Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has conceded that his team's title hopes could be over if they lose to Arsenal on Sunday.
If Manchester United beat QPR at Old Trafford at the weekend, Mancini's side will be eight points behind by the time they kick off at the Emirates Stadium.
City have already been beaten on their travels at Sunderland, Everton and Swansea since the turn of the year.
And the Italian is convinced any hopes of catching the champions would be dashed if his team suffer a repeat against in-form Arsenal, who have won seven of their last eight.
When asked if a defeat would end their title ambitions, Mancini admitted: "If we lose at Arsenal and United beat QPR, yes."
The 47-year-old boss is developing a habit of predicting results but wrongly tipped United to drop points at Blackburn on Monday.
However, he does not feel that result alone has ended City's hopes.
Mancini added: "No, I think it's maybe more difficult but in my opinion the championship is not finished. Why not? It's possible.
"If they win all their games, congratulations, they deserve the title.
"I think maybe at the moment some don't believe because it's difficult. But in football you can always believe.
"It's important we go for an away win (at Arsenal) and win the derby. I think in six games they can lose other points."