Rant’s Premier Predictions 2012/13 revisited

Sir Alex Ferguson, with Premier League trophy

Each year Rant predicts the outcome of the season to come – winners, losers – Manchester United and others. There have been mixed results in over the years – 2009/10, 2010/11 and 2011/12. And 2012/13 proved to be particularly challenging, with Rant’s worst prediction performance yet – just four correct answers, with the Champions League final yet to come. How did you do?

United’s Season

  • Premier League: second  – FIRST
  • Champions League: quarter-final  – SECOND ROUND
  • Carling Cup: quarter-final  – QUARTER FINAL
  • FA Cup: winners  – QUARTER FINAL
  • Player of the Year: Wayne Rooney  – ROBIN VAN PERSIE/MICHAEL CARRICK
  • Reserve Player of the Year: Jack Barmby  – ADNAN JANUZAJ
  • Academy Player of the Year: Mats Moller Daehli  – BEN PEARSON

Premier League Top Ten

  1. Manchester City  – MANCHESTER UNITED
  2. Manchester United  – MANCHESTER CITY
  3. Chelsea  – CHELSEA
  4. Arsenal  – ARSENAL 
  5. Liverpool  – TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
  6. Newcastle United  – EVERTON
  7. Tottenham Hotspur  – LIVERPOOL
  8. Everton  – WEST BROMWICH ALBION
  9. Sunderland  – SWANSEA CITY
  10. Fulham  – WEST HAM UNITED

Relegated

  • Southampton  – WIGAN ATHLETIC
  • Norwich  – READING
  • Reading  – QUEENS PARK RANGERS

Champions League

  • Winners: Real Madrid  – TO BE CONFIRMED
  • Runners-up: Bayern Munich  – TO BE CONFIRMED

Europa League

  • CSKA Moscow  – CHELSEA

FA Cup

  • Manchester United  – WIGAN ATHLETIC

Carling Cup

  • Arsenal  – SWANSEA CITY

Player of the Season

  • Wayne Rooney  –  GARETH BALE

Young Player of the Season

  • Eden Hazard –  GARETH BALE

Sack Race

  • Brian McDermott, Reading  – SACKED
  • Chris Hughton, Norwich  – SAFE
  • Sam Allardyce, West Ham United  – SAFE
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  • Pikey McScum

    I got them all right.

  • Sid

    You got 3 & 4 in the Premier League top ten right, Chelsea finished above Arsenal, would have loved a playoff though.

  • RobDiablo

    I made only a few predictions about my lowered expectations for United’s hunt for silverware last season, and I’m happy to say that I got it completely wrong in the Premiership, where I thought United would finish second to City. As I expected, United didn’t get to any of the domestic cup finals, but I can’t say that the failure to do so was down to fielding a poor mix of the younger and older squad players—with several playing out of position, as I thought it would be. I was actually quite proud of the side that lost to Cheatski in the league cup; every time Sir Alex made a substitution, the side got younger and less experienced, but still put up a good fight against a Cheatski side that used its substitutions to bring on its star players, and was still fortunate to force extra time.
    I also predicted that United would be lucky to make it to the UCL quarter-final round; United wasn’t lucky. So, three out of four predictions were correct, but I hope to do worse next season.

  • Pikey McScum

    RobDiablo said:
    United wasn’t lucky.

    Is it “wasn’t” or “weren’t”?

  • Tommy

    Pikey McScum said:
    Is it “wasn’t” or “weren’t”?

    Wasn’t. Technically a football club is a singular entity. The eleven players “weren’t” lucky. But the club “wasn’t” lucky either.

  • Tommy

    Then again it’s like you’re supposed to say “fergie and I are going to the shops” not “me and fergie are going to the shops”. But language is always in flux, evolving, I suppose.

  • Stevie D

    Slim, swim, slippy, swammy….Samsonite…I was way off!!

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