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Sports Letters: Panel flannel

Sir: Punters have an extra hazard to overcome when forecasting results for matches on which the Pools Panel is invoked. Instead of guessing the results, they have to work out which way the members will get them wrong.

On the weekend of 23 January, the Panel had opportunities to make four wrong decisions - and scored 100 per cent. They said that Chelsea would lead Oxford at half-time and full-time; the reality was 0-0 and 1-1. No goals at all were predicted for Wolves v Arsenal; the outcome, 1-1 at half-time, 1-2 at the final whistle. Anyone who had the correct results may have felt slightly cross.