Leeds United: Super Computer makes new relegation prediction after 5-1 nightmare at home to Crystal Palace
The chances of Leeds United being relegated from the Premier League have doubled after the 5-1 thrashing by Crystal Palace according to a Super Computer.
Heading into the weekend after a very positive come-from-behind victory over Nottingham Forest on Tuesday (4 April) the Whites’ were looking good with just a 10% relegation chance predicted.
But the second half capitulation at Elland Road on Sunday (9 April) has seen that number shoot up to 20%, although there are still four teams predicted to be worse off.
The Super Computer at FiveThirtyEight has significantly downgraded the club’s chances of safety after a weekend which saw Wolves, West Ham, Bournemouth and (obviously) Crystal Palace pick up wins.
But Southampton were heavily beaten by Manchester City, Everton comfortably defeated at Manchester United, Leicester’s collapse continued at home to the Cherries, and Aston Villa beat Forest, to keep all four predicted to be at least doubly likely to go down compared to Leeds United.
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There is still breathing space because of the other clubs losing, but whereas everything was looking so positive after the Forest win, the familiar cloud of doubt has reappeared.
After responding excellently to going behind at Elland Road in midweek it was very concerning to see an equaliser destroy the Whites’ confidence so completely just five days later.
Javi Gracia will have to get the players to move on from the result as quickly as possible, but with Liverpool next up it is a far less winnable game to get back on the horse for.
The defensive disaster against Palace was the sort of confused mess that has been seen numerous times over the past couple of seasons, and too often given up a load of goals.
It makes the need to get Max Wober back all the more crucial, but whether the Austrian is available or not there surely has to be changes going forward.
Luke Ayling, despite his headline grabbing goal and celebration at Wolves, has had a nightmare run defensively and the right back position is looking a real weakness at the moment.
And all the positive feeling towards Marc Roca and Weston McKennie from the midweek match has been thrown back into doubt with Tyler Adams out, so there are major questions to answer for the manager over the next few days.
In other Leeds United news, the club have been offered a highly sought-after international striker to sign this summer.