REVEALED: Man City supporters are the most confident in the Premier League, with 80% of the club’s fanbase predicting they will win the title again… while over a fifth of Man United fans think Erik ten Hag will lead them to the trophy
- Manchester City have won four out of the last five Premier League titles
- Fans of Pep Guardiola’s side believe they are well-placed to top the table again
- Meanwhile, only 33% of Liverpool supporters are confident in their predictions
- 77% of Newcastle fans believe the Magpies will lift the trophy in the next decade
- The most optimistic fans in the league are M23 rivals Crystal Palace and Brighton
Manchester City fans are the most confident in the Premier League ahead of the new season, new research has revealed.
Pep Guardiola’s side lifted the title last season for the fourth time in five years and their supporters believe they are in a good place to do so again.
A study commissioned by BT Sport used cutting edge science to test whether fans really believe their own predictions for the new campaign.
Manchester City fans are confident that their team will win a fifth league title in six years
Working with Imperial College London, a team of neuroscientists used state-of-the-art functional MRI technology to analyze fans’ beliefs ahead of the upcoming football season.
The survey revealed that 80% of Manchester City fans think that their team will finish top of the league this season, while the MRI technology showed that 48% of Citizens are either confident or very confident in predicting the final table.
Liverpool pushed City all the way in 2021-22 and are set to be their closest challengers again, but just 69% of Reds fans think they will win the league and only 33% were shown to be confident in their predictions.
Other fan bases that view themselves as league winners include Chelsea (31%), Arsenal (22%) and Manchester United (22%).
69% of Liverpool fans think they will win the league after pushing City all the way last season
‘It’s at this time of the year that everyone looks ahead to the new season and tries to predict what will happen,’ Jamie Hindhaugh, head of BT Sport, said.
‘Our fan survey highlights some notable predictions, while our campaign tests those beliefs to find out if fans really do think they’re true.’
There is fresh optimism at Newcastle following the club’s Saudi-backed takeover last year and 77% of Magpies fans believe that their team will win the Premier League title within the next decade.
Meanwhile, most Premier League fans (64%) feel Manchester United will never recover the level of success they achieved during the Sir Alex Ferguson years and almost half (48%) of the club’s own fans agree with this view.
22% of Man United fans think Erik ten Hag will lead them to the trophy in his first year in charge
Over three quarters of Newcastle fans believe their side will lift the trophy in the next decade
The research also looks at the predicted league positions of each club and compares that to where fans would place their own clubs.
The most optimistic fans are Crystal Palace and Brighton – with their supporters’ predicted finishing positions three places higher compared to other fans’ predictions of their club’s finishing position.
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