For some, this is too painful a concept to consider. The lack of football right now, due to the coronavirus pandemic that has swept the world, has left many fans hungry for their favorite pastime – following their club.
If Albion had played all four games in the meantime since the EFL announced the suspension of the campaign, they would only be five games away from the end of the mandate.
It is of course impossible to say exactly how these meetings against Birmingham City, Brentford, Sheffield Wednesday and Hull City could have unfolded. A visit to County Derby was also planned for this weekend.
While football has been stopped in this country and abroad, the famous and historic Pools Panel has continued and provided the results of the matches which have been postponed.
For what it’s worth, these predictions make a particularly good read for the Baggies.
As reported by the Stoke Sentinel, the boys of Slaven Bilic were slated to win the above four games, including against their promotional rivals at Griffin Park.
Leeds, meanwhile, actually loses points in its assessed set of encounters; tipped to beat Blackburn, Luton and Fulham, they should stand in Cardiff.
This means that Albion, as shown in the table above, would actually have returned to the top of this parallel universe of pools at match week 41.
The overall situation would also have been rosy; due to Leeds’s win over Fulham, the gap to the third would have been even wider.
With Albion with 82 points and Leeds with 81 points, Fulham was ten points behind the lead and, with five games to go, was most likely preparing for a play-off campaign.
Meanwhile, Millwall was the most important player, leaping into fifth place under Gary Rowett over Brentford.
Hopefully, if and when this time of the season comes to us for real, it’s not too different.