Michael Brown has an added reason for wanting emerge from the City of Manchester Stadium with the points - to avoid some fearful stick from his Man City supporting mates.
The midfielder spent six years at what was then Maine Road and many of his family and friends are City fans. The pre-match banter, he reveals, has already started.
"There is a little bit of banter flying about," said Michael. "The family and a few mates that are coming to the game are City fans and it will be nice to go back there.
"The family always want me to do well, but I don't think the lads will lose any sleep if they beat us - they would rather their team wins. I really don't want to get any stick so we need a result.
"Playing them does still mean a lot to me, Man City is a great club with brilliant fans. It is where I started my career and I was there six years, it was a big part of my footballing life."
Meanwhile, a big favourite of the City fans these days is England international Shaun Wright-Phillips and Michael certainly admires the talents of the diminutive wideman.
"He is fantastic, full of energy, full of running and he is liked by all his fellow professionals as well. He is that sort of character.
"He is so quick, gets stuck in, scores goals and is a good lad too."