Liverpool pile more misery on Manchester United as Chelsea move into top four: Premier League predictions
The international break is over at last, so time to take a look ahead at the action in England's top tier
Everton v West Ham United, Saturday, 3.30pm: Marco Silva is a manager under severe pressure. No hiding from the fact they are facing a real struggle after four league defeats on the trot, and have slipped into the bottom three. Silva can only hope the international break can bring a change of fortune, but a tricky West Ham could cause further problems. PREDICTION: Everton 1 West Ham 2. Getty
Aston Villa v Brighton, Saturday, 5pm: Villa secured their first away win with the stunning 5-1 trouncing of Norwich last time out. The Canaries may have been struggling with injuries, but Villa are looking like a team on the up. Record signing Wesley bagged two that day and will relish facing Brighton. PREDICTION: Aston Villa 3 Brighton 1. Reuters.
Bournemouth v Norwich, Saturday 5pm: Teemu Pukki did it again in midweek, scoring twice for Finland against Armenia. That's 10 for the season for the Norwich striker, and their season's hopes rest at his talented feet. Bournemouth, however, are solid and pose enough goal threats of their own. PREDICTION: Bournemouth 2 Norwich 1. Reuters
Chelsea v Newcastle, Saturday, 5pm: Many believed Chelsea appointed Frank Lampard much too soon and his inexperience would be their undoing. However, the Blues could go second with another win, and with the brilliant Tammy Abraham making such a stunning start to the season, they should be strong enough to see off erratic Newcastle. PREDICTION: Chelsea 3 Newcastle 1. PA
Leicester v Burnley, Saturday 5pm: Another rest for Leicester striker Jamie Vardy now he has given up international football. If he remains focused after some off-the-pitch social media handbags involving Mrs Vardy, then Leicester can continue their very impressive form. PREDICTION: Leicester 1 Burnley 0. EPA
Tottenham v Watford, Saturday, 5pm: Poor Mauricio Pochettino looks like he has the weight of the world on his shoulders. The Champions League finalists of last season languish in ninth and a poor result against bottom club Watford will really turn up the heat. PREDICTION: Tottenham 2 Watford 0. EPA
Wolves v Southampton, Saturday, 5pm. Wolves won 2-0 at Manchester City two weeks ago, only the champions' fourth home Premier League defeat under Pep Guardiola. It was a stunning result for Wolves, with two goals from Adama Traore, as they start to show some flare after early season mediocrity. PREDICTION: Wolves 2 Southampton 0. AFP
Crystal Palace v Manchester City, Saturday, 8.30pm. All credit to Raheem Sterling and his England teammates for keeping their heads during the appalling scenes in Bulgaria. City trail Liverpool by eight points already and will need their midfield genius to be at his best if they want to start narrowing that gap against a solid Palace side. PREDICTION: Crystal Palace 1 Manchester City 2. PA
Manchester United v Liverpool, Sunday, 7.30pm. An encounter to relish after the international break. A heavy defeat will spell (more) trouble for United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, already trailing leaders Liverpool by a jaw-dropping 16 points. United could also be missing arguably the world's best goalkeeper, with David de Gea's midweek injury causing concern. PREDICTION: Manchester United 1 Liverpool 3. Reuters
Sheffield United v Arsenal, Monday 11pm: Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has certainly enjoyed his role as the main man with injured Alexandre Lacazette on the sidelines. They might be back in tandem for this one, and that doesn't always favour Arenal's fortunes. PREDICTION: Sheffield United 1 Arsenal 1. EPA
So another international break done and dusted. Pure, uninterrupted, dramatic Premier League action all the way … until the next international break in November.
Does Fifa never learn fans can do without the monotony of qualifiers on quite so many weekends? Bring back midweek fixtures with no breaks.
Mind you, with Liverpool already eight points clear in the Premier League after eight games, there needs to be some drama to reignite the title race.
Undoubtedly the match of the weekend is on Sunday when struggling Manchester United take on Jurgen Klopp’s leaders. Another defeat for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could be really serious.
Another defeat for Marco Silva could also spell trouble, and his Everton side kick of the games at 3.30pm against West Ham.
Six games follow at 6pm on Saturday, with Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino yet another coach desperate for three points, while Chelsea v Newcastle looks an intriguing encounter. Manchester City visit Crystal Palace in the late game, kicking off at 8.30pm.
After Sunday’s epic, the round of games ends with Sheffield United hosting Arsenal at 11pm on Monday.
Ahead of the fixtures, sports editor Dominic Hart provides his predictions in the gallery above. To move on to the next image, click on the arrows, or if using a mobile, simply swipe.
Updated: October 18, 2019 10:17 AM