A supercomputer has predicted the final Premier League table based on current form – with reigning champions Liverpool tipped to finish as low as eighth.
It has been a remarkable start to the 2020/21 top-flight season, which got underway a month later than usual due to the previous campaign being delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.
Leicester currently sit top of the pile after taking 18 points from their first eight games, with Tottenham, Liverpool and Southampton making up the rest of the top four.
Manchester United are down in 14th after winning just three of their first eight matches, while Arsenal are in 11th having suffered four defeats already.
And it’s West Brom, Burnley and Sheffield United who find themselves in the relegation zone having not claimed a single victory in the first two months of the new season.
The stats geeks over at Football Web Pages have created a supercomputer that works out the percentage likelihood of each possible result in every Premier League fixture for the remainder of the campaign.
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Using the most probable results, they have been able to calculate a predicted final top-flight table – and the standings make for fascinating analysis.
The supercomputer believes Jose Mourinho will claim his first title since the 2014/15 campaign, with his Tottenham side projected to pip Leicester to top spot by just one goal.
Chelsea are expected to secure third place, but the most surprising inclusion in the top four is Aston Villa – who are tipped to earn 84 points this season.
The surprises do not end there, as Southampton and West Ham are positioned in fifth and sixth place on the predictable table, coming before title favourites Manchester City and Liverpool in seventh and eighth.
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It does not make good reading for Manchester United and Arsenal, who are in 10th and 11th place, while European contenders Wolves are down in 13th.
Not too astonishingly, though, Burnley, West Brom and Sheffield United are predicted to be relegated at the end of the campaign.
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