On Monday night, Manchester City's Argentinian striker Carlos Tevez single-handedly beat ten man Wigan Athletic with a 12 minute hat-trick to keep his club on the trail of fourth-place Tottenham Hotspur.
It has been an excellent March for Spurs, who have won six league matches on the bounce to demonstrate their Champions League credentials.
City, so often accused of inconsistency and complacency, but with only five league defeats on their record this season, have found some form and look to have built sufficient momentum to be considered slight favourites in the race for fourth.
With Fernando Torres fit and in the goals, Liverpool still holds an outside chance of qualifying, especially in light of their comparatively favourable remaining list of fixtures.
Aston Villa, a side which had conceded the fewest goals in the league, suffered a humiliating 7-1 blowout at Chelsea last weekend, and will struggle to regain their confidence sufficiently to trouble the other three clubs.
All but Liverpool—who host Fulham—face tricky away fixtures this weekend.
Tottenham will look to keep former striker and golden boot contender Darren Bent quiet at the Stadium of Light and maintain their position going into three consecutive matches against the top three sides. Villa will be happy with a point from their trip to Bolton, City should be strong enough to claim a win at Burnley, and Liverpool are likely to outclass a jaded Fulham team.
Here I take a look at the contenders for the final Champions League spot, and analyze where the battle will be lost and won.