Welcome to the Predictorship’s latest innovation – Prediction of the Season. Think Match of the Day’s Goal of the Month competition minus Gary Lineker’s words of wisdom – “All you have to do is vote for your favourite” – and a lovely piece of incidental music (e.g. The Life of Riley).
Please vote for your favourite prediction of the first 12 weeks by leaving a reply to this post. It couldn’t be simpler, and you don’t even have to give a reason. The three predictions with the most votes will go through to the Prediction of the Season final, featuring approximately 10 selections made during the whole of the 2006-2007 season.
Sorry – no tickets to a Premiership match of your choice, no luxury hotel accommodation and no spending money to the predictor who agrees with the PPP (Predictorship Prediction Panel).
Get voting now – there are only 12 weeks until you’ll have to do it all again …
1. MARK YOUNG: SCOTLAND 6-0 FAROE ISLANDS (WEEK 2)
Scotland were expected to defeat the mighty Faroe Islanders in this Euro 2008 qualifier, but who’d have thought the goal-shy Scots would run riot and score a hatful? Mark Young, actually.
2. NEIL HAYES: ARSENAL 1-1 MIDDLESBROUGH (WEEK 3)
Middlesbrough should have been walloped at the impressive Emirates Stadium, but Arsenal have struggled to make their new home a fortress. Neil’s crystal ball was on splendid form here, and he repeated the trick in week 10 with his second unique score of the season – Arsenal 1 Everton 1.
3. JILL TAYLOR: WEST HAM 0-2 NEWCASTLE (WEEK 4)
The Hammers, complete with Tevez and Mascherano, had narrowly lost to Liverpool and drawn with Villa when they encountered Newcastle, who had lost miserably away to Villa and at home to Fulham. There was no method to Jill’s madness – except for the fact that she always predicts 2-0 scorelines.
4. NICOLA SAVAGE: READING 1-1 MANCHESTER UNITED (WEEK 5)
On the back of two successive wins, newly-promoted Reading hosted Manchester United, still fuming after defeat to Arsenal. Reading should have been the whipping boys. They weren’t, and Nicola was the sole predictor to reap the rewards. And tasty they were too.
5. NORMAN NO MATES: ENGLAND 0-0 MACEDONIA (WEEK 7)
It turned out to be one of the most depressing spectacles in the history of English football. If we’d consulted Norman before kick-off, we wouldn’t have wasted 90 minutes of our lives watching it.
6. PATRICK BEVILACQUA: WIGAN 3-2 CHARLTON (WEEK 12)
The Predictorship Prediction Panel always appreciates predictors who correctly predict high-scoring games and Patrick went out on a limb to conjure up this beauty. Before the fixture, Wigan had only hit the back of the net sporadically (ignoring the demolition of Manchester City) and Charlton had netted just once in three games. It was almost a miracle it ended 3-2.
Note: Only unique predictions are eligible. All of the above were the only correct score predictions for the games shown. So, for example, you’d be a bit gutted if you predicted Manchester United 0 Charlton 7, along with at least one other player, and the game in question ended Manchester United 0 Charlton 7. No match ball, no recognition, early bath.