Manchester City will be looking to secure their first Premier League title this weekend as odds on favourites with Paddy Power, who also report a free bets offer on any game, as Roberto Mancini hosts a Queens Park Rangers side that will have their top flight status decided.
It is without doubt the biggest game of the weekend as two teams from opposite ends of the table rely on the outcome of the final day to see whether their ambitions can be achieved.
Focusing on City to begin with, the task is simple – win the game. They won’t mind how either. Obviously a comfortable victory would be preferred for the nerves of everyone involved, but as long as the job is done, they will be celebrating at the Etihad Stadium.
Nobody would have anticipated this situation a few weeks ago after all. It seemed as if the title was destined to be Manchester United’s. A combination of United’s stuttering form and City’s winning streak – including a victory over their title rivals – has turned things around though.
Roberto Mancini’s men now know that their 18th home league win of the season will hand them the much sought after Premier League trophy. Regardless of what Manchester United do, unless Sir Alex Ferguson’s men beat Sunderland by a ridiculous margin.
This means that the pressure is on for City, but it is a pressure they should be relishing. Win this game and all the money spent and all the years in United’s shadow will be worth it.
QPR have plenty to play for too of course and City would no doubt have preferred to be up against someone with very little to play for.
As it stands, Mark Hughes’ men are out of the relegation zone, sitting two points clear of Bolton Wanderers who are the only team that can catch them.
Their Premier League status is still hanging in the balance though with defeat for them and a win for Bolton enough to condemn them to Championship football next season.
Rangers shouldn’t be focusing on Bolton though. They should focus on turning their really poor away form around and getting the point they need to remain in the league.
One thing is certain when looking ahead to this game – it really doesn’t get much bigger. The pressure is on. Who will be celebrating at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon? QPR, Manchester City or both?
Bring it on.