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Everton at Huddersfield Town: Writer Prediction League

Wherein we decide just what rock bottom might look like

Everton v Huddersfield Town - Premier League Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

This week, Everton’s matchup features a club in a deep, deep mire, facing down the endless abyss of footballing mediocrity, irrelevance, and utter failure.

Oh, and also Huddersfield Town.


Okay, in seriousness now, the Toffees are in an atrocious run of form right now, which perhaps can only be rivaled by that of Huddersfield Town. The Terriers haven’t won a match since November 25, with just a single, solitary point to their name since December 1.

The manager who led Huddersfield to the top division in England has departed the club, replaced by Jan Siewert, a man with no experience in England and a previous managerial peak of the fourth division in Germany.

If there’s any match Everton should be able to win, it’s this one. And yet...

The Toffees’ away form remain incomprehensibly abysmal, with the club coming off away losses to Southampton and Millwall in the FA Cup.

Our writers didn’t do predictions for the Millwall match, because surely everyone would have just picked Everton and been right and hahahahaha boy that was a silly thing for me to think, wasn’t it?

Our staff did make predictions for the Southampton match, which you can see below.

Southampton Predictions

Writer First Scorer Everton MOTM Winner Score Points
Writer First Scorer Everton MOTM Winner Score Points
Adam B. Sigurdsson Digne Everton 2-1 0
Brian F. Richarlison Gomes Draw 1-1 0
Brian L. Richarlison Lookman Draw 1-1 0
Calvin Redmond Gueye Everton 2-1 0
Chris Richarlison Richarlison Everton 2-1 0
Geno Richarlison Sigurdsson Everton 2-1 0
Matt A. Digne Lookman Draw 1-1 0
Matthew C. Austin Lookman Southampton 1-0 2
Pete Richarlison Gueye Draw 1-1 0
Rachel Richarlison Lookman Everton 1-0 0
Sean Sigurdsson Gomes Everton 2-0 0
Tom Richarlison Lookman Draw 1-1 0
Zach Richarlison Richarlison Everton 3-0 0

Only Matthew C. got any points from this match, via picking Southampton to win the match. The rest of us were idiotically optimistic, and summarily punished for that error.

With only two points picked up among all our writers, our prediction league standings are largely unchanged.

Prediction League Table

Writer Points
Writer Points
Calvin 64
Rachel 56
Adam B. 53
Sean 51
Geno 51
Chris 51
Matt A. 51
Pete 50
Brian L. 49
Tom 49
Matthew C. 46
Brian F. 45
Zach 44

With two recent failures linger in the mind, our writers now look ahead to today’s match against Huddersfield Town. On the whole, we struggled to balance Everton’s impossibly bad form with the fact that Huddersfield is just impossibly bad.

Huddersfield Predictions

Writer First Scorer Everton MOTM Winner Score Points
Writer First Scorer Everton MOTM Winner Score Points
Adam B. Zanka Digne Huddersfield 1-0 0
Brian F. Richarlison Tosun Huddersfield 2-1 1
Brian L. Tosun Tosun Everton 2-0 2
Calvin Sigurdsson Gueye Everton 2-1 2
Chris None Digne Draw 0-0 0
Geno Calvert-Lewin Digne Draw 1-1 0
Matt A. Richarlison Sigurdsson Everton 3-1 3
Matthew C. None Digne Draw 0-0 0
Pete Richarlison Richarlison Everton 2-0 3
Rachel Richarlison Pickford Everton 1-0 6
Sean Richarlison Gomes Everton 2-1 3
Tom Tosun Tosun Draw 1-1 0
Zach Sigurdsson Sigurdsson Everton 1-0 4

Seven of our writers do have Everton coming away with a victory, which doesn’t feel like it should be noteworthy, but we are where we are. Brian F. and I are the only two writers to go full-on pessimistic and pick Huddersfield to win, with the remaining writers forecasting a draw.

I did find it interesting that two different writers picked the match to end in a 0-0 draw (with the same Everton MOTM, even!) — I believe that’s the first time since we started doing weekly predictions that two participants have predicted a scoreless draw.

The other most notable trend here is a quiet belief that Cenk Tosun can build upon his goal against Millwall — the Turkish striker was picked by two writers to open the scoring and three to be the Everton man of the match.