The Predictorship: Week 31 – Joy for Molloy

Reading Reserves’ Rob Molloy is on a roll, and we’re not talking cheese and pickle.

Blessed with an impressive knowledge of the beautiful game, and probably the only Predictorshipper who could reel off 11 Reading players from history, let alone the current back four, GWR’s Director of Television had high hopes of a top 10 finish this season to stem the tide of perennial underachievement.

Sadly it was not to be. Despite a haul of 10 points last week and this week’s top score of nine, Rob languishes in 33rd place in the table and faces an uphill struggle to climb much higher given the eight point chasm that has opened up between himself and the predictor in 31st, his fellow Rob, Mr Dimery.

Rob Molloy and “Baggies Boy” Mark Young are the only players to collect three correct scores this week, Rob for Arsenal, Fulham and Bolton and Mark for Arsenal, Fulham and Everton. Bolton 1-3 Liverpool and Everton 3-1 Portsmouth have been declared joint ‘Prediction of the Week’ winners.

The quarter-finals of The Predictorship Cup come to a fixtures e-mail near you this weekend (8th-9th March). Birthday boy Nick Watson’s Randomizer 8 plucked the balls from the bag in the following order:

1. TRICKY TREES (Alex Iskandar Liew) (14) v MANCHESTER CITY (Christine Butters) (4)
2. EVERTON (Hope Arnold) (22) v SOUTHAMPTON (Tom Palmer) (29)
3. CHARLTON ATHLETIC (Nigel Birrell) (6) v NOTTINGHAM FOREST (Matthew White) (2)
4. CLAPTON F.C. (Cathryn Harker) (5) v BLACKBURN ROVERS (Sally Moon) (8)

* Figures in brackets show current league position.

With five of the league’s top 10 still standing, it should be a weekend of high drama. However, the most eye-catching tie of the round is Hope Arnold’s Everton at home to Tom Palmer’s Southampton, with one of the rank outsiders guaranteed a place in the semi-finals on the weekend of 5th-6th April.

The best of luck to all eight contenders, particularly the bloke faced with the arduous task of ending the Cup dream of Nigel Birrell’s Charlton Athletic.

Premier League Results (Week 31): Arsenal 1-1 Aston Villa (5); Birmingham 4-1 Tottenham (0); Derby 0-0 Sunderland (3); Fulham 0-3 Manchester United (11); Manchester City 0-0 Wigan (1); Middlesbrough 0-1 Reading (0); Newcastle 0-1 Blackburn (5); West Ham 0-4 Chelsea (0); Bolton 1-3 Liverpool (1); Everton 3-1 Portsmouth (1).

* Figures in brackets show the number of correct predictions for each game.

Highest Score (Week 31): 9 – Rob Molloy.
Average Score (Week 31): 4.94.
Predictions of the Week (Week 31): Rob Molloy (Bolton 1-3 Liverpool) and Mark Young (Everton 3-1 Portsmouth).

Top of the Table (Week 31):

1. Jersey United (Mike Dufficy) – 230 pts
2. Nottingham Forest (Matthew White) – 217 pts
3. Chelsea (Dave Taylor) – 214 pts
4. Manchester City (Christine Butters) – 213 pts
5. Clapton F.C. (Cathryn Harker) – 211 pts
6. Charlton Athletic (Nigel Birrell) – 208 pts
7. West Ham United (Wendy Nathan) – 208 pts
8. Blackburn Rovers (Sally Moon) – 207 pts
9. FC Squan 1980 (Patrick Bevilacqua) – 206 pts
10. Liverpool Reserves (Saleel Sathe) – 205 pts

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