The perfect scenario could unfold for West Ham United if Chelsea see off Porto in the Champions League tonight.
West Ham are battling the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool and Leicester for a place in next season’s Champions League.
It is West Ham with the advantage over the chasing pack as things stand.
David Moyes’s side are sitting fourth following the win over Leicester last time out.
Perfect scenario for West Ham if Chelsea progress in Champions League tonight
West Ham will leapfrog Leicester into third – and open up a four point gap on Chelsea – if they beat Newcastle this weekend.
After that for West Ham comes what is promising to be a huge six-pointer in the race for Champions League against Chelsea on April 24th.
Chelsea face Porto tonight in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final.
The Blues hold a 2-0 advantage from the first leg and look a sure bet to advance to the semi-finals.
And that would be ideal for West Ham as the huge first leg of the semi-finals is just 72 hours after their clash with Chelsea.
West Ham vs Blues clash will come just 72 hours before Champions League semi-finals and Tuchel will be forced to rotate
As a result Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel would almost certainly rotate his squad for the Hammers clash.
The last time he did that Chelsea were battered 5-2 by West Brom.
Leicester could also be hitting a rough patch on and off the pitch at just the right time to benefit West Ham too.
Brendan Rodgers is currently dealing with the aftermath of the lockdown party storm which saw several players dropped from the squad to face West Ham.
Leicester hitting sticky patch at just the right time too but Hammers must focus on their own job
They have an FA Cup semi-final this weekend and then face a rejuvenated West Brom next midweek.
The Foxes also end the season with games against Man United, Chelsea and Tottenham.
West Ham must focus on their own jobs, though.
Injuries to Declan Rice and Michail Antonio are a big problem of course.
But Moyes could have four injured players back in his squad for Newcastle.
And captain Mark Noble is also expected to be ok for the game after an elbow injury.