There's a lot of pundit talk about the teams just outside the top four. Now that the likes of Spurs and Saints aren't realistically going to shoehorn in, both teams have had a run of poor form that would suggest, if we didn't know better, that they are trying to avoid the travails of the Europa League.
I can understand this. British teams haven't had too much recent success in the competition, and most teams that have entered the competition have seen their league form suffer as a result.
Are Saints trying to avoid the Europa League? And should they?