Prediction of the Season – The Contenders

Welcome to ‘Prediction of the Season’ – your chance to award a shiny piece of silverware to the person who came up with the best unique score prediction of the 2006-2007 season.

Either leave a reply to this post or e-mail The Nottingham Florist at www.mattwhite03@hotmail.com with your choice. The winner will be announced just as soon as you’ve all voted. Eyes down, here they come …

1. MARK YOUNG: SCOTLAND 6-0 FAROE ISLANDS (WEEK 2)
Scotland were strongly fancied to defeat the mighty Faroe Islanders in this Euro 2008 qualifier, but who’d have thought the goal-shy Scots would run riot? Mark Young, actually.

2. PATRICK BEVILACQUA: WIGAN ATHLETIC 3-2 CHARLTON ATHLETIC (WEEK 12)
You beauty! Before this fixture, Wigan had only hit the back of the net sporadically and Charlton had netted just once in three games. It was almost a miracle it ended 3-2.

3. HARESH MIRANI: WEST HAM UNITED 1-0 MANCHESTER UNITED (WEEK 17)
The Hammers had lost their last three, 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. PAUL BENTLEY: BRISTOL CITY 2-2 MIDDLESBROUGH (WEEK 21)
Bingo! League 1 high-flyers host 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.

5. JODIE KEMP: BIRMINGHAM CITY 2-3 READING (WEEK 21)
Another magical Cup prediction – and one more goal thrown in for good measure. Jodie was the pride of West Bergholt when her five-goal feast bore fruit. It’s ripe, juicy and ready for you to pick as your favourite.

6. STEVEN DUNLOP: MIDDLESBROUGH 2-2 MANCHESTER UNITED (WEEK 27)
Manchester United were on a roll, Middlesbrough were stuck between a rock and a hard place in mid-table. However, this was the Cup. There were 52 correct score predictions in week 27; only Steven hit the nail on the head. The man’s a legend in Predictorship circles.

7. BRIAN DUNLOP: USA 3-1 ECUADOR (WEEK 29)
Like an England fan optimistically predicting an end to “41 years of hurt”, only an American could plump for a comfortable win against the might of Ecuador. Hat-trick hero Landon Donovan realised Brian’s dream.

8. HARESH MIRANI: MANCHESTER UNITED 1-1 MIDDLESBROUGH (WEEK 33)
It looked just plain silly on paper: champions elect failing to defeat Premiership also-rans – at Old Trafford. Maybe we should have seen it coming after ‘Boro’s Cup exploits in week 27 (see above). Only Haresh, this season’s correct score master, passed the test.

9. JOHN COLLINS: WEST HAM UNITED 3-1 BOLTON WANDERERS (WEEK 35)
Shorn of the Predictorship Cup title and languishing in mid-table after communication problems with India, from where he was predicting, John hopped on the “West Ham to escape relegation” bandwagon and enjoyed the bumpy ride all the way to the courtroom.

10. SANJIV SACHDEV: LIVERPOOL 2-2 CHARLTON ATHLETIC (WEEK 36)
Spanish property tycoon Sanjiv wisely remembered the unpredictability of final day matches in the Premiership when all around him were letting their Manchester Uniteds rule their Manchester Citys. Four goals at Anfield? Two of them to relegated Charlton? Ka-ching!