What if every Premier League team had a point deduction? Football Manager 2017 Experiment

Whilst I was playing with Dom, Ryan and Toby for an upcoming series (keep an eye out for it!), two of the players got deductions, and this got me thinking what would happen if all teams got a 17 point deduction for financial mismanagement, therefore I have used the FM17 Editor to play out this scenario. Will the big teams still manage to win the league? Who will be relegated?

For this experiment, I have docked every team from the 2016-17 Premier League 17 points for mismanagement, will the big teams still win the title? We are going to sim a year into the future and see what impact a minus 17 start does to the Premier League teams.

Here is the league table at the start of the 2016/17 season – as you can see every team has a 17 point deduction – I really wonder what impact this will have on the final standings….

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22nd May 2017

Manchester United win the league with 74 points, which in real life this year wasn’t enough for 4th! Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham finish 2nd, 3rd and 4th, whilst Chelsea and Manchester City qualify for the Europa League in 5th and 6th. The point deduction has had a bit of impact but a big team still won the division. In fact, the biggest impact the deduction has had is in the relegation scrap with just 24 points taken by Sunderland and Burnley being enough for the teams to stay up, meanwhile Swansea got 15 points, West Ham picked up two less finishing with 13, whilst bottom club Middlesbrough couldn’t even get double figures as they finished with just 7 points.

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