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Happy League 2018/19 Week 25 (of 38) - Deadline Saturday 26th January 15.00
at 21:15 19 Jan 2019

Week 24 Results

LIVERPOOL 4 CRYSTAL PALACE 3

Mohamed Salah scored twice - including his 50th Premier League goal - as Liverpool survived a scare by coming from behind to defeat Palace in a seven-goal thriller. 26 predicted a win for Liverpool, but not surprisingly nobody got it spot-on.

MANCHESTER UNITED 2 BRIGHTON 1
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer became the first United manager to win his first six league games in charge as his side held on to beat Brighton. Everybody predicted a win for United, with 3 having it spot-on.

DERBY 2 READING 1
Derby maintained their FA Cup feelgood factor by defeating struggling Reading. There were 4 who got this spot-on, and a further 20 had the outcome, with 15 going for a 2-0, in what was the weeks most predicted score.

MIDDLESBROUGH 1 MILLWALL 1
Middlesbrough get a 90th minute equaliser, the fourth successive goal Millwall had conceded in the final four minutes of matches. Well done to burnsieespana for being the only one to have this spot-on, especially with everybody else predicting a win for Middlesbrough.

CARLISLE 2 CHELTENHAM 0
A fifth straight home win for Carlisle, as they handed new manager Steven Pressley the perfect start. There was a massive 10 who got this spot-on, and another 11 had the outcome.

MK DONS 0 CREWE 1
Crewe recorded just their second away league victory of the season. Well done to basher2010 for being the only one to have this spot-on, and only unitedwhites got the outcome. There were 23 who predicted a win for MK Dons.

So those "easy" fixtures did manage to produce four home wins, and give everybody the inevitable points, but probably not as many as could be expected. In the end any respectability was due to the Carlisle 2-0 giving us more than half of the total 19 spot-ons. Even though the Middlesbrough and MK Dons games failed to get the expected home wins, it was those brave enough to go "against the crowd" and not back them who got their rewards. First there was burnsieespana who had the Derby 2-1 spot-on to go with his tremendous Middlesbrough 1-1 pick, and two outcomes gave him a very decent 8 points. This was only enough for him to share the honour of being the weeks top scorer, as basher2010 also obtained this very decent score by having the Carlisle 2-0 spot-on to go with his superb Crewe 1-0 pick. The other member to get two 3 pointers was thrillseeker who had the wins for Man Utd and Carlisle on his way to a decent 7 points. That points total was also achieved by unitedwhites, who had the Man Utd 2-1 spot-on, as he came out best of those who got one 3 pointer.

Just a reminder. The Happy Cup quarter-final fixtures are now ready for predicting. All details can be found on the separate Happy Cup thread.

In the Premier By having the Carlisle 2-0 spot-on sevebalo increased his lead by a couple of points, as noah4x4 had to make do with four outcomes. Going 2-0 all games enabled RSCOSWORTH to cement his place in the final Charity Shield spot. At the bottom that top scoring effort from burnsieespana moved him out of the relegation zone, at the expense of TheHappyGooner whose 3-0 all games produced four outcomes. It was four outcomes also for gsy163, and that has now left him 9 points from safety.

In Division One By having the Man Utd 2-1 spot-on Sector4 took full advantage of another no show from Colukev to increase his lead to a very decent 15 points. Another to take advantage of this no show was basher2010, and his top scoring performance has only the 3 pointer rule keeping him out of the other automatic spot. The outcomes achieved by medicine_man and blueeagle were enough for them to maintain their play-off spots. They are joined this week by wessex_exile, who continued his terrific second-half of the season with another solid week. Though it is only by the 3 pointer rule, as this competition remains as competitive as ever, with only 3 points separating 4th to 10th. Another to have done well recently is unitedwhites, and another decent week has moved him to within a point of the play-offs. Even though he has more outcomes than anybody in both leagues, a lack of 3 pointers is stopping concordman from making a serious challenge for the play-offs.

THE TABLES (172 out of 280 played)
(Tie-breaker: Most 3 pointers, and then the first to post)




Week 25 Fixtures It is FA Cup 4th Round week, but those fixtures are for the Happy Cup quarter-finals, with this weeks guest unitedwhites picking 10 games from the Football League.

ASTON VILLA v IPSWICH TOWN
NORWICH CITY v SHEFFIELD UNITED
STOKE CITY v PRESTON NORTH END
BURTON ALBION v BRADFORD CITY
COVENTRY CITY v BLACKPOOL
SOUTHEND UNITED v LUTON TOWN
CHELTENHAM TOWN v MACCLESFIELD TOWN
EXETER CITY v CAMBRIDGE UNITED
MANSFIELD TOWN v TRANMERE ROVERS
SWINDON TOWN v CRAWLEY TOWN

Good luck everybody.
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Happy League 2018/19 Week 24 (of 38) - Deadline Saturday 19th January 15.00
at 21:27 12 Jan 2019

Week 23 Results

CRYSTAL PALACE 1 WATFORD 2

Tom Cleverley's superb second-half volley helped Watford come from behind to beat Palace. There were 3 who got this spot-on, and 1 more had the outcome.

IPSWICH 1 ROTHERHAM 0
Ipswich win the game with their only shot on target, as Rotherham have now gone 38 away games in the Championship without a win. There were 4 who had this spot-on, and another 8 got the outcome

WEST BROM 1 NORWICH 1
Substitute Jordan Rhodes grabbed an 83rd-minute equaliser for Norwich, but it was not enough to keep the Canaries in the Championship's top two. Only 2 (RSCOSWORTH and Blue4U2) got this spot-on, and 2 also had the outcome.

SUNDERLAND 1 LUTON 1
Both teams had a player sent off as their League One encounter ended all square. Just the 2 (eagledares and Sector4) had this spot-on, and 2 also got the outcome. There were 21 who predicted a win for Sunderland with 10 going for a 2-1 in what was the weeks most predicted score.

