Considering we are now at the business end of the season and the race for European spots and avoiding relegation is on, I thought it would be good to remind everyone that PL rules around placements in the table have changed this season. If two teams finish on the same amount of points this season, goal difference is no longer the first method of separating teams. It goes to their head-to-head records and if those cannot be separated it goes to away goals scored against each other. Then if they still cannot be separated then a neutral venue playoff is played.
I’m noticing that the PL tables are not taking this into account at the moment and still only using GD as the separator. For instance, the Premier League official website is still showing Liverpool ahead of Everton who are both on 46 points, but in their head-to-heads, Everton would be ahead of Liverpool with a win and a draw, versus Liverpool’s loss and a draw.
C.17.1. the total points scored by the relevant Clubs in the League Matches in that
Season’s Competition contested by those Clubs (“Head-to-Head
Matches”), with the Club having scored the highest number of points in
Head-to-Head Matches occupying the highest position in the League
Table and the Club having scored the lowest number of points in Head-toHead Matches occupying the lowest position in the League Table;
C.17.2. if the Clubs cannot be separated by operation of Rule C.17.1, the Club
scoring the higher number of goals whilst the Visiting Club in Head-toHead Matches occupying the higher position in the League Table; and
C.17.3. if two Clubs cannot be separated by operation of Rule C.17.1 and C.17.2, a
play-off on a neutral ground, the format, timing and venue of which shall be
determined by the Board.