In Brief

Which teams can qualify for Europa and Champions League?

Up to eight sides could play in Europe next season – but just who they will be is still up in the air

West Ham's win over Manchester United on Tuesday was the team's final triumph at the Boleyn Ground, but the match has consequences far beyond east London as the race for European qualification hots up.

The victory guaranteed Arsenal a top four Premier League place and leaves Man City as favourites to claim the final Champions League berth, as they occupy fourth in the table with one game remaining.

But Europa League qualification remains a conundrum and several clubs are still in the running.

Fourth place:

The first issue to resolve is the Champions League and the equation is simple: if Man City avoid defeat to Arsenal on Sunday, they will finish in the top four and are likely face a Champions League qualifier early next season. However, if Arsenal lose, City could sneak into third, leaving the Gunners in fourth - again.

Man United can finish level on points with their local rivals if they win against Bournemouth and City draw, but they would have to win by an 18-goal margin and that will not happen. United's only hope is for City to lose.

Europa League:

English teams are awarded three berths in the Europa League.

On paper, those places go to the two domestic cup winners and the team that finishes fifth in the league. However, they are also transferrable and with Carling Cup winners Man City effectively qualified for the Champions League, their Europa League place is up for grabs and will go to the team that finishes sixth.

Added to that, if fifth-placed Manchester United win the FA Cup final against Crystal Palace, the second league-determined qualification place will go to the team finishing seventh. But if the South London team win, they will join the teams finishing fifth and sixth in next year's Europa League.

Consequently, with just a few days left in the season, Palace, United, West Ham, Southampton and Liverpool are all in with a chance of qualifying.

Man United:

While Louis van Gaal's side could still qualify for the Champions League, it is also not impossible that they will not qualify for Europe at all. If United lose their final game of the season and their rivals win all their games, they could finish as low as eighth.

Liverpool:

The joker in the pack with regards to Europe, though, is Liverpool. They are eighth in the table and also in the final of the Europa League. If they beat Sevilla in Basel later this month, they will be given entry to the Champions League, taking the English contingent to five.

The bad news for the teams around them is that if the Reds are in the top seven at the time, the Premier League simply loses one of its Europa League spots.

"But in the event that Liverpool win the Europa League and finish eighth, the Premier League would be represented in Europe by eight teams - five in the Champions League and three in the Europa," explains Sky Sports.

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