Premier League permutations: title race, Champions League, Europe and relegation status | football news
The Premier League is entering the final days of the season and there is still plenty to play for in the remaining matches.
Manchester City rescued a 2-2 draw at West Ham leaving the door open for Liverpool to take a point ahead with a 2-1 win at Southampton on Tuesday night.
Jurgen Klopp’s side still need City to drop points in their final game of the season at home to Aston Villa if they are to claim an impressive domestic treble.
Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal are vying for the final spot in the Champions League, while Manchester United and West Ham are battling for qualification for the Europa League and Europa Conference League, respectively.
And, at the bottom end of the table, one of Leeds, Burnley and Everton will join Norwich City and Watford in the Sky Bet Championship.
sky sports walk through the state of the game and all the permutations as the season reaches its crescendo.
Manchester City (90 points) have already won three Premier League titles on the last day of the season – in 2012, 2014 and 2019 – and could do so again this Sunday.
Pep Guardiola’s men lead Liverpool by a single point after Jurgen Klopp’s side cut their lead with a 2-1 win at Southampton on Tuesday. It means that City need to win against Aston Villa to secure a sixth Premier League title.
Liverpool (89 points) would be crowned champions with a victory over Wolves on Sunday at Anfield if City drop points. A draw is unlikely to be enough for Liverpool, as even a defeat for City would likely mean they remain tops thanks to the required six-goal swing.
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Race for the top four
Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea have all confirmed their place in next season’s Champions League group stage. Chelsea (70 points) can still finish fourth if they lose their last two league games at home to Leicester and Watford, while Tottenham (68 points) beat Norwich on the final day at Carrow Road.
Fourth-placed Spurs can still be caught by Arsenal (66 points), who suffered a major blow to their Champions League aspirations on Monday night. Mikel Arteta has insisted that he does not have to tell his players what is at stake as they try to revive their fading hopes.
The Gunners entertain relegation-threatened Everton on Sunday, knowing even victory might not be enough to secure a top-four finish in the Premier League after their costly 2-0 loss at Newcastle.
That left them two points behind arch-rivals Tottenham, whose superior goal difference means a draw at relegated Norwich – barring a cricket scoreline at the Emirates Stadium – will be enough to keep their neighbors at bay.
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race for europe
One of Tottenham and Arsenal is guaranteed to be in the Europa League group stage by finishing in fifth place. With Liverpool winning both domestic cups, sixth place in the Premier League will also seal a group stage position in this competition.
Manchester United and West Ham are still in contention, and whoever finishes seventh will play in the Europa Conference League, entering the play-off round.
Two points clear of West Ham but with a lower goal difference, Man Utd (58 points) need to beat Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park to secure sixth place.
West Ham (56 points) are out of Brighton and would move up a position if they win at the Amex Stadium and Man Utd do not do the same. Wolves, in eighth place, with 51 points, can no longer qualify for Europe.
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Losses to Everton and Burnley and a dramatic late draw for Leeds last Sunday mean the relegation scrap will go to the final week. Here are the permutations.
leeds they remain relegation favourites, but their situation would have been much worse had Pascal Struijk not scored a late equalizer to knock them out of the bottom three against Brighton in a 1–1 draw. That point could prove crucial, but his fate is out of his hands as Burnley and Everton each have one game to play and both will play on Thursday.
What Leeds do know is that whatever happens on Thursday, that late goal against Brighton means they still have hope for the final day they play at Brentford. The result they will need will obviously depend on how Thursday’s games go, but the target will be three points.
Despite losing to Tottenham 1-0, Burnley they know the work they have to do to get to 38 points in their last two games will save them. This means that four points from their last two games, away to Aston Villa on Thursday and at home to Newcastle on Sunday, will be enough. Any slip will open the door for Leeds.
Everton They remain in 16th place but just two points outside the relegation zone, but they also have their fate in their own hands. They know that three points from their two remaining matches, at home to Crystal Palace on Thursday and away to Arsenal on Sunday, will be enough to get them through. Two draws will also ensure their safety, barring no mathematical miracle goal change with Leeds, who have a -18 goal difference worse than Frank Lampard’s side.
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