This weekend in the Premier League
The race for Champions League qualification
|THE RACE FOR THIRD AND FOURTH
"It was very important for us to come back," the Portuguese said. "It means we are now in control because we have a game in hand on Arsenal - and that game in hand is against Chelsea. So we are now in control of our own destiny again."
Next up for Spurs as a trip to relegation-threatened Wigan. Roberto Martinez's Latics usually wake up around this time of the season, but they are currently winless in their past three games - losing two on the bounce. Tottenham have not lost at the DW Stadium in over four years, and recorded their biggest ever Premier League win against Saturday's opponents when they hit nine past them in November 2009.
|BET OF THE WEEKEND
|Jim Knight, Goal.com Betting Editor
This is a huge game at both the top and bottom of the Premier League and, despite Wigan's tag of being the division's escapologists in recent years, the signs are not good for Roberto Martinez's men. The potential distraction of the FA Cup final could prove costly for the Latics and the visit of Tottenham looks to offer some worthwhile betting opportunities.
I was surprised to see Spurs at odds-against with bet365. Andre Villas-Boas' men have won three of their last four Premier League games on the road, including victories over West Ham and Swansea. Plus, a quick look at Wigan's record against top-six sides makes grim reading for the hosts. Of the five games they've played at home against the top six, they've drawn one and lost four, scoring in only one of those.
Although Wigan do need the points I think Spurs' renewed Champions League push and better form will mean they overcome the Latics on Saturday afternoon. At 21/20 with bet365 they look a good bet this weekend.
Chelsea, meanwhile, wait until Sunday to host Swansea following their Europa League semi-final exploits against Basel at St. Jakob-Park.
Luis Suarez's last-gasp equaliser in Sunday's 2-2 draw saw the Blues miss out on a chance to reclaim third spot and, with Arsenal hosting newly crowned champions Manchester United later in the day, the squad will know they cannot afford to miss another opportunity to better their rivals.
Demba Ba is expected to return to the starting line-up after being ineligible to face Basel, and will be hoping to improve on his return of just one goal in his last eight Premier League outings after scoring against the Swans earlier in the season for Newcastle.
Swansea, though, have a fine record against Chelsea, facing them three times already this season without suffering defeat - including a 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge in the Capital One Cup semi-finals.
However, Michael Laudrup's side had conceded two goals per game in their four outings before last weekend's 0-0 draw with Southampton and have picked up just five points since winning the Capital One Cup in February.
"When we play big games, everyone will be focused on defence because if you do not defend well at Chelsea or Manchester United, then they will score three or four against you," Laudrup said on Wednesday.
"We did it before this season against Chelsea so we know we can do it, but it will be difficult because they still have a lot to play for."
A win for Swansea could see them climb to eighth in the standings, with games against Manchester City, Wigan and United all to come.