Apr 24, 2014, 3:03 PM EDT
With three weeks remaining in the Premier League it’s all to play for in the title chase, race to qualify for Europe, and bid to avoid relegation.
Below is your primer for the major scenarios to be aware of going into Matchweek 35.
The Premier League title chase is down to three clubs: Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City.
Below are the scenarios for all three clubs.
I. Liverpool are the only club in control of their title opportunity
- If Liverpool win their remaining 3 matches (including win v. Chelsea on Sunday), they win the title.
- If Liverpool earn 7 points (2 wins, 1 draw) in their remaining 3 matches, they win the title.
- The earliest Liverpool can clinch the title is May 5 at Crystal Palace. If Liverpool win v. Chelsea and City drop points v. Palace on Sunday, Liverpool can clinch the title with a win at Palace next Monday, regardless off City’s result at Everton next Saturday. If Liverpool win v. Chelsea and City lose v. Palace on Sunday, Liverpool can clinch the title with a win or draw at Palace next Monday, regardless off City’s result at Everton next Saturday.
- If City continue winning, Liverpool cannot clinch the title until the final day of the season (May 11).
- NOTE: If Liverpool lose v. Chelsea and City lose or draw v. Palace, Liverpool still control their title chances.
II. If Liverpool lose v. Chelsea and City win at Palace, no club would be in full control of their title opportunity. Both City and Liverpool could reach a maximum of 86 points, in which case the title would be decided by the goal difference tie-breaker
- The above is the only scenario this weekend in which Liverpool lose control of winning the title outright on points.
- City (+56) currently have a better goal difference than Liverpool (+52).
III. There is no scenario in which Chelsea can finish the weekend in control of their title chances
- If Chelsea lose v. Liverpool on Sunday, they are mathematically eliminated from title contention.
- If Chelsea draw or win v. Liverpool on Sunday, they would still need “help” from BOTH City and Liverpool to win the title.
I. Thus far only Liverpool have qualified for next season’s UEFA Champions League. Chelsea and City could each qualify this weekend, under the following scenarios
- Chelsea can guarantee a Champions League berth with: a) a win or draw v. Liverpool and Everton loss, or b) a win v. Liverpool and Everton loss or draw, or c) a win v. Liverpool and Arsenal loss or draw.
- Manchester City can guarantee a Champions League berth with: a) a win and Arsenal loss, or, b) a win and Everton loss or draw.
II. Tottenham will be eliminated from Champions League contention under the following scenarios
- A loss v. Stoke City or an Arsenal win v. Newcastle.
- NOTE: A loss or an Arsenal win also guarantees that Tottenham will finish below Arsenal for the 19th straight season.
III. Europa League Qualification
- Both 5th and 6th place finishers will earn a Europa League spot for next season.
- Everton are guaranteed at least a Europa League spot with a win or draw v. Southampton or a Manchester United draw or loss v. Norwich City.
I. No club can be guaranteed relegation this weekend
II. Mathematical safety entering Saturday is 42 points
- If West Ham win and Norwich or Sunderland drop points then West Ham are guaranteed safety.
- Bottom-3 clubs’ finishing points if they all win their remaining matches: Cardiff City (39 pts), Fulham (39 pts), Sunderland (41 pts).
- NOTE: Sunderland host Cardiff on Sunday, so both cannot win remainder of their matches.
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