24 May, 2011

There Can Be Only One

Well, I had to find a reason to pull out the old Highlander quote.

That said, here's how your favorite Insider stacked up on his predictions for the 2010/11 EPL Season:

Here was our predictions:

El Nino "The Godfather"'s
1. Chelsea
2. Liverpool
3. Manchester United
4. Arsenal
5. Manchester City
6. Tottenham
7. Everton
8. Fulham
9. Wigan Athletic
10.Bolton Wanderers
11.Blackburn Rovers
12.Aston Villa
14.Newcastle (P)
15.Birmingham City
16.West Ham United
17.Wolverhampton Wanderers
18.Stoke City
19.Blackpool (P)
20.West Bromwich Albion (P)
"The Professor’s"
1. Manchester United
2. Arsenal
3. Chelsea
4. Liverpool
5. Manchester City
6. Everton
7. Fulham
8. Tottenham
9. Sunderland
10.Aston Villa
11.Stoke City
12.West Ham United
13.Blackburn Rovers
14.Newcastle (P)
15.Birmingham City
16.Wigan Athletic
17.Bolton Wanderers
18.West Bromwich Albion (P)
19.Wolverhampton Wanderers
20.Blackpool (P)
"Mr. X’s"
1. Manchester United
2. Chelsea
3. Manchester City
4. Arsenal
5. Tottenham Hotspur
6. Liverpool
7. Everton
8. Sunderland
9. Birmingham City
11.Blackburn Rovers
12.Wigan Athletic
13.Newcastle (P)
14.Aston Villa
15.West Ham United
16.Bolton Wanderers
17.Stoke City
18.Woverhampton Wanderers
19.Blackpool (P)
20.West Bromwich Albion (P)

-Newly promoted teams are noted with a (P)
-These are based on signings as of 8/10/10

And here's what happened:

1. Manchester United
2. Chelsea
3. Manchester City
4. Arsenal
5. Tottenham Hotspur
6. Liverpool
7. Everton
8. Fulham
9. Aston Villa
11.West Brom
20.West Ham

Yup. You are reading that correctly... Mr. X picked the first 7 in order. That said, it's not that hard to pick 6 of those 7. And only the Professor slipped up by putting Spurs in 8th (that's what you get by doubting Tottenham).

Looking back, we also have to apologize across the board to West Brom fans everywhere. They did much better than we anticipated and cheers to you, all 10 of you. We all also corrected predicted Blackpool relegating, also not a hard decision considering the tightness with which their owner holds his wallet. We hope to see them back next year though, as Ian Halloway is always a fun watch and likes to keep the EPL honest on their comments.

In other predictions, while I called Beckford as the man to watch (statistically speaking, with 8 goals in 32 appearances, he was Everton's leading scorer/appearances), it was the Professor's call on Chicharito and his 12 goals in 27 appearances for the Red Devils that put him over the top here.

For the Golden Boot, the Professor and the Godfather both shat a brick with Rooney and Drogba respectively and while I was no better picking Chicharito, I should have gone with my original pick of Tevez. See... that is why even Mr. X should never doubt Mr. X.

For Most Improved, it isn't a far reach when we all picked Man City. In the end, money does buy a lot, and the Mancs are no exception to the rule. For Most Overrated, it's a toss up. Liverpool qualifies only on being dropped out of the Top 5 (move over constant Top 4 teams). Spurs also can qualify here because after their stellar run in CL play, they are now relegated to the Europa League next year.

The Team to Watch is debatable. The Professor and I both selected Newcastle to various extents, and while they were the team to watch in the first half of the season, the selling on of Andy Carroll shot any chance of them surprising anyone in the second half.

The Surprise Player is neck and neck. The Godfather told us all to watch Chicharito, and as mentioned before, he was definitely right. Conversely, I told you to watch out for Tottenham's Gareth Bale, and that he would score 7 in league play. Hmmm... predicted 7 goals, check, stunning play, with games against Milan where he single-handedly keeps Spurs in it with a hat-trick, check... Yeah, I'm biased, so I give that award to me.

And your winner of the TSI Predictor:

Thank you all for playing, and stay tuned for next season's Predictions...

1 comment:

  1. Very impressive, Mr X. I was anticipating a Liverpool sale, so put an * next to that one. As CONCACAF guys, we all knew that Chicharito was a stud. Berbatov and ManU exceeded my expectations, and it looks like Fergie is ready to spend more in the off season, so no more doubting ManU. I'll take credit for placing Wolves in 17th, one spot above relegation. It looks like there will be a Blackpool shake up, so next question is if Holloway stays there or not. Looking forward to next season!


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