So here we are, at the sharp end of the group stages. Some teams (or what was left of them, anyway) are already on the plane home: others will be joining them on that lonely journey soon enough. Will England be one of them? Will the Slovenians be partying heartily on the streets of Ljubljana tonight? Yes, it’s a real place, I looked it up, it’s not a new Star Wars character or a particularly bad Scrabble hand.
Actually, that looks like a pretty nice place to party. Love those European orange roofs. You can see why the Americans find us so quaint.
Anyway, down to brass tacks. Or rather, polyurethane Jabulanis. Has Fabio Capello succeeded in reminding all 11 England players what the goal looks like and why they need to put the roundest ball ever in to it?
Here are today’s predictions from our panel:
- Dr Ian McHale, a Senior Lecturer in Statistics at the University of Salford: “England win. They can’t mess up again – can they?”
- David Williams, head of PR at Ladbrokes: “England win”.
- Chris Day, goalkeeper for Stevenage FC: “2-0 to England.”
- Laura Daligan, ‘psychic, artist and pin-up’: “I have to say that Slovenia will play very well and to be honest England will have to pull all the stops out to get through!”
Hmm. Sounds worryingly like the Algerian predictions from day eight: three definite wins for England and one quite-likely-to-win-but-you-can’t-be-sure-with-England prediction. And the last time, Laura was right! Uh-oh.
These are just predictions, of course – what will the reality be? Why not add your comments and predictions below?
Remember: this is just for fun and all predictions are for entertainment only. Any mortgages lost or other sums squandered based on the information supplied are your own responsibility! And yes, I will keep mentioning this every day. Even if I’m in Ljubljana for the weekend.
Actually, thinking about Ljubljana and Scrabble, what’s the best anyone can do with that hand? We’ve got “anal” so far. There must be something else.
Incidentally, if you want to read our magazine feature on the science of football prediction, I can heartily recommend it. If you’re not much of a reader, wear your eyeballs out on the accompanying football predictions video.