Champions League spot within grasp for Man City


If two clubs are equal on points and have similar goal difference and the same number of goals scored, then we might see a play-off match which will determine the fourth team to qualify for the Champions League.

Alexis Sanchez sank Sunderland to keep Arsenal in the hunt for Champions League qualification on Tuesday, while Manchester City all but secured a top-four place by beating West Bromwich Albion.

A point at Watford on Sunday will guarantee a top-four place for Pep Guardiola's City, but they can secure third place - and, crucially, avoid the Champions League play-off round - if they win.

Laurent Koscielny says not qualifying for next season's Champions League, will be quite disappointing for Arsenal.

Saturday's fixtures involving the above teams are: Watford v Manchester City, Liverpool v Middlesbrough and Arsenal v Everton and depending on how those results go there are three possible play-off scenarios, where two teams would finish tied on points, goal difference and goals scored.

Southampton centre back Virgil van Dijk is apparently Klopp's main target to improve the defence, while Germany worldwide Jonas Hector, Leicester City youngster Ben Chilwell and AC Milan's Mattia De Sciglio are fullbacks who have been linked with the club. Their game - due to be shown on Sky Sports 1 - has created some curious kind of history.

Should those results come in, Premier League rules dictate the clubs would need to play a one-off showdown at a neutral venue which would determine who bags that all-important place at Europe's elite table.

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The small matter of Champions League qualification.

"The fans had waited so long and we did it in a City way".

If Liverpool loses by two and Arsenal draw to our Merseyside counterparts a 39th game would have to be played.

For that to happen, they would have to lose their final game of the season away to Watford by a hefty scoreline while Arsenal would have to narrowly beat Everton. "Sometimes it is better to miss one game to be fit for the others".

"Let's play football because that's the only thing we can really do, the only thing we really have influence on-that's what I tried to tell the boys", he added.

Saints chairman Ralph Krueger might finally be about to take a stand, though, because he has stressed that his club to do not have to sell their best players with many contracted for several years.

City now have a positive 36 goal difference, as opposed to Liverpool's 33, though a play-off would hinge on goals scored and goals conceded being identical.