Premier League scenarios: How can clubs clinch UCL, Europa and relegation places this weekend?


Chelsea may have clinched the Premier League crown, but this weekend there’s plenty at play outside of the No. 1 slot.

Let’s begin with the UEFA Champions League, where Manchester City and Arsenal can each gain a berth in next year’s competition by picking up a point or more on Sunday (City) or Monday (Gunners).

Manchester United can also clinch a UCL spot for next season if it beats Crystal Palace and Liverpool loses to Chelsea.

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The Europa League is a bit trickier. For one thing, we’ve learned that West Ham United is going to Europe if it can avoid a card-happy final few weeks.

For now, fifth and sixth place each qualify for Europe, with a berth going to the seventh-place finisher if Arsenal beats Aston Villa in the FA Cup final.

A Manchester United win on Saturday guarantees them sixth or better, while a Southampton loss or draw also pushes the Red Devils through. A Saints loss on Saturday would also give Liverpool the chance to clinch a top-6 spot with a win over Chelsea.

As for relegation, mathematical safety is currently 43 points, but will drop to 42 if Sunderland draws against Everton and 41 if the Black Cats lose at Goodison Park.

  • Burnley will go down if it draws or loses at Hull on Saturday.
    — The Clarets go down with a win if Leicester and Sunderland win, and both Aston Villa and Newcastle pick up a point.
  • Queens Park Rangers will go down with a loss at Manchester City on Sunday.
    — QPR also could go down before Sunday if Villa, Newcastle, Leicester and Hull all win.
    — QPR would need a win Sunday to avoid relegation if Sunderland wins, and either Leicester or Hull win/draw, OR if Leicester and Hull both win or draw, OR if Hull wins and Sunderland or Leicester wins or draw.

As for who will join Bournemouth and Watford as new Premier League teams, click here for the playoff preview.