Matchday 20. Dash: Part One
It appears the season will resume. Which means we resume our prediction game. Which also means the Thorns play the Houston Dash on Wednesday at 7:00pm at Providence Park (Paramount + in USA, Twitch elsewhere). This is the home leg of a home-away series that sees us in Houston on the 17th.
The Thorns are still in first place by three points. This is our game-in-hand on OL Reign. A win puts us six points clear with three games to play. Houston sits on the playoff line tied with the Spirit on points but behind in the head-to-head tiebreaker. Realistically, the Dash need to win three of their remaining five matches to have a chance at the playoffs. That leaves them room to lose to the Thorns twice (pretty please).
And then there’s the dark cloud hanging above Providence Park. What effect does that have?
[Last meeting: July 24, 2021 at Houston. 1-0 Thorns win.]
How this works:
Add a comment to this post. As your first line, put your predicted result, for example 3-1 Thorns.
In the body of your comment, start with the goals and assists, like so:
Salem (Free kick)
Next, name the first yellow card recipient: Shea Groom
Then a red card. (NOTE: no points awarded for correctly calling a red-card-free match, so take a guess.) Jane Campbell for handling the ball outside the box.
Make your fun prediction, and give a “thumbs up” to anybody else’s prediction that tickles your fancy: It feels wrong to have fun. But at the end, the walkaround becomes one of those singing-while-crying-but-happy moments.
· Correct score: 5 points
· Correct result (draw/win/loss): 3 points
· Each clean sheet: 2 points
· Each goal-scorer: 1 point
· Each FK/PK/assist/lack of assist: 1 point
· Goal/assist bonus: 1 point
· Player with the first yellow card of the match: 1 point
· A player with a red card: 1 point
· Most liked/most outrageously accurate prediction: 2 points
Some ground rules and explanations/clarifications (the fine print):
Comments must be posted before kickoff, but you can edit or amend an earlier prediction right up to the starting whistle.
Keep your scoreline predictions realistic. No crazy scores just to pad out your odds of getting goals and assists.
The goal/assist bonus is an additional point if you predict the correct scorer and assistant on the same goal, for example, you say Hubly scores from a Boureille assist and that is exactly what happens. P.S. if you say exactly that, and it happens, I will hunt you down and buy you a beer!
Be clear whether you think a goal will be unassisted, assisted, or from a PK/FK. Unassisted = no assist, run of play; Assisted = player who got the assist; PK/FK = not in run of play. For the purposes of this thread, Penalty Kick and Free Kick are the same thing. No entry means unassisted.
The game thread will usually be posted 48 hours before each match.