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Guess the Starting XI and Final Score (First Half Results)

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The results and stats are in...and the winner is...

MLS: Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Seattle Sounders FC Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports

We are more than halfway through the 2019 Major League Soccer season. That means that our First Half contest has drawn to a close. We have a winner! It was a lot closer than it was looking to be, at least after the first half hour or so of the Colorado Rapids match. However, the Vancouver Whitecaps pulled through and made our contest better. Because, that is what it is all about in the end right? Our contest?

I am (semi) pleased to announce the winner of our First Half contest....Island Life, who narrowly beat me out for the title. It was close, with Island Life beating me by ONE POINT! I had considered predicting 2-2 as a scoreline but elected to go with 1-1. In the end, that is what cost me the title! Isabelt finished third, with 197 points, while tecate (196) and edmondk (194) rounded out the top five.

First Half Standings

Ranking User Overall Score Match #1 Match #2 Match #3 Match #4 Match #5 Match #6 Match #7 Match #8 Match #9 Match #10 Match #11 Match #12 Match #13 Match #14 Match #15 Match #16
Ranking User Overall Score Match #1 Match #2 Match #3 Match #4 Match #5 Match #6 Match #7 Match #8 Match #9 Match #10 Match #11 Match #12 Match #13 Match #14 Match #15 Match #16
1 Island Life 204 15 15 9 9 9 0 8 9 15 16 19 15 15 7 20 15
2 AtlantisB 203 9 16 8 9 17 14 10 7 10 19 19 12 15 6 15 11
3 Isabelt 197 11 19 9 9 9 16 10 13 15 12 15 12 10 7 19 12
4 tecate 196 16 19 10 8 8 16 13 12 11 12 12 17 13 8 0 14
5 edmondk 194 8 19 14 9 7 17 10 6 9 14 19 12 9 7 22 10
6 AmandaC 192 11 20 10 12 8 10 9 7 14 16 19 14 10 6 15 9
7 CascadiaCrunchFC 191 15 17 13 8 9 12 8 8 14 11 12 14 7 7 12 19
7 Westsider13 191 17 14 13 9 13 14 9 13 8 12 12 17 7 7 11 15
9 ZTJ9901 190 10 15 7 9 11 10 13 9 9 20 16 15 8 7 19 12
10 The Squirrel 185 13 19 9 9 12 10 10 8 19 11 12 12 8 7 19 12
11 chuckbiscuits 184 11 14 14 13 9 10 8 8 15 17 11 15 9 6 17 9
12 GreyHouseEffect 183 11 11 8 9 9 19 9 11 12 16 12 19 10 7 11 9
13 AshMan77 180 0 9 8 16 8 10 12 8 9 12 11 12 15 8 19 14
14 hbamaral 176 10 12 8 9 11 10 10 8 9 14 16 12 8 9 19 12
15 Airos 174 0 0 7 12 10 7 9 8 14 16 16 10 9 7 17 15
16 CapsOnTheDrive 172 8 10 8 8 9 19 14 8 10 16 19 0 9 8 0 11
16 rtomsheck 172 9 12 10 9 8 10 14 7 8 14 20 14 8 9 15 9
18 Tres_Tristes_Tigres 168 0 14 8 0 11 15 10 9 10 15 12 11 12 6 14 11
19 AdamP 17 161 11 14 8 9 8 10 8 6 9 16 11 12 0 7 14 10
20 CDPrior 159 0 0 0 9 10 10 11 0 12 14 14 15 15 7 16 14
21 Fudmur 138 0 11 0 0 9 10 8 7 9 16 12 19 0 6 19 12
22 TillmanD 133 0 0 0 0 9 11 16 0 12 17 19 14 0 8 17 10
23 Columbian_Southsider77 132 0 0 0 0 8 17 8 9 10 19 14 12 0 11 0 10
24 Jitsuo 101 8 15 8 8 9 9 12 6 0 0 0 0 9 0 17 0
25 AlexGangue91 77 9 14 10 10 11 15 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
26 Jph003 71 15 14 8 9 0 12 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
27 MarcusEarth 60 10 9 8 9 9 8 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
28 BlackPanther99 51 12 10 8 9 0 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
29 SnakeDave 46 0 0 9 8 8 0 13 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
30 Slowkid 44 9 15 10 0 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
31 PowerOutOnTheKingsway 39 0 0 0 0 8 10 13 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
32 JStebeck 35 8 0 7 9 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
33 olikchivas 22 10 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
34 Derek L 12 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
35 Hasslis2ndshirt 9 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
35 sammygee 9 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
37 JSONX 8 0 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

In total, we had 37 people make at least one prediction. As is usually the case, I like to look at some of the statistics, as it is fun, so here are some of the key numbers from the contest.

