Two Etihad Stadium matches now lie between them and a second league title in three years, with the first of those coming with the visit of Aston Villa on Wednesday.
Paul Lambert's side secured their Premier League status for next season with Saturday's win over Hull at Villa Park and so there will be no pressure on his young team when they head to Manchester. Such circumstances can often lead to better performances.
So how will City play it?
Here is the XI that Pellegrini could pick: