Predicting an NRL premiership winner or unlocking Da Vinci code. Take your pick.
The past decade has highlighted the ever-growing openness of the NRL competition, with consecutive premierships still yet to be achieved by any club in the NRL era.
In this time, we’ve witnessed some of the great unforeseen rises and collapses in the premiership race, which have completely unwritten pre-season predictions.
So who could it be this year?
4. Parramatta Eels
Whilst a finals push could be a lot to ask of the Eels, given their poor depth, those tipping the side to pick up another wooden spoon could be in for a shock.
Arguably they still possess a strong list with a good mix of youth, x-factor and experience. Adding to that, they have recruited some key pieces to their puzzle.
The signing of Blake Ferguson is crucial for the club. The representative winger highlighted his class in a huge season last year, and his ability to lift a side and pull off the big-game plays will be crucial.
Junior Paulo, if he is able to find the form he showed in his first season with Canberra, will help form a damaging and aggressive front row rotation with Daniel Alvaro and Tim Mannah. And a fresh Clint Gutherson will act like a new signing, after the dynamic fullback was sidelined for most of 2018.
With the excitement of returning to their new home in Parramatta, it could be a more positive year for Eels fans than first thought.