The Predictorship Week 28 – Who Eight All the Pies?

Players: 36 out of 49. Points scored: 190. Highest score: 8 (Simon Gold, Cathryn Harker and Steve McHugh). Average score: 5.27. Total correct scores: 31. Prediction of the Week: Scott Christie (Charlton Athletic 2-0 Newcastle United).

Results: Blackburn Rovers 1-2 West Ham United (0); Chelsea 3-0 Sheffield United (14); Manchester United 4-1 Bolton Wanderers (0); Middlesbrough 0-2 Manchester City (0); Reading 0-0 Portsmouth (1); Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Watford (6); Wigan Athletic 0-0 Fulham (3); Aston Villa 0-0 Liverpool (2); Charlton Athletic 2-0 Newcastle United (1); Everton 1-0 Arsenal (4).

Current Top 10 …

Pos. – Team – (Predictor) – Week 28 Points – Correct Results – Correct Scores – Total Points

1. MANCHESTER CITY (Christine Butters) – 5 – 149 – 42 – 191
2. MANCHESTER UNITED (Hope Arnold) – 5 – 149 – 39 – 188
3. CHELSEA (Dave Taylor) – 3 – 147 – 32 – 179
4. WEST BROMWICH ALBION (Mark Young) – 6 – 142 – 34 – 176
5. BENGAL MUMBAI F.C. (Haresh Mirani) – 6 – 132 – 42 – 174
6. MILLWALL (John Collins) – 6 – 133 – 40 – 173
7. LIVERPOOL RESERVES (Saleel Sathe) – 5 – 136 – 37 – 173
8. IPSWICH TOWN (Nick Watson) – 7 – 133 – 37 – 170
9. ANKARAGÃœCÃœ (Matthew White) – 5 – 142 – 28 – 170
10. PETERBOROUGH UNITED (Steve McHugh) – 8 – 135 – 33 – 168

Another week gone, and still no sign of a genuine challenge to Manchester’s domination of the Predictorship. “Sisters” Christine Butters (191 points) and Hope Arnold (188) are doing it for themselves, and whatever they’re doing remains well out of Dave Taylor’s reach (179). But you knew that anyway: you’ve just looked at the table.

Simon Gold (the man with the power to know he’s indestructible), Cathryn Harker and Steve McHugh register eight points apiece, week 28’s best return, which is a jolly good show given three goalless draws, Manchester United’s destruction of Bolton and surprise away wins for the ‘Ammers and Manchester City.

Headline-grabbing news is in short supply this week, so we’ll move swiftly on to the Cup. Cue the pointless introduction …

The Predictorship Cup …

Since we met here last week, Bengal Mumbai F.C. (Haresh Mirani) have been thrown out of the Cup and the semi-final draw has been made.

Mirani’s charges failed to show up for their tie against Janet Jones’ Sheffield Wednesday (despite earlier reports of floodlight failure), much to the chagrin of the Owls, who had made a finance-busting trip to India using Janet’s fuel-guzzling, state-of-the-art private jet. Thousands of wasted air miles and a few “Delhi bellies” later, Sheffield Wednesday find themselves drawn against rank outsiders Living the Dream (Paul Bentley) in the first semi-final.

In the second mouth-watering clash, Watford (David Roberts) take on Clapton F.C. (Cathryn Harker). And yes, David somehow managed to avoid fiancée Janet in the last four. Here’s the “full” draw, with current league positions in brackets:

1. LIVING THE DREAM (Paul Bentley) (38) v SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY (Janet Jones) (31)
2. WATFORD (David Roberts) (18) v CLAPTON F.C. (Cathryn Harker) (14)

Both matches take place on the weekend of 14-15 April. The winners meet in the final on 19 May.

Note: The Predictorship Cup is not some mickey mouse competition to fill the void left by excitement as most of us drift tamely towards the end of the season with nothing but pride left to play for. This is the real deal. Get with it.

Numbers of the week …

5 – predictors who finished in last season’s Top 10 who are nestling just outside the current Top 10: Steven Dunlop (currently 11th, 7th in 2005-2006), Mike Dufficy (13th, 1st), Cathryn Harker (14th, 2nd), Pete Yoder (15th, 6th) and Jill Taylor (16th, 9th).

88 – distance in metres of Tottenham ‘keeper Paul Robinson’s spectacular goal against Watford.

2,618 – toilets at the new Wembley Stadium.

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