The English Premier League competition is down to the final few games. Only 4 matches left to play in the EPL season 2021-2022 for each team.
The battle for the league title and Champions League qualification zone is far from over. Manchester City and Liverpool are in a nail-biting race for the EPL title as only 1 point separates the two. On the other hand, Chelsea, Arsenal, and Tottenham Hotspur are in hot pursuit to finish in the top 4 for qualifying for the UEFA Champions League next season.
English Premier League Points Table
Top 4 teams will qualify for the UEFA Champions League next season. The 5th team will play in the UEFA Europa League. Each team will play 38 matches in this season. A win brings 3 points, 1 for a draw, and no points for a defeat.
Who will qualify for the UEFA Champions League next season?
Here we will analyse the English Premier League points table, recent form of the teams, and remaining fixtures to figure out who will qualify for the UCL next season.
Manchester City will finish well in the top 4 and qualify for the UCL next season. Pep Guardiola’s men are in the semi-finals of the UCL this season, leading by 4-3 goals over Real Madrid after the home leg. They will have a trip to Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday, 4 May 2022 to play the second leg against the La Liga champions.
Pep Guardiola’s men are at the top of the EPL table with 83 points, leading by only a point ahead of Liverpool. It means that the league title is in their own hands with 4 matches to go. The English Premier League season 2021-2022 is surely to go down to the wires as there is no margin for error for both the teams.
The Manchester Blues are the most successful team in the EPL in recent years, winning 3 league titles in the last 4 seasons.
Manchester City’s Remaining Matches in EPL
The Citizens have 2 home matches and 2 away matches for their remaining fixtures. They will host Newcastle United and Aston Villa and visit to play Wolves and West Ham.
Manchester City’s Next Match
Man City will have a trip to Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday, 4 May 2022 to play the second leg against the La Liga champions Real Madrid, at 7:00 pm GMT, 8:00 pm BST.
Man City will play their next EPL match against Newcastle United on Sunday, 8 May 2022.
Liverpool will finish well inside the top 4 in the EPL table and qualify for the UCL season 2022-2023.
Juergen Klopp’s men are up for grabbing the quadruple (4 trophies in a season). They have already won the EFL Carabao Cup beating Chelsea. Liverpool will face the same opponent in the FA Cup final on 14 May 2022, for which they have qualified by beating Man City in the semi-finals. They are in the UCL semi-finals this season, leading 2-0 goals over Villarreal after the home leg. The Reds will have a trip to Spain to face Villarreal on Tuesday, 3 May 2022.
Juergen Klopp’s men have been closing down the gap with Man City for several months now in the EPL. In the last 14 matches, the Reds have dropped only 2 points, a draw against Man City. On the other hand, Man City have dropped 9 points in their last 14 matches.
The Merseyside Reds are in 2nd place with 82 points. They will need Man City to drop points in the remaining fixtures to win the EPL this season.
Liverpool’s Remaining Matches in EPL
Liverpool will play Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa, Southampton, and Wolves in their remaining matches.
Liverpool’s Next Match
Liverpool will have a trip to Spain to face Villarreal for the UCL semi-finals second leg on Tuesday, 3 May 2022, at 7:00 pm GMT, 8:00 pm BST.
Liverpool will host the 5th place Tottenham in an exciting battle on Saturday, 7 May 2022, for keeping their title hope alive.
Chelsea will have to come back in the winning ways in their remaining matches to qualify for the UCL next season. We predict the 2020-2021 UCL champions Chelsea should finish in the top 4 to play in the Champions League season 2022-2023.
The London Blues are pulled back into the race of finishing in the top 4 following their 1-0 goals away defeat against Everton. They have taken only 7 points out of 18 in their last 6 matches (W2, D1, L3).
Thomas Tuchel’s men are at 3rd place in the EPL table with 66 points, 3 points ahead of the 4th place Arsenal and 5 points ahead of Tottenham.
Chelsea’s Remaining Matches in EPL
Chelsea’s remaining fixtures are home matches against Wolves, Leicester City, and Watford, and an away match against Leeds United.