BURY 4 MK DONS 3
Bury came back from 3-1 behind with 18 minutes to go before grabbing a 91st minute winner. Nobody got this spot-on, but 9 did have the outcome.

NORTHAMPTON 3 CARLISLE 0
Managerless Carlisle's six-game winning run came to a shuddering halt when emphatically beaten by Northampton. Nobody had this spot-on, though 9 did get the outcome.

Wow. What a tough week this turned out to be. The total of 64 points achieved overall made it the second worst week of the season so far, only beaten by the 63 in Week 5. There were 11 spot-ons in total, though I thought there would have been more, but surprisingly there was little support for the 1-1 draws at West Brom and Sunderland. With only 31 outcomes it meant an incredible 9 members plus 2 no shows failed to disturb the scorer this week. Despite all this gloom there was one outstanding performance. It came from wessex_exile, by being the only one to have two 3 pointers -the wins for Watford and Ipswich - and with two outcomes he is the weeks top scorer with an impressive 8 points. Best of those with one spot-on were Sector4 and Blue4U2, as they both got a decent 6 points.

In the Premier With the top two sevebalo and noah4x4 both firing blanks, the late Norwich equaliser enabled RSCOSWORTH to close the gap by the 3 points gained from that game. On a low scoring week the only significant change in this division had mfb_cufc moving up three places, thanks to having the Ipswich 1-0 spot-on.

In Division One For the first time this season, and possibly the last, the top six remained the same as the previous week. At the top Sector4 took full advantage of a no show from Colukev, by increasing his lead to a decent 10 points. It is now 18 points back to the third, so an instant return to the Premier is looking more and more likely by the week. After wessex_exile got a decent 9 points in Week 19 I stated that this once permanent member of the Premier is going to need plenty more weeks like this in the second half of the season if he is to have any chance of a return to those lofty heights. Well he has done just that, and after scoring 8 for the second week running he moves up another four places, and is now just two points from the play-offs. Another solid week from unitedwhites, that included having the Watford 2-1 spot-on, moves him up two more places, and more importantly two points nearer to the play-offs.

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




Week 24 Fixtures After a tough Week 23 here are some "easy" games to give everyone a chance of getting some points.

LIVERPOOL v CRYSTAL PALACE
MANCHESTER UNITED v BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION
DERBY COUNTY v READING
MIDDLESBROUGH v MILLWALL
CARLISLE UNITED v CHELTENHAM TOWN
MILTON KEYNES DONS v CREWE ALEXANDRA

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Happy Cup 2018/19 Quarter-finals - Deadline Saturday 26th January 15.00
at 23:49 5 Jan 2019

Group stage Round 3 Results

SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY 0 LUTON 0

Nobody got this spot-on, but 9 did have the outcome.

SHREWSBURY 1 STOKE 1
3 had this spot-on, and nobody got the outcome. There were 22 who predicted a win for Stoke.

ACCRINGTON 1 IPSWICH 0
In what was a dress rehearsal for League 1 next season, 7 got this spot-on, and a further 11 had the outcome.

ASTON VILLA 0 SWANSEA 3
Nobody got any points from this game. There were 22 who predicted a victory for Villa.

DERBY 2 SOUTHAMPTON 2
Well done to Stupid_Gooner for being the only one to get this spot-on, and 2 more had the outcome.

EVERTON 2 LINCOLN 1
3 had it spot-on, and 23 got the outcome.

GILLINGHAM 1 CARDIFF 0
Well done to medicine_man for being the only one to get this spot-on, and 3 had the outcome. There were 19 who predicted a win for Cardiff.

BRISTOL CITY 1 HUDDERSFIELD 0
Well done to sevebalo for being the only one to have this spot-on, though 13 did get the outcome.

CRYSTAL PALACE 1 GRIMSBY 0
Nobody got this spot-on, but 28 did have the outcome

NEWCASTLE 1 BLACKBURN 1
3 had this spot-on, and 3 also got the outcome. There were 21 who predicted a victory for Newcastle.

NORWICH 0 PORTSMOUTH 1
2 got this spot-on, and 1 more had the outcome. There were 21 who predicted a win for Norwich.

As usual the FA Cup had its fair share of shock results, but despite that two members managed to get three spot-ons. It is a very well done to gsy163 and to basher2010 who had the rounds best score, with a brilliant 12 points, and the overall Group stage highest total.

The final Group tables


Going 1-1 all 30 games proved to be very fruitful for Daniel, and another two spot-ons confirmed his superiority in this group. There was a three-way tie after Round 2 for the other qualifying place, but two spot-ons, the wins for Accrington and Everton, for RSCOSWORTH guaranteed him a quarter-final place
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What an absolute thriller this group turned out to be, with only three points separating the top seven. After Round 2 gsy163 was lying in seventh place, five points from a top two finish. It was going to need a big score to give him any chance of reaching the quarter-finals. Well he produced that big score with his excellent 11 points containing three spot-ons, the 1-0 wins for Accrington and Portsmouth with the Newcastle 1-1. It was enough to give him an unlikely looking top spot. Joining him in the quarter-finals is eagledares, who held onto his second spot, but by only by the first to post rule. This is the second week running the tie-breaker rules has done him a favour, after qualifying for the Champions League on the most 3 pointer rule last week. A great effort from sevebalo to just fall just short after having the 1-0 wins for Accrington and Bristol City spot-on.


The top two after Round 2 confirmed their superiority with basher2010 taking over at the top with his brilliant 12 points that had the Shrewsbury and Newcastle draws with the Everton 2-1 spot-on. Having the Accrington 1-0 spot-on made sure of ghughes11 participation in the quarter-finals. With a 9 point gap back to the third these are very worthy qualifiers from this group.


