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PremierLeague-News.Com - Here's the European permutations Aston Villa are faced with knowing a faultless end to the season COULD get Dean Smith's side back into European contention via the UEFA Europa Conference League
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Aston Villa's brilliant win over Everton - and the manner of it - has dared supporters to dream of an unlikely European place with just five matches remaining. Thanks to Ollie Watkins and Anwar El Ghazi at Goodison Park, Dean Smith's side are now just six points off seventh-placed Liverpool with three weeks of the season remaining. Villa have been without captain Jack Grealish for the past 11 fixtures and, prior to his shin troubles, it was Villa who were as high as four points off the top four with two games in hand back in February. Just three wins from their last 12 fixtures has seen them slide into mid-table but, following that 2-1 victory over Everton, Villa are looking up once again while remaining hopeful of catching the sides above them. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now Here, we look at the European permutations on offer and what Aston Villa must do to slip in for a European place: "The maximum number of English teams in UEFA competitions is seven," says the Premier League, meaning Villa will have to finish inside the top seven. Seventh position in the Premier League will grant a club - currently Liverpool - a place in the inaugural UEFA Europa Conference League. This is a 184-team tournament with eight groups of four, followed by knockout round play-offs, the round of 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals and final, with the winners qualifying for the Europa League in 2022. Back to more simpler matters and the Premier League's top four will be in the Champions League next season. As it stands that will be champions-in-waiting Man City, Manchester United, Leicester City and Chelsea. Read More Related Articles Police officer 'had foot rested on Dalian Atkinson's head' as he made 'gurgling sounds', trial told Read More Related Articles Prince William opens Aston Villa's new performance centre at Bodymoor Heath West Ham, currently in fifth, will qualify for the Europa League group stages as it stands. The next Europa League spot will be offered to the side that finishes in sixth - Spurs currently - due to the fact that Chelsea and Leicester City - two sides poised to qualify for the Champions League - will compete for the FA Cup later this month. Man City's Carabao Cup triumph over Tottenham means their European place will be taken up by the team that finishes in seventh which, as it stands, will be Liverpool who, as mentioned, will qualify for the all-new UEFA Europa Conference League. The Premier League has informed BirminghamLive that the only way a team finishing eighth in the league could make Europe is if they win a cup themselves.
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. The Gunners are ninth in the table and five points off seventh but, should they win the Europa League, then Mikel Arteta's side will qualify for the Champions League, as is always the case. It's the same for Manchester United, however, the Red Devils are nailed-on to secure Champions League football regardless of their Europa League prospects against Roma and in this month's final should they progress.
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So, Villans, the bottom line is this: it's Champions League football for the top four, Europa League football for fifth and sixth and UEFA Europa Conference League for the side that finishes seventh. There's no prospect of European football for the team that finishes in eighth. It's as you were if Manchester United win the Europa League. If Arsenal win it then the Gunners will become one of five English clubs in the Champions League next season by joining the top four.
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The European place offered to the FA Cup winners will be taken by the club that finishes in sixth place knowing Chelsea and Leicester City will be in Europe regardless due to their Premier League position. Man City's League Cup win means there's a slot for the seventh-placed team to qualify for the UEFA Europa Conference League, currently Liverpool. In a nutshell, Villa need to claim the points to see them finish seventh meaning they'll have to climb above Arsenal, Everton AND Liverpool to do so.
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REMAINING FIXTURES 7TH | LIVERPOOL | 54 POINTS | GD: 16 May 8: Southampton (h) May 16: West Brom (a) May 19: Burnley (a) May 23: Crystal Palace (h) 8TH | EVERTON | 52 POINTS | GD: 3 May 9: West Ham (a) May 13: Aston Villa (a) May 16: Sheffield United (h) May 19: Wolves (h) May 23: Man City (a)
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10TH | VILLA | 48 POINTS | GD: 10 May 9: Manchester United (h) May 13: Everton (h) May 16: Crystal Palace (a) May 19: Spurs (a) - to be confirmed May 23: Chelsea (h)
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