London party

Could emotional scenes at the London stadium stop City’s title race?

Even if the Premier League title won’t end with a win over West Ham tomorrow, a victory would go a long way towards placing a hand on the trophy with one game to go.

Pep Guardiola’s side will travel to London to take on a side that are playing to secure European football, as victory will take them above Manchester United in the bottom Europa League spot.

They will also enter a stadium with over 50,000 fans chanting a man’s name as their club legend Mark Noble retires at the end of the season. He will want to retire from his playing career with a legacy of securing back-to-back European trips for fans and players; a fairy tale debut season that came so close to reaching the final, only to fall to Eintracht Frankfurt in the semis.

Club media have spoiled West Ham fans this week with a selection of videos of their favorite son as he kicks off his final game in the capital, with the highlight particularly emotional speech at the weekday club awards night.

He has already admitted there will be tears that day as his potential 549th appearance could be the difference for the crowd if he comes in from the substitutes’ bench, pushing the team to go for three points.

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Something that could also hinder or encourage the champions to defend their crown, especially as questions about their personality have been raised following the collapse against Real Madrid.

A rocking London stadium for their East London boy could bring out their best performance and recovery after just one victory in the last five.

West Ham’s form has been affected by this European distraction as they lost to Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and Brentford last month, only coming back to victory against relegated Norwich in their previous game.

The game of the 2020/21 season ended in a draw with Phil Foden’s goal allowing City to come away with a share of the points after Michail Antonio’s opener, but City were only stopped from the full three only by Fabianski and the resolute defense of West Ham in the Second part.

The team were also responsible for exiting the Carabao Cup in October after a goalless draw ended in defeat from the penalty spot.

A potential banana peel in the run-in despite many pundits predicting Wolves fixtures will be of equal difficulty. Yet that was belied as Kevin de Bruyne and his magic allowed those predictions to fall flat as soon as his second of the night hit the Wolves net.

Hopefully City can spoil the party in East London and bring the celebrations back to Manchester.