With no European football this week, you could be forgiven for feeling a bit glum in the dreary winter months. The tedium of Cyber Monday promotions only makes it worse, of course, as you avoid the temptation to buy that completely unnecessary rubbish because it’s half price.
Fortunately the Premier League comes through for us. We've had four fixtures on Tuesday evening but the vast majority of top flight clubs are playing on Wednesday. So, without further ado, here are a few thoughts on those matches…
Arsenal vs Huddersfield Town
Huddersfield were within minutes of an unlikely draw against Manchester City on Sunday, which would have sat nicely next to their three points from the visit of Manchester United a few weeks back.
David Wagner’s side also lost 4-0 to Bournemouth, though, and scoring goals has been a real issue.
Arsenal are near their best attacking form, and should have enough to break down even this resolute, well organised Terrier team. The Gunners leapt to fourth with their dramatic late win at Turf Moor.
Arsene Wenger should be able to field his strongest back three again on Wednesday, who have been excellent.
TIP: Arsenal to win @ 1/5
Bournemouth vs Burnley
Burnley are three points outside the top four. You would have got some pretty special odds on that at the start of the season. Sean Dyche’s side have been lucky in part, but been impressive in equal measure.
Their Wednesday hosts are in the midst of a resurgence. An appalling start to the season had Eddie Howe’s team in the bottom three. Three wins and a draw in their last five have turned it around, and the Cherries could move into the top half with a win.
Improvement has been clear at both ends of the pitch for Bournemouth. Their attack will face a test to break down Burnley, though, which might just lead to another low-scoring match for the Clarets.
TIP: Under 2.5 goals @ 4/6
Chelsea vs Swansea City
Chelsea were probably happy enough with a draw from Anfield. The late equaliser would be undermined with anything other than victory over a struggling Swansea in midweek, however. Blues boss Antonio Conte will be hoping that he can celebrate a convincing home victory on Wednesday night.
The Swans got a draw with Bournemouth on Saturday to bring an end to a four match losing streak. It was a necessity for Paul Clement, but leaves the once Chelsea coach under serious pressure to keep his job.
The league’s lowest goal scorers will be without Tammy Abraham against his parent club. Abraham has been almost their solitary goal threat this season, and it’s hard to see how Swansea really trouble Chelsea without him, having failed to score in their last three.
TIP: Chelsea to be winning at half-time and full-time @ 4/7
Everton vs West Ham United
The David Moyes derby is enormous for both clubs. Enormous because they are split by just two points in 16th and 18th respectively, but equally because of the turmoil at Everton and upcoming trip to Manchester City for West Ham.
Moyes needs a win, Everton need to show something better than the disastrous performances in their last two. It has everything to be a truly battling affair in the chilly Merseyside air, and this match could easily resemble warfare more than football.
Everton, though, have been so appalling of late, that West Ham are favourites for me. I don’t think Moyes is the worst appointment in history, this could be the springboard he needs to take the Hammers to safety.
TIP: West Ham to win @ 23/10
Manchester City vs Southampton
Manchester City are champions elect, and any team visiting them this season will just be hoping to avoid brutal humiliation.
Too much is made of coming from behind to win like they did on Sunday, but it is their ability to create such a glut of chances against the Terriers should be the real story. Even a defend-at-all-costs low block could not becalm this City attack.
Southampton swept Everton aside at the weekend, but there’s little way of getting a positive result from their midweek trip to Manchester.
It’s likely to be a case of damage limitation, and get ready for Sunday’s south coast derby for the Saints.
TIP: Manchester City to be winning at half-time and full-time @ 4/7
Stoke City vs Liverpool
Gutting defeat at Crystal Palace has dropped Stoke to only three points from the bottom three again, and made it three league matches without a win.
Mark Hughes’ side are worryingly dependent on Xherdan Shaqiri, while their defence is susceptible to chaotic episodes. Such moments will be punished by a Liverpool side expected to feature Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.
Jurgen Klopp was left frustrated after the draw to Chelsea, but the Reds can take solace from the fact they are only three points off the third placed Blues.
It will be a cliché night in the Potteries. Under the lights in wintery, blustery conditions, it was once the ultimate Premier League challenge. The atmosphere will not be as hostile as the supposed acid test suggests, though, and I fancy Liverpool to win this pretty easily.
TIP: Liverpool to win @ 11/20
*Odds subject to change - correct at time of writing*