How has Sunderland's victory over Wigan transformed the playoff picture? (Picture by FRANK REID)

'Data experts' predict huge shift in playoff race following Sunderland's victory over Wigan Athletic with fates of Portsmouth, Sheffield Wednesday and Ipswich Town also forecast

Sunderland’s victory over Wigan Athletic was a welcome result for Alex Neil and the result has transformed the playoff picture.

By Joe Buck
Thursday, 3rd March 2022, 3:04 pm

The 3-0 triumph at the DW Stadium could be worth a lot more than just the three points for Sunderland.

They may be still some way from automatic promotion, but Saturday’s results shows they can compete with the best in the division and will hope this sets them in good stead as they approach the business end of the season.

But what did that result do to their own promotion ambitions and how has this win at the weekend impacted the rest of their promotion rivals?

Well, here, using data provided by FiveThirtyEight, we take a look at how the rest of the 2021/22 League One season may look and where Sunderland have been predicted to finish under new boss Alex Neil:

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