FOOTBALL is back and the Premier League swings into action in just four days – but we’ve got all the results, right here, right now!
In an amazing signing, SunSport has teamed up with Sportradar, the world’s biggest sports data provider, to show you the outcome of each of the remaining 92 games as the 2019/20 season is completed, using exciting Simulated Reality.
The stats giant has crunched all the numbers, feeding form and other relevant data into its Artificial Intelligence (AI) machine to come up with its predictions.
For instance, did Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, 25 points in front of their nearest rivals when the season was shut down, win their first-ever Premier League title?
Well, we can tell you that the simulation suggests Liverpool falter just a little as Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City finished with a flourish to cut the gap to 12 points, but Reds fans were still able to toast their club’s long-awaited success.
But which three teams were relegated? Who got into next season’s Champions League? Who ended up in the Europa League spots?
Well, we have got all the answers and we are sure our results will be the biggest talking point for action-starved football supporters since the coronavirus lockdown began.
Simulated Reality can even tell you how many shots on and off target each team had in every game – and how many corners.
The season kicks off again next Wednesday – and we’re forecasting goals galore when Aston Villa take on Sheffield United and Manchester City meet Arsenal.
We’re expecting an explosive opening day with Villa going down at home 3-2 to Sheffield United and Manchester City thrashing Arsenal 7-3 in an incredible ten-goal thriller.
One of the biggest battlegrounds is the scrap for a coveted Champions League place.
Liverpool have already secured their entry into Europe’s top club competition and second-placed Manchester City are nearly there, while Leicester are also well on course for Champions League action.
But Manchester City’s potential two-year Uefa ban could prove to be good news for their rivals, including United.
At things stands, there’s a massive fight between Chelsea and Manchester United for the last of the final four positions, with Spurs hanging on to a faint hope that they will join Europe’s elite next season.
Frank Lampard’s Chelsea have the edge at present over United, but will Jose Mourinho inspire his side to finish ahead of the Stamford Bridge outfit?
Spurs are the big outsiders in this race and their England striker Harry Kane reckons Tottenham need to win eight of their final nine games to secure a Champions League spot. Do the simulations suggest they will manage it?
At the other end of the table, Bournemouth, Aston Villa and Norwich are all battling against the dreaded drop. Which of them lifted themselves out of the bottom three?
Brighton, West Ham and Watford were also in deep trouble. Do they all stay safe?
According to our simulations, the first weekend of post-virus action saw Spurs suffer a major setback when they drew 2-2 at home to Manchester United.
On the same day, Chelsea proved too good for relegation candidates Aston Villa, winning 2-0.
And Everton fans were well satisfied after holding champions-elect Liverpool to a 1-1 draw.
But we don’t think Everton will maintain that form. Our simulation is for them to lose 4-2 at Norwich in Week Two, giving the East Anglians a huge three points in their bid to stave off relegation.
Also in Week Two, Liverpool and Manchester City have comfortable wins, but Spurs’ Champions League hopes are all but torpedoed when they crash 3-1 at home to London rivals West Ham.
Week Three has more shocks in store. At the bottom, Villa get another crucial victory, this time in their home game with Wolves, while Norwich and Brighton are beaten and West Ham stay in good form, following up their win against Tottenham with a 1-0 defeat of Chelsea.
At the other end of the table, Man City beat Liverpool 2-1 at home in the much-delayed clash of the big two as the Anfield side drop more points.
Week Four’s top-versus-bottom clash sees Liverpool hang on for a narrow win over Villa, while relegation-contenders Norwich and Brighton draw 0-0, a result that helps the South Coast side more than their opponents.
The two Manchester teams both hit four: City beat Southampton 4-0 and United win 4-1 against Bournemouth, while Everton and Tottenham share six goals in a 3-3 draw.
The Week Five highlight is a surprise 2-0 defeat for Manchester City at home to Newcastle, while Liverpool gain a narrow 1-0 win at Brighton.
There’s another setback for Liverpool in Week Six as they can only draw 1-1 at home to Burnley, while Man City romp to a 4-1 victory at Brighton. In the the big North London derby Spurs beat Arsenal 2-0.
Week Seven sees Arsenal bounce back to form with a stunning 2-0 home win over league leaders Liverpool.
Spurs stay in good form in Week Eight, beating Newcastle 3-0 away, while relegation strugglers Bournemouth, Villa and Norwich all suffer defeats.
Week Eight sees Norwich grab a point, while Bournemouth and Villa are both beaten and all three look doomed to play in the Championship next season.
Liverpool, although assured of the title, ensure they well and truly limp over the line as they are defeated again – this time at home to Chelsea which would incredibly make it three defeats in nine despite losing once between January 2019 and now.
The final week of the season sees Arsenal beat Watford at the Emirates and Spurs lose for the second week in a row but Mourinho’s men cling on to finish ahead of their bitter rivals on goal difference and secure the Gunners’ worst league finish since 1995.
How is it worked out?
