EXCLUSIVE: Mirror Football’s very own supercomputer has predicted how the Premier League table will look come the end of the campaign and it is welcome reading for Liverpool fans
Manchester City fans look away now, as Mirror Football’s supercomputer has predicted a late slip up from Pep Guardiola’s side will allow Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool to swoop in and secure a second Premier League title.
Despite the fact that the reigning Champions are currently top of the table with just nine games left to play, the supercomputer has claimed the Reds boast an 80% chance of finishing the season top of the pile. If that were to be the case, it would be the second league title to end up at Anfield in three seasons.
The two sides are edging ever closer to that all-important meeting at the Etihad next weekend which will almost certainly play a pivotal role in who is lifting the title come late-May. Liverpool make the trip to the home of their title rivals next Sunday with it all to play for.
There are plenty of battles going on elsewhere in the division, with the race for Champions League qualification becoming tighter with every passing match-week. Currently, it is Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal who sit in pole position – the Gunners occupying the coveted fourth spot.
They are closely followed by their most fierce rivals Tottenham Hotspur in fifth, with Antonio Conte’s men breathing down the necks of Arteta’s side just three points behind. Much like the two teams jostling for the title, Arsenal and Spurs will also meet at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to potentially decide who plays Champions League football next term.
According to the computer though, Arsenal have nothing to fear as they are apparently 96% likely to finish where they are now. Spurs on the other hand, have just a 3% chance of dislodging their North London neighbours.
It is even more bleak for Manchester United – the Red Devils are viewed as extreme outsiders for fourth spot with just an an incredibly slim 0.3% chance. Ralf Rangnick’s men sit sixth in the table, four points behind the Gunners with an upcoming meeting at the Emirates later this month.
Lower down the table, attentions turn to the fight for survival as a number of teams gear up for a relegation dogfight to maintain Premier League status. The computer’s prediction makes for unwelcome reading from a Norwich City perspective.
The Canaries are viewed as dead-certainties to go down, Dean Smith’s brief Carrow Road revival not enough and they are 100% likely to play Championship football next term. It’s not looking great for Watford either – Roy Hodgson’s Hornets given a 77% chance of following Norwich down.
The supercomputer predicts that is the end of the road for Sean Dyche’s Burnley after six years back in the top flight. The Clarets have so often been so hard to beat while in the Premier League, but their defensive resilience has abandoned them at times this term and they have a 58% chance of relegation.
Frank Lampard’s Everton have been tipped to stay up, but there is not much in it given the Toffees have been predicted to have a 49% chance of going down. After some jitters earlier on in the season, Newcastle United are all but safe under the guidance of Eddie Howe.
The same goes for Leeds United. There were fears Marcelo Bielsa could have overseen relegation less than two years after ending the club’s Premier League hiatus, but Jesse Marsch is likely to succeed in his main ambition of keeping the club in the top flight according to the supercomputer.
To win the Premier League:
Man City: 20%
To finish in the top four:
Man City; 100%
Chelsea : 99.9%
Man Utd: 0.3%