Chelsea hosts Spurs with European hopes on line

STUART CONDIE AP Sports Writer Published:

LONDON (AP) -- Tottenham's Premier League trip across London to face Chelsea on Saturday is looking a lot like a playoff for Champions League qualification.

Although neither club would be out of contention for a top-four finish if they lose, Chelsea could be eight points behind fourth place with four games remaining if Tottenham wins at Stamford Bridge and Arsenal avoids losing to Aston Villa.

Tottenham needs a victory almost as much, if only to boost morale after picking up just one of the past 12 available points.

Tottenham manager harry Redknapp says "we're all disappointed to have had a blip at this time of the season but we've got to come out of that now."

Also Saturday, second-place Manchester City is at Stoke, while leader Manchester United hosts Fulham on Monday.