Why Man Utd And Leicester Could Finish 4th & Not Qualify For Champions League

Manchester United and Leicester City are in a real tussle to finish in the top four this season, but one of them could finish in that spot and still not get Champions League football.

The fight for the top four was already scrappy before this weekend, then Chelsea and Leicester both lost and on Monday it was confirmed that Manchester City's UEFA ban had been reversed.

That means that there's no spot for fifth place in the league to creep into the Champions League on a technicality, but there might not even be room for fourth.

Should the Red Devils or the Foxes get the final spot, with the other getting third place and denying the Blues, then there's an outside chance that fourth wouldn't be in the Champions League, if Chelsea won the competition this year and Wolves won the Europa League.

Winning either competition gets you added into next season's Champions League and with counties only being allowed a maximum for five entrants that would mean no place for fourth.

Of course that scenario is highly unlikely because of Chelsea's current situation in this season's edition of Europe's top club competition.

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Frank Lampard's side loss to Sheffield United on Saturday left them in danger of missing out on the top four, with games against Wolves and Liverpool to go, but they were helped out by Leicester losing to Bournemouth.

This article was most recently revised and updated 3 years ago

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