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English Premier League

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

PUBLISHED : Monday, 14 May, 2018, 10:50am
UPDATED : Monday, 14 May, 2018, 10:50am

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

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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

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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

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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.