Graham Potter’s side impressed last season by securing a ninth place finish – their highest ever in the top flight.
They lost influential midfielder Yves Bissouma to Tottenham for £30million earlier in this window and they are hoping to retain the services of their Spanish player of the year Marc Cucurella, who continues to be tracked by Manchester City.
Pep Guardiola’s champions saw a £30million bid rejected earlier this week and are expected to return with a higher offer.
So how should Albion perform this season compared to their rivals? Data experts at FiveThirtyEight have done the math with the aim of providing a supercomputer prediction of the final Premier League standings before a ball is even kicked.
The Premier League champions are the team to beat this coming season and the supercomputer expects Pep Guardiola’s side to clinch the title again with a 46 per cent chance of finishing 1st.
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Once again Liverpool have been tipped to take on Manchester City for the title. They have a 30% chance of winning the Premier League and an 83% chance of finishing in the top four.
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Two points down but the same position for Chelsea was predicted by the supercomputer. They even had an 11% outside chance of winning the title.
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Spurs are set to have another solid season under Antonio Conte. Champions League qualification is on the menu again and they even have a 5% chance of winning the Premier League.
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