Chelsea will win the Premier League title by a staggering 13 points this season with Arsenal finishing ahead of Manchester City in second, according to a simulation run by Sports Interactive, makers of the Football Manager series of video games.
Jose Mourinho's team currently lead the way by six points but rather than faltering over the final few fences, the former 'little horse' will romp home to win by the biggest margin since Manchester United won the title by 18 points during the 1999/2000 season.
When Mourinho won his first Premier League crown at Chelsea during the 2004/05 campaign, the Blues won ahead of Arsenal by 12 points, making this his most impressive season during his time at Stamford Bridge.
The simulation also settles the top four conundrum in which Manchester City, Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool, Southampton and Tottenham have been competing.
Football Manager predicts that Arsenal will beat reigning champions Manchester City to second place by one point. Manuel Pellegrini's side will finish third whilst the final Champions League qualification place will go to Manchester United.
Louis van Gaal's team have put themselves in a commanding position with their recent win over Liverpool at Anfield, which sees them current sitting five points ahead of their fierce rivals. According to the simulation, by the end of the season they will have extended their lead over Liverpool to six points.
Manchester United's best XI of the season so far
Manchester United's best XI of the season so far
1/11 David De Gea - 6.77
Never any doubt that the Spanish stopper would be in goal. Been brilliant this season.
2/11 Antonio Valencia - 7.24
Injuries have seen the former Wigan player deployed at right-back for much of the season and he comes out on top among the possible options.
3/11 Phil Jones - 7.46
Manchester United's defence was much derided at the start of the campaign but Jones has played a major role in silencing the critics and actually scores the highest of all Manchester United's players.
4/11 Chris Smalling - 7.34
Alongside Jones is Smalling - another who's appeared more assured as the campaign has progressed. That centre-back pairing sees Jonny Evans and Paddy McNair miss out.
5/11 Marcos Rojo - 7.30
The Argentina international has begun to show why the club forked out £16m and allowed Nani to go to Sporting Lisbon to bring him to Old Trafford. Rojo scores much higher than his most direct competitor for the left-back berth, £27m signing Luke Shaw (6.80).
6/11 Ander Herrera - 7.24
The summer signing from Athletic Bilbao has shown an eye for goal as well as a pass this season, which is why despite playing less than Juan Mata (6.86), he snatches the right-sided midfielder position.
7/11 Marouane Fellaini - 7.34
Despite being mocked in some circles for his rough and ready style following his move from Everton, under Louis van Gaal, Fellaini has shown just how effective he can be which is why he claims a central midfield berth.
8/11 Daley Blind - 7.30
Alongside Fellaini is Netherlands international Blind, who scores higher than the alternative central midfielder, Michael Carrick (7.05).
9/11 Ashley Young - 7.22
Despite an outlay of £59.7m on Angel Di Maria, it is former Watford and Aston Villa player Ashley Young who has done more to justify a place on the left side of midfield so far this season. After a lively start, Di Maria's performances have dipped alarmingly, leaving him with a score of 7.18.
10/11 Wayne Rooney - 7.36
The captain has been consistent throughout the season, despite being shifted from one position to another by an indecisive Van Gaal. Rates as Manchester United's second best player this season after Jones.
11/11 Robin van Persie - 7.21
Despite a stop-start season hit by injuries and exclusion from the team, Van Persie still scores much higher than on-loan Colombian Radamel Falcao (6.78), meaning the Dutchman claims the second striker position and completes the best XI of the season so far.
The top sides still have a few meetings to come in the remaining matches of the season, the results of which are predicted to be...
- Arsenal 2-2 Liverpool
- Manchester United 2-1 Manchester City
- Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United
- Arsenal 1-2 Chelsea
- Chelsea 2-2 Liverpool
The Europa League spots will go to Liverpool in fifth, Southampton in sixth and Tottenham in seventh.
At the other end of the table, the three sides currently occupying the bottom three - Burnley, QPR and Leicester - will remain exactly where they are. It means sides currently fearing relegation including Hull, Aston Villa and Sunderland will avoid the drop.
Football Manager uses a vast database - compiled by approximately 1,000 researchers across the world (including real-life scouts) - to blend reality and fiction. So impressive is the information that it has become a tool used by real life managers. The painstakingly detailing simulation of club management, which allows players to control every aspect of a manager's role, from scouting new player to tactics and training, has sold millions of copies worldwide.
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