So it is now one from two. Chelsea have secured their place in the top four of the Premier League with a historic win over Aston Villa and the remaining spot is now a straight battle between north London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, with bwin making the Gunners slight favourites to finish in the Champions League places.
Arsenal are 3/4 to finish in the top four despite currently sitting in fifth place, two points behind Spurs with a game in hand. The Gunners host relegation-threatened Wigan Athletic at the Emirates on Tuesday night needing to win to reclaim fourth spot.
Tottenham went fourth after beating ten-man Stoke City 2-1 at the Britannia Stadium thanks to a late Emmanuel Adebayor goal. Steven N’Zonzi had given Stoke a third-minute lead before Clint Demspey equalised, and Spurs’ cause was helped by Charlie Adam’s sending off early in the second half.
Manager Andre Villas-Boas was delighted with the win and is hoping that Wigan can do his team a favour by beating Arsenal.
“What we did was we kept the patience,” said the Portuguese. “It would have been very easy for us to lump it forward. We were rewarded in the end for that patience. In the end we got what we deserved.
“Hopefully we can be rewarded for what we have done this season. This result enables us to play at home to Sunderland, and Arsenal have a tough trip to Newcastle. This puts more pressure on Arsenal but they are able to cope with it. We hope Wigan have their day.”
On Saturday, Chelsea ensured they would finish in the top four with a game to spare by beating Aston Vila 2-1 at Villa Park on a day that will go down in club folklore.
In an eventful game, Christian Benteke scored and was sent off either side of Ramires also seeing red, but the game will be remembered because of one man.
Frank Lampard scored both goals, his 202nd and 203rd goals for the Blues, to become Chelsea’s all-time top goalscorer, beating Bobby Tambling’s long-standing record to the delight of the England midfielder.
He said: “It’s absolutely amazing personally – I never dreamed I’d get near 200 goals, even 50 or 100. I’m very fortunate, I have to thank my team-mates over the years and the lads we’ve got here now. The fans have been a huge support.
“It is emotional when your team-mates are surrounding you and the fans celebrating. It was a very, very amazing day for me. I did get a bit emotional there. I always dedicate my goals to my mum, I lost her a couple of years ago. Time passes but she was my biggest supporter and she’s always with me, her and my dad.”
And with Champions League football now secured, Chelsea can concentrate on their Europa League final with Benfica in Amsterdam on Wednesday. Click here to see bwin’s latest match odds.