Very much a dearth of 3 pointers in this group. It was the 10 points in Round 2 that noah4x4 got, when he had two of the total five 3 pointers from this group, that made all the difference, and he takes top spot. The other qualifier is oxfcolu, who has been in the top two throughout. The two lowest scoring qualifiers came from this group, so a lot more will be required to progress further.

The quarter-final draw is:-

(1) Daniel v eagledares

(2) RSCOSWORTH v gsy163

(3) basher2010 v oxfcolu

(4) ghughes11 v noah4x4

The Semi-finals will be between:-

Winner of game 1 v Winner of game 4
Winner of game 2 v Winner of game 3

Quarter-final Fixtures

These are one off games no replays. The usual tie-breaker rules apply, most 3 pointers, and then more importantly the first to post. Finally, no more than four scores the same as your opponent please.

BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION v WEST BROMICH ALBION
DONCASTER ROVERS v OLDHAM ATHLETIC
MANCHESTER CITY v BURNLEY
MIDDLESBROUGH v NEWPORT COUNTY
NEWCASTLE UNITED v WATFORD
PORTSMOUTH v QUEENS PARK RANGERS
SHREWSBURY TOWN v WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS
SWANSEA CITY v GILLINGHAM
MILLWALL v EVERTON (17.30)
AFC WIMBLEDON v WEST HAM UNITED (19.45)

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Happy League 2018/19 Week 23 (of 38) - Deadline Saturday 12th January 15.00
at 22:29 5 Jan 2019

Week 22 Results

ASTON VILLA 0 SWANSEA 3

Swansea produced a superb away performance to knock an unusually lacklustre Villa side out of the FA Cup. Nobody got this spot-on, and just 2 had the outcome. There were 19 who predicted a win for Villa.

BOLTON 5 WALSALL 2
Josh Magennis scored a hat-trick as Bolton came from behind to beat League One Walsall in the FA Cup. Nobody had this spot-on, but 18 did get the outcome.

CHELSEA 2 NOTTINGHAM FOREST 0
Cesc Fabregas missed a penalty in potentially his last game in English football as Chelsea beat Forest in the FA Cup. There were 4 who got this spot-on, and another 24 had the outcome.

DERBY 2 SOUTHAMPTON 2
Derby came from 2-0 down to take Southampton to an FA Cup replay. Only 2 had this spot-on, and 3 more got the outcome.

FLEETWOOD 2 AFC WIMBLEDON 3
League One strugglers AFC Wimbledon made the FA Cup fourth round for the first time. Nobody got any points from this game. There were 23 who predicted a victory for Fleetwood.

BLACKPOOL 0 ARSENAL 3
Arsenal cruised through to the FA Cup fourth round with teenager Joe Willock scoring twice. Everybody predicted a win for Arsenal with a massive 10 having it spot-on, and 11 going for a 3-1 in what was the weeks most predicted score.

BRISTOL CITY 1 HUDDERSFIELD 0
Huddersfield's have now lost nine in a row as they were knocked out of the FA Cup by Championship side Bristol City. Just the 2 got this spot-on, and a further 10 had the outcome.

NORWICH 0 PORTSMOUTH 1
A 95th minute winner for Portsmouth against 10-man Norwich. Nobody had this spot-on, and only concordman got the outcome. There were 22 who predicted a win for Norwich.

CHARLTON 1 SUNDERLAND 1
Reece James' second-half own goal cancelled Luke O'Nien's early opener as Charlton came from behind to draw, A massive 9 got this spot-on, and 2 more had the outcome.

CAMBRIDGE UNITED 2 STEVENAGE 0
Cambridge secured only their second win in 10 league matches. Only 2 had this spot-on, and another 8 got the outcome.

With the FA Cup games producing their usual unpredictable results, they helped to make this a bit of a hit or miss week. There was a total of 29 spot-ons, but almost half the members missed out by failing to get one. But those who did manage to get a 3 pointer produce some outstanding performances, with Tropical_Us and sevebalo leading the way with four each. The former had the wins for Chelsea and Arsenal with the draws at Derby and Charlton spot-on, and with two outcomes he is this weeks top scorer with an absolutely brilliant 14 points, in what I think is his highest ever Happy League score. The latter had the wins for Chelsea, Arsenal and Bristol City to go with the Charlton 1-1 spot-on to give him a really excellent 12 points. That excellent score was also achieved by unitedwhites by having the wins for Cambridge and Arsenal to go with the Derby draw spot-on, and three outcomes, to give this rookie a seasons best score.

In the Premier Just when it looked like sevebalo maybe succumbing to the pressure of being at the top he produces an outstanding performance to stretch his lead to decent 8 points. After leading for the first 10 weeks of the season RSCOSWORTH had slipped back to sixth last week, but he produced that early season form again, with two spot-ons in a superb 10 points, taking back up into the final Charity Shield spot. It was only five weeks ago when Tropical_Us found himself in the relegation zone, but after his brilliant effort this week he moves up three places, and is just a point from a Charity Shield spot. Two spot-ons for gerry_us moves him three points nearer to a Charity Shield place. Two 3 pointers also for TheHappyGooner, where they used the 2-0 to good effect with the wins for Chelsea and Cambridge, to move out of the relegation places again.

In Division One We have a new leader after a sustained run of good scores has finally taken Sector4 to the summit. He is starting to look good for an instant return to the Premier. Just the four outcomes for Colukev means he has to settle for the other automatic spot. Two spot-ons, the wins for Chelsea and Arsenal, helped medicine_man to move up four places, and back into the play-off spots. Those same two 3 pointers moved wessex_exile to within 7 points of the play-offs, and the nearest he has been to them since the early weeks of the season. After last week it looked a forlorn hope for unitedwhites making the play-offs, but after his excellent week he moves up four places, and is now only 6 points short of a play-off spot.

