Here at the Fosse Posse, we enjoy making annual fools of ourselves, predicting how the Premier League and Leicester City seasons will pan out. Historically, we have been unusually bad.
With another season in the books, it’s time to look back at our predictions for 2020/21.
Premier League Champions
Michael: Manchester City
Ok, ok. This is a solid start. 3/5 picked City, with Chelsea and Liverpool also finishing in the top 4. Do I get bonus points for the Champions League winner? Well I’m in charge, so yes.
Helen: West Brom, Brighton, Fulham
Helen leads the way, while boy were the rest of us down on West Ham just a few months ago. Still, everyone got one right, which is a surprisingly huge improvement on previous years.
Leicester City Finish
Matt: Since I doomed us to 5th last year, I’m picking 4th
He tried so hard for the reverse jinx, but it doesn’t work when it’s on purpose.
We struggled here, honestly. Why was I so down on our chances back then? I can’t even remember, and I certainly didn’t explain myself. Helen thinks the squad depth will let us down and is therefore the closest to being right (while also the furthest from our actual table position).
Jake: West Brom are a well run club and will survive comfortably. Sheffield United could drop off precipitously.
Sometimes you’ve got to take the rough with the smooth.
Matt thought Newcastle and Fulham would be good, Helen though Everton would struggle and, most ridiculously, Michael thought Crystal Palace might be fun. My pick of Southampton was somehow right and wrong.
Leicester Player of the Year
Jack: I’m all in on Harvey Barnes (again). I really thought I’d be alone here...
But I was not. We were all bullish on young Harv and until his injury he was repaying us handsomely. Wilf also got a mention and was phenomenal all year.
Somehow no one mentioned Youri Tielemans, but if I know this group we were all thinking it pretty loudly.
Leicester Surprise Player
Jack: James Justin will play himself into a regular place
[Orchestra swells] [Jack steps into the spotlight, stage centre]
As proud of this prediction as I am, Matt also needs a ton of credit for sticking to his plan of predicting double digits for Kelechi Iheanacho every single year. Ayoze also did look much better when he was played centrally.
Demarai Gray got a break of sorts, just not into this team. George Hirst did not get “a handful” of goals. Or in fact even 1 in his 31 Championship appearances.
The European Tour Ends
Helen: We’ll get out of the group but not sure if we can get further, a lot of it will come down to keeping our smallish squad fit and healthy
Always nice to end on a sour note.
Jake thinks we’ll win a trophy. Would we have swapped the FA Cup for the Europa League? Probably yes, because of the Champions League qualification, but it’s nice to think that we wouldn’t.
Matt and Helen both get bonus points for being concerned with squad depth, and therefore leading perfectly into a plug for my transfer window preview.
Comfortably our best ever effort. I can’t pretend I’m not shocked. We had Man City as big favourites, trophies for James Justin and the shocking decline of Sheffield United.
Early Foxes predictions for next year: Champions, with a starring performance from Kylian Mbappé and a surprising breakout from George Hirst.