A football supercomputer has updated its Premier League table predictions after Saturday’s round of top-flight fixtures with Manchester City poised to defend their title once more.
A dominant display against Watford - who defeated Manchester United last month - saw them come out 3-1 winners thanks to a double from Bernardo Silva that followed a strike from Raheem Sterling.
The result sees them leapfrog Liverpool into top spot after Chelsea lost their second game of the Premier League campaign earlier in the day.
Pep Guardiola’s men have scored 32 goals in the 15 league fixtures they have played this season.
While their goals-for record isn’t the highest in the Premier League, with Liverpool (44) and Chelsea (35) scoring more, they have the joint-best defensive stat alongside Thomas Tuchel’s Blues having conceded just nine goals apiece.
The latest table produced by the FiveThirtyEight supercomputer reflects the top four team-for-team, meaning, if correct, City would be on course for their fourth title under Guardiola.
It predicts that the league leaders will finish on 87 points, just one ahead of Liverpool in second and eight points more than third-placed Chelsea.
The supercomputer forecasts that Manchester United will miss out on a top-four spot, albeit we are yet to see the transformation Ralf Rangnick plans to instil in his Reds.
Interestingly, it believes West Ham will earn a Champions League place this time around after falling short last season.
Arsenal are set to finish sixth, it says, while Tottenham make up the top seven.
Leicester, who missed out on the Champions League on the final day of last season, are predicted to finish ninth, the Foxes currently sitting tenth in table.
At the other end, Newcastle United’s recent takeover is not thought to be enough to save them from dropping down to the Championship.
Despite claiming their first win of the season on Saturday, they are deemed to finish level on points with bottom club Norwich City.
Burnley are predicted to be the third team relegated with Watford surviving by two points.
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