THE TABLES (170 out of 280 played)
(Tie-breaker: Most 3 pointers, and then the first to post)




Week 23 Fixtures

CRYSTAL PALACE v WATFORD
IPSWICH TOWN v ROTHERHAM UNITED
WEST BROMICH ALBION v NORWICH CITY
SUNDERLAND v LUTON TOWN
BURY v MILTON KEYNES DONS
NORTHAMPTON TOWN v CARLISLE UNITED

Good luck everybody.
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Happy League 2018/19 Week 22 (of 38) - Deadline Saturday 5th January 15.00
at 22:56 29 Dec 2018

Week 21 Results

LIVERPOOL 5 ARSENAL 1

Liverpool are now unbeaten in 31 Premier League games at Anfield. Arsenal are now without a win in their last 20 away league games against fellow "big-six" opposition, as they were let down by defending that threatened to give farce a bad name. Nobody got this spot-on, but 23 did have the outcome.

NORWICH 3 DERBY 4
Derby get a 92nd minute winner as they recovered from 2-0 and then 3-2 down, and bring an end to Norwich's 12 match unbeaten run. Nobody had this spot-on, and just mfb_cufc got the outcome. There were 24 who predicted a win for Norwich, with 12 going for a 2-1, in what was the weeks most predicted score.

COVENTRY 1 SOUTHEND 0
Coventry get back-to-back wins for the first time since October. Well done to basher2010 for being the only one to get this spot-on, bit of a surprise as 16 had the outcome.

SCUNTHORPE 1 WYCOMBE 0
Kyle Wootton struck his first goal of the season to earn Scunthorpe victory and end his side's six-match losing run in League One. There were 5 who had this spot-on, and another 8 got the outcome.

CREWE 1 STEVENAGE 0
Crewe completed back-to-back wins as ex-U's Chris Porter scored the only goal in a 1-0 win over 10-man Stevenage. There were 3 who got this spot-on, with a further 11 having the outcome.

TRANMERE 0 YEOVIL 0
These teams played out a bore draw for the second time this season. Nobody had this spot-on, and only oxfcolu got the outcome. There were 27 who predicted a win for Tranmere.

The last round of games before Champions League qualification is decided, and it turned out to be a disappointing one for any member looking for a big score to make a late bid to secure one of those places. Before today the 1-0 prediction had only produced 8 spot-ons so far this season, way down on previous seasons. In fact we have had more games end 2-2, and just as many finish 3-0. But the 1-0 was the way to go this week, as it was the score that produced all the nine 3 pointers. Nobody got more than one 3 pointer, so the honour of being the weeks top scorer goes to DCPete, as he was the only one to have three outcomes to go with having the Crewe 1-0 spot-on, giving him a decent 6 points.

The twelve qualifiers for the Champions League has now been decided, and it turned out to be the most hotly contested there has ever been, with the final place being decided by the most 3 pointer rule. The twelve qualifiers are:- BFG (as holder) sevebalo, noah4x4, Colukev, Sector4, basher2010, thrillseeker, oxfcolu, blueeagle, ghughes11, mfb_cufc, and eagledares (who qualified on the most 3 pointer rule). The competition starts on Tuesday 12th February, and will be administrated by wessex_exile on a separate Champions League thread.

A final reminder that the Happy Cup Group stage Round 3 fixtures take place next Saturday. The deadline is 12.30 and all details can be found on the separate Happy Cup thread.

In the Premier Two outcomes was enough for sevebalo to hold onto top spot, but with noah4x4 being the only to get a 3 pointer in this division, the Scunthorpe 1-0, that lead is now down to just one point. Four outcomes for thrillseeker cemented his place in the final Charity Shield spot. It was four outcomes as well that moved mfb_cufc up a couple of places, but more importantly enabled him to scrape a Champions League place. At the bottom, after their heroic effort in getting out of the relegation zone TheHappyGooner drop back into there again this week. They probably regret not going the "mrhappy 1-0" all games.

In Division One Three outcomes was enough to keep Colukev at the top, but we are back as we were two weeks ago, with Sector4 moving back level on points, thanks to having the Crewe 1-0 spot-on. Having the Scunthorpe 1-0 spot-on moved ghughes11 back into the play-off places, and at the same time secured him a Champions League spot. Further down the league concordman is second in the current form charts, and by having the Scunthorpe 1-0 spot-on edges him another two points nearer to the play-offs. A very welcome 3 pointer for BFG, the Crewe 1-0, after he had gone 8 weeks without one.

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




Week 22 Fixtures Picked by this weeks guest Stupid_Gooner

ASTON VILLA v SWANSEA CITY (FA Cup)
BOLTON WANDERERS v WALSALL (FA Cup)
CHELSEA v NOTTINGHAM FOREST (FA Cup)
DERBY COUNTY v SOUTHAMPTON (FA Cup)
FLEETWOOD TOWN v AFC WIMBLEDON (FA Cup)
BLACKPOOL v ARSENAL (FA Cup 17.30)
BRISTOL CITY v HUDDERSFIELD TOWN (FA Cup 17.30)
NORWICH CITY v PORTSMOUTH (FA Cup 17.30)
CHARLTON ATHLETIC v SUNDERLAND
CAMBRIDGE UNITED v STEVENAGE

Good luck and a Happy New Year everybody.
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Happy League 2018/19 Week 21 (of 38) - Deadline Saturday 29th December 15.00
at 22:28 22 Dec 2018

Week 20 Results

HUDDERSFIELD 1 SOUTHAMPTON 3

Ralph Hasenhuttl has won two of his three Premier League matches in charge of Southampton - only one fewer than Mark Hughes managed in 22 attempts as Saints boss.
Nobody got this spot-on, but 14 did have the outcome.

