The end line for the 2020/21 Premier League season is coming into view.
For most golf equipment, simply three extra fixtures stand between themselves and the chequered flag being waved, while for some they’ve both one other two or three video games left to contest earlier than the marketing campaign could be rubber-stamped into the historical past books.
Although Manchester City have already scooped the Premier League title and Fulham, Sheffield United and West Bromwich Albion’s relegations to the Championship have been confirmed, the race for the top-four and UEFA Europa League locations look set to go all the way down to the wire, with a number of golf equipment nonetheless in with an opportunity of getting their passports prepared for subsequent season.
At the time of writing, Manchester City, Manchester United, Leicester City and Chelsea maintain the top-four spots, with West Ham United, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Everton all in with an opportunity of both breaking into the top-four or securing a Europa League berth.
But who can qualify for Europe subsequent season, with the newly launched Europa Conference League set to make the permutations and the way in which all the things is set simply that little bit extra sophisticated than typical?
Here, soccer.london has taken an in depth have a look at who can qualify for the Champions League, Europa League and Europa Conference League, how these competitions work, the permutations and the way it may all come collectively.
Who will qualify for the 2021/22 Champions League?
Just as in earlier years, the golf equipment that end camped contained in the top-four will qualify for subsequent season’s Champions League, in addition to the winners of this season’s match and the Europa League.
With Manchester City and Chelsea poised to go head-to-head on this season’s Champions League last later this month and Manchester United dealing with Villarreal within the Europa League last, and all three golf equipment poised to complete within the top-four, may it imply that golf equipment that end outdoors of the top-four may achieve entry into the Champions League for subsequent season?
The reply to that query isn’t any.
A most of 5 English golf equipment can take part within the competitors, however England is not going to be awarded an additional place if, for occasion, Chelsea win the Champions League and end within the top-four.
Should Chelsea win the Champions League and end outdoors of the top-four they might achieve entry to make up the 5 golf equipment concerned.
City and United are already assured top-four finishes, while Chelsea stay a reasonably good guess to affix them, regardless of being overwhelmed 1-0 by Arsenal on Wednesday night. The battle for fourth place appears as if it may go all the way down to the wire, with Liverpool and West Ham United nonetheless sizzling on Chelsea and Leicester’s heels, with each golf equipment having video games in hand.
Chelsea and Leicester, who face one another within the Premier League subsequent Tuesday have two video games left, while West Ham and Liverpool have three.
Who will qualify for the 2021/22 Europa League?
This is the place a giant change has come into play. In earlier years, three Europa League spots have at all times been up for grabs, however the introduction of the Europa Conference League (extra info on that to return) makes the state of affairs barely extra completely different.
The membership that finishes fifth within the Premier League desk will qualify for the Europa League alongside the winners of the FA Cup, which is able to both be Chelsea or Leicester, in fact, with these two poised to fulfill one another at Wembley this coming Saturday.
In the occasion of the winner of the FA Cup ending within the high 5 of the Premier League, the sixth-placed workforce will qualify for the Europa League.
At the second, contemplating Chelsea stay a strong guess to complete within the top-four, except they lose their final two matches, the squabble can nonetheless be contested between themselves, Leicester, Liverpool and West Ham, even perhaps Tottenham as effectively.
From subsequent season, solely 32 golf equipment will take part within the group levels of the Europa League compared to the 48 that we have now seen in earlier years.
Who will qualify for the 2021/22 Europa Conference League?
This is the place it begins to get barely sophisticated.
The Europa Conference League is UEFA’s new third-ranked European match, which is a step down from the Europa League correct.
The membership that finishes in sixth or seventh within the Premier League will go into the ultimate spherical of qualifiers for subsequent season’s inaugural Europa Conference League, though it depends upon who lifts the FA Cup.
The winners of the Carabao Cup ought to have been those going into the Europa Conference League, however as a result of Manchester City defeated Tottenham in final month’s last, and are assured of a top-four end and Champions League spot, that has been blown out of the water.
It is feasible that there may become no English golf equipment on this competitors subsequent season if the membership that finishes within the Europa Conference League place wins the Champions League. But for that to occur, Chelsea must beat City within the last and slide down the desk, which appears unlikely.
How many English golf equipment may qualify for Europe for subsequent season?
A complete of seven golf equipment will qualify for Europe subsequent season, however that could possibly be elevated to eight if Chelsea win the Champions League last and fall out of the locations required for a Champions League, Europa League or Europa Conference spot. Again, that’s more and more unlikely.
If an English membership wins the Champions League or Europa League, and qualifies for one in every of subsequent season’s tournaments via their Premier League end, it doesn’t unlock a European spot for one other English membership to capitalise on.
However, it may imply that as a substitute of 4 Champions League golf equipment, two within the Europa League and one within the Europa Conference League, the variety of golf equipment in every of these tournaments may change.
Current Premier League high 9:
1st: Man City – 80pts
2nd: Man Utd – 70pts
third: Leicester – 66pts
4th: Chelsea – 64pts
fifth: Liverpool – 60 pts
sixth: West Ham – 58pts
seventh: Tottenham – 56pts
eighth: Everton – 56 pts
ninth: Arsenal – 55pts
As you may see from the present league desk, which is right on the time of publication, City wrapped up the title as soon as and for all on Tuesday night time following cross-city rivals United’s 2-1 house defeat to Leicester.
Chelsea, regardless of being overwhelmed by Arsenal, may nonetheless end anyplace between second, though that will now solely be achievable on goal-difference and require United to lose their final three matches, which is very unlikely, and eighth.
But ought to Chelsea win their final two matches, one in every of which is in opposition to Leicester in fact, it will see them end above the Foxes, which means they might be a part of City and United in locking out the top-three. The battle for fourth – the ultimate Champions League spot – could possibly be the place essentially the most drama comes.
Leicester, at the moment third, have an eight-point cushion over West Ham in sixth, however their two remaining matches in opposition to Chelsea and Spurs could possibly be defining. Taking under consideration that the Hammers have a reasonably kind-looking run-in, which consists of three video games, and Liverpool have three video games left.
The Reds may fancy their possibilities of sneaking in after their win over Man United, however, in fact, would want to win their video games and hope one for Leicester or Chelsea stumble.
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Considering fifth is the place that may assure a Europa League place, except Leicester end fifth and win the FA Cup as effectively, all eyes will probably be on West Ham, Liverpool, Spurs, Everton and even Arsenal in that battle, with the Gunners now simply three factors behind West Ham, though the Hammers do have one recreation extra left to play.
If Leicester did drop out of the top-four, end fifth and beat Chelsea within the FA Cup last, the membership that finishes sixth will qualify for the Europa League, which means that could possibly be Arsenal’s greatest hope of gaining Europa League qualification.
Again, although, Arsenal have a number of golf equipment forward of them in a significantly better place, with video games in hand, to pounce on that chance arising.