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LOSE at home and you still get nothing. That seems quite uncontroversial. After all, being defeated in front of your home crowd is possibly the worst sin a team can commit.

But today, if you lose away from home, you can still get a ‘bonus’ point, provided you’re not adrift by more than six points. Win away and you get three points - or even four, depending on the scoreline! And as for a draw, well that all depends on whether you’re at home or away.

It isn’t difficult to see the sense behind the current system, although this year’s change, to allow the home side to retain all three league points for a win yet still give a point to the away team when the margin of defeat is six points or fewer, is harder to justify.

Has it all become too much?

By any standard, the present Premier League scoring system is complicated but our question is: do we need something as convoluted as this? Does it actually add anything to the League competition?

Back in the 1970s, both the Gulf British League and the New National League used the traditional, and much simpler, system of two points for a win, one for a draw and nothing for losing.

We thought it would be instructive - and fun - to adopt the same system for our present-day Premier League and find out what difference, if any, it makes to the league table as the season progresses.

Perhaps, by the time we reach the play-offs, there may be something significant to learn!

As for the play-offs themselves, that’s a whole separate discussion!

We’d like to hear your comments on the advantages and disadvantages of the two scoring systems and especially whether you feel the difference the current points format creates is worth the extra complication. Please click on this box to tell us your views.

Same Difference Comments

Team

Pld

Home

Away

Pts

Pts Diff

W

D

L

W

D

L

Somerset

24

12

0

0

7

1

4

39

194

Glasgow

24

11

0

1

6

0

6

34

250

Newcastle

24

12

0

0

4

0

8

32

182

Edinburgh

24

11

0

1

3

0

9

28

45

Sheffield

24

10

1

1

2

1

9

26

-24

Ipswich

24

10

0

2

2

1

9

25

79

Workington

24

11

0

1

1

1

10

25

-68

Peterborough

24

6

1

5

5

0

7

23

-75

Berwick

24

7

1

4

1

1

10

18

-55

Rye House

24

7

2

3

1

0

11

18

-72

Plymouth

24

8

0

4

0

0

12

16

-134

Scunthorpe

24

7

0

5

1

0

11

16

-143

Redcar

24

5

1

6

0

1

11

12

-179

Final Table, 2016

Team

Pts

Somerset

60

Glasgow

57

Newcastle

53

Edinburgh

47

Ipswich

40

Sheffield

40

Workington

38

Peterborough

38

Rye House

31

Berwick

29

Scunthorpe

26

 Plymouth

25

Redcar

21

Teams with equal league points are ranked by match points difference