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The race for a place in European competitions is heating up.

The Premier League has six dominate teams, but two of them will miss out on a place in the Champions League.

Who will represent England in the Europa League next season?There are three spots available in the Europa League and it remains to be seen who will represent England in the competition next season. For this special we partnered up with David Navarro, editor at FootballPredictions.com, to bring give you some extra insights.

Southampton did remarkably well to book their place in the League Cup final, but Manchester United proved to be too clinical for the Saints in the deciding game at Wembley Stadium, registering a dramatic 3-2 victory. Claude Puel’s men failed to win the trophy, but they will participate in the Europa League should Jose Mourinho’s team finish in the top five. As things stand now, the Red Devils are on track to secure fifth, but the Saints should not jump the gun just yet.

Thanks to the victory over Southampton in the League Cup final Manchester United booked their place in European competitions. The Red Devils aim to regain their spot in the Champions League, but finishing the Premier League season top four will be a stern test. Mourinho’s side are four points behind fourth placed Liverpool, but the Old Trafford outfit have two games in hand. The Red Devils’ performances’ in the second half of the season have been outstanding and it’s no surprise many football predictions suggest they are going to secure a top four finish. However, worst case scenario the Red Devils will compete in the Europa League next term.

Simply put, Arsenal are having a season to forget. The Gunners suffered an embarrassing Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich, losing 10-2 on aggregate and for the first time in Arsene Wenger’s 17-year tenure they look like missing out on joining Europe’s elite once more. The Frenchman’s future at the club is in serious doubt and a semi-final FA Cup bout with Manchester City will hardly ease the tension at the Emirates. Victory over Pep Guardiola’s men will secure Europa League, however failure to qualify for the Champions League would be a huge blow and a step backwards for the London giants.

Everton have been scoring goals for fun under Ronald Koeman, but the Toffees need to improve their away record if they are to secure Europa League football. Romelu Lukaku looks unstoppable, but they face three extremely difficult assignments on the road during their run-in. A Merseyside derby against Liverpool, trip to Old Trafford to face Manchester United and Arsenal away is a terribly difficult set of fixtures to contend with.

There are a number of different variables, but it’s looking likely to be Manchester United, Arsenal and Southampton who will represent the Premier League in Europe’s second tier competition next season.

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