What Happens to Europa League Qualification After City's Overturned Ban?

Who can get Europa League football?

The situation regarding who qualifies for the Champions League and Europa League in the Premier League is a complex one.

Even at this stage of the season with very few games remaining, several clubs in the top half of the table are still not sure where their destination will be. The qualification for such places has not changed but with Manchester City finishing in second place and having already won the League Cup the qualification positions have dropped down to sixth and seventh.

Furthermore, if Manchester United and Wolves miss out on a top four finish in the league, they can still bag themselves a place in the Champions League if one of them wins the Europa League. Similarly, if Chelsea win the Champions League and finish outside the top four, they will qualify for Europe's elite competition - they must overturn a 3-0 home deficit to Bayern Munich first.

At this late stage, a lot of factors still seem to be up in the air which is why a placing as low as eighth could result in Europa League qualification. Let's analyse the situation and see who gets what and how.

To Win The Champions League

skybet

BAYERN MUNICH @ 10/3

Manchester United Europa League

United have been in terrific form in 2020 and remain the most in-form side other than Bayern Munich, with an unbeaten streak that has now extended 19 games following their win over Crystal Palace.

Now, with Bruno Fernandes changing everything at the club, it does seem as if United will, at the very least, find themselves in the Europa League once more. However, as they are level on points with Leicester City and just one behind Chelsea, no doubt a Champions League result is the aim.

As mentioned, fifth will get Europa League and so will the FA Cup winner and the Red Devils are on course to do both of them right now, but if they win their next two league games, a return to the elite will follow.

Wolves

Wolves were probably displeased to hear of City's ban being overturned because it signified that the fifth place they were eyeing up will be a Europa League spot.

Last season, Nuno Espirito Santo's side became the first newly-promoted side since Ipswich in the 2000/01 season to qualify for Europe. However, unlike Ipswich, Wolves have continued to strive for Europe and not get relegated like the Blues did the following season.

Because of City's League Cup win back in March, the European place that would have been claimed by the winner of the competition will then be given through the league so sixth place in the Premier League will be guaranteed a place in the Europa League next season.

A second consecutive season in Europe seems likely as a sixth-place finished is guaranteed if they can better Sheffield United's, Arsenal's and Spurs' results over the next two games.

Champions League is near impossible via the league with United and Leicester five clear with six points remaining, and as those two meet each other and could well draw. If Wolves want Champions League football, winning the Europa League is their best chance.

To Win The Champions League

skybet

MANCHESTER CITY @ 10/3

Spurs Europa League

Despite spending the vast majority of the season in mid-table, Spurs are now in with a shout to land a Europa League spot as they are one point behind Wolves in seventh.

If Mourinho's side finish outside the top six, they will have to hope that the teams that finish in fifth and sixth fail to win one of UEFA's competitions next month and hope that Arsenal, if they finish below Spurs, fail to win the FA Cup.

Simply put, Spurs must keep up their fight for sixth, count their losses from a dreadful season and build on this from next year. They could still finish ahead of Wolves in fifth, which is likely considering Santo's men play Chelsea on the final day and may well drop points as the Blues look to secure third.

Sheffield United Europa League

Chris Wilder's Sheffield United have been the surprise package of the season and have been a mainstay in the top half this year and whilst a Champions League place is off the cards, a Europa League battle is still alive.

After their defeat to Leicester, the Blades have dropped down to eighth and they must now hope Spurs and Wolves drop points. Wilder's men are just a point behind Spurs and two from Wolves and considering they must face Leicester and Chelsea, respectively, their hopes are not done just yet.

Sheffield's only hopes now are for Arsenal to not win the FA Cup and for them to finish seventh, above the Gunners. Which, bearing in mind Arsenal face City in the semi-finals, is quite doable.

Arsenal Europa League

Mikel Arteta has done a good job of keeping afloat the sinking ship that was Arsenal at the time of Unai Emery's sacking.

However, European qualification for the Gunners through the league seems unlikely. Ahead of their FA Cup clash, the club are down in ninth on 53 points and they must close a three-point gap on Spurs and a four-point gap on Wolves to have any chance to qualify on this route.

Simply put, Arsenal were in contention for Europa League football, but their defeat in the north London derby all but destroyed this, despite beating Liverpool a week later.

Arteta's men can still qualify via an FA Cup triumph, but even here they must beat holders City in the final and then either Chelsea or United in the final.

