PREMIER LEAGUE teams still have tens of MILLIONS of pounds to play for this season.
Arsene Wenger complained about some clubs being “on holiday” already – earning him a rebuke from Pep Guardiola – but the prize money on offer still means players should be putting the effort in.
Premier League teams still have plenty to play for with tens of MILLIONS of pounds in prize money up for grabs[/caption]
Champions Chelsea will earn £38m in prize money for finishing top of the table[/caption]
Each Premier League position is worth an extra £1.9million at the end of the season.
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The top seven are nearly all locked into position – although the £50million prize for finishing in the top four is still a three-horse race – and the three teams have already been relegated.
But the positions that are still up for grabs – from eighth to 17th – carry a difference in prize money of £17.1million.
A team like West Brom can finish as high as eighth (£24.7m) or as low as 13th (£15.2m), a massive difference in spending power in the summer.
West Ham, the team Wenger was referring to as on holiday after they were thrashed 4-0 by Liverpool at the weekend, could finish anywhere between ninth and 16th.
PREM PRIZE MONEY
1) £38m (Chelsea)
2) £36.1m (Tottenham)
3) £34.2m (Liverpool, Man City, Arsenal)
4) £32.3m (Liverpool, Man City, Arsenal)
5) £30.4m (Liverpool, Man City, Arsenal, Man Utd)
6) £28.5m (Arsenal, Man Utd)
7) £26.6m (Everton)
8) £24.7m (West Brom, Southampton, Bournemouth, Leicester)
9) £22.8m (West Brom, Southampton, Bournemouth, Leicester, West Ham)
10) £20.9m (West Brom, Southampton, Bournemouth, Leicester, West Ham)
11) £19m (West Brom, Southampton, Bournemouth, Leicester, Watford, West Ham, Crystal Palace, Stoke, Burnley)
12) £17.1m (West Brom, Southampton, Bournemouth, Leicester, Watford, West Ham, Crystal Palace, Stoke, Burnley)
13) £15.2m (West Brom, Southampton, Bournemouth, Leicester, Watford, West Ham, Crystal Palace, Stoke, Burnley, Swansea)
14) £13.3 (Leicester, Watford, West Ham, Crystal Palace, Stoke, Burnley, Swansea)
15) £11.4m (Leicester, Watford, West Ham, Crystal Palace, Stoke, Burnley, Swansea)
16) £9.5m (Watford, West Ham, Crystal Palace, Stoke, Burnley, Swansea)
17) £7.6m (Watford, Crystal Palace, Stoke, Burnley, Swansea)
18) £5.7m (Hull)
19) £3.8m (Middlesbrough, Sunderland)
20) £1.9m (Middlesbrough, Sunderland)
Stoke City could earn as much as £19m or as little as just £7.6m[/caption]
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Finishing as high as they can will bag the Hammers £22.8m but finishing just above the relegation zone will net the club just £9.5m.
The only teams with nothing to play for are Champions Chelsea, second-placed Tottenham, seventh-placed Everton and 18th placed Hull City.
Even the difference between finishing 19th and 20th is worth another £1.9m to the team that doesn’t finish bottom.