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Five sporting predictions to stick by for 2016

| 31.12.2015

So here we go again, all set and ready to crack on with another year of sporting drama, jaw-dropping moments and heart-breaking despair.

Will Novak Djokovic go one step further and claim all the slams in one year?

Can Jordan Spieth do the same in Golf?

And then there’s the small matter of the European Championships in France.

Here’s a look at what we think could be worth backing in 2016…

Highest transfer fee paid by British club to be broken – 4/1

With this season’s Premier League causing all kinds of problems for the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool, all three will be viewing next season’s campaign as a must for a return to the higher echelons.

Throw in the latest TV money kicking in next term, and you’ve got plenty of reason to fancy a British side breaking the current transfer fee paid of £55m by Man City for Kevin De Bruyne.

Any British player to win the Puskas Award – 8/1

Always worth a look at this award, as, unlikely many others this isn’t about a season-long performance, or even a match-long performance.

David Ball (Fleetwood Town), Matty Burrows (Glentoran) and Wayne Rooney have all represented the British Isles at this award, and it only takes a moment of brilliance to win. Jamie Vardy, anyone?

Novak Djokovic Grand Slam Special – 4 Grand Slams 8/1 – 3 Grand Slams 11/4

The Serbian was in sensational form last season and produced arguably the closest thing to a perfect campaign you’re likely to see in tennis.

He claimed three Grand Slams in 2015, and was runner-up in the French Open. He’s never conquered the lot in one year, and he may never get a better chance.

With Roger Federer turning 35 next year, and Rafael Nadal still struggling outside of a clay court, Andy Murray looks like being Djokovic’s biggest opponent in 2016.

Dustin Johnson to win a Major – 6/1

Will 2016 be Dustin’s year? The major eludes him despite three top-seven finishes in 2015.

He was rarely, if ever, outside of the top five after two rounds, and if he can just hold it together on days three and four, few will cope with DJ this time around.

SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 08: Dustin Johnson of the United States hits a pitch shot on the 11th hole during the final round of the WGC - HSBC Champions at the Sheshan International Golf Club on November 8, 2015 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Will 2016 finally be the year Dustin Johnson bags a Major?

Home Nation or Republic of Ireland to win Euro 2016 – 9/1

We don’t need to explain this. Obviously this will happen, right?

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Richard Marsh

Richard loves his sport, especially if it involves the sound of tyres screaming around a race track. He's not fussy though and his '90s Premier League nostalgia and knowledge of team nicknames is tough to match.