The English Premier League keeps rolling on with a near-full midweek programme this week, despite the absence of Uefa Champions League winners Chelsea, who have jetted off to the Fifa Club World Cup in the UAE.
It means the Blues’ top four rivals have a chance to strike a blow in this season’s UCL qualification bid.
Manchester United are the chasers-in-chief of Thomas Tuchel’s side, nine points adrift of their third-placed rivals albeit with two games in hand heading into Tuesday’s trip to Burnley.
The Clarets are bottom of the EPL and in increasingly desperate need of a second win of the season, while the Red Devils set out to make it three wins on the spin at Turf Moor.
Liverpool can put breathing space between themselves and the Stamford Bridge club when they go up against former boss Brendan Rodgers and his inconsistent Leicester on Thursday.
Jurgen Klopp will likely still be without Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah following their Africa Cup of Nations exertions, but will fancy their chances at Anfield against the Foxes, who were humiliated in the FA Cup Fourth Round by Championship Nottingham Forest at the weekend.
Arsenal, meanwhile, are seeking a first league victory in three attempts when they travel to Wolves.
Bruno Lage’s eighth-placed hosts would leapfrog the Gunners if they can pull off a win at Molineux, which would make it four in a row if they can manage it.
Wednesday sees the runaway EPL leaders take centre stage as Manchester City play Brentford.
Pep Guardiola’s reigning champions would extend their advantage at the top of the table to 12 points if they do the business and mop up another three points at the Etihad Stadium.
Tottenham are right in the top six mix themselves as they welcome Southampton to their glitzy north London home on Wednesday.
There’s also a midtable tussle between Aston Villa and Leeds, with Steven Gerrard’s home side looking to make some inroads following a busy January transfer window in the West Midlands.
Norwich set out to continue their back-from-the-dead antics at Carrow Road with Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace the visitors to Norfolk, tackling the Canaries who have won back-to-back EPL matches.
Two other Tuesday fixtures see Newcastle put their tentative improvement in form, not to mention half a new squad thanks to the Saudi Arabian cheque book, to the test at St James’ Park against Frank Lampard’s Everton.
West Ham have stalled in recent weeks and were pushed all the way in the FA Cup by sixth tier Kidderminster at the weekend.
But they’re hot favourites for three points at the London Stadium when they take on relegation-threatened Watford, who are seeking a first win under veteran boss Roy Hodgson after the 74-year-old replaced Claudio Ranieri in the Hertfordshire hotseat.
English Premier League predictions for 8 – 10 February
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.