We’re living in a world of hypotheticals right now.
The only thing that we do know for certain is that nobody has a clue what is going to happen with English football.
According to The Athletic, the EFL will tell clubs in Leagues One and Two that there is no chance of finishing the rest of the season and ask them to vote on a method to decide promotion and relegation.
The EFL has already heard from clubs about their preferred methods of deciding the final standings, with the current frontrunner rumoured to be a points-per-game (PPG) system.
So, what exactly does that mean?
Take the average number of points a club has in their home fixtures so far and times that by the number of home games they’re due to play in a season (19 in Premier League, 23 in Championship and League Two and 22 in League One).
Do the same for away fixtures and add the two together.
Stick with us…
Our very own Andrew Butler has crunched the numbers and worked out the final standings for not only Leagues One and Two, but also the Premier League and Championship according to PPG.
Rachel Riley, eat your heart out…
Now, with the Premier League almost certain to restart their season at some point, it’s safe to assume that this PPG system won’t be the method of choice for the top flight.
With that said, it’s still interesting to see how things would finish up if it was actually to be used.
Norwich, Aston Villa, and West Ham especially, rest assured that this probably won’t happen… well, it might.
Next we head to the Championship where the question on everyone’s lips all season has been “will Leeds finally get promoted?”
The answer, if the season is ended by PPG at least, is an emphatic yes.
West Brom would join Marcelo Bielsa’s boys in the Premier League, while Barnsley, Luton and Charlton all bid farewell.
Now, as League One is the highest division that is currently discussing this PPG model, this is where things start to get really interesting.
Portsmouth, Wycombe, Peterborough and Fleetwood would finish the season separated by just 0.36pts, but spare a thought for Tranmere as they drop down to League Two by the finest of margins.
League Two has been a rollercoaster all season long and throwing in PPG only adds to the nausea for some clubs.
Stevenage drop out of the EFL, while Macclesfield hold on to their status by the skin of their teeth, that’s despite the pair still having to play each other – doesn’t seem particularly fair.
Exeter… well, I don’t know what else to say about that.
Are you happy or sad with the final league position of your team based on PPG?