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U'sual Champions League - final 23:01 - May 10 with 412 viewswessex_exile

Without further ado, the semi-finals have finished as follows:

Burnsieespana......8-v-2......Colukev
Despite a spirited rearguard action from Kev with outcomes for both Juve's home and away wins, Burnsie has battered his way into the U'sual Champions League final with 8pts, courtesy of Real's home win outcome and Ronaldo's hat-trick in the first leg, Mbappe's goal last night, and in excellent form Atletico Madrid's 2-1 win spot-on tonight.

Gate16......5-v-8......MFB
Similarly, MFB's blistering form in all competitions continues, also with Real's first leg home win outcome and Ronaldo's hat-trick, backed up by Juve's first leg away win outcome plus two goals for Higuain, and Juve's home win outcome last night, for an equally impressive 8pts. Particular commiserations for Gate though, as his spot-on for Juve's 2-0 away win in the first leg, their home win outcome for the 2nd leg match yesterday, and Griezmann's goal tonight, kept matters very close right to the end with 5pts.

So, the U'sual Champions League final is between:
Burnsieespana......v......MFB

And the 3rd place match is between:
Gate16......v......Colukev


The final is Juventus v Real Madrid on Saturday 3rd June 2017 (kick-off 1945).

As usual, there are nine categories to predict, so please PM me your predictions for the following: 
(A) Result - 3pts spot-on, 1pt for the outcome; 
(B) Goal scorer - pick one, get 1pt for each goal they score (including own goals); 
(C) Attempts on target - 2pts for spot-on, 1pt if within one; 
(D) Attempts off target - ditto; 
(E) Corners - ditto; 
(F) Fouls - ditto; 
(G) Yellow cards - ditto (a straight red is not two yellows); and 
(H) Red cards - ditto (two yellows will count as two yellows and one red). 
(TB) The tie-break is the minute for the first substitution, closest (either side) wins. In the unlikely event that there are no substitutions, this will be 0 (zero) minutes.

Note that for the final alone, a spot-on result will not count towards the tie-break.

As usual, all predictions will be for the normal time match stats as provided by BBC Sport online, extra-time or penalties will not count. The only questions you can't match exactly on are (A) and (TB), so whilst there is no other advantage to predicting first, predicting last may mean having to change one or both of those predictions. Assuming I have time, I will warn anyone of this situation, but if you send your predictions too close to kick-off, I really can't guarantee I will be able to respond in time.


...and finally, as a tie-break wasn't required, I can now share your predictions for the U's v Yeovil attendance, as follows:
Actual attendance = 6,565
Burnsieespana = 7,084 (519 off)
Colukev = 5,997 (568 off)
Gate16 = 6,781 (216 - well done sir!)
MFB = 6,245 (320)
You are all to be collectively praised for this, because your average of 6,527 was just 38 off the actual attendance!

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U'sual Champions League - final on 15:59 - May 11 with 395 viewsburnsieespana

Firstly thank you wessex for your hard work.
Secondly good luck everybody!
A. 1 Juventus 2 Real Madrid
B. Ronaldo
C. 7
D. 11
E. 9
F. 16
G. 4
H. 0
TB. 56 minutes
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U'sual Champions League - final on 23:43 - May 11 with 383 viewswessex_exile

U'sual Champions League - final on 15:59 - May 11 by burnsieespana

Firstly thank you wessex for your hard work.
Secondly good luck everybody!
A. 1 Juventus 2 Real Madrid
B. Ronaldo
C. 7
D. 11
E. 9
F. 16
G. 4
H. 0
TB. 56 minutes


Many thanks Burnsie - I have recorded your predictions, so if you want to edit them out of sight, then please feel free to do so now.

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U'sual Champions League - final on 21:16 - May 23 with 326 viewswessex_exile

I know there's a week and a half to go, but I'm just going to bump this as a reminder for those yet to make their predictions. PM me when you're ready chaps.

