If Arsenal win their final game against Everton, and Liverpool is beaten by already relegated Middlesbrough, the Gunners will overtake Jurgen Klopp's side to sit at the fourth position with 75 points. A win enables us to target top quality players in the summer; the type of which will only come to a club in the Champions League.
City are now in fourth place, three points ahead of Arsenal.
Realistically, Liverpool and City need one more win to secure a top four finish, while Arsenal must triumph in both their remaining fixtures and hope one of their rivals slips up.
A one-off game to decide league finish will be required in the following instances.
Manchester City draw 2-2 with West Brom in their final home game of the season, before ending the season with a shock 3-1 defeat against Watford at Vicarage Road.
Being able to offer Champions League football to transfer targets is hugely important with several of the Reds' targets looking to compete on Europe's biggest stage next season.
Sturridge was the catalyst for last weekend's 4-0 cruise at West Ham and the England man looks to be fit and firing again after another season that has been hampered by injury and indifferent form.
The champions sign off their league campaign, before next week's FA Cup final against Arsenal, at home to Sunderland when captain John Terry is expected to make his final appearance for the club.
The Gunners have pulled off the improbable on the final day on more than one occasion but even so this would mark quite the turnaround for Arsenal.
"The fans had waited so long and we did it in a City way".
Sky left itself just two games to choose from on Sunday after broadcasting 10 in the past week, culminating in Thursday night's clash between Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur.
Guardiola's side would have to contest third place with Liverpool in a one-off game if they scored a hatful but were held at Vicarage Road while Klopp's men won comfortably against Middlesbrough.
Arsenal's best hope is a shock Boro win; it's my view that if they don't get that slice of lucky, it's all over.
The popular Argentine right-back, who has been at the Etihad for nine years, is due to leave the club at the end of the season.
If Arsenal and City were to finish level on all the variables, Liverpool's result could dictate whether their play-off would be for third or fourth place.
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