From Chelsea's win over Sheffield United to Aston Villa thrashing Liverpool: Good, bad and ugly of Premier League predictions

In what has been a madcap season so far, we take a look back at the perils of trying to predict what is going to happen next

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Attempting to predict Premier League results this season has been a thankless task to say the least.

I mean, who would have guessed that reigning champions Liverpool would have the second worst defensive record and been on the wrong end of a 7-2 thrashing at Aston Villa?

Or that Manchester United, who finished last season so strongly, would be sitting in the bottom half of the table in mid-November having lost 3-1 to Crystal Palace and 6-1 against Spurs, both at Old Trafford?

Or that Villa, stuck in a relegation dogfight for most of last season, would start the campaign with four wins on the spin? Or that Manchester City would be thrashed 5-2 at home to Leicester, only for the Foxes to go on and lose 3-0 to West Ham at the King Power Stadium a week later?

Looking at the table right now, we have Southampton and Villa in the top six, while City, Arsenal and United sit 10th, 11th and 14th, respectively. This is not your average season, to say the least.

So with the international break still in full swing and as we await the return of the craziest season in memory, what better time to take a look back at the good, the bad and the ugly of this season's Premier League predictions. To view the next image, click on the arrows or just swipe.