We’re now eight games into the Premier League season and the league table is starting to take shape.
With the top-four of the league table currently reading: Manchester City, Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool, it wouldn’t be a massive surprise if that’s the way the table looked come next May.
However, we all know the Premier League is the most unpredictable league in the world. Just look at Leicester achieving the 5000/1 feat of winning the title last season.
Therefore, if you’re an ex-professional or a high-profile journalist, you must fear when, ahead of a new campaign, your boss asks you to pen a few predictions for the upcoming season.
If you nail your predictions, everyone will have forgotten what you even said and are hardly going to praise you. But, if you get it terribly wrong, you know it’s bound to be brought up with people questioning why you’re now a pundit or journalist.
But sometimes you don’t have to wait until the end of the season to mock some of the predictions they’ve made. We’ve dug out a few pre-season predictions that already look ridiculous.
Ok, we realise the season is only a few months old and anything can happen between now and May but these predictions look set to fail:
Gary Neville | Prediction: Manchester United to win the league
Neville certainly wasn’t on his own when he predicted United would win the league. However, we’re bringing up this prediction after his comments following the goalless draw to Liverpool. He said: “It tells you where United are but they aren't ready (to win the league),” Neville said of the performance at Anfield.
“It's like when he [Mourinho] went back to Chelsea and admitted he couldn't win the title. They (United) don't have the quality.”
He’s certainly changed his tune.
Jamie Carragher | Prediction: Premier League top four - Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool
Neville’s Sky Sports’ partner in crime is next. Ok, so this top-four prediction isn’t ridiculous but, as a ‘football expert’ we thought we’d bring this up. Carragher left Arsenal out of the top four but they currently sit joint-top of the league having already beaten Chelsea - who Carragher has coming second - 3-0. It would be a massive surprise if the Gunners don’t make the top-four.
Dominic King | Prediction: Signing of the signing - Henrikh Mkhitaryan
The Daily Mail football reporter predicted that Mkhitaryan would be the Premier League’s best signing. It’s early days but he’s only made one league start to date against Manchester City and was hauled off at half-time. He’s not even the club’s best signing of the summer, let alone the league’s.
Jamie Redknapp | Player he’s most looking forward to watching - Henrikh Mkhitaryan
King wasn’t the only man to big-up Mkhitaryan before the season starts as Redknapp said he was the player he’s most looking forward to watching in the whole of the Premier League. We hope Redknapp has enjoyed watching the Armenian on the bench and in the stands during the first few months of the season.
Jamie Redknapp | Prediction: Leicester to come sixth
Yes, it’s Redknapp again after he claimed that Claudio Ranieri’s side would come 6th. That’s looking increasingly unlikely to happen already at this early stage of the season as they fail to emulate their heroics from last season.
Craig Hope | Prediction: Leicester to come 4th
Hope, a journalist for the Daily Mail, took his Leicester prediction one step further. The Foxes may have won the league last season but they’ve already lost to Liverpool (4-1), Manchester United (4-10 and Chelsea (3-0). Yeah, they’re not going to make the top-four.
John Cross | Prediction: Bournemouth to be relegated
The Mirror journalist believed that Eddie Howe’s side would be relegated this season. Bournemouth beat Hull 6-1 last weekend and sit in 11th in the table. They are plenty of clubs worse than Bournemouth this season and it’s unlikely they will be involved in a relegation battle. Cross has since written an article about how Howe is currently auditioning for the Arsenal job - the team he supports. Hmmmm