Date: 28th February 2018 at 1:04am
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Time for the special computer that crunches the numbers to determine the final Championship positions for the season of 2017/18.

Last season the Octopus feature was a late arrival for the Championship – it was off having its tentacles given a Brazilian for all I 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 2017/18 after all sides have played 33 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 some playing 34 games in the Championship in the season of 2017/18, the current favourite to lift the title are Wolverhampton Wanderers with 99 points. Cardiff City sit in second place on 87.

The Play Off spots are also pretty nailed on if the predictions are to be believed – Aston Villa, Derby County, Fulham and Bristol City. Middlesbrough lose out by two points.

At the other end of the table it’s also pretty nailed on with Burton Albion, Birmingham City and Sunderland all predicted for the drop. Barnsley in 21st place escape by four points.

The one thing that can’t be ignored though is there is a hell of a lot of football still to be played even though we find ourselves almost in March and sides that have started well may fade away and others could find form as the months tick by, but this is a bit of fun – I wouldn’t bet your house on it!

The predictions are a reflection on the season so far, and absolutely nothing more, and in most cases the next fixture day could cause wholescale changes to the table.

For Birmingham City specifically, the Octopus has them set for life back in League One after a disastrous campaign.

With Harry Redknapp proclaiming back in September.

‘I feel that there is a squad here now going forward that will give Birmingham as good a team as they’ve seen in a long time.’

And going on to say following his sacking that he would have took the club to the Premier League, he even piled the pressure further on new gaffer Steve Cotterill by saying that when everyone was fit they were amongst the best teams in the division and he still expected them to fight for promotion.

Unfortunately Birmingham fought for only one thing, survival, and the Octopus is not confident of their chances.

A bad season simply gets worse as last month Blues were set to occupy the final safety spot with an estimated points tally of 43. This month sees them crash into 24th spot in the table and their points tally bottoms out at only 32 for the season of 2017/18.

Redknapp didn’t know how wrong he was.

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