Well we’re what just 3 weeks into the season and it’s already bloody interesting. MU slow start and already 5 points behind Russia fc, who apparently are trying to sign Ronaldinho (well their Chairman is). Man City doing well under Sven (it’ll never last), little Sam struggling, Leicester C sacked their manager today (sorry he left by mutual consent), Jol dead man walking at Spurs incredibly. Sure he lost it at that match v the Ruskis last year. Blackpool beat Premiership side Derby last night in the Carling Cup, woo hoo. Boro surely doomed if their striking options are moody Mido – I’ll give it 4 weeks before he becomes disenchanted – some unknown bloke from Turkey and Jeremy Ally-ally-o. Apparently they are now willing to part with £6m for that waste of space from Man C, Samaros. Sigh.
But who fancies a real good footie bet? We had nearly 20 guys doing the top 6 in the Prem forecast last year but we need to liven it up this year plus we’ll have to find a way to lodge stakes for taking part (you fancy being our escrow again Mr Simon?). Here’s the challenge; forecast the following, best points overall wins. My forecast shown for the hell of it. Can you do better? Come on, make my day footie punks….
1. Top 6 in Premiership
(Two points for each team in the top 6 but wrongly placed, 3 points for club correctly placed, 4 points for picking the Champions)
My forecast: 1st Liverpool, 2nd Chelsea, 3rd Man U, 4th Arsenal, 5th Aston V 6th Everton
2. 7th – 10th in Premiership
(two points for each team incorrectly placed, 3 points correctly placed)
My forecast: 7th Man City 8th Portsmouth 9th spurs 10th Blackburn
3. Bottom 3 in Premiership
(two points each team placed, who cares about the order?)
My forecast: Derby, Bolton, Wigan
4. Four Prem managers to leave/lose their jobs before last day of the season
( two points for each)
My forecast: Jol, Lee, Hutchins, Davies
5. Four new managers to be appointed
(3 points each)
My forecast: Ramos, Jewell, Gary Speed, Mark Hughes
6. Prem Player’s player of the year and young player
(4 points for each)
Carlos Tevez and Micah Richards
7. Champs League finalists
(3 points for each finalist, extra point for nominating winners)
My forecast: winners Man U, runners up Chelsea
8. SPL top 3
( 2 points for nominations incorrectly placed, 3 points correct placing, 4 points Champs)
My forecast: 1st Rangers, 2nd Celtic, 3rd Hibs
9a Championship top 3
(3 points for play-off winners, 3 points runners up, 3 points champs – all have to be on the button)
My forecast: Play off winners Wolves, R/u Sheffield U, Champs Charlton
9b. Placing for Blackpool ( this is my competition so you’ll have to like it or lump it)
( 1 point for correct quartile ie top 6, 7-12, 13-18, 19-24 and 5 points for precise position)
My forecast: 13-18 quartile, exact position 16th.
10. Cham’p bottom club
My forecast: Barnsley
11. Div 1 top 3
(as per Champ forecasts)
My forecasts: play off winners Leeds (!!), runners up Millwall, Champs Leyton O.
12 Div 1 bottom club
My forecast: Gillingham (sorry Tony)
13. Div 2 Champs
My forecast: Milton Keynes
14. The biggest losers of all; bottom of Div 2
My forecast: Dag & Red.
15 FA Cup Finalists
(3 points for each finalist, extra point for nominating the winners)
My forecast: winners Man U, runners up Arsenal
16 Carling Cup finalists
(ditto FA cup points)
My forecast: winners Man U, runners up Aston villa
17. top goal scorer in Premiership (Prem goals plus all domestic cup goals)
(3 points for correct goal scorer and 4 bonus points for correct goal total)
My forecast: torres, 26 goals
18. manager of the year
My forecast: Benitez
19. will england qualify for euro 2008 and retain the manager till the end of the season?
(yes to both, 2 points; yes and no, 3 points; no and no, 4 points; no and yes 2000 points)
My forecast: yes to both sadly.
20. new england manager (depending on outcome of 19 above)
My forecast: head says Scolari; heart says Steve Coppell. Gotta be the former.
Come on guys get forecasting. £5 in if forecasts posted by close on 2nd sept, £10 up to 7 sept, forecasts closed thereafter.