With the ICC World Cup, the Ashes, Rugby World Cup, Nations League finals and the usual array of Champions League and Cheltenham Festival action, 2019 promises to be a year for sport, and if you fancy yourself as an expert, we’ve got the perfect test to put your knowledge to the ultimate test.
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1. Will the team who wins the coin toss win the Superbowl?
Yes. There have been 52 Super Bowls and the stats are 28/24 in favour of the teams who lose the coin toss going on to win the big game. However, it was 24/24 in 2014, with the last four teams to lose the coin toss being successful. That run surely has to end soon, so go with the team who wins the coin toss.
2. Will Lewis Hamilton retain his F1 crown?
Yes. Lewis Hamilton has won four of the last five F1 drivers championships and is rated better than a 50 per cent chance by all bookmakers to retain his crown.Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the F1 drivers’ championship
3. Will Arsenal, Chelsea or Napoli win the 2018/19 Europa League?
No. With open draws, it’s impossible to guarantee these teams being kept apart until the semi-finals and Sevilla, who are fourth in La Liga, and Inter Milan (third in Serie A) provide tough competition.
4. Will Michael Van Gerwen win the 2020 PDC World Darts Championship?
No. MVG has not won as many world championships as his talent dictates he should and there is plenty of young talent making their way through the ranks.
5. Will Antony Joshua fight Tyson Fury before Dec 31st 2019?
No. The animosity between Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn and Fury’s promoter, Frank Warren, is well known. Warren has said a recent offer of a near 60/40 purse split for a fight to take place on April 13 was “derisory”, so take a chance on no agreement being reached.
6. Gold Cup Winner? Presenting Percy, Native River, Might Bite, Road To Respect, Bristol De Mai, Sizing John, Thistlecrack, Bellshill or Footpad, Douvan or Min, Any other horse
Any other horse. Presenting Percy is a worthy Gold Cup favourite but has not raced yet this this year, while only two horses in nearly 40 years (L’Escargot 1970 and 1971) and (Best Mate 2002, 2003 and 2004) have won back-to-back runnings of the race, which counts against Native River. With doubts over the rest of the runners, it might be worth looking elsewhere.
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7. Masters Golf Winner? J. Spieth, T. Woods, R. McIlroy, D. Johnson, J. Thomas, B. Koepka or T. Fleetwood, R. Fowler or F Molinari, J. Rose or B. De Chambeau, B. Watson or Rahm, P. Reed or Jason Day, Any other American (under 35), Any other American (35 or over), Any other European, Any other ROW
Watson or Rahm. Bubba Watson has won the Masters twice and Rahm performed superbly to finish fourth at Augusta last year. He could make a major breakthrough.
8. Snooker World Champion? Ronnie O’Sullivan, Mark Selby, Judd Trump, John Higgins, Ding Junhui, Kyren Wilson, Mark Williams, Neil Robertson, Mark Allen, Barry Hawkins, Any other seed (top 16), A non-seeded player
Judd Trump. Trump thrashed Ronnie O’Sullivan 10-4 to win the Masters Final last week and finally looks to have the consistency to win the biggest competition in world snooker.
9. Champions League Winner? Man City, Barcelona, Juventus, PSG, Bayern, M Real Madrid, Liverpool, Atletico Madrid or Tottenham, Man United or Borussia Dortmund, Any other club
PSG. The French side face a resurgent Manchester United in the first knockout stage but are unbeaten in the league, dominated Liverpool in their crucial Champions League group match and look certain to score goals with Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani forming a formidable attacking trio.
10. Cricket World Cup Winner? India, England, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Pakistan, West Indies or Sri Lanka, Any other country
New Zealand. The Kiwis ran favourites England close in a ODI series last year and performed well against Pakistan and West Indies. They are ranked third by the ICC and could provide some value.Harry Kane picks up the Golden Boot at last year’s World Cup
11. What will the Nations League outcome be? Portugal to beat England, England to beat Portugal, Portugal to beat Netherlands, England to beat Switzerland, Netherlands to win the trophy, Switzerland to win the trophy
England to beat Portugal.
England are the best team of the four semi-finalists and Portugal should beat Switzerland in the other match.
12.What will be the Series score in the 2019 Ashes? England 3-2, England 4-1 or 4-0, England 3-1 or 3-0, England 2-1 or 2-0, England any other score, Australia 3-2, Australia 3-0, 4-0, 4-1, Australia 2-0, 2-1 or 3-1, Australia any other score, Drawn series
England 3-1 or 3-0. There seem to be very few draws in test cricket these days, but the english weather could prevent all five tests from being completed, and England should prevail.
13. Rugby World Cup Winner? New Zealand, Ireland, South Africa, England, Wales, Australia, France, Any other country
Ireland. The green machine restricted New Zealand to their lowest points total in a Test since the 2011 World Cup final when beating the All Blacks 16-9 in November and have a great chance of winning rugby’s biggest prize.
14. Which of the following teams will be highest in Premier League table at midnight on Dec 31st 2019? Bournemouth, Any promoted club, Watford, Brighton, Burnley, Cardiff, Crystal Palace, Newcastle, Southampton
Southampton. The Saints’ new manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has made a decent start and there is more upside to selecting this team than any of the others on the list.
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