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How every Premier League season would have finished after gameweek 29: 2003-04

Given the current uncertainty over the resumption of the Premier League, Sports Mole takes a look at how the 2003-04 season would have ended after gameweek 29.

With the coronavirus pandemic having brought a halt to the Premier League campaign, Liverpool have been left waiting to find out whether they will be provided with the opportunity to end their 30-year wait for a league title.

However, many of the 20 clubs in England's top flight face an anxious wait over their own positions, whether that be to do with European qualification or potential relegation to the Championship.

Of course, the current global crisis has caught everyone off guard, resulting in frequent meetings being held between the powers-that-be at their respective organisations. However, it naturally raises the question of what would have happened in years gone by had the Premier League been ended after gameweek 29.

The 2003-04 campaign will forever be remembered as Arsenal's invincible season, with Arsene Wenger's side reaching the 38-game mark having not suffered a defeat and with an 11-point advantage over Chelsea.

Unsurprisingly, the Gunners were also clear of the Blues after gameweek 29 with a seven-point gap the difference at the end of March, and a further five points separating the North Londoners to fierce rivals Manchester United.

Although the top five positions remained the same as Liverpool and Newcastle United held on to fourth and fifth place respectively, Birmingham City let go of sixth, instead finishing all the way down in 10th after failing to win any of their last eight games.

Neighbours Aston Villa benefited from their demise to claim sixth ahead of Charlton Athletic and Bolton Wanderers, while Tottenham Hotspur finished all the way down in 14th, two places lower than they were after gameweek 29.

As well as there being no changes with the top five, the same can be said of the teams who were relegated in Leicester City, Leeds United and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Remarkably, the trio all finished on the same points, six adrift of safety, after a four-point gap had separated the sides at the end of March.

Despite finding themselves in trouble at one stage, Portsmouth recorded 15 points from their remaining eight fixtures to improve from 17th to 13th position.

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