How time flies! Another 12 weeks, another eight sumptuous selections to choose from.
Please vote for your favourite prediction of weeks 13-24 by leaving a reply to this post. 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. Only six of you signed up last time, so let’s have a lot more votes this time round!
Your choices are …
1. MAZIAR SATTARI: FULHAM 0-1 READING (WEEK 14)
Back in August, nobody could have foretold the random havoc Reading have wreaked on the Premiership, but a 1-0 away win at Fulham – even after two comfortable home successes against Tottenham and Charlton – was thought to be beyond the realms of possibility for all but one perceptive predictor – and a confident team from Berkshire.
2. MARK YOUNG: BOLTON WANDERERS 4-0 WEST HAM UNITED (WEEK 16)
Mark, our first two-time nominee (following his much-admired Scotland 6-0 Faroe Islands gem in week 2) continued his winning streak with another spot on home rout. In the very same week, John Collins and Haresh Mirani both dished up a tasty 4-0 win for Liverpool at home to Fulham, but their predictions are sadly ineligible for this competition. Read on to find out why …
3. HARESH MIRANI: WEST HAM UNITED 1-0 MANCHESTER UNITED (WEEK 17)
After narrowly missing out on a week 16 nomination, Haresh was back for more, and in mighty fine style. The Hammers came into the game having lost their last three games, with eight goals conceded and none scored; Manchester United had won their last three, scoring eight goals in the process. Football, as we all know, is a funny old game.
4. DAVID ROBERTS: CHELSEA 4-0 WIGAN ATHLETIC (WEEK 19)
If we knew what we know now – that Wigan are more pathetic than Athletic – this prediction wouldn’t have raised more than a handful of eyebrows. In fact, the pathetic ones were on a five-match losing streak when they went to Chelsea. It takes a man of great skill and courage to nail down a Chelsea result, and that man was David – and David alone – in week 19.
5. ROB MOLLOY: READING 3-1 SHEFFIELD UNITED (WEEK 20)
Staunch Royal Rob had no problem predicting a Reading win, but a divine moment of inspiration led his fingers to the numbers 3 and 1 on his keyboard and the rest is history. The man is inconsolable after Manchester United’s six-minute molesting of his boys in the FA Cup this week, so we hope this result reminds him of happier times.
6. PAUL BENTLEY: BRISTOL CITY 2-2 MIDDLESBROUGH (WEEK 21)
Bingo! On paper, this Cup clash was tough to predict: League 1 high-flyers playing host to Premiership under-achievers, with a generous helping of Cup magic sprinkled on top. Paul’s four-goal thriller was the sign of a predictor on top of his game. Well sort of.
7. JODIE KEMP: BIRMINGHAM CITY 2-3 READING (WEEK 21)
Could a 3-2 scoreline become the nation’s favourite again? Jodie – whose inspiring predicting would have netted her another Prediction of the Season nomination for Manchester City 0-2 Reading just a week later (but we have to give others a chance) – had not taken leave of her senses with this bold prediction. There’s something eerie going on in West Bergholt.
8. ROB DIMERY: WEST HAM UNITED 0-1 WATFORD (WEEK 23)
The writing had already been scribbled on the wall. January 27, FA Cup Round 4: West Ham 0-1 Watford. February 10, Premiership (and week 23 of the Predictorship): West Ham 0-1 Watford. Were we all too blind to see the bleedin’ obvious? Not Rob, whose eyes were in perfect working order. A trip to an optician for the rest of us.
Note: Only unique predictions are eligible for this competition. All of the above were the only correct score predictions for the games shown. So, to avoid disappointment, when you predict Liverpool 9 Manchester United 0 this weekend, make sure nobody else has done the same.