At this time of year, having done a fairly brief review of 2012, it seems only right to do a small set of predictions for the year to come, which I will no doubt get mostly entirely wrong. Here goes (feel free to disagree):
Manchester United will win the Premier League; QPR will stay up while Reading, Southampton and Newcastle will go down. Chelsea will retain the FA Cup and win the League Cup too.
Celtic will win the SPL; Dundee will get relegated. Celtic will also win the Scottish Cup, while Inverness Caley will win a first major trophy in the League Cup.
The Champions League will go back to Barcelona, and I think Dortmund will get a long way in the tournament too. Napoli will win the Europa League, ending Atletico Madrid’s domination of the competition which subsequently will lead to Falcao departing for either Real Madrid or Chelsea.
Rangers will win the Third Division, and the proposed league reorganisation will result in them jumping to a new second tier. East Fife will stay in the Second Division.
Brazil will win the Confederations Cup on home soil, raising hopes to be subsequently dashed in 2014. Tahiti will get absolutely blitzed in their three matches and the entire concept of the tournament will be called into question (the draw will be covered in a separate post later today).
Nigeria will win the Africa Cup of Nations, with Cote d’Ivoire again not living up to the hype. Dider Drogba will retire from international football after the tournament.
In tennis, Andy Murray will win another Grand Slam in 2013, with Federer and Djokovic sharing the others.
As far as the big cricket this year is concerned, England will win the Ashes at home in the summer; the Australian series will end in a 2-2 tie with England therefore retaining the urn.
Mo Farah will win one gold at the World Athletics Championships; Jess Ennis will come second. Team GB will win two golds in total.
Rory McIlroy will win two Majors in the golf, with a first-time winner for one of the others.
In the rugby union world. Scotland will have yet another awful Six Nations, with England running out Grand Slam and tournament winners.
Chris Froome will win the Tour de France, with Bradley Wiggins helping him to do so.
That probably covers all the vaguely interesting sports. Let me know if you think I’ve missed anything, or if you disagree with anything.