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Villa Park the venue for potential third-fourth place play-off
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17th May 2013
Villa Park the venue for potential third-fourth place play-off


Villa Park will be the venue should a play-off be required to determine third and fourth place in this season's final Barclays Premier League table as well as which clubs will enter the UEFA Champions League at the group stage and which at the play-off stage.

In the event of results in the Chelsea v Everton and Newcastle v Arsenal Premier League games being a Chelsea draw and an Arsenal win by a single-goal margin - having scored two more than Chelsea - both teams would be level on points, goal difference and goals scored.

Under Premier League Rules this would lead to a play-off being required to decide which club finishes third and fourth, thereby determining which club enters the UEFA Champions League at the group stage and which at the play-off stage.

Should a play-off be necessary, the Premier League has made arrangements with the club for a single match to take place at Villa Park on Sunday, May 26.

The match will take place early afternoon with a kick-off time to be confirmed should results require the match to go ahead.

Tickets will be allocated equally between each club and will be priced at £20 and £30 with concessions for children and senior citizens priced at a 50% reduction.

The Premier League has consulted with Chelsea and Arsenal throughout the process of planning for this potential match with all parties in agreement.

Discussions with London-based stadia did take place as part of that process but limited availability and calendar restrictions, combined with wanting to utilise a large capacity ground that has experience in organising and delivering neutral games, meant Villa Park was the most suitable choice.

The Premier League has thanked the board and staff of Villa for cooperating on this matter.

Villa Park has hosted 16 England internationals and 55 FA Cup semi-finals - the highest total for FA Cup semi-finals of any stadium in the country.

Further information, including ticketing details, will be disclosed by the Premier League and the two clubs on Monday, May 20 should results require the match to take place.

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