Players: 38 out of 47. Points scored: 288. Highest score: 10 (Dave Taylor, Patrick Bevilacqua, Nigel Birrell). Average score: 7.58.
Prediction of the Week: Mark Young (Scotland 6-0 Faroe Islands) – score sent live from the US Open, Flushing Meadow!
Results: Czech Rep. 2-1 Wales; England 5-0 Andorra; Georgia 0-3 France; Germany 1-0 Republic of Ireland; Italy 1-1 Lithuania; Luxembourg 0-1 Holland; Northern Ireland 0-3 Iceland; Scotland 6-0 Faroe Islands; Spain 4-0 Liechtenstein; Brazil 3-0 Argentina.
The competitive edge in the Taylor household should intensify this week as Dave’s Chelsea usurp Jill’s Dartmoor Rovers at the top of the Predictorship. Dave matches Jill’s week 1 score of 10 to remain a point clear of Patrick Bevilacqua (DC Adunited), who moves up from seventh to second and now has the most correct scores of any player to date – five. Impressively, Dave stuck to his guns and delivered his usual 10 1-0 predictions in a week which promised some high-scoring, one-sided encounters. Holland’s narrow win in Luxembourg and Germany’s inability to score more than a single goal against the Republic of Ireland played right into his hands. Jill, meanwhile, drops from the head of the pack to 8th.
The consistent Steven Dunlop (Benfica) drops one place to third as Scott Christie (Aberdeen) moves menacingly into contention (4th). There are also some new faces in the top 10: Crystal Palace’s Dave McAleer (5th), one of four British Hit Singles & Albums predictors in the league, Peterborough United’s Steve McHugh (6th), Charlton Athletic’s Nigel Birrell (7th), who also weighs in with a healthy 10 points, and the pride of West Bergholt, newcomer Jodie Kemp (10th).
Congratulations to the seven predictors who marked their card with a 5-0 win for England, the six players who plumped for a Brazil win at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium, AnkaragÃ¼cÃ¼’s Matthew White for this week’s sole away win prediction for Iceland in Northern Ireland and anyone who went a bit mad with their scores: England 8-0 Andorra and Luxembourg 0-6 Holland are predictions that bring some much-needed variety to the Predictorship and should be highly encouraged – if you’re brave enough.
Paul Dolan (Metrostars) and Sanjiv Sachdev (Doncaster Rovers) pull away from the danger zone by submitting their first scores of the season, but Stuart Claxton (Reading), Trevor Morris (Sunderland) and Norman No Mates (The Nil-Nils) are already marooned at the bottom with a solitary point each. More next week …