The final Championship table for the 2016-17 season has been predicted by a Super Computer, according to TalkSport.
The Super Computer predicts that Brighton & Hove Albion will beat Newcastle United to the Championship title this year, despite Newcastle leading the way for most of the season. Brighton are currently two points clear at the top of the league.
Leeds United are predicted to move up into fourth place, overtaking a Reading side that were beaten 7-1 by a ruthless Norwich City last weekend. However, Leeds still finish below their Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield Town. Perhaps one of the biggest shocks is that Fulham are predicted to finish in the play-offs, with Sheffield Wednesday missing out. Fulham are currently two points behind Wednesday with five games left to play.
Preston North End are predicted to end a very solid season in eighth place, with the play-offs proving to be just out of reach following their 3-0 defeat to Leeds United last weekend.
Derby County, Norwich City, Brentford and Aston Villa are all predicted to finish in mid-table. All four sides will be looking to put this season behind them and challenge for promotion to the Premier League next year. Brentford can definitely challenge next season if they can put together a consistent run of form and avoid results like the recent 1-2 home defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Cardiff City and Wolverhampton Wanderers are predicted to finish 13th and 14th respectively, which both clubs will take after early relegation fears and look to build on next season.
After a poor end to the season, Barnsley are predicted to finish 15th. Queens Park Rangers are next up in 16th place, and are another club who appointed a new manager this season. The club’s real test will be whether they can challenge for a play-off place under Ian Holloway next season.
Predicted to finish 17th are Nottingham Forest, which fans would probably be happy with given that the club are currently 19th and still looking to avoid relegation. Ipswich Town are predicted to finish 18th, which may be somewhat of a surprise to some fans. Mick McCarthy has previously had Ipswich on the cusp of the play-offs, but this season has been disappointing.
Birmingham City are predicted to finish the season in 19th. The club sacked manager Gary Rowett in December, with the club in seventh place. Birmingham have since fallen 11 places down the league table, and are still not safe from relegation to League One.
Burton Albion are predicted to remain in their current position of 20th and avoid relegation straight back to League One this season. This would be seen as a success for Burton, who could then look forward and build for next season.
Bristol City are predicted to just about avoid relegation this season, finishing in 21st place. This means that Blackburn Rovers are predicted to finish 22nd and be relegated to League One this season. Blackburn finished 10th in the Premier League in 2010, but began an alarming slide down the leagues shortly after current owners Venky’s took over the club in the same year.
Wigan Athletic are predicted to hold their current position of 23rd and suffer relegation straight back down to League One.
Already-relegated Rotherham United will finish 24th no matter what happens in the final five games of the season. The club have conceded 93 goals in 41 games so far this season.
View the predicted table in full below!
- Brighton & Hove Albion
- Newcastle United
- Huddersfield Town
- Leeds United
- Sheffield Wednesday
- Preston North End
- Derby County
- Norwich City
- Aston Villa
- Cardiff City
- Wolverhampton Wanderers
- Queens Park Rangers
- Nottingham Forest
- Ipswich Town
- Birmingham City
- Burton Albion
- Bristol City
- Blackburn Rovers
- Wigan Athletic
- Rotherham United