Final Premier League table predicted by simulation – and it’s bad news for Chelsea
Before the 2019/20 Premier League campaign was suspended, Chelsea had embarked on a decent run of form by going unbeaten in three league matches – including wins against Tottenham and Everton.
Frank Lampard’s side had suffered defeat to Manchester United for the second time this season, which has ignited the race for a top-four finish and Champions League football next term.
So, what’s going to happen when the Premier League resumes? Will Chelsea return to Europe’s elite competition? Will Manchester United continue their strong run of form?
We used Football Manager 2020 to predict how Chelsea will perform in their final ten Premier League matches – just for fun.
Football Manager 2020 predicts final 2019/20 Premier League table
To set up this simulation, we got hold of a custom save game which had accurate results, league table and future fixtures as of March 13, 2020.
This meant we could simulate the rest of the season to see how the Premier League played out in the final few games of the season.
Check out the accurate league table below as of March 13 2020.
This is what happened when we simulated the rest of the games, with Arsenal hunting down a top six place.
Chelsea’s 2019/20 campaign predicted once Premier League season resumes
March 14 – Aston Villa vs Chelsea
Goals from Olivier Giroud and Tammy Abraham saw Chelsea take the spoils at Villa Park.
March 21 – Chelsea vs Manchester City
First-half goals from Bernardo Silva and Kevin De Bruyne condemned Chelsea to defeat against Man City.
April 4 – West Ham vs Chelsea
Chelsea returned to winning ways against West Ham, with Willian and Michy Batshuayi on the scoresheet.
April 12 – Chelsea vs Watford
The Blues made it back-to-back wins against Watford, with Batshuayi’s brace added to by Abraham.
April 18 – Crystal Palace vs Chelsea
Another win is secured against Palace, with Mason Mount and Christian Pulisic on the scoresheet.
April 26 – Sheffield United vs Chelsea
A Lys Mousset double saw Chelsea suffer defeat to Sheffield United, with Willian scoring and being sent off.
May 2 – Chelsea vs Norwich City
A surprising defeat at Stamford Bridge to Norwich City saw Chelsea’s European aspirations suffer a significant below.
May 9 – Liverpool vs Chelsea
A goalless draw against Liverpool saw the Blues extend their run without a win to three matches.
May 17 – Chelsea vs Wolves
Chelsea returned to winning ways on the final day courtesy of Callum Hudson-Odoi’s brace.
So, how would those results effect the final 2019/20 Premier League table for Chelsea? Let’s take a look at the updated Premier League table with 38 games played.
Chelsea’s difficult end to the season saw them slip out of the top-four, with Manchester United taking advantage to secure the final Champions League spot.
The disappointing three-match winless streak certainly ended up being significant, with Chelsea needing just one more point to finish above United.
Lampard’s side secured 16 points from a possible 30 to end the season, with their lack of consistency proving to be their downfall.
I guess we’ll have to wait and see what happens when the season restarts – but Lampard will certainly want more from his side in the final 10 matches of the season.
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