Having reflected on 2012 in sport it is time to turn my attention to the year ahead.
Here are my thoughts on what may happen in sport in 2013.
Football – Manchester United will win the Premier League in England. In the Champions League English clubs won’t make t he semi-finals. I have a feeling that one of the German teams could have a good run and upset the big Spanish names.
Cricket – England will retain the Ashes in the summer and win the series fairly easily. In Australia next winter they will just hang on to the Ashes but the series will be close and possibly drawn.
Rugby Union – England will win the Six Nations with the decisive game being against the French. the British Lions will win their Test Series in Australia.
Rugby League – Australia will regain the World Cup beating England in the final.
Tennis – Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray will dominate the men’s singles Grand Slams, winning at least three between them. Murray will win Wimbledon. Serena Williams will win every Grand Slam except the French.
Golf – Rory McIlroy will win one of the American Majors again. Tiger Woods will come very close to winning one and may win one.
American Football – The New England Patriots will beat the San Francisco 49ers in the Superbowl.
Athletics – Jessica Ennis will win the world championship heptathlon but her score will be down on her Olympic total. Mo Farah will win the 10,000m but not the 5000m.
Swimming – Rebecca Adlington will lose her 800m freestyle world record and world title to Katie Ledecky. Missy Franklin will win the most gold medals and may win a freestyle medal to add to her backstroke ones.
Cycling – Alberto Contador will win the Tour de France. Britain’s track team will only be moderately successful at the world championships but Laura Trott will win the omnium world title again. Bradley Wiggins will have quite a low-key season.
Motor Racing – Sebastian Vettel will win the Formula One world title again. Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button will have quite disappointing seasons.