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World Cup 'Pools Competition' thread

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by huwevans, Jun 7, 2010.

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  1. huwevans

    huwevans Not Really Here

    Welcome to the AP Forums 2010 Football World Cup Pools Competition. :)

    Now, because we have a relatively small number of matches taking place in each round (I'm counting the group stages as three rounds of 16 matches each) I don't think the usual pools system will work too well, so this is a modified version.

    In this, you will be able to make predictions for all the matches (not all at once! ;)), and you will say (by posting to the thread) whether you think the match between country X and country Y will be a win for X, or for Y, or a draw. If your prediction turns out to be correct, you get the points associated with that result. Of course, after the group stages matches cannot be drawn, as extra time and, if needs be, penalties are used to make sure someone actually wins. Also, in a tournament like this, the home/away distinction isn't really valid for most matches, so we'll replace that with one based on the FIFA World Rankings, as they stand going into these finals. So in this case, if X is ranked higher than Y, and they win, that will be deemed to be the equivalent of a home win. Whereas if Y wins it will be considered an away win. And don't worry - I'll provide all the necessary ranking information for you in the thread.

    The points you'll get for a correct prediction will be:

    'Home' Win - 1pt

    Draw - 1.5pts

    'Away' Win - 2pts.

    And at the end of the tournament, the person who has accumulated the most points will be declared the winner. Simple enough?

    Okay, then - the only rule is that your prediction for any given match must be posted to this thread before the scheduled kick-off time. Anyone can join in at any time, though obviously you have more chance of winning if you're in from the start.

    At or before the beginning of each 'round' I'll post a list of the matches coming up, with their dates and kick-off times. And after the completetion of a round I'll post a table of current standings in our pools competition.

    Okay, I think that covers everything. Any questions, feel free to ask. Otherwise, let's get this under way. The list of first round matches will follow in my next post.
     
  2. huwevans

    huwevans Not Really Here

    First 'Round' Matches

    The first 'round' consists of all the first matches to be played by each team in the group stage. These are as follows (with the groups and kick-off times):

    Friday 11th:
    South Africa(83) v Mexico(17), Gp A, 15:00
    Uruguay(16) v France(9), Gp A, 19:30

    Saturdady 12th:
    South Korea(47) v Greece(13), Gp B, 12:30
    Argentina(7) v Nigeria(21), Gp B, 15:00
    England(8) v USA(14), Gp C, 19:30

    Sunday 13th:
    Algeria(30) v Slovenia(25), Gp C, 12:30
    Serbia(15) v Ghana(32), Gp D, 15:00
    Germany(6) v Australia(20), Gp D, 19:30

    Monday 14th:
    Netherlands(4) v Denmark(36), Gp E, 12:30
    Japan(45) v Cameroon(19), Gp E, 15:00
    Italy(5) v Paraguay(31), Gp F, 19:30

    Tuesday 15th:
    New Zealand(78) v Slovakia(34), Gp F, 12:30
    Ivory Coast(27) v Portugal(3), Gp G, 15:00
    Brazil(1) v North Korea(105), Gp G, 19:30

    Wednesday 16th:
    Honduras(38) v Chile(18), Gp H, 12:30
    Spain(2) v Switzerland(24), Gp H, 15:00


    The numbers in brackets are the FIFA World Rankings at the commencement of the tournament. Low numbers indicate 'higher' ranking.

    Best of luck, everyone. :)
     
  3. Seven

    Seven ..or eight

    Re: First 'Round' Matches

    can you list who's at home and who's away please?
     
  4. huwevans

    huwevans Not Really Here

    Re: First 'Round' Matches

    Tanya, Tanya, Tanya - it's explained in the first post of the thread! [Home/away distinction replaced by FIFA World Rankings, which are given in the match list.] Come on now - pay attention! ;)


    Okay - just to clarify things, I'll post the list again with 'home' teams given in bold face.
     
