We’re all desperately looking for a way to complete the Premier League season satisfactorily, and to be frank none of the potential solutions are fair.
So how about one that isn’t fair, but at least has some basis in facts? How about we settle the remaining Premier League fixtures, and thus the remainder of the season, based on the results in the reverse games?
That’s what listener Robbie Bailey suggested, so on the latest non-football Totally Football Show, we took a look at how the last nine (or ten) games and the final league table would look assuming the same results as previous fixtures between the respective sides.
Can you simulate the results for the rest of the season assuming the same scorelines as the reverse fixtures?
— Robbie Bailey (@RobbieBailey96) March 13, 2020
Let’s start at the top: Liverpool win the league. Shocking, we know. They win all their remaining games and end the season on 109 points, sauntering past Manchester City’s Premier League record haul of 100. And if you want to simulate their moment of glory, they clinched their first title in 30 years with a 2-1 home win against Crystal Palace, former Anfield hero Roy Hodgson looking on.
Manchester City are a thumping 30 points back in second, making it the most emphatic title win in history: their chances of making it all a bit tighter were hampered by a surprise 3-2 home defeat to already relegated Norwich on the final day.
But what of the rest? James Richardson outlined it all:
“Going into the last day, based on the results from those reverse fixtures, Norwich would already be down, with Watford, Villa and Bournemouth fighting to avoid the last two places.
“Manchester United would be sixth, two points behind Wolves with a game to play, and on the final day they steal fifth place, and possibly a Champions League place, after Wolves suffer an unlikely 5-2 defeat at Stamford Bridge, while United win 1-0 at the King Power, Harry Maguire with his arms aloft.
“Bournemouth, meanwhile, survive, after an equally unlikely 3-1 win at Everton. Villa and Watford go down, although Watford might have been better off had they not lost 8-0 to Manchester City again. Twice in one season! Once is careless, but twice…”
Elsewhere, after regressions which mirror their early season form, Arsenal finish 12th – below Burnley and Newcastle – and broke the record for the most draws in a Premier League season (18) and Everton drop to 14th.
Would this be a fair way of deciding the league? No! Of course not. But have you got a better idea? Well, probably yes. But still.
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