We are approaching the final few matches of what has been a rollercoaster of a Premier League campaign.
Liverpool and Manchester City are still locked in a battle to clinch the title whilst north London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are also fighting it out to secure a place in next season’s UEFA Champions League. Similarly, the relegation battle is far from over, with one of Everton, Burnley and Leeds United likely to join Norwich City and Watford in the Championship next term.
However, the league table would look vastly different if matches ended 30 minutes earlier, something that is set to be trialled in the Under-23 Revolution Cup over the next few weeks, according to iNews. The proposed changes would see games played in two halves of 30 minutes, with the clock stopped every time the ball goes out of play or was not in action.
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The idea has initially created in the hope to stop time wasting as well as encouraging teams to try and play more attractive football, improving fans’ matchday experience. With that in mind, OLBG, investigated what the current Premier League standings would look like if games only lasted an hour.
Firstly, the race for the golden boot would greatly be impacted, with Liverpool duo Diogo Jota and Mohamed Salah sharing the award, scoring 13 goals apiece. They would be followed by Manchester United icon Cristiano Ronaldo and Spurs frontman Harry Kane – both of whom would have netted 11 each.
Jurgen Klopp’s men would also be nine points clear of Pep Guardiola in the title race, while third-placed Chelsea would only be above fourth-placed Arsenal on goal difference. Tottenham would find themselves three points behind their local rivals whilst West Ham United would drop down to 12th, showing their ability to score important goals in the final third of matches.
The table would also have Norwich, Everton and Watford in 18th, 19th and 20th respectively, with Burnley climbing up to 14th. Of course, this doesn’t factor in the proposed rules that would see the clock stop when the ball is out of play or not in action but it is still interesting reading nonetheless.
Source by Football London