Chelsea’s Next Match
Next up for Chelsea are Wolves on Saturday, 7 May 2022, at 2:00 pm GMT, 3:00 pm BST.
They will play against Liverpool in the FA Cup final on 14 May 2022, at Wembley Stadium.
The Gunners have jumped back into the UCL qualification zone by back-to-back wins in recent big matches. They have taken all 9 points in their last 3 matches, 2-4 goals win over Chelsea, 3-1 against Manchester United, and 1-2 goals against West Ham United. These wins should boost them to finish the remaining season into the top 4.
Mikel Arteta’s men are currently in 4th place with 63 points, just into the UCL qualification zone, 2 points ahead of the 5th place Tottenham Hotspur.
Arsenal’s Remaining Matches in EPL
Arsenal will play an away match against Tottenham Hotspur in the remaining fixtures; that would be a crucial battle for both the teams to grab a spot in the UEFA Champions League season 2022-2023. Arsenal will play Tottenham Hotspur on Thursday, 12 May 2022.
Other than that, Arsenal will play 2 home matches, against Leeds United and Everton, and an away match against Newcastle United.
Arsenal’s Next Match
Next up for Arsenal are Leeds United on Sunday, 8 May 2022, at 1:00 pm GMT, 2:00 pm BST.
Tottenham gave up their 4th place to Arsenal for dropping points in recent matches. Antonio Conte’s men are currently in 5th place with 61 points, 2 points behind Arsenal and 5 points behind Chelsea, running hot at their heels.
They have taken only 4 points out of 9 in their last 3 matches – L, D, W – losing the 4th place to Arsenal. However, they defeated Leicester City by 3-1 goals in the last match. This win would give the team a good boost for the remaining fixtures.
Tottenham Hotspur will host a match against Arsenal in the remaining fixtures. It means that Tottenham’s UCL hope is in their own hands, as they can go one point clear of Arsenal by defeating them at home. Tottenham vs. Arsenal will be held on Thursday, 12 May 2022.
Our experts predict that Tottenham should finish 5th in the EPL table and play in the UEFA Europa League next season.
Tottenham Hotspur’s Remaining Matches in EPL
Tottenham’s remaining opponents in the EPL are Liverpool, Arsenal, Burnley, and Norwich City.
Tottenham Hotspur’s Next Match
Tottenham will visit Anfield to play their next match against the title contenders Liverpool on Saturday, 7 May 2022, at 6:45 pm GMT, 7:45 pm UK time.
Liverpool vs. Tottenham is the most difficult match for both the teams as there would be so much at stake.
The UCL hopes for the next season for Manchester United are gone. They are currently at 6th place in the EPL table with 55 points playing 35 matches. The Red Devils are 6 points behind Tottenham with playing an extra match. It means that Cristiano Ronaldo will not be in the UCL season 2022-2023, should Ronaldo stay at the Manchester club.
Man United were winless in their last 3 matches, 4-0 goals defeat against Liverpool, 3-1 against Arsenal, and 1-1 draw against Chelsea.
Man United’s Remaining Matches in EPL
In the remaining fixtures, Man United will play a home match against Brentford, and have trips to Brighton and Crystal Palace.
Man United’s Next Match
Next up for Man United is Brentford in the EPL, on Monday, 2 May 2022, at 7:00 pm GMT, 8:00 pm UK time.
West Ham United
The Hammers are at 7th place with 52 points in the EPL table, 3 points behind Man United playing the same number of matches. It means West Ham United cannot get into the top 4.
However, the London hammers can still make it to the UEFA Champions League season 2022-2023 by winning the UEFA Europa League this season. They are in the Europa League semi-finals, trailing by 1-2 goals against Eintracht Frankfurt after the home leg. The EPL outfit will visit Germany to play the second-leg on Thursday, 5 May 2022.
Hence, West Ham need to win the Europa League to qualify for the UCL next season.
West Ham United’s Next Match
West Ham will visit Germany to play the second-leg of the Europa League semi-finals on Thursday, 5 May 2022, against Eintracht Frankfurt. The kickoff time is 7:00 pm GMT, 8:00 pm BST.