Where do Newcastle United need to finish in Premier League for Champions League and Europa League?

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It’s crunch time in the Premier League and with the Champions League and FA Cup still to be decided, the European places could still shift.

It's all eyes on the Newcastle United, Tottenham, Liverpool, Man Utd and Premier League rivals would sit in table without VAR">Premier League table for Tottenham Hotspur clash">Newcastle United fans with eight fixtures left in the campaign this season.

The charge for Champions League football continues with the visit of Tottenham Hotspur to St James' Park this Sunday with the visit of Brighton next month another big game.

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Here's how Newcastle will qualify for the Champions League and Europa League depending on various Premier League spots this season.

How will the outcome of the Champions League affect Newcastle United's European place?

Manchester City are the only Premier League club still competing in the Champions League after Frank Lampard's Chelsea bowed out to Real Madrid.

If City do win the Champions League, they would automatically qualify for the competition next season, regardless of their league position.

Should Pep Guardiola's side win the Champions League and finish in the top four, their spot in Europe is not passed down the league. Newcastle United would need to finish in the top four, regardless of potential City success.

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How will the outcome of the Europa League affect Newcastle United's European place?

Erik ten Hag admitted Manchester United’s UEFA Europa League quarter-final performance in Sevilla was ‘unacceptable’ as their European campaign ended with a whimper. Picture by JORGE GUERRERO/AFP via Getty ImagesErik ten Hag admitted Manchester United’s UEFA Europa League quarter-final performance in Sevilla was ‘unacceptable’ as their European campaign ended with a whimper. Picture by JORGE GUERRERO/AFP via Getty Images
Erik ten Hag admitted Manchester United’s UEFA Europa League quarter-final performance in Sevilla was ‘unacceptable’ as their European campaign ended with a whimper. Picture by JORGE GUERRERO/AFP via Getty Images

Manchester United were knocked out of the Europa League by Sevilla on Thursday night and therefore the result of the secondary European competition is of no consequence to The Magpies.

Should United have won the Europa League with City winning the Champions League and both finishing outside of the top four then fourth in the Premier League would have become a Europa League place - but there's no need to worry about that.

How does the outcome of the FA Cup and Manchester United's Carabao Cup win affect Newcastle United's European place?

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Remaining games: Spurs (H), Everton (A), Southampton (H), Arsenal (H), Leeds (A), Leicester (H), Chelsea (A) | AFP via Getty Images

If Newcastle United finish in the top four, the outcome of the domestic cups is redundant. There is also no way a fifth-place finish guarantees Champions League football.

The winner of the FA Cup qualifies for the Europa League group stage proper and that spot will go to either Manchester United, Manchester City, Brighton or Sheffield United.

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Manchester United have already qualified for the Europa Conference League play-off stages thanks to their Carabao Cup win.

If the FA Cup winner finishes in the Premier League top five - a possibility for United, City and Brighton - then the Europa League place will go to the next highest-ranked team without European football. That would normally be sixth place.

What about West Ham in the UEFA Europa Conference League?

Should West Ham win the Europa Conference League, they will be guaranteed a place in the Europa League group stages next year.

West Ham won't qualify for that spot through a league position or FA Cup victory and their place won't affect who gets what at the top of the league.

So, in summary, if Newcastle United finish...

3rd - Champions League football guaranteed

4th - Champions League football guaranteed

5th - Europa League group stage proper football guaranteed

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6th - Europa League group stage football if FA Cup winners finish in top five OR Europa Conference League group stage football if FA Cup winners finish in top five and Manchester United don't finish in top six.

7th - Europa Conference League group stage football if Manchester United finish sixth and FA Cup winners finish in top five.

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