BBC Sport published a predicted Premier League table before the season kicked off.

They used a system developed by data company Gracenote Sports.

They have now updated the predictions using additional data from the opening seven games, with some interesting results.

This is BBC Sport’s info on the update and then the table of the original and new predictions:

‘Everybody loves an international window, right? A chance to take stock and check how our pre-season predictions are shaping up.

The Premier League season is only seven games old, but there are already several narratives that stand out.

Data company Gracenote Sports, which specialises in such forecasts, has updated its predicted title winners from Chelsea to Manchester City, while Crystal Palace’s fate looks like it has already been sealed down at the bottom.

Gracenote uses its Euro Club Index ranking of top-flight clubs and then runs season simulations one million times to predict the final table.’

Leaving aside the rest of them, the interesting thing for Newcastle fans, is that things are going pretty much as (the original forecast) expected.

The original forecast of 13th place and 43 points, now only upgraded to 12th and 45 points, despite Newcastle being in ninth place at the minute.

Clearly taking into account the relatively decent run of opening matches that Rafa Benitez and his team were given.

A few other stand out things – Everton were predicted to be seventh and that is still the case, though with a reduced points total. Whilst despite their decent start, Huddersfield are still forecasted to go down, though now with pointless Palace below them…



  • Wor Lass

    I was expecting to see the table. Was I expecting too much? Did miss it?

    • MadMag83

      Come on now, don’t be daft. This is The Mag, the table will be in another article, complete with the same write up as well as a write up from an article from 3 months ago.

    • HappyToons

      You need to go on the ever predictable Chronicle site … ‘five things we predict about the predicted final Premier League table prediction.’

      Five things we have learned…

      I am adding them up and have 1325 things that I am learning that I never needed to know in the first place

    • Rich Lawson

      Apparently not,would have been an interesting (escentional) way of finishing the article !

  • steve pearce

    This is the most pointless exercise since the Makems built the Stadium Of Shyte!

    When our new owners provide Rafa with the funds to sign players that can actually score goals we will finish in the top four – I’d like to see the prediction for Scumderland as a I expect a further relegation in the offing.

  • S.G.M.

    More Porter piffle