While winning the English Premier League title is the target for the top teams in the top English division, earning a slot in the Champions League is also a top priority.
The UEFA committee urged national leagues to consider playoffs in deciding who will play in the Champions League if the respective leagues are not finished. But in England, this is not an option as Project Restart is in the advanced stages. This is a plan to restart the league and have all the remaining games played in closed doors, probably in a neutral venue.
As It Stands
So far so good, Liverpool has a guaranteed spot in the Champions League now that they are the defending champions and more so, they are the favourites when it comes to winning the EPL title.
Manchester City is most likely to finish in the second position now that they have a four-point lead and a game in hand. With their form, it’s highly unlikely that they will squander points. Unfortunately, they are facing a two-year ban, and if the appeal is not successful, they could miss out on next year’s tournament.
Leicester is third with a five-point gap from Chelsea, their nearest competitor. The Foxes have had a splendid season, and even though they still have some tough fixtures, chances are high they will clinch a slot to play in the Champions League.
The number four spot is the most contentious at the moment. Chelsea is fourth with 48 points, just three ahead of Manchester United. A little mistake could send them to the Europa. Manchester United are 5th, but if Sheffield gets a win for their game at hand, the Red Devils will be displaced to 6th.
While the top three slots seem pretty much done, the remaining games will decide who finishes fourth, and who goes to the playoffs.