How would the 2020/21 Premier League table look without the ‘Super League’ clubs?
In news that has been widespread for the past two days, and covered extensively here at FootballTransfers, the breakaway European Super League is in motion.
With six Premier League clubs involved in discussions, how would this season’s table look if Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham weren’t involved?
Taking away results against the ‘Big Six’ and just focusing on games completed by the teams who aren’t involved in Super League discussions, who would be top, and who would bring up the rear?
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Perhaps surprisingly, it’s West Ham who top the table, with David Moyes’ side impressing hugely this season, and currently sitting fourth in the actual Premier League table, ahead of Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal.
Jesse Lingard’s purple patch at the club has certainly helped, and they sit nine points clear of Leicester City who are, in fact, ahead of them in the current Premier League standings.
West Ham’s form against the ‘lesser sides’ has been immaculate this season, and is what has fired them up the table; Leicester on the other hand, have been excellent on their travels, but their home form against the weaker sides has been troubling; Newcastle have picked up the same number of home points against the non-big six as the Foxes.
Leicester thrive against a high line, and hence they perform well against the teams entering the Super League; however, this harms them in this table.
Leeds United are third, and whilst Marcelo Bielsa divides opinion for his style of play, they clearly pick up points against the teams around them; that’s impressive.
Aston Villa and Everton, under Carlo Ancelotti, come next, and for an Everton side currently eighth in the actual Premier League, to be fifth here, will be disappointing; their Italian manager will have to improve results against the sides avoiding the Super League.
The bottom end of the Premier League
Just as with the actual Premier League table, the likes of Brighton, Burnley, and Newcastle are loitering above the drop zone, but appear safe; Fulham, West Brom and Sheffield United are in the bottom three, just as they currently are, with the Blades sat plum last. They have been relegated to the Championship this year, and their form against the teams around them has meant they would also go down if the big six were excluded.
If the ‘Big Six’ are expelled from the Premier League, then a table like this will soon become the norm. Who will be the first English Champions in the era of the Super League? Only time will tell, but based on current evidence, Mark Noble could be lifting the Premier League trophy in his final season at West Ham.