NEWCASTLE 0 FULHAM 0
Fulham kept their first clean sheet in the Premier League in 22 games. Well done to oxfcolu for being the only one to have this spot-on, and 3 more got the outcome. There were 24 who predicted a win for Newcastle with 13 going for a 2-1 in what was equally the weeks most predicted result.

WIGAN 0 BIRMINGHAM 3
Birmingham have now scored in eight consecutive away league matches, doing so for the first time since 2015. Nobody got this spot-on, though 12 did have the outcome.

PORTSMOUTH 3 SUNDERLAND 1
League One leaders Portsmouth see off promotion rivals 10-man Sunderland. Well done to wessex_exile for being the only one to have this spot-on, and a further 19 got the outcome, with 13 going for a 2-1 in what was the weeks other most predicted result.

CRAWLEY 2 CARLISLE 3
A sixth defeat in the last seven league games for Crawley, as they lose to free scoring Carlisle. Nobody got this spot-on, but 12 did have the outcome.

MACCLESFIELD 0 PORT VALE 0
Macclesfield extended their unbeaten home run to three matches, and three clean sheets. Well done to TheHappyGooner for being the only ones to have this spot-on, and 4 more got the outcome.

MORECAMBE 3 CAMBRIDGE UNITED 0
Colin Calderwood's reign as Cambridge United manager got off to a losing start as they were well beaten by fellow strugglers Morecambe. Nobody got this spot-on, though 18 did get the outcome.

OLDHAM 2 EXETER 3
A Jayden Stockley hat-trick wins it for Exeter as they came from behind to win this five goal thriller. Well done to Colukev for being the only one to have this spot-on, and another 6 got the outcome. There were 17 who predicted a win for Oldham.

After the eight games last week produced some outstanding scores, it was back down to earth this week with the eight games only achieving four 3 pointers, by far the worst return of the season so far. With two games finishing in bore draws, and the six winners in the other games all scoring three goals, that low amount is not really surprising. At least a reasonable return of 88 outcomes gave everybody some points. There was a tie for the honour of being the weeks top scorer with Colukev and oxfcolu coming out best of those who got a 3 pointer, and both had three outcomes to give them a very good 6 points.

There is only one week with six games left now before we know who the qualifiers will be for this seasons Champion League. With BFG qualifying as holder the other places will be taken by the eleven highest point scorers over the two divisions. That vital eleventh spot is currently being held by medicine_man with his 90 points. But with four members on 89 points this is going down to the wire. If any members finish on the same number of points the usual tie-breaker rules will apply.

The Happy Cup Group stage Round 3 fixtures are ready for predicting, and can be found on a separate thread. The deadline for these is Saturday 5th January 12.30.

In the Premier In what was a tough week sevebalo got a useful four outcomes, and he increases his lead by a point. It was also four outcomes that moved current champ thrillseeker up into the final Charity Shield spot, and his highest position this season. At the other end of the table TheHappyGooner continued their good recent run by being the only ones to get a 3 pointer in this division, and finally moved out of the relegation zone, having been there since Week 7.

In Division One By getting that outstanding Exeter 3-2 spot-on Colukev has top spot all to himself again. Four outcomes for Sector4 kept his recent good run going, and he is now safely in the other automatic spot, with 10 points back to the third. The good week for oxfcolu moved him up five places and back into the play-off spots. Another to benefit from getting four outcomes this week is blueeagle, and he moves back into the play-off spots as well. Further down the table concordman and Daniel both did well to have five outcomes, and although they remain unmoved, more importantly they both moved 2 points nearer the play-offs. Well done also to unitedwhites for also having five outcomes.

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




Week 21 Fixtures

LIVERPOOL v ARSENAL (17.30)
NORWICH CITY v DERBY COUNTY
COVENTRY CITY v SOUTHEND UNITED
SCUNTHORPE UNITED v WYCOMBE WANDERERS
CREWE ALEXANDRA v STEVENAGE
TRANMERE ROVERS v YEOVIL TOWN

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Happy League 2018/19 Week 20 (of 38) - Deadline Saturday 22nd December 15.00
at 23:15 15 Dec 2018

Week 19 Results

CRYSTAL PALACE 1 LEICESTER 0

Palace secured their first Premier League victory without Wilfried Zaha in over two years. There were 6 who got this spot-on, and another 7 had the outcome, all going for a 2-1.

WOLVES 2 BOURNEMOUTH 0
Wolves have won three in a row in the top flight for the first time since 1980. A sixth defeat in seven games for Bournemouth. The second Wolves goal in the 94th minute was good news for the 5 who had this spot-on, and a further 16 got the outcome.

BOLTON 0 LEEDS 1
Leeds go to the top of the Championship after Patrick Bamford's goal on his first appearance since August. There were 4 who got this spot-on, and 25 had the outcome, with 13 going for a 2-0, in what was the weeks most predicted result.

SWANSEA 2 SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY 1
Swansea came from behind to win with two goals in as many minutes. A massive 11 had this spot-on, with a further 15 getting the outcome.

BARNSLEY 1 PORTSMOUTH 1
Barnsley drop out of the play-off spots as they have to settle for a draw against leaders Portsmouth. There were 5 who got this spot-on, and 2 more had the outcome.

SHREWSBURY 2 PETERBOROUGH 2
Peterborough get a 92nd minute equaliser as they came from behind twice to get a draw. Just the 2 had this spot-on, and another 3 got the outcome. There were 20 who predicted a win for Peterborough.

SUNDERLAND 2 BRISTOL ROVERS 1
Sunderland take their unbeaten run to 12 as the came from behind to get this latest victory. Everybody predicted a win for Sunderland, but it is well done to Colukev for being the only one to get it spot-on.

