The game of the weekend in the Premier League is without doubt the battle of 2nd v 3rd at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Both Manchester City and Chelsea will go into the game knowing that the result could have a massive impact on the direction of their season over the final running, and with just 12 games to go, a win is vital for both sides.
The big question is: will the Manchester side secure their second place position and maybe make one final attempt to catch Manchester United, or will Chelsea increase their chances of breaking back into the top two?
In terms of stats it is a foregone conclusion. But everybody knows that football games are not won based on stats. Chelsea have won ten out of their last twelve away games compared to City who have lost their last three.
Manchester City have won only once in the last four meetings against Chelsea and have the lowest average points (0.87) for each game played against Chelsea in their last four matches.
The key players to watch on Sunday will be Frank Lampard for Chelsea and Edin Dzeko for Manchester City. The Blue’s midfielder, still vying for a new contract, has scored elven goals in thirteen appearances for Chelsea this season scoring in his last four consecutive Premier League games. As for Dzeko, he has scored six goals in seven appearances. City have not gone four games without a win in the Premier League since November 2009 when Roberto Mancini took over the managerial hot-seat from Mark Hughes after a run of seven draws.
Interestingly, in their last 10 Premier League games both sides have won 6, drawn 2 and lost 2, there is nothing between them.
But there is one thing for certain, if Manchester United win against Queens Park Rangers this weekend and their city rivals fail to win, the Premier League title race will be well and truly over.