The Predictorship: Week 34 – Fine with Nine: Morris, Palmer, Taylor and Whitty

Champion elect Mike Dufficy brings up his 250th point on his way to a 13-point lead over the chasing pack, which is led by Dave Taylor (237 points) and Matthew White (236 points), the first predictor this season to reach the 200 correct results milestone.

Much further down the table, Tom Palmer (28th) and Michael Whitty (39th) rack up nine points, a score matched by Jill Taylor, who returns to the top 10, and Trevor Morris, who reaches a new seasonal high, 31st, after a turbulent season that has included four weeks at the foot of the table and 10 weeks in the bottom five.

Michael is the only predictor this week to record three correct scores: Bolton 0 Manchester City 0, Chelsea 2 Arsenal 1 and the ‘Prediction of the Week’-winning Blackburn 3 Wigan 1, a scoreline also selected by Sally Moon and Marion Waller, who was the only forecaster to plump for a Sunderland win at the Villa.

Gary, the other Q.P.R.-supporting Waller, has an absolute ‘mare, recording only the third zero of the season (for the record, the other two came courtesy of 0-0 specialist Norma No Mates in weeks 18 and 26). Despite highly respectable predictions like Aston Villa 2 Sunderland 1, Bolton 1 Manchester City 0 and Everton 1 West Ham 0, Gary fired a miserable blank. Better luck next week …

Premier League Results (Week 34): Aston Villa 0-1 Sunderland (0); Blackburn 3-1 Wigan (3); Bolton 0-0 Manchester City (7); Everton 1-1 West Ham (3); Middlesbrough 1-0 Derby (8); Newcastle 2-0 Fulham (5); Reading 2-1 Birmingham (7); Tottenham 2-0 Portsmouth (3); Chelsea 2-1 Arsenal (7); Manchester United 3-0 Liverpool (0).

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

Highest Score (Week 34): 9 – Trevor Morris, Tom Palmer, Jill Taylor and Michael Whitty.
Average Score (Week 34): 5.89.
Prediction of the Week (Week 34): Sally Moon, Marion Waller and Michael Whitty (Blackburn 3-1 Wigan).

Top of the Table (Week 34):

1. Jersey United (Mike Dufficy) – 250 pts
2. Chelsea (Dave Taylor) – 237 pts
3. Nottingham Forest (Matthew White) – 236 pts
4. Manchester City (Christine Butters) – 231 pts
5. Charlton Athletic (Nigel Birrell) – 228 pts
6. Clapton F.C. (Cathryn Harker) – 228 pts
7. Liverpool Reserves (Saleel Sathe) – 227 pts
8. Blackburn Rovers (Sally Moon) – 224 pts
9. West Ham United (Wendy Nathan) – 224 pts
10. Dartmoor Rovers (Jill Taylor) – 224 pts

Did You Know? …

David Beckham – finally set for his 100th England cap against France on Wednesday – has a new tattoo stretching down the left side of his well-chiselled body. The Chinese proverb reads: “Death and life have determined appointments. Riches and honour depend upon heaven.” I couldn’t have put it better myself.

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