After yet another international break it is back to the Premier League and the first games in charge for two new managers, Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp and Sunderland’s Sam Allardyce.
The other major talking point is the situation at Chelsea and the future of Jose Mourinho who must surely be under pressure to beat Aston Villa.
As ever we are here with our predictions for all the weekends action.
Tottenham vs Liverpool
All the attention will be on Liverpool and new manager, Jurgen Klopp. Liverpool have had a good record against Tottenham in recent fixtures, however I am expecting this to be a draw. I think Liverpool will have a boost of a new manager, but I think Tottenham will have confidence especially as they ended their record of bad results against Manchester City .
I am expecting goals though.
Jurgen Klopp’s first game in charge of Liverpool and had they been at Anfield I would have gone for a Liverpool but they’re not, they’re playing at White Hart Lane and with the form Tottenham have been in recently, including a 4-1 win over Manchester City, I think this will be a draw.
Chelsea vs Aston Villa
Don’t even know what to say, except there has been a lot of talk by the manger and some of the players of Chelsea and they have to deliver, because there is no more lives for them to use.
Tim Sherwood is under pressure also, but this result won’t matter or seal his fate in my opinion.
Diego Costa coming back is a boost for Chelsea and Willian has been in fine form in recent weeks, so they could be the difference for Chelsea.
Chelsea need to win and they need to keep a clean sheet, luckily for them Aston Villa are awful and if there is any team you want to play when you are desperate of a win it’s them.
Several of Chelsea’s key players have come out in support of Jose Mourinho and Diego Costa has said he’s come back overweight, most likely from over celebrating during the summer.
Surely Chelsea have to turn things around against Aston Villa at home?
Crystal Palace vs West Ham
This game should really have a few goals. Both teams will go for it, and this could be end-to-end. This has potential to be a great game and it could be one of those games that broadcasters wish they had picked up instead of another televised one.
I am going to go for a draw., but a high scoring game.
With the positive starts both these sides have made to the season this should be an interesting match.
West Ham have beaten Arsenal, Liverpool, and Manchester City all away from home while their home form has been disappointing so it probably suits them to be away here as well. But with the pace that Crystal Palace have in their side they will constantly be a threat.
I think this will be close and as a result I am going for a draw.
Everton vs Manchester United
Surprisingly not one of the games being shown on TV in the UK.
Everton can be a tricky team for Man United, especially at Goodison Park. Arsenal before the international break just absolutely swept Man United away in the first twenty minutes, with Man United not really doing enough to test Arsenal. I just don’t see that happening against Everton, but I do think Everton, like Arsenal will get the chances and they do have players to punish them. But again, Man United definitely have the players to test Everton.
So unsurprisingly, I am going to go for a draw. Again in this match, I am expecting goals.
I’m going to go for an Everton win here. Manchester United have a poor record at Goodison Park having lost their last three league visits without even scoring a goal while Everton are in good form and will be full of confidence.
Manchester United seem to be inconsistent recently. They’ll get a good result one week followed by a poor one the next, none of which is helped by Wayne Rooney’s disappointing form and the rest of the side don’t score many goals with the exception of Anthony Martial but even then he can’t do it all alone.
Manchester City vs Bournemouth
Both these sides are missing players through injury, but Man City obviously for Man City with the players they have, it shouldn’t be such a big deal given their squad depth, and again because Bournemouth have some too.
I expect Man City to win this and win it comfortably.
Will Bournemouth be able to pull off what West Ham did a few weeks ago? The answer, no. Sorry Bournemouth fans but this should be an easy City win, even with the injuries that they have they should have enough to beat Bournemouth at the Etihad who are missing players of their own.
This will be about how long can Bournemouth can hold out. The longer they can hold out, the more frustrated they can make Manchester City.
Southampton vs Leicester
I am going to go for a Southampton win, they are at home and got back on track just before the international break. Leicester have of course started the season brilliantly, losing just once in the Premier League, which was at home to Arsenal, so won’t be an easy task for Southampton, but they will have confidence and home advantage will probably be the difference.
Leicester do score goals though, so again another game I am predicting doesn’t have a clean sheet.
Southampton aren’t the same side they were last season but after beating Chelsea 3-1 at Stamford Bridge in their last game before the international break must be full of confidence.
Leicester meanwhile for the last team to be beaten in the Premier League when they lost 5-2 to Arsenal but they bounced right back with a win over Norwich. Premier League top goal scorer Jamie Vardy will be an important man for Leicester and he’ll want to continue to impress to keep his place in the England squad.
Still with home advantage I think Southampton will just edge it.
West Brom vs Sunderland
Big Sam’s first game in charge, and away to Tony Pulis’ West Brom. I am going to go for a draw, as I can see both teams being generally good defensively.
Sam Allardyce’s first game in charge of Sunderland is against Tony Pulis’ West Brom. If a game ever had 0-0 written all over it, it is this. Both teams have been poor this season and with Sunderland without a win so far Big Sam will want to make sure they aren’t beaten here.
Watford vs Arsenal
Going to go for an Arsenal win, I think they have confidence at the moment and Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott are in great form.
Watford have scored just 6 goals so far this season, the joint fewest of any Premier League side along with West Brom and Newcastle, and it has to see them adding to that tally against Arsenal.
These are the sort of games that Arsenal always do well in being the flat track bullies that they are. They’ll record a comfortable win and they’ll think they have a chance of winning the league, forgetting all about their poor Champions League form.
Newcastle vs Norwich
Newcastle have played well at times this season and I think if they take the game to Norwich like they did Chelsea at home, and had the same intensity and had the same work rate as they did away at Manchester United then they can win this. But that is an “if” obviously.
The expectancy is on Newcastle and they seem to struggle in these games, but I don’t think they will lose, so I am going for a draw.
Newcastle are sat bottom of the table without a win yet this season. They really really need to pick up a result here against Norwich at home to start working their way up the table and away from the relegation zone.
Will they do it? Somehow I don’t think so, they are struggling to score goals. I think they’ll manage to get a draw.
Swansea vs Stoke
After a bright start Swansea have been fading in recent weeks and are without a win in their last four while Stoke have won their last two games after a slow start to the campaign.
However an international break can change all that. I think this be a draw.