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Who will qualify for Europe from the Premier League?

The battle for European football is approaching its climax, and we now know England will be denied a fifth Champions League place.

But who will qualify for the Europa League and Conference League? We look into all the permutations below.

Does fifth place qualify for the Champions League?

No. For much of the season it looked like England would be assured of a fifth Champions League place, but early exits by Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Newcastle and Manchester United, combined with the strong performances by Italian and German teams, means only four English clubs will receive Champions League spots.

Does sixth place qualify for the Europa League?

Fifth place will qualify for the Europa League league phase, with sixth place set to qualify for the Conference League play-off round as things stand.

Where it gets a little more complicated, however, is with Manchester United's involvement in the FA Cup final.

If Manchester United win the FA Cup, they'll qualify for the Europa League alongside whoever finishes fifth in the Premier League. If they lose to Manchester City, however, the teams finishing fifth and sixth in the Premier League will qualify for the Europa League and the team finishing seventh will qualify for the Conference League.

But with Manchester City 1/6 to win the FA Cup, it's highly likely fifth and sixth will earn a pass into the Europa League.

Does seventh place qualify for the Conference League?

If Manchester City beat Manchester United in the FA Cup final, seventh place will qualify for the Conference League.

Aston Villa

Owing to their superior goal difference, two points should be enough to guarantee Aston Villa fourth place, but a win makes it mathematically certain.


Tottenham need to win all three of their final games, or win two, draw one, hope Aston Villa lose both while overturning a nine-goal swing.

Two wins for Tottenham - presumably against Burnley and Sheffield United - will assure them of fifth place, and it will take a collapse as well as their rivals winning their remaining games to see them fall outside the top six.


Though not yet mathematically impossible, Newcastle won't be returning to the European elite next season. They have a four-point gap to overturn on Tottenham, who have fairly generous fixtures to come, but if they win their remaining three games - which includes a trip to Old Trafford - they'll be returning to Europe and hoping Manchester City do them a favour in the FA Cup final.


After what had so long been a miserable season for Chelsea, the Blues still have a good chance of qualifying for Europe.

Mauricio Pochettino's men still have Nottingham Forest (a), Brighton (a) and Bournemouth (h) to come, but it's not impossible Manchester United fail to win any of their final five games of the season, which should grant Chelsea a path to the Conference League.

Manchester United

Another hugely underwhelming campaign threatens to end with Manchester United not qualifying for any European football next season after a recent collapse. United have won just one of their last six games, failing to win twice despite leading in stoppage time.

United do have a game in hand over Chelsea - as well as the chance to qualify for the Europa League via the FA Cup, and can make a big step towards qualification by beating Newcastle at Old Trafford, but with the way they're playing at the moment, they'll do well just to finish above Chelsea.

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