On Wednesday's episode of "Big Brother," James Huling saved himself from what would have been an inescapable eviction, leaving his closest ally Meg Maley vulnerable on the block. HOH Vanessa Rousso, determined to have Meg evicted, named Julia Nolan as the replacement nominee believing that she is less of a threat in the game than Meg. Who do YOU think is going home tonight? Hurry – make your "Big Brother" predictions for a chance to win our $100 Amazon gift certificate. It’s fun and easy, so start now by scrolling down to predict who will be evicted Thursday night.
With Austin Matelson and Liz Nolan unlikely to evict Julia and James unlikely to evict Meg, John McGuire and Steve Moses now hold all the cards in determining who goes home this week. What should they do? Let's examine the pros of both scenarios.
Pros of evicting Julia
The obvious upside to evicting Julia is that it strikes a deafening blow to Austin and Liz who have completely ruled the game for the last two weeks. The power of the Austwins threesome only grows with each week they progress further into the game. After tonight's double eviction, if all three remain in the game they are half of the house and in total control. Austin aside, Julia and Liz are a formidable pair. Tighter than any other pair in the house, Liz and Julia will never evict their sister over someone else. It's actually quite idiotic that the house has allowed the pair to get this far in the game together — having the chance to evict one of them right now seems like an opportunity that could very well never present itself again.
Pros of evicting Meg
Vanessa has made it clear that since she can't get James out she has to target Meg to weaken James. John and Steve would be smart to not ruffle Vanessa's feathers so that she's convinced of their loyalty to her as a threesome to go up against the Austwins in the coming weeks. John and Steve have very few ties to James. If they evict Meg, they only upset James and even then he will still be targeting Vanessa and the Austwins over either of them. In Vanessa's words, they'll minimize the amount of blood on their hands by going along with the rest of the house.
According to exclusive Gold Derby odds that are derived from predictions made by users like you, Meg has leading 9/10 odds of being eliminated, just ahead of Julia who has odds of 5/1. Hurry and make your own forecasts before our predictions center closes tonight at 6 p.m. PT / 9 p.m. ET.
Making your predictions is fun and easy. Just log into your Gold Derby account, or you can register for a free account via Facebook, Twitter or Google. In our "Big Brother" predictions center, you get to answer the following questions for the rest of the week:
Which houseguest will be evicted?
Who'll be second evictee on double eviction night?
Who will win 'Big Brother'?
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Click on any box and then scroll down to start making your predictions. For each TV show, cast your votes on several different questions relating to the upcoming episode. If you click on the "Big Brother" button, you'll see something like this:
To vote for who you think will be eliminated next, drag your chosen contestant over from the left to the right. Every time someone logs their predictions, the racetrack odds of the contestants are automatically updated.
If the majority of users think Meg will go home, that means she'll have the best odds and will go to the front of the pack. Conversely, the contestants who don't receive many predictions have the worst odds and will go to the bottom of the pile.
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