2014 Predictions: A look back

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At the beginning of the year, I did a blog post outlining my predictions for football in 2014. All of the events and circumstances have now taken place, so let’s see if should think about going into fortune telling…Probably not.

Premier League

Winner: Manchester City

Was I right? – Yes

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Despite Liverpool looking likely title winners with just a few weeks until the end of the season, the Reds’ 2-0 loss to Chelsea and 3-3 draw with Crystal Palace allowed City to take advantage and win the trophy on the final day against West Ham.

Other Top Four Clubs: Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool (in that order)

Was I right? – Sort of

Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool did make up the top four but not in that order. Chelsea finished third as I predicted, but Arsenal and Liverpool swapped positions from my prediction to real life.

Relegated from the Premier League: West Ham, Sunderland and Cardiff City

Was I right? – Again, sort of

I was correct in saying that Cardiff would go down, but whereas in real life Norwich and Fulham joined them, I predicted West Ham and Sunderland would complete the bottom three. Both teams were in fact safe by the final day and eventually finished in 13th and 14th respectively.

Premier League Golden Boot: Luis Suarez

Was I right? – Yes

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The Uruguayan held off competition from Daniel Sturridge and Yaya Toure to finish the season as top scorer in the division with 31 goals.

PFA Player of the Year: Luis Suarez

Suarez was one of three Liverpool players nominated for the award, but he came out on top, whilst you also voted him as 2013-14’s best player.

PFA Young Player of the Year: Ross Barkley

Was I right? – No

The Everton midfielder was on the shortlist of six for the award, but didn’t win it, instead it was Eden Hazard who picked up the award. 

Next Premier League manager to get sacked: Chris Hughton

Was I right? – No

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The first Premier League sacking of 2014 turned out to be Michael Laudrup at Swansea City, whilst Chris Hughton was eventually sacked at the beginning of April, but not before Rene Meulensteen had also been relieved of his duties at Fulham.

Other Competitions

Promoted from the Championship: Leicester City, QPR and Reading

Was I right? – Sort of

Like my relegation prediction, I have got this one partly right. Leicester did indeed get promotion by finishing first in the Championship, whilst QPR also went up as I predicted by beating Derby County in the play-off final. However I was perhaps a bit too optimistic by saying Reading would also go up, and we missed out on the play-offs on the final day. The third team to earn promotion in real life was Burnley who went up automatically with Leicester.

Champions League Winner: Bayern Munich

Was I right? – No

The German club’s defence of the trophy ended at the semi-finals, where they were embarrassed 5-0 on aggregate by Real Madrid. Ronaldo & co. went on to beat city rivals Atletico Madrid 4-1 in the final after extra time.

FA Cup Winner: Chelsea

Was I right? – No

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Chelsea’s road in the FA Cup in 2013-14 ended earlier than expected in the fifth round after they were drawn away from home to Manchester City and lost 2-0. City then suffered a shock exit in the quarter-finals to Wigan, who lost to eventual winners Arsenal in the last four.

Capital One Cup Winner: Manchester City

Was I right? – Yes

When I published my predictions we were at the semi-final stage of the Capital One Cup, so with only four teams to pick from it was considerably easier. Still, it’s another prediction right as Manchester City humbled West Ham United 9-0 over two legs in the semis before beating Sunderland 3-1 in the Wembley final.

Europa League Winner: Juventus

Was I right? – No

After finishing third in their Champions League group and dropping into the Europa League, Juventus look dead certs to lift the trophy, especially because there was the prospect of playing the final at their own stadium. However, the Italian giants lost 2-1 on aggregate to Benfica in the semi-final, who went on to lose the final on penalties to Sevilla.

World Cup

World Cup Winner: Brazil

Was I right? – No

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Despite looking slightly shaky in the group stages and conceding the first goal of the tournament, Brazil topped Group A and went on to beat Chile and then Colombia to set up a semi-final showdown with Germany. As everyone knows, that is where their progress came to a humiliating end as they lost 7-1 to the eventual winners.

World Cup golden boot: Neymar

Was I right? – No

After getting four goals in the group stages, Neymar was on course to finish the tournament as top scorer, before that crucial back injury ended his tournament in the quarter-finals. Had he continued to play, the golden boot would have been a huge possibility.

Where England will get to in the World Cup: Group Stages

Was I right? – Yes

And to conclude, I come to my pessimistic, but in the end realistic, prediction regarding England. I said, much to the dissatisfaction of many others that we would not get out of Group D. And after losses to Italy and Uruguay, followed by a draw to surprise group winners Costa Rica, this came true.

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