Who Will Win Huddersfield vs. Liverpool? AI Predicts

Huddersfield Town manager David Wagner

German football managers Jurgen Klopp is close friends with David Wagner. Klopp manages Liverpool FC and Wagner’s Huddersfield Town AFC face off for a third time in the last 12 months (one pre-season match and one regular season affair) on Tuesday. Klopp’s side won the pre-season match 2-0, and then the regular season match at Liverpool 3-0. They may be equals in life but Klopp has the upper-hand on the football pitch.

Will Wagner be able to turn it around on Tuesday?

Thirty-five Premier League enthusiasts, operating as a “hive mind” of sorts, have tipped Liverpool to win away in the battle of charismatic, fashionably bespectacled German managers. To predict the result of this and other matches, San Francisco-based technology firm Unanimous A.I. used what’s known as “swarm intelligence” to forecast this fixture.

Here’s how the AI-backed process — machine learning is used to “smooth out” decision making — works: Each participant controlled a little golden magnet and used it to drag the puck toward the answer they thought was the most likely outcome. In these exercises, when a user sees the puck move toward a particular outcome, it triggers a psychological response. The user readjusts their decision-making, and the group builds toward a consensus.

Here’s their prediction for the Terriers hosting Liverpool:

Liverpool by two goals is what the group of experts determined this week.

Here’s Unanimous A.I. founder Louis Rosenberg explaining swarm intelligence at a recent TEDx Talk:

Unanimous A.I. has made some scarily accurate predictions in the past using swarm intelligence, as our previous article explains. For instance, the swarm went a perfect 7-0 already this season in the English Premier League.

Huddersfield vs. Liverpool kicks off at 3 p.m. Eastern time on Wednesday.