How the table will look come the final day of the season

by Tony Attwood

In the last article – Why Arsenal and Tottenham will end up with identical points this season  – I started to outline the idea that one can use home and away tables in order to predict final outcomes for the season.

Continuing the theme here are the home and away results of the top seven as of today…

Home Away
Pos Team P W D L W D L GD Pts
1 Manchester City 32 16 0 1 10 2 3 62 80
2 Liverpool 32 14 2 0 10 5 1 53 79
3 Tottenham Hotspur 32 10 1 4 11 0 6 26 64
4 Arsenal 31 14 2 1 5 4 5 26 63
5 Chelsea 32 10 5 1 9 1 6 21 63
6 Manchester United 32 9 5 1 9 2 6 18 61
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 32 8 3 5 5 5 6 1 47

Arsenal’s home form can readily be seen here to be worthy of a top two place, but the away form has more in common with seventh placed Wolverhampton.

Using the home/away analysis I predicted that Arsenal and Tottenham would end up each on 75 points and that either could get 3rd place on goal difference.     With the clubs just two goals different in the GD table, there is no telling which will be the higher.

Moving on to the other two clubs involved in the battle for 3rd and 4th we now ask…

What of Chelsea?  Unlike Arsenal and Tottenham they have had half their games at home and half away so far this season, and have collected 35 points at home and 28 points away – a much more closely matched home and away form than Arsenal.   It makes for 2.19 points at home and 1.75 away – both of which can be rounded up to two points per game.

With three home game and three away games to go we can estimate 12 points to come out of the six games giving them 75 points, which is coincidentally exactly what we have estimated for both Tottenham and Arsenal, using the same technique.

Manchester United have a slightly better home form than that away from home – but only slightly.  They have 32 points at home and 29 points away.  Again two points per game.   That suggests 12 points for them taking them to 73 points.

Overall this gives three teams on 75 points, one of whom will miss out on goal difference and Manchester United two points behind on 73 taking up sixth spot and playing in the Europa league next season.

However there are two other factors to take into account: whether top six clubs are playing each other, and the recent form of each club.

Here we might also note that Manchester United have two “top six” games, playing Manchester City and Chelsea.  Chelsea themselves have two such matches, playing Liverpool and Manchester United.

Tottenham play Manchester City – but in fact they play them three times (twice in the Champions League), leaving only Arsenal as a team from the group of four vying for the 3rd and 4th place, who don’t have any top six games to play.

Finally looking at both league and cup matches for the last five games for each of these four teams we find…

Tottenham: 2 defeats, 1 draw, 2 victories

Arsenal: 1 defeat, 1 draw, 3 victories

Chelsea: 1 defeat, 1 draw, 3 victories

Manchester United: 3 defeats and 2 victories.

Put all this together and it looks like Manchester United have the lowest chance of reaching the top four on all counts.  They have the worst current record of the clubs in the top six, they have two games against other “top six” clubs left to play, and the prediction based on points per game so far suggests they will end up two points behind the pack.

Chelsea and Arsenal both have recent records of games which are slightly better than Tottenham’s.  Chelsea have two top six games to play, and Tottenham one – although Tottenham also have two potentially draining games against Manchester City in the Champions League.   Arsenal have no top six games left, but do have the bulk of their games away from home, where they tend to be weaker.  But we do have a game in hand – and we have Europa rather than Champions League games to play.

There are thus pros and cons all round, but to me everything suggests Manchester United will miss out on the top four and so will either Chelsea or Tottenham.   I suspect it will be Tottenham, for despite them winning their first match at the new stadium, and despite the massive hype that surrounds the new stadium’s launch I still think the curse of the new ground might cost them at least one point in the remainder of the season at home, and that one point could be all that is needed to see a club end up fifth instead of fourth.

