I have a theory which I abide by when it comes to football experts making predictions for the season and it goes as follows: whatever prediction Paul Merson makes, the opposite will happen.
Well it seems that Merson himself may start to question his own judgement after the Sky Sports analyst had to go on live TV today dressed as Gonzo from the muppets after stating at the start of the season that he would dress up as the muppet if Huddersfield managed to avoid relegation this season.
Huddersfield clinched another season in the top flight on Wednesday, holding Chelsea to a 1-1 draw and today Merson has fulfilled his forfeit.
? Remember this, @htafcdotcom? Paul Merson said that he would dress up as Gonzo if Huddersfield stayed up this season... #htafc pic.twitter.com/EslCLLuBjV
— Super 6 (@Super6) May 10, 2018
To be fair to Merse, the pundit has been magnanimous in defeat and commended the club because they 'give it a go', applauding the chairman for spending money in order to stay in the league.
Paul Merson instantly regretting his Premier League predictions this season. pic.twitter.com/5JaifkJWI8
— • (@JustKayal) May 11, 2018
Why is Paul Merson on Sky Sports dressed as Gonzo? pic.twitter.com/FXOUr0x8Nm
— Lewis (@LewisMatthews1) May 11, 2018
People have been commending the pundit for keeping his word, but the 50-year-old has also had some stick online following his error of judgement:
Great to see Paul Merson sticking to his promise of wearing Gonzo the muppet outfit if #htafc stayed up!
— Will | #JB17 (@FCUtdWill) May 11, 2018
Paul Merson ??? plonker
— Ellesse (@ellessebrook1) May 11, 2018
When you get Paul Merson, a man who can barely work out what's going on in the present, to predict future outcomes. pic.twitter.com/MnlVJyiJ74
— Jas (@JasAFC) May 11, 2018
Love it!! Paul Merson deserves to wear it, not believing and having faith in @htafcdotcom we are still living the f...Ing dream pic.twitter.com/Iddc8EdEGy
— Michele (@shell_gallagher) May 11, 2018
Paul Merson dressed as a muppet.....oh the irony!
— Chris Walters (@SWFC_Chris) May 11, 2018
Ahahahaha fair play to Paul Merson wearing that @SkySportsPLP @maxrushden
— Chris McConville (@McConville94) May 11, 2018
Huddersfield Town fans - set your phasers on "pause". Have it on very good authority Paul Merson will be dressed as Gonzo from The Muppet Show on the @SkySportsPLP in 20 minutes. Because YOU STAYED UP! pic.twitter.com/RMJ0uLOgaA
— Barry Glendenning (@bglendenning) May 11, 2018