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FINAL DAY: Permutations in the Premier League

FINAL DAY: Permutations in the Premier League

 

The 2020-21 Premier League season ends on Sunday and nearly everything is wrapped up at both ends of the table ahead of the final day.

Manchester City are champions once more, while Fulham and West Bromwich Albion will return to the Championship.

Sheffield United were the first team to be relegated a few weeks ago with a measly 20 points. Their maximum points total for the season now is 23.

With no title race or relegation battle to watch out for on the final day, it plans to be a quiet affair.

There is a race for Europe to watch on the final day, but odds are that the current top four will remain at the end of Sunday.

The Europa League race, or avoiding the Europa Conference League race, is still up in the air too.

Let's dive in and see what scenarios could unfold as the season grinds to a halt on Sunday evening.

 

Champions League 'race'

 

The race is in inverted commas as aside from a dramatic result, the top four is set.

If Chelsea win, they'll finish third. Thomas Tuchel's side travel to Aston Villa on Sunday.

Villa did beat Spurs in their last game but are now set in 11th place in the division.

Chelsea do have the Champions League final to contend with a week down the line but can't afford to risk a draw or defeat.

Grealish returned for Villa and may be trying to force his way into the England squad for the Euros though.

Should Chelsea lose and their rivals win, they'll finish fifth and miss out on the top four.

However, should that happen and they win the Champions League, they'll be back in the competition next season.

For Liverpool, it's simple; beat Crystal Palace and hope Leicester don't win by a margin of five or more goals.

It'll likely come down to goal difference as the two will finish on 69 points should they both win.

Leicester are at home to Tottenham, who still have something to play for themselves.

 

Europa League or Conference League?

 

Fifth place will be one of the three teams above to miss out on the Champions League. That's likely to be Leicester City barring a shock result at Villa Park or the King Power.

However, should Chelsea finish fifth but win the Champions League, England would have five teams in the competition.

Chelsea wouldn't go into the Europa League, but that wouldn't free up another place in the table either.

West Ham United hold the keys to their own destiny and a win will see them finish 6th.

That would mean a Europa League spot for the Hammers regardless of results around them.

They'd be the only team to qualify for the competition too with the introduction of the Europa Conference League.

A new competition created by UEFA, it is effectively a step below the Europa League.

The seventh-placed team will qualify for the new tournament and that looks like it could be Spurs.

It is usually the winners of the League Cup who enter the tournament.

However, as winners Manchester City qualified for the Champions League, the berth falls to seventh place in the Premier League.

Ryan Mason's team along with Everton are on 59 points pre-match, but Tottenham's goal difference is far superior.

Should both teams drop points, Arsenal could sneak into seventh place.

In the event that all those teams lose and Leeds United win by a significant amount of goals, they'd be in 7th.

Mathematically it is still possible, but realistically, Leeds should finish 10th unless Arsenal lose.

All games kick-off at 4pm on Sunday on the final day of the Premier League season, with fans back in for the finale.


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