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Weighed PPG EFL model would sink Hammers hopes

Fixtures in the EFL have been suspended since mid-March and the EFL are reportedly set to call time on the League One and League Two campaigns next week – with clubs set to vote for the season to be ended immediately.

EFL chair Rick Parry told a Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee this week that the season would have to be completed by July 31 owing to contractual issues, and this is now presenting logistical difficulties.

The EFL had previously laid out plans to finish the season, including the play-offs, in 56 days – but desire is growing among clubs for the campaign to finish.

And a vote is now set to take place next week on how to determine promotion and relegation, with clubs having already submitted a number of proposals.

But according to The Athletic, the favoured method among most clubs is a weighted points-per game solution. This method would see each team’s average points-per-game calculated for their home and away fixtures respectively, then multiplied by their remaining games to simulate the final league position.

If this model was adopted by the Premier League then West Ham would be the big losers and end up relegated in 18th place saving Bournemouth instead.

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About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

2 comments on “Weighed PPG EFL model would sink Hammers hopes

  1. Surely if a weighted system is to be applied it should take into account the team’s you have left to play. Otherwise team’s with home games against top clubs would get the same average points as those only playing lower half teams. Of course the truth is any system is arbitrary and will lead to legal challenge

  2. Tim is absolutely right, the supposed weighted table is nothing of the sort.

    West Ham have played the top three home and away and only have 3 remaining fixtures against top 8 sides. Brighton for example still have to play many of the top 6 as do Aston Villa and Bournemouth. Our squad, with Bowen and Soucek added in January, and with Fabianski back in goal, is the strongest it has been all season and I would have backed them to beat the drop had the break not occurred.

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