- The HPL 2015-16 review
- Arsenal champs. West Brom down – Wk 38
- Sky Ref keeps Arsenal top. Toon safe! Wk 37
- Gunners top, Foxes slip, Irons poised – Wk 36
- Leicester and Mahrez in clear – Wk 35
- Vardy in red card Moss – Wk 34
- Carroll elbow kills Arsenal – Wk 33
- Norwich up Newcastle down – Wk 32
- Bilic spot on over Irons hard luck
- West Ham hefty penalty – Wk 31
- Hand of Wes escapes – Wk 30
- The Hypothetical Premier League
- Foxes top for first time – Wk 29
- Top four so tight – Wk 28
- LVG floors Arsene title bid – Wk 27
- Time’s up for LVG’s United – Wk 25
- TV Eye, TV Refs
- Newcastle and Villa ripped off – Wk 23
- Martinez after Instant Karma
- Wk 21/22 table, reports, results
- Wenger Wonders
- Wk 20 table, reports, results
- Wk 19 table, reports, results
- Wk 18 table, reports, results
- Wk 17 table, reports, results
Foxes Flying Too High
- Updated: 08/12/2015
Snapshot Week 15.
December 8, 2015.
At the end of the weekend Leicester City, who this time last year were rock bottom of the table, are sitting at the top. That’s in real life.
An amazing achievement, whatever your allegiance, but should the high-flying Foxes really be looking down on the rest right now?
Here at the HPL, we know the answer is simply ‘no’. In fact, Claudio Ranieri’s men would not be even in the top four but for a stream of dodgy decisions going their way this season.
In the world of HPL, where football uses TV replays, the Foxes are in sixth place – a massive seven points adrift of the leaders, Arsenal. Why? Because while the Gunners should be a couple of points better off, Leicester should have eight less:-
Week 2: v West Ham (a): Keeper Schmeichel sweeps Hammers forward Sakho off his feet inside the box. That turns a 2-1 win for the Foxes into a 2-2 draw.
Week 8: v Norwich (a): Vardy is brought down by Bassong and a penalty is given. But on review this is just about the softest penalty yet this season. A 2-1 victory becomes 1-1.
Week 10: v Crystal Palace (h): The Midlands men snatch it 1-0 but only after Mike Jones books Crystal Palace winger Zaha for simulation rather than award a nailed-on penalty. Two more points dropped as 1-0 becomes 1-1.
Week 11: v West Brom (a): A nightmare for ref Anthony Taylor as Match of the Day pundits agree the Baggies were denied two blatant penalties and awarded one that should never have been. That makes it 3-3, not 3-2 to the visitors.
So after all the hypothetical adjustments and rulings during the opening 15 weeks of 2015-16, it is Arsenal holding a two-point lead over Manchester City in the HPL table, with Leicester barely in sight.
It would be interesting to know exactly what Foxes coach Ranieri thinks about introducing more technology to assist referees in football – and if, like Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, he is an enthusiast. LP
HPL Table – Week 15
|Pos||Club||Pl||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||PL Pos (Pts)|
|2||Manchester City||15||9||2||4||29||15||14||29||3rd (29)|
|4||Manchester United||15||6||7||2||19||12||7||25||4th (29)|
|5||West Ham United||15||6||6||3||25||20||5||24||7th (23)|
|6||Leicester City||15||5||9||1||29||25||4||24||1st (32)|
|7||Crystal Palace||15||7||3||5||19||15||4||24||6th (23)|
|13||Stoke City||15||4||6||5||13||16||-3||18||11th (22)|
|14||West Brom||15||4||6||5||14||19||-5||18||13th (19)|
|15||Norwich City||15||4||4||7||21||26||-5||16||16th (13)|
|18||Newcastle United||15||3||4||8||16||31||-15||13||18th (13)|
|19||Swansea City||15||3||3||9||14||20||-6||12||15th (14)|
|20||Aston Villa||15||1||4||10||13||29||-16||7||20th (6)|