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The Athletic - April 24, 2020

The maths that shows leagues shouldn’t be decided on points per game

By: Tom Worville

UEFA’s stance on completing this paused season sees the sporting body favour the conclusion of competitions where possible, and where not, to have clubs selected for their various continental cups in 2020-21 based on what they’re deeming “sporting merit”.

While there is no set definition of how to numerically calculate sporting merit, it’s assumed that points per game will be the go-to. The reason? It’s easy to calculate and is as close to how tables currently stand as you’re going to get. If all teams had played the same number of games, you’d use the league table as is, but in most leagues they won’t have, hence the suggestion to use points per game.

So, if the Premier League for 2019-20 gets decided on points per game, what would that look like?

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