3-way race for final Champions League places in EPL

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A ticket to Champions League football next year will be theirs if they either equal or better Arsenal's result against Everton this Sunday.

This performance showed that Arsenal can be solid with their new 3-4-3 formation - something the Gunners fans will be hoping they can carry into next season.

Eagle-eyed referee Robert Madley correctly applied the law and City breathed deeply before seeing out the remainder of the game to stay on course for Champions League qualification.

Manchester City need only one point in their final game at Watford to cement a spot in next season's UEFA Champions League group stage.

After Chelsea were confirmed as Premier League champions on Friday night, beating West Brom 1-0 to claim the title, the weekend action saw several other questions answered.

Champions League qualification would be decided by a play-off at a neutral venue if a combination of the three teams finish level on points with the same goal difference and goals scored.

English clubs have become more prominent in the Europa League in recent years with Chelsea winning the competition in 2013, Liverpool finishing runner-up last year and Manchester United set to play the final next week.

The prize for winning the league is £38m, but even bottom club Sunderland will still be paid nearly £2m just for taking part. That said, you win two more matches instead of drawing them, or even better losing them, and you are the beneficiary of an easy schedule.

It means that very few clubs have nothing to play for.

Fernando Llorente and Kyle Naughton were both on target for the Swans who have 38 points with one game left, the same as Crystal Palace who have a superior goal difference.

Sanchez scored two late close-range goals to earn Arsenal a 2-0 home victory over relegated Sunderland, while Kevin De Bruyne starred as City comfortably defeated West Brom 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium.

I know it's out of our hands at the moment, but if we DO end the season in 4th place and win the FA Cup, would you consider this season a success?

Amazingly, Ladbrokes have priced that scenario up at an eye-watering 1,268-1 - despite the fact only two results need to come in.

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