Super computer makes interesting Newcastle United prediction

Newcastle United. (Photo by LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP via Getty Images)
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The standard of success for Newcastle United this season varies based on who is asked the question. Most supporters believe there is enough talent to earn a top ten finish.

A smaller group of the Toon Army think this is the season in which European football will be secured like the good old days. That optimism is great, and it simply feels amazing not being associated with the words “relegation battle” for once.

The Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia have invested heavily in Newcastle United since January of this year. Roughly £130M has been spent on Bruno Guimaraes, Sven Botman, and Alexander Isak, which indicates the direction the front office wish to see Eddie Howe guide this team.

After seven games this season, Newcastle United round out the top ten, which is respectable placement, but a few incorrect VAR calls turned wins into draws and unfortunately kept the Magpies out of the top six.

Super computer forecasts a top eight finish for Newcastle United this term.

Howe’s troops have put in solid shifts this season, especially at St. James’ Park, despite dealing with an injury crisis to key players. Yes, Newcastle United have only won once this season, but at the same time the team only has one controversial loss to their name as well.

According to the “super computer” over at FiveThirtyEight, Newcastle United will finish the 2022-23 campaign eighth in the table. It looks like the data captured by FiveThirtyEight is conveying that the Magpies’ are performing better than what the results hint.

Prediction: Away Win on Saturday?

Looking at the weekly predictions, the same computer is predicting an away victory in London for Newcastle United over Fulham on Saturday. Odds for a Toon victory stand at 42%, whereas the odds for yet another draw are 26%.

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So long as at least Allan Saint-Maximin and either Callum Wilson or Alexander Isak return from injuries, that three-point prediction could be accurate. Fulham are in fine form though and it will be an interesting battle.