2020 Sporting Predictions31/12/2019
The New Year is here and as sports lovers, we couldn’t resist the chance to put together some sporting predictions for 2020.
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FEBRUARY: England to win the Six Nations @ 4/5
As the New Year dawns, England fans will no doubt still be hurting from the heartache that was a defeat to South Africa in the Rugby World Cup final in Japan.
It was something of a no show on the day from Eddie Jones’ men, but you can be sure that the little Australian will have the Red Roses fired up for the Six Nations come February.
England haven’t won the tournament since 2017, and haven’t clinched a Grand Slam since 2016, but you get the feeling that they could be on the crest of a wave and home games to Ireland and Wales will certainly make the task a little easier.
MARCH: Envoi Allen to win the Ballymore Novices Hurdle @ 7/4
At the halfway point in the National Hunt season, there has only really been Envoi Allen that has lived up to the billing.
The big names of Altior, Klassical Dream, and Kemboy have already been beaten this season and, after the death of Espoir D’Allen, the picture for the Champion Hurdle is about as clear as Chepstow on Welsh Grand National day.
In Envoi Allen, though, you can really have some faith as long as he stays sound and fit. Last season’s Champion Bumper winner has caught the eye on both his starts over hurdles so far, winning with plenty in hand at Down Royal in November, and then when getting the better of the talented Abacadabras at Fairyhouse in December.
The talk is that he’ll be now stepped up to two-and-a-half miles, which connections say he has been crying out for. If that is the case, then he’ll be the bet of the big meeting at Cheltenham at 7/4 for the Ballymore, although with the Champion Hurdle currently wide open, don’t be too surprised if he shows up there instead.
APRIL: Tiger Roll to win the Grand National @ 6/1
A horse has never won three Grand National’s since Red Rum clinched his third back in 1977, and nobody has ever won three on the trot.
That is the feat that could await Tiger Roll this season, as long as he gets over his current injury which means we are yet to see him on the racecourse since winning the Aintree showpiece in April.
His owners have toyed with the press in saying that they would retire him if he won the Cross Country at Cheltenham for a third time in 2020, and not allow him to attempt the hat-trick bid in Liverpool.
However, trainer Gordon Elliott will be desperate to twist their arm and might already have done so. The National is an easier course to complete these days and surely even a hard-faced operator like Michael O’Leary can’t resist the opportunity to create history in the greatest race of them all.
MAY: Liverpool to win the Champions League @ 9/2
It’s hard for many of their North-West rivals to admit it, but Liverpool are absolutely flying right now. So much so, that Betfred has already paid out on them winning the Premier League title this season.
Even by Liverpool’s standards, this would be a slip up of titanic proportions for them to somehow not get their hands on the Premier League trophy for the first time in May.
The chasing pack are dropping points when Liverpool aren’t, so the Reds can afford to have a real good go at defending their Champions League title.
Klopp’s side face a tricky test in the Round of 16 against Atletico Madrid, but the Spanish side are only fourth in La Liga and have just one away win in their last eight matches. That isn’t the kind of form you’d want heading to a fortress-like Anfield.
Liverpool should get the job done comfortably and will head into the quarter-finals knowing one of either Manchester City or Real Madrid will have already been sent packing.
It could be theirs to lose.
JUNE/JULY: France to win Euro 2020 @ 6/1
The start of the last decade saw France dumped out of the 2010 World Cup with just one point from the group stage, now they head into 2020 as the current World Cup winners and have an excellent chance of following up in the Euros.
What a difference a decade can make.
Les Blues have an unbelievable array of talent at their disposal and many of them are in the peaks of their careers. The likes of Varane, Laporte, Kante, Pogba, Griezmann, and Mbappe add real quality across the whole team and make them a solid force to be reckoned with heading in this summer’s big tournament.
There isn’t really anything that their side lacks, and that means that should be able to overcome a tricky group that already includes Germany and Portugal.
JUNE/JULY: Novak Djokovic to win Wimbledon @ 6/4
We all know that Rafael Nadal is the man to follow when it comes to the French Open, but Novak Djokovic has quickly developed a similar appetite for winning on the grass at Wimbledon.
The Serbian has now won the last two tournaments at SW19, meaning he has now won four of the last six and five of the last nine.
It’s a record that now only leaves him three Wimbledon titles behind Roger Federer, a man who hasn’t won at the All England Club since 2017, despite playing out a classic final with Djokovic in 2019.
That gives Djokovic the advantage on recent form and unless Federer can roll back the years and get his own back, Djokovic is the one to side with.
OCTOBER/NOVEMBER: England to win the T20 World Cup @ 7/2
The Cricket World Cup final at Lord's will live long in the memory for England fans, and they might just get to add to the good times in the T20 World Cup next autumn.
The Three Lions are having a woeful time in Test cricket, but with the focus of much of the English summer being on the brand new ‘The Hundred’ competition, all eyes really will be on the shorter formats of the game.
England currently sit third in the T20 rankings, but have some real match-winners in their squad and can beat anybody in the world on their day and have already beaten the likes of West Indies, Ireland, Pakistan and New Zealand in T20 cricket in 2019.
They’ll really fancy their chances and look a good bet to go all the way at 7/2.
NOVEMBER: Lewis Hamilton to win the F1 Drivers' Championship @ 8/13
Death and taxes are about all that is certain in the current climate, but Lewis Hamilton winning the Drivers' Championship can’t be far behind.
The Englishman is now a six-time F1 champion and has Michael Schumacher’s record of seven, well within his sights after winning this last three on the bounce.
He’ll take some stopping when the new season rolls around again and, with Mercedes still delivering the goods with the car, you’d be a brave punter to back against him picking up that seventh title following the final race of the 2020 season in Abu Dhabi on the 29th November.
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