Chelsea’s resurgence under Guus Hiddink will see them fall just short in their race for the top four, according to Football Manager.
The interim Blues manager was parachuted in to save the season after the club’s worst ever start to a Premier League campaign under Jose Mourinho.
They remain unbeaten under the Dutchman and claimed another point towards fulfilling their lingering hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League at Waford on Wednesday night.
Diego Costa was in the headlines again, along with departing Blues hero John Terry, as last season’s title winners played out a goalless draw at Watford.
But how does Football Manager see the rest of the campaign panning out?
The computer game has simulated the rest of the Premier League season to see what will happen, reports Mirror Football.
Victory on the penultimate fixture of the season over Arsenal turns out to be the knockout blow, with Sergio Aguero netting another seven goals between now and the end of the season.
The Gunners finish second in front of current table-toppers Leicester, whose fairytale season ends with a Champions League spot in third place.
Jamie Vardy hits another eight goals before the season is out, keeping the Foxes in touch with the top before defeats against Sunderland, West Ham and Swansea kill their title charge.
Riyad Mahrez continues his sparkling form, but just misses out on the player of the year award to Mesut Ozil. Tottenham complete the top four.
Aston Villa remain rooted to the bottom despite victories over Everton and Southampton. Sunderland and Bournemouth also drop to the Championship.
Liverpool pip Everton to seventh, while Chelsea's miraculous rise has them sixth, level on points with fifth-placed Manchester United, who finish just a point outside the top four.
The Blues only drop points to Norwich in their final 15 games of the campaign, according to the simulation.
Hull City and Middlesbrough return to the Premier League by finishing first and second in the Championship, while Burnley, Derby, Brighton and Cardiff fight it out in the playoffs.
MK Dons, Rotherham and Bolton drop to League One, while Bristol City, Preston and Blackburn finish just a point above the bottom three.