Premier League Playback: How things stand in Europe, relegation battles

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1 – Leicester – 77 points – CHAMPIONS
2 – Tottenham – 70 points
3 – Arsenal – 68 points

With one game left, Arsenal trails Tottenham Hotspur by two points in the table.

Spurs sit in second place on 70 points, while Arsenal has 68 points. Spurs travel to Newcastle for their final game, while Arsenal host already relegated Aston Villa.

Premier League Schedule – Week 37

Result Recap & Highlights
A. Villa 0-0 N’castle Recap, watch here
B’mouth 1-1 WBA Recap, watch here
C. Palace 2-1 Stoke Recap, watch here
Leicester 3-1 Everton Recap, watch here
Liverpool 2-0 Watford Recap, watch here
Norwich 0-1 Man Utd Recap, watch here
Man City 2-2 Arsenal Recap, watch here
Sunderland 3-2 Chelsea Recap, watch here
Tottenham 1-2 Saints Recap, watch here
West Ham 1-4 Swansea Recap, watch here

Both second and third place are already assured of qualifying for the UEFA Champions League group stage and Spurs can finish no lower than third which means just a second-ever appearance in the UCL group stage is secured. However, they want to finish above Arsenal for the first time in 20 years.

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Arsenal fans have dubbed the day that Spurs could no longer mathematically finish above them in the PL “St Totteringham’s Day” and it has been going strong for over two decades.

Tottenham’s fans are desperate for them to finish above Arsenal and just a point away at Newcastle (who may already be relegated by then) will get the job done. However, there’s still a nagging feeling among Spurs fans that now the wheels have well and truly come off with no win in any of their last three games plus Dele Alli and Mousa Dembele suspended, that Arsenal will pip them to second.


3 – Arsenal – 68 points
4 – Man City – 65 points
5 – Man United – 63 points (have a game in hand)

7 – West Ham – 59 points (have a game in hand)

The battle to finish fourth has basically come down to an all-out battle in Manchester. With City slipping up in recent weeks they’ve let neighbors Manchester United in and if Louis Van Gaal‘s boys win their final two games they will finish in at least fourth.

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Man United play West Ham United on Tuesday at Upton Park and although the Hammers can mathematically still finish fourth they’d have to win their final two games and hope the others slip up, then get a huge goal difference swing in their favor. Despite a fine season for Slaven Bilic‘s men, it ain’t happening.

So, it’s all about United and City, although if Arsenal lost against Aston Villa and both City and United win-out then the Gunners would drop out of the top four on goal difference. There is still plenty to play for and for Manchester United the equation is simple: beat West Ham away and Bournemouth at home and they are in the Champions League next season which will likely save Van Gaal his job.

Plus, they’ll scupper Man City’s plans of welcoming Pep Guardiola with Champions League action. So, yeah, so much on the line here.


5 – Man United – 63 points (have a game in hand)
6 – Southampton – 60 points
7 – West Ham – 59 points (have a game in hand)
8 – Liverpool 58 points (have a game in hand)

This is going to be very, very tight. Southampton has ridden a surge in the second half season (only champions Leicester have picked up more points in the PL since Jan. 1, 2016) to give themselves a great chance of European qualification for the second-straight season.

However, all the teams around Saints have a game in-hand. That monster clash between West Ham and Manchester United on Tuesday will go a long way to deciding both teams’ European fate, while Liverpool (who have the Europa League final against Sevilla in Basel on May 18) can still finish in fifth place if all the teams above them falter.

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Looking at the schedule, West Ham have Stoke City away on the final day while Southampton host Crystal Palace who will have one eye on the FA Cup final. Liverpool host Chelsea on Wednesday and finish with a trip to West Brom on the final day.

It’s very likely that the battle to finish in fifth, sixth and seventh could go down to goal difference and listen to this: Manchester United’s goal difference is +13, Southampton’s is +15, West Ham’s is +14 and Liverpool’s is +13. Rack up those goals, boys.

And of course, there are some bizarre scenarios which could see eighth place grab a Europa League spot if both Man United win the FA Cup and Liverpool win the Europa League.

Here are the scenarios for Europa League spots going to the teams who finish in sixth, seventh and eighth place. Brace yourselves, this is complicated.

Premier League sixth place: Will qualify for UEFA Europa League third qualifying round IF Manchester City (Capital One Cup winner) finish in top four

Premier League seventh place: Will qualify for UEFA Europa League qualifiers IF Man United win the FA Cup AND finish in the top six

To further complicate the situation: If Liverpool win the Europa League and finish in the top seven, it is likely the Premier League will lose one of its Europa League spots, meaning the team who finished in seventh won’t qualify for the Europa League. If Liverpool win the Europa League and finish in eighth, the team in seventh would qualify for the Europa League. Such is the bizarre nature of this scenario, UEFA’s rules are currently being interpreted in contrasting ways by many.

To further complicate an already complicated situation: If Crystal Palace win the FA Cup and Liverpool win the Europa League and finish in seventh then the Premier League will also have eight teams in Europe. The Premier League would also have eight teams in Europe if Man United won the FA Cup and finished in eighth and Liverpool won the Europa League and finished in seventh.