  5. huwevans

    huwevans Not Really Here

    Re: First 'Round' Matches

    As it may be confusing, here is the list of matches again, with the 'home' team (the one with the higher FIFA ranking given in bold face.


    Friday 11th:
    South Africa(83) v Mexico(17), Gp A, 15:00
    Uruguay(16) v France(9), Gp A, 19:30

    Saturdady 12th:
    South Korea(47) v Greece(13), Gp B, 12:30
    Argentina(7) v Nigeria(21), Gp B, 15:00
    England(8) v USA(14), Gp C, 19:30

    Sunday 13th:
    Algeria(30) v Slovenia(25), Gp C, 12:30
    Serbia(15) v Ghana(32), Gp D, 15:00
    Germany(6) v Australia(20), Gp D, 19:30

    Monday 14th:
    Netherlands(4) v Denmark(36), Gp E, 12:30
    Japan(45) v Cameroon(19), Gp E, 15:00
    Italy(5) v Paraguay(31), Gp F, 19:30

    Tuesday 15th:
    New Zealand(78) v Slovakia(34), Gp F, 12:30
    Ivory Coast(27) v Portugal(3), Gp G, 15:00
    Brazil(1) v North Korea(105), Gp G, 19:30

    Wednesday 16th:
    Honduras(38) v Chile(18), Gp H, 12:30
    Spain(2) v Switzerland(24), Gp H, 15:00
     
  6. huwevans

    huwevans Not Really Here

    Re: First 'Round' Matches

    By the way, when you're giving your predictions it's not necessary to specify whether it counts as a 'home' or 'away' win - you can just say something like,

    'North Korea to beat Brazil'

    ... or whatever. I'll sort out whether it counts as home or away when I'm doing the tables.
     
  7. SqueamishOssifrage

    SqueamishOssifrage Well-Known Member

    Re: First 'Round' Matches

    I've scanned that list a dozen times, and I can't see Scotland anywhere. Did you forget to put them in?






    ;)
     
  8. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    Re: First 'Round' Matches

    My go

    Friday 11th:
    South Africa(83) v Mexico(17), Gp A, 15:00 No score draw
    Uruguay(16) v France(9), Gp A, 19:30 Score draw

    Saturday 12th:
    South Korea(47) v Greece(13), Gp B, 12:30 No score draw
    Argentina(7) v Nigeria(21), Gp B, 15:00 Argentina win
    England(8) v USA(14), Gp C, 19:30 England win

    Sunday 13th:
    Algeria(30) v Slovenia(25), Gp C, 12:30 Slovenia win
    Serbia(15) v Ghana(32), Gp D, 15:00 Serbia win
    Germany(6) v Australia(20), Gp D, 19:30 Score draw

    Monday 14th:
    Netherlands(4) v Denmark(36), Gp E, 12:30 Netherlands win
    Japan(45) v Cameroon(19), Gp E, 15:00 Cameroon win
    Italy(5) v Paraguay(31), Gp F, 19:30 Italy win

    Tuesday 15th:
    New Zealand(78) v Slovakia(34), Gp F, 12:30 Slovakia win
    Ivory Coast(27) v Portugal(3), Gp G, 15:00 Score draw
    Brazil(1) v North Korea(105), Gp G, 19:30 Brazil win

    Wednesday 16th:
    Honduras(38) v Chile(18), Gp H, 12:30 Chile win
    Spain(2) v Switzerland(24), Gp H, 15:00 Spain win
     
  9. huwevans

    huwevans Not Really Here

    Re: First 'Round' Matches

    Okay, since we're off and running, I'll put my first predictions in. I'm just going to do Friday and Saturday's matches for the moment though.

    So...


    Mexico to beat South Africa
    Uruguay to beat France

    Greece to draw with South Korea
    Argentina to beat Nigeria
    England to draw with USA
     
  10. Seven

    Seven ..or eight

    Re: First 'Round' Matches

    lmao thanks Huw :) I totally missed rankings bit! Bold is better though :)

    My predictions are home wins for all!
     
