Supercomputer predicts 2022/23 Premier League table

Manchester United are preparing for their first season in the Erik ten Hag era, but a supercomputer has predicted disappointment.

The 2022/23 season has officially kicked off in England after Liverpool won the Community Shield against Manchester City, and fans are very excited for the return of the Premier League on August 5.

United finished sixth in a dismal campaign last season that saw Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sacked and disappointed interim Ralf Rangnick, but a fresh start under Ten Hag gave fans hope after a promising pre-season.

With Liverpool and City looking stronger than ever, Arsenal and Tottenham appearing to be resurrected and Chelsea perhaps for a whirlwind end to the transfer window, there is an air of unpredictability at the top of the table.

This extends across the field too, with many teams tipped to be on the hunt for European football and newcomers Bournemouth, Nottingham Forest and Fulham all tasked with retaining Premier League status throughout the 38 games.

Also consider the added factor of the winter break to make way for the World Cup later in the year, it’s hard to imagine a scenario where this season isn’t extremely unpredictable throughout the campaign.

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However, FiveThirtyEight enlisted a supercomputer to do its best to predict how it might play out, and the results are certainly interesting.

The supercomputer data provides a full prediction of what the table will look like at the end of the season, as well as details on goal difference, points, position throughout the season and the odds of teams being relegated, qualifying for the Champions League. and win the league.

For United fans, these details make for dismal reading. Despite the optimism stemming from just one loss so far in pre-season, the supercomputer predicted that the Red Devils would finish sixth as they did last season.

And even worse, it says they have just a 1% chance of winning the Premier League and just an 18% chance of qualifying for the Champions League.

No United fan was likely to realistically expect a title charge in Ten Hag’s first season at Old Trafford, nor does the supercomputer prediction mean it can’t happen. But it’s disturbing, and definitely a mood killer.

Elsewhere, boisterous neighbors City are set to win the Premier League again with Liverpool falling short of second place, with just a 30 per cent chance of winning the title themselves.

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – MAY 22: Manchester City’s Fernandinho lifts the Premier League trophy with teammates Riyad Mahrez, Kyle Walker, Phil Foden, Kevin De Bruyne, Ruben Diaz and Gabriel Jesus during the Premier League game between Manchester City and Aston Villa at Etihad Stadium on May 22, 2022 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Arsenal are also set to miss out on the top four at the expense of Tottenham once again, despite such a flawless pre-season, but still finish ahead of United in fifth.

At the bottom of the table, the supercomputer leaves no hope for new graduates. Nottingham Forest are expected to finish bottom, followed by Bournemouth in 19th and Fulham in 18th. Southampton should narrowly miss the drop; an ominous sign for the saints.

However, what is important to remember among all the fun and games of supercomputers is that it is a prediction. The reality is that the Premier League is extremely unpredictable and will grip us with their ever-changing scenarios throughout the campaign ahead.

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