How Premier League table would look with points per game model

The 2019-20 Premier League season has been suspended since 13 March following the COVID-19 epidemic.

Since then the FA have been scrambling around for solutions on how to conclude the season, if it will be finished at all.

On Monday, sufficient clubs voted against finishing the season at a neutral venue, whilst the UK government has stated that no professional sports can take place before 1 June.

However, the Premier League does have the green light from the government to finish the season if they can find a solution.

There is simply no solution that will satisfy all teams involved, and that goes down to the Championship too, where Leeds United and West Bromwich Albion were sitting in the top two positions with nine games to go, and a six-point gap between second, and Fulham down in third.

The Netherlands and France have already announced that their leagues have been concluded despite games still to play. Amiens are already starting legal action over their relegation, having been four points adrift of safety but with 10 games to play.

Germany’s Bundesliga is set to resume this weekend; a decision that has not pleased the whole of the country. However, they are handling the epidemic much greater than most European nations, particularly England.

Should the 2019-20 Premier League not resume, one solution could simply be to finish the table on a points per game model. The final table would look as follows:

PosTeamPPG
1Liverpool2.83
2Manchester City2.04
3Leicester City1.83
4Chelsea1.66
5Manchester United1.55
6Sheffield United1.54
7Wolverhampton Wanderers1.48
8Arsenal1.43
9Tottenham Hotspur1.41
10Burnley1.34
11Crystal Palace1.34
12Everton1.28
13Newcastle United1.21
14Southampton1.17
15Brighton & Hove Albion1
16West Ham United0.93
17Watford0.93
18Bournemouth0.93
19Aston Villa0.89
20Norwich City0.72

No one could put up a fair argument that Liverpool don’t deserve the 2019-20 Premier League title. Manchester City were well on course for Champions League qualification too. Leicester City and Chelsea would certainly be huge benefactors of this as they were anything but sure of a top four finish.

This model would also send Bournemouth, Aston Villa and Norwich City down to the Championship for next season, whenever it starts. Don’t be surprised if any or all three clubs opened legal action of their own if that were the case.

Narrowly above them, Watford, West Ham United and Brighton & Hove Albion have all openly spoken against continuing the season and simply voided the campaign. Try reasoning that with Leeds and West Brom…

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