Blackburn and Tottenham have achieved their first major objective of the season by qualifying for the Uefa Cup group stage and both teams are expected to take the momentum into their Premiership games this weekend. Blackburn should get the better of local rivals Wigan, while Tottenham have a good chance of toppling Portsmouth at White Hart Lane. Blackburn failed to win any of their first four league games, but they have come back strongly to go undefeated in their last five matches in all competitions. There were excuses for their poor start, as their first three games were against champions Chelsea and high-flying Portsmouth and Everton. Lower-level opposition has brought improvement, with Blackburn defeating Manchester City and Middlesbrough in the Premiership and Salzburg in Thursday's Uefa Cup tie. Blackburn won 13 out of 19 at home last season and on current form they look capable of racking up plenty of home wins again. Wigan were a good away team last season (including a 1-1 at Blackburn) but have managed only one point from three road games this season. Tottenham were another strong home team last season, winning 12 out of 15 (with three draws) against the teams that finished below them. Martin Jol's team haven't reached that form this season, but they rate well against Portsmouth. The visitors play an open game and that should give Tottenham more chances than usual at home. It's worth looking at the English Championship too, where two bets stand out. Norwich are under pressure after four winless games, but their home form is excellent and they look capable of beating Burnley. Preston are the highest-rated away chance at Stoke, though the handicap is the best way to bet them. Fourth-placed Preston are unbeaten in seven in the league (including games against two of the teams above them) and have lost only three of 16 away in the league in 2006. There are two good handicap bets in Spain - Villarreal and Celta Vigo. Celta - like Blackburn and Tottenham - have qualified for the Uefa Cup group stage and look ready to pick up after a slow start. Celta have won two of their three away games in the league and Uefa Cup and rate a good chance at bottom club Racing. Villarreal finally got a win last weekend at home to Real Zaragoza and they are capable of following up at Mallorca, who have difficulty scoring against the better teams. The other standout bet is underrated German side Nuremberg, who are at home to Mainz. The hosts have won nine out of 13 at home since Hans Meyer took over as coach, including a 3-0 victory over Mainz last April. Despite their poor form, Hamburg are overpriced for an away win at Frankfurt. Best homes: Blackburn, Tottenham, Norwich, Nurnberg. Best aways: Preston, Hamburg, Osasuna.