Summer of Sport 2013: Predictions

by Charlie_East_West on June 19, 2013

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Welcome to the 2013 summer of sport on All That’s Left.

As the changing patterns of the jetstream continue to destroy yet another summer, we live in hope that there will be a chink of light through the dark clouds to enable a fantastic summer of sport both in this country and elsewhere.

I love sport in the summer. It provides welcome relief from the 9 month gluttonous soap opera of the football Premier League. It gives the chance for other sports to receive a larger share of media coverage, and for lesser known and more deserving sporting individuals than our footballers to receive wider acclaim.

There might be no Olympics or World Cup to enjoy this summer, and quite frankly, nothing will ever compete with the mind bogglingly brilliant images of last year’s London Olympics, but we still have a number of treats in store for avid sporting couch potatoism throughout the summer.

So, it is time to get the ever-malfunctioning East-West crystal ball out. Here are my sporting predictions for the key events within the summer of sport of 2013:-

Golf:

The Open – Golf is probably the most difficult sport to predict, as the margins between a good shot and a bad shot are so small, and any one of a hundred players have the potential to win any tournament. But, I am going to tip Adam Scott to complete the double of The Open and The US Masters, with stiff competition from Sergio Garcia, Ernie Els, Ricky Fowler, Ian Poulter and the US Open Champion Justin Rose. Scott missed out on The Open in 2012 by chucking it away over the last four holes to let Ernie Els win in 2012. In 2013, Scott has shown that he has the neccesary bottle to win a major by winning the US Masters, and that he is a proven links course player – I expect a different outcome in 2013.

USPGA – Rory McIlroy to finally rediscover his winning touch since changing his clubs to Nike. Form is temporary, class is permanent.

Tennis:

WimbledonAndy Murray to become the first British male tennis player to win Wimbledon since dear old Fred Perry in 1936. Federer is past his best, Nadal’s knees will struggle on the grass, and Murray is approaching his career peak. In the last year Murray has won the US Open, Olympics, Masters Series events, Queens Club and was runner up at the Australian Open and Wimbledon. It is his time. It is written in the stars. I predict Murray to win Wimbledon in a five set classic final against Novak Djokovic. It will be the defining moment of the summer. Be prepared. It will be nerve shredding. There will be tears – for all the right reasons. Arise Sir Andy Murray.

US Open – Novak Djokovic to regain the US Open title from Andy Murray. After Murray’s historic victory at SW19, he will arrive at Flushing Meadows both distracted and knackered – simply from the media circus that followed his Wimbledon success. Djokovic will capitalise and win his second US Open beating Rafael Nadal in the final.

Rugby:

The Lions Tour – The Lions to beat Australia 2-1. I expect the Lions to win easily this weekend, Australia to come roaring back in the second test, and the Lions to sneak it in the third test with a Jonny Wilkinson drop kick (Wilkinson to be called up out of desperation due to squad injuries).

Cricket:

England to win the Ashes 2-1. Australia are not as good as they usually are. England are not as good as they think they are. The difference however, lies in the bowling. England’s seamers have just enough class to dominate against a lightweight Australian batting line up.

Athletics:

Further World Championship success for Mo Farah. Additional gold medals for high jumper Robbie Grabarz and 400m runner Christine Ohuruogu. Silver or bronze medals for Greg Rutherford (long jump) Perri Shakes-Drayton (400m hurdles), and Dai Greene (400m hurdels). Jessica Ennis-Hill however, will struggle to match the Olympic glories of 2012. She is struggling with minor injuries, but I would love her to prove me wrong – just to see her smile. As always, I also expect Usain Bolt to complete a 100m, 200m and relay gold medal treble and steal the show.

Formula 1:

Sebastian Vettel. World Champion. Again. If so, he will have four consecutive world titles at the ridiculously young age of 25. He has the potential to beat Michael Schumacher’s all time record of 7 Formula 1 titles.

Tour de France:

Chris Froome to win the yellow jersey. Froome has been in fantastic form in 2013. He goes into the Tour de France having just won a critical assessor of form – the Criterium du Dauphine. As the 2013 Tour de France route favours explosive mountain climbers – including a brutal one day double climb on alpe d’huez – Froome is perfectly placed to repeat another Team SKY success after Bradley Wiggins in 2012. Alberto Contador and Vincenzo Nibali cannot be discounted however.

Personally, I am not a fan of Chris Froome. He is the Gordon Brown of cycling. His slyly manipulative attempts to try and undermine Wiggins in 2012 came across as self entitled. I also suspect that the British public will never warm to Froome in the way that Wiggins became a national treasure. Wiggins has charisma and the common touch. Froome has neither.

So there you have it. My tips for the sporting summer of 2013. As usual, I will be proved wrong in almost every single prediction. I apologise in advance. I have just put the kiss of death on Andy Murray. It is a mug’s game.

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Ray_North June 19, 2013 at 10:11 am

Charlie, you’ve clearly stolen my crystal ball, the one that predicted a top four finish for Liverpool last season. I agree with most of your predictions, I think the Lions and the England and Wales Cricket Board XI will prevail against the Aussies, but, am less certain about Andy Murray or Chris Froome.
Sadly, my other prediction, is that these glorious sporting stories, will probably be overshadowed by some protracted football transfer saga in which one overpaid footballing pony tries to make millions of pounds for himself and his agent by securing a ridiculous transfer to some other club – sigh, arise Luis Suarez.

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Charlie_East_West June 19, 2013 at 10:17 am

Ray – I like your use of the official name of the cricket team. Fair play to you.

Penny for your thoughts on Froome and Murray…?

Regarding football transfers – I predict that Ronaldo will rejoin Manchester United and Gareth Bale will replace Ronaldo at Real Madrid.

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