For Tottenham, hopes of finishing fourth are reliant on an unbeaten finish, and Arsenal and Everton both losing their remaining games. Realistically then, the best the north London club can aim for is to finish sixth, ahead of Manchester United, again securing Europa League football (though some supporters would prefer them not to be back in the latter competition).
The Stoke side Spurs face this weekend are a different prospect to the one they beat comfortably in December.
A tough January ensued for the Potters. Since then, however, 20 points from 12 matches has comfortably secured their top-flight status for another season.
The Britannia Stadium's status as a tough place to win has also been reaffirmed over the course of the year. Spurs may not be facing a team desperate for points, like Fulham or West Bromwich Albion in their previous two matches, but they will, nonetheless, do well to come away with the maximum.
Spurs boss Tim Sherwood is likely to stick with more or less the same side he has fielded in recent weeks.