Supercomputer backs Leeds United for Premier League survival
A supercomputer put together by data experts has analysed the remaining Premier League fixtures and concluded that Leeds United will be in the division next season.
As reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post, boffins at FiveThirtyEight have compiled a full end of season table in line with their extensive data research and analysis, with the Whites expected to finish in their current league position of 16th.
Three wins out of the last four games under new boss Jesse Marsch has helped calm the nerves around Elland Road after six successive league defeats had left them looking down nervously at the bottom three.
Victories against relegation rivals Norwich and Watford in that run have helped to create some much needed breathing space from the drop-zone, with it looking increasingly likely the club will retain their top flight status.
FiveThirtyEight said on Saturday [9 April] that Leeds’ chance of being relegated was 14 per cent. It’s now reduced to 11 per cent off the back of Burnley’s defeat at Norwich on Sunday.
When Jesse Marsch lost both his opening fixtures in charge of Leeds after replacing the iconic Marcelo Bielsa, most fans would have been forgiven for fearing the worst.
As recently as when Norwich equalised in the 90th minute at Elland Road it was still looking incredibly concerning that the club could be returning to the Championship.
However Joe Gelhardt’s dramatic late winner and the subsequent results since are probably enough to see Leeds safe, with the clubs below them all struggling to put together any consistency.
Even the most pessimistic fan can probably look at the table now without biting their fingernails, and this latest data report backs the newfound confidence that we will remain a top-flight club.
Let’s get this horrible season over and done with and come back next year with fresh impetus and ideas in place.
In other Leeds United news, this former forward has described Jesse Marsch as his ‘favourite’ boss to work under.