  11. kt2

    kt2 Well-Known Member

    Re: First 'Round' Matches

    Friday 11th:
    South Africa(83) v Mexico(17), Gp A, 15:00 Score draw
    Uruguay(16) v France(9), Gp A, 19:30 France win

    Saturdady 12th:
    South Korea(47) v Greece(13), Gp B, 12:30 No score draw
    Argentina(7) v Nigeria(21), Gp B, 15:00 Argentina win
    England(8) v USA(14), Gp C, 19:30 England win

    Sunday 13th:
    Algeria(30) v Slovenia(25), Gp C, 12:30 Score draw
    Serbia(15) v Ghana(32), Gp D, 15:00 No score draw
    Germany(6) v Australia(20), Gp D, 19:30 Germany win

    Monday 14th:
    Netherlands(4) v Denmark(36), Gp E, 12:30 Netherlands win
    Japan(45) v Cameroon(19), Gp E, 15:00 Cameroon win
    Italy(5) v Paraguay(31), Gp F, 19:30 Italy win

    Tuesday 15th:
    New Zealand(78) v Slovakia(34), Gp F, 12:30 Score draw
    Ivory Coast(27) v Portugal(3), Gp G, 15:00 Score draw
    Brazil(1) v North Korea(105), Gp G, 19:30 Brazil win

    Wednesday 16th:
    Honduras(38) v Chile(18), Gp H, 12:30 Chile win
    Spain(2) v Switzerland(24), Gp H, 15:00 Spain win


    kt
     
  12. huwevans

    huwevans Not Really Here

    Re: First 'Round' Matches

    Oh, now that's just chickening out! ;)
     
  13. huwevans

    huwevans Not Really Here

    Re: First 'Round' Matches

    Nah - I just included them as a region of England! ;)
     
  14. ian_g

    ian_g Well-Known Member

    Re: First 'Round' Matches

    Okay, here goes...

    Friday 11th:
    South Africa(83) v Mexico(17), Gp A, 15:00 Score draw
    Uruguay(16) v France(9), Gp A, 19:30 France win

    Saturday 12th:
    South Korea(47) v Greece(13), Gp B, 12:30 Greece win
    Argentina(7) v Nigeria(21), Gp B, 15:00 Score draw
    England(8) v USA(14), Gp C, 19:30 England win

    Sunday 13th:
    Algeria(30) v Slovenia(25), Gp C, 12:30 No score draw
    Serbia(15) v Ghana(32), Gp D, 15:00 Serbia win
    Germany(6) v Australia(20), Gp D, 19:30 Germany win

    Monday 14th:
    Netherlands(4) v Denmark(36), Gp E, 12:30 Netherlands win
    Japan(45) v Cameroon(19), Gp E, 15:00 Cameroon win
    Italy(5) v Paraguay(31), Gp F, 19:30 Italy win

    Tuesday 15th:
    New Zealand(78) v Slovakia(34), Gp F, 12:30 Score draw
    Ivory Coast(27) v Portugal(3), Gp G, 15:00 Portugal win
    Brazil(1) v North Korea(105), Gp G, 19:30 Brazil win

    Wednesday 16th:
    Honduras(38) v Chile(18), Gp H, 12:30 Chile win
    Spain(2) v Switzerland(24), Gp H, 15:00 Spain win
     
  15. huwevans

    huwevans Not Really Here

    Re: First 'Round' Matches

    Just a reminder to everyone here - we're actually treating all draws as the same - no score/score/etc. - they're all just drawn matches for our purposes. I was going to separate them originally, as per normal pools, but when I looked at the match statistics for the last few tournaments, it looked as though the odds would work more evenly if I lumped them both together.
     
  16. Seven

    Seven ..or eight

    Re: First 'Round' Matches

    /forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif

    Seriously I that is my honest prediction!
     
