Premier League run-in: Europa League places up for grabs


The Premier League run-in is here and the commercial end of the season will provide as much drama as ever, as the final day countdown continues on 23 May.

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So, what’s left to play? Who needs what? Which teams will be out in the final games of the season?

Our weekly series, Run-In, keeps you fully updated about all the various battles happening up and down the Premier League.

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


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

One of Leicester City, Chelsea and Liverpool will be eliminated from the Champions League and ready for the Europa League in the fall.

Leicester looked like a second-place contender for most of the season, but a defeat to Newcastle added to Newcastle’s rise and put them in serious trouble on Tuesday’s date with Chelsea.

West Ham’s draw with Brighton means it will likely end somewhere between the 5th and 7th – and even Europa League qualification would have been a pipe dream before the season – but Tottenham and Everton Each can still pass Iron.

Manchester City winning the League Cup final with an FA Cup Final win for Leicester means England’s Europa Conference League place will be awarded the 7th place finisher in the league.


Leicester city

Current Position: Third
Games played: 36
Current Issue: 66
Target Difference: +21
Remaining events: Chelsea (A), Tottenham (H)


Chelsea

Current Position: Fourth 4
Games played: 35
Current Issue: 64
Target Difference: +22
Remaining events: Arsenal (H), Leicester (H), Aston Villa (A)


Liverpool
Current Position: 5th
Games played: 35
Current Issue: 60
Target Difference: +20
Remaining events: West Brom (A), Burnley (A), Crystal Palace (H)


West Ham United

Current Position: Sixth
Games played: 36
Current Issue: 59
Target Difference: +10
Remaining events: West Brom (A), Southampton (H)


Tottenham Hotspur

Current Position: 7th
Games played: 35
Current Issue: 56
Target Difference: +20
Remaining events: Wolves (H), Aston Villa (H), Leicester (A)


Everton

Current Position: 8th
Games played: 35
Current Issue: 56
Target Difference: +4
Remaining events: Sheffield United (H), Wolves (H), Man City (A)


Armory

Current Position: 9th
Games played: 36
Current Issue: 55
Target Difference: +12
Remaining program: Crystal Palace (A), Brighton (H)

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