How a Man City FA Cup loss could force Spurs to play six extra games

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur are currently in a race to finish in the top four, with Arsenal, Man United, and Chelsea all fighting it out for the same privilege.

The third and fourth place teams in the Premier League will have the opportunity to play in the Champions League, while fifth place will qualify for the Europa League.

But what about sixth?

The winners of the FA Cup will be entered into the group stages of the Europa League for the 2019/20 season, unless they have already qualified for Europe. Therefore, if Man City win, this Europa spot will defer to the sixth place Premier League team.

However, if Man City do not win the FA Cup, then sixth place in the Prem will instead be entered into the second qualifying phase of the Europa League. This is usually handed to the winner of the League Cup, however this was also Man City this season.

So, if City do not with the FA Cup, and Spurs drop to sixth in the Prem, they will face an extra six games just to make it to the Europa League group stages next season. This would mean their campaign would start on July 25, 16 days before the Prem season begins.

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