What the PL table might look like without postponements

Date published: Wednesday 29th December 2021 12:44 - News Desk

Covid-19 spot checks take place at Manchester City.

Have you wondered what the Premier League table might look like had Covid and postponements not wreaked havoc in recent weeks? So did we. Which led us down this darkest of rabbit holes…

To get everyone beyond the halfway point in the season, we’ve used a variety of formulae, none of them in the least bit scientific (or perhaps even relevant), to see what the table could look like had there not been 16 Covid postponements and a snowstorm in Burnley.

Where we can, for the games postponed, we’ve used the results from last season’s meetings. For matches against promoted teams, we’ve used each club’s results against the side which finished in the position those promoted clubs occupied when the games were scheduled to be played. For the promoted sides themselves, we’ve rounded up or down their average points per game.

All of that has left us with this table. And an empty feeling of regret over time that could have been better spent.

 

1. Manchester City – 47 + 0 = 47 points (-)
2. Liverpool – 41 + 3 = 44 points (-)
3. Chelsea – 41 + 0 = 41 points (-)
4. Tottenham – 30 + 6 = 36 points (up 2 places)
5. Arsenal – 35 + 0 = 35 points (down 1 place)
6. West Ham – 31 + 3 = 34 points (down 1 place)
7. Manchester United – 28 + 6 = 34 points (-)
8. Wolves – 25 + 3 = 28 points (-)
9. Leicester – 25 + 1 = 26 points (-)
10. Brighton – 23 + 3 = 26 points (up 1 place)
11. Aston Villa – 22 + 4 = 26 points (up 1 place)
12. Southampton – 21 + 3 = 24 points (up 1 place)
13. Crystal Palace – 23 + 0 = 23 points (down 3 places)
14. Brentford – 20 + 2 = 22 points (-)
15. Everton – 19 + 2 = 21 points (-)
16. Leeds – 16 + 0 = 16 points (-)
17. Watford – 13 + 2 = 15 points (-)
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18. Burnley – 11 + 3 = 14 points (-)
19. Newcastle – 11 + 3 = 14 points (-)
20. Norwich – 10 + 1 = 11 points (-)

 

Arsenal – 0 points
Fixtures postponed
Wolves (h)

Last season’s result
Nov 29, 2020: Arsenal 1-2 Wolves

 

Aston Villa – 4 points
Fixtures postponed
Burnley (h)
Leeds (a)

Last season’s results
Dec 17, 2020: Villa 0-0 Burnley
Feb 27, 2021: Leeds 0-1 Villa

 

Brighton – 3 points
Fixtures postponed
Tottenham (h)
Man Utd (a)

Last season’s results
Jan 21, 2021: Brighton 1-0 Tottenham
Apr 4, 2021: Man Utd 2-1 Brighton

 

Burnley – 3 points
Fixtures postponed
Tottenham (h – due to snow)
Watford (h)
Villa (a)
Everton (h)

Last season’s results
Oct 26, 2020: Burnley 0-1 Tottenham
Feb 6, 2021: Burnley 1-1 16th place Brighton
Dec 17, 2020: Villa 0-0 Burnley
Dec 5, 2020: Burnley 1-1 Everton

Turf Moor snow

 

Brentford – 2 points
Fixtures postponed
Man Utd (h)
Southampton (a)

Averaging 1.17 points per game this season

 

Chelsea
No fixtures postponed

 

Crystal Palace – 0 points
Fixtures postponed
Watford (a)

Last season’s result
Nov 23, 2020: 17th-placed Burnley 1-0 Palace

 

Everton – 2 points
Fixtures postponed
Leicester (h)
Burnley (a)
Newcastle (h)

Last season’s results
Jan 27, 2021: Everton 1-1 Leicester
Dec 5, 2020: Burnley 1-1 Everton
Jan 30, 2020: Everton 0-2 Newcastle

 

Leeds – 0 points
Fixtures postponed
Liverpool (a)
Aston Villa (h)

Last season’s results
Sep 12, 2020: Liverpool 4-3 Leeds
Feb 27, 2021: Leeds 0-1 Villa

 

Leicester – 1 point
Fixtures postponed
Tottenham (h)
Everton (a)

Last season’s results
May 23, 2021: Leicester 2-4 Tottenham
Jan 27, 2021: Everton 1-1 Leicester

 

Liverpool – 3 points
Fixtures postponed
Leeds (h)

Last season’s results
Sep 12, 2020: Liverpool 4-3 Leeds

 

Manchester City
No fixtures postponed

 

Manchester United – 6 points
Fixtures postponed
Brentford (a)
Brighton (h)

Last season’s results
May 9, 2021: 11th-placed Villa 1-3 Man Utd
Apr 4, 2021: Man Utd 2-1 Brighton

 

Newcastle – 3 points
Fixtures postponed
Everton (a)

Last season’s result
Jan 30, 2020: Everton 0-2 Newcastle

 

Norwich – 1 point
Fixtures postponed
West Ham (a)

Averaging 0.52 points per game

 

Southampton – 3 points
Fixtures postponed
Brentford (h)

Last season’s result
Nov 6, 2020: Southampton 2-0 12th-placed Newcastle

 

Tottenham – 6 points
Fixtures postponed
Burnley (a – due to snow)
Brighton (a)
Leicester (a)

Last season’s results
Oct 26, 2020: Burnley 0-1 Tottenham
Jan 21, 2021: Brighton 1-0 Tottenham
May 23, 2021: Leicester 2-4 Tottenham

Watford – 2 points
Fixtures postponed
Burnley (a)
Crystal Palace (h)
Wolves (a)

Averaging 0.76 points per game

 

West Ham – 3 points
Fixtures postponed
Norwich (h)

Last season’s result
West Ham 3-0 20th-placed Sheffield United

 

Wolves – 3 points
Fixtures postponed
Watford (h)
Arsenal (a)

Last season’s results
Apr 25, 2021: Wolves 0-4 17th-placed Burnley
Nov 29, 2020: Arsenal 1-2 Wolves

 

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