The Predictorship: Week 36 – Trees Plot “Root” to Wembley!

Alex Iskandar Liew’s Tricky Trees (if you can’t see the wood for the trees, it’s a reference to the mighty Nottingham Forest) are the first team to book a date at the brand spanking new Wembley following a tense 7-6 win over Hope Arnold’s Everton in the Predictorship Cup semi-finals. Up the Trees!

Alex’s charges are still waiting to find out who they’ll face in the showpiece final after the “Battle of Suffolk” between Matthew White’s Nottingham Forest and Sally Moon’s Blackburn Rovers finished all square at 8-8. The replay is wheeled out at Ewood Park this weekend.

Alex was so desperate to lead his team out on to Wembley’s hallowed turf that he even offered up an 11th prediction, Manchester City 0 Chelsea 2, when he spotted that the game had been puzzlingly omitted from last weekend’s fixture card to make way for the two FA Cup semi-finals. Quite how the City v Chelsea game got overlooked in favour of Wigan v Birmingham or Fulham v Sunderland is a mystery, but to question the fixture compiler would be as unwise as a two-footed lunge on a referee or player of your choice, wearing boots with six-inch blades for studs.

The Predictorship Cup Semi-Finals

1. NOTTINGHAM FOREST (Matthew White) (3) 8-8 BLACKBURN ROVERS (Sally Moon) (8)
2. TRICKY TREES (Alex Iskandar Liew) (14) 7-6 EVERTON (Hope Arnold) (15)

* Figures in brackets show current league position.

Now back to the humdrum of the league, where Mike Dufficy’s lead over Dave Taylor now stands at 11 points. With just five weeks of the season left, the chances of Dave, third-placed Matthew White or a rallying, fourth-placed Saleel Sathe catching the Channel-Islander are, like Jersey off the coast of southern England, somewhat remote.

Saleel climbs to a seasonal high thanks to 10 points, which includes maximum points for the FA Cup semi-finals. Nicola ‘more than the average’ Savage, who recently flew the GWR nest in search of pastures new, also nets an impressive 10 points, a total that features the two-point ripsnorters Portsmouth 1 West Brom 0 and Blackburn 1 Tottenham 1.

Maziar Sattari is one place and four points off a top 10 berth after collecting nine points, featuring correct results for the Portsmouth, Blackburn and Everton games.

Finally, some early publicity for our annual ‘Prediction of the Season’ jamboree. The runners and riders will be posted right here before the curtain falls on another campaign. Get ready to cast your vote!

FA Cup Semi-Final Results (Week 36): Portsmouth 1-0 West Brom (5); Barnsley 0-1 Cardiff (7); Premier League Results (Week 36): Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool (4); Aston Villa 4-0 Bolton (0); Blackburn 1-1 Tottenham (10); Fulham 1-3 Sunderland (0); Newcastle 3-0 Reading (2); Wigan 2-0 Birmingham (2); Everton 1-0 Derby (5); Middlesbrough 2-2 Manchester United (2).

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

Highest Score (Week 36): 10 – Saleel Sathe and Nicola Savage.
Average Score (Week 36): 6.46.
Prediction of the Week (Week 36): Ben Wallis and Ted Warland (Middlesbrough 2-2 Manchester United).

Top of the Table (Week 36):

1. Jersey United (Mike Dufficy) – 263 pts
2. Chelsea (Dave Taylor) – 252 pts
3. Nottingham Forest (Matthew White) – 251 pts
4. Liverpool Reserves (Saleel Sathe) – 246 pts
5. Manchester City (Christine Butters) – 244 pts
6. Clapton F.C. (Cathryn Harker) – 241 pts
7. Charlton Athletic (Nigel Birrell) – 239 pts
8. Blackburn Rovers (Sally Moon) – 238 pts
9. West Ham United (Wendy Nathan) – 238 pts
10. Dartmoor Rovers (Jill Taylor) – 236 pts

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