1. Donald Trump will use no fewer than 12 hyperbolic yet meaningless adjectives. I'm thinking here of "tremendous" or "fantastic" as well as "horrible" and "lousy."
2. Secretary Clinton will answer a foreign policy question in a complex and careful fashion that won't generate any enthusiasm whatsoever.
3. Donald Trump will directly deny he said or did something. If pressed, he will say "check the record" or something equivalent.
4. Secretary Clinton will sink to Donald Trump's level twice--either through personal insult or a "zinger"--and both times it will fall flat.
5. Lester Holt will embed fact-checking into his questions, rather than follow up with actual facts to contradict a candidate's response. It will not help at all.
6. Secretary Clinton will try to goad Donald Trump into a temper tantrum. It won't work--he'll remain calm.
7. Secretary Clinton will try to press Donald Trump for details about foreign affairs. He will deny that details matter and all that matters is "America First."
8. After the debate, Donald Trump's campaign, supporters and surrogates, will claim that the debate was rigged or biased against them and that the lamestream liberal media is out to get him. "I thought he won," they will say. "He showed the American people that he is presidential and in command. Hilary was shrill and defensive--she had no policies other than to insult and attack Mr. Trump, who clearly has the best vision for America."
9. After the debate, Hilary Clinton's campaign will claim that expectations were so low for Mr. Trump that as long as he didn't physically attack Hilary, he would be seen to have "won." "I thought she won. She was clearly the most level-headed and informed candidate, and possesses experience and a mature temperament needed in the presidency. Donald Trump once again showed America who he is--a petulant child with no knowledge, experience, or regard for anyone other than himself."
10. Networks will endlessly talk about who "landed a punch" or "delivered a blow" or even "bloodied" the other. They will refer to the debate in endless sports analogies. There will be references made to "knockouts," "home runs," "touchdowns," and so on. Even if only to say "there were no knockout blows."
I'll see how right I was in a few hours!
Be seeing you!