So, it all comes down to the Premier League season’s last day on a Super Sunday. Three teams compete over 90 minutes for a spot in the Champions League next season.
Manchester City, along with Manchester United, has already secured a spot in the 2021-22 group stage.
However, there is just one point separating third-placed Chelsea along with fifth-placed Leicester, who are also behind Liverpool on goal difference.
So, what are the possibilities? Which teams have a chance to qualify for the Europa League? And who will compete in Uefa’s new third-tier competition, the Europa Conference League?
Who Will Make Champions League Football?
The top four teams in the Premier League, as well as the winners of the Champions League and Europa League, qualify for the Champions League group stages if they finish outside the top four. That simply means the Champions League can accommodate a maximum of five English teams.
While City and United have already qualified, Chelsea’s five-team quota would be filled if they win the Champions League against Manchester City on May 29.
Chelsea, on the other hand, will be assured of third place and a place in the Champions League if they defeat Aston Villa on Sunday at Villa Park.
However, Liverpool and Leicester are tied on 66 points going into the final day, separated only by goal difference – though the Reds hold the advantage.
Race for the top 4 will be going to the FINAL day!
Out of Chelsea, Liverpool & Leicester who makes it?
— Ste Howson (@MrStephenHowson) May 20, 2021
Who’s in the Europa League mix?
From now on, only 32 teams will compete in the Europa League group stages, down from 48 in previous years.
The fifth-placed Premier League team, as well as the sixth-placed club, will qualify for the Europa League group stage, as FA Cup winners Leicester cannot finish lower than fifth.
Leicester is in fifth place going into the last day of the Premier League season, while West Ham is in sixth place, four points behind. Tottenham Hotspur and Everton are also vying for sixth place.
How does Premier League Seventh Place get into Europe?
The Europa Conference League is a step down from the Europa League in terms of quality.
The Premier League’s seventh-placed club will go to the play-off round, which will be held over two legs on August 19 and 26.
Nevertheless, on the last day, one of West Ham, Tottenham, Everton, or Arsenal, who play at home against Brighton, are in contention. Leeds has a mathematical chance of finishing in a European slot.
To make it, though, 10th-placed Leeds, who host demoted West Brom on the Premier League final day, would need a series of exceedingly unlikely occurrences, including a massive goal differential swing.