Where Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham finish in two final Premier League table scenarios – Football.London

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The Premier League have a number of options at their disposal if it’s decided the season cannot continue.

At this point, the top-flight bosses are still committed to finishing the season with the support of many of the clubs.

But the possibility of the campaign being cut short continues to linger with no significant steps towards restarting play being taken just yet.


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But what would happen if the curtain had to be drawn ahead of time?

Currently, there are two favoured methods on the table, one of which has been used in France and the other is said to be preferred among League One and Two clubs whose season is expected to be cancelled.

Firstly, there’s points-per-game. This works out the average points-per-game based on the games played by each team so far.

That method would keep the top five exactly as it is now, with Liverpool winning the league ahead of Man City, Leicester, Chelsea and Man Utd.

Sheffield United would jump up to sixth, one position above their current spot – albeit they do have a game in-hand – followed by Wolves in seventh and Arsenal. in eighth.

At the bottom, the current bottom three would stay as it is with Norwich, Aston Villa and Bournemouth all suffering relegation.

Bournemouth would have the same points average as Watford and West Ham, but average goals could prove decisive.

The PPG and weighed PPG tables alongside the live standings.

The PPG and weighed PPG tables alongside the live standings.
(Image: Mirror Online)

The second option is the weighted points-per-game total, which evens out games to ensure there is no advantage to those who have played more home games than others to this point, throwing up a total points projection rather than an average per game.

This method would maintain the same top seven as the points-per-game method with Tottenham sneaking ahead of Arsenal in eighth – a position which will ensure a spot in the Europa League qualifiers as long as Man City don’t win their appeal against their European ban.

There would also be a significant change at the bottom with West Ham joining Norwich and Aston Villa in dropping into the Championship instead of Bournemouth.

That’s despite the Hammers being 16th and goal difference clear in the live standings.

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The Premier League are hoping not to need any of these methods, but after chief executive, Richard Masters admitted scenarios were discussed in Monday’s meeting between clubs.

“It was the first time we discussed curtailment,” he said. “It’s still our aim to finish the season obviously but it’s important to discuss all the options with our clubs.

“The contents of that discussion have to remain confidential. What I can say is that all of the talk was about finishing the season. No conclusions were reached on any other models. Those are future conversations we may need to have.”

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