CARLISLE 4 COLCHESTER 0
The U's, who stay third in League Two despite losing, suffered their heaviest defeat of the season. Nobody had this spot-on, and only 2 got the outcome. There were 22 who predicted a victory for the U's.

FOREST GREEN 0 MANSFIELD 0 ABANDONED
Abandoned at half-time after heavy rain left the pitch waterlogged.

NEWPORT v MK DONS POSTPONED

The weather was bad today, that caused us to lose two of this weeks games, but the sun was shining in the Happy League with a number of outstanding performances, helped by some very favourable results for a change. The overall total of 201 points achieved gave us our second best week of the season so far, only beaten by the the 10 game Week 10. There was a good return of 34 spot-ons with two members doing superbly to get three. The first being Sector4 who had the Swansea 2-1, and the draws at Barnsley and Shrewsbury. With four outcomes he is the weeks top scorer with a absolutely brilliant 13 points. Also with three 3 pointers was noah4x4, he had the wins for Palace, Leeds and Swansea on his way to an excellent 11 points. That same superb total was also achieved by ghughes11, who came out best of those who had two 3 pointers. His spot-ons were the Palace 1-0 and the Barnsley 1-1. Week 20 will now be an 8 game week to make up for the two games lost this week.

The qualification for the Champions League continues to hot up with only two weeks and 14 games left now. That eleventh and final qualifying spot is now held by mfb_cufc with this 88 points.

In the Premier Five outcomes was enough for sevebalo to maintain his lead, but it is greatly reduced as the excellent week from noah4x4 has reduced a 12 point deficit two weeks ago down to 3 points now. Congratulations to both on reaching a century of points, as we have reached the halfway stage of the season. The battle for the final Charity shield spot couldn't be any closer. It is still held by eagledares, but only by the tie-breaker rules from three others. They include former champs thrillseeker and mfb_cufc, who both improved their cause with two spot-ons each. At the bottom there has been a dramatic twist in events. Three weeks ago gsy163 was sitting comfortably in fourth place, but after only getting 5 points since then, finds himself in the bottom spot now. A decent 8 points for Tropical_Us, as a reward for picking a good set of fixtures, eases him away from the relegation zone.

In Division One A decent week for Colukev, that included having two 3 pointers, was enough for him to stay top, but only just, as the good recent run from Sector4 reached new heights, with his brilliant score this week taking him up into the other automatic spot, with only the 3 pointer rule keeping him off the top. Congratulations to both on also reaching a century of points. A solid 5 points keeps basher2010 in a comfortable third place, but now 7 points from the top. A position he held himself only two weeks ago. A solid 6 points moves medicine_man up another place and into his highest position since Week 3. Two 3 pointers each for Blue4U2 and durham_exile moves them both up a couple of places into the other play-off spots. The excellent week for ghughes11 moves him up two places as well, and within a point of the play-offs. The sixth and final member to get two 3 pointers this week was wessex_exile. This once permanent member of the Premier is going to need plenty more weeks like this in the second half of the season if he is to have any chance of a return to those lofty heights.

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




Week 20 Fixtures This is now an 8 game week to make up for the two games lost in Week 19.

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN v SOUTHAMPTON
NEWCASTLE UNITED v FULHAM
WIGAN ATHLETIC v BIRMINGHAM CITY
PORTSMOUTH v SUNDERLAND
CRAWLEY TOWN v CARLISLE UNITED
MACCLESFIELD TOWN v PORT VALE
MORECAMBE v CAMBRIDGE UNITED
OLDHAM ATHLETIC v EXETER CITY

Good luck everybody.
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Happy League 2018/19 Week 19 (of 38) - Deadline Saturday 15th December 15.00
at 23:42 8 Dec 2018

Week 18 Results

CHELSEA 2 MANCHESTER CITY 0

City suffered their first Premier League defeat in 22 games, since a 3-2 loss to Manchester United in April. They also conceded more than one goal in a Premier League game for the first time in 22 matches in the competition, since that derby defeat. Well done to Daniel for being the only one to get this spot-on, and 6 more had the outcome. There were 20 who predicted a win for City.

MILLWALL 2 HULL 2
Millwall are now without a win in six league games, conceding 12 goals in the process, while Hull are unbeaten in four away matches. Well done to eagledares for being the only one to have this spot-on, and 3 more got the outcome. There were 19 who predicted a victory for Millwall, with 13 going for a 2-1, in what was the weeks most predicted result.

PLYMOUTH 3 BRADFORD CITY 3
League One's bottom side Bradford City led three times at fellow strugglers Plymouth, but had to settle for point in a six goal thriller. Ex U's Freddie Ladapo scored twice for Plymouth to take his goals for the season to 12. Nobody got this spot-on, but 6 did have the outcome. There were 20 who predicted a win for Plymouth.

WALSALL 2 COVENTRY 1
Left-back Luke Leahy scored twice in stoppage time as Walsall came from behind to stun their West Midland rivals. Those late goals were good news for the 4 who had this spot-on, and the 6 who got the outcome.

BURY 2 EXETER 0
Exeter forward Jayden Stockley had a penalty saved at 1-0 as they slipped out of the play-off places after an eighth league game without a win. A massive 9 got this spot-on, with a further 14 having the outcome.

STEVENAGE 0 LINCOLN 1
John Akinde's penalty proved enough to give Lincoln a win with their only shot on target. There were 3 who had this spot-on, and another 11 got the outcome.

