Who will win the league? Will it be Liverpool, City? Who will go down? In this instalment, Football Manager Predicts the English Premier League.
Using an updated database, it will be interesting to see what Football Manager predicts will happen in the Premier League. Obviously, player attributes haven’t been adjusted. That will happen in Football Manager 2020, which is to be announced towards the end of this month.
Will Sergio Aguero end the season with The Golden Boot or will one of Liverpool’s majestic trio beat the Argentinian? Alisson or Ederson for Golden Glove, maybe De Gea? Lets find out what Football Manager predicts for the Premier League.
One thing to note: From the start date, It was impossible for me to see what happened in the play-off’s and every time I attempted it, Leeds were promoted. This is something I couldn’t change. So please take it with a pinch of salt.
Manchester City appear to be marginal favourites, after their domestic quadruple. Will Man City have enough in their tank to win the league, again? I really don’t know.
All the newly promoted teams are predicted to go straight back down with a 1000-1 chance of winning the league. Stranger things have happened.
The Top 6 looks fairly stable, but the seventh spot is really open for that last Europa League spot.
The Media’s Dream Eleven mainly consists of Liverpool (4) and Tottenham (4) players, with two Man City players and Manchester United Keeper, David De Gea.
My pre-season prediction
I am expecting Liverpool to start the season strong, but with injuries to Becker it could be crucial that Man City take as much of an advantage as possible. I can’t see any of the teams between 7th and 10th finishing in the top 6. With some fantastic signings in the summer window, it might be them new players who make the difference.
Beginning of January
This is very interesting to say the least. Wolves look to be struggling and that will definitely be down to the sheer amount of games that they are expected to play with Europa. They beat FC Copenhagen in the Europa best placed qualifier and made it in to the group stages. They finished second in their group, falling short of Shalke, but ultimately qualify for the knockout stages. This has been a consequence on the leagues performance, where Wolves see themselves two points above relegation.
Man City continue their run of form, only losing one game thus far. They lost 3-2 to Everton with Richarlison, Iwobi and Bernard proving the difference for The Toffee’s.
Liverpool and Arsenal are level on points, but the Gunners have the upper hand with their fire power upfront and lead on goal difference.
Down at the lower end of the table, newly promoted Sheffield United haven’t messed about and see themselves in 13th. Where as, Leeds and Norwich are really struggling. Both Brighton and Southampton are struggling and could see themselves in the Championship next season.
It could be a very busy transfer window for all the clubs. It will be interesting to see who each club signs during the window.
There were some incredibly big transfers in the January window with Manchester United looking like they wanted to sign anyone and everyone.
Attacking Midfielder Luis Alberto joins The Red Devils, as does Danilo Pereira, Diadié Samassékou, Karlo Letica and Mattias Svanberg. All but one were midfielders. This is an area where a lot of United fans wanted strengthened in the summer. This could be crucial if Manchester United want to get in to the Champions League.
Wolves Manager, Nuno Espírito Santo was unfortunately sacked due to the league performances. His replacement was none other than Marcelo Bielsa. Leeds had to replace their manager quick, and they did. Carlos Corberán changed his role from first team coach and was appointed manager.
End of Season
Man City do it! 100 Points – WOW! But let’s take a look at some of the other surprising results.
Let’s just talk about Bournemouth who have just secured Europa League football. Callum Wilson’s 20 goals will definitely have helped them. As will Daniel Strurridge’s who netted 12 times
There was 5 points, yes that’s right, 5 points that separated 17th from 9th. What a highly competitive season it’s been in the Premier League. West Ham were predicted to finish 9th and finished 17th. This could have went either way, but them five points cost them dearly.
Such as, Chelsea, their transfer ban and lack of Eden Hazard cost them dearly. They missed out on Europa League to Everton who beat them to it by a point. It didn’t help that Frank Lampard was sacked at the end of April. This was to be expected when your resources outside the club are so limited.
Norwich collecting 23 points over the season would be the sixth worst Premier League season, EVER. Massive credit has to go to Sheffield United, what an incredible debut season for them.
Liverpool were so close once again. Losing two games all season, and even beating Man City in the process. They fell just short of the hurdle.
I was not expecting Arsenal to finish third and Tottenham finish fifth. However, looking at the change in manager, the transition might not have been the easiest.
- Massimiliano Allegri took over Tottenham at the end of December due to Mauricio Pochettino poor league position (4th).
- Tony Pulis was appointed as Watford manager in December due to Watford’s poor league form.
- Chelsea starlet Callum Hudson-Odoi joined Crystal Palace on a season long loan. As a result of Chelsea’s transfer ban, this really surprised me.
- Man City were knocked out of the group stages of the Champions League and went on to win the Europa league. Beating bitter rivals Man United in the semi-finals and Arsenal in the finals.
- Man City won the Premier League, Europa League and FA Cup.
- Arsenal won the Community Shield (don’t ask how that happened).
- Manchester United won the Carabao Cup.
- Atheltico Madrid won the Champions League. Beating Liverpool in the final 2-0.
- Fatih Terim took over Chelsea at the end of the season. His last manager role was in 2004. Weird, right?
- Alex Iwobi scored 11 and assisted 17 in his debut season at Everton.
- Liverpool conceded 23 goals all season.
- Man City had the highest average possession (59%).
- Eddie Nketiah scored 10 goals for Leeds United, their second highest goal scorer scored 6.
- Southampton and Leeds United both scored 30 goals, and conceded 51 goals.
- Bournemouth secured Europa League Football.
There are even some surprises in here. What a roller coaster of a season it has been.
Alisson – 17 Clean Sheets
Footballer of the Year
Manager of the Year
Players’ Player of the Year
Players’ Young Player of the Year
Players Team of the Year
A Liverpool and Man City Hybrid team. Imagine you faced this team, you’d be frightened to death until you seen Lallana in the middle. What a team.
Sergio Aguero – 23
Harry Kane – 20
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 19
Alex Iwobi – 17
Lewis Cook – 15
Mesut Ozil – 12
A massive thanks to FootballManagerForum for providing the database. You can find the database here.
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