A man dressed in an octopus costume predicting the results of Euro 2020 games is once again becoming something of a hit in Bristol.
With five out of seven results predicted correctly already, the Three Lions’ very own octopus prediction service is proving his worth for those customers who watch the daily videos and place their bets accordingly.
He’s known as ‘The Nobtopus’ – because it’s a bloke called Nobby in an octopus costume – and every morning he and landlord Sean Donnelly post up a Facebook Live video of the creature predicting the day’s results.
Each video has a bit of background music in keeping with one of the teams taking part in that day’s games and, while largely unable to see because of the costume, The Nobtopus places his tentacles on the table somewhere near the flags of the two teams competing in each game.
If the tentacles land on that flag, that’s who the octopus says will win, while crossed tentacles indicate a draw.
For the first three days of the delayed Euro 2020 competition, the Nobtopus correctly predicted five of the seven games so far, even identifying the Wales-Switzerland draw, as well as victories for England, Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium.
He began his run of predicting at the 2018 World Cup, where his accuracy approached 80 per cent for the group games, and led many regulars to watch Mr Donnelly’s Facebook Live videos each morning before putting on their bets.
“I don’t think he knows which way he’s going to go half the time,” said Mr Donnelly, who recently stood for Mayor of Bristol, won more than 5,000 votes and was the highest-placed independent candidate.
The front of the pub currently has an overall prediction that England will win the entire tournament, as envisaged as a Bristol Post front page, along with an announcement of the presence of their eight-tentacled football predictor.
The Three Lions’ own octopus is, of course, inspired by Paul the Octopus, the Weymouth-hatched octopus who lived at Sealife in Oberhausen.
Paul got four out of Germany’s six games at Euro 2008 right, and then astonishingly managed to correctly predict the result in eight games of the 2010 World Cup, including the upset when Serbia beat Germany, and the overall winners, Spain.