A full round of English Premier League fixtures sees the battle continue at the top of the table.
It’s top versus bottom on Wednesday night when Sheffield United tip-toe across the Pennines to face the daunting task of a game with Manchester United on their home turf at Old Trafford.
United may in fact be kicking off in second place, if noisy neighbours Manchester City can bring three points home from their Tuesday night trip to West Brom.
Rising Arsenal also play on Tuesday, as they set out to avoid a repeat of their weekend FA Cup defeat on the road at Southampton.
The week’s programme builds towards a tantalizing clash on Thursday, with Jurgen Klopp’s struggling reigning champions Liverpool heading to the capital to take on Jose Mourinho and his dangerous Tottenham.
Stamford Bridge sees the pressure go up a notch on Wednesday, with Chelsea taking on Wolves having fired club legend Frank Lampard from his position as coach, not to mention the heat being felt by visiting boss Nuno Espirito Santo.
There are no such fears at Goodison Park with a tasty fixture between would-be title rivals Everton and Leicester.
Burnley play Aston Villa and struggling Brighton host Fulham to complete Wednesday’s five Premier League matches.
Tuesday, meanwhile, also sees Crystal Palace host West Ham in a London derby, with Newcastle boss Steve Bruce in dire need of a win to save his skin as the Magpies welcome mercurial Leeds to St James’ Park.
English Premier League predictions for 26-28 January
Prediction methodology explained: The expected win percentage is based off publicly available odds. For example, if a team’s odds are 2.30, the expected chance of winning is 43%. If the odds are 1.62 the expected chance of winning is 62% and so on. These are accurate at the time of writing but are subject to change. Where there is no value listed, the odds were not available at the time of writing.