This is somewhat inspired by Arsenal winning the Emirates Cup even though they lost a game when Sevilla who finished second won both of theirs, yes it was a farcical way to win a tournament but at the end of the day it is Arsenal’s competition and therefore they get to make the rules.
The key rule which led them to victory was the fact that you also were awarded a point if you scored a goal, that meant that at the end of Day 1 Arsenal had already amassed 8 points thanks to a 5-2 win over Benfica on Saturday afternoon.
So that got me thinking what if the Premier League also gave out points for scoring goals and more importantly what difference would it have had on last season’s table? Well like any good analyst it was time for me to do the sums and find out
First let’s take a look at the final table from 2016/17
|10||West Bromwich Albion||38||12||9||17||43||51||−8||45|
|11||West Ham United||38||12||9||17||47||64||−17||45|
|18||Hull City (R)||38||9||7||22||37||80||−43||34|
But now let’s add a point for ever goal scored
|PrevPos||Team||P||W||D||L||GF||PTS||New Pts||New Pos||Change|
|11||West Ham United||38||12||9||17||47||45||92||9||2|
|10||West Bromwich Albion||38||12||9||17||43||45||88||12||-2|
|18||Hull City (R)||38||9||7||22||37||34||71||18||0|
As you can see though there is not all that much of a change as the top 7 teams stay in exactly the same order, the first movement in the table is Bournemouth who move up a place from 9th to 8th while the biggest losers in all of this are Southampton who slump all the way down to 13th position.
The relegation zone is unchanged while Crystal Palace would be the highest beneficiaries as they moved up three places from 14th to 11th and they would have a much more comfortable season. Hull would be relegated by 8 points as Burnley swap places with Watford.
So in conclusion there would not be a great deal of change but I will compare and contrast this season’s points to see if we end up with any change at the top of the table, another route to go down is looking at historical tables and see if any other seasons could have panned out differently had this Emirates Cup style points system been implemented.
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