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U'sual Champions League - final on 20:31 - May 28 with 285 viewsmfb_cufc

Thank you for your time and effort in organising the competition wessex.

Good luck burnsie, your efforts this season deserve to win a competition.

A. JUVENTUS 0 REAL MADRID 1
B. Ronaldo
C. 6
D. 12
E. 11
F. 20
G. 5
H. 0
TB. 60

mfb

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U'sual Champions League - final on 21:30 - May 29 with 272 viewswessex_exile

U'sual Champions League - final on 20:31 - May 28 by mfb_cufc

Thank you for your time and effort in organising the competition wessex.

Good luck burnsie, your efforts this season deserve to win a competition.

A. JUVENTUS 0 REAL MADRID 1
B. Ronaldo
C. 6
D. 12
E. 11
F. 20
G. 5
H. 0
TB. 60


Cheers MFB - duly logged.

Still plenty of time for those yet to post. Kick-off next Saturday at 1945.

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U'sual Champions League - final on 20:13 - Jun 2 with 243 viewsGate16

(A) Juventus 1 - Real Madrid 3
(B) Ronaldo
(C) 6
(D) 6
(E) 7
(F) 11
(G) 4
(H) 0
(TB) 46
[Post edited 3 Jun 5:38]
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U'sual Champions League - final on 20:53 - Jun 2 with 235 viewswessex_exile

U'sual Champions League - final on 20:13 - Jun 2 by Gate16

(A) Juventus 1 - Real Madrid 3
(B) Ronaldo
(C) 6
(D) 6
(E) 7
(F) 11
(G) 4
(H) 0
(TB) 46
[Post edited 3 Jun 5:38]


Check your inbox Gate, message for your attention before 1945 tomorrow.

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U'sual Champions League - final on 18:32 - Jun 3 with 220 viewswessex_exile

Game on chaps - the predictions are as follows:

U'sual Champions League Final
Burnsieespana v MFB
1-2 (A - Juventus v Real Madrid) 0-1
Ronaldo (B - Goal scorer) Ronaldo
7 (C - Attempts on target) 6
11 (D - Attempts off target) 12
9 (E - Corners) 11
16 (F - Fouls) 20
4 (G - Yellow cards) 5
0 (H - Red cards) 0
56 (TB - Substitution) 60

U'sual Champions League 3rd place
Gate16 v Colukev
1-3 (A - Juventus v Real Madrid) 1-2
Ronaldo (B - Goal scorer) Ronaldo
6 (C - Attempts on target) 9
6 (D - Attempts off target) 10
7 (E - Corners) 8
11 (F - Fouls) 24
4 (G - Yellow cards) 4
0 (H - Red cards) 0
46 (TB - Substitution) 56

I will post updates on the scores intermittently through the game, so stay tuned folks.


Good luck all!

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U'sual Champions League - final on 19:19 - Jun 3 with 214 viewswessex_exile

...and the first update is the position ahead of kick-off. With no one anticipating a red card in the game (and therefore all get 2pts for a spot-on), no one predicting a draw (the game, technically, is 0-0 at the moment), and therefore with no goal scorers and all other counters at zero (including zero minutes for the first substitution), the positions are as follows:

U'sual Champions League Final
Burnsieespana.....2 v 2.....MFB
This would see Burnsie victorious on the tie-break, with his prediction of 56 minutes, compared to MFB's first sub on the hour.

U'sual Champions League 3rd Place
Gate16.....2 v 2.....Colukev
Likewise, Gate is currently in pole position for 3rd place, predicting the first substitution straight after half-time, compared to Kev's prediction for 56 minutes.

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U'sual Champions League - final on 20:15 - Jun 3 with 209 viewswessex_exile

First goal, and it's 1-0 to Real Madrid, and no surprise it's Ronaldo!

