Victory for Hull City in their final league game at home to champions Cardiff City would see them pip Watford to automatic promotion to the Premier League and cap what has been an impressive first season at the helm for manager Steve Bruce.
And yet anything other than a win could potentially see them surrender second place to Gianfranco Zola’s men and be forced to settle for a place in the play-offs, as the Hornets will leapfrog the Tigers if they better their result on Saturday.
It promises to be an enthralling finale to an incredible Championship campaign, but Hull must surely be feeling apprehensive about the prospect of facing the all-conquering Bluebirds.
Bruce’s men have seemingly been feeling the pressure in recent games having picked up just one point from the last nine available, their previous outing being a disappointing 2-0 defeat in their Yorkshire derby with relegation-threatened Barnsley last weekend.
It was the third successive game in which the Tigers failed to find the net, a statistic made even more concerning considering their last three matches have come against the bottom three sides in the division in the shape of Bristol City, Wolves and the Tykes.
However, they have been priced as odds-on favourites to secure maximum points against the Bluebirds at 9/10, with the draw at 5/2, while Cardiff are 11/4 to secure a league double over their hosts after running out 2-1 winners back in November.
The Welsh club head into the game unbeaten in their last seven, five of which ended with a share of the spoils, including their last three, and they certainly won’t make life easy for the home side despite having already wrapped up the title.
Malky Mackay’s men have the joint-best defensive record in the league alongside Brighton, while they have recorded the most clean sheets with 18, and on only nine occasions has a team breached their defence more than once in a league game.
They’ve been equally impressive going forward, notching 70 goals in 46 games, which is a record bettered only by Watford.
The Bluebirds’ attack has been shut out just six times all season, although they have managed to find the net just twice in their last three games.
Going by both clubs’ recent outings, backing fewer than 2.5 goals at 87/100 looks a good bet, as it would have paid out in seven of Hull’s last nine matches, and in five of Cardiff’s previous six.
A 0-0 scoreline at half-time, which has been the case in 17 of the Tigers’ league matches, also looks attractive at 2/1, especially considering 60% of the Bluebirds’ goals this term have come after the break.
And with a tense opening likely given what is at stake for the home side, a low-scoring opening period would be no surprise.
While promotion to the top flight remains in the hands of Bruce’s side, they couldn’t have been handed a more difficult encounter and at 5/2, the draw looks the best value here.
Whether that proves good enough to secure their Premier League return remains to be seen, but with Watford fancied to beat Leeds United at Vicarage Road, Hull could well take an agonising tumble at the final hurdle.