The Predictorship Week 27 – If in Doubt, Stick Down 1-0

Players: 37 out of 49. Points scored: 211. Highest score: 10 (Dave Taylor, Saleel Sathe). Average score: 5.70. Total correct scores: 52. Prediction of the Week: Steven Dunlop (Middlesbrough 2-2 Manchester United).

Results: Middlesbrough 2-2 Manchester United (1); Chelsea 3-3 Tottenham Hotspur (0); Blackburn Rovers 2-0 Manchester City (13); Plymouth Argyle 0-1 Watford (5); Barnsley 0-2 Sunderland (8); Hull City 2-0 Preston North End (0); Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 West Bromwich Albion (3); Leeds United 1-0 Luton Town (12); Aberdeen 1-0 Hearts (10); Celtic 0-1 Rangers (0).

Current Top 10 …

Pos. – Team – (Predictor) – Week 27 Points – Correct Results – Correct Scores – Total Points

1. MANCHESTER CITY (Christine Butters) – 5 – 145 – 41 – 186
2. MANCHESTER UNITED (Hope Arnold) – 7 – 145 – 38 – 183
3. CHELSEA (Dave Taylor) – 10 – 144 – 32 – 176
4. WEST BROMWICH ALBION (Mark Young) – 7 – 137 – 33 – 170
5. BENGAL MUMBAI F.C. (Haresh Mirani) – 2*** – 129 – 39 – 168
6. LIVERPOOL RESERVES (Saleel Sathe) – 10 – 132 – 36 – 168
7. MILLWALL (John Collins) – 2*** – 130 – 37 – 167
8. ANKARAGÃœCÃœ (Matthew White) – 6 – 138 – 27 – 165
9. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (Gabe Bevilacqua) – 6 – 134 – 30 – 164
10. IPSWICH TOWN (Nick Watson) – 7 – 127 – 36 – 163

*** scores still to come

Dave Taylor (Chelsea) and Saleel Sathe (Liverpool Reserves), the finest proponents of the 1-0 scoreline in the Predictorship, cashed in to the tune of 10 points apiece in week 27.

It will come as no surprise, then, that they both played it safe with 1-0 predictions in favour of Watford, Wolves, Leeds and Aberdeen, although the fifth 1-0 scoreline of the week, Rangers’ magnificent win at shortly-to-be-confirmed Scottish champions Celtic, courtesy of a strike from Ugo Ehiogu – the forgotten man of English football – eluded them both.

In fact, Janet Jones (Sheffield Wednesday) was the only one of this week’s 37 score-submitters (not allowing for the three set of predictions that are lost somewhere between India and Harlow) to go all out for a Rangers win of any sort (1-2) at Celtic. Cue the seemless link …

The Predictorship community sends its warmest congratulations and best wishes to Janet and Predictorship chairman David Roberts (Watford), who recently announced their engagement. Spookily, both are still in with a shout of winning the Predictorship Cup and could meet in the semi-finals or, better still, the showpiece final on May 19. Cue another seemless link …

The Predictorship Cup …

You can almost smell the freshly-cut grass at Wem-ber-ley! Banish the bulldozers and batten down the hatches – the line-up for the semi-finals is almost complete.

Clapton F.C. (at the expense of title-chasers Manchester United), Living the Dream and Watford have made it through to the last four, but there’s one late kick-off. An ill-timed floodlight failure at the home of Bengal Mumbai F.C. sadly means the result of their quarter-final tie against Sheffield Wednesday will not be known before we go off air. Ooh, the suspense.

1. LIVING THE DREAM (Paul Bentley) (38) 6-2 DC ADUNITED (Patrick Bevilacqua) (29)
2. BENGAL MUMBAI F.C. (Haresh Mirani) (5***) L-L SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY (Janet Jones) (30)
3. WATFORD (David Roberts) (18) 7-2 WEST BERGHOLT WANDERERS (Jodie Kemp) (26)
4. CLAPTON F.C. (Cathryn Harker) (15) 8-7 MANCHESTER UNITED (Hope Arnold) (2)

Current league positions in brackets
*** provisionally 5th (scores still to come)

Quote of the week …

Suspended due to a rigorous investigation into the authenticity of The Nottingham Florist’s source for Bob Bradley quotes. It doesn’t look good. Would the real Bob Bradley please stand up.

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