At the risk of injecting levity into an already very-much-NWSL-After-Dark season, we’re going to try our hands at this familiar feature of Riveting! – the Prediction Game – and see how things go.
Because it’s a short turnaround week, we’re jumping right in.
This Wednesday the Thorns (4th/9pts, 2-1-3 [2-1-2/0-0-1]) travel to San Diego (1st/13pts, 4-2-1 [2-0-0/2-2-1]) to take on the league-leading Wave. The Thorns are coming off a 3-nil win over the other Cali club, Angel City, while the Wave nicked a point in Kansas City last weekend through a 90th minute Alex Morgan goal.
I mocked the Ripples through the Challenge Cup, but the sea state in San Diego has gone from wavelets to a tsunami in the regular season; the Wave tore through the league in matchdays 1 through 4, taking nine points. Since then they have cooled a bit, bagging only one of a possible six from matchdays 5 and 6.
The Thorns are 2-0-0 against the Wave, beating them 0-1 in their Cup opener and then 3-2 here in the return fixture…but that was in another country and besides, that Wave is dead. The revived San Diego is a whole ‘nother critter.
In case you don’t remember, here’s…
How this works:
Add a comment to this post. As your first line, put your predicted result, for example 3-1 Thorns.
In the body of your comment, start with the goals and assists, like so:
Salem (Free kick)
Next, name the first yellow card recipient: Merritt Mathias
Then a red card. (NOTE: no points awarded for correctly calling a red-card-free match, so take a guess.) Madison Pogarch for mimicking mooning the referee after getting an undeserved yellow.
Make your fun prediction,and give a “thumbs up” to anybody else’s prediction that tickles your fancy: The two teams meet up in the parking lot before the game to burn an effigy of Paul Riley. Nadine Angerer produces not one but two lighters from her pockets.
· Correct score: 5 points
· Correct result (draw/win/loss): 3 points
· Each clean sheet: 2 points
· Each goal-scorer: 1 point
· Each FK/PK/assist/lack of assist: 1 point
· Goal/assist bonus: 1 point
· Player with the first yellow card of the match: 1 point
· A player with a red card: 1 point
· Most liked/most outrageously accurate prediction: 2 points
Some ground rules and explanations/clarifications (the fine print):
Comments must be posted before kickoff, but you can edit or amend an earlier prediction right up to the starting whistle.
Keep your scoreline predictions realistic. No crazy scores just to pad out your odds of getting goals and assists.
The goal/assist bonus is an additional point if you predict the correct scorer and assistant on the same goal, for example, you say Hubly scores from a Boureille assist and that is exactly what happens. P.S. if you say exactly that, and it happens, I will hunt you down and buy you a beer!
Be clear whether you think a goal will be unassisted, assisted, or from a PK/FK. Unassisted = no assist, run of play; Assisted = player who got the assist; PK/FK = not in run of play. For the purposes of this thread, Penalty Kick and Free Kick are the same thing. No entry means unassisted.