Incredible Premier League predictions from September became scarily accurate
A Premier League football journlist’s predictions from September became scarily accurate over the 2021/22 season.
The latest edition of top-flight football saw Manchester City lift the title with rivals Manchester United finishing second, as predicted by several pundits last year.
Liverpool and Chelsea made Champions League football while Leicester had to settle for Europa League again, with West Ham’s sixth-place offering the biggest surprise package.
While Tottenham had to settle for a place in the inaugural Europa Conference League and Arsenal, for the first time in 25 years, are without continental football.
It may have been another Premier League season of twists and turns but football journalist Matt Murphy saw several big events coming.
Writing in response to a tweet calling for predictions on September 10 – two days before the start of the season – the Twitter user said: “[Mikel] Arteta and/or [Jose] Mourinho to be sacked before Christmas.
“Timo Werner bags fewer than 10 goals. One of the top eight from last season to be battling relegation.
“Someone's goalkeeper scores a late winner. Leeds finish in the top 10. That enough?”
While the first prediction did not happen during the festive period, Mourinho was shown the door by Tottenham in April.
The Portuguese manager had seen the North London side go from first to seventh in the table over 20 games as well as crashing out of the Europa League in humiliating fashion.
Chelsea’ £50m forward Timo Werner also endured a nightmare first season at Stamford Bridge, scoring just six league goals for the season.
It has seen the Blues get linked with a move for another forward this season, including Spurs’ Harry Kane and Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland.
Wolves finished the 2019/20 campaign in seventh, just missing out on Europa League qualification to Tottenham through goal difference.
But an injury to star forward Raul Jimenez in November saw them not quite battle relegation but sit in the bottom half, with boss Nuno Espirito Santo now leaving.
Murphy’s prediction also managed to foresee Alisson’s sensational winning goal for Liverpool in a 2-1 victory over West Brom this month.
The Brazilian rose highest to reach Trent Alexander-Arnold’s 95th-minute corner to beat Sam Johnstone at The Hawthornes for three dramatic points.
And the prediction was complete when promoted side Leeds finished ninth, having won 59 points under Marcelo Bielsa.
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