The Predictorship Week 26 – Seasonal High for Haresh’s Mumbai

Players: 38 out of 49. Points scored: 204. Highest score: 13 (Haresh Mirani). Average score: 5.36. Total correct scores: 45. Prediction of the Week: Hope Arnold (Liverpool 0-1 Manchester United).

Results: Arsenal 2-1 Reading (8); Fulham 1-1 Aston Villa (11); Liverpool 0-1 Manchester United (1); Manchester City 0-1 Wigan Athletic (0); Newcastle United 0-0 Middlesbrough (1); Portsmouth 0-2 Chelsea (13); Watford 2-2 Charlton Athletic (0); West Ham United 3-4 Tottenham Hotspur (0); Sheffield United 1-1 Everton (7); Bolton Wanderers 1-2 Blackburn Rovers (4).

Current Top 10 …

Pos. – Team – (Predictor) – Week 26 Points – Correct Results – Correct Scores – Total Points

1. MANCHESTER CITY (Christine Butters) – 8 – 142 – 39 – 181
2. MANCHESTER UNITED (Hope Arnold) – 7 – 140 – 36 – 176
3. BENGAL MUMBAI F.C. (Haresh Mirani) – 13 – 127 – 39 – 166
4. CHELSEA (Dave Taylor) – 3 – 138 – 28 – 166
5. MILLWALL (John Collins) – 4 – 128 – 37 – 165
6. WEST BROMWICH ALBION (Mark Young) – 5 – 132 – 31 – 163
7. JERSEY UNITED (Mike Dufficy) – 4 – 131 – 28 – 159
8. ANKARAGÃœCÃœ (Matthew White) – 6 – 133 – 26 – 159
9. LIVERPOOL RESERVES (Saleel Sathe) – 4 – 126 – 32 – 158
10. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (Gabe Bevilacqua) – 9 – 128 – 30 – 158

If you suffer from triskaidekaphobia (fear of the number 13), look away now …

Whoever said the aforementioned number 13 is unlucky is looking pretty foolish right now: Bengal Mumbai’s Predictorship rookie Haresh Mirani plays an absolute blinder to record the season’s top score (that’ll be 13) – sensational news that’s bound to demote the exquisite Shilpa Shetty to the inside pages of Mumbai’s Maharashtra Times just as soon as word gets around.

Here’s another table, this time showing the highest scores (11+) of the 2006-2007 season …

Pos. – Team – (Predictor) – Score – Week Achieved

1. Bengal Mumbai F.C. (Haresh Mirani) – 13 – Week 26
2=. Manchester City (Christine Butters) – 12 – Week 8
2=. Manchester City (Christine Butters) – 12 – Week 23
2=. Manchester City (Christine Butters) – 12 – Week 25
2=. Bengal Mumbai F.C. (Haresh Mirani) – 12 – Week 11
6=. Charlton Athletic (Nigel Birrell) – 11 – Week 9
6=. Cheltenham Town (Rob Dimery) – 11 – Week 8
6=. Purple Haze (Brian Dunlop) – 11 – Week 19
6=. West Ham United (Wendy Nathan) – 11 – Week 13
6=. West Ham United (Wendy Nathan) – 11 – Week 25
6=. Watford (David Roberts) – 11 – Week 6
6=. Seattle Gooners (Maziar Sattari) – 11 – Week 10
6=. Bunch of Losers (Michael Whitty) – 11 – Week 23
6=. West Bromwich Albion (Mark Young) – 11 – Week 22

Haresh makes a mockery of this week’s average return of 5.36 with five correct scores (the matches at Arsenal, Fulham, Portsmouth, Sheffield United and Bolton) to usurp three Christine Butters 12s and a fourth round dozen from Haresh himself from the top of the leaderboard.

As you’ll see from the first table above (which will appear here each week now that we’re fast approaching the business end of the season), Haresh’s humungous haul elevates him to within 10 points of Hope Arnold (seven points this week) and 15 of runaway leader Christine Butters (eight points). How depressing: even with 13 points to his name, Haresh remains so far off the pace you might as well dress him in a claret and blue shirt and call him West Ham United.

Gabe Bevilacqua, who enters the top 10 for the first time this season with four correct scores, and the rapidly-improving Wendy Nathan, who must be suicidal after watching the Hammers blow a 3-2 lead with two minutes to go on Sunday, are left cowering in Haresh’s gigantic shadow in this record-breaking week but still enjoy the coach ride home with nine points apiece.

The Predictorship Cup …

It’s all boiling down to the nitty gritty, with just eight teams dreaming of lifting the Predictorship Cup on May 19. Nick Watson’s over-worked, re-re-christened Drawomatic Randomizer 8 has thrown up the following quarter-final ties, which will be contested this weekend (March 10-11):

1. Living the Dream (Paul Bentley) (39) v DC Adunited (Patrick Bevilacqua) (27)
2. Bengal Mumbai F.C. (Haresh Mirani) (3) v Sheffield Wednesday (Janet Jones) (29)
3. Watford (David Roberts) (18) v West Bergholt Wanderers (Jodie Kemp) (22)
4. Clapton F.C. (Cathryn Harker) (15) v Manchester United (Hope Arnold) (2)

As always, the figures in brackets show each predictor’s current league position – but league form counts for nothing at this stage of the competition.

And one final reminder: don’t forget to vote for your favourite prediction of weeks 13-24. You’ll find the runners and riders below this post.

Quote of the Week …

We continue our “Interim Coach” Bob Bradley-athon this week, with apologies to Princeton University, which I omitted from last week’s list of soccer teams he coached.

“We feel bad for the school districts”. So do we Bob, so do we.

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