Finishing in the top four places of the English Premier League is very lucrative for clubs, generating huge amounts of TV revenue and Champions League prize money. For most players, playing in the Champions League is the ultimate dream, and clubs who qualify for it can attract the top stars. With the last quarter of the Premier League season remaining, here is a rundown of who could claim those top four spots:
Liverpool have already qualified for the Champions League and will definitely be playing in the competition next season. They are no strangers to European success, having won the trophy six times in total.
Manchester City are banned for two years from European competition under the Financial Fair Play regulations. However, the club has appealed the ban and if they can overturn it, they look certain to secure their place in the Champions League. If City’s ban remains and they finish in the top four, a place in the Champions League goes to the team in fifth place.
Leicester City have had just one season in the Champions League since it formed, following their against-the-odds Premier League title win in 2016. Under the coaching of Brendan Rodgers, the Foxes have enjoyed a very successful campaign, with star striker Jamie Vardy being in prolific form. Vardy is favorite in the football betting odds to finish top scorer in the Premier League.
Chelsea’s recent fortunes have taken a dip and whilst they once qualified for the Champions League regularly, they failed to qualify for the 2018/19 campaign and are fighting to qualify this season. However, if they continue picking up points at the rate they have done so far this season, they should qualify, especially if Manchester City’s ban appeal fails.
United are another team who previously enjoyed glory days where not qualifying for the Champions League was unthinkable. In three of the last five seasons, they have found themselves playing in Europe’s less coveted competition, the Europa League, but they will be determined to get back into the top European competition. The signing of Bruno Fernandes has kickstarted their season and fourth or fifth place looks realistic.
Wolves have been one of the surprise packages this season and stand a very good chance of playing in a European competition next year, although it is more likely to be the Europa League, with a finish in sixth or seventh place within reach.
The other surprise package is Sheffield United, who only got promoted to the Premier League this season after many years in English football’s second tier. It would be a surreal but rather unlikely dream for Sheffield United to qualify for the Champions League.
Last season’s Champions League finalists Spurs are looking at the bleak possibility of having no European football next season. Without the injured Harry Kane’s goals this season, they have spent more time mid table than in the top four.
Football is back soon 💪 pic.twitter.com/LlDfU7lWaX— Harry Kane (@HKane) May 28, 2020
Another team that regularly featured in Europe’s elite competition is Arsenal, although time has not been so kind to the team in recent years. This season looks like another one where the Europa League is a more realistic outcome for the Gunners.
There is still a lot of football to be played, so anything could happen between now and the end of the season. Regardless of who gets in the top four spots, there are lots of great games ahead of us to look forward to as these teams battle it out for the chance to play in one of the European competitions.