"Some tough ones to predict in this bunch" said noah4x4, but despite that five out of the six games produced a well supported team, but only Bury and Lincoln delivered. With Bury having half of the 18 total 3 pointers. Only 46 outcomes in total made this a tough week for point scoring if you didn't manage to get a 3 pointer. He thought there was some tough ones to predict, but it didn't stop noah4x4 getting two spot-on, the wins for Bury and Lincoln. and with one outcome it was enough for him to share the honour of being the weeks top scorer with a decent 7 points. Sharing that with him was durham_exile, who came out best of those to get one 3 pointer, the Walsall 2-1 in his case, and with four outcomes to give him that decent score. There were two other members who had two spot-on this week, those being eagledares, who had the Bury 2-0 to go with his good Millwall 2-2 pick, and thrillseeker who was another to have the wins for Bury and Lincoln, and they both got a very good 6 points.

With just 3 weeks, and 22 games left now before we know the qualifiers for this seasons Champions League, the member currently in the the eleventh and final qualifying place is thrillseeker with his 80 points.

In the Premier We are only one week away from the half-way stage of the season, and by having the Bury 2-0 spot-on sevebalo remains on course to get the magical 200 points for the season. Though I am sure he will just be pleased to win a first Premier title, as the decent week for noah4x4 reduced his lead by 3 points. Up into the final Charity Shield spot for the first time this season is eagledares, who is improving throughout the season, just as he did his promotion last season. Losing out on that spot by the most 3 pointer rule is RSCOSWORTH, and he drops out of the top three for the first time this season. The very good week for thrillseeker moved him up three rungs, as he swaps places with blank firing gsy163. At the other end of the table It has got interesting with the bottom three only being separated by the tie-breaker rules. After Week 13 TheHappyGooner was 11 points from safety. Going 1-0 all games this week, gave them three outcomes, and cut that deficit to zero, but that 1-0 has only produced 7 spot-ons this season, well down on previous seasons.

In Division One The lead changes for the fourth week in-a-row, as Colukev with a very good 6 points, that included having the Walsall 2-1 spot-on, takes over at the top again. Just the one outcome for basheer2010 has him clinging onto the other automatic spot, as Sector4 continued his good recent run with a very good 6 points, that included having the Lincoln 1-0 spot-on, to move within a point of that spot. A good day all round for durham_exile, and his top scoring effort took him up a couple of places, and within two points of the play-offs. After failing to show for the fourth week running I have no option but to expel OhOriOri from all Happy League competitions. He becomes the third person to suffer that fate this season. As I have said before this not something I take much pleasure in doing. I would much rather any member wanting to leave, just to let me know of their decision.

THE TABLES (128 out of 280 played)
(Tie-breaker: Most 3 pointers, and then the first to post)




Week 19 Fixtures Picked by this weeks guest Tropical_Us

CRYSTAL PALACE v LEICESTER CITY
WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS v AFC BOURNEMOUTH
BOLTON WANDERERS v LEEDS UNITED
SWANSEA CITY v SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY
BARNSLEY v PORTSMOUTH
SHREWSBURY TOWN v PETERBOROUGH UNITED
SUNDERLAND v BRISTOL ROVERS
CARLISLE UNITED v COLCHESTER UNITED
FOREST GREEN ROVERS v MANSFIELD TOWN
NEWPORT COUNTY v MILTON KEYNES DONS

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Happy Cup 2018/19 Group stage Round 3 (of 3) - Deadline Sat 5th January 12.30
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Group stage Round 2 Results

ACCRINGTON 3 CHELTENHAM 1

2 got this spot-on, and 23 had the outcome.

BARNET 1 STOCKPORT 0
3 had this spot-on, and 16 got the outcome.

MAIDSTONE 0 OLDHAM 2
2 got this spot-on, and 19 had the outcome.

PLYMOUTH 1 OXFORD 2
Well done to Blue4U2 for being the only one to have this spot-on, and nobody got the outcome. An incredible 16 predicted this to be 1-1.

SOUTHEND 2 BARNSLEY 4
Nobody got this spot-on, but 15 did have the outcome.

BURY 0 LUTON 1
Well done to basher2010 for being the only one to have this spot-on, and 17 got the outcome.

CHESTERFIELD 0 GRIMSBY 2
3 got this spot-on, and 7 had the outcome.

SLOUGH v DONCASTER VOID
This game was void because it should have been Slough v Gillingham

SWINDON 0 WOKING 1
Nobody got this spot-on, and just Pinault_Noir had the outcome. 23 predicted a win for Swindon.

TRANMERE 1 SOUTHPORT 1
Well done to Daniel for being the only one to have this spot-on, and just Blue4U2 got the outcome. The other 27 predicted a win for Tranmere.

Apologies for messing up with the Slough fixture. Don't know how I come to put Doncaster as their opponents as they were playing on the Saturday. It was either the BBC site that got it wrong or I had a senior moment, probably the latter. Anyway I have no option but to void this game, and we will have 11 fixtures in the last round of group games to make up for it.

The Round 2 results went more to form than the Round 1's, but it produced less 3 pointers, with only 13 in total. Top performers were noah4x4 and basher2010 who both had two 3 pointers on the way to getting an excellent 10 points. Two 3 pointers for ghughes11 as well, that helped to get him a superb 9 points.


Another spot-on for Daniel going 1-1 all games has cemented his position at the top of this group. He is now odds on to make the quarter-finals, but it couldn't be any closer in the race behind him, with durham_exile in the other qualifying spot by virtue of the first to post rule. He had six outcomes in this round of games, and is joined on the same number of points by thrillseeker who five outcomes, and RSCOSWORTH whose points included having the Grimsby 2-0 spot-on. Just a point further back is TheHappyGooner who had the Barnet 1-0 spot-on. Also wessex_exile kept himself in contention by getting the Accrington 3-1 spot-on. The first to post rule could prove to be vital in the final round of games.


Former Happy Cup winner Blue4U2 takes over at the top of this group, as he brings his recent good League form to the Cup. Having the Accrington 3-1 spot-on helps eagledares move up into the other qualifying place. Round 1 leader gerry_us drops to third, but still has every chance of making the quarters. Last seasons finalist medicine_man has it all to do if he to progress this season.


