In England, three spots are used for teams to enter the Europa League and that comes from 5th place, the winners of the English Football League Cup and winners of the FA Cup. With the way things are working out, 6th and 7th place in the Premier League will offer a Europa League place, but if Manchester United win the Europa League there is a potential for 8th place to also get into Europe.
That is what Tony Pulis has to be telling his West Brom team who have fallen significantly off the pace they had been setting earlier in the season as players perhaps ease down while thinking of their summer holidays. Pulis is not a manager that will allow players to do that, but the performances on the pitch have not been great in April and West Brom are just 4 points clear of 9th placed Southampton.
The side have now won just 1 of their last 6 Premier League games, but the bigger worry has to be the fact they have lost 4 of those games. West Brom might have won more home games than both Manchester clubs in the League this season, but they have lost 2 of their last 3 here without scoring although the exception was a 3-1 victory over Arsenal.
West Brom should bring in a squad with a clean bill of health into this weekend.
After drawing 2-2 at home against Bournemouth thanks to a late Josh King goal, Jurgen Klopp would have had some significant worries for his Liverpool team trailing 1-0 at Stoke City last weekend with twenty minutes left. Two goals in as many minutes turned that game around though and Liverpool remain on course for a top four finish which is the only way this season will be deemed a success.
The Reds are in 3rd place in the Premier League table and 6 points clear of Manchester United in 5th place although the latter have a couple of games in hand. However, Liverpool can really put the pressure on Manchester United by winning at The Hawthorns before their great rivals host Chelsea at Old Trafford later on Easter Sunday. The side will be confident having put together a 7-5-4 record away from home this season and scoring 27 goals and conceding 24 in those games.
Liverpool are unbeaten in 6 games in the Premier League since their 3-1 loss at Leicester City and they have won 4 of those games to push their challenge for a Champions League berth forward. They have twice come from behind to win games in that run too which shows character, and the win at the Bet365 Stadium ended a run of 5 away Premier League games without a victory.
Sadio Mane is expected to miss the rest of the season, while Adam Lallana has been ruled out until early May. Jordan Henderson is another doubt for Liverpool, but Philippe Coutinho should have overcome his illness that meant he started on the bench last weekend.