Premier League permutations: Title race, Champions League, Europe and relegation state of play

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The Premier League title will be decided on the last day of the season


Nine months of toil comes down to one final matchday in the Premier League this Sunday.

Even after 37 dramatic matchdays of Premier League action, everything that there is to fight for – the title, Champions League football, Europa League qualification and the relegation fight – is still up for grabs.


Manchester City rescued a 2-2 draw at West Ham leaving the door open for Liverpool to move a point behind them with a 2-1 victory at Southampton.

Jurgen Klopp’s side still need City to drop points in their final game of the season at home to Aston Villa if they are to claim a domestic treble.

Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal are vying for the final Champions League spot while Manchester United and West Ham are battling it out for qualification for the Europa League and Europa Conference League respectively.

And, at the bottom end of the table, one of Leeds and Burnley will join Norwich and Watford in the Sky Bet Championship.

The title fight: Can Liverpool usurp Man City?

Manchester City (90 points) have already won three Premier League titles on the final day of the season – in 2012, 2014 and 2019 – and they could do so again this Sunday. Pep Guardiola’s men lead Liverpool by a solitary point.

So this means:

  • Manchester City will win the Premier League if they beat Aston Villa on Sunday – or match Liverpool’s result at home to Wolves.
  • Should City draw against Villa, Liverpool will be crowned champions if they beat Wolves.
  • Given their inferior goal difference, a draw would only be enough for Liverpool to be champions on Sunday if Manchester City lose by a seven-goal margin to Aston Villa.

Liverpool fixtures, Premier League, 2021/22

  • May 22

    16:00 Liverpool v Wolves

Man City fixtures, Premier League, 2021/22

  • May 22

    16:00 Man City v Aston Villa

An unlikely play-off for the Premier League title is still possible, in the event of both Man City and Liverpool finishing on the same number of points, goal difference, goals scored and goals conceded – with their head-to-head record already level.

For that play-off to happen, Manchester City would need to lose 6-0 at home to Villa, with Liverpool and Wolves drawing 5-5 at Anfield.

Race for top four


Tottenham are in the driving seat against Arsenal.


Man City, Liverpool and Chelsea have confirmed their place in next season’s Champions League group stages.

After their draw with Leicester, Chelsea (71 points) have effectively sealed third place – only an 18-goal swing would see Tottenham usurp them on Sunday when the Blues will host already-relegated Watford.

Fourth-placed Spurs can still be caught by Arsenal (66 points), who suffered a major blow to their Champions League aspirations on Monday night by losing 2-0 away to Newcastle.

This means:

  • Arsenal must beat Everton at home to stand any chance of qualifying for the Champions League.
  • Tottenham realistically need a point away at Norwich to secure fourth place over Arsenal, as the Gunners would need to beat Everton by 16 goals to finish ahead of Spurs on goal difference.

Standings — English Premier League

Pos. P W D L GD Pts Form
4 Tottenham Hotspur 37 21 5 11 24 68
5 Arsenal 37 21 3 13 9 66


Race for Europe


Man Utd are on track to finish in the Europa League.


One of Tottenham and Arsenal are guaranteed to be in the Europa League group stages by finishing in fifth place. With Liverpool winning both domestic cups, sixth place in the Premier League will also seal a group-stage position in this competition.

Manchester United and West Ham are still in contention, and whoever finishes seventh will play in the Europa Conference League, entering in the play-off round.

Manchester United are two points clear of West Ham but Ralf Rangnick’s side have an inferior goal difference to the Hammers.

This means:

  • Manchester United will be guaranteed a spot in the Europa League if they win at Crystal Palace.
  • Should United drop points, West Ham will be guaranteed a Europa League spot via sixth place if they win at Brighton.
  • United will be guaranteed sixth place and a Europa League spot should West Ham fail to beat Brighton.

Standings — English Premier League

Pos. P W D L GD Pts Form
6 Manchester United 37 16 10 11 1 58
7 West Ham United 37 16 8 13 11 56


Relegation picture

Everton’s remarkable comeback win over Crystal Palace means they are safe from relegation, leaving Leeds and Burnley to fight it out for Premier League survival on the final day.

Perhaps crucially, Burnley’s vastly superior goal difference (-18 compared to -38) means they hold a clear advantage over Leeds even though both clubs will start Sunday level on 35 points.

This means:

  • At home to Newcastle on Sunday, Burnley need to match Leeds’ result at Brentford to stay up.
  • Leeds will remain in the Premier League at the Clarets’ expense if they better Burnley’s result.
  • Jesse Marsch’s Leeds will be relegated should they lose away to Brentford.


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