Werner Becher, MD of Sportradar, explains how they worked out the results: “Simulated Reality is completely driven by Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning.
“The technology uses our historic database to create a huge number of different game situations, outcomes and game plays.
“Simulated Reality football matches reflect team form and normal match conditions, using a decade’s worth of historic and statistical data to produce an immeasurable number of data points.
“We have created a product that truly reflects the fan experience when watching and betting on a real game. It is completely new and unique to the industry.
“Simulated Reality gives us the opportunity to model how real games would take place as they would happen in real stadiums, which we think is incredibly exciting for fans.”
But it is still not enough for Champions League football at White Hart Lane next season as Manchester United sneak into fifth, pipping Sheffield United on goal difference while Wolves must also settle for a Europa League place.
At the bottom, though, Bournemouth win at Everton and Villa draw with West Ham, but it can’t save the Cherries and the Hammers secure their Premier League survival with the Midlanders going down.
Norwich lose at Man City and they are also losing their place in the top flight. Just above them, Brighton and Watford have also grabbed enough points to save their skins.
- Sportradar is the world’s leading provider of sports content and intelligence with more than 2,000 employees in 30 locations and more than 1,000 partners in 80 countries.
All 92 predicted results
Manchester City Arsenal 7-3
Aston Villa Sheffield United 2-3
Aston Villa Chelsea 0-2
AFC Bournemouth Crystal Palace 2-2
Brighton and Hove Albion Arsenal 1-1
Everton Liverpool 1-1
Manchester City Burnley 2-0
Newcastle United Sheffield United 1-1
Norwich City Southampton 2-0
Tottenham Hotspur Manchester United 2-2
Watford Leicester City 0-0
West Ham United Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-2
Burnley Watford 1-0
Chelsea Manchester City 1-4
Leicester City Brighton and Hove Albion 3-0
Liverpool Crystal Palace 2-0
Manchester United Sheffield United 2-2
Newcastle United Aston Villa 1-0
Norwich City Everton 4-2
Southampton Arsenal 2-0
Tottenham Hotspur West Ham United 1-3
Wolverhampton Wanderers AFC Bournemouth 3-1
Arsenal Norwich City 0-1
Aston Villa Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-0
AFC Bournemouth Newcastle United 0-2
Brighton and Hove Albion Manchester United 1-2
Crystal Palace Burnley 2-2
Everton Leicester City 2-3
Manchester City Liverpool 2-1
Sheffield United Tottenham Hotspur 3-0
Watford Southampton 2-0
West Ham United Chelsea 1-0
Burnley Sheffield United 1-0
Chelsea Watford 3-0
Leicester City Crystal Palace 1-0
Liverpool Aston Villa 2-1
Manchester United AFC Bournemouth 4-1
Newcastle United West Ham United 0-0
Norwich City Brighton and Hove Albion 0-0
Southampton Manchester City 0-4
Tottenham Hotspur Everton 3-3
Wolverhampton Wanderers Arsenal 1-1
Arsenal Leicester City 1-1
Aston Villa Manchester United 1-2
AFC Bournemouth Tottenham Hotspur 0-1
Brighton and Hove Albion Liverpool 0-1
Crystal Palace Chelsea 0-0
Everton Southampton 2-1
Manchester City Newcastle United 0-2
Sheffield United Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-1
Watford Norwich City 2-0
West Ham United Burnley 0-0
Aston Villa Crystal Palace 2-3
AFC Bournemouth Leicester City 1-2
Brighton and Hove Albion Manchester City 1-4
Liverpool Burnley 1-1
Manchester United Southampton 1-2
Norwich City West Ham United 1-1
Sheffield United Chelsea 2-2
Tottenham Hotspur Arsenal 2-0
Watford Newcastle United 0-1
Wolverhampton Wanderers Everton 2-1
Arsenal Liverpool 2-0
Burnley Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1
Chelsea Norwich City 3-0
Crystal Palace Manchester United 1-1
Everton Aston Villa 2-1
Leicester City Sheffield United 1-3
Manchester City AFC Bournemouth 5-0
Newcastle United Tottenham Hotspur 0-3
Southampton Brighton and Hove Albion 1-2
West Ham United Watford 0-1
Aston Villa Arsenal 1-2
AFC Bournemouth Southampton 1-2
Brighton and Hove Albion Newcastle United 1-0
Liverpool Chelsea 1-2
Manchester United West Ham United 1-1
Norwich City Burnley 2-2
Sheffield United Everton 3-3
Tottenham Hotspur Leicester City 0-1
Watford Manchester City 1-4
Wolverhampton Wanderers Crystal Palace 0-0
Arsenal Watford 2-0
Burnley Brighton and Hove Albion 1-2
Chelsea Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-0
Crystal Palace Tottenham Hotspur 3-1
Everton AFC Bournemouth 0-1
Leicester City Manchester United 4-2
Manchester City Norwich City 2-1
Newcastle United Liverpool 1-4
Southampton Sheffield United 0-0
West Ham United Aston Villa 2-2