What the Premier League would look like if every shot that had hit the woodwork this season had come in
Who smiles the happiness? Norwich would be OUT of the relegation zone (just!), Arsenal would be on course for Europe, while Wolves would be in the middle of the table … what the Premier League would look like if shots that hit the woodwork had entered
- Crystal Palace hit the post late against Chelsea and missed a point
- The difference between hitting the woodwork and the net can make an entire tie swing
- Sportsmail watched the Premier League table if they all went in instead
As Crystal Palace slammed into the woodwork in the last minute against Chelsea on Tuesday night, their players have to wonder what could be.
The answer, of course, is another point on their list after scoring a point. While on a match to match basis, a shot to the woodwork or the back of the net may not make a big difference, it can have a huge impact on a larger sample size.
And it turns out that if all the efforts made on the stake or crossbar during the Premier League season have started, certain teams are moving towards a much brighter or darker future.
Crystal Palace missed the chance of a draw against Chelsea after being late in the post
Not hitting the woodwork so often would have had a big impact on Norwich this season
Take Norwich for example. In reality they are stranded at the bottom of the Premier League, 10 points of safety and with only four games left to play.
Still, more than any team in the top flight, except Manchester City, at 16, they hit the woodwork and would therefore achieve a huge number of goals.
In fact, it would be enough to see them take another eight points and shoot the table.
If they had just managed to turn those chances instead of hitting the woodwork, they would be 17th and on track to stay in the Premier League.
Bruno Fernandes hits the post during the Manchester United game against Brighton in June
While City is the team that would have scored the most extra goals, they wouldn’t have seen a huge improvement in their fortunes by the age of 22.
They would still come in second, albeit with another six points – at 75. Liverpool, meanwhile, would return to 84 points.
It would mean that there is still a title race to be played for those two parties ahead of the last five games of the season.
Leicester would finish in third place, at 65 points, while Chelsea would be under pressure from Manchester United, with 61 points and 56 points respectively.
Supporters showing their frustration during a Premier League game at Old Trafford
There would be a positive move for Arsenal, who would take sixth place in the table and be on course for another year in the Europa League.
That would be quite important to them as they are in seventh place in real life and are likely to miss European football.
Wolves, on the other hand, would be in a significantly worse position. They are currently on the verge of the Champions League battle, seven points behind Leicester.
But if all the shots hit on the woodwork had gone in, they would finish in eighth place, a massive 13 points behind Chelsea in fourth place.
The Spurs players are watching after a shot by John Lundstram on the post in November 2019
Eddie Nketiah hits the bar during Arsenal’s game against Newcastle in February
Sheffield United would also drop from seventh to ninth. Their hopes for a European tour would go up in smoke.
Elsewhere, like now, Burnley and Newcastle would be essentially safe from relegation.
Everton would drop two places to 13th place, Crystal Palace would still be 14th.
But Brighton, which is nine points from the relegation zone in the real Premier League, would be back in the dogfight.
They would be only five points away from Watford and Norwich, with West Ham still in the mix.
The bottom two are Aston Villa and Bournemouth – both at 26 points and both just three points from safety.
What the Premier League table would look like if every shot that hit the woodwork came in instead