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    The Premier League organizer explained why Chelsea are in the top spotlight on the League Table ahead of Liverpool despite both teams having identical points and goals difference.

    That was announced on Wednesday by the football league in a publication on its official website.

    It stated that the two teams are at the top together and explained why the blues are at the top.

    “When Antonio Rudiger scored in stoppage time to complete Sunday’s 3-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur it established a Premier League first. It also took Chelsea exactly level with Liverpool in the table. But why are Chelsea No 1 and not the Reds? Here’s why.

    “Chelsea’s victory by three unanswered goals meant that for the first time in not just the Premier League, but throughout the history of the English top-flight, two teams have recorded identical results across each of their first five matches in the same order.

    “From the season’s start, each team has matched the other, blow for blow.

    “Both began with a 3-0 win, followed by a 2-0 victory.

    “The two then faced each other at Anfield in Matchweek 3 and it ended level pegging with a 1-1 draw. Both then went on to record back-to-back 3-0 wins.

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    “This has given Chelsea and Liverpool both 13 points, with a goal difference of +11 and identical goals scored (12).

    “Rule C.7 in the Premier League Handbook that holds the rules of competition stipulates that when two teams have the same points, goal difference and goals scored, “they shall be deemed to occupy the same position on the League Table”.

    “So, Chelsea and Liverpool are joint-top and have the same position.

    “But because a league table is in vertical order, Chelsea have been placed above Liverpool solely for alphabetical reasons.

    “But alphabetical order will not determine the final standings at the season’s end.

    “If two teams have identical points, goal difference, and goals scored, then Rule C.17 stipulates that the positions will be determined by head-to-head matches.

    “So, if Team A and Team B have the same points, goal difference, and goals scored, Rule C.17.1 states that if Team A won more points than Team B in their two head-to-head encounters, Team A will finish higher.

    “But if the two teams cannot be separated by points gained head-to-head, such as when each win or they record two draws, then, under Rule C.17.2, the team scoring the highest number of goals when the visiting club in the head-to-head matches will determine which team finish above the other.

    “If Rule C.17.1 nor Rule C.17.2 cannot separate the two, then a playoff at a neutral ground will determine who finishes higher, with the format, timing, and venue decided by the Premier League Board.

    “So, while it is highly unlikely that Chelsea and Liverpool will continue to match each other’s results for the remaining 33 fixtures, we could be set for one of the most exciting title races ever!”

     

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    • #23105
      Bernard
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      nice interpretation to a matter that troubled fans all over the world

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    • #23119
      Chichi
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      i now see…

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    • #23152
      Fredo
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      Chelsea has demonstrated lately that they are a team to beat by any top club in EPL.

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