THE Premier League’s seventh-placed side in the 2021-22 season will earn a spot in the Europa Conference League.
The seventh-placed Premier League side this season will grab a Europa Conference League spot after Chelsea beat Crystal Palace in the FA Cup semi-finalCredit: Getty
But the Blues’ win in North London has affected the European picture for next season.
The winner of the FA Cup automatically earns a spot in the Europa League.
And Thomas Tuchel’s side look nailed on to secure third position in the Premier League to qualify for next term’s Champions League.
Their opponents in the final, Liverpool, are pushing to WIN the Prem as part of what would be an historic Quadruple.
That means there would be a Europa League spot up for grabs, with that going to the sixth-placed top-flight side now.
Had Crystal Palace won the FA Cup, they would have joined the fifth-placed Premier League side in Europe’s second tier.
But with the Eagles crashing out and a top-four side destined to win the oldest domestic cup competition in the world, an extra European spot has opened up for English sides.
That means the team which finishes seventh will now grab a spot in the Europa Conference League.
There is, however, one potential stumbling block.
Should West Ham win the Europa League or Leicester win the Conference League AND finish seventh, NO English team will head into the third tier of European football.
The Hammers are now into the semi-finals of the Europa League following their heroic win at Lyon on Thursday, while the Foxes are in the final four of the Conference League after a superb win at PSV.
West Ham will face Eintracht Frankfurt – who knocked out Barcelona midweek – in the semis, with Rangers and RB Leipzig in the other match.
Meanwhile, Leicester take on Roma as Feyenoord face Marseille in the semi-finals of the Conference League.
As things stand, West Ham currently sit seventh and Leicester in ninth – with Wolves sandwiched in between.