Explained – Unprecedented, not impossible – How a winner-takes-all play-off between Manchester City & Liverpool to decide Premier League title might be on the cards | Football News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: English Premier League, popularly identified simply because the Premier League, is arguably probably the most watched football league on this planet with reside broadcast in as many as 188 international locations; and it’s having probably the most fiercely contested seasons presently with reigning champions Manchester City and Liverpool vying for the title.
At the moment (as on Could 12) Man Metropolis are on high of the standings, three factors forward of their title contenders Liverpool. Man Metropolis have 89 factors for the time being, and can retain the title in the event that they get 4 extra factors from their final two league video games.
However a novel situation can emerge if Liverpool win their subsequent two video games and Man Metropolis handle to safe simply three factors from their final two matches. Then the 2 groups will probably be stage (on 92 factors), and if the 2 groups are evenly matched on a pair extra criterion, then for the primary time in Premier League historical past, we are going to witness a deciding play-off thirty ninth match between the 2 sides at a impartial venue – a thirty ninth sport for the 2 groups within the league to find out the champions of England.

This is an explainer by TimesofIndia.com about how a play-off will work and the situations required for a play-off after the common league season ends:
The Premier League format
The Premier League is the top-tier soccer league of England and there are 20 groups competing in it, taking part in one another in house and away matches, that includes a complete of 380 matches performed between August and Could of subsequent yr.
Winners of every sport are awarded three factors, a draw fetching the staff one level with none for a defeat. The staff with probably the most factors on the finish of the season wins the coveted Premier League title.
Moreover, the groups that end within the backside three of the league desk on the finish of the season are relegated to the Championship, the second tier league of England. These groups are changed by three groups promoted from the Championship — the top-two sides of the second-tier league and the third by way of the end-of-season playoffs.

European soccer: The groups that end within the high 4 of the Premier League qualify for subsequent season’s UEFA Champions League group levels. A fifth-place Premier League end takes a staff into the UEFA Europa League group stage, however the subsequent best-placed groups who haven’t certified for Europe may even enter the competitors if the winners of the FA Cup and/or League Cup qualify via their particular person league positions.
What occurs when two groups end on the identical variety of factors?
The Premier League guidelines state {that a} play-off will probably be used to find out the champions of the league if two sides are stage on factors, objective distinction, objectives scored and within the head-to-head outcomes between them.
“If two or extra golf equipment end stage within the desk when competing for the title or European qualification, or when relegation is at stake, their information within the head-to-head matches will now be used to separate them. In earlier seasons, groups concerned in these particular battles who completed with the identical factors whole, objective distinction and variety of objectives scored could be pitted in opposition to one another in a play-off. However that further match is now much less probably. Provided that the golf equipment stay stage within the desk after this can a play-off be organized, at a impartial floor, with the format, timing and venue being decided by the Premier League Board,” the Premier League stated in an announcement again in 2020.

(Liverpool supervisor Juergen Klopp – AP Photograph)
So, what’s occurring this season?
Rigning champions Manchester Metropolis and an unprecedented quadruple title-chasing Liverpool are taking the EPL title race right down to the wire. Man Metropolis are main the race by three factors presently (as on Could 12) with simply two video games left to play for each contending groups, so the probabilities of the thirty ninth sport play-off to determine the champions is extremely unlikely, however weird issues do go hand in hand with sport.
The field for one of many 4 criterion wanted for a play-off to materialise has already been ticked – the head-to-head ends in the season are all stage after each the video games at Anfield and Etihad ended with an similar scoreline of 2-2.
Six factors for Liverpool and three factors for Man Metropolis within the final two league video games per staff will stage the factors at 92 every.
Man Metropolis lead the objective distinction by 7, and have scored 5 objectives greater than Liverpool for the time being. However these numbers can change on the finish of the final two league encounters. The potential for each standards being evenly matched isn’t a far -fetched one; for instance if Man Metropolis received 2-0 and misplaced 0-2 of their last two video games, all Liverpool want is a 7-0 end result from their two matches (4-0, 3-0 or 5-0, 2-0 and so forth.).

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(Manchester Metropolis supervisor Pep Guardiola – Reuters Photograph)
When and the place can the play-off match be performed?
If a play-off is required to find out the winner between the 2 groups, each Man Metropolis and Liverpool would wish to have a minimum of 48 hours between the ultimate league sport of the season and the deciding play-off sport. This implies the earliest date doable could be Wednesday, Could 25 at a impartial venue.
Remember the fact that that would doubtlessly disrupt Liverpool’s preparations for the large UEFA Champions League last in opposition to Actual Madrid in Paris on Could 29.
The present standing
Man Metropolis can have an opportunity to extend their lead over Liverpool to 6 factors this weekend as they play West Ham on Sunday. Liverpool are taking part in the FA Cup last in opposition to Chelsea on Saturday they usually play their subsequent EPL sport on Could 18 in opposition to Southampton. Man Metropolis and Liverpool host Aston Villa and Wolves respectively on the ultimate day of the season (Could 22).
Present EPL standings (Prime 2 groups):

TEAM MATCH WON DRAWN LOST GOALS SCORED GOALS CONCEDED GOAL DIFFERENCE POINTS
Man Metropolis 36 28 5 3 94 22 72 89
Liverpool 36 26 8 2 89 24 65 86


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