Manchester City midfielder David Silva hopes Tottenham can beat league leaders Manchester United at White Hart Lane on Sunday to prevent the gap at the top reverting to seven points after the Premier League champions cruised to a 2-0 victory over Fulham on Saturday.
The Spain midfielder was in inspirational form for Roberto Mancini's side, netting both goals to narrow United's lead to just four points - but Sir Alex Ferguson's side have a game in hand over their rivals.
However, Silva is looking for Spurs to repeat their 3-2 victory at Old Trafford earlier in the season and give City a chance of chasing the Red Devils down to retain their title.
"It was a good game [against Fulham], that was the important thing - a good three points and we can put some pressure on United," he told City's official website.
"[The win was] very important because we play before them, they've got a difficult game and we have to see what they do, but it puts pressure on them.
"Hopefully [Spurs can win] but [United] are playing very well and we hope Tottenham can do something and we get something out of it."
The 27-year-old playmaker was pleased with his own performance despite missing the chance to claim a hat-trick, but insists it is points, and not plaudits, that matter at this stage of the season.
"[It was] a great two goals - I had an opportunity for the third one for the hat-trick but I didn't make contact as good as I wanted, but the points for the team are what really matters."
And despite enduring a disappointing exit from the Champions League group stage this term, Silva still believes City must fight for both the Premier League title and the FA Cup - although he feels Stoke will be tough cup opponents next Saturday.
"[It is] always very difficult to play at Stoke but we've got the league and the cup [to compete in] and we have to go for both of them."