Some people might call it the ultimate kiss of death, but the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy is hoping that a new prediction competition for supporters will generate some talented tipsters for the season.
For the first time, Johnstone’s Paint is putting its mouth where the trophy is by asking fans to call the results of each tie in an effort to whip up some added excitement as the first round draws ever closer.
The predictions will then be put up on the trophy’s official Facebook page for all supporters to see, with the most perceptive fan winning a Johnstone’s Paint Trophy goody bag.
To kick start the new initiative, the trophy is sticking its neck out to forecast three fixtures where it thinks the goals will fly in during round one.
Johnstone’s Paint predictions:
1. If it is goals and drama that fans are after, then we suggest a trip to Prenton Park for Tranmere Rovers’ tie with Port Vale.
Not only are the men from the Wirral seventh in an all time Johnstone’s Paint Trophy league table, but they also won on penalties at this stage last season.
Couple this with a Port Vale side which is scoring goals for fun in the league and all the ingredients are in place for an exciting evening to remember.
2. We think that Steel City debutants Sheffield United might just conjure up some real entertainment with Burton Albion, with both sides keen to get forward. The Pirelli Stadium is another place we’d like to be.
3. Stadium:MK looks a promising prospect in our eyes, where we expect Brentford and MK Dons to enthral.
Both sides are banging in the goals left, right and centre, both have an impressive recent history in the competition, and both are going to serve up a treat we think.
Johnstone’s Paint Trophy sponsorship manager Teresa Hardwick said: “Our prediction competition are aimed at creating a bit of fun and some talking points for fans to chew over on the terraces.
“We have based our three predictions on hunches, feelings and sheer guesswork!”
Supporters are asked to leave their predictions on the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy’s official Facebook page.
For each correct result, one point will be awarded, while three points will be awarded for the correct result and scoreline.
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