Manchester City fans could be in for a fraught climax to one of the more exciting Premier League campaigns in recent memory if their clash with West Ham plays out true to form.
Back on May 13, 2012, the Citizens entered the last 15 minutes staring down the barrel of an unlikely capitulation against QPR that was set to hand Manchester United the title, until a 90th-minute brace sent the Etihad into raptures.
Fast forward to the last chapter of the 2013/14 campaign and the potential for fireworks is every bit as great, with games involving City including a massive 41 goals between the 75th minute and full time this term.
That’s four more than next-closest Cardiff and seven more than Fulham, the third-most prolific punishers of car-park advantage seekers.
Those are numbers that make the 7/10 about over 0.5 goals inside the last 15 minutes of their ‘coronation’ fixture against West Ham leap up and down squeaking “back me! back me!”
Of that 41-goal total for minutes 75-90, the 28 bagged by the Sky Blues is a whopping eight clear of any other side, suggesting that their opposition usually fall apart under the pressure of holding Manuel Pellegrini’s attack at bay in the end.
However, the 13 strikes the Citizens have shipped in the same timeframe shows that they too can lose focus as the clock ticks around to full time.
Indeed only six of their top-flight contemporaries have been breached on more occasions inside the final quarter of an hour across the league season as a whole.
The fact that one of those is West Ham only contributes to the likelihood that the title race could take a final twist within the shadow of the winning post.
City are a Lilliputian 7/50 for the three points, with the draw 7/1 and a West Ham win friendless at 27/2.