City retain title, Tottenham finish as runners-up ahead of Liverpool & Manchester United
Chelsea and Arsenal finish outside top four, according to Sky Sports algorithm.
By Harry Carr
Last Updated: 08/08/18 10:23am
The stats-based Sky Sports Predictor is back for the new season - and it's tipping Man City to retain the Premier League title.
Tottenham would land the runners-up spot ahead of Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea, according to the predictive algorithm.
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Chelsea narrowly miss out on automatic Champions League qualification in fifth, while Unai Emery would lead Arsenal to their second successive sixth-place finish.
How does it work?
The Sky Sports predictor is based on a system called Elo, originally set up to rate chess players. It takes into account form, who your team still has left to play, and how well a team has done in previous seasons.
The algorithm does not factor transfers, so Liverpool's league-topping £176.9m spent on players this summer could influence the standings as the season progresses.
In contrast, Tottenham are the only Premier League club not to have signed a player this summer - although the club has reportedly bid £25m for Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish,
At the other end of the table, it's bad news for Wolves upon their return to the Premier League - with a predicted immediate return to the Championship after a rock-bottom finish.
Newly-promoted Cardiff will suffer the same fate and will be joined by David Wagner's Huddersfield - while Fulham are tipped to buck the odds and end the season in 12th spot.
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