Friday evening sees the New Year kick off with Manchester United hosting Aston Villa at Old Trafford in what is expected to be a cracker of a contest.
United capitalised on dropped points by teams around them to move up to second, courtesy of a very late winner against Wolves on Tuesday night. United could go top with a win over Villa, while the Villans could move up into third if they win the game.
With two of the highest scoring teams in the league locking horns, Friday's game could be a barnstormer. Here's everything you need to know.
Where to watch
When Is Kick Off? Friday 1 January
What Time Is Kick Off? 20:00 (GMT)
Where Is it Played? Old Trafford
TV Channel/Live Stream? Sky Sports (UK)
Referee? Michael Oliver
United remain without Marcus Rojo, who is set to return by mid-January after a calf injury. Victor Lindelof is also still a doubt with a knock he picked up against Leicester in the 2-2 draw on Boxing Day.
Villa's Trezeguet and Wesley Moraes are both still out for an unspecified period with hamstring and knee injuries, respectively. Ross Barkley has a slight hamstring strain so is unlikely to start, while Tyrone Mings has served his one match suspension after his red card against Crystal Palace so will be available for selection to Dean Smith.
Manchester United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Maguire, Telles; McTominay, Pogba, Fernandes; Greenwood, Martial, Rashford.
Aston Villa: Martinez; Cash, Hause, Mings, Targett; Luiz, McGinn; Traore, Grealish, El Ghazi; Watkins.
United are unbeaten in the league since their 1-0 loss to Arsenal in early November. Solskjaer praised his team after the Wolves victory for 'being more robust' in their ability to win games late on.
Now boasting a team that are 'more physically and mentally ready to move up the table', United are certainly showing that currently, picking up points even in games in which they're not at their best.
It is fair to say that Dean Smith's team have been the surprise package of the season so far. Having narrowly avoided the drop last season, their campaign to date has been pretty staggering.
Fifth in the table, and with a game in hand on those above them (two on Leicester), they have the tightest defence in the league and are unbeaten in five.
Consecutive 3-0 wins over Palace and West Brom were followed up by a very respectable point at Chelsea. An in-form United will offer another an opportunity to show that they can stay in the upper echelons of the table for the long term.
Here's how they have both got on in their last five games.
Manchester United 1-0 Wolves (29/12)
Leicester City 2-2 Manchester United (26/12)
Everton 0-2 Manchester United (23/12)
Manchester United 6-2 Leeds United (20/12)
Sheffield United 2-3 Manchester United (17/12)
Chelsea 1-1 Aston Villa (28/12)
Aston Villa 3-0 Crystal Palace (26/12)
West Brom 0-3 Aston Villa (20/12)
Aston Villa 0-0 Burnley (17/12)
Wolves 0-1 Aston Villa (12/12)
United struggled against a solid Wolves defence and only prevailed with an eventual Marcus Rashford winner, and if Villa can defend as they have done so far this season and not give United's forwards the space they crave in-behind, this game could be theirs for the taking.
Ollie Watkins, Jack Grealish and Bertrand Traore have looked in red hot form recently and could cause the cumbersome Harry Maguire some issues at the back.
This one could go either way.
Prediction: Manchester United 1-1 Aston Villa