Could Champions League football now slip out of Tottenham's grasp?


Tottenham fans may be feeling pretty low right now after they all but handed the Premier League title to Leicester with their draw against West Brom.

And we've got something to make them feel even worse - Champions League qualification is by no means a certainty.

Graphic showing possible finishing positions in the Premier League

Spurs will need to pick themselves up after last night's disappointment - if they let it get to them and lose all their remaining fixtures, they can still fall to fifth in the table.

That would require Manchester United to win their remaining four games - which doesn't seem altogether likely - but even slipping as low as fourth could have consequences.

Fourth place earns a place into the play-off round, whereas the top three automatically go into the group stage.

Christian Eriksen looks dejected after Tottenham's draw with West Brom

Tottenham's last three fixtures are against Chelsea, Southampton and Newcastle - so that match at St James' Park on the last day of the season could yet end up being significant for both clubs.

Alternatively, we could yet end up with a top four of Leicester, Tottenham, West Ham and Liverpool - none of whom were in the Champions League this time.

At the other end of the table it is still true that anyone in the bottom half could get relegated along with Aston Villa - both Sunderland and Norwich have four games left to play, so can still finish with 43 points, while 11th-placed Everton currently sit on 41.

In reality though, we fully expect to see two of Newcastle, Norwich and Sunderland joining Villa in the Championship next season.