With the international break over, all eyes will be pointed to London where Jurgen Klopp will preside over his first match in charge of Liverpool. The opponent is hardly ideal and Liverpool will surely be tested by a re-bounded/strong Spurs side. Think of this as a baptism of fire for Klopp, but should he come out victorious in his first match in charge, Liverpool fans worldwide will have much to rejoice over in the German's start to a new era.
Klopp is not the only newly appointed manager taking charge of their first match, Sam Allardyce steps into the inferno that is Sunderland FC. If there is one thing Big Sam will undoubtably do is get Sunderland's defense working again. I expect a sharp up turn of results for the Black Cats, but West Brom under Pulis will prove a stern test.
With the majority of matches to be played on Saturday, we also have a few more choice match ups to take in account. Let's take a look at the fixtures for Saturday (Week 9):
Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool
Chelsea v Aston Villa
Crystal Palace v West Ham United
Everton v Manchester United
Manchester City v AFC Bournemouth
Southampton v Leicester City
West Bromwich Albion v Sunderland
Watford FC v Arsenal
Wins look on the cards for Chelsea, Man City, Arsenal, and Southampton. Everton v Man Utd will be a heated but exciting contest with either team able to snatch all 3pts. West Brom should be comfortable against Sunderland at home, but you can never count out the impact of a new manager. Crystal Palace have been soaring under Alan Pardew and will look to continue against a West Ham side that haven't been able to put the consistency together while shocking the likes of Liverpool, City, and Arsenal.
My Fantrax team:
Begovic, Paulista, Moreno, Zabaleta, Tadic, De Bruyne, Hazard, Ramsey, Bony, Costa, Pelle
Good luck in Week 9!