17 – Sunderland – 35 points (have a game in hand)

18 – Newcastle – 34 points
19 – Norwich – 31 points (have a game in hand)
20 – Aston Villa – 17 points  – RELEGATED

Okay, this is getting very close between Sunderland, Newcastle and Norwich but the Black Cats will be feeling very good about this situation following their big win against Chelsea.

The equation for Sunderland is simple: win against Everton on Wednesday night at home and you stay up. A Sunderland victory in midweek would therefore relegate both bitter rivals Newcastle and struggling Norwich in the process.

Even if Sam Allardyce‘s side grab a point against Everton it would be a very advantageous position for them to be in as they face Watford away in the final game of the season. Following their disappointing draw at already relegated Aston Villa, Newcastle have just one game remaining and that’s a tough one, at home to Tottenham who know a win or draw will guarantee them second place and finishing above Arsenal.

Norwich must beat Watford at home on Wednesday to keep their survival bid going into the final game of the season as Alex Neil’s men have lost three-straight and have lost momentum at precisely the wrong time of the season. If they beat Watford on Wednesday and results go their way then Norwich must get a least a point at Everton on the final day to have any chance of surviving. If Sunderland lose their final two games and Newcastle lose their game, plus Norwich pick up four points then the Canaries would be level on points with Sunderland.

However, goal difference for the three teams are as follows: Sunderland, -17. Newcastle, -25. Norwich, -27. So, yeah, Norwich needs to win out and hope both Newcastle and Sunderland lose their remaining games. Newcastle cannot rely on goal difference to save them either and they must simply beat Tottenham at St James’ Park to have any chance.

The trap door is creaking open for both Newcastle and Norwich, while Sunderland can see the light…

Premier League Playback comes out every week as PST’s Lead Writer and Editor takes an alternative look at all the action from the weekend. Read the full archive, here.

Brighton vs Brentford, live! Score, updates, stream link, video highlights


Brighton and Brentford stage a big if surprising fight for a European place during a Saturday affair at the Amex Stadium. (watch live, 10am ET online via Peacock Premium).

The Seagulls and the visiting Bees both enter the match with 42 points, five points off the Premier League’s fifth-place spot and seven away from fourth.


Brighton has played a Premier League-low 25 matches and will like its chances of putting the Bees in the deep rear view by winning on Saturday.

But Brentford’s been the total package and good at finding results, losing just five Premier League matches this season.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Brighton vs Brentford.

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Brighton vs Brentford live score: 1-2

Pontus Jansson goal video: Veteran defender thumps header home

Kaoru Mitoma goal video: Jason Steele’s long assist sets up equalizer

Ivan Toney goal video: Star striker buries Mbeumo flick

How to watch Brighton vs Brentford live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 10apm ET, Saturday
TV Channel/Online: Stream via Peacock Premium

Key storylines & star players

Roberto De Zerbi’s Brighton is driven by Alexis Mac Allister and Moises Caicedo, a midfield pairing envied by most teams of their ilk.

And Brentford has had lovely contributions from Mathias Jensen and complete center forward play from Ivan Toney.

Brighton team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: Adam Lallana (thigh), Jakub Moder (knee), Tariq Lamptey (knee)

Brentford team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: Keane Lewis-Potter (knee), Shandon Baptiste (suspended), Vitaly Janelt (knee), Kristoffer Ajer (calf).

Crystal Palace vs Leicester, live! Score, updates, how to watch, videos


Roy Hodgson is set to make his re-debut as Crystal Palace manager when the Eagles host Leicester at Selhurst Park on Saturday (watch live, 10 am ET on Peacock Premium). 


Patrick Vieira was fired on March 17 after going 11 games without a win (0W-5D-6L) after the calendar turned over to 23, leaving Crystal Palace (27 points – 12th place) closer to the relegation battle than they have any business being. Speaking of having no business being in the relegation battle, Leicester (25 points – 17th place) sit just one point and one place above the bottom-three ahead of Saturday’s trip to south London.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Crystal Palace vs Leicester

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Crystal Palace vs Leicester live score: 0-0

How to watch Crystal Palace vs Leicester live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 10 am ET, Saturday
Online: Stream via Peacock Premium

Key storylines & star players

Hodgson came out of retirement to take over until the end of the season, at which point Vieira’s (still to-be-chosen) permanent replacement will take charge with another summer of squad turnover to come. Though they sit nearer to mid-table than the bottom-three heading into matchweek 29, the gap between Crystal Palace and 18th-place West Ham is only three points, meaning they could tumble as far as 17th with another defeat (pending results elsewhere). Wilfried Zaha’s six Premier League goals lead the way for Crystal Palace this season, but the Ivorian international hasn’t scored since Nov. 6 (11 appearances, all starts). Since Zaha’s last league goal, Palace have scored just seven goals in 15 games (1W-5D-7L).

