Stepping up to the mike this week and rapidly rising up the Predictorship chart are Ex-British Hit Singles & Albums David Roberts and James Bradley. Although both our rising stars havenâ€™t had the best of seasons, it was looking as if times were especially hard for David: he wrote his scores down on an old scrap of paper at Victoria station this week, no doubt while busking for a few coins, unaware that his big break was just around the corner…
Itâ€™s little wonder then that, with a cold wind biting and the string around his little dogâ€™s neck fraying, a mistake was made when sending out this weekâ€™s selection (seven players spotted the omission of Blackburn â€“ Sunderland, but despite supplying their scores none were correct! … and the last said about the correct score the better…). Our adjudication board has decided to score the match a 0-0 on a â€˜nothing gained, nothing lostâ€™ basis and sent David a couple of new vests to keep out the cold.
Crooning Chris Butters, on the other hand, still occupies the celebrity dressing room and will soon be developing diva-like demands if she remains unchallenged for much longer â€“ now with an unrivalled 8 weeks in the top slot.
But fame is a fickle friend and there are rivals waiting in the wings: new entries into the top 10 this week are Rob Molloy in 8th and Matt White with a seasonal high in 9th.
This weeks Grammyâ€™s for top predictions go to Gabe Bevilacqua, Dangerous Dave Breese, Ted Warland and Matt White for Newcastle 2-2 Wigan and Simon Gold, Rob Molloy and David â€˜Buskingâ€™ Roberts for Hull 2-2 Manchester City.
Hope Arnold, Dave Breese and David Roberts all receive a gold disk for nabbing three correct scores (a return to winning form for Hope Arnold who had just 9 correct scores to her name before the weekend).
So, from the Blackburn Rover on pretty dismal form (in appreciation of Paul Inceâ€™s waifs and strays back in the UK); start lubricating those larynxâ€™s for a gripping Week 15.