Premier League introduce head-to-head rule for 2019/20 campaign

Premier League chiefs have announced a new rule for the upcoming 2019/20 campaign.

Supporters can’t wait for the season to begin as Manchester City look to defend their Premier League title while the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea and Spurs will also fight for top spot.

However, It has been announced that there will be a new rule to contend with – head-to-head records.

It’s been revealed that if clubs finish on level (same) points with each other, their head-to-head records could come into effect to pick the winner, and also when competing for European qualification, or when relegation is at stake.

But that won’t happen until they have lined up their goal difference, their goals scored, and against each other.

So the possibility of a head-to-head record deciding anything in England is slim.

In previous years, teams who finish on the same number of points, goal difference and number of goals would have to take part in a one-off playoff game to determine which club finishes above another.

Should the head-to-head record, which is only based on points gained, fail to separate teams, goals scored away from home will also be considered.

And should all fail, a playoff will then be arranged at a neutral ground at the end of the campaign.

Also new this campaign is a mid-season break, which will give teams two weeks off ahead of the European knockout games in February.

There is also a new football, the Nike Merlin, which will be used first in Liverpool’s home game against Norwich on Friday 9 August.

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