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Premier League: Chelsea, Man Utd, Tottenham and Newcastle in race for European football qualification

Man City, Arsenal, Liverpool and Aston Villa will play in the Champions League next season; Tottenham, Man Utd, Newcastle and Chelsea are battling for Europa League and Conference League qualification; watch Man Utd vs Newcastle on Wednesday, live on Sky Sports

It’s not just the identity of the Premier League champions that will be decided on the final day of the season – Europa League and Conference League qualification is also set to be determined in the final week.

ArsenalManchester City and Liverpool have qualified for the Champions League – and they were joined by Aston Villa on Tuesday after Tottenham lost to Pep Guardiola’s side.

But the Europa League and Conference League places are still up for grabs, with TottenhamManchester UnitedNewcastle and Chelsea all in the mix.

Standings — English Premier League

Pos. P W D L GD PTS Form
1 Manchester City 37 27 7 3 60 88
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2 Arsenal 37 27 5 5 61 86
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3 Liverpool 37 23 10 4 43 79
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4 Aston Villa 37 20 8 9 20 68
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5 Tottenham Hotspur 37 19 6 12 10 63
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6 Newcastle United 36 17 6 13 22 57
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7 Chelsea 36 16 9 11 12 57
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8 Manchester United 36 16 6 14 -4 54
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Can Spurs be caught in the Europa League race?

The team finishing fifth in the Premier League will qualify for the Europa League. The position is currently held by Tottenham, who are six points clear of Newcastle and Chelsea.

However, both sides have a game in hand on Spurs and could move above Ange Postecoglou’s side if they win their two remaining fixtures.

Newcastle and Chelsea will also need Spurs to lose at Sheffield United on Sunday – the final day of the season – if that is to happen.

Man Utd are nine points behind Spurs so cannot qualify for the Europa League through the league – but they could still enter the competition via the FA Cup.

Table with 5 columns and 4 rows.
Tottenham 95.8% 3.9% 0.3% 0.0%
Newcastle 1.8% 47.1% 40.8% 10.3%
Chelsea 2.3% 46.3% 47.2% 4.2%
Man Utd 0.0% 2.8% 11.7% 80.5%

What about the Conference League?

The Conference League place goes to the side finishing sixth in the Premier League. That is currently Newcastle but, as stated above, Spurs could still drop out of the Europa League slot.

Chelsea are also in the hunt for sixth, only trailing Newcastle on goal difference, while Man Utd could also overhaul the Magpies.

Erik ten Hag’s side host Newcastle on Wednesday – live on Sky Sports – with a win moving them level on points with their European rivals.

Tottenham’s remaining fixture

May 19: Sheffield United (A) – Premier League, kick-off 4pm

Newcastle’s remaining fixtures

May 15: Man Utd (A) – Premier League, kick-off 8pm, live on Sky Sports

May 19: Brentford (A) – Premier League, kick-off 4pm

Chelsea’s remaining fixtures

May 15: Brighton (A) – Premier League, kick-off 7.45pm

May 19: Bournemouth (H) – Premier League, kick-off 4pm

Man Utd’s remaining fixtures

May 15: Newcastle (H) – Premier League, kick-off 8pm, live on Sky Sports

May 19: Brighton (A) – Premier League, kick-off 4pm

May 25: Man City (N) – FA Cup final, kick-off 3pm

But the FA Cup could change things…

The winners of the FA Cup – which will see Man City and Man Utd contest the final at Wembley on May 25 – are also handed a Europa League place.

If City retain the trophy, they will not take the Europa League place given they are guaranteed a Champions League spot. In that case, their Europa League berth goes to the side finishing sixth in the Premier League.

The knock-on effect would be that the team finishing seventh in the league would qualify for the Conference League. Currently, that is Chelsea.

However, if United win the FA Cup, they will qualify for the Europa League, as well as the team finishing fifth in the Premier League.

In that scenario, the side in sixth would play in the Conference League and the side in seventh would miss out on Europe.

But if United finish sixth and win the FA Cup, the Conference League place again moves down to the side finishing seventh.

As it stands: Who qualifies for Europe if Man Utd win the FA Cup?

Champions League: Man City, Arsenal, Liverpool, Aston Villa

Europa League: Tottenham, Man Utd (as FA Cup winners)

Conference League: Newcastle

As it stands: Who qualifies for Europe if Man Utd DON’T win the FA Cup?

Champions League: Man City, Arsenal, Liverpool, Aston Villa

Europa League: Tottenham, Newcastle

Conference League: Chelsea

How does the new Champions League format work?

Taking the total number of teams from 32 to 36 in the Champions League, the biggest change will see a transformation from the traditional group stage to a single league phase including all participating teams.

Every club will now be guaranteed a minimum of eight league-stage games against eight different opponents (four home games, four away) rather than the previous six matches against three teams, played on a home-and-away basis.

The top eight sides in the league will qualify automatically for the knockout stage, while the teams finishing in ninth to 24th place will compete in a two-legged play-off to secure their path to the last 16 of the competition.

Teams ranked 25-36 are eliminated from all competitions.

Europa League and Europa Conference League changing too?

Similar changes will be made to the Europa League and Europa Conference League formats, with 36 teams in each.

Teams in the Europa League will have eight matches against eight different opponents in the league phase.

In the Europa Conference League – renamed the UEFA Conference League – teams will have six matches against six different opponents in the league phase. The UEFA Conference League games will be played between September and December.

The knockout phase of the competitions will take place through the second half of the season and culminate at the end of the campaign, as they do now.

 

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