Chelsea v Tottenham Sat 12:45
The race for a European qualification spot will undergo massive judgement on Saturday when Tottenham travel to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea, with long odds on offer with Paddy Power for Spurs to take all three points back to White Hart Lane.
Both sides are hoping to bounce back from disappointing midweek results and will be keener than ever to return to winning ways so that they might compete in the Champions League next season.
Chelsea fell victim to the Manchester City machine on Wednesday and after going 1-0 up through a Gary Cahill finish, the West London side eventually lost thanks to goals from Sergio Aguero and Samir Nasri.
Spurs would understandably be even more upset with their result after drawing at home to Stoke City and staying in fourth spot as a result.
This outcome means that Arsenal now sit in third place and the three London clubs will duke it out for the remaining two European finishes with first and second admittedly reserved by the two Manchester giants.
After a very impressive campaign so far, Spurs now appear to be losing form and are without a victory in their last four league games, losing three of those.
Chelsea aren’t faring massively better but are nonetheless the in-form side going into this fixture having won four of their last five matches.
Although their defence has been poor defensively, Roberto Di Matteo’s team have the third best home attack in the English top flight, scoring an average of 2.21 goals per game.
Tottenham are no slouches when going forward either though and have netted 1.57 goals per game on average when playing away from home this campaign.
These statistics make for a very promising encounter that is bound to hold a huge bearing on who we see playing in Europe next season.
For Chelsea, John Terry should return to the side after injury with Gary Cahill set to make way for the captain, while Daniel Sturridge and Michael Essien could come back into the starting line up after sitting out the loss at the Etihad midweek.
Di Matteo must also make the decision whether to drop Fernando Torres to the bench after finally hitting the net in the FA Cup last week, or bring in Didier Drogba to lead the line as the solitary front man.