West Ham United are one win from guaranteeing European football and look set for a face off with Tottenham to qualify for the Europa League.
Everton’s defeat to Sheffield United on Sunday night means – thanks to a superior goal difference – West Ham will seal a Europa Conference League place at the very least with one victory from their last two games.
It may be highly, highly unlikely but West Ham can actually still qualify for the Champions League.
West Ham in battle with Spurs to make Europa League
Two defeats for Chelsea, a defeat and draw for Liverpool and anything less than six points for Tottenham in the last two games combined with two wins for West Ham would put the Hammers fourth.
But it is likely two wins would be required for West Ham just to secure sixth spot – and Europa League football – given the fixtures.
So the Hammers will go head-to-head with bitter rivals Spurs to make the completely revamped Europa League. And in doing so avoid the questionable new Conference League which is geared towards the lowest ranked leagues and smallest nations in the continent.
Making the Europa League would be an excellent achievement for West Ham.
Payet reunion on the cards after Marseille book their place and the other teams Hammers might face
And if they can seal a spot they could end up having a reunion with former star Dimitri Payet and his Marseille side.
That’s after Marseille sealed their place in the Europa League with a game to spare on Sunday night with a 3-2 victory over Angers.
Monaco or Lyon will join Marseille in the Europa League.
Italian giants Juventus are fifth in Serie A and could end up in the Europa League if they fail to leapfrog AC Milan or Napoli on the last day of the season. Lazio are already assured of a Europa League place.
From the Bundesliga West Ham could face Eintracht Frankfurt and Bayer Leverkusen if David Moyes’s side does the business this week.
Juve could be biggest name in competition
Lokomotiv Moscow and Braga are two other teams already qualified.
Spanish sides West Ham could face include Manuel Pellegrini’s Real Betis, Moyes’s old club Real Sociedad and Europa League finalists Villarreal.
But if the latter win the Europa League, they will make the Champions League and La Liga will only get one Europa entrant.
From north of the border West Ham could face either St Johnstone or Hibs if the Hammers finish fifth or sixth – depending which team wins the Scottish Cup final.
AZ Alkmaar will be the Dutch representatives.
If West Ham finish sixth they will have to play a final qualifying round to make the group stages. That will be held a week before the Premier League season starts in August.