Liverpool and Manchester United played out a goalless draw on Sunday afternoon in a top-of-the-table clash at Anfield. The stalemate allowed Manchester City to swoop in and gain two points on their rivals and Pep Guardiola’s side are now expected to reclaim the Premier League title this season, according to a supercomputer prediction.
Liverpool and United went head to head in a highly anticipated contest on Merseyside, but the two most decorated clubs in the country were unable to find a way through two stubborn defences.
However, City were comfortable winners as they cruised to a 4-0 win over Crystal Palace at the Etihad Stadium – a result which has seen Guardiola’s side move up to second, just two points behind their Manchester rivals with a game in hand.
After a slow start to the season, the Citizens have now found some brilliant form at the right time, recording eight consecutive victories in all competitions.
The centre-back partnership of Ruben Dias and John Stones has been a big bonus for Guardiola, with the pair proving a really solid duo, leaving Aymeric Laporte out of the team.
Because of that, along with numerous other factors, according to Football Web Pages, Man City will win the Premier League title this season, which would be their third crown in four years.
Liverpool were dominant over the 2019/20 campaign, with the Reds securing their first top-flight trophy in over 30 years, but it’s been more difficult for Jurgen Klopp and his squad this time around.
Injuries have hampered the reigning champions, with Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez both sidelined due to serious knee injuries and the Reds having to make do with central midfielders in their back four.
The goals have dried up in recent weeks for Liverpool as well, with their usually explosive front three of Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane currently missing a spark at the top-end of the pitch.
However, Klopp will know his side are still well in the title race and the supercomputer has tipped them to finish second this season.
Man City are predicted to conclude the campaign on 81 points, with Liverpool just falling short on 80.
Then it’s Manchester United on 77 and Leicester City completing the top four places on 75 points.
United’s title challenge has come as a surprise to many people after their slow start to the campaign, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been able to find a great balance in his side.
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Tottenham Hotspur are expected to just miss out on a place in the 2021/22 Champions League, with Spurs predicted to achieve 74 points – one adrift of the fourth placed Foxes.
Aston Villa, who have enjoyed a tremendous start to the campaign, are expected to earn a place in the Europa League next season with 71 points.
Then it’s Everton, West Ham United and Southampton in seventh, eighth and ninth respectively after strong starts to the campaign.
Chelsea have been tipped to finish as low as 10th, despite Roman Abramovich’s most expensive summer transfer window since taking charge of the west London club in 2003.
Frank Lampard’s side have been unable to hit any real form in recent weeks, but a 1-0 win against Fulham at the weekend may be a turning point for the Blues.
Arsenal, who of course started the season so poorly, have found a more effective way of playing recently, but are still expected to finish in the bottom half (11th).
Leeds United, Wolves and Brighton are expected to be comfortably above the relegation zone in 12th, 13th and 14th place respectively.
Crystal Palace are predicted to finish in 15th, with Newcastle United in 16th – 13 points clear of the bottom three places.
Burnley will finish the campaign on 27 points, whilst the three relegated sides will be Fulham, West Bromwich Albion and Sheffield United, according to the supercomputer.
The rock-bottom Blades have just one win this season and it could take a near miracle for the Yorkshire club to survive in the Premier League.