The Predictorship: Week 6 – Goal-a-Game Dave Nabs Nine

Is there no stopping the juggernaut that is Dave Taylor? Another three 1-0 results produce nine points in a low-scoring week and the Chelsea man suddenly has a three-point lead at the head of the pack.

It begs an obvious question. Why do we all spend hours, sometimes minutes, deliberating, cogitating and procrastinating each and every week when we could simply stick down 1-0 10 times and be done with it? Just think how much time we would save. Instead of gazing blankly into space in search of enlightenment, we would actually get some work done. Turnover would increase noticeably, profits would soar and the world economy would be in tip-top shape.

Now who’s brave enough to join me for an experimental game of 1-0 next week?

Back in the real world, there are super eights for Philadelphia Eagle Gabe Bevilacqua, Tottenham’s Simon Gold and Northampton Town’s Ben Wallis, but Week 6 is littered with a not inconsiderable 26 predictors who register twos, threes, fours and fives. Peterborough United’s Steve McHugh, Southampton’s Tom Palmer and Ipswich Town’s Nick Watson lower this week’s average score even further with a collective three. Your Predictorship ‘Hall of Shame’ induction ceremony invitations are in the post.

We almost have a full house of scores this week as 42 predictors show up. The only absentee, James Bradley, can be forgiven for having other things on his mind, namely his marriage to Katie (the first of at least two Predictorship weddings this season). Congratulations to you both from Predictorship HQ. James’ next endeavour will involve sneaking out of his honeymoon suite, hijacking a computer and submitting his scores later this week. You’re on a yellow, Bradley. Tread very carefully and don’t make any rash tackles …

Premiership Results (Week 6): Birmingham 1-0 Bolton (7); Chelsea 0-0 Blackburn (1); Everton 0-1 Manchester United (4); Portsmouth 0-0 Liverpool (1); Sunderland 2-1 Reading (8); Tottenham 1-3 Arsenal (3); West Ham 3-0 Middlesbrough (0); Wigan 1-1 Fulham (7); Manchester City 1-0 Aston Villa (8); Derby 1-0 Newcastle (1).
* Figures in brackets show the number of correct predictions for each game.

Highest Score (Week 6): 9 – Dave Taylor.
Average Score (Week 6): 4.57.
Predictions of the Week (Week 6): Gary Waller (Derby 1-0 Newcastle).

Top of the Table (Week 6):
1. Chelsea (Dave Taylor) – 45 pts
2. Jersey United (Mike Dufficy) – 42 pts
3. Seattle Gooners (Maziar Sattari) – 40 pts
4. Philadelphia Eagles (Gabe Bevilacqua) – 39 pts
5. Charlton Athletic (Nigel Birrell) – 38 pts
6. Millwall (John Collins) – 38 pts
7. Wolverhampton Wanderers (Pete Yoder) – 37 pts
8. Everton (Hope Arnold) – 37 pts
9. Manchester City (Christine Butters) – 37 pts
10. Liverpool Lawro (Mark Lawrenson) – 37 pts

“The style of how we play is very important. But it’s all about omelettes and eggs. No eggs, no omelettes. And it depends on the quality of the eggs. In the supermarket, you have class one, class two, class three eggs. Some are more expensive than others and some give you better omelettes. When the class one eggs are in Waitrose and you cannot go there you have a problem” – Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, the “rugged-looking one”.

“It’s a volley that’s a peach really” – John Motson describes Adebayor’s wonder strike for Arsenal against on Tottenham on ‘Match of the Day’. It looked suspiciously like a volley to me.

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