Tottenham Hotspur will finish the Premier League season in ninth place, behind their North London rivals Arsenal, if UEFA’s proposed point-per-game approach is used in the event of the season being voided, according to The Athletic’s Oliver Kay.
UEFA were initially said to be considering using each team’s European coefficient score to determine who qualifies for the Champions League and the Europa League next season if domestic leagues are voided (The Sun).
That would have seen Spurs qualify for the Europa League along with Leicester and Chelsea unless Manchester City’s European ban was upheld.
However, The Times’ chief sports reporter, Martyn Ziegler, revealed today that UEFA were considering using a points-per-game approach instead, as they believed it would be more meritocratic.
A points-per-game approach would involve extrapolating each team’s current points tally to see where they would stand after 38 games.
Oliver Kay has now revealed that, if this points-per-game approach is followed, it will see Arsenal finish one place above Tottenham, the first time they have done so in four years.
It would also mean that Tottenham would finish the season in ninth place and miss out on European football next season.
Kay took to social media to post the following:
If Premier League decided by points per game
* Sheff Utd would go from 7th to 6th, leapfrogging Wolves
* Arsenal would go from 9th to 8th, finishing above Spurs for first time in four years
* Liverpool 1st
* Bournemouth, Norwich, Villa still in relegation zone https://t.co/Po2VYGKKsZ
— Oliver Kay (@OliverKay) April 23, 2020
Spurs Web Opinion
The points-per-game approach isn’t completely meritocratic either as the difficulty of the fixture list, as well as the number of home/away games are varied for different clubs. However, it is probably the best out of a bunch of bad solutions. I believe UEFA will go down that route as the season is likely to be voided.
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