New Year Sporting Predictions
Arriving back into the office after the Christmas break makes you think, not just where the last year has gone, but about what the New Year has to offer from a sporting perspective. With this in mind I wanted to stick my neck on the line and make some early predictions for the 2014 sporting calendar:[toggle_box] [toggle_item title=”Football” active=”true”]
As much as I’d like to see Arsenal take the Premiership title I cannot see past Man City (best priced 6/5 according to Oddschecker.com). Rose tinted spectacles firmly in place, my team, Sunderland, will stay up by skin of their teeth.
Argentina will win the World Cup and Messi will take centre home by taking home the golden boot.[/toggle_item] [toggle_item title=”Cricket” active=”true”]
Kevin Pietersen will retire from international cricket before the end of the year. The Australians will win the T20 World Cup surfing on a wave of confidence following the Ashes triumph[/toggle_item] [toggle_item title=”Cycling” active=”true”]
Injuries and a bit of bad luck to the favourites will see Alberto Contador take the overall Le Tour honours (currently best priced 14/1)[/toggle_item] [toggle_item title=”Winter Olympics” active=”true”]Not quite sure where we’re going to get them but I am going for a bumper three medals for Team GB in Sochi[/toggle_item] [toggle_item title=”Formula 1″ active=”true”]It’s too easy to say Vettel for the F1 title, so I’m going to go for Hamilton. I’m sure I heard somewhere he’ll have a decent engine next year…[/toggle_item] [toggle_item title=”Rugby Union” active=”true”]England to win a Six Nations Grand Slam but will be on the end of a three nil defeat away to New Zealand in June[/toggle_item] [toggle_item title=”Golf” active=”true”]McIlroy will pick up one major this year. I think the Masters will be too soon, the Open won’t suit him of course, so it will have to be the PGA! The Ryder cup will be a nerve testing tie. I’m going on the Saturday so expect lots of rain as per my visit to Celtic Manor four years ago![/toggle_item] [toggle_item title=”Tennis” active=”true”]Serena will dominate, again. Murray won’t match his 2012/2013 successes and will have a bit of a year off![/toggle_item] [toggle_item title=”Horse Racing” active=”true”]Racing is not my strong point so Back in Focus to win the National because I like the name. Bob’s Worth is the early favourite for the Cheltenham Gold Cup so I’m going with an outsider, Al Ferof, who is currently available at 20/1.[/toggle_item] [toggle_item title=”Sports Personality of the Year” active=”true”]A tough one to call on 6th January, but I’ll plumb for Lee Westwood[/toggle_item]
Fancy having a crack at the predictions?
FA Cup Winners
T20 World Cup
Eng versus India
Tour de France
Sports Personality[/column] [column col=”1/3″]
x1 Major (PGA)
Back in Focus
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When the results come trickling in remember where you heard it all first