EPL: Battle for Champions League spot via playoff?
City climb to third in the Premier League, two points above Liverpool and three points clear of Arsenal, with only the teams finishing third and fourth assured to join Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League.
Saturday’s fixtures involving the above teams are: Watford v Manchester City, Liverpool v Middlesbrough and Arsenal v Everton and depending on how those results go there are three possible play-off scenarios, where two teams would finish tied on points, goal difference and goals scored.
With the Premier League title and relegation already decided, there is only Champions League qualification to play for in the final weekend’s matches.
Should Liverpool lose 2-0 to a condemned Boro on Sunday and see local rivals Everton manage to hold Arsenal to a 1-1 draw, both sides would finish joint-fourth.
Similarly a 2-2 draw for Arsenal and a 3-1 defeat for Liverpool would give us a play-off – a 5-5 draw for Arsenal and a 6-4 defeat for Liverpool would give us some great memories, as well as an extra game between the sides. Win that match and Mourinho will have two trophies – including the EFL Cup – and Champions League qualification to his name. That being said, if they have saved their best performance for the final day of the season, Arsenal fans will be hoping the play-off is scheduled for Friday 26 May. Then both teams will have 73 points, GD of +31 and 75 GS.
Reports suggest Wenger is planning to stay and if that is the case the 67-year-old could do with boosting his plunging approval ratings by somehow gate-crashing the Champions League party. Lose by three goals and Arsenal need a point.
If Liverpool manage to “secure” fourth place in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon, Jurgen Klopp’s side will face a hard Champions League qualifier if they are to progress in the competition.
For that to happen, they would have to lose their final game of the season away to Watford by a hefty scoreline while Arsenal would have to narrowly beat Everton.
Asked by Kicker if Bayern would fail to replicate that dominance among English football’s elite, Klopp told Kicker: “It would not be easy for Bayern to win the Premier League“.
Coral has prepared a special Final Day offer on any goal to be scored paying 50/1 instead of 1/100. But Arsenal inevitably don’t secure the win they need at home to Everton, instead drawing 1-1.
“It’s the kind of team that Liverpool have struggled to get past”.
“We always have this kind of pressure; that we want to win the game, that we have to do the right things”.
Merson also expects Arsenal to win their game.