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The 10 closest Football League finishes

This season has been the most exciting and unpredictable in living memory and - until recently - it looked like the unbelievable fairytale story of Leicester City would lead to a first-ever title for the Midlands side. But one sending-off later and an impressive performance by Spurs and suddenly it's game on. Could it even go down to the last game of the season? We wouldn't bet against it - after all, it's happened before.

Interesting fact: if the Premier League title race can't be decided on points, it goes to goal difference, then goals scored. If there's still no winner, there's a play off. Alas, that's incredibly unlikely. In fact, the last time one of Europe's big five leagues (England, France, Spain, Italy and Germany) had to be decided by a tie-breaker was in the Series A back in 1963-64. However, the tie-breaker in Italy, in those days, was used as the way to separate sides who finished on equal points. Goal difference was ignored. So, essentially, it's never happened.

Prior to 1976, goal difference wasn't used to separate teams that finished on the same points, but rather goal average, calculated by taking the number of goals scored and dividing it by the number of goals conceded. Bright sparks spotted that this actually encouraged scoring less goals so goal difference was created, which favoured sides that score more. You'll find both methods in the following list.

Crikey, that was a very long-winded intro into our top 10 closest English top flight finishes. Hopefully we've all learned something...

(Images: Rex, Getty, Manchester City)



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