A fancy new algorithm has worked out that Arsenal will emerge the winners of the English premier league in May this year. We have to believe that the supercomputer and the algorithm know what they’re talking about. Some of us will feel a lot better after the January transfer window closes on 2 February. If Arsenal are to be contenders for the league this year, they may want to invest in one or two high-class strikers. By ISMAIL LAGARDIEN.
A global sports technology and data company, STATS, with offices around the world, including South Africa, has used a complex algorithm to determine who will win the 2015 – 2016 English Premier League. Before you get too excited, remember that football is played on the pitch, and not on a hard-drive, and we are in the January transfer month – which means it’s anything-can-happen month… But it all makes for interesting reading, thanks to Talk Sport.
The algorithm run by STATS, determined that Arsenal will win the league, followed by Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester. Aston Villa will finish at the bottom with Sunderland and Norwich joining them in commiserations down the pub. The following breakdown, with bits of commentary, was provided by Talk Sport.
The two big surprises in the top four, if we believe the outcome of the algorithm, are Spurs and Leicester. Although, Lecister City have already surprised us all by staying in first place for more days than Spurs – ever. James Richardson (@acjimbo) is my source on this, in the Guardian Football Weekly – the best football podcast availabile.
The last time Spurs finished in the top four were in the 2009 – 2010 season and again in 2011-2012. Leicester’s highest finish in the top flight was in 1928-1929, when they finished in Second Place.
Arsenal fans will be especially pleased that they may have a chance to celebrate St Totteringham’s Day again, this year. This is the day on which Spurs cannot, mathematically, finish above the Gunners. The last time Spurs finished higher than the Arsenal was in 1995, when the Gunners manager, George Graham was sacked. Spurs finished in seventh place, and Arsenal in 12th.
The company that ran the super computer, STATS, was founded in 1981 and has grown to become the world’s leading sports technology, data and content company with operations and sports coverage on every continent. We have to believe they know what they’re talking about. It is early doors, though. Some of us will feel a lot better after the January transfer window closes on 2 February. If Arsenal are to be contenders for the league this year, they may want to invest in one or two high-class strikers. We will have to wait and see. DM
Photo: Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger checks his watch as he walks to his seat before their English Premier League soccer match against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium in Stoke-on-Trent, central England, August 26, 2012. REUTERS/Darren Staples.
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