Explained: What can still happen in the league table on final day of the season

first_imgAs the table above shows, it is possible for West Ham to finish above Manchester United, but while they could go level on points with fourth-placed City, their goal difference all but rules out fourth place.EXPLAINED: WHAT HAPPENS TO FOURTH SPOT IF LIVERPOOL WIN THE EUROPA LEAGUEMoving aside from Champions League qualification, the Europa League places are far from confirmed, as the FA Cup could have a notable impact on proceedings.The side who finishes sixth would would qualify for the group stage if United win the FA Cup, but would enter the third qualifying round if Crystal Palace win at Wembley on 21 May.HOW MANCHESTER UNITED CAN STILL COMPLETELY RUIN LIVERPOOL’S SEASONThe club who finishes seventh would qualify for the Europa League third qualifying round if Manchester United win the FA Cup. Eighth, meanwhile, cannot qualify.There could be a scenario where West Ham and Liverpool finish level on points, goal difference and goals scored. In this case, a play-off could be needed to determine which team qualifies for the Europa League. 4 4 4 Similarly, Manchester City and Manchester United still have a battle of their own. United threw away the chance to leapfrog City into fourth with defeat to the Hammers mid-week, keeping two points between the duo.It’s not all over, though, as a Citizens defeat and a Red Devils victory would see the latter steal fourth spot, thereby qualifying for the play-off qualifying round for the Champions League. There’s still much at stake for a number of clubs on the final day of the Premier League season.What we do know for certain is Leicester City are champions, and Newcastle United, Norwich City and Aston Villa have been relegated.But other matters are yet to be confirmed.Arsenal can still finish second if they beat Villa and London rivals Tottenham Hotspur lose to Newcastle at St James’ Park.Just two points separate the pair, so the Gunners must do their job and hope Spurs drop three points to end the season as runners-up to Leicester. 4 The battle for supremacy between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur goes to the last day of the campaign Of course though, if Liverpool are to win the Europa League final they would qualify for the group stage of the Champions League, with potentially five teams from England’s top flight appearing in the elite European competition next season.CLICK HERE TO SEE THE PREMIER LEAGUE TABLE IN FULLlast_img read more