Liverpool title bid fails, Arsenal return to Champions League, Tottenham over Manchester United – talkSPORT Super Computer predicts 2021/22 Premier League final draw
They thought it was all over, but that’s not the case anymore.
As recently as mid-January, Manchester City’s lead in the Premier League looked unassailable and the relegation battle seemed ready.
City were eight points clear of second-placed Liverpool, while the world’s wealthiest football club Newcastle looked destined to join Norwich and Watford in the Championship.
However, the January transfer window is always full of opportunity, and Newcastle, Burnley, Liverpool and Aston Villa have certainly capitalized on that chance.
The title race has been declared back on, and although the stakes are much lower, the Champions League and relegation battles have also been triggered.
As of this writing, Carabao Cup winners Liverpool are just six points behind Man City with a game less, with a tantalizing trip to the Etihad coming on April 10.
Jurgen Klopp can’t stop smiling with everything going on at Anfield, with the squad as close as it gets, and the £37m signing of Luis Diaz in January looks inspired.
The side Liverpool conquered in an Ages League Cup final, Chelsea, are 10 points behind, and shaky form may see them drawn into a thrilling Champions League run.
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West Ham looked like front runners to claim a top four spot, riding a wave of momentum, but Antonio Conte’s arrival at Tottenham appeared to give Spurs momentum as the Italian began a run nine games unbeaten.
However, despite Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son’s record form, things quickly turned around in north London as Conte flirted with an early exit due to a run of four out of five league defeats.
Ralf Rangnick’s Manchester United were next to claim their position, but draw after draw has now left Arsenal in pole position.
Last time out at the Emirates, it looked like the opposite would be true for 82 minutes, with 1-0 Wolves looking to throw themselves into the mix.
Late goals from Nicolas Pepe and Alexandre Lacazette instead sent Mikel Arteta on the path to redemption; two points from fourth with three games in hand.
Close behind are Southampton, Crystal Palace and Brighton who are all trying to move up from mid-table to European challengers, and they have been joined by a new team.
Aston Villa enjoyed a mega January under new boss Steven Gerrard with deals for Brazil international Philippe Coutinho and France regular Lucas Digne, but it was down below that the biggest changes were felt.
Even being funded by one of the richest men in the world in the form of Mohammed Bin Salman and his astonishing £320billion net worth, Newcastle continued to struggle.
But fears of imminent relegation have now been swept away with four wins from their last five matches after a blockbuster £90m window saw the arrival of Bruno Guimaraes, Kieran Trippier and Dan Burn.
One of new manager Eddie Howe’s most impactful signings when it comes to the relegation battle was believed to be Burnley’s £20m star striker Chris Wood.
The deal would significantly weaken Sean Dyche’s team, and he did, but only temporarily.
Burnley have gotten a huge upgrade in the form of Dutch international Wout Weghorst, and the former Wolfsburg man already has a goal and two assists and has been crucial in Burnley’s rise.
But with Newcastle, Burnley and Villa all looking to be moving forward and up, others are going the other way.
Brentford’s early-season heroism gave way to cautious defeats, with Everton and Leeds having to sack their managers to avoid shock relegation, whether or not the arrivals of Frank Lampard and Jesse Marsch are enough remains to be seen.
But how will all of this play out in the Premier League?
We’ve fired up the talkSPORT supercomputer to find out exactly what’s to come – and you can see the results and predicted table below…
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