5 Unanswered Questions for EPL Matchweek 5

Club in crisis: How much time has Dick Advocaat got to turn things around for Sunderland? - Alex Livesey/Getty Images

After a dramatic close to the Transfer Window, and the first International Break of the EPL season, fans and players alike will be chomping at the bit to get back into some action. But there are still some lingering questions still unanswered for fantasy owners.

1. Can Chelsea sort out its defensive problems?

After the first month of action, Chelsea have looked like a shadow of their title winning team from last season. With Everton able to hold on to John Stones, it looks to be a long season for the rapidly aging John Terry and Branislav Ivanović. New signing Papy Djilobodji will offer some relief, but likely not enough to repeat their title winning form of last year.

2. Can anyone stop Bafétimbi Gomis?

If the answer is yes, Watford needs to learn quickly on how to do it. Although they have a relatively stingy defense, only allowing 4 goals in as many games, it may not be enough to stop a surprisingly explosive Swansea City.

3. Where will Manchester United's goals come from this year?

7 points thus far in the season is very generous for a team that has only found the back of the net 3 times in 4 games (one of those coming from co-leading United goal scorer Kyle Walker). For context, last place Sunderland has 6 goals to date.

The big dollar signing of Anthony Martial is interesting. Perhaps fresh blood can ignite the United offense.

4. Does Sunderland have what it takes to beat the drop?

After a terrible start to the season, Sunderland looked like sure favorites for the drop. But after a "crisis meeting" by boss Dick Advocaat, they seem to have responded well, at least putting forth some effort to not lose in their following matches.

Jeremain Lens is an exciting player, and Jermain Defoe looks like he has some goals left in his boots, but questions in Costel Pantilimon and the backline still linger.

5. Are Crystal Palace for real?

Currently sitting in 2nd place on 9 points, Palace have been fun to watch thus far. With their only loss coming from an own goal vs. Arsenal, they have played organized and interesting football. The question is, can they keep this up? If so, they seem poised for a Europa league place. Their biggest test of the season comes week 5 against seemingly unstoppable Manchester City.

What questions are lingering in your mind as you set your lineups for Matchweek 5?