Leicester’s winless run isn’t quite as long as Palace’s (only five games – 0W-1D-4L) since the Foxes inexplicably scored four goals in back-to-back victories over Aston Villa and Tottenham at the start of February. Since then, two goals in five games and three clean sheets against. In fairness, they have faced Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Brentford during the slide, which is perhaps the reason that Brendan Rodgers is still in the job through the recent international break. The other defeat, by the way? It was to last-place Southampton. James Maddison and Harvey Barnes are level on nine goals each, while forwards Patson Daka, Kelechi Iheanacho and Jamie Vardy have combined to score eight PL goals this season.

Crystal Palace team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: Sam Johnstone (calf) | QUESTIONABLE: Vicente Guaita (hamstring), Joachim Andersen (calf), James McArthur (illness), Nathan Ferguson (undisclosed)

Leicester team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: Ryan Bertrand (knee), James Justin (achilles), Youri Tielemans (ankle), Jannik Vestergaard (undisclosed) | QUESTIONABLE: Harry Souttar (ankle), Victor Kristiansen (ankle), Jonny Evans (undisclosed)

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Nottingham Forest vs Wolves, live! Score, updates, how to watch, videos


Nottingham Forest will try to end their winless skid at six games when they host fellow Premier League relegation battlers Wolves at the City Ground on Saturday (watch live, 10 am ET on Peacock Premium). 


Before those six games of anguish (and injuries) began, Nottingham Forest (now, 26 points – 16th place) sat 13th in the table, on 24 points, after going five games unbeaten, including three wins. Wolves (27 points – 13th place), meanwhile, have struggled to score enough goals to string together winning runs once again this season.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Nottingham Forest vs Wolves

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Nottingham Forest vs Wolves live score: 0-0

How to watch Nottingham Forest vs Wolves live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 10 am ET, Saturday
Online: Stream via Peacock Premium

Key storylines & star players

No side in the Premier League has scored fewer goals than Forest (or Wolves – 22 each), and only Bournemouth (54) have conceded more than Steve Cooper’s newly promoted side (49). All of which is to say, the Reds are in the thick of the relegation scrap based on merit. Injuries have certainly played their part, though, with as many as 14 players either confirmed out for the weekend, or an injury doubt. 21-year-old Brennan Johnson (7 goals, 2 assists) has been something of a revelation in his first PL season and Taiwo Awoniyi has four goals of his own, but no one else has more than two on the season (Morgan Gibbs-White and Emmanuel Dennis).

Once again this season, Wolves have gone for the “defensively solid, but offensively deficient” approach, only this time their defensive record is nearly as poor as the goal-scoring output. Like Forest, only two players (Daniel Podence and Ruben Neves) have scored more than two goals (Adama Traore) en route to 22 goals scored in 28 games.

Nottingham Forest team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: Taiwo Awoniyi (groin), Scott McKenna (thigh), Willy Boly (thigh), Dean Henderson (thigh), Giulian Biancone (knee), Omar Richards (calf) | QUESTIONABLE: Brennan Johnson (groin), Chris Wood (thigh), Cheickou Kouyate (thigh), Andre Ayew (knee), Serge Aurier (knock), Wayne Hennessey (knee), Ryan Yates (shoulder)

Wolves team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: Hugo Bueno (hamstring), Matheus Nunes (suspension), Diego Costa (knee), Sasa Kalajdzic (torn ACL), Jonny (suspension), Hee-Chan Hwang (undisclosed), Chiquinho (knee) | QUESTIONABLE: Boubacar Traore (groin)

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Arsenal vs Leeds, live! Score, updates, stream link, video highlights


Arsenal can keep its Premier League title run going strong with a win over relegation-fighting Leeds United on Saturday at the Emirates Stadium (watch live, 10am ET on USA Network and online via

The Gunners enter Saturday with an 8-point title lead over Manchester City, who holds a match-in-hand and plays the 7:30am ET kickoff earlier Saturday vs Liverpool.


Leeds is coming off a feisty but fortunate 4-2 win over Wolves that it took it clear of the bottom three by two points.

If Leeds can manage a point here, it will be a heaping helping of unexpected and will say something about Javi Gracia’s project at Elland Road.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Arsenal vs Leeds.

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How to watch Arsenal vs Leeds live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 10am ET, Saturday
TV Channel: USA Network
Online: Stream via

Key storylines & star players

For Arsenal, it’s going to continue to be a feast of talent in attacking positions as Bukayo Saka and Martin Odegaard are in the Premier League Player of the Year conversation and Gabriel Martinelli isn’t too far off. Perhaps Gabriel Jesus would be there, too, if he didn’t miss such a long stretch of time with injury but he’s fit and firing and Leeds has reason to worry about its back line. Leeds would love to see Maximillian Wober and Tyler Adams available but they are not and it will be incumbent about the attackers to make up for their absences. Weston McKennie and Marc Roca will be under the microscope today.

Arsenal team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: William Saliba (lower back), Mohamed Elneny (knee), Eddie Nketiah (ankle), Takehiro Tomiyasu (knee)

Leeds team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: Maximillian Wober (thigh), Stuart Dallas (thigh), Adam Forshaw (groin), Tyler Adams (hamstring), Wilfried Gnonto (ankle).