Liverpool, Man Utd, Chelsea: The 2020/21 Premier League predicted by data analysts

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The 2020/21 Premier League season is just one day away and we can't contain our excitement.

Sure, it only feels like yesterday that Jordan Henderson lifted Liverpool's first title since 1990, but the beginning of a new campaign is always special regardless of how much time has passed.

It just happens that the COVID-19 pandemic has effectively merged the 2019/20 and 2020/21 terms into one, making for an unprecedented turnaround which has essentially curtailed pre-seasons.

Harder to predict than ever

Combine that with the uncertainty surrounding fan attendance and the schedule being more hectic than ever and it's easy to see why 2020/21 could be the most unpredictable season yet.

It's a pretty worrying prospect for those brave football fans and pundits who decide to predict the Premier League table ahead of time because, well, these are completely unique circumstances.

But if anything, that just makes the task even more entertaining because an accurate prediction will make you look even more impressive and a terrible one will be even funnier to revisit.

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How will 2020/21 pan out?

What's not to love, hey? Well, we've already thrown our hat into the ring by making our prediction for the 2020/21 table, while even a supercomputer and FIFA 21 have given it a go.

But in our eyes, there are few better ways of forecasting the Premier League than the data analysts at fivethirtyeight.com, who turn their hand to predicting everything from sport, science and politics.

And with England's top division set to turn on Saturday with Arsenal's trip to Craven Cottage, they have officially unveiled their statistical table by way of the 'average simulated season'.

That way, not only have they revealed how they think the Premier League table will finish, but how many points each team will have accumulated - and you can check out their methodology here.

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Data analysts predict the final table

That being said, if you're a little mathematically challenged like oneself, then let's just dive straight into the table and see where your team is predicted to wind up in eight months' time.

20. West Bromwich Albion - 36 points

19. Leeds United - 39 points

18. Fulham - 39 points

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17. Newcastle United - 39 points

16. Aston Villa - 42 points

15. Crystal Palace - 42 points

14. Brighton & Hove Albion - 43 points

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13. Sheffield United - 43 points

12. Burnley - 44 points 

11. West Ham United - 47 points

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10. Southampton - 50 points

9. Everton - 51 points

8. Wolverhampton Wanderers - 54 points

7. Arsenal - 56 points

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6. Leicester City - 57 points

5. Tottenham Hotspur - 57 points

4. Chelsea - 69 points

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3. Manchester United - 71 points

2. Liverpool - 81 points

1. Manchester City - 88 points

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GIVEMESPORT's Kobe Tong says

Ok, first things first, we're dealing in averages here, just in case you're wondering why so many teams are bunched up and Burnley are only five points away from relegation despite being in 12th.

But the findings of the data remain with all three promoted teams, including Leeds, tipped to return to the Championship, while the top four finish well clear of Arsenal, Tottenham and Leicester. 

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Personally, it's hard to see a world in which Marcelo Bielsa crashes down with this Leeds side or Mikel Arteta only raises his FA Cup holders to seventh, especially above a Leicester team that has laboured in 2020.

That being said, I'm pretty much in agreement with the arrangement of the mid-table, even if 11th seems very generous for West Ham when they're in the midst of an unmitigated crisis.

I am of the school of thought that City will regain the Premier League title this season, although I think 88 points is a little low and I can't see Liverpool trailing by the equivalent of three whole wins.

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And yes, I'm hardly a data analyst to protest too much with this simulation but, frankly, the Premier League is so hard to call that it makes a supercomputer predict as feebly as you and I.

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