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Manchester United to miss out on top four in Premier League - statistical experts

Solskjaer's United will finish fifth and Liverpool's winning margin will be massive, according to Opta

Liverpool are on track to win the Premier League by a huge 21 points - with Manchester United missing out on the Champions League, according to statistical experts.

Current champions Manchester City will be runners-up, 13 points clear of third-placed Leicester City, while Chelsea will claim the final Champions League spot.

That's the prediction of number crunching analysers at Opta, who have worked out how the rest of the season could unfold if it ever resumes amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Opta have predicted every club's results for the remaining games for the season, using attacking and defensive qualities over the last four years with extra weight given to their most recent results.

Liverpool, who are 25 points clear of Manchester City with nine games to play, are predicted to finish as champions with 101 points.

According to Opta, who have simulated the outcome of the season 10,000 times in order to estimate the likelihood of each team finishing in each league position, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Manchester United will finish two points off the top four.

Manchester City are predicted to collect the most points - 23 - from their remaining ten fixtures, which includes facing Liverpool at the Etihad.

Jose Mourinho's Tottenham are forecast to gather another 13 points from nine games, elevating them to sixth spot and a place in the Europa League.

Down at the bottom, Watford escape relegation on goal difference.

As a result, Bournemouth will be relegated with Norwich and Aston Villa.

Updated: April 1, 2020 01:09 PM



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