Premier League Football: Ups, downs & European qualification 2018-2019

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28 April: Sheffield United promoted to Premier League
27 April: Norwich promoted to Premier League

European Qualification

Four teams can qualify for the group stage of the 2019-2020 Champions League. Liverpool and Manchester City have already qualified – Tottenham and Chelsea are also in with a chance of qualifying for Europe if things go there way this coming weekend.

It is possible for clubs outside the top four to qualify for a spot in Europe, but no country can have more than five teams in the Champions League. Should English teams win both competitions but both finish outside the top four, the fourth placed team will qualify for the Europa league instead.

The fifth-placed Premier League side qualify for the Europa League group stage, as do the FA Cup winners.

As Manchester City have already qualified for the Champions League, as they won the Carabao Cup, the sixth placed team will also be able to play in the Europa League; they will enter at the second qualifying round.

If Watford win the FA Cup, they will qualify for the Europa League. The FA Cup winner also qualifies for a spot in Europe. If Man City win, it will revert to the premier league and the seventh placed team will enter the Europa League.

At this stage, Tottenham, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United are certain of at least a Europa League spot.

Race for the Premier League top four
5 May Brighton (H)
12 May Burnley (A)

5 May Watford (H)
12 May Leicester (A)

Man Utd
5 May Huddersfield (A)
12 May Cardiff (H)

4 May Bournemouth (A)
12 May Everton (H)

Who Will be the Premier League Winner?

The race for the team to be the Premier league winner could be over this weekend if Liverpool lose at Newcastle on Saturday and Manchester City beat Leicester on Monday. It is however one of the closest Premier League title races in years and – with just a handful of games remaining who will win the race?.

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Team Form – Last 10 Games

Race for the Premier League title
SATURDAY 4TH MAY: Newcastle United vs Liverpool
MONDAY 6TH MAY: Manchester City vs Leicester City
SUNDAY 12TH MAY: Brighton & Hove Albion vs Manchester City; Liverpool vs Wolverhampton Wanderers

Odds on Man City & Liverpool to Win the Premier League
Man City are the bookies 1/5 favourites to win the 2018-2019 premier league with Liverpool priced at 7/2 to come from behind. These odds were correct at the time of writing on 30th April and were a found at bet365, our favourite bookmaker for betting on the premier league outright winner.

Both teams have won there last five matches. Liverpool face Newcastle who have are currently in 13 place and Wolves who are in 7th place.

City are set to play 8th place Leicester and Brighton & Hove who have just managed to stay out of the relegation zone.

It all looks to be heading in City’s favour, but anything can still happen in the tightest race for years. Who do you think will win?

Promotion to the Premier League

Norwich City clinched promotion to the Premier League on 27 April with a 2-1 win over Blackburn and will be champions if they avoid defeat in their final game.

Sheffield United claimed the second automatic promotion spot after they beat Ipswich 2-0 on 27 April and third-placed Leeds drew with Aston Villa a day later.

Leeds United will contest the play-offs with West Bromwich Albion, Aston Villa and one team from Derby, Middlesbrough and Bristol City.

Relegation to the Championship

Thee bottom three teams will be relegated to the Championship. Huddersfield Town confirmed their relegation on 30 March after a 2-0 defeat at Crystal Palace and they were joined by Fulham three days later after the Cottagers lost 4-1 at Watford.

The final relegation place is between Brighton and Cardiff. Goal difference means that realistically, Cardiff will go down unless they win their last two games and Brighton take no more than one point from their last two.

Cardiff are the bookies favourites to be relegated from the League with odds of 1/66 available, Leeds are also a possible team that will get relegated – odds of 20/1 are available.

These odds were correct at the time of writing on 30th April and were a found at bet365, our favourite bookmaker for betting on the premier league outright winner.