An electrifying race for Champions League and Europa League football will go to the last day. How many teams can qualify and who is in the running?
Who has already qualified for European football?
Champions League – Liverpool, Manchester City
Europa League – Chelsea, Leicester City, Manchester United (but everyone could still qualify for the Champions League)
Who is in conflict?
Depending on the identity of this year’s Champions League, FA Cup and Europa League winners, which clubs end up in the Premier League the first seven could secure a place in Europe next season.
Here are the teams that are under Liverpool and Manchester City and are still in the running …
3rd) Manchester United – 63 points
Remaining device: Leicester (a)
Manchester United only require a draw with Leicester on the last day to finish in the top four.
Alternatively, United could qualify for the next Champions League by winning the Europa League. They are 5-0 ahead of the last 16 draws with LASK.
4th) Chelsea – 63 points
Remaining device: Wolves (h)
Chelsea only need one more point to be mathematically sure of a top four finish, but even if they lose at home to the Wolves on the last day, they will still qualify for the European club competition if Leicester is defeated by United.
They could also qualify for the next Champions League season by winning the 2019/20 competition, even if they follow Bayern Munich 3-0 after the first leg at Stamford Bridge.
They are already sure of a place in the Europa League group stage.
5 °) Leicester – 62 points
Remaining device: Manchester United (h)
Leicester must beat United on the last day to be sure of a top-end four, while a draw will suffice if Chelsea were to lose to the Wolves due to their higher goal difference.
If they don’t, they will still qualify for the Europa League group stage, with the Wolves’ goal difference meaning that the Foxes cannot be captured by Nuno’s team.
6th) Wolves – 59 points
Remaining device: Chelsea (a)
With Leicester and Manchester United playing each other on the last day, the Wolves are no longer able to finish in the top four.
Wolves can still mathematically come in fifth place, but they should beat Chelsea and force Leicester to lose with a huge shot on the door.
More realistically, wolves have to match Tottenham’s result with Crystal Palace to secure sixth place and secure a place in the second round of Europa League qualifying for next season.
It would have become a place in the group stage if Chelsea won the English Cup, with seventh place in the second qualifying round in the Europa League.
Wolves can still qualify for the next Champions League by winning the Europa League: they drew 1-1 with Olympiakos in the first leg of their last 16 draw.
7) Tottenham – 58 points
Remaining device: Crystal Palace (a)
Tottenham can make it to sixth place with a win on the last day if the wolves don’t beat Chelsea. That would give them a place in next season’s second qualifying round of the Europa League – or a place in the group stage if Chelsea wins the FA Cup.
If the Spurs finish in seventh place, they will qualify for the second qualifying round of the Europa League if Chelsea are victorious in the English Cup final.
8th) Sheffield United – 54 points
Remaining device: Southampton (a)
Sheffield United can no longer qualify for European football next season due to defeat against Everton on Monday and Wolves’ victory over Crystal Palace.
9th) Burnley – 54 points
Remaining device: Brighton (h)
Burnley can no longer qualify for European football next season after the Wolves’ victory over Crystal Palace on Monday evening.
10th) Arsenal – 53 points
Remaining device: Watford (h)
The defeat of Arsenal at Aston Villa means that they can no longer qualify for Europe through the Premier League, but can still qualify for the Europa League group stage by beating Chelsea in the English Cup final.
The split qualification rules …
Champions League qualification
The top four teams in the Premier League they will qualify for the group stages of the Champions League.
Win the Champions League or Europa League it also guarantees a place in the group stages.
Europa League qualification
There are three ways to qualify for the Europa League:
- Finish fifth – qualify for the Europa League group stage
- Win the FA Cup – qualify for the Europa League group stage
- Win the Carabao Cup: Qualify for the Europa League second qualifying round
If the winners of the FA Cup and Carabao Cup finish fifth or higher in the Premier League, their spots in the Europa League will switch to the highest unqualified team for UEFA Premier League competitions.
Then, the Europa City of Man City second qualifying round for the Carabao Cup win will be awarded to the team that finishes in sixth place, as they have already qualified for the Champions League.
If Chelsea win the FA Cup, their place in the Europa League group stage will be awarded to the team that finishes in sixth place, and seventh will take second place in the Europa City qualifiers, as Chelsea will finish at least in the fifth place.
How does winning the Champions League affect the qualifying?
The Premier League can have a maximum of seven teams qualified for European football.
Four teams will be in the Champions League, three in the Europa League. However, if a team that finishes out of the top four wins the Champions League or Europa League, it will be rewarded with a place in the Champions League group stage for next season and one of the Europa League qualifying places (five teams qualified for the Champions League, two for the Europa League).
Follow the race for Europe on Sky Sports
The race for the European qualification is reaching an exciting climax and you can follow eight crucial matches live Sky Sports as eight in the top 10 of the Premier League compete for the Champions League and Europa League spots.
Arsenal vs Watford – kick off at 16:00, live on Sky Sports Premier League
Burnley vs Brighton – kick off at 16:00, Live on Sky Sports Arena
Chelsea vs Wolves – kick off at 16:00, Live on Sky Sports Football
Crystal Palace vs Tottenham – kick off 4pm, Live on Sky Sports Action
Everton vs Bournemouth – kick off 4pm, Live on Sky Sports Golf
Leicester vs Man Utd – 16:00 kick-off, Live on Sky Sports main event
Man City vs Norwich – kick off at 16:00, Live on Sky Sports Pick and Sky One
Newcastle vs Liverpool – 16:00 kick-off, full-time highlights live on Sky Sports Digital
Southampton vs Sheffield United – kick off 4pm, Live on Sky Sports Mix
West Ham vs Aston Villa – 16:00 kick-off, full-time highlights live on Sky Sports Digital
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