City can clinch third spot, and a place in the group stage, by winning at Watford; while Liverpool will secure at least fourth by beating Middlesbrough. But Arsenal can sneak into the top four if one of their rivals slips up; and they beat Everton at Emirates Stadium.
Champions League D-Day
Manchester City need a point at Watford to guarantee a top-four finish; but winning and finishing third will take them straight into next season’s Champions League group stages.
The team in fourth place will go into a two-legged play-off in August; while whoever finishes fifth will receive a place in the Europa League.
With just six points separating Southampton, in eighth, and 16th-placed Watford; several teams also have the opportunity to improve their league position – and increase their share of Premier League prize money. Burnley, for instance, could finish as low as 17th, earning A?7.6m in prize money; or as high as 11th, which would be worth A?19m – a difference of A?11.4m.
Race for the Premier League Golden Boot
Harry Kane’s four-goal haul takes him to the top of goalscoring charts on 26, two ahead of Romelu Lukaku. A Belgium striker Lukaku and Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez, third in the standings on 23 goals; will face each other at Emirates Stadium as they look to catch up to Kane.
Chelsea Chase History
No team has ever won 30 league matches in a 38-game top-flight season – but Chelsea will be the first to do so if they beat bottom club Sunderland at Stamford Bridge.
Antonio Conte’s side secured the Premier League title – the club’s fifth in 13 seasons; with a 1-0 victory at West Brom on 12 May, and will receive the trophy after Sunday’s game.
Chelsea managed 29 league wins in a season, in 2004-05 and 2005-06, twice under Jose Mourinho.
Only two teams in the history of the English top division have achieved more – Tottenham won 31 games in 1960-61 and Liverpool 30 in 1978-79 – and they both did it in 42-match seasons.