A supercomputer has predicted how the final Premier League table will look come the end of the season, and it’s bad news for Liverpool fans.
The Reds were dealt a major blow in their bid to retain the title on Monday night, with former striker Danny Ings’ superb strike condemning them to a 1-0 defeat away at Southampton.
That loss means arch-rivals Manchester United, who currently sit in second place on goal difference, can move three points clear of Jurgen Klopp ’s side at the top of the table by winning their game-in-hand against Burnley on January 12.
And five days later United will have the opportunity to open up a six-point lead in first place when they make the trip to Anfield for a potential title showdown.
Yet according to the stats boffins over at Football Web Pages, neither United nor Liverpool will be lifting the Premier League title in May.
They have created a supercomputer that works out the percentage likelihood of every possible result in all top-flight fixtures between now and the end of the season.
Using the most likely results, they have been able to calculate a predicted final Premier League table - and it’s Manchester City who top it right now.
Pep Guardiola’s men are tipped to finish on 83 points, three ahead of second-place Liverpool and third-place Tottenham.
United are predicted to come in fourth on 75 points, pipping fifth-place Leicester to the final Champions League place for a second straight season by just a single point.
Aston Villa, who are this year’s surprise package after winning eight of their first 15 games, find themselves in sixth place on the predicted table.
Frank Lampard could face a battle to save his job at Chelsea if the standings prove accurate, as the Blues are expected to finish all the way down in ninth.
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But it’s even worse for Arsenal, who won’t even make it into the top half of the table in 11th if Football Web Pages’ supercomputer is on the money.
And look away now Fulham, West Brom and Sheffield United fans, as all three clubs are predicted to finish in the relegation zone, with Burnley just steering clear of Scott Parker’s Cottagers in 17th.