Three of the top five were in action on Wednesday with fifth place Newcastle facing a tricky test to face FA cup finalist Chelsea and fourth place Spurs away to Bolton.
At Stamford Bridge, Alan Pardew’s side moved four points clear of Chelsea and level on points with fourth place Spurs in the Premier League as they toppled a strong looking Chelsea side 2-0 at Stamford Bridge.
Papiss Cisse scored in either half, the second a long range volley, as Alan Pardew’s side bounced back from last weekend’s horror show at Wigan.
The curse of the England job has been lifted for Harry Redknapp as his Spurs side followed up their win over Blackburn with a 4-1 win over Bolton.
An emotional Reebok welcomed Fabrice Muamba onto the pitch two months after his cardiac arrest in a FA cup tie with the same opposition however the presence of the midfielder failed to lift Owen Coyle’s side as a stunning first half volley from Luka Modric was followed by a three goals in nine minutes from Rafael Van der Vaart and a double from Emmanuel Adebayor.
Nigel Reo-Croker has briefly bought Bolton level with a fine finish of his own on 51 minutes however despite being second best in the second half Spurs went back in front through van der Vaart before a brace
Wednesday‘s full time scores and scorers
Chelsea 0 -2 Newcastle
Cisse 14, 90 min
Bolton 1 -4 Tottenham
Reo Croker 51 min
Modric 37 min, Van der Vaart 60 min, Adebayor 62, 69 min