Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Manchester City win the title again, Newcastle go down, United and Spurs clash in the Europa League final

Manchester City will win the Premier League title ahead of Liverpool again, Tottenham will come up against Manchester United in the Europa League final and Newcastle will be relegated. 

Those are some of the bold predictions made in a report commissioned by BT Sport after they brought together some of football's biggest data platforms in an attempt to script the upcoming season using artificial intelligence and piles of statistics.

The broadcaster commissioned leading data scientists and real-time sports analysis experts Squawka to analyse vast amounts of football data from Opta and project how things will look come May 17, 2020 - the final day of the new season.

What has been produced is a comprehensive 'script': featuring all 380 matches of the coming Premier League season, their outcomes and the how the Champions League and Europa League campaigns will play out too. 

Pep Guardiola, apparently, will spend a third season lifting the Premier League title, pipping Liverpool to the crown by six points.

Former Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole, who is a BT Sport pundit, believes the Reds will fall short again in the title race but the margin will be closer than the script has made out.

He said: ‘I think it will be bigger than it was last year but six points is quite a lot when it comes to the end of the season so I’m thinking maybe less than that.

'City have recruited well, I think Liverpool may need a little more to challenge but listen, the window is still open and many things can happen. There’s always a transfer late doors that surprises everywhere. 

‘It has surprised me actually (Liverpool's lack of transfers). You ride that wave of Champions of Europe and then give the fans something. I’m sure Jurgen Klopp wants to because if I was the manager of a top club and all your rivals are spending money than you need to compete if you can. I think he would want to.'

The report also shows Tottenham are primed to finish third with Chelsea in fourth as the top four remain in place.

Arsenal and Manchester United will miss out on the Champions League places on the last day, falling short behind Chelsea - who perhaps will feel Frank Lampard's first year could have gone even better given they topped the table at Christmas before a major collapse.


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