In Sports by stephen abiodun on the 23rd, April, 2020

UEFA make new decision with big implications for Wolves, Man Utd and Arsenal

Wolverhampton Wanderers would miss out on automatic Europa League qualification if UEFA adopt a points-per-game system to allocate places.

European football’s governing body is holding another meeting today to discuss their ongoing response to the coronavirus pandemic.

It was reported earlier this week that UEFA had told individual associations to use their coefficient scores to decide which teams will play in European competitions if the season is axed.

The coefficient tables are compiled on European performances over a rolling five-year period, with points for wins and draws, plus bonus points for group and knockout stage qualification.

Fifth-placed Manchester United and ninth-placed Arsenal would qualify for the Champions League under that system.

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Wolves would be denied a place in continental competition under that proposal but it has since emerged that UEFA have now decided Champions League and Europa Leagues places would be allocated on sporting merit instead using a points-per-game calculation.

However, that would also see Nuno Espirito Santo’s men fail to qualify with Sheffield United leapfrogging them in the Premier League table.

Wolves would finish seventh with an average of 1.48 points per game, behind the Blades who have accrued 1.54 points per game.

Liverpool, Manchester City, Leicester City and Chelsea would qualify for the Champions League.

Wolves are sixth in the table as things stand with 43 points from 29 matches and took a 1-1 draw from the first leg of their Europa League last 16 clash against Olympiakos.

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