I am going for

  • 3rd: Arsenal 75 points
  • 4th: Chelsea 75 points
  • 5th: Tottenham 73 points
  • 6th: Manchester United 73 points

But of course, my predictive powers are not among my strong points.  And you may already have noticed that in my previous article I gave Tottenham the same points as Arsenal and Chelsea.  It all depends on how many factors one introduces.


9 Replies to “How the table will look come the final day of the season”

  1. Totally disagree with Arsenal’s points.
    Believe that they will finish with a minimum of 78 points.

    True Gunner

  2. Well you sure haven’t lost your talent on writing very interesting articles with you standing upside down for so long. 😉 Welcome back, Tony!

  3. After Chel$ea, Man$ity and the spuds played, I have updated statistics and rerun.

    Arsenal 63 + 14 = 77
    Chel$ea 63 + 11 = 74
    ManU 61 + 11 = 72
    Spuds 64 + 13 = 77

    That 14 points for Arsenal, is almost 14.4. The 13 points for the spuds is almost 12.8. But 0.6 points is imaginary.

  4. Erol – it is of course all speculation, and you can of course disagree, but it would be good if you said how you got your total.

  5. All of our remaining games are winnable , but the Wolves match may see us drop some points. I like to think that we can remain unbeaten in the league till the end of the season.
    Up the Gunners !

  6. The only two games the spuds look like dropping points is their two away games, city and Bournemouth. I make them favourites for third especially if they get knocked out of the CL by city.
    ARSENAL are unpredictable because of our recent upturn in form compared to our seasons away form. The difficulty is every away game until Burnley are teams between 7th-10th in the league.
    Manure have hard games but have a big costly squad who have also had some good form lately.
    Chelski have hard games and patchy form so all in all if we win all our games were fine but realistically I think we can only lose 1 game.

  7. Well done the spuds – they have opened their new coop.
    The Billion pound Coop for the chickens will host the foxes & wolves next season.

    I backed City to win the EPL and Auba to be highest scorer in a double. Sadly Auba might not get that part of my bet. I also bet United to be out of the Top 4 and Arsenal to be in the Top 4 as singles. Hopefully that will return a few pennies.

    The two matches that are most difficult for Arsenal will be Wolves & Burnley. More difficult will be the PGMOL selectively visioned officiating.

    Spurs have City, who are playing for everything with their billion invested in players.

    With a bit of good fortune Arsenal should protect their third place by winning all the remaining games. Spurs will probably lose to City. Chelsea are the major threat but goal difference might be our saviour.

  8. For the spuds, the remaining games ordered on decresing chance of winning:
    Hudder 0.9636 0.0182 0.0182 15.8144
    Brighton 0.7994 0.1003 0.1003 4.5489
    StateAid 0.6937 0.1532 0.1530 3.2145
    Bournemouth 0.6701 0.2199 0.1100 3.5070
    Everton 0.6267 0.1933 0.1800 3.1667
    Man$ity 0.0749 0.6167 0.3084 7.7212

    The same for Arsenal:
    Brighton 0.7841 0.1079 0.1079 4.9455
    Burnley 0.7287 0.1809 0.0904 4.6024
    CPalace 0.7148 0.1436 0.1416 4.1877
    Leicester 0.5027 0.3473 0.1499 4.4076
    Everton 0.5019 0.3399 0.1582 4.2162
    Watford 0.4767 0.3667 0.1566 3.9737
    Wolves 0.4632 0.3749 0.1619 4.7024

    What the above seems to be showing, is that the spuds have a slightly larger chance of beating Brighton than we do. It is almost a sure thing for the spuds to beat Huddersfield, and for Man$ity to beat the spuds. All their other games have better than 50% odds of winning. We seem to have 3 games where we have a good chance of winning, and 4 games where the odds are basically 50%.

    The last number seems to be a measure of how much teams are “different”. For the spuds, they have 4 different classes of different. If we look at the “different” for Arsenal, it would seem that all of the games remaining are quite similar. Is it an advantage to be playing a series of games which seem to be more similar? Of course, the UEFA games for both will not be like the EPL games.

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