New Year Sporting Predictions

January 13, 2014
James Sephton

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:

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Argentina v Venezuela - 2010 FIFA World Cup QualifierAs much as I’d like to see Arsenal take the Premiership title I cannot see past Man City (best priced 6/5 according to 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.

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Kevin_PietersenA shake up of English cricket will lead to a 2-1 defeat of Indians. Not quite the 4 nil drubbing we gave them last time but progress after the Ashes debacle.

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

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alberto-contado-gallery-apMark Cavendish will win the first stage of the Tour de France and take the yellow jersey on home soil

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”]Russia Sochi MedalsNot 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”]HamiltonIt’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 CelebrationEngland 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”]World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship - Preview Day 3McIlroy 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”]IMG_4354Serena 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”]Bobs WorthRacing 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”]Lee-Westwood1A tough one to call on 6th January, but I’ll plumb for Lee Westwood[/toggle_item]



Fancy having a crack at the predictions?


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Sporting Event

Premiership Title

FA Cup Winners

World Cup

Golden Boot

T20 World Cup

Eng versus India

Tour de France

Six Nations



Ryder Cup

Formula 1

Grand National

Gold Cup

Sports Personality

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Manchester City





2-1 England

Alberto Contador

England (Slam)

x0 Majors

x1 Major (PGA)

14/14 Tie

Lewis Hamilton

Back in Focus

Al Ferof

Lee Westwood


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2 Comments. Leave new

England to win the Six Nations? They’ll be lucky to come third.


I doubt Alberto will win the Tour, I think Froome will come 3rd, Alejandro Valverde 2nd and Quintana will take the Yellow jersey after his team realising they can win with him and rallying round… Mark will end up 4th after being jumped by Kittel and giving up, who will take the first stage and that Sagan will take Green again with Kittel coming 2nd and Cav 3rd. Quintana to win the Mountain classification again, with Michał Kwiatkowski, the surprise package to look out for that could shake up the Tour… he could be a very good outside bet to get on the podium as his odds will be massive.


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