The new Premier League rule that could have an effect on top-four

The new Premier League rule that could have an effect on top-four

The Premier League has announced that head-to-head records will take precedence over goal difference in the event two teams are tied on points in the Premier League. 

This is just one of the many rules that will come into play as the new Premier League season  2019/20 kicks off on August 9th. 

In the past, goal difference was used to determine winners in case teams tied on points, as it was the case when Manchester City won the title ahead of Manchester United in 2010/11season. 

However, from next season title, top four qualifications and relegation battles will be decided by head to head whenever teams involved are tied on points.

 "If two or more clubs finish 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,"  read the statement as quoted by Liverpool Echo.

"In previous seasons, 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,"

"In 2019/20 the team who have collected 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,"

"If 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 Premier League Board,"

One other rule that will come into effect this coming season will be coaches and managers getting yellow and red cards. 

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