Premier League: Supercomputer predicts the final table ahead of June 17 return

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Premier League football will be returning to our screens in just over a week's time.

It's been almost three months since the world's most competitive league shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the journey back to live action has been a complicated one.

But the safety of everyone involved has always been the main concern and the successful model of the Bundesliga has paved a promising roadmap on which England's top flight can follow suit.

Aston Villa vs Sheffield United and Manchester City vs Arsenal will kick off the action on June 17 and there are still so many things to play for in the final nine game-weeks.

Sure, Liverpool winning the title is something of a formality, but it remains to be seen which three teams will drop down to the Championship and which sides will qualify for the Champions League.

The Premier League's return

Here at GIVEMESPORT, we've already predicted how we think the Premier League table will finish, but we don't claim to posses the predictive powers of a full-blown supercomputer.

Well, that's where talkSPORT step in because they've dusted off their trusty supercomputer to have a go at forecasting the final Premier League table now that resumption is just days away.

The technology has some good news for Manchester United fans and a worrying proposition for Villa supporters, but check out the full prediction to discover all 20 teams' fate.

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20. Norwich City (Relegation)

19. Aston Villa (Relegation)

18. Brighton & Hove Albion (Relegation)

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17. Bournemouth

16. Watford

15. West Ham United

14. Newcastle United

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13. Burnley

12. Southampton

11. Crystal Palace

10. Everton

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9. Arsenal

8. Sheffield United

7. Wolverhampton Wanderers (Europa League)

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6. Tottenham Hotspur (Europa League)

5. Chelsea (Champions League) *

4. Manchester United (Champions League)

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3. Leicester City (Champions League)

2. Manchester City *

1. Liverpool (Premier League winners)

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* Assuming City's ban from European competitions is upheld, Chelsea - who finish fifth in the prediction - will qualify for Champions League football nonetheless

Will the prediction come true?

As far as the top three are concerned, it will come as little surprise that absolutely nothing has changed and the only real question is: will Liverpool break the league's points record?

United are bravely forecast as the final team to guarantee themselves Champions League football, but Chelsea could still scramble themselves a place if City are banned from competing.

Arsenal fans will be pretty gutted if they do indeed wind up in ninth place, especially if Jose Mourinho gets to breath a sigh of relief before the summer by elevating Spurs by two spots.  

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Norwich and Villa being tipped for the drop aren't particularly shocks, though Brighton have clearly been tipped to join them on the basis they haven't won a league game in all of 2020.

All that being said, though, the magic of the Premier League is in it's unpredictability, so don't hold your breath for any sort of supercomputer or technology to get things absolutely spot on.

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