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Will 5th place Premier League team get into Champions League? Rules explained as Manchester United close gap

Published at :February 20, 2024 at 4:57 PM
Modified at :February 20, 2024 at 5:07 PM
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Rajarshi Shukla

New Champions League rule could see fifth place qualify for the competition

After defeating Luton Town, Manchester United moved to within three points of Tottenham in fifth place in the Premier League table.

After Wolves defeated the North Londoners at home on Saturday, the Red Devils exploited the situation to win by a slim margin at Kenilworth Road. United’s winning streak now stands at four games, as they maintain their strong start to 2024.

36 teams—four more than in previous years—are expected to compete in the redesigned Champions League in the upcoming season. With the Premier League solidly in the running, two of those berths will go to the two leagues that have done the best in European competition.

It implies that the top five would get entry to Europe’s top table, as opposed to the top four. At the moment, it appears like Tottenham, Aston Villa, and United will compete, but additional teams may still enter the contest.

The Premier League will need its pertinent partners to advance far in the three European competitions if they hope to field a fifth squad in the Champions League. As of right now, Aston Villa are considered to be the favourite to take home the Europa Conference League, Liverpool are the frontrunner to capture the Europa League, and Manchester City are the favourite to defend the European Cup.

Coefficient points are essentially UEFA’s method of figuring out which leagues are performing the best throughout all of their events. Points are awarded for victories and draws, and next week will see a new dynamic when the Champions League, Europa League, and Europa Conference League knockout phases return.

However, as rankings are based on averages, having more teams in your nation does not always translate into a higher rating. With four clubs in the Champions League, three in the Europa League, along one in the Europa Conference League, England started the season with eight teams in European football.

Italy and Germany to get extra UCL spots ahead of the Premier League?

With Newcastle United and Manchester United eliminated from the UCL early, that number is now down to six. English teams are ranked lower even though they have more points than their counterparts from Germany and Italy (England 109, Italy 98, Germany 95.5). Italy and Germany only fielded seven teams, therefore when you calculate the mean per team, they place better than the English.

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