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Understanding English Premier League Standings

The English Premier League follows a similar format as the other top European soccer leagues, with 20 teams competing in a home-and-away, double round-robin format. The current EPL standings operate as follows: Three points are awarded for a win, one point for a draw and no points for a loss. There is no extra time in any standard league fixture, so the result at the end of a 90-minute match plus stoppage time is final.

At the end of the season, the team with the most points is crowned league league champion. All ties between two or more teams in any place in the table are broken by goal difference and the number of goals scored. Unlike American sports, the Premier League uses a promotion/relegation structure. 

Each season, the Premier League relegates the bottom three teams in the standings to the second-tier league, called the Championship, for the following year. Meanwhile, the top two teams in the English Championship standings are automatically promoted to the Premier League. The third team promoted from the second tier is determined by a two-round promotion playoff between the teams that finish third to sixth. 

Late-season English Premier League scores and standings are not just important for teams competing for the title. Avoiding relegation is the main objective of teams near the bottom while the top six teams can qualify for standalone UEFA competitions based on their league position. 

The top four teams in the English Premier League qualify for next season’s Champions League, the most prestigious club competition in Europe. The fifth-place team qualifies for the Europa League and sixth place earns entry into the third-tier UEFA Conference League. Teams can qualify for the Europa League by winning the standalone FA Cup. 

Among other factors, point spreads will take into account each team’s respective place in the current EPL standings table and recent form. 

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