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Title race, top four, promotion and relegation – what’s still at stake?

The title race

Manchester City (86) are one point clear of Liverpool (85) after beating Tottenham on Saturday. Jürgen Klopp’s side must respond with a win at Cardiff on Sunday, but City still have a game in hand – the Manchester derby on Wednesday night.

With four games each left, both sides are on course to finish with more than 90 points. The latest TV changes mean on the penultimate weekend that Liverpool will play Newcastle on Saturday evening and City will host Leicester on Monday night.

Manchester City fixtures
24 April, 8pm Manchester United (A)
28 April, 2.05pm Burnley (A)
6 May, 8pm Leicester (H)
12 May, 3pm Brighton (A)

Liverpool fixtures
21 April, 4pm
Cardiff (A)
26 Apr, 8pm Huddersfield (A)
4 May, 4.30pm Newcastle (A)
12 May, 3pm Wolves (H)

Tottenham have three home games left – and could still qualify for the Champions League by winning it.



Tottenham have three home games left – and could still qualify for the Champions League by winning it. Photograph: Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Getty Images

The top-four battle

Tottenham (67pts, 34 games) and Arsenal (66pts, 33 games) are in pole position for the top four, with Chelsea (66pts, 34 games) and Manchester United (64pts, 33 games) also in contention – those two teams play each other next Sunday.

The three London clubs are all in European semi-finals. A maximum of five English clubs can qualify for the Champions League, so if (for example) Spurs and Chelsea win European trophies but finish fifth and sixth, then the fourth-placed side would drop into the Europa League.

Tottenham fixtures: 23 Apr Brighton (H); 27 Apr West Ham (H); 4 May Bournemouth (A); 12 May Everton (H)

Arsenal: 21 Apr Crystal Palace (H); 24 Apr Wolves (A); 28 Apr Leicester (A); 5 May Brighton (H); 12 May Burnley (A)

Chelsea: 22 Apr Burnley (H); 28 Apr Man Utd (A); 5 May Watford (H); 12 May Leicester (A)

Manchester United: 21 Apr Everton (A); 24 Apr Man City (H); 28 Apr Chelsea (H); 5 May Huddersfield (A); 12 May Cardiff (H)

Chasing the Europa League

Watford can claim the third Europa League spot by winning the FA Cup – and also lead the race for seventh ahead of Leicester, Wolves and Everton.

Watford still have two potential routes into next season’s Europa League.



Watford still have two potential routes into next season’s Europa League. Photograph: Jan Kruger/Getty Images

Watford (49pts) Southampton (H), Wolves (H), Chelsea (A), West Ham (H).

Leicester (48pts) Arsenal (H), Man City (A), Chelsea (H).

Wolves (48pts) Arsenal (H), Watford (A), Fulham (H), Liverpool (A).

Everton (46pts) Man Utd (H), Crystal Palace (A), Burnley (H), Tottenham (A).

Fighting the drop

Fulham and Huddersfield are already relegated, with Cardiff (31pts) hoping to overtake Brighton (34), and Southampton (36) still looking over their shoulders.

Cardiff fixtures: 21 Apr Liverpool (H); 27 Apr Fulham (A); 4 May Palace (H); 12 May Man Utd (A)

Brighton: 23 Apr Spurs (A); 27 Apr Newcastle (H); 5 May Arsenal (A); 12 May Man City (H)

Southampton: 23 Apr Watford (A); 27 Apr Bournemouth (H); 4 May West Ham (A); 12 May Huddersfield (H).

Who is heading for the top flight?

Norwich are five points clear at the top of the Championship and could seal automatic promotion on Monday. Sheffield United and Leeds are separated by goal difference in the battle for second.

Norwich (87 pts) Stoke (A), Blackburn (H), Aston Villa (A).

Sheffield Utd (82pts, +32) Hull (A), Ipswich (H), Stoke (A).

Leeds Utd (82pts, +26) Brentford (A), Aston Villa (H), Ipswich (A).

Leeds’ home defeat to Wigan has handed the advantage to local rivals Sheffield United.



Leeds’ home defeat to Wigan has handed the advantage to local rivals Sheffield United. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Action Images

West Brom (76) and Aston Villa (72) appear destined for the play-offs, with one of Middlesbrough (67), Bristol City (66) and Derby (64) set to join them. Boro are sixth but their rivals have a game in hand – but face each other next Saturday.

Championship and League One

Ipswich and Bolton are already condemned to the third tier – and Rotherham (40pts) are favourites to join them. The Millers are three points behind Millwall, who have a game in hand. Wigan and Reading are both five points clear of the drop zone.

Luton (90pts) could secure promotion from the third tier with victory over Wimbledon on Tuesday. Below them, Barnsley (85) are battling Sunderland and Portsmouth (both 83) who each have a game in hand – and play each other next Saturday.

Charlton are heading for the play-offs with Doncaster (69pts) and Peterborough (65pts, game in hand) battling to join them. Coventry (64) still have an outside chance, and visit Rovers on the final day.

Bradford City are down but above them there is an almighty scramble to avoid the drop. Walsall, Southend and Wimbledon are in the drop zone but Accrington, Wycombe, Rochdale, Plymouth and Scunthorpe are all still within four points of danger.

League Two and beyond

Lincoln City have sealed promotion in their second season back in the league. Mansfield (76pts), MK Dons (75) and Bury (74) are battling for the other two automatic places.

They are going up: Lincoln are the only Football League side to have secured promotion so far.



They are going up: Lincoln are the only Football League side to have secured promotion so far. Photograph: Chris Vaughan/CameraSport via Getty Images

Tranmere (71pts) and Forest Green (70) still have an outside chance at the top three, with Exeter (65) leading a crowded race for the last play-off spot. Carlisle, Colchester, Stevenage, Newport, Swindon and Oldham can all still sneak in.

Two from Macclesfield (39pts), Yeovil (37) and Notts County (37) will go down. On the final day, Macclesfield host Cambridge, Yeovil face Carlisle and Notts County go to Swindon.

Leyton Orient (87pts), Salford City (85) and Solihull Moors (84) are chasing promotion to the Football League with two games to go. Third-placed Solihull host leaders Orient on Monday in a pivotal game. Wrexham, AFC Fylde, Harrogate and Eastleigh are in the other play-off spots.

North of the border

Celtic are eight points clear at the top of the Premiership with Rangers set for second and a place in Europe. Aberdeen lead Kilmarnock by three points in the battle for third. At the bottom, Dundee are six points adrift.

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Ross County are all but guaranteed promotion from the Championship with Dundee United, Ayr and Inverness set for the play-offs alongside St Mirren or Hamilton from the top flight.

Arbroath have sealed the League One title, and Peterhead are four points clear of Clyde in League Two. Berwick Rangers look set to face a play-off with East Kilbride or Cove Rangers to save their place in the league.

WSL

Arsenal and Manchester City have sealed Champions League places, and the Gunners lead by four points in the league. City must hope the leaders drop points before the final day, when the two teams meet at Boreham Wood.

Yeovil are relegated, with Manchester United coming up as Championship winners. Tottenham lead the race for second, but have to visit Durham and Charlton, both four points behind.

All information correct as of Sunday 21 April

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