What are the chances of the Tigers dominating the sports reviews this time next year, as they have for the past week or so?
Turnaround coach Serena Wegman has persuaded the FA to fly her Euro-winning business class – and she has the ability, and critical mindset, to do business again – for the Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. However, the US, above all, will strengthen the opposition.
Back-heel goalscoring Euro hero Alicia Russo could be part of another double at club level. Both the men and women of Manchester United have the quality of delivery to win the FA Cup.
Pardon the boring notion, but Manchester City’s men and Chelsea’s women remain potential league champions, despite mounting challengers.
In the Scottish Premiership, Celtic’s nine-point league run is too good for new Rangers coach Michael Bale.
And in Europe? Goal machine Erling Holland will deliver a long-awaited Champions League debut for Manchester City. With a dog or two among his strongest rivals, this is definitely boss Pep Guardiola’s time.
In the first major world event of the year, Novak Djokovic is rightly the hot favorite to win the Australian Open and equal Rafael Nadal’s record 22 Grand Slam wins.
British fans have reason to hope that Emma Raducano will begin her rapid ascent from 80th in the world rankings if she matches up with new coach Sebastian Sachs and – crucially – fitness guru Jez Green. .
The Six Nations kicked off the international rugby union year – France men and England women to win – but the autumn men’s World Cup will dominate.
New coaches for Wales and England add to the intrigue, but if Ireland are ever going to win it, this is the year.
Apart from this, England’s men and women cricketers are winning the World Cup in the 50-over and 20-over versions respectively. The men can retain the trophy they won in dramatic fashion in 2019. Women may find Australia too strong.
In this summer’s Ashes, will Australia deliver a rude awakening to Ben Stokes’ new-look England conquerors? Instinct says the Stokes bandwagon will run for a while yet.
There are British World Championships gold medals in athletics (Jack Whitman and Kelly Hodgkinson on the up), gymnastics (also the Gederova twins, Jessica and Jennifer) and swimming (against Adam Petty) and swimming, but what? Can they still do it? 27? Maybe only.)
In F1, as always, a lot depends on the cars and the rules, but Mercedes’ British pair of Lewis Hamilton and rising star George Russell may find it very difficult to break world champion Max Verstappen, although they may come close in 2022. Should.
And to finish with two men – 6ft 9 Tyson Fury and 5ft 9 Rory McIlroy.
Ukrainian heavyweight Oleksandr Usyk will have a tougher test than anyone boxing Fury in 2022, but the “Gypsy King” hits as hard as he talks and should prevail again.
And McIlroy finally returned to win his first major golf tournament since 2014, help Europe reclaim the Ryder Cup from the USA in Rome, and be a big part of the sports reviews this time next year.
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