Tottenham Hotspur: Spurs' Hopes for a Successful Season Rest on Wigan

Frank WagnerCorrespondent IMay 9, 2013

WIGAN, ENGLAND - APRIL 27: Callum McManaman (R) of Wigan Athletic shoots to score his sides second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Wigan Athletic and Tottenham Hotspur at the DW Stadium on April 27, 2013 in Wigan, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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From the start of August, it was clear that the success of Tottenham's season rested on one goal: a top-four finish and a Champions League berth.

A place in Europe's top competition has been Spurs' main desire for quite some time now. The club's pursuit was only made stronger by their first go in the tournament in 2010-11, when they finished in the quarterfinals.

After last season's fourth-place finish was shockingly nullified by Chelsea's incredible Champions League win, the team's No. 1 priority was never clearer.

Now, with two matches remaining in their Premier League season, Tottenham sits in fifth place, just one point shy of their season's objective.

Thanks to their draw at Stamford Bridge Wednesday, Spurs need help in the form of one of their two rivals, Chelsea or Arsenal, slipping up over their respective final two matches.

So how is the outlook for Tottenham at this point in their stretch run?

With a three-point gap and a vast gulf in goal difference putting them below Chelsea, Spurs will need the Blues to drop points in both of their final two matches to even have a chance of passing them. While this is not impossible, it is quite an unlikely scenario.

That puts Tottenham's hopes on Arsenal dropping points in one of their final two matches, in which the Gunners play relegation-threatened clubs Wigan and Newcastle.

While both of these matches seem to carry the same weight, the first one against Wigan could be Spurs' only hope at a top-four finish.

With Newcastle three points clear of Wigan for the final relegation spot, a Magpies win over a QPR side in a downward spiral coupled with a Wigan loss to Arsenal would assure Newcastle of a spot in the Premier League next season and render their final match with Arsenal meaningless on their end.

Hence, if the Gunners can find a way to pick up all three points in their next match with Wigan, they could have an easy path to the top four regardless of Tottenham's performances against Stoke and Sunderland.

On the other hand, an Arsenal loss could open the floodgates, pulling Newcastle back into the relegation race and making life difficult in their last match.

Thus, Spurs' best hope of a top-four finish now lies with Wigan's performance next week. Oh, and Tottenham winning at Stoke and against Sunderland.