Leeds United will finish 13th in the Premier League according to the latest prediction from FiveThirtyEight’s Supercomputer.
FiveThirtyEight is a statistics website that uses algorithms to predict the outcomes of sports leagues and tournaments around the world based on data criteria such as expected goals, transfer spend and results in the current and previous seasons.
They predict that Leeds will finish one point ahead of Crystal Palace and just five points behind Arsenal.
Amazingly, Sunday’s opponents Manchester United are forecasted to finish third, behind Liverpool and Manchester City.
FiveThirtyEight predict that two of this season’s promoted sides, Fulham and West Brom, will be relegated, with Sheffield United also returning to the Championship after two seasons in the Premier League.
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At the start of the season there was a lot of fanfare about Marcelo Bielsa managing in the Premier League for the first time but Leeds would have known that safety was the priority and would have snapped at a 13th-placed finish.
Man United fans would also love to finish third, although we think that sounds more unlikely than the Leeds prediction.
Leeds host bitter rivals Manchester United on Sunday and the last time the two teams met in a league fixture was February 2004.
That game ended in 1-1 draw. This one promises more goals.
Leeds have gone toe-to-toe with some of the Premier League’s biggest clubs this season without always getting the results that they have merited but they would take three points in any way they can against their fiercest rivals.
Leeds go into the game with their confidence restored after putting five goals past Newcastle following a difficult couple of weeks where they suffered back-to-back defeats to Chelsea and West Ham.
A win against Manchester United would be Leeds’ biggest yet in their return to the Premier League and will surely boost their chances of finishing higher up the table in the next FiveThirtyEight league table prediction.
In other Leeds United news, MOT View: Bielsa comments should make Leeds fans very excited for clash v Man Utd