IT WAS an exciting finish as the MetroForecast Challenge went down to the wire just like the English Premier League season.
The MetroSport Forecast Challenge took an exciting twist this season as Star Media Group’s in-house team went head-to-head with Astro SuperSport’s hosts Adam Carruthers, Michelle Lee and Reem Shahwa.
The six pundits predicted the outcome of four selected English Premier League matches each week during the course of the season.
The points were tabulated on a system that awarded the exact score line with 40 and 10 points for the correct result (win, lose or draw).
Points were tabulated weekly with the final tally decided last week as the curtains came down on the Premier League season with Man City topping the league.
In the end, The Star pundits edged their Astro counterparts.
Randeep, Shaun and Ivan’s combined score totalled 2,640 points while Astro pundits Adam, Michelle and Reem together scored 2,510 points.
Randeep, from The Star’s Business Desk, emerged overall champion with a score of 1,010 points with Reem coming in a commendable second place with 900 points.
Popular Astro Super Sports’ presenter Adam came in third with 850 points, while StarGolf editor Shaun placed fourth with a score of 830.
Ivan from The Star’s Ipoh bureau was fifth with 800 points and Michelle emerged sixth with 760 points.
“It was a historic season where I tried to somehow make sense of everything... and failed!
“Mad, crazy and utterly brilliant, what a season of football, ” said Adam when asked to describe his take on the season.
He had correctly predicted Man City to be champions before the start of the season.
For the forecast challenge’s overall winner, Randeep, it was a season of more ups than downs, as he saw his favourite team, Man Utd, unexpectedly emerge second ahead of defending Premier League champs Liverpool.
“If not for the bad start we made in August and September, we would have been challenging for the title.
“Coming in second ahead of Liverpool was nice but getting knocked out of the Champions League group stage was a huge blow.
Then the FA Cup semi-final defeat to Leicester was painful, while losing to Villareal on penalties in the Europa League final on Thursday was a bitter pill to swallow, he said.
“Nevertheless, I am looking forward to the upcoming Euro’s and the new Premier League season, where fans will be back and the atmosphere is lively again, ” said Randeep.