Week 31: Nick gets Silva lining from City win

David Silva

David Silva’s double in Manchester City’s comfortable 2-0 win at Stoke ensured Nick Doyle won week 31 of Predikta with 19 points in a round where many of you correctly predicted nine results.

Nick only had eight points heading into the final three games, but he bravely stuck his banker on Arsenal’s 3-0 win against Watford on Sunday to move into second place but dropped to third with two points from Tottenham’s 4-1 victory at Bournemouth.

But Nick came up trumps by going for a 2-0 City victory – the second most popular scoreline for that game behind 0-3 – to seal a one-point win over Scott Matthews and Jeanette McGuiness. Well done Nick! We said it would be tough scoring 20 points this week and so it proved, but 19 was an excellent total.

The weekend got off to a flying start for nine confident souls who played their bankers on Manchester United’s 2-1 victory over Liverpool. Cliffie Steer, Erikel Sefa, Jeanette McGuiness, Justin Cernis, Luke Robinson, Reece Jackson, Sarah Frasi, Toby Collins and 2-1/1-0 Auto all had six points courtesy of Marcus Rashford’s double against their arch rivals for which a 1-1 draw was easily the most popular prediction at 29%, with a 2-1 win for United second at 18% and a 2-1 victory for Liverpool next at 16%.

Jeanette shot to the top with a total of 12 points after the five 3pm games thanks in part to Everton’s 2-0 victory over Brighton. Dave Shaw, David Lane, John Leece and Rog the Dirty White were the only players to pick up a maximum six points from that match.

Points proved hard to come by on Saturday afternoon with only a handful of players spot-on with the goalless draw between Huddersfield and Swansea.

Nobody managed to forecast Burnley’s 3-0 win at West Ham nor Leicester’s 4-1 victory at West Brom, but a special mention should go to Ankur Rai, the only player to call Newcastle’s 3-0 win against Southampton who sacked manager Mauricio Pellegrino on Monday night.

Jeanette led Justin, Toby and Dave Shaw by one point going into the the late game and at the end of Saturday she shared the lead in an all-female top two with Sarah who nailed Chelsea’s 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace in which Patrick van Aanholt’s last-minute goal ruined eight bankers this weekend.

A third correct scoreline from Arsenal’s 3-0 rout of Watford put Jeanette two points clear of Nick and Sarah, but it was Scott Matthews who led the way heading into Monday’s finale with a banker on a three-goal margin of victory for Tottenham at Bournemouth which also sparked a neat pun from the club’s social media expert.

Those four points from a 3-0 prediction gave Scott a total of 17 and the lead from Jeanette via the Separata rules. Only four players were on that scoreline and one of them, Oscar Palmieri, played his banker on it. Well played, sir!

Scott, one of six players from this week’s top 10 to correctly predict nine results, just needed City to score a third goal to more than likely win the round but that never materialised as victory went to Nick, who was the only person to call four scorelines.

Dave Ormesher, Ian Sutton and Shaun McGrath all sealed top-10 spots by playing their bankers on City’s 2-0 victory.

Ben Richmond stayed top of the overall league in an unchanged top five although his lead has been reduced to a single point by Dan Varnaseri. Robert Loan and Nigel Doggett surged into the top 10 with 13 and 16 point totals respectively, with Daniel Jordan and Rob Hopkins dropping out.

Dave marches to top of monthly standings

Not only did Dave Ormesher crack nine results this week he also moved into pole position to win a football shirt as our new monthly leader with 35 points, one clear of Theo Julius, Evo the WC Champ, Tommy Essex and Pramila. Long way to go though guys!

Andre Tarre Ribeiro was the top scorer in the Football Manager Community League with 15 points, but Craig Masterson remains in contention to win a shirt of his own with a one-point lead over Carl Weeks, who still holds the overall lead in that league by nine points.

In the League of Leagues, The JC Giant League emerged tall from this week’s shenanigans with an average score of 11.8 points from their members, 0.3 more than nearest rivals Why North? and Cannon Lane Division.

Week 31 prediktions

Manchester United 2-1 Liverpool (18%)
Everton 2-0 Brighton (15%)
Huddersfield 0-0 Swansea (4%)
Newcastle 3-0 Southampton (One correct prediction)
West Brom 1-4 Leicester (No correct predictions)
West Ham 0-3 Burnley (No correct predictions)
Chelsea 2-1 Crystal Palace (20%)
Arsenal 3-0 Watford (5%)
Bournemouth 1-4 Tottenham (Four correct predictions)
Stoke 0-2 Manchester City (25%)

Nine correct results

Scott Matthews, Alan Hester, Dave Ormesher, Ian Sutton, Shaun McGrath, Evo the WC Champ, Jack Wright, Jim Fox, Tina Blakemore, Robert Loan and almost certainly more!

Four correct scorelines

Nick Doyle 

Ten or less spot-on prediktions

1 – Newcastle 3-0 Southampton – Ankur Rai

4 – Bournemouth 1-4 Tottenham – Adrian Darbyshire, Christopher Heaton, Mikolaj Malinowski and Oscar Palmieri (Banker)

Top five prediktions of week 31

Chelsea 2-0 Crystal Palace (44%)
Stoke 0-3 Manchester City (40%)
Bournemouth 1-2 Tottenham (35%)
Arsenal 2-0 Watford (33%)
Huddersfield 1-1 Swansea (32%)

Top five scores this season

24 points – Steve Hayes, Asif Akram
22 points – Emil Carboni, Mark Wright, Nigel Doggett, James Shepherd and Dan Varnaseri

Next week sees a mixture of FA Cup, Premier League and Championship games in what should be an interesting round. Last week we predicted no-one would reach the 20-point mark and we were right, but 20 points look possible in week 32.

The action gets under way on Saturday at 12.15pm when Swansea host Tottenham in the FA Cup and concludes on Sunday with Leicester up against Chelsea in the the last quarter-final. Get your predictions in early by clicking on the blue banner below and don’t miss our preview later in the week to give you a flavour of what to expect. Best of luck to everyone!