Football Manager Simulate Entire 2019/2020 Season With Surprising Outcomes
The entire Premier League season has been simulated on Football Manager 2019 and it has delivered a few surprises for a number of teams.
Well, we'll start with the not so surprising.
If this simulation from Planet Football is to be believed, Manchester City will walk away with their third consecutive Premier League title in May.
However, the points total will only be 88, which is a steep drop off from 97 last season and the 100 mark City reached in 2018.
City also seem to have calmed down on the attacking front, with a tame 70 goals scored in comparison to 95 in 18/19.
It's the chasing pack that is more interesting, you can check out the table below.
All squads were updated to include new transfers.
Following their huge transfer window, Arsenal are set to be City's closest challengers finishing five points behind Guardiola's men.
The Gunners have made a slew of signings this summer including Kieran Tierney and David Luiz on deadline day.
Earlier in the window saw Dani Ceballos sign on loan from Real Madrid as well as Nicolas Pepe for £72 million despite being reported as having a £40 million budget.
:zap: Those #FridayFeeling vibes are strong today! :laughing:#BemvindoDavid :flag_br: #TimeForTierney :flag_black: pic.twitter.com/h81k3mFoPr
- Arsenal (@Arsenal) August 9, 2019
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Manchester United also set to join Arsenal back in the top four in third position while European Champions Liverpool are tipped to drop two places into the final Champions League spot.
Chelsea are set to return to the Europa League under Frank Lampard while Tottenham are shockingly down in sixth, despite the signings of Tanguy Ndombele, Giovani Lo Celso & Ryan Sessegnon this summer.
The new recruits. #THFC :white_circle: #COYS pic.twitter.com/k1HwlzfSZs
- Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 8, 2019
Eddie Howe's Bournemouth are a surprise package coming seventh while last season's 'best of the rest' Wolves languish in 13th in the wrong half of the table.
Last season's defeated FA Cup finalists Watford surprisingly prop up the rest of the table in 20th.
The Hornets smashed their transfer record on deadline day to sign winger Ismaila Sarr as well as pick up Danny Welbeck on a free so Javi Gracia's side will be hoping for better than bottom.
Newly promoted Norwich City and Aston Villa find themselves going straight back down to the Championship.
Despite their big spending on signings such as Pablo Fornals and Sebastian Haller, West Ham United drop into the bottom half after their 10th place finish last year.
Although some of this may seem ludicrous right now, the Premier League's unpredictability is why it's often touted as the best league in the world.
No matter what happens, we're sure there will be loads of twists and turns along the way.
Who do you think will win the Premier League this season? Sound off in the comments below.