Europa League places up for grabs


The Premier League run-in is here and the business end of the season will provide plenty of drama, as always, as the countdown to the final day on May 23 is on.

[ MORE: Premier League run-in: What’s the latest in the top-four battle? ]

So, what is left to play for? Who needs what? Which teams will be scrapping away in the final games of the season?

Our weekly series, the run-in, keeps you fully up to date on all of the different battles going on up and down the Premier League.

Below we focus on the all-important race for the top-four and UEFA Europa League qualification, which is as interesting as it has been for quite some time.


Premier League top-six (or -seven) battle: The run-in analysis

One of Leicester City, Chelsea, and Liverpool will miss out on the Champions League and begrudgingly settle for the Europa League in the fall.

Leicester looked like 2nd-place contenders for much of the season, but a loss to Newcastle and Chelsea combines with surging Liverpool their top four spot is in serious jeopardy.

West Ham’s draw with Brighton means it will likely finish somewhere between 5th and 7th — and even Europa League qualification would have been a pipe dream before the season — but Tottenham and Everton could each still pass the Irons.

Manchester City winning the League Cup final coupled with the FA Cup final win for Leicester means that England’s Europa Conference League spot will likely be awarded to the 7th-place finisher in the league. Arsenal and even Leeds could finish in seventh still…


Chelsea
Current position: 3rd
Games played: 37
Current points: 67
Goal difference: +23
Remaining schedule: Aston Villa (A)


Leicester City
Current position: 4th
Games played: 37
Current points: 66
Goal difference: +20
Remaining schedule: Tottenham (H)


Liverpool
Current position: 5th
Games played: 36
Current points: 63
Goal difference: +21
Remaining schedule: Burnley (A), Crystal Palace (H)


Tottenham Hotspur
Current position: 6th
Games played: 37
Current points: 59
Goal difference: +21
Remaining schedule: Leicester (A)


West Ham United
Current position: 7th
Games played: 36
Current points: 59
Goal difference: +10
Remaining schedule: West Brom (A), Southampton (H)


Everton
Current position: 8th
Games played: 37
Current points: 59
Goal difference: +4
Remaining schedule: Man City (A)


Arsenal
Current position: 9th
Games played: 37
Current points: 58
Goal difference: +14
Remaining schedule: Brighton (H)


Leeds
Current position: 10th
Games played: 37
Current points: 56
Goal difference: +6
Remaining schedule: West Brom (H)

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