West Ham may only have an outside chance of finishing in the top four this season but they are very much in contention to play some sort of European football next campaign.
The Hammers are six points behind Chelsea with a game in hand, and eight points adrift of Leicester. They would need a big collapse from one or both of those teams in order to clinch a Champions League place.
A Europa League spot is more realistic. David Moyes’ side are two points ahead of Tottenham and Everton in seventh and eight, so three wins will guarantee them a place in Europe next season.
Chelsea and Leicester
For the Blues, Thomas Tuchel’s side know if they win their last two games, they will finish in the Champions League places. They can overhaul Leicester with a win against the Foxes on Tuesday night. All they would need to do then is to beat Aston Villa on the final day.
It’s the same scenario for Leicester, beat Chelsea and win against Tottenham at home and they will finish in the top four, no matter the results of the other teams.
The Reds’ victory against United last night brings them back into contention for a Champions League spot. Even three wins may not be enough, though, as if Chelsea beat Leicester, and the Foxes win against Spurs, it will go down to goal difference with Brendan Rodgers’ side.
Spurs are effectively out of the race for the top four as they are eight points behind Chelsea with three matches remaining. They are level on points with Everton but their vastly superior goal difference means they are favourites, ahead of the Toffees, to secure a Europa League spot.
The Gunners’ unlikely victory versus Chelsea means they are back in the mix for European spots. Mikel Arteta’s team have played a game more than Tottenham and Everton, though, and they are still one point behind the two clubs. If both teams slip up, though, they could still finish seventh which will be enough for a Europa Conference League place.