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Significant changes in Sky Sports predictions for Newcastle United

5 years ago
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What are the chances of Newcastle United going up as Champions, finishing Top Two, or simply making Top six?

Sky Sports have used their ‘Premier Predictor’ model to work out a percentage chance of these things happening.

The Sky Sports Predictor works by allocating ranking points based on teams’ performances – taking into account the difficulty of the opposition, home advantage and margin of victory.

Their predictor said a week ago (13 January 2017)  that:

At least being top six was a 99% certainty for Newcastle.

As for being first or second, it was an 83% chance.

Whilst finishing as champions was a 37% possibility.

After a dramatic weekend of results which saw Newcastle win and Brighton, Reading & Huddersfield all lose, now (19 January 2017) the percentage chances are:

At least being top six is a 99% certainty for Newcastle.

As for being first or second, it is now an 82% chance.

Whilst finishing as champions is now a 47% possibility.

These are the two tables – after and before last weekend’s results.

Probability 19 January 2017:

In contrast, Brighton have gone from  57% to 44% probability to finish top according to the Sky Sports stats and from 87% to 79%  to finish top two and the same as Newcastle, still a 99% certainty to be at least top six.

As for anybody else sneaking into the top two, Reading are still a 10% probability to finish top two but after beating Derby (and due to the other results), Leeds have gone from 8% to 18% probability of top two and have overtaken Reading as the most likely threat to Newcastle and Brighton.

Probability 13 January 2017:

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