A supercomputer has predicted how the Premier League table will finish at the end of next season.
The fixtures for the English top flight were released on Thursday as all 20 clubs discovered the order of their matches for the 2022/23 campaign.
And while many signings have already been made by a number of the top clubs, research by betting app SBK has come to the conclusion that Manchester City will retain their Premier League crown.
The supercomputer also believes the top four will stay the same as last season – with Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham occupying the Champions League qualification places.
This will mean more disappointment for Manchester United fans and new head coach Erik ten Hag.
The Dutchman is being tasked with getting the Red Devils back in the Champions League – so a predicted fifth place finish is not what the Old Trafford faithful will want to see.
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And his first game in charge will be at Old Trafford against Brighton.
Arsenal, who play Palace away in their first match, are tipped to drop one place to sixth as they prepare to return to European competition in the Europa League.
Chelsea and Tottenham, who play each other at Stamford Bridge in matchday two, have also been tipped for top four again.
But Newcastle are predicted to move into the top seven following their Saudi takeover midway through the 2021/22 season.
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West Ham, Leicester and Aston Villa are expected to prop up the rest of the top 10.
Following a relegation battle last season, Everton are tipped for a 13th place finish – though this is unlikely to satisfy their frustrated fans.
Meanwhile, at the foot of the table there are few surprises on offer.
The three promoted teams – Fulham, Nottingham Forest and Bournemouth – are all the favourites to be relegated back down to the Championship.
The supercomputer believes Leeds will narrowly avoid the drop again in 17th place, with Brentford and Southampton also narrowly dodging the bottom three.
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