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Premier League clubs agree ‘unweighted points-per-game’ contingency — report

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In case the season cannot be completed

Leicester City Training Session Photo by Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images

The Premier League is set to return on June 17 with two games, and a full round of fixtures, Matchday 30, to follow the weekend after (June 20-21) — quadruple-headers for both Saturday and Sunday, with potentially a game on Friday and Monday as well. (All 92 remaining games will be broadcast, some even free-to-air in the UK.)

If all goes well, the season will end six weeks later, on the first weekend of August.

But despite the good progress seen so far in Project Restart, and the relatively trouble-free restart of the Bundesliga, the threat of another spike in COVID-19 cases remains very real. Should that happen and should everything go into lockdown again, the Premier League will need a contingency plan.

According to the Mirror, that contingency will involve ending the season on an unweighted points-per-game system — though once all teams are level on number of games played, that will simply translate to points. That’s not necessarily the most fair given the varying strengths-of-schedule remaining, it’s probably the best solution. It’s certainly the simplest, and often that’s the best.

This decision hasn’t been officially ratified yet, but the league will reportedly vote on it during their next meeting, coming up next Thursday.