Burnsieespana.....4 v 6.....MFB
MFB spot-on for the 1-0 victory, the zero red cards and 1pt for Ronaldo's goal, but Burnsie in touch with the outcome point, Ronaldo's goal and the red card 2pts.

Gate16.....6 v 4.....Colukev
Gate with the oucome point, Ronaldo's goal, the red card 2pts, and fouls currently spot-on with 11 for another 2pts. Kev has the same set as Burnsie at the moment.

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U'sual Champions League - final on 20:53 - Jun 3 with 203 viewswessex_exile

Well, that didn't last long, as Mandzukic's stunning equaliser takes all otcome points away from everyone. Various other markers have come and gone, and it couldn't be closer in both matches, with the situation at half-time as follows:

Burnsieespana.....4 v 4.....MFB
With Burnsie currently in pole position for the tie-break substitution, he leads MFB with 1pt for Ronaldo, 1pt for the yellow cards and 2pts for the red cards. MFB, though he can no longer get a spot-on for the score, has 1pt for the attempts on target, 1pt for Ronaldo's goal, and 2pts for the red cards.

Gate16.....5 v 5.....Colukev
Again, Gate currently has pole position with his 46 minute substitution (though there have been no changes at half-time), with Ronaldo's goal, 1pt for attempts on target, 1pt for yellow cards and 2pts for the red cards. Kev has a point for Ronaldo's goal, 1pt for the fouls, 1pt for the yellow cards, and 2pts for the red cards.

2nd half starts - game on!

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U'sual Champions League - final on 21:11 - Jun 3 with 200 viewswessex_exile

Goal for Casemiro to give Real Madrid a 2-1 lead, and immediately Ronaldo with a 3rd for 3-1.. Without going into too much detail (this game is moving too fast), the current positions are:

Burnsieespana.....9 v 8.....MFB

Gate16.....11. v 9.....Colukev

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U'sual Champions League - final on 21:16 - Jun 3 with 198 viewswessex_exile

First substitution on 66 minutes, which gives MFB and Kev the tie-break if needed. Current situation:

Burnsieespana.....9 v 8.....MFB

Gate16.....8 v 8.....Colukev (Kev with the TB)

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U'sual Champions League - final on 22:18 - Jun 3 with 181 viewswessex_exile

After a remarkable end to the game, my BBC Sport feed has frozen, but I think I'm up to date with the relevant stats, and frankly I don't think any minor variations will affect the outcome. So, the final figures are:

A) Result...Juventus 1-4 Real Madrid
B) Goal scorers...Ronaldo; Mandzukic; Casemiro; Ronaldo; Asensio
C) Attempts on target...9
D) Attempts off target...18
E) Corners...2
F) Fouls...41
G) Yellow cards...8 (two for Cuadrado)
H) Red cards...1 (one for Cuadrado)
TB) Substitution...66 (haha, Cuadrado again)

U'sual Champions League Final
Burnsieespana…..4 v 4…..MFB
Firstly, commiserations to Burnsie, who lead for so much of the match, only to be outdone by one final effort on target (not sure who, might have been Bale in injury time?) - brave effort sir! However, with his tie-break substitution winner (by 6 minutes compared to Burnsies' 10), massive congratulations to MFB, who continues his well-deserved dominance of the U'sual Predictions League by capturing the U'sual Champions League trophy for 2017!

Usual Champions League 3rd Place
Gate16…..4 v 6…..Colukev
Commiserations to Gate, as Asensio's 4th goal for Real Madrid right at the end of normal time robbed him of the spot-on 3-1 result for 3pts. However, congratulations to Kev for 3rd place with the same late (Bale?) effort on target giving him a spot-on for that to win the 3rd place match.

Well done everyone for a fantastic effort, but particularly MFB!

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U'sual Champions League - final on 13:48 - Jun 4 with 161 viewsburnsieespana

Congrats to MFB.
Thank you wessex for running this competition which has been fun!
Up the U's and lets hope for a couple of top drawer signings before new season starts!
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