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CHN Predictions League: Newcastle v. Liverpool Edition

You know it, you love it - here is your thread to guess goal scorers, scoreline and an additional item of my choosing: It's the Coming Home Newcastle Predictions League

Isn't his hair majestic?
Isn't his hair majestic?
Stu Forster

Newcastle is back, and so is the Predictions League. Here are the rules, if you'd like to play:

  • Before each Newcastle United match, predict the match winner (you may of course select "draw"), final score, and who the goal scorers will be. Also, make a choice on the prop bet (see below).
  • Deadline is five minutes before kickoff.

Points are assigned as follows:

  • Correct winner = 2 points
  • Correct score = 5 points (so correct score + correct winner = 7 total points)
  • 1/2 of correct score = 1 point
  • Predict total # of goals correctly = 1 point
  • Each goalscorer predicted correctly = 4 points
  • Each goalscorer predicted incorrectly = -1 point
  • Prop bet = +/- 1 point

A clarification on the last part: You don't lose points for failing to predict that Jonas Gutierrez would score in a given week. However, choosing Papiss Cisse will result in loss of a point if he fails to score. Your total score may not dip below 0 in any given week. The winner(s) of each round will get a point added to their total in the table.

This weeks prop bet:

Assuming both play (if one or the other doesn't, this week's prop is invalid), who scores more goals today: Demba Ba or Luis Suarez?

--note: I've not seen a current standing, so it is not included this week. Will work toward rectifying this soon.