Man Utd and Liverpool one place apart as final Premier League table projected

Manchester City will win the Premier League title by 14 points according to a new projection of the rest of the season, with Manchester United pipping Liverpool to second.

The CIES Football Observatory's new findings predictably place Pep Guardiola's City as the new champions, with the Blues having recently shot to the top of the table as they've displayed remarkably consistent form.

Neighours United come second on 72 points, three ahead of reigning champions Liverpool.

Jurgen Klopp's Reds have been stuttering in recent weeks as they've tumbled from top spot in the table and down to fourth, but CIES still believe they possess enough quality to secure a top four place and Champions League football next season.

Should they be right and Liverpool get 69 points this season, they will be 30 points down on their title winning 2019/20 campaign.

The projection is based on a statistical model that takes into account factors such as shots on target, shots conceded to the opposition, possession and possession in attacking areas.

It is Chelsea who then come fourth on 68 points, pipping Leicester to a top four spot.

Brendan Rodgers' side would have to settle for fifth, with Dean Smith's Aston Villa completing a fine season by coming sixth.

Tottenham would end a disappointing season down in ninth place, although still seven points ahead of neighbours Arsenal who finish 11th.

There is also a big change at the bottom of the table, where Fulham – fresh from their fine 2-0 win at Everton on Sunday night – climb out of the bottom three and stay up with 34 points.

Burnley, who are also on 34, are the side that end up going down along with Sheffield United and West Brom.

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