Wycombe (8th) could leapfrog Sunderland & Portsmouth to win League One promotion into the Championship

How will Leagues One & Two finish their 2019-20 season?

While the Premier League continues to debate the possibility of completing the 2019-20 season, today may well be D-Day in the lower leagues.

The EFL Board is meeting today (Wednesday) to discuss whether it’s feasible to conclude the season.

When it comes to Leagues One and Two, the sense is that the season won’t be allowed to continue.

Rather than ending the season for purely medical and safety reasons during a global pandemic, the writing is on the wall for all League One and Two clubs because of the financial burdens they’re under.

The BBC explain why the restart of these leagues is generally seen as “impossible”, reporting:

It is estimated Premier League clubs have agreed to spend a combined £4m on Covid-19 testing alone for their players in order to get the season restarted.

In normal circumstances, finding a sum like that would be a tall order for the lower leagues. In the present climate, it is impossible.

 

Wycombe (8th) could leapfrog Sunderland & Portsmouth to win promotion to the Championship

Working on the assumption that Leagues One and Two call time on their 2019-20 season, the EFL will then have to decide on how to draw a line on the season.

It’s unclear how that will transpire, although several options are open for consideration. They include:

– Declaring the season null and void

– Ending the season ‘as is’

– Points-per-game calculation (PPG)

– Weighed points-per-game (WPPG)

If the WPPG option is favoured, which takes into account the number of home and away games each club has played, Wycombe Wanderers could move from 8th in League One to winning promotion into the Championship.

When the season was suspended, Wycombe had only played 34 matches.

By contrast, Portsmouth, in 4th, had played 35 games, while Sunderland, in 6th, had played 36 games.

Mike Minay, who works for BBC RM Sport, has crunched the numbers, to work out that WPPG would lift Wycombe into third-place in the table.

Working on the assumption that the League One playoffs will also be scrapped, Wycombe would then be promoted to the Championship.

How Wycombe (8th) could leapfrog Sunderland & Portsmouth to win League One promotion into the Championship

How Wycombe (8th) could leapfrog Sunderland & Portsmouth to win League One promotion into the Championship

 

 

Peterborough ready to go to court

Were Wycombe to win promotion via the WPPG method, Peterborough are ready to go to court.

Peterborough were 6th in League One when football stopped following a run of seven wins in nine games.

As noted on the BBC, “Peterborough owner Darragh MacAnthony has threatened a ‘legal battle of epic proportions’ if a decision was taken to the detriment of his club.”

 

League One table – 2019/2020

#TeamMPWDLFADP
1Coventry City341813348301867
2Rotherham United35188961382362
3Wycombe Wanderers3417894540559
4Oxford United35179961372460
5Portsmouth FC35179953361760
6Fleetwood Town351612751381360
7Peterborough United351781068402859
8Sunderland AFC361611948321659
9Doncaster Rovers341591051331854
10Gillingham FC35121584234851
11Ipswich Town3614101246361052
12Burton Albion351212115050048
13Blackpool351112124443145
14Bristol Rovers35129143849-1145
15Shrewsbury Town341011133142-1141
16Lincoln City35126174446-242
17Accrington Stanley351010154753-640
18Rochdale AFC34106183957-1836
19Milton Keynes Dons35107183647-1137
20AFC Wimbledon35811163952-1335
21Tranmere Rovers3488183660-2432
22Southend United3547243985-4619
23Bolton Wanderers34511182766-3914
Last updated: 1 min ago

 

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This article was edited by Ben Green.

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