Things are really hotting up in the Barclays English Premier Soccer League following an exhilarating 90 minutes of a tense Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium in which the home side Manchester City emerged 1-0 victors over Manchester United to go level on points, shooting to the top on goal difference.
It was the home side City's captain Vincent Kompany's 45th minute powerful header which seperated the two city rivals, following a great delivery from the corner by David Silva. That Kompany goal might prove to be just the tonic that Man City needsto wrestle the title away from champions United.
Now level with the Red Devils on 83 points, but with a superior goal difference of plus 8 (plus 61 to United's plus 53) the Citizens now top the table and it will take a lot from their next opponents Newcastle (away) and QPR (home) to make City falter,especially now with the title in sight.
City, the "noisy neighbours" have achieved a double over their 'polished and decent' neighbours this season following Monday night's victory.
On the field of play, it will not be an exaggeration to say that the home side dominated the visitors, and if the truth be told, United were a pale shadow of their usual self, failing to get a shot on target for the entire night. That was a far cry from the quality that United,one of the best teams in the world, is associated with.
City squandered numerous chances to score a second goal on the night. Typical examples of the chances which City could have rued had United equalised are those which fell to Yaya Toure and Nasri towards the end of the match. Both players were guilty of over over-elaboration in the box on those occasions.
Now all City need to do is get six points out of the matches against Newcastle and QPR, a task which does not seem insurmountable on paper given City's irresistible form of late.
However, that is easier said than done in reality. Great individual players like the creme de lacreme of world stars that you will find at City can show their class when called upon to do so against the best teams, but often flatter only to deceive when pitted against average teams like Newcastle and QPR.
City, be warned of the real threat posed by Newcastle on 6th May and QPR on 13th May. The former, City's next opponents on Sunday, are desperate for two good victories that will catapult them to an elusive top three or top four finish that will bring them back into UEFA Champions League football next season-every European club's dream.
QPR on the other end, are fighting to stay afloat, and are just a cut above the relegation zone, sitting uncomfortably above Bolton Wanderers with 34 points, albeit by virtue of a superior goal difference.
So, there is everything to play for for City's next opponents, and City have a very difficult two games ahead. If they are to emerge as champions, the final push for the title will prove to be a bumpy road.
On the other hand, Man U will be to some extent facing opponents who are completely out of danger of relegation and with limited chances of qualifying for the Europa League next season. But that does not mean the Red Devils will have a walk in the park. They will have to earn the possible victories.
If the two Manchester rivals finish on the possible 89 points, and unless United who are 8-goals down can manage to outscore City in two tense final games, City will clinch the title on better goal difference.
And what an amazing come-back story that will be for City who were at some point 8-points shy of Man U!