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ESPN FC  By Dale Johnson

The Premier League's battle for Champions League, Europa League

The Premier League gets four places in the Champions League, with the top three going direct to the group stage and fourth entering in the final qualifying round.

There are also three places available in the Europa League -- going to fifth in the league plus the winners of the FA Cup and the Capital One Cup. As Manchester City won the latter and certain of finishing no lower than sixth, that place will transfer to the league.

So, fifth in the league (and the FA Cup winners) will go direct to the group stage, with sixth entering in the third qualifying round. If Man United win the FA Cup and finish in the top six, then seventh will qualify for the Europa League at the third qualifying round instead.

So far this season, Leicester City, for the first time, and Tottenham Hotspur, for the second time, and Arsenal have secured their place at the top table. Leicester will be one of the seeds along with the champions of six other leagues, as well as the holders.

Here are the English clubs still in contention to qualify for next season's competition.

Arsenal (3rd; 68 points)
Remaining game: Aston Villa (h)

The Gunners are now guaranteed a top-four finish but goal difference suggests an automatic place in the Champions League group stage is not assured, so they need a point at home to Villa to put it beyond any doubt.

Manchester City (4th; 65 points)
Remaining games: Swansea (a)
SPI odds to finish in the top four: 87 percent

Man City's European future is back in their own hands after Man United lost at West Ham. Superior goal difference means they need a point to ensure new manager Pep Guardiola will be in the Champions League next season, albeit in the final qualifying round. Arsenal are three points but have an inferior goal difference by five, so if Man City win and the Gunners lose then City can still finish third and avoid the qualifiers.

Manchester United (5th; 63 points)
Remaining games: Bournemouth (h), Crystal Palace (n; FA Cup final)
SPI odds to finish in the top four: 13 percent

Losing at West Ham after being in front was a crushing blow. The Champions League was in their hands and now they have thrown it away. They must beat Bournemouth and hope Man City lose at Swansea to be at the top table.

United are not even guaranteed a direct route to the Europe League group stage. If they lose to Crystal Palace in the FA Cup final and are overtaken to finish sixth in the league, then they will have to start in the third qualifying round at the end of July. They could even finish seventh and miss out on Europe altogether.

West Ham United (6th; 62 points)
Remaining game: Stoke (a)
SPI odds to finish in the top four: 0.0 percent

West Ham still hold the slimmest of hopes of the top four: if they win at Stoke, Man United fail to win and Man City lose at Swansea -- with a 15-goal swing on City. 

They must now concentrate on securing a place in the Europa League, and they need to win at Stoke to stay ahead of Southampton and Liverpool to be certain. Sixth would be enough for the Europa League group stage if Man United win the FA Cup, otherwise sixth would be the third qualifying round.

Southampton (7th; 60 points)
Remaining game: Crystal Palace (h)

Southampton cannot qualify for the Champions League, but they are still very much in the hunt for a place in the Europa League. Seventh will only qualify for Europe if Man United win the FA Cup, but they can move up to sixth with a win over Palace if West Ham fail to beat Stoke.

Palace will surely go to St Mary's resting players ahead of the FA Cup final against Man United, and that gives Southampton a chance of moving up to sixth.

Liverpool (8th; 59 points)
Remaining games: West Brom (a), Sevilla (n; Europa League final)

Liverpool no longer have a mathematical chance of the Champions League, able to finish no higher than sixth. So Liverpool will have to win the Europa League to earn a return to the Champions League.

They sit just a point behind seventh-placed Southampton, but that is not guaranteed to be enough for Europa League football. They would have to win at West Brom -- when they will surely play a second string with the Europa League final vs. Sevilla three days later, hope Southampton do not beat Palace and West Ham are beaten at Stoke.

Winning the Europa League might be their best chance of European football.

Crystal Palace (14th, 42 points)
Remaining game: Man United (n; FA Cup final)

Their route into the Europe is via the FA Cup, which they would have to win to go to the Europa League group stage. There is no longer a place for domestic cup runners-up if the winners qualify via another route.

Dale Johnson has been an editor and journalist at ESPN for 18 years. You can follow him on Twitter @dalejohnsonESPN.