West Ham United bid the fondest of farewells to homegrown hero, long-serving, record-breaking Club captain Mark Noble on Sunday afternoon.
The midfielder will play his final home game after nearly 18 years, before hanging up his boots, when Manchester City visit for our final Premier League fixture at London Stadium.
While the day will be charged with emotion and tinged with sadness as Noble prepares to retire, there is still plenty to play for for David Moyes’ squad as a whole.
West Ham kick-off the penultimate weekend of the 2021/22 season seventh in the table, three points behind Manchester United in sixth, but with a far better goal difference and a game in hand on the Red Devils. A point would all but secure seventh, with Wolverhampton Wanderers five points behind the Irons, but with a far worse goal difference.
Sixth would mean UEFA Europa League football again next season, while seventh would see West Ham go into the UEFA Conference League for the first time.
Manchester City, meanwhile, go into the weekend top of the table. Pep Guardiola’s side are three points clear of Liverpool in second, with both clubs having two games left to play.
The reverse fixture at Etihad Stadium was played at the end of November and ended in a 2-1 win for Manchester City, despite Manuel Lanzini’s outstanding late goal.
Previously, West Ham defeated Manchester
City in the EFL Cup third round, winning 5-3 on penalties following a goalless draw in 90 minutes.