Huddersfield Town fans hoping for a play-off push in the light of the summer transfer activity will be eyeing the magical 73 point mark.

That's the number clubs aiming for promotion to the Premier League this season are likely to need - or in other words, just over half of all those available.

That’s the average number of points that the team who finished sixth has had over the last 21 seasons - the length of time the existing league structure has been in place.

Teams have reached the play-off places with fewer points six times though. Brighton were the most recent in 2013-14 with 72 points followed by Leicester in 2012-13 (68 points), Blackpool in 2009-10 (70 points), Watford in 2007-08 (70 points), Crystal Palace in 1996-97 (71) and Charlton in 1995-96 (also 71).

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Several unlucky teams have also missed out on sixth spot with more than 73 points as well, six to be precise. Most hard done by were Wolves in 2014-15 who finished seventh with 78 points.

Position: Average points
1st: 94.0
2nd: 86.8
3rd: 82.5
4th: 78.3
5th: 75.7
6th: 73.5

But what about the other end of the scale? How many points is required to avoid the drop?

Teams to go down in 22nd place have finished the season with 46.3 points on average, or one point per game.

Finishing in 21st

The 21st placed teams who stayed up have finished the season with 49.4 points on average, just under 1.1 points a game.

Teams have survived with fewer points than that of course.

Birmingham City successfully avoided the drop in 2013-14 with just 44 points to their name, the same as Doncaster who went down on goal difference. Rotherham in 2014-15 and Port Vale, QPR and Portsmouth in 1998-99 all stayed up with only 47 points on the board.

Teams can need far more than 49 points though in order to retain their Premier League status.

Barnsley finished in 21st in 2012-13 with 55 points, more than any other side since 1995-96. Below them were Peterborough who were relegated on 54 points, more than any other relegated side.