How England’s top five divisions look on points per game as 11 matches off this weekend


The Premier League and EFL insist the show will go on – but 11 matches being called off this weekend mean that there is one eye on football’s equivalent of the Duckworth-Lewis method.

The final tables for League One, League Two and the National League were eventually calculated using an unweighted points per game method last season after much debate when the country ended a first lockdown.

All divisions are currently being played behind closed doors but a series of games have been postponed due to Covid-19 outbreaks.

Brentford-Bristol City and Luton-Queens Park Rangers in the Championship will not take place tomorrow, as well as Accrington Stanley-Portsmouth, Peterborough-Doncaster, Rochdale-MK Dons and Shrewsbury-Crewe in League One.

In League Two, it’s Barrow-Exeter and Bradford-Morecambe and in the National League it’s Dagenham and Redbridge-Dover, Notts County-King’s Lynn and Sutton-Bromley.

The Premier League released a statement this week to confirm it has not discussed a pause in the season.

The EFL has introduced more stringent measures with a letter to 72 clubs on New Year’s Eve – and all clubs will undergo mandatory testing next week.

There is hope and belief that the season will be completed.

Peterborough chairman Darragh MacAnthony told Sky Sports: “I think the season will finish. We don’t need to go to those headlines again. If we have go to the end of May, so be it. League One and League Two are not going to have many players going to the Euros this summer.

“So I don’t see why we can’t go an extra two or three weeks if necessary.”

But the EFL did write into its rules that the unweighted points per game model would be used if fixtures could not be fulfilled.

Here is how all the tables currently stand from Premier League to National League.

Try selling this one to Manchester United and Liverpool, who are currently tied on points at the top of the Premier League having played 16 games apiece.

Liverpool on goal difference after a points per game calculation might not go down too well.

Stoke City, who take on Bournemouth this evening (7.45pm) would remain seventh in the Championship, with Norwich and Brentford taking the top two spots and Swansea, Bournemouth, Watford and Reading chucked into the play-offs.

At the bottom, Sheffield Wednesday should note there is precedent with Bolton last season for how the EFL works out points deductions in this scenario while Rotherham and Wycombe take the bottom two spots.

Accrington Stanley are the big jumpers in League One, going from eighth to third just like Wycombe did last season.

There are no big changes in League Two, with Newport, Carlisle and Forest Green staying in the top three and Stevenage and Southend in the bottom two.

Torquay United stay at the top of the National League on points per game while Solihull Moors zoom up to fourth.

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