Date: 21st March 2017 at 5:19am
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Time for the new special computer that crunches the numbers to determine the final Championship positions for 2016/17.

Last season the Octopus feature was a regular feature for the Premier League, but whilst it might be a late arrival for the Championship – well better late than never – it might have been having its tentacles given a Brazilian I don’t know.

Then again I still don’t know why I call a number crunching supercomputer an Octopus but some things are probably best left unasked.

In any event here are the updated Championship predictions for the season of 2016/17 after most sides have played at least 38 games of the campaign.

Who goes down?! Who is the current favourite to lift the title this year?

Well you don’t have to guess.

With most playing 38 games in the Championship in the season of 2016/17, the current favourite to lift the title remains Newcastle United but Brighton are still set to finish in second place but eleven points behind them.

The Play Off spots are also pretty nailed on if the predictions are to be believed – Huddersfield Town, Leeds United, Reading and Fulham take their places in the hopes for Wembley success – with only Sheffield Wednesday close, missing out by three points.

At the other end of the table it continues to be Blackburn Rovers, Wigan Athletic and Rotherham United who are set for life in League One in 2017/18 but the ordering does change this month and Burton Albion survive by a single point.

The one thing that can’t be denied now we’re well past the half way point of the season is a number of clubs will now be very disappointed with where they find themselves (if they put any stock in predictions) and will be looking for a speedy change in form as the second half of the season progresses.

Prediction wise there are a number in midtable who will be delighted with their finish if it plays out like this, but clearly others will be horrified with how they are expected to fall off the pace come May.

But predictions are a reflection on the season so far, and absolutely nothing more.



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