First Half Stats

User Total Points Lineup Perfect Lineups Winner Score Lineup Bonus Monthly Bonus
User Total Points Lineup Perfect Lineups Winner Score Lineup Bonus Monthly Bonus
AdamP 17 173 8.81 1 3 0.25 7 6
Airos 180 8.40 1 6 0.87 5 6
AlexGangue91 78 9.43 2 0 0.57 7 1
AmandaC 211 8.94 4 7 0.53 14 6
AshMan77 197 8.63 1 7 0.81 7 9
AtlantisB 230 9.12 3 9 0.47 13 14
BlackPanther99 51 9.00 0 0 0.80 2 0
CapsOnTheDrive 184 8.93 2 5 0.60 9 12
CascadiaCrunchFC 209 9.18 4 4 0.65 18 4
CDPrior 166 8.64 2 5 0.57 10 7
chuckbiscuits 200 9.12 3 5 0.53 14 2
Columbian_Southsider77 139 9.09 3 3 0.64 10 7
Derek L 12 10.00 0 0 1.00 1 0
edmondk 217 9.00 5 5 0.76 16 10
Fudmur 144 8.83 1 4 0.75 8 6
GreyHouseEffect 206 9.18 2 4 0.53 13 8
Hasslis2ndshirt 9 8.00 0 0 1.00 0 0
hbamaral 197 9.06 1 4 0.82 9 5
Isabelt 219 9.53 4 4 0.76 18 6
Island Life 218 9.44 8 4 0.94 25 7
Jitsuo 106 8.70 1 1 0.40 5 5
Jph003 75 9.50 2 1 0.33 7 4
JSONX 8 7.00 0 0 1.00 0 0
JStebeck 35 8.50 0 0 0.00 1 0
MarcusEarth 63 8.14 0 0 0.43 0 3
olikchivas 22 6.33 0 0 0.67 1 0
PowerOutOnTheKingsway 41 8.25 0 1 0.25 0 2
rtomsheck 193 8.94 2 4 0.41 8 6
sammygee 9 8.00 0 0 1.00 0 0
Slowkid 44 9.50 1 0 0.75 3 0
SnakeDave 46 8.00 0 1 0.20 0 0
tecate 207 9.13 2 8 0.38 12 3
The Squirrel 203 9.06 1 4 0.94 10 3
TillmanD 136 9.50 2 4 0.80 10 3
Tres_Tristes_Tigres 176 8.73 1 6 0.67 7 8
Westsider13 212 9.00 3 6 0.47 14 7
ZTJ9901 217 9.12 4 5 0.76 16 13

When we factor in ALL points scored, AtlantisB had the most with 230. I guess a small victory there. Isabelt was second at 219 with Island Life third at 218. Of those who regularly put in a prediction, Isabelt had the best lineup prediction with an average of 9.53. Island Life was second at 9.44, while CascadiaCrunchFC and GreyHouseEffect were at 9.18.

However, for Island Life, it appears that they relied heavily on perfect lineups, scoring a high of EIGHT! The next closest was edmondk with five. This led to Island Life receiving 25 lineup bonus points, followed by Isabelt (18) and CascadiaCrunchFC (18).

AtlantisB was the best at predicting the winner, getting nine correct, while tecate (eight) and AshMan77/AmandaC (seven) were just behind.

Despite being good at predicting the winner, AtlantisB was fairly poor at score prediction, finishing a woeful 27th. Comparatively, Island Life and The Squirrel were the best, of regular participants, averaging 0.94 points (out of three) per match. Right behind them Airos (0.87) and hbamaral (0.82). AshMan77 rounded out the top five, with an average of 0.81.

Our final category to analyze is ‘Monthly Bonus’. Here, AtlantisB led the way with 14, followed by ZTJ9901 (13), CapsOnTheDrive (12), and edmondk (10).

That is all from me. I have allowed sorting on the table, so you can see how you compared to everyone else. How did you do? What stats stood out for you?