By CandH northern man Terry Robbins
The Irons hopes of beating Manchester City this coming Sunday have been dealt a massive boost, with Pep Guardiola without three of his top starting defenders.
Centre backs Ruben Dias and John Stones, plus right-back Kyle Walker, have all been ruled out for the remainder of the season with injuries, which gives reasons as to why we may create wjat most would see as a big shock.
Guardiola doesn’t not have a right-sided centre-back and is likely to play 37-year-old veteran midfielder Fernandinho alongside Aymeric Laporte.
Mikey Antonio must be fancying his chances against the 5ft8in Brazilian, especially with him also likely to start away at Wolves on Wednesday.
City need seven points from their remaining three games to win the Premier League title for a fourth time in five years and nose out Liverpool.
But there has to be growing positivity that Moysie and the lads can put a spanner in the works and boost our own hopes of finishing sixth in our last two games.
That of course could be the difference between Europa League and Europa Conference, not to mention booking ending a great season and finishing above Manchester United.
Our brilliant result at Norwich showed our lads aren’t on the beach just yet and Guardiola’s team will be playing their fourth game in ten days when they visit the London Stadium.
City fans are under no illusions the title race is far from over and know Irons will want to put on a show in our final home game and hope United drop points on the final day at Palace.
If we can take points off City, which will take a mammoth effort it will set us up very nicely for the game at Brighton.
The games with City have been tight affairs in the last couple of seasons and we also have the Carabao Cup win from early in the campaign to show we can more than mix it with them.
Most City fans I speak with in Manchester had a big red ring around this date, especially after the Premier League brought the kick-off time forward to 2pm from 4.30pm, affording their team less recovery time.
Moysie has the week to prepare a plan and City will have to win the title the hard way, which means keeping our lads at bay.