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Predicting the score… you make us look good!
Are you a flip-flopper? A U-turner? A volte-facer? Are you the Brett Favre of football fans? If so, you’re in good company, though it’s not doing you much good in our predictions league.
Liverpool lost at Spurs and suddenly there were doubts about the strength of the squad, derision at the decision to sell Xabi Alonso and a general feeling the Reds were in decline. They then beat Stoke 4-0 and it was “madness to write them off“. Last night, they lost again, 3-1 at home to Aston Villa, and Sky Sports News have been asking if their title challenge is over… And it’s still only August 25! Phew!
So it’s been with Manchester United (still blessed with the knack of getting a result from a bad performance, then desperately short of firepower in the post-Ronaldo era, and now happily enjoying the resurgence of a world class striker).
What must it be like to be a fan of Spurs? Or Burnley (with a three-point advantage over Liverpool)? Or Manchester City? Are you secretly convinced that the bubble will burst? Or are Spurs and City fans with Wenger in his view that the era of the Big Four is over?
The odd start to the season has made for low scores in the predictions game and that’s good news for a couple of reasons. Firstly, there is plenty of potential to point at us and laugh. And more importantly, it means you can join in at any time and still expect to overtake most of us before the season really gets going.
Justin Palmer joined our panel this week and despite missing the first two rounds he is already sitting pretty in mid-table. With one point for a correct result but five for getting the score dead on, you only need a couple of good calls to be in the mix.
Anyway, here are the scores so far, with a few honorable mentions for those posting their predictions in the comments.
Check back on Friday morning for our weekend predictions.
The panel: Owen Wyatt 27 points, Paul Radford 25 (zooming up the table after getting three scores dead on), Miles Evans 20, Patrick Johnston 20, Mitch Phillips 16, Kevin Fylan 13, Justin Palmer 13, Simon Evans 12, Mike Collett 9
The rest of the world: Did I say honorable mentions? Precious few of those, I’m afraid. Quite a few correct scores on Chelsea and Spurs but NO ONE got Liverpool losing or predicted United would come back with such a bang. Ten points to Rob McAvoy as the only person to get Arsenal 4 Portsmouth 1 spot on. Maid and Chipking got mighty close, but no cigar on this one.
All in all, you’re as bad as us!
Anyway, keep totting up your scores and let us know how you’re doing. Anyone got more than 27 points? I’ll trust you…
PHOTO: A fan sits in the stands at Turf Moor stadium ahead of the English Premier League soccer match between Burnley and Everton in Burnley August 23, 2009. REUTERS/Nigel Roddis