Now the London clubs have a chance to close the gap on the third and fourth-placed teams and both sides have winnable matches against sides scrapping against relegation from the Premier League.
Chelsea v QPR 13:30 BST
Who would have predicted that Chelsea would qualify for the Champions League final, especially when the Blues appeared to be losing their way under Andre Villas-Boas?
Roberto di Matteo has done an incredible job in helping the team get past Napoli, Benfica and Barcelona, with Bayern Munich now lying in wait and you wouldn’t put it past Chelsea to claim victory at the Allianz Arena.
Even so, the Italian would love to see his team claim fourth place in the Premier League and avoid needing to win against Bayern to make the Champions League next season, with the Blues available at a best price 4/9 (Ladbrokes free bet) to win this west London derby.
There is likely to be extra spice added to this contest as a result of the reverse fixture last autumn which saw QPR win 1-0 against a Chelsea side reduced to nine men with John Terry being charged with making racist comments.
The Blues skipper is in the spotlight once again after his red card against Barcelona although wouldn’t it just be typical to see the England man break the deadlock in this match and he is a 20/1 chance to do exactly that.
Mark Hughes must be scratching his head as to how the Hoops have been able to claim home wins against Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool, yet fall short when it comes to away matches against Sunderland, Bolton and West Brom.
Wigan’s resurgence means there is extra pressure on QPR to get something from this match and a point wouldn’t be too bad ahead of matches against Stoke and Manchester City. Rangers are 15/2 (bet365 £200 free bets) to win this game and 19/5 (Bet Victor) to get a valuable point.
Tottenham Hotspur v Blackburn Rovers 16:00 BST
It is increasingly bizarre that Tottenham were supposedly in the title hunt two months ago, with Spurs having now slipped to fifth place in the Premier League and they could begin Sunday’s match in 6th if Chelsea get a point or better against QPR.
Harry Redknapp has had to deal with ridiculous stories this week about elements of the dressing room being unsettled, something that the 65-year-old has flatly denied although the pressure is on the team to claim victory against Blackburn and get back into the top four.
Naturally, the north London side are warm favourites to win the game, although you can get odds of 4/9 (Paddy Power £100 free bet) about Tottenham getting the three points, something that would have been a virtual certainty during the early part of the season when Redknapp’s side were playing silky football.
Now it comes down to a battle of will, with Blackburn certain to be up for the fight as defeat could mean the Lancashire side are almost doomed, especially with Wigan now six points clear of Steve Kean’s men.
Rovers have got three games to save their skins, with trips to Tottenham and Chelsea sandwiching a home game against Wigan and victory in this match would be a welcome boost to their survival hopes, with the bookies offering 8/1 (Bet Victor bookmaker) that the visitors pull off a surprise win.
One can’t help but feel that they will come up against a motivated Spurs side determined to silence their critics and odds of 21/20 (Stan James bookmaker) about the home side leading at half-time and full-time look pretty tasty when you consider Blackburn’s last away match saw them lose 3-0 at Swansea City.
Emmanuel Adebayor had apparently fallen out with Redknapp according to the tabloids, although the Togolese striker should be fit for this contest and Ladbrokes offer 4/1 that he breaks the deadlock.