This match could almost guarantee European football for Newcastle United but what are the permutations…..something to clear the hangover!
This result would mean Liverpool playing either Chelsea or Spurs in the final and so long as both of those sides finish in the top six, then sixth place would be guaranteed a Europa League placing. Surely even Newcastle can’t manage to get out of the top six at this stage!
If Everton then went on to win the final they would qualify for the Europa League and Newcastle would need to finish fifth to get into Europe.
If Everton then went on to lose the final to a team who’d finished top four then Newcastle would still have to finish fifth, as Everton would qualify as losing finalists.
However, if Everton get beat in the final by the team that finishes fifth (so doesn’t qualify for the Champions League) in the league….then the Cup winner would get the UEFA place and Newcastle would qualify if finishing sixth!
Chelsea winning the Champions League provides more permutations but surely that’s not going to happen…