Stephen Goldsmith writes: You can all stop laughing. It’s quite expected really that this whole thing is my idea and I currently prop up the table. In fact it’s inevitable; I’m destined to finish there too. I might just start copying John Mac’s predictions every week as I have the power to do so.
Seriously though, one of the things I like about this feature is that having to predict results for Sunderland and Newcastle throws up the classic “heart v head” scenario that makes for interesting analysis. With that in mind, I’m not sure which is the most depressing development this week, the reality that I gave in to Newcastle v Villa looking a home banker and, when nothing of the sort happened, being left pointless from it anyway. Or the fact that Luke Harvey didn’t even predict this week (think his e-mail account has been hacked, but he may have been on holiday too – ed). This, in effect handed us all an extra three games, and I couldn’t even make up a point on him.
Fortune has favoured the brave in regards to the results at the Liberty Stadium and the DW Stadium this week. When going for a score draw it’s generally much safer to plump for 1-1 but the two 2-2 scorelines in the aforementioned games have propelled Bill and Malcolm up the table.
This is how the panel predicted the three selected games going: https://safc.blog/2012/08/predictions-league-swansea-sunderland-newcastle-villa-wigan-stoke-how-will-they-fare/
I’m actually taking great heart from the fact that Bill was in my position last week and now finds himself third. I also happen to think that I’m trying to convince myself here.
At the back of my mind, I guess, I always thought this feature could potentially drum up some in-house banter in the comments sections of these pieces. Goading, excuses and biting would all become prevalent on weekly basis. Looking at my league position, I think it’s a godsend on my behalf that this hasn’t materialised (you have to be mildly critical of Villa or mention Newcastle at all for that, Goldy – ed).
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