How the Premier League table would look if the 'Big Six' European Super League clubs are thrown out


Plans for the breakaway European Super League have rocked the world of football this week, sending reverberations around the globe.

In England both Manchester clubs, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham have signed on the dotted line and stated their intention to form the new league which is said to consist of Europe’s ‘leading clubs.’

The ramifications for domestic football will be huge, casting uncertainty all the way down the football pyramid.

In a statement the teams have outlined plans to continue competing domestically while taking part in Super League football in what would be a replacement for the Champions League and other European competitions.

West Ham would lead the division by nine points and be on course to go and win the title

West Ham would lead the division by nine points and be on course to go and win the title

The Premier League is under huge threat from the new European Super League, and the current table would look much different were the six rebel sides to be ejected

The Premier League is under huge threat from the new European Super League, and the current table would look much different were the six rebel sides to be ejected

However, the knock-on effect would see the Premier League take a drastic blow, given the watering down of its brand. The conventional race for the top four for Champions League football as everybody knows it would be no more.

The teams, therefore, could effectively be axed from the English top flight as a result of their actions. But what would this mean for everybody else?

Sportsmail takes a look across the current campaign to examine where clubs would stand, positionally, were the ‘Big Six’ to be evicted and each of their fixtures this season simply be chalked down as automatic 3-0 losses.

West Ham soar nine points clear

The news has been ill-received by pretty much everybody, but it’s happy days for the Hammers.

A sublime season under David Moyes would be rewarded by so much more than a potential shot at Europe – the east London side top the division by nine points!

Of course, this would all be rather hollow given how the matches against the six rebel teams are billed as automatic wins, but it does mean the Hammers are rewarded for their fine all-round play this season with crucial victories where it has mattered against the other sides.

West Ham would provide the only southern presence at the peak of the table, with midlands and northern powerhouses lurking below.

The closest side, both geographically and in this new-look table, is Crystal Palace who shift up to sixth. 

Leicester have work to do

They may have just reached the FA Cup final but the Foxes would have their work cut out to reel in the Hammers domestically.

After winning the league and shocking the football world in 2016 Leicester know what it takes to come out on top.

They would most certainly be regarded as one of the big dogs in any potential new-look league, but losing out on the top spot to West Ham would certainly smart.

Likewise, it’s not only upwards gazing the Foxes would have to do. 

Breathing down their necks are Marcelo Bielsa’s boys from Elland Road, who would be fast to make up ground and establish themselves as one of the chasing pack.

Leicester would trail the Hammers in second but have confidence of being seen a major power

Leicester would trail the Hammers in second but have confidence of being seen a major power

Leeds on the rise

Promoted one season and straight among the frontrunners the next? It would be quite some story for Leeds.

The Yorkshire club would currently sit one point behind Leicester on 75, showing Bielsa’s tactical skills are helping Leeds punch among the best of the rest.

Picking up points in pivotal fixtures this season would serve the side well for the revised table, and would indicate that Leeds could go on to become a top flight heavyweight once again. 

Leeds' rapid rise under Marcelo Bielsa would see them rewarded by currently sitting in third

Leeds’ rapid rise under Marcelo Bielsa would see them rewarded by currently sitting in third

PREMIER LEAGUE TABLE WITHOUT THE ‘BIG SIX’ CLUBS

1. West Ham United – 85 points

2. Leicester City –  76 points

3. Leeds United –  75 points

4. Aston Villa –  70 points

5. Everton – 70 points

6. Crystal Palace – 68 points

7. Newcastle – 68 points

8. Southampton – 66  points

9. Wolves – 66  points

10. Brighton – 62 points

11. Burnley –  62 points

12. Fulham –  57 points

13. West Brom –  53 points

14. Sheffield United –  47 points

*each team has had their matches against the Big Six removed and been allocated an additional 36 points to represent automatic home and away victories against each of the clubs.

Everton still uncertain

Big questions are still to be asked of Everton, who with a star-studded side and Carlo Ancelotti as manager would really be expected to be winning this league.

