Things are getting fractious in The Predictorship. The red mist descended on three players over the weekend as the pressure intensifies with just a few nerve-jangling weeks of the season left. With the exception of Mike Dufficy and Norma No Mates, who comprehensively top and tail the league table, thereâ€™s still all to play for.
Twenty-four predictors still have ever-present records heading into week 36, a number which would have included Janet Jones had it not been for a catastrophic â€œmini honeymoonâ€ blunder. My reliable source, who accompanied the Sheffield Wednesday supporter to a luxury five-star hotel in St. Albans, picks up the story: â€œWe have just returned from a mini honeymoon where Janet revealed that she forgot to do her scores. The last thing she did before we left the house was switch on her computer for predicting purposes. It was still on when we got home today. Please make an example of her!â€ We just have, Mr Reliable Source.
While Mike retains his healthy lead (this week its down to 12 points) and Steven Dunlop adopts the highly commendable â€œstraight out of the bag no reflection techniqueâ€ to secure six points, Hope Arnold, Simon Gold and guest predictor Mark Lawrenson ram home 10 points. Hope and Simon had the foresight to forecast three correct scores: both had the Portsmouth and Sunderland results spot-on while Hope magnificently predicted a 4-0 win for Manchester United and Simon bagged Liverpoolâ€™s narrow 1-0 win against Everton in the Merseyside derby, like. Mark and Ted Warland, who along with Saleel Sathe ends up with nine points, both bagged eight correct results.
In other news, Ben Wallis was on for a massive return with eight points from the first six games on the fixture list but sadly no points were forthcoming from the final four games and he had to settle for what he had. Trevor Morris, meanwhile, predicted six of the best for Manchester United (the first score of six to emerge in a while in The Predictorship) and the Wallers are making headlines yet again: Gary for being the only player in 37 to forecast a Newcastle win at Tottenham and Marion for another humdinger of a prediction, Bolton 2 Arsenal 3. Is there no stopping this talented Ranger?
This weekend sees the return of The Predictorship Cup. While Barnsley, Cardiff, Portsmouth and West Brom do battle in the Mickey Mouse Cup, Matthew Whiteâ€™s Nottingham Forest take on Sally Moonâ€™s Blackburn Rovers in the “Battle of Suffolk” and Alex Iskandar Liewâ€™s Tricky Trees face Hope Arnoldâ€™s Everton, semi-final ties churned out once again by Nick Watsonâ€™s now infamous Randomizer. A place in the final on 17th May awaits â€¦
The Predictorship Cup Semi-Finals (5th-6th April)
1. NOTTINGHAM FOREST (Matthew White) (3) v BLACKBURN ROVERS (Sally Moon) (8)
2. TRICKY TREES (Alex Iskandar Liew) (14) v EVERTON (Hope Arnold) (15)
* Figures in brackets show current league position.
Premier League Results (Week 35): Birmingham 3-1 Manchester City (0); Bolton 2-3 Arsenal (1); Derby 2-2 Fulham (1); Manchester United 4-0 Aston Villa (1); Portsmouth 2-0 Wigan (12); Reading 0-0 Blackburn (2); Sunderland 2-1 West Ham (7); Chelsea 1-0 Middlesbrough (4); Liverpool 1-0 Everton (4); Tottenham 1-4 Newcastle (0).
* Figures in brackets show the number of correct predictions for each game.
Highest Score (Week 35): 10 â€“ Hope Arnold, Simon Gold and Mark Lawrenson.
Average Score (Week 35): 6.56.
Predictions of the Week (Week 35): Hope Arnold (Manchester United 4-0 Aston Villa); Mark Lawrenson (Derby 2-2 Fulham); Marion Waller (Bolton 2-3 Arsenal).
Top of the Table (Week 35):
1. Jersey United (Mike Dufficy) â€“ 257 pts
2. Chelsea (Dave Taylor) â€“ 245 pts
3. Nottingham Forest (Matthew White) â€“ 243 pts
4. Manchester City (Christine Butters) â€“ 238 pts
5. Liverpool Reserves (Saleel Sathe) â€“ 236 pts
6. Charlton Athletic (Nigel Birrell) â€“ 234 pts
7. Clapton F.C. (Cathryn Harker) â€“ 233 pts
8. Blackburn Rovers (Sally Moon) â€“ 230 pts
9. West Ham United (Wendy Nathan) â€“ 230 pts
10. Dartmoor Rovers (Jill Taylor) â€“ 230 pts