Manchester United will have plenty of motivation when they host Leicester City in league action on Tuesday.
With their “noisy neighbours” ready to win back the Premier League, a home victory will once again keep the cork in the champagne bottles.
City’s shock loss to Chelsea and United’s come from behind win against Aston Villa have kept the celebrations quiet. Now, Brendan Rodgers will bring his Foxes to the Theatre of Dreams looking to start his own party.
Leicester’s top four hopes were dented by a surprise 4-2 loss against Newcastle. They start in fourth after Chelsea went ahead thanks to their win over Manchester City. Should United prevail and West Ham win the gap will be reduced to just two points.
There is then plenty to play for.
United are in red-hot form and have won six from their last seven in the league. The games are coming thick and fast with Liverpool due to visit in two days time after their match was rescheduled due to protests at Old Trafford.
Does Ole Gunnar Solskjaer then gamble by selecting a weaker side in this encounter? Captain Harry Maguire is unlikely to start but Eric Bailly is a more than adequate deputy. Alex Telles, Nemanja Matic and regular substitute Donny van de Beek could all get a chance to impress from the outset.
An away win would all but end Liverpool’s chances of a top four finish in the process.
Surely, that won’t be the thinking?
These two teams drew 2-2 in the reverse fixture and at this late stage of the competition, it appears that there will be many goals in this outing too.