Could Hull City And Swansea City Meet In First Ever Relegation Play-Off?
In terms of the Premier League relegation fight at the moment, Sunderland are already down, Middlesbrough look to be joining them, and it's basically a toss-up between Marco Silva's Hull City and Paul Clement's Swansea for who will occupy the final relegation spot.
With both sides having three remaining games, Hull are two points above the drop in 17th place, but as we know a lot can change between now and the end of the season.
In fact, Swansea boss Paul Clement is well aware of a possible play-off game between his side and Hull should they be completely tied at the end of the season.
As aforementioned, Hull are two points and boast a goal difference of minus 31, compared to Swansea's minus 29. The Swans have conceded 69 goals this term, two more than Hull.
In terms of goals scored, Swansea have netted 40 times and are four goals better off than Hull.
However, the two sides finishing on exactly same record (points, goal difference and goals scored) is a definite possibility and would lead to a 39th game at a neutral venue taking place between both teams.
Premier League rules state: "If at the end of the season either the League Champions or the clubs to be relegated or the question of qualification for other competitions cannot be determined because two or more clubs are equal on points, goal difference and goals scored, the clubs concerned shall play off one or more deciding league matches on neutral grounds, the format, timing and venue of which shall be determined by the board."
It's never been done before in the Premier League and would quite something to see a 'winner takes all' scenario where two teams are fighting for a place in the top flight.
Hull Daily Mail came up with two possible scenarios on how the unprecendented play-off game could come about.
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Swansea lose 1-0 against Everton, beat Sunderland 1-0 and win against West Bromwich Albion 2-1 in the final game of the season.
Swansea would finish the campaign on 38 points, a goal difference of -28 and 43 goals scored.
Hull hammer Sunderland 4-0, draw 2-2 away at Crystal Palace and lose 2-1 to Tottenham Hotspur on the final day.
The Tigers would then also end the season on 38 points, with a goal difference of -28 having scored 43 goals.
Swansea defeat Everton 1-0, beat Sunderland 2-1 and draw 0-0 with West Brom on the final day.
Clement's side would end the season on 39 points, a goal difference of -27 with 43 goals scored.
Hull beat Sunderland 4-0, get a 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace and hold Spurs to a 2-2 draw at the KCOM.
They would finish the campaign on 39 points, a goal difference of -27, having scored 43 goals.
How do you see the relegation battle playing out?
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(h/t The Mirror)
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