‘Supercomputer’ predicts where Luton Town, Bristol City & QPR will finish in the Championship table
The 2020/21 Championship campaign is gearing up for a dramatic finish following the international break, with the final handful of matches set to decide who will suffer the agony of relegation, and which sides will take a step closer to promotion with a place in the play-offs.
Luton Town's predicted end of season standing in Championship table. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
For Luton Town, things aren't perhaps quite as exciting, with a mid-table finish looking more than likely. Still, the Hatters will certainly take that as a positive step forward. Here's how the latest data algorithm (via FiveThirtyEight) has predicted the final Championship table will look at the end of the season:
Points total: 35. You've really got to feel for Wycombe fans, who barely got to see any of their side's first ever Championship campaign live in the stadium. Coming back up next season could be a struggle, too.
Points total: 42. The Owls are tipped to pick up another ten points before the end of the season, but that isn't enough to secure their survival. Even without their six point deduction, they'd have been relegated in this simulation.
Points total: 46. Despite Lee Bowyer coming in to shake things up, the Supercomputer is unmoved by the former player's return, and condemns the Blues to relegation.
Points total: 49. A huge result for the Mark Robins' side, who hang on to their Championship status by the skin of their sky blue teeth. They'll be looking to go from strength to strength when they return to the Ricoh Arena next season.
Points total: 51. 'Wayne Rooney's Derby County', as they are destined to be known until the ex-England and Man Utd star's reign comes to a close, survive the drop, picking up a further eleven points.
Points total: 51. The Supercomputer likes a bit of the Saddlers, it seems. Paul Warne's side have been tipped to make good use of their glut of games in hand, and power their way out of the relegation zone to safety.
Points total: 52. The Terriers kept the faith with Carlos Corberan, and it's been paid off with an improved run of form of late. They manage to finish eight point clear of the relegation zone.
Points total: 52. Preston were plummeting down the table prior to Alex Neil's exit, and the Lilywhites will be hoping a change of manager will see them pick up much-needed points. The simulation sees them comfortably secure safety.
Points total: 53. After a truly disastrous start to the season, Forest managed to sort themselves out and haul themselves well clear of the relegation zone. Chris Hughton has a serious challenge on his hands to turn them into play-off contenders next season.
Points total: 57. The Robins' brief resurgence under new boss Nigel Pearson didn't last long, and the honeymoon period looks to be over already. Still, they'll do better next season following a summer rebuild, one would imagine.
Points total: 58. Rovers are fancied to pick up a further 12 points from their remaining eight matches. They've had some real injury problems this season, being with star men Bradley Dack and Lewis Holtby for extended periods of time.
Points total: 61. It's a solid mid-table finish for the Hatters, who have continued to progress this season after their dramatic battle to avoid relegation last season.
Points total: 62. The Hoops finish in the heart of mid-table, and this outcome sees them register their biggest points total since securing promotion to the Premier League back in 2014.
Points total: 62. It's a safe mid-table finish for the Lions, who are doing a pretty fine job of establishing themselves as Championship regulars.
Points total: 65. Once a Premier League mainstay, the Potters look set to endure a fourth consecutive season in the second tier - if the statisticians' predictions are to be believed.
Points total: 67. Boro have improved considerably under Neil Warnock this season, but it looks like they might have to wait another year to secure their return to the Premier League.
Points total: 71. Mick McCarthy's instant impact has given the Bluebirds a fighting chance of making the play-offs, but the Supercomputer crunched the numbers and determined that promotion isn't on the cards this season.
Points total: 72. Heartbreak for Reading! They miss out on the play-offs by just one point, which is rather rotten luck. Lucas Joao has been on fire for them this season, scoring 18 goals and making seven assists.
Points total: 73. The Cherries scrape into the top six, and in doing so pick up the final play-off spot. They've rallied well despite losing some key players last summer, and will be hopeful of getting back to the top tier.
Points total: 76. Well now, this is quite something. Valerien Ismael's exciting side have been on fire recently, and the data boffins think they'll keep up their momentum and secure a play-off place.
Points total: 82. The Swans drop one place, despite having a number of 'easy' fixtures ahead of them against the likes of relegation candidates Birmingham City and Wycombe Wanderers.
Points total: 84. Last season's play-off final losers have to do it all again, after failing to close the gap on Watford. Bees fans will be fearful of a mass exodus of talent if they don't go up this year.
Points total: 88. The Hornets stay strong and secure automatic promotion with a second place finish. The likes of Joao Pedro and Ismaila Sarr have had Championship defenders on toast this season.
Points total: 97. No surprises here, then, as Daniel Farke's rampant Canaries soar to the title and bounce back to the Premier League at the first time of asking.