How the Premier League table would look if the ‘next goal wins’ rule applied

first_img 20 Anyone who’s played playground football knows the rules: next goal wins!But imagine if the last goal scored decided the result of Premier League matches – how would it affect the table?It’s completely ridiculous, of course, but just for fun we’ve worked it out.The rule is simple: whichever team scores last takes the three points, with 0-0 draws the only games where a point is shared.Take a look at the slideshow above to see where our team places. 9. Man United would have 41 points if ‘last goal wins’ applied this season – Key result: Bastian Schweinsteiger’s equaliser at Leicester in first half stoppage time hands three points to United. Joint 2. Tottenham would have 48 points if ‘last goal wins’ applied this season – Key result: 2-1 down, Tottenham battled back to 2-2 at Swansea in September, with Christian Eriksen scoring the final goal of the game. Joint 15. Swansea City would have 30 points if ‘last goal wins’ applied this season – Key result: The Swans came from two goals down to equalise against Bournemouth, with Jonjo Shelvey’s equalising penalty enough to take all three points. Joint 5. West Bromwich Albion would have 45 points if ‘last goal wins’ applied this season – Key result: James Morrison’s 59th minute strike at home to Chelsea was the last goal in a 3-2 home defeat for the Baggies. 20 20 19. Aston Villa would have 26 points if ‘last goal wins’ applied this season – Key result: Rudy Gestede’s 71st minute header narrowed Liverpool’s lead to 3-2, but with no further goals scored Villa get the three points. Joint 10. Leicester City would have 35 points if ‘last goal wins’ applied this season – Key result: Jamie Vardy pounced in added time at Southampton, to make it 2-2 and give the points to Leicester. Joint 17. Newcastle United would have 29 points if ‘last goal wins’ applied this season – Key result: After conceding five goals to Chelsea, Andros Townsend’s 90th minute finish takes the points for the Magpies. 20 Joint 12. Stoke City would have 33 points if ‘last goal wins’ applied this season – Key result: After going 2-0 down at White Hart Lane, Mame Biram Diouf scored the final goal of the match in the 83rd minute to make it 2-2. Joint 2. Arsenal would have 48 points if ‘last goal wins’ applied this season – Key result: Kieran Gibbs’ 77th minute goal in the North London derby at the Emirates Stadium made it 1-1 and gave Arsenal three points. Joint 10. Liverpool would have 35 points if ‘last goal wins’ applied this season – Key result: Joe Allen made it 3-3 with a last gasp equaliser at home to Arsenal and with no further goals the Reds nabbed three points. 20 20 20 20 20 20 Joint 17. Bournemouth would have 29 points if ‘last goal wins’ applied this season – Key result: Matt Richie struck the last goal in a 3-1 home defeat against Stoke; with the Potters unable to respond, Bournemouth took all three points. 20 Joint 2. West Ham would have 48 points if ‘last goal wins’ applied this season – Key result: The Hammers came from 2-0 down at Norwich to make it 2-2 thanks to a special Mark Noble strike, taking all three points with no further goals scored in the game. Joint 5. Southampton would have 45 points if ‘last goal wins’ applied this season – Key result: Graziano Pelle’s 86th minute goal in the 3-2 home defeat to Man United turned out to be the last goal of the match – three points to the Saints! Joint 15. Watford would have 30 points if ‘last goal wins’ applied this season – Key result: A 75th minute Troy Deeney penalty at Leicester pulled it back to 2-1 to the Foxes, but the Hornets held on for the last 15 minutes to secure three points. 8. Sunderland would have 42 points if ‘last goal wins’ applied this season – Key result: The Black Cats kicked off with three points on the opening day of the season when, despite going 4-1 down, a 71st minute strike from Steven Fletcher was the final goal of the game. 20 20. Norwich City would have 24 points if ‘next/last goal wins’ applied this season – to find out where your team places and which club tops the table, click the arrow above – Key result: Lewis Grabban’s equaliser, after Mesut Ozil’s opener for Arsenal, sealed three points for the Canaries in November – under the classic playground ‘next goal wins’ format! 20 20 20 Joint 12. Chelsea would have 33 points if ‘last goal wins’ applied this season – Key result: John Terry snatched three points with a goal eight minutes into added time at home to Everton, after the Toffees had made it 3-2 with a 90th minute goal. Joint 5. Everton would have 45 points if ‘last goal wins’ applied this season – Key result: A 1-1 draw in the Merseyside derby last October, with Romelu Lukaku equalising to give the Toffees three points. 1. Man City would have 55 points if ‘last goal wins’ applied this season – Key result: Yaya Toure’s 82nd minute goal takes three points for City after going 2-0 down at Arsenal 20 20 20 Joint 12. Crystal Palace would have 33 points if ‘last goal wins’ applied this season – Key result: Scott Dann’s 47th minute equaliser at Swansea was enough to take three points for the Eagles. 20 20last_img read more

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Andy Murray supports radical rule changes being tested at Next Generation ATP Finals in Milan

first_imgWorld number one Andy Murray has voiced his support for changes designed to speed up tennis being tested at the inaugural Next Generation ATP Finals in Milan this November.The tournament for the leading tour players aged 21 and under will feature a new scoring system, no lets, limited medical time-outs and shot clocks as the men’s governing body seeks ways to appeal to younger audiences.The scoring system is the most radical change to the traditional format, with five-set matches decided through first-to-four-game sets, instead of the usual six, with tiebreaks played at 3-3.”Tennis is doing very well right now but that doesn’t necessarily mean that’s going to be the case in the future, so I think it’s important to try new formats, different scoring systems and see if it works,” Murray told reporters.”It is good to try new things… at least it’s trying something different. You have to give credit for doing that, because tennis has often been accused of being too traditional, not wanting to try new things.”The only new rule that Murray specifically opposed was the no-advantage scoring rule, where each game will be decided by a sudden-death point at deuce.”I would prefer to try a shorter set with the same scoring, rather than the sudden-death deuce points,” Murray added.last_img read more

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