In the second and final part of the series I share my predictions for five more Sporting Events in 2015. Let’s see how I do!
6. Algeria to win Nations Cup-
Christian Gourcuff’s men head into the tournament on the back of a superb qualification campaign which saw them win 5 of their 6 qualifiers and a fantastic World Cup in Brazil, which saw them reach the knockout stages for the first time, and run eventual winners Germany close, only going down in extra time.
The highest ranked team in the tournament, the ‘Desert Foxes’ golden trio of Porto’sYacine Brahimi-the reigning BBC African Footballer of the year, Valencia’s Sofia Ferghouli, and Islam Slimani, will be key to their chances of picking up a second African title. Despite being drawn in the ‘group of death’ alongside Ghana, South Africa and Senegal, I’m backing their fast, counter-attacking style to win the day.
7. Djokovic to triumph in Australia-
As the first major of the season gets underway in Melbourne up to five players have genuine title aspirations: Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Andy Murray, defending champion Stanislas Warwinka, and Milos Raonic.
Fresh from his 1000th career victory, which also saw him win the Brisbane International, Federer goes into Melbourne in confident mood looking to pick up his eighteenth major title; while Andy Murray’s impressive form in the Hopman Cup and his win over Raphael Nadal in Abu Dhabi will give him confidence for the coming fortnight.
But despite feeling unwell prior to the tournament I’m backing Novak Djokovic to bag his eighth major title and a fifth Australian crown in Melbourne.
8. Australia to retain Ashes-
Following their 5-0 drubbing of England down under last year and their continued improvement, the Aussies have what it takes to win their first Ashes on UK soil since 2003.
Boasting the likes of David Warner, Steve Smith, Shane Watson, Michael Clark (if fit),Brad Haddin, and Mitchell Marsh, allied with all-rounder Mitchell Johnson, Australia have an excellent batting line-up. While their bowling attack led by the potent Mitchell Johnson, includes World Class operator Ryan Harris, the reliable Peter Siddle, and wily spinner Nathan Lyons.
But it will be tight: England showed a lot of character and quality to bounce back and beat India last Summer and if their batting line-up-strong on paper -clicks, and their bowlers deliver, they can win it.
But the Aussies’ more consistent and reliable batting unit will see them through.
9. Lewis Hamilton to win successive F1 titles-
After his thrilling Formula 1 title last year, I’m backing Hamilton to be crowned F1 champion once again this year, edging out team mate and bitter rival Nico Rosberg, with McLaren-Honda’s Fernando Alonso in third place.
Mercedes dominated the sport last season winning 16 out of 19 races and boasting the best car in the business, and will continue to do so this year.
10. Seattle Seahawks to win Super Bowl-
Following their dramatic overtime victory over the Green Bay Packers on the weekend, I’m tipping them to beat the New England Patriots who routed the Indianapolis Colts 45-7 on the same day.
America’s Premier Sporting event will take place in Arizona on February the 1st with the Seahawks having the opportunity to become the first team in a decade to win successive Super Bowls. While the Patriots who have 3 Super Bowl titles will make a record equalling eighth Super Bowl appearance.