In truth, it looks like a season without European football for Arsenal for what will be the first time they have done so since in Premier League history.

By Rob Spereall

Latest Predictions

Olympique Marseille

Olympique Marseille

Sporting CP

Sporting CP

Bayern München

Bayern München

Viktoria Plzeň

Viktoria Plzeň

Club Brugge

Club Brugge

Atlético Madrid

Atlético Madrid

Liverpool

Liverpool

Rangers

Rangers

Internazionale

Internazionale

Barcelona

Barcelona


⚽️ GET £30 IN FREE BETS WHEN YOU PLACE A £10 BET ⚽️
New customers only. First single & e/w bet only odds of 1/1 or greater. 3 x £10 bet tokens. Free bet stakes are not included in returns. Free bets are only redeemable on football. Free bets are non-withdrawable. No free bet expiry. Eligibility restrictions and further t&cs apply. 18+.
Claim Bonus
🟢 Bet £10 & Get £50 in free bets! 🟡
For new customers. Min deposit requirement. Free Bets are paid as Bet Credits and are available for use upon settlement of qualifying bets. Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. Time limits and T&Cs apply.
Claim Bonus
🔸 BET £10 AND GET £30 IN FREE BETS! 🔸
New Customer offer. Place a min £10 bet on the Sportsbook on odds of min 1/2 (1.5), get £30 in Free Bets. Rewards valid for 30 days. SMS verification required. Only deposits via cards will qualify. T&Cs apply. Please Gamble Responsibly
Claim Bonus
⚽️ BET £10 & GET £40 IN FREE BETS! (MOBILE ONLY) ⚽️
Sign-up via Mobile using promo code N40 and place a bet of £10/€10 or more and we will give you 4x £10/€10 free bets. By entering the Promo code in the box above you agree to the full terms and conditions of this promotion as displayed below. See full terms below.
Claim Bonus
⚽️ UP TO £50 MONEY BACK AS CASH IF ANY OF YOUR FIRST 5X £10 FOOTBALL BETS LOSE ⚽️
Place 5x£10 Sportsbook bets on any market at minimum odds of 2.0 (Evs), and get money back as Cash if it loses. Max refund per qualifying bet is £10 (up to £50 in total). Only deposits made via Cards will be eligible for the promotion (Apple Pay excluded). T&Cs apply
Get Offer
🔷 GET £30 IN FREE BETS WHEN YOU BET £10 🔷
Full T&C’s Apply. New customers on mobile only. 7 days to claim and stake £10 minimum bet at odds of 1.5 or greater to qualify. Free, void, cashed out or partially cashed out bets do not qualify. Max 3x £10 free bets credited on bet settlement. Free bets must be used on 4 or more selections with selection odds of 1.3 or greater. Free bets are non-withdrawable and stake not returned with winnings. 7 day expiry. 18+ BeGambleAware.org.
Claim Bonus
🟠 BET £10 & GET £20 IN FREE BETS! 🟠
*New members. £10 min deposit & bet on sportsbook, placed & settled at 1.5 min odds within 14 days of sign-up. Win part of E/W bets. 2 non-withdrawable £10 Free Bet Tokens: accept in 7 days, valid for 7 days from crediting (ex. E/Ws & Multiples), stakes not returned. Click here for Rules & Exclusions. Bet Responsibly. BeGambleAware.org
CLAIM HERE
🔴 GET £20 IN FREE BETS WHEN YOU BET £5 🔴
18+ New UK+IRE Customers only. Certain deposit methods & bet types excl. Min first £/€5 bet within 14 days of account reg at min odds 1/2 to get 4x £/€5 free bets. Free bets valid for 7 days, stake not returned. Restrictions + T&Cs apply.
Claim Bonus
✅ BET £10 & GET £30 IN FREE BETS ✅
New UK, IE & Malta customers only. 18+. Min £10/€10 first deposit using Debit Card or Trustly. Place a bet of £10 at min odds of 1.5. Free bets expire in 90 days. Full T&Cs apply.
Claim Bonus
🔹 GET £30 IN BONUSES WHEN YOU BET £5 🔹
18+ New customers only. Opt in, bet £5 at odds 2.00+ within 7 days of registering, no cashout. Get 2x £10 Free Bets, set events at odds 2.00+. Plus a £10 Slot Bonus, selected games, wager 20x to withdraw max £250. 7 day bonus expiry. Card payments only. T&Cs apply, see below. begambleaware.org | Please gamble responsibly
