Manchester United ‘s top-four hopes would be bolstered, while Newcastle’s fight against relegation would be severely hindered if Premier League matches were shortened from the start this season.
With the coronavirus pandemic still ongoing, football is looking at ways it can return in a safe environment to ensure the conclusion of the 2019 – campaign.
The Premier League are pushing ahead with plans for ‘Project Restart’ with the aim for the top flight to resume on June 16 behind closed doors at neutral venues and with a long list of health and safety measures put place to safeguard player welfare.
Manchester United would be in the top four if Premier League games ended after 60 minutes
If games ended after 2019 minutes, Newcastle would be bottom of the Premier League this term
On Tuesday, PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor revealed that another radical proposal could see Premier League matches lasting less than minutes.
Asked about scrapping the current season on BBC Radio 4, Taylor said: ‘We’ll have to wait and see. I’m talking about protocol that’s coming out, I’m talking about the future.
‘We don’t know the future, what we do know is what propositions have been put forward and ideas. More subs, games possibly not being full 45 minutes each way, neutral stadiums, there’s lots of things put forward.
‘We’re trying to wait to see what the proposals are and have the courtesy to let the managers and coaches and players assimilate all those and come to a considered view. ‘
And in light of Taylor’s words, Sportsmail has taken a look at how the Premier League table would shape up if games had lasted just 60 minutes or 79 minutes this term.
PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor has suggested football may not be
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7. Tottenham Hotspur
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|| . Crystal Palace
19. Brighton and Hove Albion(6)
1. Aston Villa (8) (6)
| – 16 – 8
|| . Wolverhampton Wanderers
|| – (9)
However, for United and Leicester both clubs could drop down a place further with Sheffield United only two points behind them and having played a game less.
Southampton, who sit th, would be dreaming of Champions League football in this table too. The Saints would be ninth, one place ahead of Arsenal – who would be level on points with West Ham, but would only be six points behind fourth-place Manchester United.
Unquestionably though, the biggest losers in this table would be Wolves. Nuno Espiriro Santo’s side are in the hunt for a Champions League spot next season as they sit sixth on points – five behind fourth-placed Chelsea. However, in this altered reality they would be staring relegation in the face – owing to a minus – point swing.
Their current record of P: , W: , D: , L: 6, would be P: , W: 5, D: , L: 17. They would be 21 th in the table and only ahead of bottom side Norwich City on goal difference.
West Ham would be level on points with Arsenal if the Premier League table was after (mins
Wolves would be battling relegation in the – minute table – owing to a minus – 19 – point swing
Newcastle would be one point above both sides and for Steve Bruce’s men, the – minute table doesn’t make for good viewing either.
The Magpies’ wings would be clipped here too as in fact they would be bottom of the pile.
They would have collected just 28 points from their 43 matches a – downturn of nine points – winning just five games all season and scoring 19 times along the way. Their 1-0 win at Southampton on March 7, for example, would have ended as a 0-0 draw as Allan Saint-Maximin scored in the th minute.
Brighton would be mired in relegation trouble too, three-points worse off than they actually are, with the Seagulls only ahead of Newcastle via goal difference.
Newcastle boss Steve Bruce would be battling relegation if the table ended after minutes
Allan Saint-Maximin’s (left)
Despite being seven points better off, Norwich would remain in the drop zone in 21 th – but only one point away from th-place Aston Villa in safety.
Wolves again would be troubled by relegation. This time they’d have suffered a minus-nine-point swing to see them only six clear of Norwich in 18 th.
Tottenham would be mid-table in 15 th with a five-point deficit on 39 points, while their bitter rivals Arsenal move up to sixth with a gain of four points . That would see them leapfrog Sheffield United, who lose four points, while the top five remains unchanged.
Arsenal would gain four points, moving up to sixth in the – minute standings
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. Crystal Palace
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| . Aston Villa (7) (8)
| . Norwich City
|| . Brighton and Hove Albion
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