When Slaven Bilic moaned that the penalty wrongly awarded against West Ham at Chelsea was merely the latest in a long line of injustices to strike his side this season, he had a point.
In fact, the disgruntled Irons manager may have had four points – going by the calculations of national newspaperman HARRY PRATT’S Hypothetical Premier League, where video is used to correct referee howlers over the course of the campaign.
Forget about being in the thick of the race for Champions League qualification – as they are in real-life – in our parallel universe the Hammers are eyeing an even bigger prize…ruling the English elite supreme.
Yes, an astonishing Double is still a distinct possibility for the FA Cup quarter-finalists.
That’s because in the latest HPL Wk 31 table, Bilic’s Irons find themselves only four points behind leaders Leicester City. And, lest we forget, the Londoners have a game in hand on Claudio Ranieri’s Foxes.
No, this not an April Fool’s joke. This is just a sideways glimpse into the future and how fortune does not always even itself up over the course of a campaign.
For if Leicester are the luckiest of the title challengers, having amassed EIGHT points too many, West Ham are the unluckiest as they are down by FOUR.
In between, Tottenham are still second but have four points too many in the official standings. Then it’s Arsenal in third (one point better off in the HPL) and Manchester City, who have three too few in real-life.
Can you imagine the five-way title scrap we would be enjoying with TV referees already in operation?
HARRY PRATT is currently with Express Newspapers and has worked for Sky Sports, Football365, and Hayters.