Leeds United are on course for a brilliant mid-table finish in the Premier League after a thrilling return to the top-flight.

Top prediction site FiveThirtyEight has crunched the latest numbers from the last game week when Leeds beat Fulham 2-1 to finally put the London curse behind them.

That was their first victory in London since December 2017.

And FiveThirtyEight predicts that Leeds will finish top of the second half of the table, in 11th place, above Wolves, Southampton and Brighton.

It predicts that Leeds will end on a fantastic 50 points, 15 points ahead of Fulham and 26 points ahead of West Brom.

Taking small steps forward

This is a real vindication of Marcelo Bielsa and his exciting brand of football.

We might have taken a few lickings this season and we’d rather forget the Man United game ever happened.

But, getting 50 points on the board in our first season back, while entertaining everyone and scoring plenty of goals… What’s not to love about that?

It’s been a much, much tougher season for the other newly-promoted clubs, with West Brom and Fulham looking like they heading straight back down.

Sheffield United have been the real surprise. They took the Premier League by storm, finishing 9th with 54 points last season.

They’ve collapsed this season and while there’s plenty to celebrate about what Leeds have done so far, this will act as a cautionary tale about getting too carried away.

However, in Bielsa and with a budding Academy behind us, we’re predicting progress next season, not a similar collapse.

In other Leeds United news, View: Dream deal – Orta can take Leeds to next level with attacking 23yo from cash-stricken side

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