Race for Champions League, against relegation


May 07, 2016
Chelsea's Diego Costa (left) in a tussle with Norwich City's Ivo Pinto during their English Premier League match at Carrow Road, Norwich on March 1. Chelsea won the game 2-1.

Leicester and second-place Tottenham are already guaranteed to be playing in the Champions League next season. There is a massive scrap behind them for the other two berths in Europe's top club competition, and some big teams are going to miss out.

Arsenal and Manchester City currently occupy third and fourth place, respectively, and they meet at City's Etihad Stadium tomorrow. A loss for City could leave the team in danger of being caught by Manchester United and West Ham, who are fifth and sixth, respectively, and who have games in hand on Arsenal and City.

City's other avenue for Champions League qualification by winning the competition this season was closed off when City was eliminated by Real Madrid in the semi-finals on Wednesday, losing 1-0 in the return leg.

United have a hard match away to relegation-threatened Norwich and West Ham hosts Swansea, who are already safe. United and West Ham play each other next week in their penultimate game.

The fight to avoid relegation to the Championship is just as tight, with two of Newcastle, Norwich, and Sunderland set for the drop and just two points separating them.

Norwich (31 points) and Sunderland (32 points) are currently in the relegation zone, with Newcastle in 17th place on 33 points, having played a game more.

Newcastle is away to already-relegated Aston Villa and Sunderland hosts Chelsea.


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