CHELSEA have been tipped to have one of their worst seasons in 30 years… with Arsenal going on to win the Premier League title.
That’s according to a supercomputer tasked with using data to predict how the season will play out.
Boffins and brainiacs over at bettingexpert have built a supercomputer called BETSiE – which uses data points including xG and xA while running a simulation 100,000 times.
The Blues fell to a 1-0 defeat at high-flying Newcastle on Saturday to fall to eighth in the Prem table.
And that is where BETSiE reckons they will stay.
Since coming 11th in the 1995-96 season, Chelsea have only finished lower than sixth ONCE.
That came in the disastrous 2015-16 campaign – when Jose Mourinho was sacked in December amid a relegation battle – with Guus Hiddink eventually guiding them to a dismal tenth-place finish.
The Gunners are predicted to finish on 82.8 points – with City’s estimated total coming to 82.4.
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Newcastle are this season’s surprise package in third place, and BETSiE thinks their form is not just a flash in the pan.
The Toon are backed to stay in the top three, securing their first Champions League finish since the 2002-03 campaign under Sir Bobby Robson.
BETSiE thinks that Potter’s old side Brighton will pip his new team to a place in the Europa Conference League.
At the bottom of the table, meanwhile, Nottingham Forest, Wolves and Bournemouth are backed to go down – with Everton completing a narrow escape in 17th.
The Toffees have endured a rough run of form to tumble down the table in recent weeks – with the weekend’s 3-0 defeat at Bournemouth prompting fury from loyal fans.