore draw that was as dull as the deep grey sky above Highbury, apparently. Another game with nobody getting 3 points, though 8 did have the outcome.

NORTHAMPTON 0 BURY 0
A scrappy bore draw that leaves both teams in the relegation zone. There were 2 (burnsieespana and thrillseeker) who did well to have this spot-on, and 3 more got the outcome. There were 16 who predicted a win for Northampton, with 9 going for a 2-0.

CAMBRIDGE UNITED 1 STEVENAGE 0
Cambridge get an 88th minute winner. Another late goal that will please the 7 who got this spot-on, and the 6 who had the outcome.

NOTTS COUNTY 2 COLCHESTER 1
By all accounts the U's deserved three points and they got none, as they lose for the eighth time running away to County. Only 2 (concordman and basher2010) had this spot-on, though 12 did get the outcome.

LIVERPOOL 1 CHELSEA 1
A late equaliser for Chelsea, that means of the 19 sides Conte has faced in the Premier League as a manager, Liverpool are the only side he has not beaten. Incredibly RSCOSWORTH was the only one to get this spot-on, so well done to him, and 4 more had the outcome.

SHEFFIELD UNITED 1 BIRMINGHAM 1
Birmingham pick up only their second away point of the season, as Leon Clarke gets his ninth goal in four games to rescue a point for Sheff Utd. No points for anybody from this game as there was a 100% backing for Sheff Utd, with an extraordinary 11 going for a 3-1 win.

It was late goals in five games that put a different complexion on the results this week, with the ones for Palace and Cambridge proving to be most significant. As the wins for those teams gave us thirteen of our twenty-one 3 pointers, but still not enough to stop this being the lowest scoring 10 game week of the season so far. A member who lived up to his name was thrillseeker, and he would have been thrilled by those late winners for Palace and Cambridge, as he had their wins spot-on to go with his good Northampton bore draw pick, and with one other outcome he is this weeks top scorer with a brilliant 10 points. Other performances of merit came from concordman and basher2010, who both got 3 points for the late 2-1 wins for Palace and Notts County on the way to both getting an excellent 9 points. The only other member to get two spot-on was Pinault_Noir, the wins for Palace and Cambridge, to give him a decent 7 points. The 1-1 draw is becoming an extinct species for predicting, as the Liverpool v Chelsea game showed this week. There is no way in past seasons this game would have had only one member predicting this to end 1-1.

Just a reminder, the fixtures for the Group stage 2nd Round of the Happy Cup start next Saturday 2nd December. All details can be found on the separate Happy Cup thread.

Just the five Saturdays of December left now for Champions League qualification. That vital eleventh qualifying spot is now held by durham_exile with his 67 points.

In the Premier, despite there being five draws this week, it didn't stop noah4x4 from still having a solid week, as he took his run of having at least one 3 pointer a week to seven weeks, and at the same time increase his lead to an impressive 12 points. The competition for the other Charity Shield spots remains as fierce as it has all season, with just 3 points separating 2nd to 5th. The top scoring effort from thrillseeker takes him back into the vital 3rd spot, a place he last held in Week 11. Further down the division, another solid week for sevebalo takes him further away from the relegation zone. After failing to post his predictions for third week running, I only hope jonestones can find a way to post next week, as it will mean another member being expelled from all Happy League competitions. Not something I enjoy doing, especially to members who I know want to be participating.

In Division One, this league is turning out to be probably the most exciting in the Happy League history, as it continues to get more condensed at the top by the week. Just four outcomes for BFG sees his lead cut to 3 points, as the excellent week for concordman takes him up four places, and back into the other automatic spot. But with only 5 points separating 2nd to 8th, the saying "all to play for" has never been more apt. Further down this league a seasons best score from basher2010 has him returning to the sort of form that saw him leading this division for a good part of last season, and give him hope of still making the play-offs.

THE TABLES (116 out of 280 played)
(Tie-breaker: Most 3 pointers, and then the first to post)



Week 17 Fixtures It is FA Cup 2nd Round week, but I shall leave those fixtures for the Happy Cup, so we go with the reduced league list.

LEICESTER CITY v BURNLEY
BRENTFORD v FULHAM
IPSWICH TOWN v NOTTINGHAM FOREST
SUNDERLAND v READING
BRISTOL ROVERS v ROTHERHAM UNITED
ARSENAL v MANCHESTER UNITED (17.30)

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