Itâ€™s a good week to be called Rob. Messrs Dimery and Molloy each deliver 10 points to deny the fast improving Hope Arnold a second consecutive top-scoring week all of her own.
All three leading lights are blessed with three correct scores, the highly predictable Wigan 2 Derby 0 being the common thread, but their accuracy pales into insignificance when you consider the exploits of joint â€˜Prediction of the Weekâ€™ winners John Collins (Birmingham 2 Arsenal 2) and Janet Jones, who, just hours before her wedding to David Roberts, plumped for Liverpool 3 Middlesbrough 2 â€“ her second brave decision of the weekend!
â€œThe tackle was horrendous and this guy should never play football again.â€ Arsene Wengerâ€™s harsh words to Birminghamâ€™s Martin Taylor following his ankle-shattering tackle on Eduardo could just as well apply to Neil Hayes, whose downright naughty behaviour this season has earned him 20 yellow cards and nine, yes NINE red cards.
However, the Predictorship FA’s patience finally ran out this week and they’ve banished Hayes from the league with immediate effect. Consequently, the runners and riders have been whittled down to 42 teams and Norma No Mates is back where she belongs â€“ at the bottom of the pile.
The one unresolved Round 2 tie in The Predictorship Cup went the way of Tom Palmerâ€™s Southampton, who ousted Gabe Bevilacquaâ€™s Philadelphia Eagles 8-4 to book a spot in the quarter-finals. News of the draw will be coming your way next week ahead of quarter-finals weekend, 8th-9th March.
Results (Week 30): Carling Cup Final: Chelsea 1-2 Tottenham (aet) (3); Premier League: Birmingham 2-2 Arsenal (1); Fulham 0-1 West Ham (8); Liverpool 3-2 Middlesbrough (1); Newcastle 1-5 Manchester United (0); Portsmouth 1-0 Sunderland (11); Wigan 2-0 Derby (8); Blackburn 4-1 Bolton (0); Reading 1-2 Aston Villa (12); Manchester City 0-2 Everton (0).
* Figures in brackets show the number of correct predictions for each game.
Highest Score (Week 30): 10 â€“ Hope Arnold, Rob Dimery and Rob Molloy.
Average Score (Week 30): 6.37.
Predictions of the Week (Week 30): John Collins (Birmingham 2-2 Arsenal) and Janet Jones (Liverpool 3-2 Middlesbrough).
Top of the Table (Week 30):
1. Jersey United (Mike Dufficy) â€“ 222 pts
2. Nottingham Forest (Matthew White) â€“ 211 pts
3. Chelsea (Dave Taylor) â€“ 210 pts
4. Manchester City (Christine Butters) â€“ 208 pts
5. Clapton F.C. (Cathryn Harker) â€“ 206 pts
6. West Ham United (Wendy Nathan) â€“ 203 pts
7. Blackburn Rovers (Sally Moon) â€“ 203 pts
8. Charlton Athletic (Nigel Birrell) â€“ 202 pts
9. FC Squan 1980 (Patrick Bevilacqua) â€“ 200 pts
10. Liverpool Reserves (Saleel Sathe) â€“ 200 pts
â€œYou need only to kill one person one time â€“ itâ€™s enoughâ€ â€“ Arsene Wenger, still ranting and raving about that horror tackle on Eduardo.