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EPL 3rd-place playoff would be at Villa Park

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LONDON (AP)

The third-place playoff between Arsenal and Chelsea in the Premier League would be played May 26 at Villa Park in Birmingham, England.

Chelsea (21-7-9) has a two-point lead over Arsenal (20-7-10) with one game left. If the Gunners beat Newcastle 2-1 Sunday and Chelsea ties Everton 0-0, the teams would be even on points (73), goals (73) and goals allowed (38, necessitating the playoff.

The third-place team qualifies for the group stage of next season's Champions League. The fourth-place finisher, which could be Arsenal, Chelsea or Tottenham, would go to the Champions League playoff round in August.

Chelsea is scheduled to play exhibitions against Manchester City at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on May 23 and at Yankee Stadium in New York two days later.

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