Predicting what will happen in the Premier League can be extremely difficult.
England’s top-flight is renowned for being the most competitive league in the world and it’s hard to know who will be winning the title before a ball is kicked.
But us football fans know our stuff.
Well, those that took part in Sky Sports’ pre-season Premier League prediction certainly know their football.
That’s because they’re on the brink of correctly predicting the top seven in order which, according to Sky Bet, would have been priced at 12,165/1.
Not only did they say Antonio Conte’s side would be champions, they said their biggest challengers would be Spurs.
Meanwhile, they guessed Manchester City and Liverpool would make up the top four, while, perhaps most impressively, they said Manchester United and Arsenal would miss out on the top four.
Ten of thousands fans took part in the vote and clubs were ranked on the position they were most often predicted to finish.
Here is what the Sky Sports viewers predicted:
1 - Chelsea
2 - Tottenham
3 - Manchester City
4 - Liverpool
5 - Manchester United
7 - Everton
8 - Southampton
9 - West Ham
10 - Leicester City
11 - Stoke
12 - West Brom
13 - Watford
14 - Bournemouth
15 - Crystal Palace
16 - Middlesbrough
17 - Swansea
18 - Sunderland
19 - Burnley
20 - Hull City
And this is what the real Premier League table currently looks like:
The Sky Sports readers could even get the entire top eight correct come the end of the season. If Southampton win their game in hand, they will go level on points with West Brom in eighth. That really would be incredible.
However, down at the bottom of the table, the prediction didn’t quite go to plan.
Hull were predicted to come 20th but are currently two points clear of the drop zone in 17th. While they predicted Sunderland to get relegated, they were slightly over ambitious with them in 18th as they look set to finish rock bottom.
While the relegation battle prediction isn’t quite as impressive, they have got five of the current bottom six correct - albeit in a different order. Not bad.
Keep an eye on Sky Sports readers’ prediction for next season and start putting your money on it!
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