Winners and Losers in the Premier League: Why Wait to Crown Chelsea?
They may as well start icing the champers at Chelsea and selling off the Ferraris down the road at Queens Park Rangers.
And if a new and remarkably thorough simulation is anything to go by, Brendan Rodgers might have even more of a struggle to keep Raheem Sterling when Liverpool are pipped to the final Champions League spot by arch rivals Manchester United.
It’s hardly a stretch to envision Jose Mourinho’s team at the top of the Premier League come May. They are, after all, leading the way now by six points. But Sports Interactive, makers of the Football Manager video games, predict the Blues will end up runaway winners 13 points ahead of the pack.
Arsenal will beat Manuel Pellegrini’s Manchester City by one point to snatch the runner-up place, perhaps putting the Chilean’s job in jeopardy.
In contrast, embattled Louis van Gaal’s United will pull away to leave Liverpool in fifth and a consolation spot in the Europa League along with Southampton in sixth and Tottenham Hotspur in seventh.
Football Manager uses a vast database compiled by approximately 1,000 researchers across the world, including real-life scouts, to blend reality and fiction.
The information is deemed so reliable that real life managers are now using it.
The teams that end up in the relegation zone in the forecasted final table will no doubt beg to differ.
The simulation compiled for The Independent newspaper in the UK suggests the three clubs currently in the bottom three places – QPR, Burnley and Leicester – will stay exactly where they are and face Championship football next season and the accompanying huge drop in TV revenue.
For the Football.com prediction team – of which I’m one – there’s even some tips on who will win the remaining big clashes of the season.
Here you go:
- Arsenal 2-2 Liverpool
- Manchester United 2-1 Manchester City
- Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United
- Arsenal 1-2 Chelsea
- Chelsea 2-2 Liverpool
You don’t have to go along with the predictions, but you have to admit they look about right.
Here’s the full league rundown:
1. Chelsea – 88 points
2. Arsenal – 75
3. Man City – 74
4. Man Utd – 71
5. Liverpool – 65
6. Southampton – 63
7. Tottenham – 62
8. West Ham – 53
9. Swansea – 53
10. Stoke – 51
11. Crystal Palace – 49
12. Everton – 46
13. Newcastle – 45
14. West Brom – 43
15. Sunderland – 40
16. Aston Villa – 36
17. Hull – 33
18. Burnley – 30
19. QPR – 29
20. Leicester - 28
You wouldn't bet against many of these final positions...but anything can still happen.