FOOTBALL is back and the Premier League swings into action on June 17 – but we’ve got all the results, right here, right now!
In an amazing signing, SunSport has teamed up with Sportradar, the world’s biggest sports data provider, to show you the outcome of all the remaining 92 games as the 2019/20 season is completed, using exciting Simulated Reality.
The stats giant has crunched all the numbers, feeding form and other relevant data into its Artificial Intelligence (AI) machine to come up with its predictions.
For instance, did Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, 25 points in front of their nearest rivals when the season was shut down, win their first-ever Premier League title?
Well, we can tell you that the simulation suggests Liverpool falter just a little as Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City finished with a flourish to cut the gap to 12 points, but Reds fans were still able to toast their club’s long-awaited success.
But which three teams were relegated? Who got into next season’s Champions League? Who ended up in the Europa League spots?
Well, we have got all the answers and we are sure our results will be the biggest talking point for action-starved football supporters since the coronavirus lockdown began.
Simulated Reality can even tell you how many shots on and off target each team had in every game – and how many corners.
The season kicks off again next Wednesday – and we’re forecasting goals galore when Aston Villa take on Sheffield United and Manchester City meet Arsenal.
We’re expecting an explosive opening day with Villa going down at home 3-2 to Sheffield United and Manchester City thrashing Arsenal 7-3 in an incredible ten-goal thriller.
One of the biggest battlegrounds is the scrap for a coveted Champions League place.
Liverpool have already secured their entry into Europe’s top club competition and second-placed Manchester City are nearly there, while Leicester are also well on course for Champions League action.
But Manchester City’s potential two-year Uefa ban could prove to be good news for their rivals, including United.
At things stands, there’s a massive fight between Chelsea and Manchester United for the last of the final four positions, with Spurs hanging on to a faint hope that they will join Europe’s elite next season.
Frank Lampard’s Chelsea have the edge at present over United, but will Jose Mourinho inspire his side to finish ahead of the Stamford Bridge outfit?
Spurs are the big outsiders in this race and their England striker Harry Kane reckons Tottenham need to win eight of their final nine games to secure a Champions League spot. Do the simulations suggest they will manage it?
At the other end of the table, Bournemouth, Aston Villa and Norwich are all battling against the dreaded drop. Which of them lifted themselves out of the bottom three?
Brighton, West Ham and Watford were also in deep trouble. Do they all stay safe?
According to our simulations, the first weekend of post-virus action saw Spurs suffer a major setback when they drew 2-2 at home to Manchester United.
On the same day, Chelsea proved too good for relegation candidates Aston Villa, winning 2-0.
And Everton fans were well satisfied after holding champions-elect Liverpool to a 1-1 draw.
But we don’t think Everton will maintain that form. Our simulation is for them to lose 4-2 at Norwich in Week Two, giving the East Anglians a huge three points in their bid to stave off relegation.
Also in Week Two, Liverpool and Manchester City have comfortable wins, but Spurs’ Champions League hopes are all but torpedoed when they crash 3-1 at home to London rivals West Ham.
Week Three has more shocks in store. At the bottom, Villa get another crucial victory, this time in their home game with Wolves, while Norwich and Brighton are beaten and West Ham stay in good form, following up their win against Tottenham with a 1-0 defeat of Chelsea.
At the other end of the table, Man City beat Liverpool 2-1 at home in the much-delayed clash of the big two as the Anfield side drop more points.
Week Four’s top-versus-bottom clash sees Liverpool hang on for a narrow win over Villa, while relegation-contenders Norwich and Brighton draw 0-0, a result that helps the South Coast side more than their opponents.
The two Manchester teams both hit four: City beat Southampton 4-0 and United win 4-1 against Bournemouth, while Everton and Tottenham share six goals in a 3-3 draw.
The Week Five highlight is a surprise 2-0 defeat for Manchester City at home to Newcastle, while Liverpool gain a narrow 1-0 win at Brighton.
There’s another setback for Liverpool in Week Six as they can only draw 1-1 at home to Burnley, while Man City romp to a 4-1 victory at Brighton. In the the big North London derby Spurs beat Arsenal 2-0.
Week Seven sees Arsenal bounce back to form with a stunning 2-0 home win over league leaders Liverpool.
Spurs stay in good form in Week Eight, beating Newcastle 3-0 away, while relegation strugglers Bournemouth, Villa and Norwich all suffer defeats.
Week Eight sees Norwich grab a point, while Bournemouth and Villa are both beaten and all three look doomed to play in the Championship next season.
Liverpool, although assured of the title, ensure they well and truly limp over the line as they are defeated again – this time at home to Chelsea which would incredibly make it three defeats in nine despite losing once between January 2019 and now.
The final week of the season sees Arsenal beat Watford at the Emirates and Spurs lose for the second week in a row but Mourinho’s men cling on to finish ahead of their bitter rivals on goal difference and secure the Gunners’ worst league finish since 1995.
Werner Becher, MD of Sportradar, explains how they worked out the results: “Simulated Reality is completely driven by Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning.
“The technology uses our historic database to create a huge number of different game situations, outcomes and game plays.
“Simulated Reality football matches reflect team form and normal match conditions, using a decade’s worth of historic and statistical data to produce an immeasurable number of data points.
“We have created a product that truly reflects the fan experience when watching and betting on a real game. It is completely new and unique to the industry.
“Simulated Reality gives us the opportunity to model how real games would take place as they would happen in real stadiums, which we think is incredibly exciting for fans.”