The Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini believes the destiny of an intriguing battle for the English Premier football League title could be decided this weekend.
The mathematics of the situation has become increasingly stark for City, bidding to be crowned champions of England for the first time since 1968, as they have dropped points in recent weeks.
They are currently five points behind leaders and reigning champions Manchester United.
And that deficit could be increased to eight points by the time they kick-off against Arsenal on Monday morning, should United beat QPR earlier in the day.
If that happens, and City lose to Arsenal, the Eastlands club would be eight points behind their local rivals with just six games left.
Asked if such a scenario would mean the end of the title race, Mancini says if they lose against Arsenal and United beat QPR then yes.