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Premier League: What’s at stake in the championship game

Sunday marks the conclusion of the 2023–24 Premier League season, with the championship and European qualifying still up for grabs, as well as the last relegation spot to be confirmed.

An examination of the variations in the stakes on the last day:

Race of title

With a two-point advantage over West Ham going into their last game, Manchester City knows that victory would guarantee the championship for a record fourth consecutive season.

Pep Guardiola’s team, which have a one-goal disadvantage over Arsenal, will not be satisfied with a loss or even a draw against Everton.

For the first time in twenty years, Arsenal, who placed second behind City in the previous season, is aiming to win the English championship.

locations in Europe

With Liverpool and Aston Villa locked into third and fourth place, respectively, which guarantees admission into the Champions League, the focus now shifts to qualifying for the Conference League and Europa League the following season.

Tottenham can secure fifth place and go straight to the Europa League group stage by eliminating Sheffield United with only one more point.

Chelsea, who trail by three points but have a superior goal differential, might overtake them if they were to defeat Bournemouth.

With a point or better, Mauricio Pochettino’s Blues would be guaranteed a spot in sixth place, but a loss would give Newcastle, who are at Brentford, an advantage.

Because of their poor goal differential, Manchester United, who play against Brighton, can probably only finish in seventh place.

To accomplish this, Erik ten Hag’s team must outperform Newcastle’s outcome.

But winning the FA Cup would also get them into the Europa League.

If City prevails in that match the following week, the sixth-place team will go to the Europa League group stage, while the seventh-place team will play in the Conference League.

Demotion

If results don’t turn out as expected on the last day, Luton will join Sheffield United and Burnley in the second-tier championship the following season.

Luton, three points behind Nottingham Forest, would need to overcome Fulham for Forest to lose to Burnley, who are relegated, and there would need to be a significant change in goal differential in order to survive.

For the second time in Premier League history, all three promoted clubs will revert to their previous positions if Luton’s destiny is confirmed.

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