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Final Champions League Place Could Be Settled With Play-Off Between Leicester City And Manchester United

Final Champions League Place Could Be Settled With Play-Off Between Leicester City And Manchester United

It's all to play for in regards to the Champions League play-offs in the remaining two games of the Premier League season, with an unprecedented play-off still possible.

Chelsea are in third place on 63 points as they prepare to play two tricky games against champions Liverpool and sixth-placed Wolves, while Leicester City and Manchester United are level on 62 points after both won 2-0 in their fixtures on Thursday evening.

And though the Premier League title race has long been wrapped up, a frantic finish could be on the cards in terms of the race for Champions League football.

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The two sides have matches against Spurs and West Ham respectively but will then lock horns in a huge final day game at the King Power Stadium a week on Sunday.

It's incredibly close; so close in fact that we could have a situation where the both United and Leicester finish with identical records (points, goal difference, goals scored and head-to-head record).

Leicester are three goals better off than United and a 1-0 win on Sunday would mirror the result from when the two sides met in September, essentially pulling them level on head-to-head.

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For them to be on completely equal terms and require a one-off game to decide the final Champions League spot, the hypothetical scenario is Leicester losing 4-3 away at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, and United playing out a crazy 8-4 win over West Ham when David Moyes returns to Old Trafford on Wednesday.

It is quite a reach, especially given we're talking about the need for the highest-scoring game in Premier League history, but this is football and we all know absolutely anything can happen.

Should United or Leicester get the final spot, with the other getting third place and denying Chelsea, there's also an outside chance that fourth wouldn't even secure passage to Europe's premier club competition.

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That would happen if Chelsea were to win the competition this year and Wolves won the Europa League - which of course guarantees you a spot in next season's Champions League.

Who do you think will end up qualifying for next season's Champions League?

Sound off in the comments.

Topics: Football News, Play-off, Football, Premier League, Champions League

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