Supercomputer makes first predictions of 2022

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Ah, the supercomputer. We all love seeing what it comes up with and how accurate it can end up being when the time comes, don’t we?

Well, the team at FiveThirtyEight has decided to grace us with another edition which turns out to be the very first one of 2022 and could provide those who visit Free Bets UK looking for the best betting offers around with an insight into what might happen once the campaign finishes.

Unsurprisingly, Manchester City are predicted to come out as Premier League champions, with Pep Guardiola’s side already sitting rather comfortably at the top of the table as we enter the second half of the season.

Once the algorithm and data had all been worked out, it shows that the Citizens have an 85% chance of winning the league title, thus retaining their crown, whilst they are projected to finish on a total of 92 points.

Liverpool are projected to finish in second place this season after their fine start to the campaign, although they are only provided with a 13% chance of winning the league. In fact, they are projected to finish 10 points behind Manchester City in the race for the title, with Jurgen Klopp’s side predicted to obtain a total of 82 points.

Chelsea are believed to finish third in the 21/22 season, which would actually be rather disappointing for Thomas Tuchel and his team as the Blues had started strongly before they found it difficult to win throughout December (the same thing happened last season). That period could be costly for them as they are predicted to finish five points behind the Reds with 78.

Interestingly, Arsenal have been backed by the supercomputer to be the final team to finish in the top four and qualify for the UEFA Champions League, with the Gunners beating out the likes of Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and West Ham United by a small number of points.

Looking towards the other end of the Premier League table, it would seem that there are not too many surprises in the way of teams being relegated to the Championship.

Norwich City are a team that many would have already pencilled in as a second-tier side next season despite Dean Smith’s best efforts, whilst Newcastle United’s mega-rich owners will be watching Championship football at St. James’ Park next season too.

Watford and Burnley will battle it out for the final place in the Premier League but it is the club from Turf Moor that is expected to retain its status, with Sean Dyche’s team beating the Hornets by one point to stay in the division.