The race for the 2018-19 Europe League
Last weekend’s Carabao Cup final had a significant impact for a raft of clubs hoping to finish the season in seventh.
Those clubs include Burnley, Leicester, Everton and Watford.
Manchester City beat Arsenal 3-0 at Wembley as Pep Guardiola lifted his first trophy.
One of the major upshots of City’s League Cup triumph is that seventh spot in the Premier League looks certain to carry a Europa League entry card.
The top four finishers in the Premier League all advance into the Champions League.
There are then three Europa League spots open. Those are allocated to fifth place, the winners of the FA Cup and the winners of the Carabao Cup.
Burnley, Leicester & Everton
As City beat Arsenal in the League Cup final, their Europa League spot will go back into the Premier League.
Put another way, due to City’s win over Arsenal, sixth place in the EPL carries a UEL entry card.
The big question is now ‘who will win the FA Cup?’
Top four hopefuls Man United, Chelsea and Tottenham are all still in the competition.
Should one of those sides win the FA Cup, and should they also finish in the top four, then seventh spot in the Premier League will be activated for a Europa League berth.
With ten matches left in the season, Burnley occupy seventh with 37 points. This weekend, however, they face ninth-placed Everton, who have 34 points on the board. Leicester are eight with 36 points, while Watford have 33 points in 10th.
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