Football can be a cruel game. One minute your adventurous punt on United beating Everton 4-2 is about to come off, the next it’s as limp as United’s defence. Mancunian charity is a rare thing, but it looks like we might be in for another dose during the next few days. What colour will it be, red or blue?
To help you figure out what might happen here are the results of last weekend’s predictions. So much to take in, so little time, but see how you did, reflect and then give us your forecasts for this coming weekend (see link at the bottom).
The detailed predictions are here:
The season that stubbornly refuses to be predictable is now coming into the home straight. This weekend it includes the Manc derby that could decide the title. The most important thing is what you decide – so get cracking:
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If privately you’ve been thinking that this prediction game can be mastered, the last few days will doubtless have made you feel a bit foolish. This was the hardest week to predict, ever. Fittingly, on the 100th anniversary of the Titanic going down (commemorated so brilliantly by Ashley Young in Sunday’s game) our punditry hit a rather large iceberg. Only 4 scores were correctly forecast (this compares with 23, 37, 25, and 40 in the previous four weeks). No one envisaged Wigan’s second giant slaying or Sunderland’s and Wolve’s draw. And despite Chelsea having a reasonable track record for periodically annihilating Spurs not a pundit amongst us went for 1-5.
As a result it’s not been a good week if your name is Roger, much better if you’re called Daniel and if you are Peter Fiennes you are entitled to hold court for the next few days. For the rest of us this could possibly be the ‘look away now moment’ as very few people raised their football credibility. (The table below has the details. Click on it to make it bigger)
Keener observers of the AMNT results will have picked up that we’ve replaced the perfect score table with a new clairvoyance table (3rd column above) which shows how many points each player scored from each game they predicted. Whilst to some extent this is Statto doing one or two statistical step-overs, it will hopefully massage egos and ruin reputations in equal measure and become a welcome innovation. As ever the full predictions chart is revealed below, so check out the 4 perfect scores we managed from 240 attempts.
The world’s topsiest turviest league has once more lived up to its name. This week’s bragging rights and a fantastic performance go to newcomer Dominic Burkhalter, who matches the highest number of perfect scores in a week (5 by Dino) and the highest number of correct results (8 by Roger Stone and Julie Whittington)…all in all he has the highest point tally so far. Dominic was briefly pursued by Ian Morris, Sam Thornton and Daniel de la Cruz, until they gave up the chase and settled for 2nd, 3rd and 4th spot respectively. The trouserless people at the bottom of the table won’t be mentioned in dispatches (but take a look and see who they are).
Interestingly no one predicted United’s defeat at Wigan, 8 of us predicted Chelsea and Fulham would end up 1-1 and a monumental 13 of us envisaged Newcastle 2 Bolton 0. Here’s all the gory detail as usual:
If you had a bit of a ‘Balotelli’ don’t think about quitting. Instead sign up here for this weekend’s round of Premiership and FA Cup fixtures. You might find it useful to peruse everyone’s predictions last time around in the search for inspiration.
‘My team went through seven months of hell. This was the culmination of our careers and you took it from us.’ Apparently these were not the words of Roberto Mancini in the ‘away’ changing rooms at the end of sunday’s Premiership clash but those of the president of the Oxford University Boat Club after an aquatic version of Balotelli had wrecked the boat race.
It was a bad weekend for the two-horse race. Someone protesting about elitism disrupts a rarely balanced 150 year-old rowing contest, then some handsomely paid elite athletes kick away the title race’s standing leg. Yet if you think it’s all over look again, as the latest All Mouth No Trousers table proves that where some leagues end prematurely, ours goes the full distance. Whilst the top 4 teams in the Premiership are separated by a gap the size of an oarsman’s paddle, the top 4 places in this week’s AMNT table are only 4 points apart. Take a peek to see where you came.
For all you distant cousins of our very own Statto the full list of this week’s predictions is essential reading. See where you went wrong and others went right and take heed for next week.
Manchester City’s manager probably shouldn’t give up his day job (at least not yet). His prediction that United would drop points at Blackburn failed to materialise last night. If only he had access to the AMNT forecasts he’d have seen how unlikely that was. Only 4 of us shared the Italian’s views. Perhaps he should consult us next time he plays mind games with Fergie. Elsewhere only 1 person foresaw the banana skin awaiting Arsenal at Loftus Road or the possibility of City dropping their first points at home. Will so many of us remain deaf to such possibilities as the season climbs to a conclusion? We’ll find out next week.
The table that cannot lie has a new winner this morning, with 3 of us beating or equalling Lawro’s forecasts. As usual all the gory detail is included below, so take a peak to see if you are all mouth or a little draughty around the ankles. (Click the table and it enlarges).
To find out where you scored and dropped points take a peep at the full predictions index below. You’re unlikely to find a more compelling spreadsheet all week. And if reading it leaves you with an insatiable appetite for revenge you will find (at the bottom of this post) the links to click to enter your forecasts for next weekend’s bumper crop of fixtures. We’ll be in touch tomorrow to remind you of these.
This coming weekend has a veritable blizzard of games to forecast. So many in fact that we have 2 forms for your predictions. Here’s the first one. And here’s the second. Put the kettle on now and do both before you forget. As ever, happy punting.