For the latter, league placing will be irrelevant if the Blues manage to beat Bayern Munich in the Champions League final later this month although Roberto Di Matteo’s team will be confident of beating Newcastle after a 6-1 thrashing of QPR.
Chelsea v Newcastle 19:45 BST
Nobody would have predicted the Magpies sitting above Chelsea after 35 games played, although Alan Pardew’s team have been a revelation this season and stand on the verge of a Champions League place.
Perhaps they have hit the buffers at the wrong time after a 4-0 reverse at the hands of Wigan Athletic on Saturday although they are going to Stamford Bridge at a reasonable time considering Chelsea have the small matter of an FA Cup final this weekend.
Newcastle are 6/1 (Boylesports free bets) to claim victory and they have won seven on the road this season, with Pardew just looking for his side to keep things a lot tighter after effectively losing the game in the opening exchanges at the DW Stadium.
Papiss Cisse looked lively against the Latics and he is an 8/1 chance (Ladbrokes bookmaker) to score the first goal of this match, although all eyes might be on another striker who is starting to finally find his feet for Chelsea.
Fernando Torres sealed victory at the Nou Camp last week and followed this up with a splendid hat-trick against the Hoops, with bet365 (£200 free bets) offering 5/1 that El Nino breaks the deadlock in this contest.
After that 6-1 thrashing, Chelsea will be a popular wager at 8/15 (Sky Bet) and they did win 3-0 at St James’ Park in the reverse fixture, one of the best results achieved during the short reign of Andre Villas-Boas.
Bolton Wanderers v Tottenham 20:00 BST
Tottenham are back in the Premier League top four and Harry Redknapp is set to stay at White Hart Lane. Therefore, victory at the Reebok Stadium on Wednesday would represent a very good few days for the north London club who were challenging for the title earlier in the campaign.
Spurs are available at even money (Paddy Power free bets) to follow up Sunday’s 2-0 win over Blackburn with another victory although the team’s away form has been fairly patchy of late with Redknapp’s side losing 1-0 at QPR when last taking to the road.
This is also a crunch match for Bolton Wanderers, who need at least a point from this contest to crawl out of the relegation zone, although a victory would take them three clear of QPR with two games to play.
Owen Coyle’s team are available at 31/10 (Bet Victor bookmaker) to win this contest and they were full of spirit when drawing 2-2 at Sunderland on Saturday, something which means Bolton are unbeaten in their last three matches.
Kevin Davies has found his scoring touch at exactly the right time, with the Wanderers striker bagging a brace at the Stadium of Light and he could be a great bet at 10/1 to score first in this match.
Perhaps the end result will be the one that neither side wants and you can get odds of 11/4 that this game ends all square at the Reebok.