Matt Willey: On the bench for England’s big game tonight.

By yon bonnie banks and by yon bonnie braes
Where the sun shines bright on Loch Lomond
Where me and my true love were ever won’t to gae
On the bonnie, bonnie banks o’ Loch Lomond – Traditional

INTERNATIONAL. But will it be a traditional Scottish song of joy or a lament?

That’s the question being asked as Andre de Almeida, Managing Director of Global Travel Retail at Scotch whisky house Loch Lomond Group, surges up the leaderboard of the Great Moodie Davitt 2018 FIFA World Cup Charity Competition, writes our Football Correspondent Hedda Ball.

Andre’s success in picking France’s narrow victory over the favoured Belgians has seen him move past former front-runners Steffen Brandt (Co-Founder & Manager of Miami-based travel retail specialist InnoTRI) and Johan Schölvinck, Founder and Managing Director at Market Square Consult in The Netherlands.

But it’s The Moodie Davitt Report’s very own CTO (Chief Touchline Observer) Matt Willey, who despite flunking his French test, still leads by two points. There are now just three matches left in the tournament, England v Croatia tonight, plus the final and third v fourth playoff.

Andre de Almeida: Three more successful predictions and he could win the competition in the same way his company has found success in travel retail – Loch, Stock and Barrel.

The competition is sponsored by King Power International (Thailand), owner of Leicester City Football Club.

Sophie Goujet of Concourse Display Management is now in sole place as our leading woman on 53, having also (of course) predicted French victory.

Make sure you have your predictions in for tonight’s England v Croatia showdown.

The following prize monies will be awarded to the chosen charities of the winning contestants:

1st – €3,000

2nd – €2,000

3rd – €1,000

Below is the league table from the morning of 09 July.

HOW THINGS LOOKED EARLIER…

Rules of the competition:

  1. You receive 3 points for a correct score.
  2. You receive 1 point for a correct result.
  3. In each group (and in the Knockout phases through to and including the semi-finals) you can apply a ‘Joker’ card to one match only. Use of the Joker will double any points you score on that match.
  4. Your prediction for the Knockout stages will include the score after extra time, but not penalties.
  5. You receive extra points for the final game if you correctly predict the tournament winner.
  6. Leaderboard: If players finish level on points, then the player with most Correct Score points will finish higher, followed by Correct Result points, Joker points, Final points, Third-Place points, Semi-Final points, Quarter-Final points and then Last-16 points.

To make your predictions visit https://worldcupfootballpredictor.co.uk/