Premier League and Soccer League: Ups & downs and European qualification
BBC Sport outlines the battles for promotion and relegation – and the race for European qualification – in England and Scotland.
RECENT PROMOTIONS, RELEGATIONS, TITLES & QUALIFICATIONS
Manchester Metropolis received the Premier League title on 15 April as Manchester United lost 1-0 to West Brom.
The highest 4 groups will qualify for the group stage of subsequent season’s Champions League. Manchester Metropolis clinched Champions League qualification on 12 March.
The fifth-placed workforce will enter the Europa League on the group stage, as will the FA Cup winners. As a result of Manchester Metropolis have already assured their Champions League place, their Europa League place as EFL Cup winners reverts to the league, so the sixth-placed workforce may also enter the Europa League.
Realistically, until Southampton win the FA Cup, the seventh-placed workforce may also qualify for the Europa League (as two of the opposite three semi-finalists – Manchester United and Chelsea – are assured to complete within the prime six, whereas the third, Tottenham, are nearly assured to take action due to aim distinction). FA Cup runners-up are now not eligible to enter Europe by advantage of being dropping finalists.
If Arsenal win the Europa League and end outdoors the highest 4, they’ll qualify for the Champions League, and solely two English sides will enter the Europa League as not more than seven golf equipment from every nation can compete in Europe.
Manchester United and Liverpool are assured of top-six locations, although look prone to qualify for the Champions League. The identical goes for Tottenham, who’re nearly assured of ending within the prime six – although yet one more level will make it completely sure.
The underside three groups will likely be relegated to the Championship. West Brom’s relegation will be confirmed as early as subsequent weekend.
Leaders Wolves sealed promotion to the Premier League on 14 April with out kicking a ball when rivals Fulham had been held to a draw. They are going to clinch the title in the event that they keep away from defeat at Bolton subsequent Saturday, or if Cardiff fail to beat Nottingham Forest.
The highest two groups will likely be promoted, with the subsequent 4 getting into the play-offs. Cardiff, Fulham and Aston Villa are assured of at the least a play-off place.
The underside three groups will likely be relegated to League One. Burton and Sunderland, who occupy the underside two spots, meet on the Stadium of Gentle on Saturday. The loser of that sport will go down if different outcomes go in opposition to them – whereas if Sunderland and Burton draw, they’ll each be relegated if Bolton and Birmingham each win.
The highest two groups will likely be promoted to the Championship, with the subsequent 4 getting into the play-offs. Wigan, Blackburn and Shrewsbury are all assured of at the least a play-off place.
The underside 4 groups will likely be relegated to League Two. Bury had been the primary Soccer League workforce to undergo this destiny after a 3-2 home defeat by Northampton on 14 April, however the Cobblers may be part of them subsequent weekend.
The highest three groups will likely be promoted to League One, with the subsequent 4 getting into the play-offs. Accrington, Luton and Wycombe are assured of at the least a play-off place.
Accrington will likely be promoted on Tuesday in the event that they win or Exeter fail to win. Luton will go up if Exeter lose, whereas an Exeter draw might be sufficient for the Hatters due to their aim distinction.
The underside two groups will likely be relegated to the Nationwide League. Barnet and Chesterfield, who at the moment occupy these spots, may each be relegated subsequent weekend.
The Nationwide League champions will likely be promoted to League Two, with the subsequent six groups getting into the play-offs. Leaders Macclesfield are assured of at the least a play-off place, and will likely be promoted if Tranmere (the one workforce who can catch them) lose on Tuesday.
The fourth and seventh-placed groups will meet within the first spherical of the play-offs, with the winners going through the second-placed aspect. Additionally within the first spherical, the fifth and sixth-placed groups play off for the correct to face the third-placed aspect within the semi-finals. The 2 semi-final winners meet within the remaining, with the winners of that sport promoted to the EFL. Tranmere and Sutton are near tying up their play-off locations.
The underside 4 groups will likely be relegated, and changed by the champions and play-off winners of the Nationwide League North and South divisions.
Chester had been the primary workforce in England’s prime 5 divisions to be relegated after they lost 2-0 to Tranmere on 7 April, whereas aim distinction means fellow strugglers Guiseley are all however down. Their relegation will likely be confirmed in the event that they fail to win on Tuesday.
The Premiership splits after the 33rd spherical of video games, with the highest six and the underside six taking part in the opposite groups of their ‘half’ for a fourth and remaining time.
Celtic, already assured of a European place, require a most of three factors from their final 5 video games to win the title – a determine which can lower ought to Rangers and Aberdeen fail to take most factors. They are going to be champions in the event that they win their subsequent sport in opposition to Hibernian on 21 April, or in the event that they match Rangers and Aberdeen’s outcomes that weekend.
The champions will enter the Champions League on the first qualifying spherical. The second and third-placed sides will qualify for the Europa League first qualifying spherical, with the Scottish Cup winners becoming a member of on the second qualifying spherical. If the Cup winners have already certified for Europe through their league putting, the fourth-placed Premiership workforce will qualify as nicely.
The underside aspect will likely be relegated to the Scottish Championship, whereas the 11th-placed aspect will face the winners of the Championship play-offs over two legs, with the losers condemned to a spot within the second tier subsequent season.
St Mirren had been promoted to the Premiership as champions after avoiding defeat by Livingston on 14 April.
The third and fourth-placed groups will meet within the first spherical of the play-offs, with the winners taking part in the division’s second-placed workforce. Whoever emerges victorious from that two-legged encounter will face the second backside aspect within the Premiership – once more on a house and away foundation – with a spot within the prime flight the prize. Livingston are certain of a play-off place, with Dundee United near becoming a member of them.
Backside membership Brechin Metropolis, with out a win all season, had their relegation to League One confirmed on 24 March. The ninth-placed workforce will enter a play-off with three League One sides – this will likely be Dumbarton in the event that they fail to win on Tuesday, or if Falkirk win.
SCOTTISH LEAGUE ONE
The champions will likely be promoted to the Championship, whereas groups ending second, third and fourth will enter a play-off with the ninth-placed Championship workforce.
The title is between Ayr United and Raith Rovers, who’re each assured of at the least a play-off place. If Raith lose on Saturday and Ayr win on Sunday, the latter will likely be topped as champions. Arbroath and Alloa are all however sure to fill the opposite two play-off locations, and each solely want yet one more level to substantiate their locations.
The underside membership will likely be relegated to League Two, whereas the ninth-placed workforce will enter a play-off with three League Two sides. These two slots will likely be occupied by Queen’s Park and Albion Rovers, who’re degree on factors with two video games left.
SCOTTISH LEAGUE TWO
The champions will likely be promoted to League One, whereas groups ending second, third and fourth will enter a play-off with the ninth-placed League One workforce.
The title is between Montrose and Peterhead, who’re each assured of at the least a play-off place. Montrose will likely be promoted on Saturday in the event that they higher Peterhead’s consequence. Stirling Albion are near reaching the play-offs.
Backside membership Cowdenbeath will enter a play-off in opposition to the winner of a two-legged play-off (on 28 April and 1 Might) between Highland League champions Cove Rangers and Lowland League champions Spartans. The winners of that sport will meet Cowdenbeath over two legs (on 5 and 12 Might) for the ultimate place in subsequent seaosn’s League Two.