Supercomputer predicts Leeds United and Crystal Palace result
Leeds United slumped to 12th after their 0-0 stalemate with Aston Villa, and the supercomputer only expects things to get worse.
Jesse Marsch’s side endured a fourth winless Premier League match on Sunday afternoon, with Villa holding the Whites to a draw following Luis Sinisterra’s dismissal.
Next up for the Whites is a trip to Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace, and the supercomputer at FiveThirtyEight has produced a damning prediction.
The supercomputer gives Leeds just a 26% chance of beating Palace despite Patrick Vieira’s side only registering one win so far this season.
The software, which uses Forecasts and Soccer Power Index (SPI) ratings to predict each round of matches, gave Palace a 49% chance of taking three points, leaving a draw at 25%.
On top of predicting the Palace result, the supercomputer offers a final Premier League table based on its findings. In its latest version, it predicts Leeds to finish 14th this season on 43 points – two positions below their current standing.
Many Leeds fans at the start of the season probably would’ve taken a 14th-placed finish had it been offered to them.
The club have lofty long-term ambitions, but this campaign was always going to be about settling down under Marsch and gelling a squad that saw a lot of new arrivals over the summer.
Last season’s relegation fight was a reality check for many at Leeds, and the aim this time around was to avoid the drama and stress that comes with a survival dogfight.
So far, results suggest that Leeds are able to compete as a midtable side, although the club’s recent form will be cause for concern.
Defeat next weekend would mark five games since that incredible 3-0 win over Chelsea, and Marsch will be concerned about his side facing a confidence slump should that happen.
But Palace aren’t in particularly great form themselves, and Leeds should travel to London confident of taking back a vital three points which would lift them back into the top 10.
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