Europa League and Europa Conference League permutations for Arsenal and Tottenham revealed


The finish line for all 20 Premier League clubs is upon us.

After nine months of drama and the unexpected, the campaign will be written into the history books this afternoon after what will no doubt be a final day filled with goals, entertainment, many twists and turns and the unexpected.

With Manchester City winning the Premier League title and Fulham, West Bromwich Albion and Sheffield United locking in the relegation spots, the race for Europe has come to an end.

So far only Manchester City and Manchester United have guaranteed places in next season’s UEFA Champions League, with Chelsea, Liverpool and Leicester set to be involved in a third and fourth day penalty shootout.

Under that battle, Tottenham Hotspur could still secure a UEFA Europa League place ahead of West Ham United, although that would require Spurs to win at Leicester and the Hammers to lose at home to Southampton.

But the most dramatic could come from the battle for the place in the UEFA Europa Conference League, which will be won by the team that finishes seventh. Currently, Spurs are the team close to winning this, although if they fail it opens the door for Everton and Arsenal to pounce.

With a lot of drama to come, took a close look at what needs to happen in the Europa League conference battle on the final day and how the whole European situation works for next season.

Who will qualify for the 2021/22 Champions League?

As in previous years, the clubs that finish in the top four will qualify for next season’s Champions League, along with the winners of this season’s tournament and the Europa League.

With Manchester City and Chelsea set to face each other in this season’s Champions League next weekend and Manchester United face Villarreal in the Europa League final, and all three clubs on course to finish in the top four, could this mean that clubs who finish outside the top four could enter the Champions League for next season?

The answer to this question is no.

A maximum of five English clubs can enter the competition, but England won’t get an extra spot if, for example, Chelsea win the Champions League and finish in the top four.

The Manchester City and Chelsea trophy will face each other for

If Chelsea won the Champions League and finished outside the top four, they would earn an entry to make up the five clubs involved.

City and United are already guaranteed a top four finish, while Chelsea remain a very good bet to join them and need only match what Liverpool and Leicester do on the final day.

If Chelsea win against Aston Villa, the battle for fourth place will be down to the wire, with Liverpool and Leicester in contention.

Who will qualify for the 2021/22 Europa League?

This is where a big change came in. In previous years, three Europa League spots were always up for grabs, but the introduction of the Europa Conference League (more to come at this subject) makes the situation slightly more different.

The club that finishes fifth in the Premier League table will qualify for the Europa League alongside FA Cup winners Leicester.

With Leicester guaranteed to finish in the top five, only the sixth-placed side will qualify for the Europa League.

As things stand, West Ham are in pole position to claim sixth place following their 3-1 win at West Bromwich Albion on Wednesday night which saw them overtake Tottenham in the table after Ryan Mason’s side been beaten at home by Aston Villa.

NYON, SWITZERLAND – DECEMBER 14: A view of the UEFA Europa League trophy during the 2020/21 UEFA Europa League draw at UEFA headquarters, the House of European Football on December 14, 2020, in Nyon, Switzerland (photo by Harold Cunningham – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

Arsenal could capitalize on Tottenham’s error and finish above their north London rivals by beating Brighton & Hove Albion and hoping Spurs lose at Leicester.

That will be enough to finish in the top seven until Everton beat Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

However, as the Gunners’ maximum points total is 61, they cannot catch West Ham who have 62 points, so there will be no Europa League football for Arsenal next season.

However, if the Hammers lose at home to Southampton, it would open the door for Spurs to snatch sixth place should they win at Leicester. Everton, although they could equal West Ham’s points tally, would miss out as their goal difference was considerably lower.

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Who will qualify for the Europa Conference League 2021/22?

This is where it starts to get a little complicated.

The Europa Conference League is UEFA’s new third-ranked European tournament, which is set back from the Europa League proper.

The club that finish seventh in the Premier League will enter the final round of next season’s first Europa Conference League qualifiers, meaning they will be one of Arsenal, Everton or Tottenham.

The new UEFA Europa Conference League logo.  (Photo: UEFA)
The new UEFA Europa Conference League logo. (Photo: UEFA)

Current Premier League top nine:

1st: Manchester City – 83pts

2nd: Manchester United – 71 points

3rd: Chelsea – 67pts

4th: Liverpool – 66pts

5th: Leicester – 66pts

6th: West Ham – 62pts

7th: Tottenham – 59pts

8th: Everton – 59 points

9th: Arsenal- 58pts

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