5 Teams In Contention for A Europa League Place Next Season

There is a two-horse race for the Premier League title and it’s not even that much of a race, considering that Leicester are seven points clear of Spurs. Three teams will be representing England in the Europa League next season, but there is still no certainty about who these teams will be. Only six points separate Manchester United, West Ham, Southampton, Liverpool and Stoke. Here is my opinion on each team’s chances of securing a spot in Europe’s second-tier competition.

Manchester United – 5th (53 pts)

Man United were in the Europa League this year, after being knocked out of the Champions League. They were then knocked out of the Europa League by fierce rivals Liverpool. It is still mathematically possible for United to qualify for the Champions League, but if they don’t, they will be in the Europa League for a second year running. A team of Manchester United’s stature should not be content with a place in the Europa League, but unless Man City slip up and surrender 4th spot, that’s exactly what they will have to do.

Chance of being in the Europa League next season: 4/5

West Ham – 6th (52 pts)

West Ham were in the Europa League this season, thanks to the Fair Play League but they didn’t even make it to the group stages. The Hammers were knocked out in the third qualifying round by Romanian side Astra Giurgiu. There is a definite possibility that they will be in the competition next season, but if they did not qualify for the Europa League, it would be seen as a disappointment due to their fantastic season. However, European football of any kind at the Olympic Stadium would still be something to look forward to.

Chance of being in the Europa League next season: 4/5

Southampton – 7th (50pts)

Southampton were also in the Europa League this season and just like West Ham, they failed to make it to the group stage. Danish champions FC Midtjylland beat them 1-0 in the qualifying play-offs. Before this, Southampton hadn’t been in Europe since 2004, when they went out in the first round. More to the point, they didn’t look like they wanted to be there. The Saints recently beat both Liverpool and Stoke, in the Premier League, to boost their chances of a second consecutive season of Europa League football. Maybe, this time, they might put a bit more effort in and go further in the competition.

Chance of being in the Europa League next season: 4/5

Liverpool – 8th (48 pts)

Liverpool got to the round of 32 stage of the Europa League in the 12/13 and 14/15 seasons. The Reds are into the semi-finals this season after last night’s spectacular triumph against Klopp’s former club, Borussia Dortmund. Dortmund were favourites to win the competition but that must be Liverpool now after their stunning 5-4 victory over the German side. Klopp’s first season at Liverpool has been rather average (until yesterday), but it is important to remember that these are not his players. Next season should be much more successful for the German as he makes the necessary changes to the squad. I think Liverpool will win Europa League this season which will mean a place in the Champions League next season.

Chance of being in the Europa League next season: 2/5

Stoke – 9th (47 pts)

Stoke are the least likely to qualify for the Europa League next season. Man United, West Ham and Liverpool have at least one game in hand over Stoke which gives them an advantage. Furthermore, they have lost two of their last five matches, to Southampton and Liverpool. The Potters were last in the Europa League in the 11/12 season and they made it to the round of 32 before being knocked out by Valencia.

Chance of being in the Europa League next season: 2/5

Manchester United, West Ham and Southampton are the three teams that I believe will be in the Europa League next season. Last night’s match of Liverpool v Dortmund shows that the Europa League can be a magical competition to be a part of.




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