West Ham could have qualified for the Champions League this season - if they had convinced the Premier League to completely restructure the competition.

Had league points been awarded on the aggregate outcomes of home and away matches against opponents then the Hammers would have finished in the top four.

The Wharf has taken every Premier League game this season and converted them to a two-legged format similar to that of the Champions League and Europa League knockout stages.

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For example, West Ham drew 0-0 with Manchester United at Old Trafford and won 3-2 at Upton Park. That would go down as a 3-2 victory to the Hammers with them claiming three points and Manchester United none.

If the league worked this way then the Hammers would have finished in fourth place on 39 points.

Southampton would be fifth on 38 points while Manchester City would be down in sixth on 37, followed by Manchester United on 33.

Newcastle United would have avoided the drop at the expense of West Brom.

Two-legged league

Team: Points

  1. Leicester: 50
  2. Arsenal: 44
  3. Tottenham: 41
  4. West Ham: 39
  5. Southampton: 38
  6. Man City: 37
  7. Man Utd: 33
  8. Liverpool: 28
  9. Everton: 28
  10. Chelsea: 27
  11. Watford: 25
  12. Bournemouth: 25
  13. Swansea: 22
  14. Stoke: 22
  15. Sunderland: 18
  16. Crystal Palace: 17
  17. Newcastle: 15
  18. West Brom: 14
  19. Norwich: 6
  20. Aston Villa: 4