In line with feedback, we’re changing things up a bit this year in how we do our Uniball predictions. One thing we continue to receive feedback on is the inconsistency of the depth and quality of predictions between one conference and the next, due to the available time and ability of the writers that cover each group of teams, and how much information is made available to them.
To that end we’re going to shake things up this year and rather than attempting to cover all games with as much detail as possible with the resources available, we’re instead going to focus on particular stand out ‘Games of the Week’ – looking more closely at anywhere between one to three games, spread across the tiers, focusing on those games that perhaps looks particularly tasty and we can go into greater detail in the coverage of.
Kicking it off this week in the top tier, we’re going to take a look at a tasty matchup between the new boys in Uniball’s toughest conference, and the team that made them wait another year to get there!
Meanwhile, we’ll take a quick glance at the other fixtures, with picks from each of the members of our BUCS Office!
With the one Prem North matchup featuring as this week’s Game of the Week, we’ve just got two Premiership South games to make picks for in Week Two:
Birmingham Lions vs UWE Bullets
It’s a trial by fire for the new addition to the Prem South as they open their time in the top tier against last year’s conference champs.
Still, UWE have been boosted by some quality additions to their roster in the form of international scholars coming into the season, while the Lions seemed to lack their usual bite in their Week One win over the Destroyers.
On this occasion, I’ll split the tie… Lions to take the W in their 2018/19 home debut.
Portsmouth Destroyers vs Swansea Titans
Thanks to the wonderful weather we were having last winter, these two teams only met the once in the 17/18 season… and even that scoreline ended up being voided due to not being reported ahead of the season-close deadline!
Here’s hoping there’s no similar issues this time around, although the teams have already shifted and swapped the dates and venues – now playing in Portsmouth on Saturday evening, as opposed to Swansea on Sunday.
Swansea certainly impressed in their first outing of the year with a tasty win over the Hurricanes… But the Destroyers held the reigning conference-champs, the Lions, to just a 3-point margin last weekend so even without a win to their name are worth considering as contenders
Hence the split in the votes, as the Titans take it five to three.