City top the pile.
City top the pile..

Manchester City 'win' the Premier League

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Analysts at Football Manager have simulated how the Premier League and Championship will finish this season, and it is good news for Manchester City supporters.

Manchester City are set to win the league by just two points, with Arsenal finishing as runners up.

City are predicted to finish on 71 points, 21 more than they have now. Arsenal and Chelsea will finish joint on 69 points with second place only going to the Gunners due to alphabetical order.

The two London sides will have the same goal diference of +32 and the same head to head record.

In the battle for relegation Sunderland, Crystal Palace and West Ham will fail to beat the drop and will be playing their football in the Championship next season.

Sunderland will finish bottom with just 27 points, with Palace 19th and West Ham 18th both on 32 points, five points from safety and 17th placed Hull City.

The race for Champions League football will include most of the usual suspects with Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal occupying three out of the four places. Tottenham will snatch the fourth spot after an impressive back half of the season.

Predicted Tottenham January signing Javier Hernandez from Manchester United will score seven goals in 15 games to make sure they come fourth in the league.

Europa League places go to Everton (5th), Manchester United (6th) and Liverpool (7th) in a season where David Moyes' former team come ahead of his current side.

In the Championship, Leicester ease to promotion by winning the league with an outstanding 97 points, with QPR finishing in second place with 83 points.

Nottingham Forest will finish fourth but will come up via the play-offs.

At the other end Barnsley, Yeovil and Bournemouth will be relegated to League One.

Tom Davidson, Football Analyst for Sports Interactive said:

“This is one of the tightest, closest seasons in memory. At both ends of the table, there’s only the slightest of margins for teams between glory and failure.

“That makes the January Transfer Window more important than ever. What clubs do before it slams shut can seal their fate.

“Our simulation, based on proposed transfer activity, uses Football Manager’s unprecedented level of player data and unrivalled game engine to reveal the winners and losers in the Premier League and Championship."

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