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Ahead of the 2019/20 Premier League season, the rules affecting clubs finishing level in the table has been changed.
Previously, teams that finish the season level on points were separated by goal difference, then by goals scored and then by a playoff game but that rule has now been revised.
According to the Premier League, clubs finishing level in the table will have their results against each other compared to decide who finishes highest.
A statement by the Premier League: “If two or more clubs finish level in the table when competing for the title or European qualification, or when relegation is at stake, their records in the head-to-head matches will now be used to separate them.
“In previous seasons, teams involved in these specific battles who finished with the same points total, goal difference and number of goals scored would be pitted against each other in a playoff.
“But that extra match is now less likely.
“In 2019/20 the team who have collected the most points in the head-to-head duels between the sides lying level on points, goal difference and number of goals scored, will take the highest finishing position, while the team with the fewest will take the lowest place.
“If clubs still cannot be separated, the team who scored the most goals away from home in the head-to-head matches will get the highest position.
“Only if the clubs remain level in the table after this will a playoff be arranged, at a neutral ground, with the format, timing and venue being determined by the Premier League Board.”
Meanwhile, the Blues will kick off the new Premier League under new boss Frank Lampard against Manchester United away at Old Trafford.
Last season, a goal by Marcos Alonso earned the Blues a 1-1 draw, a result that was crucial in our third place finish last season.