The stage is set for Sunday as we prepare for the heated clashes between some of England's most bitter rivals. Kicking off the action is the always raucous Tyne-Wear derby as Sunderland look for their first Premier League win facing a resurgent Newcastle. Recent seasons have shown how important this fixture can be, and with both sides struggling this year, a win would be a monumental boost for either side. Who could forget Paolo Di Canio's suit ruining knee slides in the Black Cat's famous 3-0 victory? Needless to say, given the implications for both teams seasons, this fixture should not disappoint.
Following the Tyne-Wear derby and hosting two of England's heaviest hitters is the always thrilling Manchester derby as United play host to rivals City. This fixture has always produced late drama and United will be pushing hard to over take their Sky Blue half at the summit of the Premier League table. Just 2pts separate each Manchester side, while City certainly have the better players respectively, United will be full of confidence with their own chances for the win. Obviously all eyes will be on the summer's most expensive transfers (Kevin de Bruyne / Raheem Sterling for City and Anthony Martial for United) as the two powerhouses fight it out for supremacy in Manchester.
Playing the same time as the Manchester clubs will be Bournemouth's fixture against Tottenham which should be quite interesting. The Cherries have been hard done by injuries in their newly promoted campaign, most notably to their rising star Callum Wilson. Spurs on the other hand, have been facing a relative goal drought from their young talisman Harry Kane, which is beginning to become worrisome for the strikers confidence. At any rate, Spurs look good for the win but will need the likes of Christian Eriksen and co to step up after a disappointing defeat midweek.
Not all the action will be consumed by the big day of derbies, Liverpool will also be looking to get their season moving under newly appointed Jurgen Klopp. With two games and two draws already to his name, the "hipster 's choice" Klopp will be looking to get the Red's first win of his reign against a strong, but vulnerable Southampton side. After scoring the first goal against Leicester City last game week, the Saints collapsed in the second half to allow Jamie Vardy to steal a last gasp point for the Foxes. Ronald Koeman won't be happy that Southampton have let leads slip far too many times this season and will be looking for his side to show more strength away to Liverpool.
Good luck in Sunday's fixtures!
Squads for Week 10:
Fantrax: Begovic, Whittaker, G. Johnson, Dier, Coutinho, Redmond, KDB, Eriksen, Costa, Bojan, Vardy
Official: Cech, Kolarov, Clyne, Alderweild, Payet, Mahrez, Cabaye, Hazard, Sterling, Bony, Vardy (c)
Bench: Lukaku, O'Shea, R. Taylor