UC: The earliest of early updates
Two leagues started this weekend, which means the Europe and Conference prediction competitions are officially underway.
OK, so the results may not be conclusive but it gives me the first opportunity to publish some standings.
Ligue 1 began this weekend. Topping the table after just the one game are Bordeaux, ahead newly-promoted Bastia and title contenders Lille and Lyon. Hot favourites PSG could only manage a 2-2 draw with Lorient and sit 10th. Obviously alphabetical order plays a large role in this.
Thus, the standings are:
James Bennett – 96
Phillip Horton – 96
Andy Charles – 100
Nick Hancock – 104
Mark Streather – 110
Stuart Bennett – 110
Yep. I’m winning. Jointly, but it’s still winning.
Only the Conference National/Premier started this weekend – the 6th tier is yet to get underway. However, we have already had two matches, which makes for a slightly more conclusive table than in France (only 44 matches to go). Only two teams have a 100% record from the two matches and both are called County: Newport are top, ahead of Stockport. Both were expected to be closer to the bottom than the top. Incidentally, Newport began life at Rodney Parade, which they now share with Newport Gwent Dragons RFC, with a 4-0 win over Nuneaton yeseterday.
The teams most UC predictors expect to be fighting for the title, Luton and Wrexham, are 4th and 12th respectively, while another hotly-tipped side, Mansfield, are currently costing people a hell of a lot of points in 23rd, one of four teams currently without a point.
Andy Charles – 162
Mark Streather – 168
Nick Hancock – 168
James Bennett – 174
Stuart Bennett – 182
Phillip Horton – 192
So, not so good for myself so far, though I don’t have a great track record in this league. Having said that, I am above the only person to have won this league twice in UC history, so I’ll take comfort from that.
Once the competition is in full swing, I’ll post the spreadsheet so you can all see where you’re losing points.
In the mean time, it’s still not too late to enter these competitions (if you don’t mind the points penalties) or the main Ultimate Championship competition, focusing on the Premier League and Football League.