Premier League supercomputer reveals post-World Cup predictions with bad news for Arsenal to end title drought
THE Premier League is back and Arsenal must do everything they can to win their first title since the Invincibles in 2003/04.
Mikel Arteta has mastered his young side’s leap to the top of the table, with the Gunners going into the World Cup break five points clear of Manchester City.
The Spaniard was dealt a serious blow when Gabriel Jesus suffered a serious knee injury while on duty for Brazil.
Jesus has been exceptional for Arsenal this season, scoring five league goals but more importantly he brought the likes of Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and Martin Odegaard into play.
Arteta may now have to change his January transfer plans and look for a striker who has been hot on the heels of Shakhtar Donetsk winger Mykhaylo Mudryk.
And according to the BonusCodeBets supercomputer, Arsenal will NOT hold on to the top in the second half of the season.
The Gunners are tipped at the conclusion SECOND – their best result since the 2015-16 season – but have to watch as City claim another crown.
Pep Guardiola’s side have won four of the last five Premier League titles – only missing out on Liverpool in 2019/20.
City are the clear favorites for fifth place this season, led by goal-loving Erling Haaland.
Worryingly for City’s opponents, Haaland will be firing on all cylinders after being sidelined because Norway failed to qualify for the World Cup.
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Elsewhere, Newcastle fans can be proud of a predicted fifth place finish.
Eddie Howe’s above-average toon is currently third and has been chasing a first-place finish in the Champions League since 2003.
But they are expected to fade away and settle for a Europa League spot – with Liverpool struggling in third place despite their shaky start.
Jurgen Klopp’s injured side are currently sixth in the table, eight points behind the Magpies but with a game in hand.
But with much of the squad not on World Cup duty, Liverpool are hoping to move up the table late on.
Tottenham are expected to complete the top four and retain their Champions League spot at the expense of Manchester United.
Erik ten Hag would have hoped for more in his debut season, but with Cristiano Ronaldo’s controversial ax in the pre-World Cup squad, the Dutchman may have to settle for whatever he can get.
United will beat Chelsea to sixth while the Blues are seventh after a frustrating start to Graham Potter’s reign.
Potter was hired in September to replace Thomas Tuchel following his shock sacking.
But the west Londoners – now under new ownership after Todd Boehly bought out Roman Abramovich – are currently eighth, behind Brighton.
At the other end of the table, Nottingham Forest, Bournemouth and Wolves all have chances of relegation.
However, the supercomputer reckons it is one EIGHT TEAM Race for relegation this season.
Everton, Southampton, Leeds, Fulham, Brentford and West Ham are expected to be drawn into a hard-fought battle for the bottom of the table.
Premier League football returns on Boxing Day, starting with Brentford vs Tottenham at 12.30pm.
And there are six other games to enjoy, including four games at 3pm, Aston Villa v Liverpool at 5.30pm and Arsenal v West Ham at 8pm – that almost gives us TEN HOURS from live soccer.
So get those leftover turkey sandwiches, mince pies, and cheese and crackers ready—it should be a delicious day.
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