director would like to receive his side’s back on course by beating on Monday – and also do his old side a favor at the exact same time.

leaders are two things clear in the title race but have a match in hand over rivals City, who beat Arsenal 3-1 on Sunday.

Pellegrini won the league within a three-year spell in City in 2014.

“If we win I will be quite happy to our club first,” he explained.

“We want a good performance against the leaders.

“After that, if we will provide a hand to , then it’s not our problem, but obviously I’m a fan of too”

Pellegrini affirmed that protector Winston Reid, out for almost a year with a knee injury, is not expected back for action this season.

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