Tottenham Hotspur without Jose Mourinho for the first time will host Southampton with Aston Villa in action against the champions in waiting Manchester City on Wednesday.
Between the hype around the intended formation of the European Super League and the sacking of “The Special One” some fans should be forgiven for forgetting that play on the field is actually the central theme this week.
Spurs will be managed by former player Ryan Mason following the London club’s decision to fire Mourinho together with his technical team following the 2-2 draw against Everton.
The result leaves Spurs five points behind West Ham, who occupy fourth. Although for the Londoners, they will note rivals Chelsea are four ahead with a game in hand.
Mason will be hoping to get a positive result ahead of Sunday’s trip to Wembley to face Manchester City in the League Cup final. Talk about a baptism of fire.
The big news from the Spurs camp is that Harry Kane will most likely not be involved on Wednesday when the Saints come to town. The England international is doing everything he can to be apart of the weekend’s cup final instead. Gareth Bale might just be given a new lease on life after being sparsely used by Mourinho.
The visitors have struggled on the road losing seven from their eight and 11 of their last 14 in the league in total.
Also in action, City travel to Aston Villa looking to go 11 points clear.
Leicester City, who beat Southampton in FA Cup duty on the weekend, host second from bottom West Brom. The Baggies will be lifted from two wins on the bounce with the Foxes suffering two defeats in a row.
Third-placed Leicester City are now just one point ahead of West Ham although, they do have a game in hand.
Suggested bet: Spurs, City and Leicester to win at 3.74