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Sky Sports predictor goes a little mental with final Newcastle position

3 years ago

The Sky Sports predictor has given a ‘strange’ forecast for Newcastle United’s season.

The Sky Sports predictor is their model to work out a percentage chance of the outcome(s), using an algorithm to rank results, previous performances and the difficulty of upcoming fixtures – which has given this predicted end of campaign table below.

They have given the percentage chance of Newcastle ending up as: champions, top four, and relegated, as well as a predicted final league position and points total.

Before the game at Southampton, their predictor was forecasting an eventual 15th place in the table for Newcastle United and a points total of 45.

After a very good display and credible draw at St Mary’s we now have this…

Sky Sports predictor says:

As you can see, the computer now says ‘no’ to Newcastle surviving this season.

Very strange.

Not sure how Newcastle can now be forecast to be bottom…although it isn’t only NUFC that suggests the Sky Sports computer has gone a little bit haywire.

They still have Manchester City to finish top but with only 71 points – they already have 22 points after only eight matches and at that rate would get over 100 points by the close of the season.

Similarly, Man Utd have 20 points already banked and that would see them end with 95 if they kept that form up, yet the Sky Sports predictor only gives them 64 or 65.

The same story at the bottom end, Crystal Palace have three points from eight games and yet forecast to get 43 or 44, which leaves them needing to win pretty much every  other game on average in the final 30 matches.

I think the likely explanation is that Sky Sports have allowed a team of chimps to have access to their computer this week, or even worse, Paul Merson


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