The XMR Fantasy Football League 2016

Season predictions and league open call 

- 12/08/2016 -


The football season is upon us once more (that’s soccer to our American friends), and all around the country there are legions of people both excited and enraged at the prospect of another nine months of tribal rivalry. Will José beat Pep? Are Leicester just a one season wonder? How long will it take referee Mark Clattenburg to make some sort of ludicrous mistake?

This season we at Xtra Mile have decided to run our own (Premier League) Fantasy Football league, which is open to all and sundry and free to take part. All you need to do is create your team here: https://fantasy.premierleague.com/, and then join our league with this code: 139267-259630.

The person who finishes in first place will be rewarded with an Xtra Mile goodie bag of some sort (content to be confirmed – but c'mon it'll be good obviously).

To help you pick your team, we asked a few of our artists and friends to make some predictions about the impending Premier League season with the promise of crowning the person who is most accurate Xtra Mile Football Tsar 2017 (this is an official title). Some of these predictions could be considered brave (I am looking at you Thom Mills), some foolish (Dani), and some downright hopeful (Evan), but if we learned anything from last year it should be that you can never tell what is going to happen. But if our predictions are to be believed, the battle seems to be taking place in Manchester this year, and no one has predicted a top three placing for Leicester.


The predictions

SAM DUCKWORTH (RECREATIONS)

Team you support: Arsenal

Predictions for Top 3: Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United

Predictions for Bottom 3: Swansea, Burnley, Hull

Top goal scorer: Lukaku

First team to sack their manager: Swansea

Team with the most yellow/red cards against them: Arsenal

Quote: “Why only top 3? What about Arsenal?”

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 Sam Duckworth. Photo by Alice Corner.

Sam Duckworth. Photo by Alice Corner.


ROB LYNCH (ROB LYNCH)

Team you support: Sunderland 

Predictions for Top 3: 1. Man Utd 2. Man City 3. Chelsea

Predictions for Bottom 3: 18. Middlesborough 19. Burnley 20. Hull

Top goal scorer: Jermain Defoe

First team to sack their manager: West Brom

Team with the most yellow/red cards against them: Stoke City

Quote: (Sunderland are) The Greatest Team The World Has Ever Seen

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COLIN MACINTYRE (MULL HISTORICAL SOCIETY)

Team you support: Liverpool

Predictions for Top 3: Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal

Predictions for Bottom 3: Middlesbrough, Hull, Burnley

Top goal scorer: Aguero

First team to sack their manager: Swansea

Team with the most yellow/red cards against them: Hull

Quote: “I’ve looked into the crystal ball.”

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 Colin MacInyre. Photo by Dan Massie.

Colin MacInyre. Photo by Dan Massie.


EVAN COTTER (138 DESIGN / XTRA MILE ARTWORK GUY)

Team you support: West Ham

Predictions for Top 3: Manchester City, Chelsea, West Ham 

Predictions for Bottom 3: Sunderland, Hull, Burnley

Top goal scorer: Vardy

First team to sack their manager: West Brom

Team with the most yellow/red cards against them: Tottenham

Quote: “I reckon City have probably got this, but I don’t think the rest of it is going to be so cut and dry”


THOM MILLS (SKINNY LISTER)

Team you support: Tottenham

Predictions for Top 3: Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham

Predictions for Bottom 3: Bournemouth, West Brom, Crystal Palace

Top goal scorer: Harry Kane

First team to sack their managerManchester United

Team with the most yellow/red cards against themStoke

Quote:  (Regarding his seemingly crazy prediction for manager sacking) “I know. But I think José has lost it.”

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PAUL BUTLER (RETROSPECTIVE SOUNDTRACK PLAYERS)

Team you support: Portsmouth

Predictions for Top 3: Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea

Predictions for Bottom 3: Watford, Burnley, Hull

Top goal scorer: Ibrahimović

First team to sack their managerWest Brom

Team with the most yellow/red cards against themSouthampton

Quote: (Regarding Portsmouth) “25th season as a suffering season ticket holder!”

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DOUGIE MURPHY (PRODUCTION MANAGER FOR FRANK TURNER)

Team you support: Wrexham AFC

Predictions for Top 3: Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool

Predictions for Bottom 3: Burnley, Watford, Bournemouth

Top goal scorer: Origi

First team to sack their manager: the new Watford guy

Team with the most yellow/red cards against them: Stoke

Quote: “Liverpool will win everything this year apart from the champions league cause Man City will win that. Wrexham will also win the conference.”


DANI COTTER (XTRA MILE RECORDINGS)

Team you support: Newcastle United

Predictions for Top 3: West Ham United, Leicester City, Manchester United

Predictions for Bottom 3: Swansea, Burnley, Hull

Top goal scorer: Rashford (is this the kid who’s like, 12, but awesome?)

First team to sack their manager: Hull

Team with the most yellow/red cards against them: Manchester United (because of Fellaini)

Quote: “I’m just going to copy Sam for the bottom 3”