Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is set for a nightmare first season in charge, according to a super computer that has predicted the final Premier League table.
Lampard, the Blues’ all-time leading goalscorer, returned to Stamford Bridge this summer to become their new head coach.
After being thumped 4-0 away at Manchester United on his Premier League bow, and drawing 1-1 against Leicester on his SW6 homecoming, the former midfielder picked up his first win in charge away at Norwich last weekend.
And Lampard will be expecting another set of three points when newly-promoted Sheffield United come to town this afternoon.
But if Football Web Pages’ predicted final table is anything to go by, Chelsea are in for the season from hell.
Their stats geeks have created a super computer algorithm that uses previous results and goals to calculate the most likely results for future fixtures.
Using results from the first three matches, they have put together some final standings that make for a grim reading for Lampard.
In their final table, Chelsea are sat at 15th place on a mere 42 points.
Newcastle and Southampton are only 12 points behind the west London club in the relegation zone, while Watford sit bottom of the table on a shambolic 16 points.
Liverpool are tipped to end their 30-year title drought, toppling back-to-back champions Manchester City by six points at the league’s summit.
But the biggest surprise conjured up in this hypothetical table comes in third place, with Sean Dyche’s Burnley predicted to pull off the unthinkable and finish in an automatic Champions League spot.
Manchester United occupy fourth in the table, pipping fifth-place Tottenham on goal difference.
Arsenal are also poised for a dismal campaign if the super computer’s algorithm comes true, as they sit below Bournemouth and Brighton in eighth.