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Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. v Manchester City

August 12, 2017

After a 34 year absence in the top flight of English Soccer, Brighton & Hove Albion was greeted, in their first game in the Premier League, by a Manchester City team out to make a statement. Reveling in an 80% possession rate, visiting City was in command throughout the match where a victory wasn't really in doubt.  City's 2-0 victory put a damper on an amazing story, a story not possible in the United States...   

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Playing at the beautiful Amex Stadium in Falmer, England, Brighton is yet another intriguing entry into the Premiership. Do they have a chance to win the League in their first year? Uh, no. According to the math geeks at FiveThirtyEight, they have less than a .1% chance of that, yet a 54% chance of being sent right back down to the League Championship. Sadly, even Beacon of Speech gives them little chance for success this season.

 

As a matter of fact, the geeks at FTE simulated the whole season, thousands of times.  I read the ESPN predictions on Friday and they were similar in tone.

 

Just for fun, and because I can, here are my predictions for the 2017-2018 season...

1. Manchester City

2. Tottenham

3. Everton

4. Manchester United

Chelsea

Liverpool

Bournemouth

Arsenal

West Ham

Stoke City

Southampton

Crystal Palace

Swansea City

Leicester City

Burnley

Newcastle

West Brom

18. Huddersfield

19. Watford

20. Brighton

 

Welcome back in 2018?  Sunderland & Wigan

 

 

 

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