English Premier League introduces head to head rule in favour of goal differences for the 2019/ 2020 season
English Premier League chiefs have announced a new rule for the upcoming 2019/ 2020 season with head-to-head records set to be used for the first time ever to separate teams level on points, goal difference and goals scored.
Unlike the previous seasons were goal difference has dictated a club’s positions on the table standings, this new rule now means that teams which finish level on points and goal difference will now be separated by head-to-head records.
In the past, teams involved in these specific battles who finished with the same points total, goal difference and number of goals scored would be pitted against each other in a playoff but that extra match is now less likely.
If two or more clubs finish the level in the table when competing for the title or European qualification, or when relegation is at stake, their records in the head-to-head matches will now be used to separate them.
For the 2019-2020 season, a team which accumulates the most points in the head-to-head duels between the sides lying level on points, goal difference and number of goals scored, will take the highest finishing position, while the team with the fewest will take the lowest place.
In case of clubs still cannot be separated, the team who scored the most goals away from home in the head-to-head matches will get the highest position.
Only if the clubs remain level in the table after this will a playoff be arranged, at a neutral ground, with the format, timing and venue being determined by the English Premier League Board.
By John Dalton Kigozi