This group is dominated by two of the top performers from this round of fixtures. Round 1 leader ghughes11 strengthened his position at the top by having the wins for Barnet and Oldham spot-on. Moving up into the other qualifying spot is basher2010, who is another to bring his good League form to the Cup, and he had the Grimsby 2-0 spot-on to go with his good Luton 1-0 pick. These two are now odds on to progress so third placed burnsieespana can consider himself unlucky to be in this group, as his 10 points would give him every chance of making the quarters in any other group.


Being the only one from the Premier League in this group probably made noah4x4 favourite to progress, and his excellent score in this round of games, that included having the wins for Oldham and Grimsby spot-on, has taken him a long way to justifying that tag. Round 1 leader oxfcolu has to make do with four outcomes, but it is enough to keep him in the other qualifying spot. By having more outcomes than anybody else in the competition BFG is still very much in contention, but will probably need that illusive 3 pointer to have any chance of progressing.

Group stage Round 3 Fixtures These games all take place on Saturday 5th January with the kick-off times as stated. The usual tie-breaker rules apply where members end on the same number of points, so it maybe an advantage to post first.

SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY v LUTON TOWN (12.30)
SHREWSBURY TOWN v STOKE CITY (12.30)
ACCRINGTON STANLEY v IPSWICH TOWN (15.00)
ASTON VILLA v SWANSEA CITY (15.00)
DERBY COUNTY v SOUTHAMPTON (15.00)
EVERTON v LINCOLN CITY (15.00)
GILLINGHAM v CARDIFF CITY (15.00)
BRISTOL CITY v HUDDERSFIELD TOWN (17.30)
CRYSTAL PALACE v GRIMSBY TOWN (17.30)
NEWCASTLE UNITED v BLACKBURN ROVERS (17.30)
NORWICH CITY v PORTSMOUTH (17.30)

DON'T FORGET THE DEADLINE IS SATURDAY 5TH JANUARY 12.30

Good luck everybody.
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Happy League 2018/19 Week 18 (of 38) - Deadline Saturday 8th December 15.00
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Week 17 Results

HUDDERSFIELD 1 BRIGHTON 2

Brighton have won two of their last four Premier League away games, as many victories as they managed in their previous 23 on the road, as they came from behind to beat 10-man Huddersfield. There were 3 who got this spot-on, and 6 more had the outcome.

LEICESTER 2 WATFORD 0
Leicester have won all five of their home Premier League matches against Watford. There were 4 who had this spot-on, and 21 got the outcome, with 13 going for a 2-1, in what was the weeks most predicted result.

NEWCASTLE 0 WEST HAM 3
West Ham recorded their biggest Premier League victory against Newcastle at St James' Park since October 1998. Nobody got this spot-on, but 9 did have the outcome. There were 17 who predicted a win for Newcastle.

BIRMINGHAM 3 PRESTON 0
Birmingham remain unbeaten at home after this impressive victory. Nobody had this spot-on, though 16 did get the outcome.

BLACKBURN 4 SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY 2
Danny Graham scored a hat-trick on his 100th start for Blackburn. Another game with no 3 pointer, but 23 did have the outcome.

NOTTINGHAM FOREST 2 IPSWICH 0
Lewis Grabban took his goal tally to 15 for the season with a double against bottom side Ipswich. There was a big 9 who had this spot-on, and a further 20 got the outcome.

A decent week for getting outcomes, with many members finding four or five, but 3 pointers were not so easy to come by, with Forest producing more than half of the 16 in total. With only three games producing a 3 pointer two members did well to get two, with concordman coming out best. He had the wins for Brighton and Forest spot-on, and with three outcomes he is the weeks top scorer with an excellent 9 points. The 2-0 wins for Leicester and Forest were the ones Sector4 had spot-on, to give him a decent 7 points. A special mention for sevebalo and TheHappyGooner who both achieved that rare feat of getting all six results correct. Both had one spot-on, the former the Leicester 2-0, and the latter the Forest 2-0, as they each got a superb 8 points.

The qualification for the Champions League continues to hot up, and with just four weeks to go the member in that final qualifying spot is eagledares with his 76 points. With six members within 3 points of this score, as usual this will be going to the final week.

In the Premier At the top sevebalo continues to go from strength to strength, and another very decent week has stretched his lead to an impressive 12 points. If we go back to Week 17 last season we find that noah4x4 held a similar advantage before succumbing, so he will know this is not an insurmountable lead. The only real change in this division has eagledares moving up three places, thanks mainly to having the Brighton 2-1 spot-on. At the bottom the resurgent TheHappyGooner move to within two points of safety after their very decent week. With only 11 points separating the final Charity Shield place and the bottom spot, it is all to play for at both ends of the table in this division.

In Division One For the third week running we have a new leader, with basher2010 reclaiming the top spot he lost the previous week, thanks to having the Forest 2-0 spot-on. Three outcomes kept Colukev in the other automatic spot, but the pack continue to close in, lead by Sector4, who moved up three places, as he looks for an instant return to the Premier. Further down the league that top scoring effort from concordman moved him up a couple of places, but more importantly moved him 5 points nearer to the play-off spots. At the bottom OhOriOri failed to post his predictions for the third week running, and is now one more no show away from being the third person to be expelled this season.

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




Week 18 Fixtures It is away to the city for this weeks games.

CHELSEA v MANCHESTER CITY (17.30)
MILLWALL v HULL CITY
PLYMOUTH ARGYLE v BRADFORD CITY
WALSALL v COVENTRY CITY
BURY v EXETER CITY
STEVENAGE v LINCOLN CITY

Good luck everybody.
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