Chelsea champions and Manchester City runners up – how wrong were our English Premier League predictions?
A look back at a season that our sports desk did definitely not see coming when they got their crystal balls out last August
With the English Premier League done and dusted after a final day that saw Manchester City become the first team to reach 100 points, Liverpool condemn Chelsea to Europa League football while former Blues forward Mo Salah broke the scoring record and Swansea City join Stoke City and West Brom in the Championship, it’s time to look back at the Post’s pre-season predictions.
It’s not easy reading for the sports desk after what has been an unpredictable campaign.
Accurate pre-season predictions are in bold.
Arsenal – prediction 6th, finished 6th
Bournemouth – prediction 12th, finished 12th
Brighton and Hove Albion – prediction 20th, finished 15th
Burnley – prediction 18th, finished 7th
Chelsea – prediction 1st, finished 5th
Crystal Palace – prediction 13th, finished 11th
Everton – prediction 7th, finished 8th
Huddersfield Town – prediction 19th, finished 16th
Leicester City – prediction 8th, finished 9th
Liverpool – prediction 5th, finished 4th
Manchester City – prediction 2nd, finished 1st
Manchester United – prediction 4th, finished 2nd
Newcastle United – prediction 16th, finished 10th
Southampton – prediction 9th, finished 17th
Stoke City – prediction 10th, finished 19th
Swansea City – prediction 15th, finished 18th
Tottenham Hotspur – prediction 3rd, finished 3rd
Watford – prediction 17th, finished 14th
West Bromwich Albion – prediction 14th, finished 20th
West Ham United – prediction 11th, finished 13th
Three out of 20 teams correctly predicted. A grand total of 68 league places wrong for the remaining 17 teams. Not one of the promoted teams went down – we predicted two would – and Burnley finished in the European rather than the relegation places.
Roll on August.