One month after Liverpool clinched the 2019-20 Premier League title, the fate of the remaining clubs has finally been determined. Manchester United and Chelsea will return to the UEFA Champions League next season after each sealing wins on the last day of the Premier League campaign. Meanwhile, Aston Villa secured their top-flight future with a 1-1 draw at West Ham United, leaving Watford and Bournemouth to join Norwich City in relegation.
Wolverhampton Wanderers just missed out on UEFA Europa League qualification, finishing seventh for a second straight season following their 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge. Tottenham Hotspur took their place in sixth and will feature in Europe next term, however, despite losing an early lead to draw 1-1 in their visit to Crystal Palace.
Final Premier League Table, 2019-20
Premier League Week 38 Results
Leicester City 0-2 Manchester United
Chelsea 2-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Newcastle United 1-3 Liverpool
Manchester City 5-0 Norwich City
Arsenal 3-2 Watford
Crystal Palace 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur
West Ham United 1-1 Aston Villa
Burnley 1-2 Brighton & Hove Albion
Southampton 3-1 Sheffield United
Everton 1-3 Bournemouth
Which EPL teams qualified for Champions League?
Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea
United entered the final day in third and required a draw at Leicester to ensure their return to the continent’s top competition. Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s outfit went one better by triumphing 2-0 thanks to late goals from Bruno Fernandes and substitute Jesse Lingard, with Jonny Evans seeing red late against his former employers.
There was a consolation prize handed out at the King Power Stadium, however, as Jamie Vardy was handed the 2019-20 Premier League Golden Boot, finishing the season with an unmatched 23 goals:
Chelsea saw a scorching free kick from Mason Mount put them in front before Olivier Giroud delivered a bit of magic on the fast break to give Chelsea a 2-0 victory over Wolves.
Wolves can still qualify for Europe in 2020-21 depending on how other tournament’s play out this term. A Champions League group-stage spot is theirs if they were to win this season’s Europa League, while they’ll advance to the latter if Chelsea best Arsenal in the FA Cup final on Saturday.
Who was relegated from the Premier League?
Norwich City, Bournemouth, Watford
A hard-fought point in east London was enough to keep Villa in the top rung of English football for another term, with hometown hero Jack Grealish fittingly scoring the goal that preserved their Premier League status.
Dean Smith’s men stayed up despite Bournemouth snapping a nine-loss streak away from home to beat Everton 3-1 on the final day.
Watford staged an admirable comeback attempt at the Emirates Stadium but fell 3-2 to Arsenal, leaving them and the Cherries one point short of Villa’s mark. Danny Welbeck scored against former club Arsenal to give the Hornets a sight at safety, but Emiliano Martinez stood firm to save the hosts some embarrassment.
The Gunners end the the 2019-20 campaign in eighth—their lowest finish since 1995, one year before Arsene Wenger was appointed manager—and below rivals Tottenham for the fourth consecutive year.