European competition qualification scenarios in England

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Following is a factbox on Champions League and Europa League qualification scenarios for Premier League teams:

Champions League qualification

*The Premier League’s top four teams automatically qualify for the Champions League group stage. Manchester City (95 points), Liverpool (94) and Chelsea (71) have already secured qualification.

*Fourth-placed Tottenham (70 points) need only a point from their final game to pip arch rivals Arsenal (67 points) to the final Champions League spot.

*For Arsenal to finish in the top four on the final day, they must beat Burnley away while Everton must win at Tottenham with an eight-goal swing in goal difference.

*If Tottenham do finish outside the top four, they can still qualify for the Champions League if they win the competition. They trail 1-0 on aggregate after the first leg of their semi-final tie against Ajax Amsterdam.

*Arsenal can also make it to Europe’s elite club competition if they win the Europa League. Arsenal and Chelsea are both in the semi-finals of the competition. Europa League winners gain automatic entry into the Champions League group stage.

*No more than five English teams can qualify for the Champions League.

* The only way that five teams could qualify for the competition is if a team that does not finish in the top four wins the Champions League — so this season, if Spurs finished fifth but won the Champions League, England would have five teams in the competition.

Europa League qualification

*The fifth-placed team in the league and the FA Cup winners automatically qualify for the Europa League group stage.

*If the FA Cup winner finishes in the top five of the Premier League, their Europa League group stage spot is allocated to the sixth-placed team.

*If Watford beat Manchester City to win the FA Cup, they are allocated a Europa League group stage spot and the sixth-placed team (Manchester United as things stand) must enter the qualifying round in July.

*If City win the FA Cup, the Europa League spot is passed down to the next-highest ranked team that has not qualified.

*League Cup winners are awarded a spot in the Europa League second qualifying round. But since this year’s winners City have already qualified for the Champions League, the spot goes to the next-highest ranked team that has not qualified.

*Therefore, Wolverhampton Wanderers, who have secured seventh place in the standings, will enter the Europa League qualifying rounds if City win the FA Cup.

*No more than seven English teams can be involved in European competitions.

REUTERS/Compiled by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru, editing by Pritha Sarkar

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