Sheikh Mansour is not expected to be at the Etihad stadium on Sunday to watch Manchester City take on Queens Park Rangers as they attempt to win a first championship in 44 years.

The decision may suggest he is relaxed about the future of Roberto Mancini, with the Abu Dhabi-based owner of the club pleased at how the manager has rallied the Premier League challengers during the closing phase of the campaign.

Having been eight points behind Manchester United when losing 1-0 at Arsenal early last month, City have only to match their city rivals' result to be sure of the title, unless the champions can overturn their superior goal difference of eight at Sunderland.

Mansour will watch the game with QPR – as he does all matches – on television with his diary thought to currently prevent him attending the decisive fixture, though there may still be a late change.

Since buying the club in the summer of 2008, Mansour's schedule has allowed him to attend a match at the Etihad once – last season's 3-0 victory over Liverpool.