2nd May, 2012
Bolton and Tottenham have plenty still to play for in their English Premier League match at the Reebok Stadium tonight.
Owen Coyle’s Bolton are in the relegation zone ahead of the clash with Spurs, but hold a game in hand over their immediate rivals on the table.
Just one point would see them escape the bottom three, at the expense of QPR.
And dropped points for Tottenham would put a dent in the fourth-placed visitors’ challenge for the final Champions League qualification berth.
Newcastle are fifth and level on points with Spurs, while Chelsea are one point behind in sixth spot.
That being the case, Spurs need to win their final three games to guarantee fourth, and hope Chelsea lose the Champions League final to Bayern Munich, so fourth place in the Premier League still carriers the reward of a European place next term.
However, manager Harry Redknapp has his sights on third place and automatic Champions League rights, unaffected by Chelsea’s fortunes in this year’s final.
Redknapp cited the example of Wigan’s shock 2-1 win over Arsenal as a reason not to take anything for granted between now and the end of the season.
“We’ve just got to keep going and you never know what will happen,” he said.
“Who’d have thought Wigan would pull off that result at the Emirates?”
Spurs have an extensive injury list, consisting of defenders Benoit Assou-Ekotto (shoulder) and Michael Dawson (ankle), as well as midfielders Niko Kranjcar (knee), Tom Huddlestone (ankle) and Davis Bentley (knee).
Bolton also have several key players sidelined, including Fabrice Muamba (illness), Ricardo Gardner (hip), Lee Chung-Yong (broken leg) and Stuart Holden (knee).