Manchester City move into Week 24 of the Premier League campaign hoping Sunday's 4-3 defeat at the hands of Liverpool will prove to be just an anomaly as they prepare for a home clash against Newcastle United.
The Magpies travel to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday evening having avoided defeat in their previous three Premier League outings, while the Citizens are hoping to again extend their 12-point lead at the top.
Second-placed Manchester United closed that distance in Week 23 but have a difficult task in reducing it further with a trip to Burnley, who clinched a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford on Boxing Day.
Liverpool wait until Monday for their trip to Swansea City, while Arsenal, without a win in three and clinging on to their spot among the Premier League's top six, will look to beat Crystal Palace for the second time in less than a month.
Read on for a preview of Week 24's most enticing fixtures and score predictions for each of this weekend's matchups.
Premier League Week 24 Fixtures, Predictions
Saturday, January 20
Brighton & Hove Albion 0-2 Chelsea, 12:30 p.m. GMT/7:30 a.m. ET
Burnley 1-2 Manchester United, 3 p.m. GMT/10 a.m. ET
Everton 2-1 West Bromwich Albion, 3 p.m. GMT/10 a.m. ET
Leicester City 3-2 Watford, 3 p.m. GMT/10 a.m. ET
Arsenal 1-0 Crystal Palace, 3 p.m. GMT/10 a.m. ET
Stoke City 1-1 Huddersfield Town, 3 p.m. GMT/10 a.m. ET
West Ham United 2-2 Bournemouth, 3 p.m. GMT/10 a.m. ET
Manchester City 4-2 Newcastle United, 5:30 p.m. GMT/12:30 p.m. ET
Sunday, January 21
Southampton 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur, 4 p.m. GMT/11 a.m. ET
Monday, January 22
Swansea City 0-3 Liverpool, 8 p.m. GMT/3 p.m. ET
Red Devils Down Vulnerable Burnley
Jose Mourinho's United were forced to respond from two goals down at Old Trafford to take a point from their Boxing Day meeting with Burnley, although that happens to be the closest the Clarets have come to winning a match in their last seven.
Nevertheless, scoring twice at Old Trafford as the opposition is something Manchester City are the only side to do this season, and Burnley announced a major boost this week with the return to fitness of former Red Devil Tom Heaton:
Replacement goalkeeper Nick Pope has enjoyed superlative form during Heaton's absence, however, and Burnley chief Sean Dyche isn't likely to rush back his star, who was in contention for an England place prior to his injury.
At the other end of the pitch sits arguably the best No. 1 in the world, and Russian football journalist Artur Petrosyan recently provided evidence as to just how essential David De Gea is to United's fortunes:
Artur Petrosyan @arturpetrosyan
Loris Karius is the only Premier League goalkeeper with more conceded goals than saved shots. He has the worst shot saves ratio - 43%. Simon Mignolet has only saved 59% of shots that makes him 24th out of 27 goalkeepers. #LFC De Gea tops the list - 83%. #MUFC via @InStatFootball https://t.co/uMWMHjokC1
Burnley are seven matches without a win and have lost their last three in succession, while United have kept clean sheets in their last four outings and have failed to score in only one of their last 14 matches.
Turf Moor is a difficult venue, but with Dyche's side seriously lacking in form at present and United buoyed by their recent spike in form, the travelling outfit should take maximum spoils.
Liverpool Streak Lives On at the Liberty
Liverpool contested the battle of the streaks at Anfield last Sunday and emerged as victor over the Citizens, stretching the club's undefeated run to 18 matches by downing the Citizens 4-3.
Their chances of improving that record further in Monday night's trip to Swansea look promising, too, after record signing Virgil van Dijk suggested he'll be ready to return from injury in time for the clash:
The Dutchman is due to make his Premier League debut for the club after scoring a headed winner in their Merseyside derby meeting with Everton in the FA Cup at the beginning of the month.
But while the Reds are flying high, Swansea are attempting to find some stability under new manager Carlos Carvalhal, who will undoubtedly hope to improve a home record statistician Simon Gleave recently noted as being quite unremarkable:
Simon Gleave @SimonGleave
Swansea have taken as many points (or as few) away from home as they have back in Wales. 8 points from 33 in both cases. Swansea's away wins have been at Crystal Palace and, on their last trip away from the Liberty Stadium, Watford. #NEWSWA #swansfc #nufc https://t.co/m885w8GGTq
Swansea beat Wolverhampton Wanderers in the FA Cup on Wednesday but have won only one of their last seven Premier League fixtures, and the division's most terrifying attack doesn't make for a welcome challenge.
Reinforced by the potential return of Van Dijk, there's little reason to bet against the Swans reliving the 5-0 nightmare they suffered in their trip to Anfield on December 26 unless Carvalhal's tactics take very swift effect.