So team England have made it to the World Cup for the fifth WC tournament running. Well done everyone.

Aside from the needed results and pleasing performances against Poland and Montenegro, there are genuine seeds of hope for the future; for example Andros Townsend offering a cutting, ballsy direct style of play that has been missing in the England set-up for decades. What's even more exciting is the partnership with Leighton Bains, the thinking man's footballer - if it is allowed to grow or not is another matter once Walcott and Cole return from injury. Plus with Sturridge, Wilshire, Barkley all showing huge promise...

But what I'm personally looking forward to in Brazil is team Belgium. Once the butt of 'what is Belgium famous for' jokes by boring comedians in the 80's (probably), the national side is experiencing the cliched 'golden generation' tag following a period of demise in the early 00's. To look at the successes of today, we have to look back to the nadir of yesterday - Belgium co-hosted the European Championships in 2000 and failed to make it past the group stage, being dumped out in a limp defeat to Turkey.

A ten-year blueprint was instilled by technical director of the Belgian FA to develop a plan in an attempt to nurture talent, and today we are seeing the fruits of his labour. Just look at the quality of players: Dembélé, Lukaku, Fellaini, Mignolet, Witsel, Kompany, Vermaelen, Hazard, Benteke, Mirallas, De Bruyne... oh my. I guess the added interest is that most of those are Premier League based, so it feels like we're closer to the narrative somehow. And half of those are in my Fantasy Football team currently too, and I develop a strong affinity with my players. All those team building trips away and time on coaches spent together will do that. Aisde from those long list of names, the strength in depth of the national team is astounding - especially once you factor in the size of the country. The glory days of Enzo Scifo to return?

For this week's predictions, we're throwing our own hat into the proverbial ring, 'cos you know, why not? It's our league and we can do what we want. Read on for The 405's predictions - and check out to see how Ghosting Season did in Gameweek 7. Very well it turns out.. and it could have been even better - with a few games where they were out by just a single goal.

The rules:
Three points for an exact scoreline.
One point for a correct result.
Each act will play twice over the course of the season (think home and away if you prefer to adhere to football vernacular).
See the base of the page to see how Little Comets performed last week.

Gameweek 8 Predictions:

  • Newcastle 1-2 Liverpool
  • Arsenal 3-1 Norwich
  • Chelsea 1-0 Cardiff
  • Everton 2-0 Hull
  • Man Utd 2-1 Southampton
  • Stoke 0-0 West Brom
  • Swansea 1-0 Sunderland
  • West Ham 1-2 Man City
  • Aston Villa 2-2 Tottenham
  • Crystal Palace 0-1 Fulham


  • RECAP: Gameweek 7 Predictions - Ghosting Season
  • Prediction: Man City 2-1 Everton Score: Man City 3-1 Everton [1]
  • Prediction: Cardiff 1-1 Newcastle Score: Cardiff 1-2 Newcastle [-]
  • Prediction: Fulham 2-0 Stoke Score: Fulham 1-0 Stoke [1]
  • Prediction: Hull 2-2 Aston Villa Score: Hull 0-0 Aston Villa [1]
  • Prediction: Liverpool 3-0 Crystal Palace Score: Liverpool 3-1 Crystal Palace [1]
  • Prediction: Sunderland 0-2 Man Utd Score: Sunderland 1-2 Man Utd [1]
  • Prediction: Norwich 1-3 Chelsea Score: Norwich 1-3 Chelsea [3]
  • Prediction: Southampton 2-3 Swansea Score: Southampton 2-0 Swansea [-]
  • Prediction: Tottenham 2-0 West Ham Score: Tottenham 0-3 West Ham [-]
  • Prediction: West Brom 1-2 Arsenal Score: West Brom 1-1 Arsenal [-]

Total Points: 7

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