Defeat for Queens Park Rangers in a daunting trip to Manchester City would confirm their relegation from the Premier League after only one season back in the top table.
The only remaining aim now for the hosts is to end strongly and finish second to Chelsea, to whom they ceded the title in the last round of matches. They come into this having won their last three games, including a victory at Tottenham which saw them end a run of four successive away reverses.
The top-flight’s leading scorer Sergio Aguero was again the difference in front of goal at White Hart Lane, and has fond memories of this fixture, but Joe Hart was equally to thank after his fine display in goal prevented Spurs from converting one of their numerous chances. City are still not convincing.
All hopes of survival now look completely forlorn for QPR, whose lack of stability has again proved a major hindrance. Performances of late have been decent, but a poor away record, along with a run of no home victories since December ensure that they just have not done enough since promotion.
Some of their vulnerabilities were exposed by Liverpool last time out, as they battled back to draw level only to produce a catalogue of errors in the final 15 minutes which eventually saw them lose the game. A punishing Saturday was made worse by a number of fellow strugglers taking three points.
Samir Nasri is out for Man City, but they do have captain Vincent Kompany and the much talked about Yaya Toure back from injury.
For QPR, who must look to attack, there are concerns over a number of players. Nedum Onuoha is suspended, while Clint Hill, Steven Caulker, Mauricio Isla and Bobby Zamora are all doubtful.
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