How Man United or Leicester could finish 4th but fail to qualify for the Champions League

James Maddison Leicester City

The race to finish in the top-4

Man City’s legal victory in overturning a 2-year UEFA ban has had a significant impact on the Premier League.

Crucially, the top-4 in the Premier League will now qualify for next season’s Champions League.

Liverpool have already secured a Champions League berth as champions, as have Man City as the league’s runners-up.

Chelsea, Leicester, Man United and Wolves are battling it out for the final two spots.

 

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1Liverpool FC38323385335299
2Manchester City FC382639102356781
3Manchester United FC381812866363066
4Chelsea FC382061269541566
5Leicester City FC381881267412662
6Tottenham Hotspur FC3816111161471459
7Wolverhampton Wanderers FC381514951401159
8Arsenal FC381414105648856
9Sheffield United FC381412123939054
10Burnley FC38159144350-754
11Southampton FC38157165160-952
12Everton FC381310154456-1249
13Newcastle United FC381111163858-2044
14Crystal Palace FC381110173150-1943
15Brighton & Hove Albion FC38914153954-1541
16West Ham United FC38109194962-1339
17Aston Villa FC3898214167-2635
18AFC Bournemouth3897224065-2534
19Watford FC38810203664-2834
20Norwich City FC3856272675-4921
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How Man United or Leicester could finish 4th but fail to qualify for the Champions League

There’s one unlikely scenario on the cards which could see Man United or Leicester City finish in 4th place, but still fail to qualify for the 2020-21 Champions League.

For this to happen, Chelsea would need to win this season’s Champions League.

That looks nigh-on impossible after Bayern Munich beat Chelsea 3-0 in London in their last-16 first-leg tie.

Yet, in this nightmare possibility for Man United and Leicester, not only do Chelsea need to win the Champions League, but they also need to finish 5th in the Premier League.

Next, Wolves need to go on and win this season’s Europa League, while also finishing outside the top-4.

Wolves are currently locked at 1-1 in a last-16 tie with Olympiakos following the first-leg in Greece.

In this highly unlikely situation – where both the Champions League and Europa League winners finish outside the top-four – then the side who finished 4th in the Premier League, whether that be Man United or Leicester, would be demoted into the Europa League instead.

 

Man United & Leicester’s nightmare situation

Below is a breakdown of how European qualification would look in such a scenario:

Champions League: Liverpool, Man City, 3rd, Chelsea (Champions League winners) Wolves (Europa League winners)

Europa League group stage: 4th, 5th (Chelsea won Champions League), FA Cup winners

Europa League second qualifying round: 6th (Wolves won Europa League)

(Source: ESPN)

 

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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