The Predictorship Week 30 – Three’s a Crowd

Players: 41 out of 49. Points scored: 297. Highest score: 11 (Paul Bentley, Nigel Birrell, Steven Dunlop, Maziar Sattari and Dave Taylor). Average score: 7.24. Total correct scores: 54. Prediction of the Week: Maziar Sattari (Newcastle United 0-1 Manchester City). Seasonal Highs: Simon Gold (21st), Alex Iskandar Liew (33rd) and Trevor Morris (40th).

Results: Bolton Wanderers 1-0 Sheffield United (7); Charlton Athletic 1-0 Wigan Athletic (9); Fulham 1-1 Portsmouth (11); Liverpool 4-1 Arsenal (0); Manchester United 4-1 Blackburn Rovers (0); Newcastle United 0-1 Manchester City (1); West Ham United 2-0 Middlesbrough (2); Watford 0-1 Chelsea (2); Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Reading (5); Aston Villa 1-1 Everton (17).

Current Top 10 …

Pos. – Team – (Predictor) – Week 30 Points – Correct Results – Correct Scores – Total Points

1. MANCHESTER CITY (Christine Butters) – 5 – 160 – 43 – 203
2. MANCHESTER UNITED (Hope Arnold) – 7 – 162 – 40 – 202
3. CHELSEA (Dave Taylor) – 11 – 161 – 38 – 199
4. WEST BROMWICH ALBION (Mark Young) – 9 – 154 – 37 – 191
5. LIVERPOOL RESERVES (Saleel Sathe) – 9 – 148 – 41 – 189
6. IPSWICH TOWN (Nick Watson) – 10 – 147 – 39 – 186
7. BENFICA (Steven Dunlop) – 11 – 151 – 35 – 186
8. ANKARAGÃœCÃœ (Matthew White) – 6 – 156 – 30 – 186
9. BENGAL MUMBAI F.C. (Haresh Mirani) – 2 – 139 – 44 – 183
10. PETERBOROUGH UNITED (Steve McHugh) – 10 – 147 – 36 – 183

What did I tell you a couple of weeks ago? If in doubt, scribble down 1-0. Dave Taylor (Chelsea), forever in doubt (it would seem), always does the sensible thing and, with another glut of 1-0 results safely tucked away in the points bank, moves to within striking distance of Christine Butters (Manchester City), who – averaging a healthy 6.76 points per week – has joined the 200 club.

Throw Hope Arnold (Manchester United) – now just a point behind Christine – into the melting pot and you have a three-way title tussle. It will go down to the wire this season. I can just feel it.

Maziar Sattari (Seattle Gooners, 29th) is hitting the headlines in mid-table with an 11-point week, a record-equalling five correct scores (the matches at Bolton, Charlton, Fulham, Newcastle and Watford) and, incredibly, more coupon-busting correct scores (44) than any other predictor bar ninth-placed Haresh Mirani (Bengal Mumbai F.C.), who has also landed 44 big ones.

There’s much back-slapping in the Paul Bentley (Living the Dream), Nigel Birrell (Charlton Athletic) and Steven Dunlop (Benfica) camps this week as they each rack up 11 points and Scott Christie (Aberdeen), Steve McHugh (Peterborough United) and Nick Watson (Ipswich Town) join the veritable feast with 10 points. If my calculations are correct, eight predictors dip their toes into double-figure waters this week. It could be some sort of record.

Question of the Week – The Answer …

Last week I asked you which player in the top four English divisions has yet to taste defeat this season. The player in question is Hartlepool United’s Andy Monkhouse, who has enjoyed a remarkable 23-match unbeaten run with the Pools (aka the Monkey Hangers!) and, earlier in the season, never ended up on the losing side when he turned out for Swindon Town.

Where Are They Now? (Part 1) …

Tony Yeboah, Ghanaian footballer and scorer of some of the finest goals ever witnessed in the Premiership (see below): Last sighting in December 2006 at the Anthony Baffoe XI v. Anthony Yeboah XI charity match, raising funds for orphanages in his homeland.

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Bruce Grobbelaar, highly eccentric Liverpool (1980-1994) shot-stopper who became embroiled in match-fixing allegations: Tipped to come out of retirement to play for Northern Counties East Football League Premier Division strugglers Glasshoughton Welfare against Maltby Main on April 14, according to Liverpool’s official website. I kid you not.

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