Claim Bonus
✅ GET A FREE BET UP TO £35 + 10 FREE SPINS ✅
If your account has Sportsbook losses at the end of your first day's betting, QuinnBet will refund 50% of your losses as a Free Bet up to £35 (min 3 bets) Plus 10 Free online casino spins at QuinnCasino. Even if your account is up, you're guaranteed a £5 Free Bet Plus 10 Free Spins provided you place at least 1 bet of £10 or greater at the minimum odds. T&Cs apply | 18+ New UK Customers Only | BeGambleAware.org
Claim Bonus
BET £5 & GET £30 IN BONUSES
18+ New Customers opt in, bet £5 & get 2x £10 Free Bets for set events (odds 2.00+) + £10, Slots Bonus, selected games, 35x wagering to withdraw max £250. Bonuses expire in 7 days. Card Payments only. T&Cs Apply, see below. | begambleaware.org | Please gamble responsibly
Claim Bonus
🎉 BET £10 & GET £60 FREE BETS! 🎉
New UK customers only. Register using the promo code BETFRED60, deposit and place first bet of £10+ on Sports (cumulative Evens+). First bet must be on Sports. £20 in Free Bets to be used on Sports, £10 in Free Bets to be used on Lotto and 50 Free Spins (20p per spin) credited within 48 hours of bet settlement. Further £20 in Free Bets credited 5 days after settlement. Bonuses have a 7-day expiry. Payment restrictions apply. SMS verification and/or Proof of I.D and address may be required. Full T&Cs apply.
Claim Bonus
🟢 UP TO £40 MONEY BACK AS BONUSES + A £10 CASINO BONUS 🟢
18+ begambleaware.org. New customers only. Min deposit £10. Money back as bonus if first sports bet loses. Wagering requirements: sportsbook 3x at min. odds of 1.40 (2/5), casino 50x. Unless forfeited the sportsbook bonus must be wagered before using the casino bonus. Bonus expires 7 days after opt-in. Visit Unibet.co.uk for full T&C's. #Ad
Claim Bonus
🔵 BET £10 & GET £20 IN FREE BETS + ACCA REWARDS OF YOUR CHOICE! 🔵
New UK customers (Excluding NI) only. Mobile exclusive. Min stake £10. Min odds Evs. Free bet applied on 1st settlement of any qualifying bet. 30 days to qualify. Free bets expire in 7 days. Cashed out/Free Bets won’t apply. Payment method restrictions. 1 Free Bet offer per customer, household & IP Address only. 18+. T&C's Apply **18+. Choose either Boost or Insurance. Available for in-play/pre-match bets on selected sports. You cannot use specials, boosts, any free bet or any other promotion. A minimum of 5 selections and minimum odds of 1/5 per selection/leg to receive Acca Rewards. Minimum stake of £/€0.05. Max free bet refund of £/€20 per Acca for Insurance. Maximum bonus payout is €/£1,000 per Acca for boost. Free bets, cashed out or voided bets will not qualify for this promotion. T&Cs apply.
Claim Bonus
♥️ GET £40 FREE PLAY PLUS A £10 FREE SPORTS BET! ♥️
1st time depositors only. Min. deposit £10. Use code FAPOKER. Free Play given as cash, Spin & Go tickets, and a Sports Free Bet over 6 days. Tickets expire after 24 hours. Withdrawal restricted during bonus period. Terms apply.
Claim Bonus
🔵 GET £20 IN FREE BETS WHEN YOU BET £5 🔵
18+ New UK & ROI Customers only. Min deposit £5. Min first £5 bet at minimum odds 1/2 to qualify for 1x 20 free bet. Certain deposit methods and bet types excl. Free bet valid for 7 days, stake not returned. Restrictions + T&Cs apply.
Claim Bonus
⚫️ GET A £30 MATCHED FREE BET IF YOUR FIRST FOOTBALL ACCA LOSES!!!! ⚫️
*New UK customers only. Min Deposit: £5. Maximum Free Bet: £30. First bet on a Football multiple with 3+ selections. Overall odds: 3.00 (2/1) or higher. Free Bets available upon settlement of the qualifying bet. Debit card deposits only. This is offer is valid for 7 days from your new account being registered. 18+ BeGambleAware.org Full terms apply.
Claim Bonus