Yet the Toffees sit fifth on goal difference, level on points with Aston Villa, at this stage in the season with the Super League sides redacted and wins added.

It shows a trend which has been problematic on the blue side of Merseyside, in that Everton have struggled to consistently do the business against those around them.

Under Ancelotti the Toffees have become a real force and have shown on their day that huge victories can be pulled off – evidenced against the likes of Chelsea and bitter rivals Liverpool this season.

But when the six matches are discounted and put down as automatic wins for all, Everton fall away from the leading pack.

A sizeable 15-point gap exists between Everton and West Ham, led by their former boss Moyes.

It’s not a situation the club would expect were the league to progress in this manner, so it would be a title charge or nothing for Ancelotti. 

Wolves underperforming

Since returning to the top flight in 2018, Wolves have established themselves as a bonafide Premier League side.

Strengthening in the right areas with cash injections from wealthy owners, Wolves fleshed out the squad and brought in exciting young talent in abundance.

The Portuguese connection has served the midlands club well and plenty of faith has been placed in manager Nuno Espirito Santo, seeing them rise to the upper reaches of the table and dip their toes in Europa League action.

Everton would be expected to win the title but at present moment would be out of the top four

Everton would be expected to win the title but at present moment would be out of the top four

Now, however, revising the table in its current form without the Big Six, Wolves sit in a very underwhelming ninth place, out of 14 remaining teams.

Only four points would separate them and local rivals Aston Villa in fourth, but all the same Wolves would be expecting much more. 

Wolves would expect so much more given their progress over the past few seasons

Wolves would expect so much more given their progress over the past few seasons

Relegation fodder

And so to the bottom, where it remains Sheffield United – who were officially relegated from the top flight over the weekend – West Brom and Fulham.

The Baggies trail the west London club by four points, as Fulham linger five behind Burnley.

It would certainly shake things up a bit regarding which teams in a calendar season could be relegated from the top flight, yet could also create a very moribund middle ground where sides neither truly compete or face the prospect of the drop.

It’s fair to say the idea of a European Super League wreaking havoc on the Premier League is considerably far from being enticing in any form.

Well… unless you are a West Ham fan. 

West Ham fans would be pleased to see the new position of their club, but overall the plans for the European Super League have been poorly received across world football

West Ham fans would be pleased to see the new position of their club, but overall the plans for the European Super League have been poorly received across world football

WHERE THE PREMIER LEAGUE WOULD HAVE BEEN WON OVER THE YEARS…

So, it has been established how the league would be looking at this present moment right now, were Manchester United, City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham to be ejected – but what about in years gone by?

Here’s where the Premier League would have been won, if matches against the six defectors were historically erased and the points at stake for their matches omitted completely. 

2019-20 winners: Leicester – 53 points

2018-19 winners: Watford – 47 points 

2017-18 winners: Burnley – 47 points

2016-17 winners: Everton: – 51 points

2015-16 winners: Leicester City – 64 points

2014-15 winners: Southampton – 51 points

2013-14 winners: Everton – 57 points

2012-13 winners: Everton – 48 points

2011-12 winners: Newcastle United – 53 points

2010-11 winners: Fulham – 45 points

2009/10 winners: Aston Villa – 50 points

2008/09 winners: Everton – 51 points

2007/08 winners: Everton – 54 points

2006/07 winners: Everton – 45 points

2005/06 winners: Newcastle United – 46 points

2004/05 winners: Everton – 48 points

2003/04 winners: Aston Villa – 48 points

2002/03 winners: Everton – 53 points

2001/02 winners: Newcastle United – 61 points 

2000/01 winners: Ipswich Town – 50 points

1999/00 winners: Leeds United – 60 points

1998/99 winners: Leeds United – 54 points

1997/98 winners: Blackburn Rovers – 46 points

1996/97 winners: Aston Villa – 52 points

1995/96 winners: Newcastle United – 63 points

1994/95 winners: Blackburn Rovers – 70 points

1993/94 winners: Newcastle United – 59 points

1992/93 winners: Norwich City – 55 points 

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