Premier League permutations: How things stand ahead of Sunday’s finale

Chelsea now have 67 points and sit third in the table, one point above Leicester in fourth
Premier League permutations: How things stand ahead of Sunday’s finale

Chelsea's Jorginho (left) celebrates scoring their side's second in the win over Leicester City

Chelsea now have 67 points and sit third in the table, one point above Leicester in fourth.

They cannot catch Manchester United in second place. However, they will seal a Champions League place if they win their final match of the season at Aston Villa on Sunday.

They could do so without winning if Liverpool fail to win their final two fixtures, away at Burnley Wednesday and home to Crystal Palace on Sunday.

In fact, Liverpool are the only team who can deny them because Tuesday's win also means Tottenham and West Ham can no longer finish in the top four.

The good news for Jurgen Klopp’s sides is their fate is in their own hands — win two games and Champions League qualification is theirs. The only unlikely caveat to that is if Leicester hammer Tottenham, they could overturn Liverpool's goal-difference advantage. For example, if Liverpool win both remaining games 1-0, Leicester would finish ahead of them on goals scored by winning 3-0 on the final day.

The good news for Thomas Tuchel’s side is that they also have a second route into Europe’s top competition up their sleeve if anything goes wrong — by beating Manchester City in the final in Porto.

It’s worth noting that Uefa has changed its rule allowing only four teams from one country in the Champions League. So, if Chelsea win the trophy and finish fifth in the Premier League, England will have five teams entered next season, not four.

Leicester are guaranteed to reach the Champions League if they beat Spurs, and Chelsea or Liverpool do not. But they could still miss out if results don’t go their way.

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