Monsieur Salut introduces another prize edition of Guess rhe Score and promises belated movement on the backlog of winners …
As we hover just above the relegation zone despite ending the losing run, there is just one consolation: it’s a different relegation zone with names like Brentfor, Burmingham and Bolton instead of Palace, Bournemouth and – would you believe it, Jordan? – Everton.
Another heavy defeat leaves them third bottom.
How seriously will Ronald Koeman take this league cup – sorry, third round Carabao Cup – game? How seriously does he need to? With or without Rooney, Williams, Baines, Sigurdsson etc, they’d expect this to be a routine home win.
But perhaps our Lads take heart from a slightly better pair of performances – chances galore against oirest before they snatched a win, a good first half and finally a draw at Hull – and pull off a surprise. It would do morale good, even if winning in the league is starting to look rather necessary.
I now have six prize mugs to order and hope to clear that backlog this week. Two of this season’s winners – Phil Davison and Paul Devine, both exiles (Mexico and the Netherlands respectively) – are owed two. Eric Bowers (inevitably, though Phil and Paul keep winning, too) and Michael Robinson are owed one apiece.
So make sure Mosnieur Salut has to dig deep again and get it right with the Goodison score.
The winning prediction will be the score at 90 minutes or after extra time. By all means tell us what a penalty shootout would bring but that won’t count for the prize.
Usual rules: you need a UK delivery address but can be a support of either side or neither to be entitled to enter. Three-nil to them is taken. Under my new rule, the Who are You? interviewee’s forecast is automatically entered and Bernard Walker sees a 3-0 home win as the likely outcome
Let us hope is very wrong and that Simon Grayson and his team have something to celebrate.
Haway the Lads.