Djibril Cisse believes it would be a sweet moment for former Manchester City manager Mark Hughes if Queens Park Rangers can get a good result at the Etihad Stadium.
QPR head into Sunday's season finale in charge of their own destiny after moving out of the Premier League relegation zone with a dramatic 1-0 win over Stoke.
The victory, which came courtesy of Cisse's 89th-minute strike, means Rangers will avoid relegation if they draw at City, where Hughes was sacked in 2009 after 18 months in charge.
Many think the Welshman was unfortunate to lose his job after a tumultuous period at the club that included Sheikh Mansour's multi-million pound takeover.
Cisse thinks Hughes, a former fans' favourite at Manchester United, will not be motivated by revenge but still thinks it would be nice for Rangers to triumph over City after the way his manager was treated.
"That would be sweet revenge for him," Cisse said.
"I don't think he is thinking about this - his main concern is to keep QPR up but it will be sweet for him too."
Cisse only joined QPR in January but he has already had a number of ups and downs and was delighted to score such a crucial goal against Stoke.
It was the fifth time the Frenchman has scored in seven appearances, but he has been suspended for seven matches after getting sent off against Sunderland and Wolves, and he felt he owed Tony Fernandes a good performance.
"I am trying to do my best to repay what I owe the people," said the striker, who latched on to Anton Ferdinand's flick-on to seal the late win.
"It was one of the most important goals of my career. It's really important because I know how important it is for the club to stay up.
"I saw Tony after the game and he gave me a hug. I remember having a conversation with him by text, telling him: 'I am going to pay you back what I owe you' and he came and told me: 'Thank you. You paid me back'.
"It was nice of him."