BBC football experts struggle with their predictions
In the past Mark Lawrenson (shown above giving another upbeat prediction on Newcastle’s chances this season) has come under a lot of criticism from this site for his awful weekly predictions, and there are some gems from this season’s final league table based on his predictions.
Remember, these games are predicted week on week, so if a aside is doing well or poorly, the BBC’s ‘football expert’ can change his opinions accordingly:
- Swansea are relegated with 27 points, and winning two of their last 19 games
- Manchester United completed an unbeaten season in the Premier League
- Manchester City lost just once, and Chelsea just twice
- Number of away wins achieved by the bottom six teams combined is 0 out of 114
- Wolves finishing 10th and Blackburn 13th
But all these have been topped by his BBC colleague Mark Bright, with his pre-season prediction for the Premier League:
1. Liverpool 2. Man Utd 3. Man City 4. Arsenal
Liverpool finished 22 points behind United last season but only Sir Alex Ferguson amassed more points than Kenny Dalglish since the ‘king’ took over from Roy Hodgson.
Why will they win it? The Reds have four players who could grace any team in the Premier League: Pepe Reina, Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll, then add to the mix promising youngsters like John Flanagan, new faces like Charlie Adam and Stewart Downing plus team spirit, desire and 21 years of hurt.
Good to know where your licence fee goes, isn’t it!