The slight difference between
has to do with whether or not any action is taken.
something means “to foresee or expect something to happen in the future,
and to perform an action
in preparation for it.” So, if a bunch of martians
a bumpy ride to Earth (friendly trip, of course), they’ll build a special force field beforehand to make sure nobody gets UFO-sick.
means to regard something as likely to happen, but it doesn’t require any action beforehand. “We
a good turnout at the Silly Putty Convention.” No action required, because everyone knows Silly Putty is awesome.