The surprising factor that could save Stoke City from relegation



Stoke City’s disciplinary record could come to their rescue if the Championship relegation race really does go all the way.

Disciplinary points come into play if various other factors can’t separate teams at the end of the season (whenever that is of course).

Stoke currently have the second best disciplinary record in the Championship – second only to Brentford – after 46 bookings and just one red card for a total of 49 disciplinary points.

Compare that to relegation rivals like Charlton (87 points thanks to 87 yellows and no reds), Wigan (84), Barnsley (80), Middlesbrough (74), Huddersfield (72), Hull City (70) and Luton Town (55).

There are plenty of hoops to jump through before disciplinary records come into play, however, and fingers crossed that league points actually prevent Stoke being anywhere near such niceties.

For the record, the list below (in descending order) is how the EFL chiefs will decide the relegation places if teams are locked together on points etc.

If it comes to number 4), incidentally, the head-to-head record with their relegation rivals, then Stoke currently boast a better record home and away against Huddersfield, Hull and Luton.

They are tied with Charlton and still have to play Wigan (2-1 up from first game), Middlesbrough (2-1 down) and Barnsley (4-2 up).

HOW RELEGATION PLACES WILL BE DECIDED

1) Points

2) Goal difference

3) Goals scored

4) Respective league record against each other: taking into account order of precedence points, goal difference, goals scored

5) Number of wins

6) Goals scored in away games

7) Lowest number of total penalty points

8) Lowest number of sending off offences which attract 12 penalty points

9) Play-off

HOW penalty points are calculated

Yellow card = Four penalty points

Denying the opposing team a goal/obvious goal-scoring opportunity by deliberate handball = 10 penalty points

Denying a goal/obvious goal-scoring opportunity to an opponent whose overall movement is towards the offender’s goal by an offence punishable by a free kick = 10 penalty points

Serious foul play = 12 penalty points

Spitting at an opponent or any other person = 12 penalty point





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