Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini believes the title could be decided when his side face Manchester United on April 28th.
The derby is scheduled to be the third-from-last game of the season for both sides, and with both the Citizens and Red Devils setting a red-hot pace at the top of the table, one match at the Etihad Stadium could be the pivotal moment in a 38-game campaign.
"If we are strong enough, I think it will be decided with the game at home probably,” Mancini told The Daily Mirror.
"We are on top, we are happy and know we have another 21 games."
The pair are currently level on points at the top of the table, with goal difference giving Mancini's side the slight edge moving towards New Year.
However, it's Sir Alex Ferguson's side which are in better form at the present time, reeling off seven wins in eights games and showing complete signs of recovery after the 6-1 humiliation to City at Old Trafford earlier in the season.
It's also their experience in the title race which leads Andy Cole, who played for both clubs during his career, to predict that United will win the title despite City having 'better individuals'.
"Manchester United will win the English Premier League this season. City have been outstanding at times, they may even boast better individuals and they've certainly spent more money, but United have a better team spirit and, crucially, experience," he wrote in The National.
"City are now the team to beat and sides will do anything to take points off them, even if they play so defensively that they only intend to get a draw.
"City will be stressed by the expectations of the media, their own fans, rival supporters and themselves."
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