This weekend in the Premier League
2. The race for Champions League qualification
|THE RACE FOR THIRD AND FOURTH
Tottenham had the chance to go third on Saturday with their London rivals not playing until the following day and will be desperate to take full points after being held by Wigan last weekend.
Gareth Bale - the newly crowed PFA Young Player and Player of the Year - took advantage of hesitance from Joel Robles to divert the ball and open the scoring at the DW Stadium.
The Latics rallied, though, and looked to be heading to a vital win in their battle against relegation before Emmerson Boyce turned the ball into his own net in the last minute of second-half injury time.
The 2-2 draw saw Spurs stay fifth as Chelsea comfortably beat Swansea 2-0 and Arsenal earned a deserved point against champions Manchester United - with former player Robin van Persie netting from the penalty spot.
|"If we win all our games it will be enough and I am convinced we will be there. We will be where we want to be at the end, I am sure of that.
- Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger
Tottenham again play first this weekend, hosting a struggling Southampton side who are winless in their last three and missing defender Daniel Fox and influential midfielder Gaston Ramirez through suspension after the pair picked up red cards during the loss to West Brom last time out.
Andre Villas-Boas has doubts over Mousa Dembele's fitness after he was forced to withdraw during the game against Wigan, while William Gallas is expect to lose his bid to be fit.
Arsenal are thought to have the easier run-in out of the three with Saturday evening's visit to QPR followed by games against relegation-threatened Wigan and Newcastle.
|BET OF THE WEEKEND
|Jim Knight, Goal.com Betting Editor
What a game we have in prospect here! Although Manchester United have sealed the Premier League title, they showed plenty of fight against Arsenal - but will they take their foot off the gas a little now that they cannot reach the record points total?
The last time these two teams met at Old Trafford it was the 2-2 draw in the FA Cup quarter-final. That game is one of several where Chelsea have managed to find the net at least twice on their travels.
The Blues have found the net at least twice in five of their last six away games in all competitions and with the title now secured, it's not beyond them to take advantage of the United defece. The home side have conceded at least twice in three of their last five at Old Trafford and at 13/8 (2.62) with Coral over 1.5 Chelsea goals offers a bit of value for Sunday's mouth-watering clash.
Harry Redknapp's side have lost four and drawn two of their last six games and face an Arsenal team who have lost just once in 13 games, winning eight.
QPR did, though, win the same fixture last term thanks to goals from Samba Diakite and Adel Taarabt, and are likely to be boosted by the returns of injured pair Andros Townsend and Christopher Samba.
For the Gunners, Olivier Giroud serves the second of his three-match ban and Lukasz Fabianski is still a doubt with a rib injury.
The standout tie between the top-four rivals is Chelsea's trip to face United. A win for the Blues would be a first over Sir Alex Ferguson's side since 2010 and could all but secure Champions League football next season.
Rafael Benitez, though, has a near-fully fit squad to choose from with just bit-part player Marko Marin a doubt with a thigh injury, but the squad have a Europa League semi-final second leg against Basel to contend with first.
United, meanwhile, have concerns over Nemanja Vidic and Danny Welbeck, while Paul Scholes is still struggling to regain match fitness.
Chicharito, though, is fit and ready to face Chelsea, with the 24-year-old boasting a superb record of seven goals in 11 games and is expected to play a part.