Liverpool to win the league? Aguero the worst signing? Pundits pre-season predictions...

This article is entirely unfair. It's wrong to look at what pundits predicted before the season started and laugh at it, but it's also funny and in this case funny wins.

Sometime last summer the great and good of punditry gave their predictions for this season, who would do well, where teams would finish, which signings were the best. Let's take a look at what they said...

Winning the league

How many of the 30+ journalists and pundits had current leaders Manchester City as their predicted league winners? Three. The BBC's Dan Walker, Dan Roan and Ian Cheeseman said the blue side of Manchester would triumph. The majority of the rest went for Manchester United and either club could still snatch it, but there were other choices.

Mark Bright plumped for Liverpool to win the league and was happy to justify his selection "Liverpool finished 22 points behind United last season but only Sir Alex Ferguson amassed more points than Kenny Dalglish since the 'king' took over from Roy Hodgson.

"Why will they win it? The Reds have four players who could grace any team in the Premier League: Pepe Reina, Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll, then add to the mix promising youngsters like John Flanagan, new faces like Charlie Adam and Stewart Downing plus team spirit, desire and 21 years of hurt."

Matt Le Tissier said Chelsea would win the league and added "Lukaku sounds like an exciting prospect."

No other pundits thought the title would leave Manchester, so brownie points all round there.

Best new signing

Only Sky asked this question but Jeff Stelling said Shay Given, Matt le Tissier went for Aguero, Paul Merson said Villa's Charles N'Zogbia, Phil Thompson went for Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam and Charlie Nicholas said David de Gea.

Charlie Nicholas also said that Sergio Aguero would be the worst signing and wasn't worth his transfer fee. 

Top Scorer

Charlie Nicholas and Phil Thompson said Javier Hernandez would be top scorer. Jeff Stelling went for Luis Suarez, Paul Merson said Fernando Torres and Le Tissier went for Wayne Rooney.

A selection of comments made to go with the predictions...

Robbie Savage "The Kenny Dalglish factor at Anfield will push Liverpool into the top four because, unlike Arsenal, they are a club players want to join not leave."

Jonathan Pearce called this one well "Once the Cesc Fabregas saga is resolved, Arsenal will have enough to hold off Liverpool and Spurs for fourth, and Robin van Persie is my tip for the golden boot."

Graeme Murty "My heart tells me that Liverpool will be second but, realistically, they are fourth best. City and Chelsea will be battling it out to be runners-up."

Nigel Adderley "Despite the millions lavished on their squad, I think City may miss out on the top four - rather like Tottenham last season - a decent run in the Champions League could have a negative impact on their domestic results."


Quotes and predictions taken from the BBC and Sky Sports.

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Most sports journalists are just, well, crap aren't they? I mean seriously. Football is unpredictable at the best of times, which is why we love it, so I don't blame journalists for being wrong per se, but so many journalists are just operating from demonstrably flawed perspectives that even if they are right it's more of a stopped clock kind of a deal.

It's a hard subject, real journalism is hard regardless of the subject matter because it requires perspective and perspicacity, but sport is tougher still as it tends to be hard to call even at the last minute. However the best journalism is that which examines what has happened to inform what might happen, rather than just a stream of predictions. A lot of modern day football writers offer little more than Mystic Meg.

For my money, if I want to know something about a team or a player, I look to a club blog. No journalist can know what a fan knows. They don't have the time to devote to the study of one team that a fan does, they don't analyse like a fan does. The best writing on finances, the best writing on tactics and strategy, it's all coming from the fans on the blogs. It's also a lot funnier too, because they don't need to be polite.

Think all it shows is why we all love the game, because it is unpredictable, you never know what is going to happen... How ever i do like laughing at these people who are called "experts" yet in reality problem have lower IQ than most of use and seem to be affected more so by club allegance... Hence the reason Liverpool are still always talked about in the title race, even though most reasonable fans... even Liverpool fans can see they are still a few player away from challenging.. lol... Garth Crookes though for me is the worst. 

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