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How 2018/19 PL clubs qualify for UEFA competitions

13 May 2019
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Fulham

We look at the events at how Premier League clubs are allocated places in UEFA competitions for next season

The 2018/19 Premier League season has finished but due to English teams' success in Europe, and with the FA Cup final still to come, some of the places in next season's UEFA club competitions are yet to be allocated.

There are seven spots up for grabs.

Final standings

Pos Team Pl GD Pts
1 MCI 38 +72 98
2 LIV 38 +67 97
3 CHE 38 +24 72
4 TOT 38 +28 71
5 ARS 38 +22 70
6 MUN 38 +11 66
7 WOL 38 +1 57

We explain how Premier League clubs qualify for the UEFA Champions League (UCL) and UEFA Europa League (UEL) in 2019/20.

The system

Ordinarily, Premier League teams placed between first and fourth qualify for the group stage of the UEFA Champions League.

The fifth-placed club go into the group stage of the UEFA Europa League.

The FA Cup winners enter the UEFA Europa League group stage, while the team lifting the EFL Cup enter the same competition at the second qualifying round. 

The winners of the two European club competitions are given places in the UEFA Champions League.

This season's situation

A maximum of five Premier League teams are eligible for UEFA Champions League qualification.

The four highest-placed teams in the table have secured their places in the group stage: Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur

Meanwhile, Liverpool will face Spurs in the UEFA Champions League final and Chelsea will take on Arsenal in the UEFA Europa League final.

Man City have already won the EFL Cup, and Pep Guardiola's side are preparing to meet Watford in the FA Cup final.

Here are the various scenarios that may happen.

Chelsea win Europa League
Watford win FA Cup Man City win FA Cup
MCI UCL GS MCI UCL GS
LIV UCL GS LIV UCL GS
CHE UCL GS CHE UCL GS
TOT UCL GS TOT UCL GS
ARS UEL GS ARS UEL GS
MUN UEL Q2 MUN UEL GS
WAT UEL GS WOL UEL Q2

After finishing fifth, Arsenal are set to start next season in the UEFA Europa League group stage.

But if they win this month's UEL final, they will secure a place in the UEFA Champions League group stage instead.

If Watford win the FA Cup they will earn a place in the UEFA Europa League group stage.

If Watford lose, seventh-placed Wolverhampton Wanderers will be given a spot in the UEFA Europa League's second qualifying round.

The result of the FA Cup final will also determine at which stage sixth-placed Manchester United enter the UEFA Europa League.

Arsenal win UEFA Europa League
Watford win FA Cup Man City win FA Cup
MCI UCL GS MCI UCL GS
LIV UCL GS LIV UCL GS
CHE UCL GS CHE UCL GS
TOT UCL GS TOT UCL GS
ARS UCL GS ARS UCL GS
MUN UEL Q2 MUN UEL GS
WAT UEL GS WOL UEL Q2

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