  17. huwevans

    huwevans Not Really Here

    Re: First 'Round' Matches

    Well, fair enough - it does have a certain logic to it. And it will put my scoring system to the test - I was trying to make sure that no-one could simply maximize their points by using a system, such as saying 'all matches score-draw', or whatever. We'll see if I succeeded! :)
     
  18. DHannigan

    DHannigan Active Member

    Re: First 'Round' Matches

    Friday 11th:
    South Africa(83) v Mexico(17), Gp A, 15:00 Draw
    Uruguay(16) v France(9), Gp A, 19:30 Draw

    Saturdady 12th:
    South Korea(47) v Greece(13), Gp B, 12:30 Greece
    Argentina(7) v Nigeria(21), Gp B, 15:00 Argentina
    England(8) v USA(14), Gp C, 19:30 Draw

    Sunday 13th:
    Algeria(30) v Slovenia(25), Gp C, 12:30 Algeria
    Serbia(15) v Ghana(32), Gp D, 15:00 Ghana
    Germany(6) v Australia(20), Gp D, 19:30 Germany

    Monday 14th:
    Netherlands(4) v Denmark(36), Gp E, 12:30 Draw
    Japan(45) v Cameroon(19), Gp E, 15:00 Cameroon
    Italy(5) v Paraguay(31), Gp F, 19:30 Italy

    Tuesday 15th:
    New Zealand(78) v Slovakia(34), Gp F, 12:30 Slovakia
    Ivory Coast(27) v Portugal(3), Gp G, 15:00 Portugal
    Brazil(1) v North Korea(105), Gp G, 19:30 Brazil

    Wednesday 16th:
    Honduras(38) v Chile(18), Gp H, 12:30 Draw
    Spain(2) v Switzerland(24), Gp H, 15:00 Spain

    Named team to win
     
  19. sey

    sey Well-Known Member

    Re: First 'Round' Matches

    let's see if nagpicker is a footpicker too.


    Friday 11th:
    South Africa(83) v Mexico(17), Gp A, 15:00 draw
    Uruguay(16) v France(9), Gp A, 19:30 home win

    Saturdady 12th:
    South Korea(47) v Greece(13), Gp B, 12:30 home win
    Argentina(7) v Nigeria(21), Gp B, 15:00 away win
    England(8) v USA(14), Gp C, 19:30 draw

    Sunday 13th:
    Algeria(30) v Slovenia(25), Gp C, 12:30 home win
    Serbia(15) v Ghana(32), Gp D, 15:00 away win
    Germany(6) v Australia(20), Gp D, 19:30 home win

    Monday 14th:
    Netherlands(4) v Denmark(36), Gp E, 12:30 home win
    Japan(45) v Cameroon(19), Gp E, 15:00 home win
    Italy(5) v Paraguay(31), Gp F, 19:30 home win

    Tuesday 15th:
    New Zealand(78) v Slovakia(34), Gp F, 12:30 draw
    Ivory Coast(27) v Portugal(3), Gp G, 15:00 home win
    Brazil(1) v North Korea(105), Gp G, 19:30 home win

    Wednesday 16th:
    Honduras(38) v Chile(18), Gp H, 12:30 home win
    Spain(2) v Switzerland(24), Gp H, 15:00 home win
     
  20. Norman

    Norman Well-Known Member

    Re: First 'Round' Matches

    Here's mine

    Friday 11th:
    Mexico to win
    Uruguay to draw with France

    Saturday 12th:
    Greece to win
    Argentina to win
    England to draw with USA

    Sunday 13th:
    Slovenia win
    Serbia win
    Germany win

    Monday 14th:
    Netherlands draws with Denmark
    Cameroon win
    Italy win

    Tuesday 15th:
    Slovakia win
    Portugal win
    Brazil win

    Wednesday 16th:
    Honduras draws with Chile
    Spain win
     

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