Congratulations to everyone who totalled more than one point for last weekendâ€™s highly unpredictable FA Cup quarter-finals. Now let me put it another way. Congratulations to Rob Molloy and Marion Waller, the ONLY two predictors who totalled more than one point for last weekendâ€™s highly unpredictable FA Cup quarter-finals.
Robâ€™s scarcely believable Middlesbrough 0 Cardiff 2 prediction (he missed out on a third Cup point with Bristol Rovers 1 West Brom 1) and Marionâ€™s wildly optimistic Manchester United 2 Portsmouth 3 (the only Portsmouth win predicted) and the spookily close-to-the-mark (apart from the â€˜2â€™ and the â€˜4â€™ bit) Bristol Rovers 2 West Brom 4 rewarded each with two points when most collected a solitary point for a West Brom win, if they were lucky. Like big guns Chelsea and Manchester United, several unnamed souls fired FA Cup blanks.
â€œIt should be a high-scoring week,â€ enthused mid-tabler Ted Warland. â€œI hope I join in!â€ His infamous â€œguest forecasterâ€ must have left some cruelly optimistic voices in his head. The average score this week is a paltry 3.82 and there are just 19 correct scores, facts and figures that are country music to the ears of Predictorship â€œStattoâ€ Matthew White. (Oh, and by the way, two-point Ted certainly did NOT join in.)
Forest and Sheffield United fan Matthew strengthens his strangehold on the runner-up spot in the table with a top score of seven. The tasty total, bolstered by correct scores for the Liverpool and Sunderland games, leaves him â€œjustâ€ 11 points shy of Mike Dufficy, who marches on towards the 2007-08 title with another five points.
Matthewâ€™s Nottingham Forest and Hope Arnoldâ€™s Everton are now just one step away from Wem-ber-ley after reaching the semi-finals of The Predictorship Cup (unlike the FA Cup, the semi-finals will not be held at Wembley). Forest and Everton dumped Nigel Birrellâ€™s Charlton Athletic and Tom Palmerâ€™s Southampton out of the competition respectively in the quarter-finals. The other two ties finished all square, so Christine Buttersâ€™ Manchester City, Cathryn Harkerâ€™s Clapton F.C., Alex Iskandar Liewâ€™s Tricky Trees and Sally Moonâ€™s Blackburn Rovers will have to do it all over again this coming weekend. Here are the results of the quarter-final jury:
The Predictorship Cup – Quarter-Finals
1. TRICKY TREES (Alex Iskandar Liew) (14) 5-5 MANCHESTER CITY (Christine Butters) (4)
2. EVERTON (Hope Arnold) (22) 5-2 SOUTHAMPTON (Tom Palmer) (29)
3. CHARLTON ATHLETIC (Nigel Birrell) (6) 5-7 NOTTINGHAM FOREST (Matthew White) (2)
4. CLAPTON F.C. (Cathryn Harker) (5) 3-3 BLACKBURN ROVERS (Sally Moon) (8)
* Figures in brackets show current league position.
Quarter-Final Replays (15th-16th March)
1. MANCHESTER CITY (Christine Butters) (4) v TRICKY TREES (Alex Iskandar Liew) (14)
2. BLACKBURN ROVERS (Sally Moon) (8) v CLAPTON F.C. (Cathryn Harker) (5)
* Figures in brackets show league position on 15th March.
FA Cup Quarter-Final Results (Week 32): Manchester United 0-1 Portsmouth (0); Barnsley 1-0 Chelsea (1); Middlesbrough 0-2 Cardiff (1); Bristol Rovers 1-5 West Brom (0); Premier League Results (Week 32): Blackburn 1-1 Fulham (2); Liverpool 3-0 Newcastle (3); Reading 2-0 Manchester City (1); Sunderland 0-1 Everton (10); Tottenham 4-0 West Ham (0); Wigan 0-0 Arsenal (1).
* Figures in brackets show the number of correct predictions for each game.
Highest Score (Week 32): 7 â€“ Matthew White.
Average Score (Week 32): 3.82.
Predictions of the Week (Week 32): Rob Molloy (Middlesbrough 0-2 Cardiff) and Joe Zalewski (Barnsley 1-0 Chelsea), although Joeâ€™s prediction was more by luck than judgement, requesting 10 1-0 home wins rather than predicting all 10 games individually – a practice that might have to be outlawed before the start of next season.
Top of the Table (Week 32):
1. Jersey United (Mike Dufficy) â€“ 235 pts
2. Nottingham Forest (Matthew White) â€“ 224 pts
3. Chelsea (Dave Taylor) â€“ 220 pts
4. Manchester City (Christine Butters) â€“ 218 pts
5. Clapton F.C. (Cathryn Harker) â€“ 214 pts
6. Charlton Athletic (Nigel Birrell) â€“ 213 pts
7. West Ham United (Wendy Nathan) â€“ 212 pts
8. Liverpool Reserves (Saleel Sathe) â€“ 211 pts
9. Blackburn Rovers (Sally Moon) â€“ 210 pts
10. FC Squan 1980 (Patrick Bevilacqua) â€“ 209 pts
Did you know? â€¦
There have been more away wins (167) than home victories (149) in League 2 this season? If the trend continues for the remainder of the season, it will be the first time in the football leagueâ€™s 120-year history that away successes will have outnumbered home wins in any division.
Quotes of the Week …
â€œSorry for the tardiness. I went out big for my birthday last night and just woke up. I swear I know nothing of the scores.â€ â€“ FC Squan 1980â€™s Patrick Bevilacqua submits his predictions at 5.10pm on Saturday afternoon. He was right: he knew nothing of the scores. Just three points for the Squan.
â€œI feel nothing for him (Avram Grant) but I feel everything for the club (Chelsea). I still feel the club is part of me and I want them to succeed. But I hope to play them next season in the Champions League and I want to go there and kill them.â€ â€“ the straight-talking Jose Mourinho.