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).
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
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
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