Brighton chairman Tony Bloom issues this stern warning on Premier League points-per-game system

One of the many and perhaps less complicated suggestions for concluding the Premier League is the points-per-game system.

Monday, 20th April 2020, 10:00 am

This method produces a final table by dividing teams' current points totals by games played to get a point-per-game (PPG) average.

Goal difference would separate the teams level on PPG.

The changes to the current Premier League standings affects teams with a game in hand. It would see Sheffield United (1.54 PPG) leapfrog Wolves (1.48) into sixth position and Arsenal (1.43) overtake Tottenham (1.41) into eighth.

Brighton and Hove Albion chairman Tony Bloom

Aston Villa also have a game in hand although their points-per-game is not enough to move above the relegation zone.

Liverpool would win the title and Leicester City, Chelsea and Manchester United would take the remaining Champions League places. Sheffield United would qualify for the Europa League and Bournemouth, Villa and Norwich would be relegated.

It's a simple system to work out and accounts for every game of the season to date. It also takes account of games in hand and the league table doesn't alter a great deal.

It is however likely to anger teams relegated, who would no doubt argue - perhaps legally - that they would have picked up form in the run-in. It also disregards the strengths of the opposition for the remaining fixtures.

Based on this system, Brighton, who are currently just two points above the bottom three, would remain in the top flight but their chairman Bloom said, “I don’t foresee a situation, if the season’s not played out, that teams will get relegated on a points-per-game basis.

"I just don't think it's fathomable that a team which is not allowed to play out the season, may lose out on point-two-of-a-point based on this system and also it does not take into account the strength of the team you have not played.

"You may get a title winner, obviously Liverpool deserve it, you may use that criteria for European qualification but I do not see how anyone can vote for that, certainly the percent needed, for teams to get relegated.

"I really cannot foresee that."

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