Queens Park Rangers defender Nedum Onuoha is hoping for a double celebratory carnival at Manchester City on Sunday.
The former City player returns to the Etihad Stadium on the final day of the Premier League season having left for Loftus Road in the January transfer window.
Onuoha heads back to City in far from ideal circumstances, with his ex-club requiring a win to be sure of lifting the title and QPR needing at least a point to stay in the top flight.
But the 25-year-old is optimistic that both QPR and City will record the results they need to reach their targets.
"It has just worked out in the exact opposite way that I would have liked," Onuoha told Sky Sports. "But that's the way football is.
"As soon as you start hoping for something, expecting something, it turns out to be the exact opposite.
"So we just go into the game, hope we can get something, hope they get enough to win the league and everybody is happy and it can just be a big carnival."
QPR's away form in the league has been a major factor behind their struggles after losing 13 matches on their travels.
But Onuoha insists he and his team-mates will have a positive mentality at City's Etihad fortress, where Roberto Mancini's side have dropped just two league points this season.
"If you go there and maybe just try for a draw, you just get picked off," said the defender. "You have to go into the game, knowing that you need something from it.
"Teams that are set up just to defend, what happens when the other team scores? You haven't got a 'Plan B'."
He added: "Parking the bus, especially at that place, is a terrible idea."