Predictions boldly made at the start of a season are often forgotten once a ball is kicked – but not at Platform. George Solomon took a look at some of our best, and an even closer look at some of our worst, from the start of the Premier League season.
Absolutely everyone backed Chelsea and Manchester City for the title – apart from one hopeful Manchester United fan.
James Lewer had this to say: “If the central midfield area is strengthened (which I think it will be), United have very few, if any weaknesses.”
Clearly Marouane Fellaini wasn’t who James had in mind, whilst Moyes’ failure to strengthen the back four has also bit him on the backside.
There was more: “I expect RVP, Kagawa & Zaha to have good seasons, and for Moyes to clinch his first title at OT.”
If rumours are to be believed, RVP was assured by Fergie that he’d stay for at least one season, Kagawa has yet to blossom and Zaha… Well, we’ll gloss over that one. Sorry James.
In not all that surprising news, everyone was pretty much spot on with this, seeing as the bottom ten teams are split by a measly eight points. Perhaps the worst shout goes to Matt Maddren, who tipped Villa for the drop, but then they could still quite easily go down.
Notable mention to Robin Murray who was the only writer to tip Fulham to go down.
Surprise of the year
Hats off to Steve Jamieson who was the only person to predict that United would be the surprise of the year by dipping out of the top four – “Many will be surprised to see United dropping out of the top four” – but it’s Norwich who have caused two of our writers problems.
James Lewer and Shaun Rowley both tipped Hughton’s men for big things, picking out one-goal wonder Ricky Van Wolfswinkel as a man to watch. How wrong they were.
Player of the year
Plenty of fun to be had here, with James Lewer again having a bit of a shocker, picking out Shinji Kagawa as the man to shine, but the worst shout of the year comfortably goes to Robin Murray.
Liverpool fan Rob boldly went for Iago Aspas, Liverpool’s number nine, who has shown absolutely nothing to convince the Kop he deserves such an iconic shirt.
“With Suarez out for the opening six games and Sturridge still injured, it’s looking like the unassuming Aspas could be a lone striker for The Reds,” Rob said, but he was really rather wrong; Aspas was subbed off in his first three games, then dropped for his fourth.
“If he takes his form from preseason, netting three times already, then he could prove to be a real coup for Rodgers.” Sorry Rob, but he certainly hasn’t proved to be a coup.
Four people – myself included – thought Pardew would be the first to be shown the door, and we were most definitely wrong. Although Newcastle have had a topsy turvy season, Pardew is certainly not to blame, and at times they’ve shown glimpses of their impressive form of two years ago.
Sam Wildman deserves praise for his astute nod Malky Mackay’s way: “Asian owners aren’t exactly known for their perseverance, and if the Bluebirds get off to a poor start he won’t stand a chance.” How right he was.
And there we go. In hindsight I’m sure we’d all change at least half our answers, but hey, isn’t hindsight a wonderful thing? We’ll have another look at the end of the season.