With just three weekends of the Premier League left to go, BBC Sport have cleared up what the current situation is with European Qualification.
BBC Sport say… “Every team in the top seven will play European football next season, because it contains both FA Cup finalists and EFL Cup winners Manchester United. No team in eighth place or below can dislodge the top seven any longer.”
The gap between Everton in seventh and West Brom in eighth is a massive 14 points!
“This means Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal and Everton will compete in European competition.”
Everton have only competed in Europe once since 2010 – the Europa League in 2014/15. They made the last sixteen before losing 6-4 on aggregate against Dynamo Kiev, having won the first leg 2-1 at Goodison.
The last time Everton played in Europe’s top competition was 2005/06 when they failed to beat Villareal in the Third Qualifying Round over two legs.
BBC Sport go on to say… “The top three teams will qualify for the group stage of next season’s Champions League, with the fourth-placed team entering in the play-off round.
“Chelsea are guaranteed to finish in the top two, and Tottenham are close to doing so. Realistically, that leaves two Champions League places between Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal, with Everton almost certain to miss out on the top four.”
The last time Chelsea failed to qualify for the Champions League was in 2002. They finished a ‘lowly’ sixth in the 2001/02 season. That means they have now played in Champions League for thirteen consecutive seasons. In that time they were crowned Champions in 2012 (beating Bayern Munich on penalties in the Final), Finalists in 2008 (losing to Man Utd on penalties) and losing semi-finalists five times.
“Manchester United were already assured of at least a Europa League place after winning the EFL Cup. If they win the Europa League but finish outside the top four, they will enter next season’s Champions League.”
Quotes taken from BBC Sports article.