West Ham United are famous for having a big say in title races of the past.
Unfortunately for West Ham fans their team has not been the ones in contention since 1986.
The team that pipped the Hammers that season? Liverpool.
And it the Reds who arrive in East London on Monday night as the current Premier League leaders.
Pellegrini has his say on title race
Manchester City and West Ham’s bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur both won over the weekend to ramp up the pressure on Jurgen Klopp’s side.
A win for West Ham at the London Stadium would do Spurs and City a huge favour.
Most see the title race as a shootout between Liverpool and City.
But going into the game Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini made a case for Tottenham too with comments that won’t please West Ham fans.
‘Spurs? Of course they can win it’
As the Chilean plots blowing the title race wide open, he told Sky Sports Tottenham can win it.
“If we win I will be very happy for our club first, because we need a good performance against the leaders,” Pellegrini told Sky Sports.
“It’s more easy for the team that is involved in just two competitions, compared to the team that is involved in four.
“Tottenham? You should never think that a team four or five points behind you are not involved in the title.
“Of course they are.”
Hard to swallow for Hammers fans
There is no love lost between West Ham and Tottenham fans.
Spurs operate at the elite level in recent seasons under Mauricio Pochettino while West Ham are part of a group of six teams fighting out to be the best of the rest.
Of course West Ham still have to play Mauricio Pochettino’s side and City in their remaining games.
Injuries may dictate the Hammers cannot offer the kind of resistance most neutrals would like for the Monday night live game.
But stranger things have happened in the past.
For West Ham fans it is the torture of deciding the lesser of two evils between Spurs and Liverpool when it comes to their preferred destination for the league title this season.