Did you know? There could be a top 4 playoff. Find out howShare:
Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool could be involved in a Premier League top four playoff if certain scenarios play out on the final day of the season.
It may LOOK like the final day of this Premier League season won't be all that exciting. After all, the champions have been already crowned and the three relegated sides are already down.
However, if two results on the last day go a certain way, we could yet be left with a uniquely brilliant climax to a Premier League campaign.
After Arsenal's 2-0 win against Sunderland, there is now a chance that Liverpool and Arsenal could be left in a dead heat for fourth place. If that happens, they will need a one-off game at a neutral venue to decide who qualifies for the Champions League… and who doesn't.
It's a pretty simple equation.
If Arsenal draw 1-1 with Everton at the Emirates, and Liverpool lose 0-2 to Middlesbrough at Anfield, the two sides will be dead level on everything.
Points, goal difference, goals scored, goals conceded… the lot.
And in the case, Premier League rules state that the teams would need a play-off to separate them.
Of course, Liverpool fans will claim there is very little chance of losing 2-0 to a struggling Boro side at home. But even if Liverpool don't play ball, Manchester City could be drawn into the chaos.
Before this gets far too confusing, let's break it down fully.
Here is how three different play-off possibilities could happen:
Liverpool v Arsenal
If Liverpool lose 2-0 against Middlesbrough and Arsenal draw 1-1 with Everton, the Reds and Gunners would have the same points, the same goal difference and the same goals scored and be tied for fourth.
Liverpool v Manchester City
If Liverpool beat Middlesbrough 3-0 and City draw 3-3 against Watford, the Reds and Citizens would have the same points, the same goal difference and the same goals scored and be tied for third.
Arsenal v Manchester City
If Arsenal beat Everton 1-0 and City lose 4-0 against Watford, the Gunners and Citizens would have the same points, the same goal difference and the same goals scored and could be tied for third or fourth depending on Liverpool’s result.
Culled from mirror.co.uk
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