British Airways has put ex-England footballer and TV pundit Gary Lineker in its First class hot seat for an exclusive quick-fire Q&A video ahead of the new English Premier League season, which kicks off on August 8.
British Airways flies directly from Cape Town to London Heathrow nine times a week and twice daily to Terminal 5 from Johannesburg. From Heathrow, football fans have easy access into central London to watch Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham home matches. Terminal 5 offers smooth transfers onto British Airways’ extensive flight network, and with connections to Manchester and Newcastle it’s easy to travel to these top footballing cities to soak up the atmosphere of game day with the locals.
Gary Lineker, the former Tottenham, Barcelona and England striker has given his tips for who will win what in 2015/16, and has his say on the summer’s biggest signings.
Watch his exclusive predictions here:
Gary said: “It’s great to see so many fans travelling to the UK to watch a Premier League game live and believe me it’s worth the journey.”
“If you can get tickets for a derby game, you’ll experience an atmosphere like never before. It’s electric. Witnessing a game where it means so much is really special; the speed, the pace, the physicality of the football, will be something that lives with you forever.”
Giving his trophy-winning predictions for the coming season to British Airways, Gary said: “For the Premier League, I’ll probably go for Chelsea again. They’ve strengthened a bit and they were so dominant last season. I’ve got a feeling for Manchester United for the FA Cub, and my old club Spurs for the League Cup – it’s about time they won something.”
And casting his expert eye over the big money summer signings coming into the league, he added: “I think Schweinsteiger will be interesting to watch at Manchester United. Sterling going to Manchester City is going to be really interesting. A lot of money – but if he realises the potential that he has, he might turn out to be a bargain!”
In the exclusive British Airways Q&A, Gary also revealed who he believes is the best player of all time, explained his golden rule when writing controversial Tweets and told why he would never be a football manager.