How Man City’s UEFA win impacts European qualification in the Premier League

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Two Premier League teams have already qualified for next season’s Champions League.

Liverpool, the 2019-20 Premier League champions, will compete in the competition.

Man City are also guaranteed a spot in the Champions League following victory in their appeal against UEFA’s 2-year ban on Monday.

Last weekend, City’s 5-0 win at Brighton confirmed that they’ll finish the season in second place in the league.

 

Impact on European qualification from the Premier League

In this article, we’ll consider how Man City’s victory in court impacts several other Premier League teams looking to qualify for either the Champions League or Europa League next season.

 

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MUNICH, GERMANY – MAY 14: The logo of FC Bayern Muenchen is reflected in the showcase of the UEFA Champions League trophy in the FC Bayern Erlebniswelt (FC Bayern Adventure World) during the UEFA Champions League Finalist Media Day at Allianz Arena on May 14, 2013 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Lennart Preiss/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Race for the Champions League

With Liverpool and Man City already in the 2020-21 Champions League, two more spots are available via the Premier League.

At the time of writing, Chelsea are third and Leicester are fourth.

However, both clubs could drop down the table if Man United beat Southampton tonight.

Last weekend, Chelsea lost 3-0 at Sheffield United, while Leicester lost 4-1 at Bournemouth.


Chelsea fixtures: Norwich (h), Liverpool (a), Wolves (h)

Leicester fixtures: Sheff Utd (h), Tottenham (a), Man Utd (h)

Manchester United fixtures: Southampton (h), Palace (a), West Ham (h), Leicester (a)


 

Wolves & Man United have an additional route into the Champions League

Aside from finishing in the top-4, Wolves or Man United could book a spot in next season’s Champions League if they win this season’s Europa League.

Man United are 5-0 up against LASK following the first-leg of their last-16 tie, while Wolves drew 1-1 away at Olympiakos.

In the event that Man United or Wolves win the Europa League, but also fail to finish in the top 4, then the Premier League will have 5 representatives in next season’s Champions League.

 

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 24: A UEFA Europa League logo is pictured on the match ball during the UEFA Europa League group F match between Arsenal FC and Vitoria Guimaraes at Emirates Stadium on October 24, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

Race for the Europa League

Man City’s appeal victory also means that whichever clubs finish 5th and 6th in the Premier League will qualify for the 2020-21 Europa League.

Wolves have 55 points in 6th, while Sheffield United have 54 points in 7th.

Meanwhile, Tottenham have 52 points in 8th and Arsenal have 50 points in 9th.


Wolves fixtures: Burnley (a), Crystal Palace (h), Chelsea (a)

Sheffield United fixtures: Leicester (a), Everton (h), Southampton (a)


How Arsenal could pip Tottenham to a Europa League spot

Tottenham will now need to finish 7th rather than 8th to qualify for the Europa League.

However, Spurs may need to finish 6th if Arsenal go on to win the FA Cup.

Of course, Tottenham have previously missed out on European football due to a similar technicality.

Harry Redknapp’s Tottenham side missed out on Champions League football after Chelsea’s Champions League triumph in 2012 prevented Spurs playing in the competition despite finishing 4th in the league that season.


Tottenham fixtures: Newcastle (a), Leicester (h), Crystal Palace (a)

Arsenal fixtures: Liverpool (h), Aston Villa (a), Watford (h)


 

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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