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…